Sunday, March 6, 2011

Just got a facelift...

Check out our new look at LOL Letterpress.  To keep up with our latest creations follow me on my blog at LOL Letterpress.  Hope to see you there.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Behind the Scenes - Our first photo shoot with NEMA

I know... I know... it's been waaaay too long since my last post, but if you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that our family suffered a HUGE loss last month with the unexpected passing of my mother-in-law. It was Megan that came up with our company name, and she was and still is a very strong supporter of all my endeavors. We will miss her dearly and I know she would've been proud to have read the rest of this post...
In Loving Memory of Megan Taylor

Late at night when the rest of the house is in deep sleep, I tip-toe into my studio, turn on the tunes and work ever so diligently on my invitation portfolio. It took 6 months, but with an equal amount of blood, sweat and tears (don't worry none of that actually ended up ON the samples, ewww gross!) I've compiled 22 original designs, some based on previous work, some all new stuff. 

The next step, of course, was to capture each suite so you all in cyberspace can see it! I am the luckiest person to have made friends with event photographers Marlana and Ed from NEMA Photography, who I think are my long lost cousins. At least they feel like they're family! We have so much in common - little ones at home, growing family businesses, strong work ethic, a love for all things wedding - I know this is the start of more good things to come! Their work is simply amazing, you MUST check out their streaming photo booth - it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to do this at my next event. Seriously.

Ok, you've waited long enough for a sneak peek of my port, so here it is as told by Marlana from NEMA herself...

Promise to show you more of photos from the shoot in upcoming posts. Til then,

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finding inspiration at the Pumpkin Farm

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the variety of climates we can experience within a 30-40 minute drive. Autumn is definitely in the air here and to get in the mood we took the little one and met up with some family friends at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center for some pumpkin fun!
Makes me wish I grew up on a ranch and run around with these
and, like my toddler, try to ride one of these
Until last weekend, I've only seen one species of pumpkins - you know, the kind they sell at the grocery store - but just look at all these different types of gourds! 
And all is not green and orange at the patch, look how gorg the purples and reds are in this cob of corn:
I'm totally inspired by these rich fall colors, can't wait to use these colors - I'm off to sketch!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

{The Wedding Collection} Happy Happy

I learned that in the Chinese culture there are a few essential things that are treasured in most wedding celebrations - the red envelopes, tea, and of course the symbol of "double happiness" or "shuang-xi."

The two "XI" characters symbolize the unity of the two families and the happiness the bride and groom are experiencing as they embark on their new lives together. So when Christine and Greg approached me with the concept of "Chinese-traditional-meets-urban-chic" we knew Shuang xi had to be a part of the invitations.

Christine and Greg (or as they call themselves "Gristine") haven't seen the finished product just yet so here's a sneak peek for you and them!

Wording is printed with a flame red on bamboo paper and if you look closely, a blind hit of double happiness lines the sides as a subtle yet distinctive border:
What does the rest of the suite look like? Think red silk brocade, a handmade clasp and a touch of gold. Happy Happy!

Friday, October 1, 2010

{The Wedding Collection} Love in Bombay

Since I've got Indian food on the brain, I thought I'd share with you one of my favorite 2-color jobs I've done in a while, something I like to call "Love in Bombay."
Designed for a lovely couple who met at work, these wedding invitations brought forth the brides love for all things paisley. With such an intricate pattern, we decided to accentuate the inherent characteristics of the cotton paper by creating an inked impression on top of a blind hit. The result is quite stunning!
And to top it off, the bride chose to highlight her cards by setting them against a dark chocolate brown silk backing with a lime green satin ribbon accent. A super luxurious invitation to what is sure to be an equally luxurious wedding!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do me a favor and make me some chicken curry

I'm taking a break from the business cards to show you a fun project I worked on with one of my BFFs this week - favor jars filled with Indian spice! Yum!
The maid of honor is hosting what is sure to be a FAB-ulous bridal shower incorporating a cooking theme with an Indian flair. She came up with the great idea of giving spice jars filled with one of two Indian spices (one vegetarian, one not) and reached out for my design input and able hands to get it done. 
Indian food is especially meaningful to the bride and groom as they had their first date at a favorite Indian restaurant and guess what was on the menu? Yup, Punjabi Chana and Chicken Curry - how appropriate!
We dolled up the jars with a gold organza pouch and embellished it with a matching gold and emerald gem medallion. I want one!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Behind the Scenes - NEMA Photography's business cards

I'm on a business card roll. A film roll to be exact. 

We recently completed 2-color business cards for our friends at NEMA Photography and are excited to show you some raw footage from the studio. 

(Time for our monthly oiling!)

Designed to look like you're looking through the lens of a camera, their cards are simple, fresh, and stylish - just like their tagline! 

We custom mixed the inks to match the green in their logo just right and added a little reflex blue to the black to give a nice contrast. We paired it against a fluorescent white cotton paper to produce a classic design with a twist of the unexpected. Can't wait to work with Mar and Ed on capturing beautiful shots for the new website!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Business Cards & Greeting Cards - Unique Occasions

You've seen the making of these cards for long enough. I am especially happy to show you all the final set of Unique Occasions Events' new two-color business cards and matching thank you cards. 

They were printed on 100% cotton Lettra in pearl white with hot pink and lime green ink. The greeting cards were accompanied with a coordinating shimmery lime green envelope, a special request gladly granted.

I'm definitely marking this one in my book entitled "A Labor of Love."

Monday, September 20, 2010

Behind the Scenes - The Devil is in the Details

For those of you in the invitation industry, you'll feel my pain. 

Last week, I blogged about a two-color business card job that we had just completed for our friends at Unique Occasions Events. I left off at cutting, remember? About that. My precious prints were hot off the press when I dropped them off at a local printer/cutter (whose company name will remain anonymous) to have trimmed to finished size. And this happened...


Needless to say, said cutter did not get paid. OH NO. 

So I rolled up my sleeves and started the whole job over again, went to my trusted friends and colleagues at Sunset Press (who have a great staff of professional cut operators), and we knocked out an even BETTER set of two-color SQUARED biz cards in no time. 

Lesson learned: Letterpress is a skilled craft. Right down to the trimming.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Behind the Scenes - 2 color business cards

We had the pleasure of meeting Nikki from Unique Occasions Events from the Goodness Gracious giveaway a few months ago. She contacted me recently to design and print her business cards and matching thank you cards in her company colors - lime green and hot pink. One of my favorite color combos!

So I thought that I'd show you a sneak peek of the production process behind the scenes. 

Inking the rollers:
Inking the plate and lining up the paper:
Making an impression:

Stay tuned for the final product. I've got some cutting to do!