Rustic Elegance

On the weekend, Julie and Patrick were married, with a ceremony at their local church, followed by a dinner reception at the beautiful Chapel Hill Retreat.

Julie had a vision for her invitations, and designed her stationery to reflect the natural woods and earthy tones. We printed a 2 colour print on 100% cotton 300gsm stock.   JuliePatrickJuliePatrick_2EviChris-1641

We then designed a custom sized folder and pocket to hold the response and map/ information cards. The pockets were diecut in our Heidelburg press, and put together in their folder by hand.

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They were then finished off using a double satin ribbon and wooden engraved plates which had each guests name engraved.

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Love Cherish Adore – Autumn 2015

Wow, I cannot believe its been three days since the fair on Sunday. We had a wonderful time meeting brides and hearing their dreams and loved chatting about what we can create for their wedding. As part of a special task, I had the previlegde of creating stationery along with amazing floral work by Fabulous Functions, and styling by Plan Style Party. We chose crisp white linen along with white bentwood chairs, a gorgeous gold metal stand for the most amazing floral and greenery display. Details included sweet gold tealights and our gold foiled wooden menus and calligraphy place cards.

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We kept our exhibit space light and simple, focusing on the stationery. We had Kiera from Rapture Events help us with the chiffon drapping.

If you have the chance to visit an upcoming Love Cherish Adore fair, please do. Susie handpicks all the exhibitors who are creative, unique and ultra friendly. We have to mention some of our favourite friends in the industry, especially Alexis Atkins. Alexis is so talented and she create stunning artwork. The Hills Vintage Event Hire, were our neighbours, and they are so friendly have have some beautiful things to hire for those rustic wedding.

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Watercolour and letterpress

For a while I have been working with watercolour paints, and I love how it gives a soft look. I wanted to create a wreath design which we are seeing quite a bit with the latest stationery trends. After a few attempts, we were happy with the painted layout, and the colours. We then scanned our finished painting, and cleaned it up in our editing programs.

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Then we began designing an invitation, mixing letterpress and the classic foiling together. Printing plates were made and our 1960’s German built printing machine was set up to print the letterpress in a cool grey.

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After we had printed them, we set up our hot foiling plates made from solid steel in a different machine and hand pressed each name in a beautiful metallic gold foil.

We trimmed and rounded the edges, and begun to design our new amazing Euro flap envelopes. We colour matched the colours of the watercolour leaves to print the address labels in our dry toner printers.

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Many hours were spent designing, paining and printing just one invitation – from the watercolour, to the letterpress, to the hot foil, to the address labels, four separate printing machines were set up.

It is a creative journey for each design. From the initial idea, to seeing the finished invitation, all made with love :)

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The World of Envelopes

You would think that envelopes would be just an addition to beautiful invitations. These days we are seeing a great trend where the envelopes can also be part of the design, using beautiful colours and calligraphy style addressing.

Our main invitation sizes are smaller than an A5 but larger than a standard invitation square shape, and finding the perfect size is not as common here in Australia. There are a few floating around, some can be digitally printed on directly, some need address labels, and not in the abundance of colours we would love to see. Even due to the nature of the porous papers, some envelopes are not sealing efficiently.

So we have had a huge project, designing our very own classy envelopes, being made here in Australia, with an easy peel and seal style so they will seal every time. We can digitally print on them, or use the address labels or hand address them! An envelope for any style.

We have also sourced some delicious colours arriving from overseas. So soon we can brighten up the letterboxes and add some flair to stand out from all the everyday mail.

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Paisley Winter Wedding

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We met Blake and Suren over a year ago, where we chatted about a vision they both had for their wedding stationery. A simple paisley design with a monogram on crisp paper. We began designing and it wasn’t long before began refining everything ready to letterpress.

Blake chose a soft pale blue with crispy black text on our fluoro 300gsm paper. The lines of the paisley design imprinted well onto the soft paper. Their design followed through with letterpress menus and a custom designed chalkboard, welcoming guests to their reception.

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Keira & Josh

invitation_2Working with beautiful couples is just one of the greatest joys of my job.

Keira was so easy to work with, wanting a digital print design on the natural kraft card. A photo from their engagement session was used for the reply cards, which added a personalised touch.

For their wedding (yesterday – yay!) we printed and assembled simple order of service booklets in the kraft card with a silver foiled heart, and menus. We wish the very best for Keira and Josh.

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Alice and Steve

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Its been quiet here on the blog, but we have been happy creating and printing stationery for lovely couples. We had the pleasure of seeing how everything came together on Alice and Steve’s big day.

Quite a few months ago, Alice contacted us, with a vision of simple letterpress invitations, reply cards and gift registry cards, wrapped together in a soft coloured belly band. The search was on for the right font to match the style that Alice was hoping for. We know that sometimes it shard to choose the right font from a list, so we designed many layouts to make sure that Alice and Steve could see it in the right layout and chose from there!

We hand mixed the right grey ink, and their stationery was printed on our old 1928 letterpress machines all by foot treadle, even the envelopes. Once everything was printed, it was time to trim and assemble everything together.

The stationery for the day was bright and different from the invitations, using flowers, leaves in a cute wreath.

You can see the images here.

Styling – emkho : a creative collective   Floristry– Blooming Bridal   Catering – the food business   Reception Stationery – Magnolia Press   Lighting – CASO Light N Sound Weddings(Outdoor Lighting) and Venue Productions(Pendant Lights)   Venue – Carrick Hill Photography – Reyna Robyn Photography

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Business Cards and Branding Stationery

We have been printing some lovely business cards and note cards in our studio and just had to share.

Set your business’s image to a high level with letterpress stationery and cards. Either printed on 300 or 600gsm cotton stock.

Life In Still Photography, graphic design by Sprowt Graphic Design

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In Our Studio

Our new studio is almost complete, making it lovely to work in, and we just wanted to share with you some pictures of our presses. Have a great day!

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Spring Bouquet

banner-SpringBAfter enjoying some lovely spring weather, this design was printed using a custom light apricot ink, with spring green ink, printed on 300gsm fluro white card.

Centre bouquet photographed by Emma Sharkey Photography

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