22 September 2008

letterpress goodness

{the printing studio}

it was a beautiful couple of days on the central coast and i spent most of it with the lovely megan from nutmeg press (the maker of the most beautiful handmade paper i have ever seen). saturday megan was kind enough to help me with a wedding a project ... our menus. you see we are crazy food people and we are hands down obsessed with fancy food. we are working with our most fabulous caterer (and family friend), laurey masterson, to create the perfect menu for the evening, and it is turning out to be a piece of art. we are tying in the stories of every ingredient (well almost) starting from the farm so what began as a menu has turned into a book, literally.

and this weekend megan and i were making the book covers. we used a file i created that resembles the inner envelopes and then brings back my oh so favorite font from the save the date. i had originally planned on just using a blind stamp, but the paper is the palest grey and we couldn't get the detail in the trees to pop without a bit of ink. we ended up going with a layer of white and it was the perfect compliment.

{the stacks of paper waiting to be pressed}

{megan trimming the plates}

{the mixing of the ink ... we added a touch of transparent to the mix}

{preparing the press}

{inking the rollers}

{inked plates are oh so pretty}

{a look at the trees, once i have scored and folded the covers and then binded the books you will see the final product, oh i just can't wait}


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I love love love love love those trees. And the inked plates? I want to eat them up.

  2. WOW! You guys are going all out and I love it!! I can't wait to see the finished project...

  3. love that save the date font. and lucky you - laurey's catering looks outstanding!

    look forward to the "book"

  4. Wow. The books will be so beautiful.

    And I think you might be insane.

  5. These are so absolutely beautiful -- and I love seeing the process unfold! I can't wait to see the final product!

  6. there is nothing in the world like letterpress. i can almost feel the texture of your trees through my monitor. heart them!

  7. Yay for letterpress!

  8. Christine, I had so much fun working on this project with you!!! Please, please let me know if you would like some help binding the whole lot together (that's when the real project will start).

  9. This is the first time I was this machine. Thanks for sharing this photos.