April 2009

25 articles in April 2009

Here’s another from RI for Kirstin. She sent over an inspiration board indicating a lot of things she wanted to incorporate into her wedding. As you can see, lots of blues and whites. She also had a pretty mod/organic mix going on with the great art deco illustrations and balloons/circle theme. Wanting to try out some scandinavian folk art too as it runs in her ancestry, this round focused on the scandinavian tree of life with some wispy grasses incorporated. They typongraphy reflected the art deco/art nouveau time period in trying to keep an organic look and feel.

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This will be a series of posts for custom work I’ve wrapped up for clients. I hope to show the different rounds of proofs as well as the bride’s comments, and if provided, her inspiration board for a starting point. Kirstin was a really fabulous bride to work with and had a lot of good starting indeas. This was one of the first proofs presented. Her color scheme was light and dark blue as well as silver/greys. One of the concepts she initally wanted to explore was nature. They are honeymooning in Glacier and love the outdoors. She’s drawn to the mountains, tundra, evergreens, big lakes and they both like hiking and speding their time toghether this way. This proof (inv/env) reflected that nature element, however eventually wasn’t chosen because she’s from the midwest – kind of weird trying to convey mountains …

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Remember this post here in which designs were showcased from the proofing rounds for Fit to Be Tied? Well these shipped out early last week and I loved how they turned out with the pattern on the tie and off-set typography. This client was super to work with and had a great sense of design herself so it went pretty quick. Generally business card orders go through the studio in about 3-4 weeks for a custom design and printing for under 500 cards, however these went through in about 2.5 weeks as this client was easy to please. Thanks Brandi for the buisness and I hope they bring you lots of business!

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So we’ve seen it all with Juicy Couture and all the other grunge/angelic design and packaging. I have to say, black chandeliers are starting to wane on me. However I saw this on TheDieline.com awhile ago and totally forgot about it until I was cleaning out my “to blog” about folder. I really like the packaging on the Angel Fish hair product and so I’m passing the goodness – or badness to you in case you want to try it out here. And although they don’t do skull and crossbones, I’ve had lots of requests for blank A6 notes with Mr. Poison at the top. So naturally they got in on the same blog post. I’ll list in the next 24 and link accordingly! For those of you that don’t have a great standing relationship with your MIL, then these might make …

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What makes products created by letterpress so special? It’s tactile. It’s a touch and feel experience. Letterpress is an antique form of printing too! I use an OLD press, and thus print everything by hand. Each sheet is fed through the press one at a time, called an impression. I step on a pedal, set the paper in, roll the crank across the press bed where it’s printed, pull the sheet, and start over. For all the technical details click… So for a 3 color job for a quantity of 100 invitations and printed envelopes the suite will get roughly 475 impressions (350 for the invitation, and 125 for the envelopes). That’s not even including inserts. Some printers have fancy Heidelberg presses, which maybe someday I will acquire, but for now I’m considered a small printer. It takes a lot of love …

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So I thought it would be easier to find new frames but now I’m feeling hopeless. I guess it goes that when you have an idea about what you want, you inevitably can not find it. I’m super sight challenged and have worn glasses since I was 18 months old for various reasons. Now that I’m going to have another baby, I know my prescription will change yet again as it has with every other pregnancy and I’ll be even blinder than before. After hours of searching, this is what I’ve come up with. I initially wanted some super lemon opaque square frames but alas they don’t exist, not with the chunky sides. So here are some others that have caught my eye. Granted I won’t be buying for another 6 months due to the fact that they don’t recommend getting new …

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You may be familiar with the Blossom invitations that I’ve printed and featured here, however it seems that when ordering people are wanting to see what the whole suite looks like before purchasing. So I’m re-vamping the Link & Hitch stationery line so that when you look at an invitation¬† listing in the shop or on my website, you can see how all the pieces look and go together as a cohesive unit. Hopefully this will help facilitate in the process of picking pieces to go with bridal stationery in the future. More to come over the nest few weeks!

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