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Weddings | Kathryn & Richard

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Happy New Year and Happy Friday Everyone!  With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it’s been a while since we actually showed off anything new!  There’s no time like the present to remedy that!  To start off the year, I want to share with you one of my favorite new designs from last summer, that I hadn’t gotten around to showing you yet.  This invitation was created for San Francisco couple Kathryn and Richard, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!  You can see the full suite in the photo above.  It included an A7 size invitation with corresponding outer envelope, a 4-bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a cute, A2-size Welcome BBQ invitation!

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When I initially began talking to Kathryn about what she envisioned for her invitation suite, she mentioned really liking this set of invitations that was originally designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for her own wedding and letterpress printed by us.  While Kathryn loved Jihee’s suite, she also wanted her design to utilize some more traditional fonts and to possibly add a few more decorative elements, rather than just relying on the text as decoration.  I think what we came up with was a perfect melding of these two aesthetics!  Kathryn and Richard’s invite was printed in metallic ink colors: gold and silver on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper!  I love the large, gold script names in the center of the design, as well as the gold flourishes at the top and bottom!  So pretty!

For the invitation envelope, Kathryn chose an awesome, shimmery metallic black envelope and we letterpress printed the same flourishes from the invitation on the upper-left and bottom-right corners of the front in silver ink.  We also printed their return address in silver on the back flap, using the same fonts from the invitation!

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One of my favorite things about this suite is the awesome combination of different papers Kathryn chose for the different pieces!  For her reply card envelope, we matched the colors from the invite envelope and simply printed a matching envelope in a smaller size.  For the reply card itself, Kathryn picked out an awesome, shimmery grey (almost dark silver) paper for the actual card, and we printed the design on it in black ink.

Last, but not, least, is their Welcome BBQ invitation.  In lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner Kathryn & Richard held a fun, Welcome BBQ at their home in San Francisco, the evening before their wedding.  For this smaller invitation, we hired the wonderful folks at Porridge Papers to create a custom gold paper for us to print on.  It’s difficult to see in the photos, but this paper is bright and shimmery, much like the envelopes Kathryn chose, but still awesomely soft and perfect for letterpress printing.  For the design of this card, we used a slightly more casual and whimsical font for “Welcome BBQ”, and added two little hearts to the line at the bottom.  Too cute!  These cards were printed with shimmery silver ink.

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Check out the detail of the letterpress printing in the image above!  I just love printing on custom papers!

Kathryn and Richard, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  I hope the new year to come brings you both lots of joy!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Stationery for a Wedding in Finland

I’ve said it before, but I always get super-excited when couples from overseas find us and hire us to produce their wedding stationery.  There’s just something about the distance and the great big internet bringing us together that I find kind of amazing.  Earlier this year, I got to work with a lovely British couple, who were recently married in Helsinki,  Finland, this past September.  Their wedding invitations were modern and elegant and I just love the way everything for them came together!

These wedding invitations featured a single A7 size invite and corresponding envelope.  The invitation was letterpress printed in two ink colors: gold and red, on lovely, Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  The invitation design itself was simple and modern, which I personally really love!  It featured the main body text of their invitation in a red, all-caps, classic, serif font and their names in gold in a simple script (at the request of the couple the names have been blurred to protect their privacy, however, trust me, the script was gold and simple and beautiful).  The text was centered and was surrounded by a fun, organic pattern of little gold dots.  It was so simple and pretty – I just love it!  We paired their invitation with an antique gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed their return address on the flap in silver ink.

Check out the letterpress impression in the close up photo below!

This couple were wonderful to work with, even from such a great distance, and  I absolutely love how their invitations turned out!  If you’re not in Oregon, but are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to send us a quick “hello!”.  We love working with clients from all across the country and around the world!

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!

