Introducing our Notepad Set!

It will come as no surprise that the gals of Printerette Press were BIG fans of back to school shopping.  Crisp notebooks, perfectly sharpened pencils and color coordinated folders were our jam.  In honor of every person who can relate to that story, we've created a set of notepads to dress up your desk!

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You can find the full set as well as a few individual notepads in our Etsy shop here!

Printerette in the Press: Haley & Matt's Wedding

Hey guys!  Yours truly is featured in the latest edition of The Knot Minnesota! We worked with Rosetree Events on the invitation suite and reception paper for Haley & Matt's wedding. It was Inspired by the European countryside, rustic vineyards, and had a vintage flair.

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

For the invitations, we used deckle edge paper in a range of neutrals to create texture. Since the paper was so special, Catherine kept the rest of the design simple with a 1-color letterpress of her calligraphy in deep green. 

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

In the envelopes, we kept things a little interesting with a watercolor floral liner tucked into dark charcoal envelopes. Catherine also hand addressed guest envelopes in white calligraphy ink. 

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

The day of pieces kept the texture idea rolling with deckled edged menus in the same calligraphy as the invitations. The deep green ink married nicely with the rest of the greenery used in the reception decor.

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

As a special gift to each other, Haley and matt had us create calligraphy prints of their vows to one another. Catherine wrote them out in calligraphy before having them printed on a fine vellum paper. It's a such a sweet way to commemorate the day!

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

photo by: Kelly Birch Photography

To see all the details from the big day, pick up a copy of The Knot Minnesota!!

Printerette FAQ's: Blind Letterpress

While we will always love the combination of bright watercolor with letterpress, we're really into the subtle texture of blind letterpress.

To create the blind letterpress, we create a plate of the design we'd like to impress on the paper.  The plate is set on the press and checked a few times to get the placement just right. Then we run the paper through like we would for a regular letterpress job, just with out the ink. Every time the paper hits the press, the plate will be pressed into the paper creating an indent of the design.

We're able to adjust how hard the plate hits the paper to make sure the design comes through. It can sometimes create a bit of texture on the opposite side, so it's not always idea for double sided projects. If we print on our extra thick 220# paper we can really hit it with the plates and not worry about extra texture on the back. 

 

Store Feature: The Paper + Craft Pantry

We're very excited to kick off a new blog series featuring some of the stores that carry our Printerette Press greeting cards. We've met some wonderful people with cute shops all over the country and thought you should know about them! 

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Pei, of The Paper + Craft Pantry in Austin, TX, was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to tell us a bit about her store and neighborhood. The Paper + Craft Pantry is Austin's first and only locally-owned retail paper shop and full-service workshop studio. She celebrated her 1 year anniversary in November (yay!)! In additional to selling beautiful paper and home goods, she and her team host creative workshops, community events and open studio hours. Check out the shop and some of their favorite places below!

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry

"We absolutely love calling East Austin our home! The Paper + Craft Pantry is nestled inside a warehouse space that's surrounded by so many great small businesses. Our iconic wall mural is hard to miss as you're driving down East 6th!" 

photo by: Mitscoots                                                          photo by: Prime Pet

photo by: Mitscoots                                                          photo by: Prime Pet

"We're a stone's throw away from Mitscoots, a give-back company who also employs the homeless to help them transition into a life off the streets of Austin. And our shop pup, Harley, loves Prime Pet, a locally owned pet shop that is next door to us." 

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry                                  photo by: Fleet Coffee

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry                                  photo by: Fleet Coffee

"Hops and Grain, a local brewery is just down the road and our favorite coffee shop Fleet is just a couple of blocks away." 
 

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry

photo by: The Paper + Craft Pantry

"But perhaps one of the places we visit the most is East Austin Succulents and Tillery Street Plant Co.- two side-by-side nurseries where you can easily get lost amongst the most beautiful greenery and plants."

Printerette FAQ's: Wording

Figuring out the proper wording for an invitation suite can be a bit overwhelming. Many of our couples want to know things like: What names need to be include? Do they need to include middle names? Do you write out the full date or just use numerals? We've put together a few examples for different parts of the invitation to give you a place to start.

Formal wording|one set of parents hosting

In traditional invitation wording, the brides parents would appear first on the invitation to indicate they are hosting. You would also include 'Mr. and Mrs.' as their formal titles. Following would be the request line inviting the guest to the wedding. When the bride's parents names are used, it's customary to use the first and middle name only for the bride and full name for the groom. The date and time of the wedding would be spelled out rather than using numerals in a formal affair. Numerals would only be used for the address of the venue of the ceremony and reception. 

casual wording|one set of parents hosting

For more casual wording, it's common to use first and last name only and skip the titles. You can also use numerals to call out dates or time.

Formal wording|both sets of parents hosting

When both parents are hosting a formal event, you'll use the same basic format as when one set of parents is hosting. The difference being you would include the groom's parents immediately following the bride's and the start of the invitation. You would keep the titles as well. 

 

casual wording|both sets of parents hosting

When both parents are hosting a more casual affair, you can skip the titles and follow the same rules as a casual even with one set hosting. The request line of 'invite you to celebrate' is also considered a bit more casual as compared to 'request the honor of your presence'. 

Formal wording|the couple is hosting

When the couple is hosting, you would skip right to the request line of the invitation and include full names of both the bride and groom in the body of the invitation. The request line indicates formality here with 'the pleasure of your company is requested'. Another formal request line frequently used is 'the honor of your presence is requested'. 

casual wording|the couple is hosting

When both couples are hosting a casual event, you can keep the request line loose and use that as an indication of what kind of wedding you'll be having. You can also skip middle names or initials and keep it to first and last. 

By no means does this post cover all the possible wording options there are for wedding invitations. We've fielded plenty of scenarios over the years here at Printerette and would be happy to help you through any situation! Drop us a line! hello@printerettepress.com

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Valentine's Day is creeping up on us, have you gotten a card for your special pal? Grab the perfect card for your guy or gal through our Etsy shop before you wind up in the dog house with Moose!