One of my favorite parts about planning my wedding were the DIY crafts. I couldn’t get enough of them. If you’re anything like me, you’re gonna love today’s post. Paper & Dot was so sweet to share one with us today, complete with designs that you can download and print at home!

When it comes to invitation design, I am crazy about details! I don’t know about you but I don’t get much snail mail these days, except for American Express begging me to rack up some debt! When I do, I am always blown away by unexpected and personal touches. Envelope liners are a great way to add that special and surprising element to your invitation.

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Custom invitations can seem out of reach to some couples. I try to make my designs as affordable as possible by creating custom designs with optional DIY elements. Adding DIY or semi-DIY touches to a custom designed wedding suite can bring your vision to life.

An easy DIY touch with lots of personality are envelope liners. I often create and print the invitation for a couple and pass off digital files of envelope liners, belly bands and other elements with instructions.

See the full DIY and get the free downloadable patterns after the jump… Continue reading

Kseniya of Thomas-Printers has always been a big supporter of WeddingInviteLove (and one of our first vendors, too), and I’ve always been a fan of the organization she founded, Ladies of Letterpress (with Jessica W., the owner of Heroes & Criminals Press.)

From their website:

Ladies of Letterpress is an international trade organization for letterpress printers and print enthusiasts.  Our mission is to promote the art and craft of letterpress printing and to encourage the voice and vision of women printers. We strive to maintain the cultural legacy of fine press printing while advancing it as a living, contemporary art form as well as a viable commercial printing method. Membership is open to both men and women.

This is a community where you can read about our adventures in commercial, fine press, and zine printing, ask for advice and learn from other printers, share resources, and get inspiration for your own business and work–all for the love of letterpress.

Isn’t that just fantastic?

As of today, any member of WeddingInviteLove who is also a member of Ladies of Letterpress can edit their profile and choose to list Ladies of Letterpress as an affiliation, giving them a handy-dandy badge on their profile!

Interested in joining Ladies of Letterpress? (remember, you don’t necessarily have to be a lady!) Basic membership is free, but if you want to pay (starting at $60/yr, or $25 if you’re a student), there are plenty of benefits.

Sign up for free here, or see the benefits of a paid Ladies of Letterpress account here!

Thanks again to Ladies of Letterpress for being such a great organization!

Happy Monday! Check out this great Kickstarter project from A Fine Press, who is undertaking a mission to acquire and refurbish a beautiful vintage letterpress with amazing history. About the letterpress itself and the work that needs to be done:

When I moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Lakeland, Florida (the swan city) in the year 2000, I was unaware that I was repeating the path of a Chandler and Price 8×12 New Style letterpress, which had made the trip more than eighty years earlier.

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Like many letterpresses extant, this one has been used exclusively for die-cutting for more than a decade and has sat un-used for several years. I need your help in acquiring this piece of Lakeland history and bringing it back to its prime working condition. The press appears to be in great shape, but needs a thorough cleaning (it’s covered in sawdust and gunk) and some additional parts to adapt it to modern letterpress printing.  This project is designed to fund:

  • the press
  • a new motor
  • rollers
  • an aluminum base
  • photopolymer plates
  • ink
  • paper
  • rent – our floors can’t handle this half-ton monster

I’ve figured, in total, it will cost approximately $4,250 to bring this press to printing life and get the plates and paper necessary to give you the goods.

They’re a quarter of the way to funding with 11 days left to go. It’s a great project to support — every backer gets some goodies as a reward as well as the good feelings of helping out a letterpress printer. I donated $50, head over and support Swan City Press as well!

 

I was so pleased when these mailers arrived on my doorstep — I’m still a “newbie” to the stationery world and this is my first time going to the National Stationery Show (next week, aaaugh), so knowing there are some people out there who think I’m important enough to send me one of their beautiful letterpress invitations to see them at the show. You can be assured I will definitely seek them out!

Anemone Letterpress, booths 2362-2368 — love the colors here.

Fig. 2 Design Studio, Booth 1547, including a really lovely personal note for me!.

Joie Studio Design & Letterpress, Booth 1963, refreshing pale pink and grey with gorgeous type.

Looking forward to NSS and meeting a ton of really great people — can’t believe I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow night!