Buddy Monday: Weddings | Lanie & John

Happy Monday Everyone!  So, remember back in March of this year how I had this grand plan to post something exciting that we had designed and printed for friends every Monday?  I was going to call it Buddy Monday, remember?  Yeah, well, back in March work and life got crazy and busy, and I only managed to do my self-imposed weekly blogging commitment once, for good friends Sarah & Adam, who now live in Maine.  Well, I’m  here to report that I’m making self-imposed weekly blogging commitment attempt #2, with this whole Buddy Monday thing, because, honestly, even though I didn’t do it for long the first time, I’ve still got lots of awesome buddies that we’ve made stationery for out there, that I’d love to share with all of you.  So, without further ado, here is our second Buddy Monday for friends, Lanie & John, who were married in September, in Napa, California.

Let me just say upfront, Lanie Williams is an awesome lady.  I haven’t actually seen her in person in a few years at this point, but our moms became friends when we were growing up, and Lanie and her family are quite possibly some of the more awesome people I happen to know, which I feel is saying something, because I know quite a few awesome people.  Lanie graduated from high school a few years before I did and moved out to the east coast for college, and now lives in Rhode Island.  I don’t see her often, but I was still super-stoked when I found out that she was getting married and she asked me to design and print her wedding invitations.

Lanie wanted something pretty and modern and not too formal, which made designing these super-fun.  One of the great things about designing stationery for close friends is that, often, they let you just kind of go to it and see what you come up with, and then make changes later.  Well, Lanie and John pretty much just let me go to town with these, and I came up with a few different options, and the above is the one they picked!  Lanie & John’s wedding invite is a single A-6 size card printed on 100% cotton Holyoke Antique White paper in three ink colors: grey, aubergine and olive green.  I got to use a pretty sweet hand-drawn border and lots of fun patterns, both in the text (check out the pattern going on in the date) and in the general layout itself.  We made a point to emphasize that their wedding was going to be a fun, laid-back, family affair, and I just love how the design came across as fun and casual, while still being really beautiful at the same time.  The invite was paired with a matching olive green envelope that was lined with a fun, floral paper, that I did for Lanie as a surprise.

In the photo below, you can see their return address printed on the back flap of the envelope in grey.  I carried the two cute little champagne glasses from the invite to the address, just to be a little matchy-matchy.

I love all the different fonts and patterns that I got to incorporate into this design!  I also love the very modern treatment of the date, and Lanie & John’s color scheme.  To keep things simple, we included the rsvp info on the invitation at the bottom.  This is a great option if you don’t need a separate rsvp card.

Take a closer look at those awesome patterns and colors below!

And, last, but not least, I had to sneak a couple of photos from the wedding off of Lanie’s Facebook page.  On the left is the cute couple – don’t they look gorgeous?!?  And, on the top right is a photo of both the invite and their save-the-date at the wedding.  In the bottom right is a pic of the whole Williams family with the bride & groom.  I love them all so much!

Thanks so much again, Lanie, for letting me help out with your big day!  One of these days I’ll make it out east to visit!  It would be great to see you again!  *hugs*

Busy, Busy, Busy!

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Well, Hello, there!  Holy cow, you guys, I can’t believe that it’s been over eight (8!!) weeks since my last post.  Man, time flies.  As much as I hate to admit, the cute little cartoon above is not so far from the truth.  There has been so much awesome happening here though, I don’t even begin to no where to start.  So, with the half-hearted promise that my regular blogging will return this afternoon or tomorrow, here’s the bulleted list of all of the stuff that’s been going on here, since I last saw you:

  • I visited old friends and made a few new ones during my annual early-June weekend trip to Seattle.
  • I bought my first house!!  (I’m supposed to close on 6/27 and man, it just can’t seem to come fast enough).
  • Twin Ravens Press is moving into a brand new studio space at the end of the month that is going to be AWESOME.  Photos coming soon.
  • Twin Ravens Press began offering custom laser-cutting, in-house, in April.  It rocks.  Photos and info coming soon.
  • When I graduated from college, I had quite an extensive background in screen printing, as well as letterpress.  We recently completed our very first wedding invitation suite which combined both printmaking methods.  It’s gorgeous.  I can’t wait to show it to you.  There will most definitely be more screen printing in our future.
  • We’ve turned out too many awesome new wedding invitations this spring to count.  You’ll be seeing them shortly.
  • We’ve also begun collaborating with Don Jeter on his newest venture, Oregon Strong Brand.  You’re going to be seeing some very awesome laser-cut, letterpress printed, packaging coming out of here for them.

