Archive for July, 2012

Here’s a little bit about the process that went into making these wedding invitations recently.

I’ll go into more detail around the concept next-time; today I’d like to focus on the rather extended design and construction process, which included: copy writing; layout and design of body text and graphic content; (digital) printing of inner pages; letterpress printing of cover; hand-sewing to stitch binding; book-press time to flatten booklets; and, finally, manual trimming of inner pages.

Times that effort by nearly 100 booklets!

Here’s the finished product, plus a few snaps of the journey taken…

The finished product

Sew much work yet to go!Out of the book press - flat as a pancake!

TTrimmed & terrific!I’m still tossing up ideas of how to achieve a complemtary look for wedding church booklets, but through a slightly more expeditious process…. Ideas, anyone?


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So today I was lucky enough to get a day off work. I had grand plans for what I would acheive, namely update my Etsy shop with the bits and bobs I’ve been working on lately.

Eight, (yes 8!) hours later, I am finally ready to sit down with a glass of wine and relax. Taking product pictures all day, setting up shop profiles etc has been just about as taxing as a day in the office!

Hopefully I will retain some of the ‘lessons learned’, and will be more efficient at photography in future (which will mean I don’t need to re-take a certain angle 5 times to get it right!).

Meanwhile – please do check out my Etsy shop – chock-a-block full of new goodies!

Today, the camera was my best friend!

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This is a little belated, but I’ve been meaning to post a few pics of the letterpress studio I’ve set up since arriving back home in Oz.

This pic sums up the studio space: letterpress cabinet housing my loose type collection, and shelves for furniture are set against the wall. Most other essential supplies (letterpress related or otherwise) are stored underneath the collections of coffee tables I’ve pushed together in lieu of a continuous work bench. One day, I tell myself, we’ll get a custom bench made with excellent storage built in!


(Can you tell I’ve been playing with some iPad photo app with these pics??!)

The beam set in the wall provides a convenient magnetic board for pinning inspiration. To the left is my book press, (a birthday present from T), and further shelves storing paper, envelope, cello bag and twine supplies.

The Adana sits on the sturdiest table / bench we have at the right height for me to work.


I love the silhouette of the Adana in this picture, looking out towards our balcony, through which lots of natural light floods my work space. If you look carefully, you’ll see a couple of pieces of paper stuck to the balcony walls.

These are pizza menus written by T for an evening with friends the night before I took the studio shots. It would be remiss of me not to include a snap one of the highlights from that evening (fresh fig, honey and goat’s cheese pizza. Devine.)

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My tongue tastes of glue gum, and I’m having flashbacks to that Seinfeld episode when George’s fiance Susan died after licking the cheap envelopes that George bought for their wedding invitations.  Fingers crossed they were a different brand to these ones!!

More on the content of the envelopes next time.

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