2013!!!!

Christmas photopolymer plates

Christmas photopolymer plates

Wow, last year went by in a blur!  I must say, that 2012 was a great one for me, I got married, had loads of new letterpress projects, I got to go to the stationary show in New York!!! What more could a girl ask for?

The year did keep me quite busy, and I hope that it continues on this year.  My last minute Christmas Card project was a great success, with cards sold out at both The Drake General Store and Caravan Shop in Tofino, BC.  It is definitely a great feeling to have such a wonderful response to the hard work that was put into producing the cards.

Each year, I make it a point to not have resolutions, but to focus on goals.  This year, my main goal is to grow my letterpress business.  With the inspiration and support that I have received, it definitely keeps my drive going. Valentine’s day cards are in the works, and fingers crossed the online store will be up in time for them to be available.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Nomad Gift Cards

If your a guy, and you live in Toronto, then you are probably very familiar with NOMAD, the guys-go-to shop with a carefully curated range of mens clothing and accessories.  I’ve had the privilage of working on a couple of unique projects for them, including these gift cards.

The card was printed on a luxurious 600gms Crane’s Lettra cardstock, with a custom deep midnight navy ink.

You can now purchase online through their web shop, or in store.

{image via NOMAD}

National Stationary Show

One of my goals for 2012 was to make it to the National Stationary Show. This proved to be a bit tricky as I have been deep into the planning of my upcoming wedding, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull it off. With a bit of perseverance and a great friend to come along, I booked my trip, and I was definitely not disappointed.

For the past couple of years, I like so many others, have followed the highlights of the NSS online, with so many great bloggers out there, it’s easy to get an understanding of the calibre of work exhibited at the show. I had never been to the Javits centre, and the enormity of the show was a bit daunting at first.

It took us about six hours to make our way through the exhibitors, we didn’t want to miss a thing! and even though not everything applied to what I am trying to establish with my own business, it was amazing to see what others are creating. Needless to say, we both left extremely inspired, and bursting with ideas. I have been jotting ideas down in my nifty little notebook, and am eager to start putting things together.

It was also really nice to chat and meet face to face so many of the designers that I follow online. Everyone was extremely friendly, and offered some great tips.

I would love to one day be able to exhibit at the show, but am very realistic about the amount of work and preparation it takes to get there. Perhaps another visit next year is in order!

Even More Lego Letterpress!

A while back I posted on some stunning prints done by Physical Fiction, combining Lego with letterpress to produce some unique prints.  They have returned with some great new works. Each piece can be purchased from their site, and are quite reasonably priced between $10 – $50.

{images via Physical Fiction}

On The Press: Christmas Cards

 

There are many great things about January….. it’s a fresh new year, we are all feeling great about a clean slate, and things quiet down and we can finally catch our breath from the crazy holiday season.

This past week, I got to celebrate with friends with a post-New Year celebration.  Everyone was in great spirits, and we are all feeling really great about 2012!

I now have a chance to share with you some of my Christmas projects.  I was eager to join some Christmas card exchanges, including one from Brooklyn Bride (one of my daily go to blogs!) I decided to design two cards, and am really happy with how they turned out.  The first was a simple green and red “Merry Xmas” – I am in love with working with various fonts, and this cube type was clean, modern, and eye-catching all at once!  My second card was a modern Rudolph!  I love the deer image, and ended up painting the red nose by hand.  I was excited to mail and hand these out to friends and family! For the ones that I mailed out, I made custom envelopes with this wonderful Nepalese paper that I found at the Paper Place.