I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something, but, you get the picture.  It’s been crazy-busy, but in one of the awesomest ways possible.  I can’t wait to show you pictures of all of the coolness that has been going on around here.  Stay tuned.  We’re returning to our regularly-scheduled blogging shortly!

Red Crane Tattoos & Awesome Shoes

Back in November a lovely Etsy shopper in the UK, named Catherine, contacted me about ordering a set of our Red Origami Crane Thank You Cards.  She was getting married in April and wanted to use them as thank you cards after her wedding.  She also told me that she loved my crane design so much that she was hoping to get it tattooed in celebration of her impending nuptials.  She wanted to know if it was okay with me for her to use my design as a tattoo.  Frankly, I found the idea totally exciting, and said yes.

I was extra excited to wake up this morning and discover an email from Catherine.  She got married last week and sent us a photo of her awesome wedding shoes, with our little red crane peeking out from them.

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Isn’t that totally awesome?!?  I’m honored.  Plus, I LOVE her shoes.  I’m so excited that  Catherine shared this photo with us and that she loved my little crane artwork so much that she wanted to carry it with her forever.  : )

Above is an image of the original card design that Catherine had her tattoo based off of.  These cards are available in our Etsy Store as singles and in packages of six or ten.  Larger quantities and bulk pricing is available for larger orders.  If you’d like some little red cranes of your own, go check them out!

Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine!  You rock!

Weddings | Galen & Jeff

Above is another one of my absolute favorite sets of wedding invitations from last year.  The couple we created them for was so sweet and wonderful to work with, and the design and colors are so much fun!  If you’re a reader of WeddingBee, you may have already seen these before.  The bride we created them for is Mrs. Candy Apple.  Galen and Jeff’s invitation suite featured an A7 size invitation with corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a 4″ square reception card that was printed as a coaster!

Check out their beautiful invitation below!  Galen and Jeff hired Blue Clara on Etsy to create their silhouettes and we incorporated them into this timeless, yet modern design.  The invitation is an A7 size and was printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper in dark grey ink.  Along with their silhouettes, the design also featured a lovely, decorative border and two different fonts: a fun, modern script for their names, and a classic, all-caps, roman face for the body text.  Their invitation was paired with a moss green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and was letterpress printed with their return address in grey on the back flap.  I love how Galen had us use a small heart in the address where the ampersand normally would be.  So cute!!!

The letterpress printing on this piece was just lovely!

Below, you can see the reply card that we designed to match.  The reply card was also printed in dark grey ink and featured the same border design and fonts from the invitation.  I love the cute, creative response wording that Galen and Jeff used, and the adorable animal silhouettes are always a fun alternative to simply writing out meal options.

Galen & Jeff also included a separate reception “card” with their invites.  They were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seattle, but held their reception at a separate venue: the Seattle Tennis Club.  They wanted to emphasize the fun aspect of their reception, so for this piece, rather than printing it as a normal card, we printed it on a coaster!  The coasters were printed in two ink colors: the same dark grey from the other pieces in the suite, and a nice olive-y green to match the envelopes.  I think this piece was super-fun!

Galen also added some additional embellishments to this suite that really tied everything together including a Moo Card with one of their engagement photos, bakers twine and custom calligraphy.  The calligraphy was done by Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele in Staten Island, New York.  Her work is always beautiful!  If you’d like to see these invitations fully assembled, and read about them on Galen’s WeddingBee Blog, you can here and here.  Check them out!  You can also read more about other aspects of her wedding and see recap photos by clicking the link to her full WeddingBee blog above.

Thanks so much again for working with us Galen!  I love how everything turned out and working with you was a blast!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know.

Weddings | Vivian & Allen

This past December, a lovely couple we worked with in Australia were married in Kew, Victoria.  Vivian and Allen designed their wedding invitations themselves and hired Twin Ravens Press to do their letterpress printing!  Vivian and Allen’s stationery suite included an A7 size wedding invitation and a small gifts insert that were enclosed in an unprinted A7 invitation envelope from Crane & Co.  All of Vivian and Allen’s stationery was printed in one ink color: a gorgeous, deep, dusty-rose pink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.

Below on the left is their invitation by itself.  I love the combination of classic roman type with the large calligraphic script they chose for their names.  The lovely rose graphic that Allen created is a gorgeous motif for a wedding invitation, and it letterpress printed beautifully!  In the photo on the bottom right you can see their gifts insert.  In Australia, enclosing a card like this is fairly common, as many couples don’t do a registry, but do a wishing well instead.  I love how simple and pretty this suite turned out!

Allen and Vivian – thanks so much for working with us last year on these!  I just love all of our Australian clients – it’s so much fun to work with you, even though you’re over 8,000 miles away!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  Congratulations!

Weddings | Caitlin & Matt

Last month we completed a lovely set of wedding invitations for a Chicago couple who are getting married this May in Cape Cod.  Caitlin and Matt hired us to design and letterpress print their gorgeous single-color invitation suite.  The suite included an inner/outer set of invitation envelopes.  The inner envelope was lined with a pretty green paper that was embossed with a lovely floral-vine pattern.  The stationery suite also included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size events card, a 4bar size reply card with coordinating reply card envelope and a matching belly band to tie everything together.

If you were to have received one of their invitations, the first thing you would have noticed was the beautiful calligraphy on the front of her envelopes.  Caitlin hired a Chicago calligrapher to match the script type we used throughout the suite for her guest addressing.  You can see the letterpress printed script on her outer envelope flap below.  In the photo on the right you can see both the outer invitation envelope and the inner one with the invitation tucked inside.  I love the pretty green embossed paper Caitlin picked out for the envelope liners!  The texture and color of it was just lovely!

When you remove the invitations from their inner envelope, the pretty bundle you see above is what you would see.  All of the pieces in Caitlin and Matt’s invitation suite were stacked in order of size and then wrapped and held together with a custom, letterpress printed belly band.  The belly band featured playful curly lines along the band and a round medallion featuring their names, wedding date and a bucket of hydrangeas graphic in the center.  This central medallion was matted onto a slightly larger circle of the same green embossed paper we used for the envelope liners to tie everything together.

Caitlin and Matt’s wedding invitation is both classic and modern at the same time.  The layout is fairly simple and traditional, featuring a small graphic at the top of the design with the main body of text in a classic roman font below it.  The styling of the names is in a more contemporary, all lower-case script, and is featured prominently throughout the design.  I love the adorable hydrangea graphic we came up with and used throughout the suite!  Caitlin kept buckets of hydrangeas in her bedroom at her parent’s house, and we found these to be the perfect floral, but not too-busy, graphic for their invitations.

Caitlin and Matt’s 4bar size reply card was designed to match their invitations using the same fonts and ink colors.  These reply cards were paired with a matching white reply card envelope printed with their return address in the same sage green ink.  All of Caitlin and Matt’s stationery was printed on 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Pearl White.

Caitlin and Matt also included a separate events card with their invitations.  This card was an A2 size and featured information about the other events they are having in conjunction with the wedding.  We created tiny icons to represent each event.  These events include a clambake rehearsal dinner, a Sunday morning brunch and a sunset beach bonfire the night after the wedding.  It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend!

Above is one more shot of the belly band by itself so that you can see athe beautiful textures from both of the different papers and the letterpress printing.  I just love how this piece tied all of the other pieces together!

We’re currently working on a matching set of place cards and favor tags for Caitlin and Matt and I just love how they’re turning out!

Caitlin and Matt – you’ve been so much fun to work with!  Thanks so much for hiring us to create these with you!  Talk to you soon!  : )

Weddings | Jennie & Jason

The set of wedding invitations I have to show you today are pretty special for me and for Twin Ravens Press.  I’ll get to why in a second, but, in order to understand why this job means so much to me, you need a little back-story first.  A year ago today, I was working with an intern in the printshop and I smashed my hand in our platen press and broke it.  Not only was this accident terrifying on principle, but at the time, there wasn’t really any certainty as to whether or not I would fully recover, and I had no way to know how this would affect my ability to continue my career as a letterpress printer.  I’m happy to say that, a year later today, I’m fully healed and entirely capable of creating beautiful letterpress invitations with no loss of dexterity.  I was really lucky.  So, what does this have to do with the beautiful set of wedding invitations you see above?  Well, a couple of days prior to my accident, a year ago, Jennie and Jason signed a contract with us and put down a deposit to have me design and print their wedding invitations.  When I broke my hand, it was going to be at least six-ish months before I could work again and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this job. As I’ve always said, if something is meant to be, it finds a way of working itself out.  This job certainly did…

Up until last March, I was basically running Twin Ravens almost entirely by myself.  I had occasional help now and then from interns and very-part-time employees, but there wasn’t a whole lot of consistency in terms of that.  When I broke my hand, I called up a now-very-close friend, Darcy Jeffs, and asked if she wanted to work here, part-time, until I was able to print again.  Luckily for me, she said yes!  Darcy is a graphic designer herself and worked in both Holland and New York City prior to moving to Oregon.  She now lives in a century-old schoolhouse on the Oregon Coast with her fiance and three adorable cats.  She’s also the proprietress of Neue School Press, and one of my very best friends.  Darcy took over this job with gusto, and designed the gorgeous suite for Jennie and Jason that you see above.  After the designs were complete, we printed and assembled these together, here at Twin Ravens.

Jennie and Jason’s wedding suite included an A7 size matted wedding invitation, a 4bar reply card, a Paebaek Ceremony invitation, a small website card, a custom belly band and two sets of envelopes.  Let’s check out their wedding invitation first!

Jennie and Jason’s wedding invitation was an A7 size that was printed in three ink colors (orange, red and chocolate brown) on lovely, 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton paper.  Each invitation was matted on a shimmery deep red card stock to create a border.  Darcy created the gorgeous fall leaves and branch imagery that you see on each of the pieces.  We paired the invite with gold A7 envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed Jennie and Jason’s return address in red ink on the flap.

Didn’t the graphics and letterpress printing just turn out so beautifully!?!  Darcy did an amazing job taking on a project that I was (quite literally) unable to handle last year, and the invitations turned out absolutely gorgeous!  The fall theme that she and Jennie came up with was perfect for Jennie and Jason’s September wedding at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Above, you can see what the invite looked like with the belly band.  Jennie and Jason’s belly band was composed of a circular medallion that was made out of the same Holyoke paper they used for their invitation, and was printed with their initials in red ink.  The printed medallion was then matted onto a slightly larger medallion made out of the same shimmery red paper we used for their invitation matt.  Then, the actual band, was made out of a shimmery bronze (similar to chocolate brown) paper.  It was scored in two places and fastened in the back of the invitation with a clear round seal.

Above you can see two of Jennie and Jason’s inserts!  The one on the left was their invitation to their Paebaek ceremony.  A Paebaek ceremony is a traditional Korean celebration held at weddings.  If you’re interested in what this is, you can read more about it here.  The Paebaek ceremony invitation was a 4bar size and was printed in chocolate brown ink.  On the top right, above, you can see Jennie and Jason’s website insert.  The website card was the same size as a standard business card and was printed in the same orange ink that we used on their wedding invitation.

Below, Jennie and Jason had two different reply cards, one with a July RSVP date and one with an August date.  Sending out two rounds of invitations is a great way to limit the number of attendees to a certain head count, particularly if you have a large guest list.  Both reply cards were printed in red ink and featured a place where guests could indicate what type of entree they wanted at the reception.  Each reply card was paired with a shimmery red envelope that had Jennie & Jason’s address letterpress printed on the front in gold ink.

Jennie was so sweet and patient to work with throughout this whole process, especially considering that my prognosis was so unknown.  I loved working with both her and Darcy on these and I think the final product couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Jennie was sweet enough to also send us some images from her and Jason’s wedding day.  Check them out below!  In the next two groupings, you’ll see both family photos from the wedding and photos from Jennie and Jason’s professional photographer, Jennifer Hughes of Jennifer Hughes Photography in Baltimore.

Aren’t they just a lovely couple!?!  Jennie & Jason, thank you so much, for continuing to work with us in spite of my accident!  I’m so happy that we got to do these, and it looks like your big day was absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks again!