Graduation Gift Idea- Personalized Note Card Sets

I graduated from CCA here in the Bay Area (back when it use to be CCAC) quite a while ago, and I while I don't really remember everything I received as graduation gifts (a camera I think...?) I do remember going to Trader Vic's to celebrate (funny how memories can be selective like that)- and the long list of thank you notes I had to send out to everyone who attended, sent cards, etc... Oh how I wish I had been gifted some beautifully letterpress printed note cards, not only for the thank you notes to friends and family, but for all the follow up notes to potential employers... These beauties were printed on our stock 110# Crane's Lettra paper and envelopes- simple, classic but still young and fun. Let us know if we can get a quote together for some personal stationery for you or a loved one, it's never too late to give a fabulous gift! Prices start at $215 for a set of 100 A2 sized cards and envelopes 1 color.

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Bridal Shower Brunch Invitation

It's not that often that we get the chance to design a bridal shower invitation that includes a Dachshund carrying a ring (!) But we just had to include the Bride-to-be's best friend. Designed by us and printed on 110# Crane's Lettra with a fun accent envelope.IMG_2255 IMG_2247

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Vintage Map Save the Date

This save the date was designed to reflect the couples international travels all over the world. Each envelope was lined with a design from a vintage map, and the actual save the date shows a map of the Bay Area where the couple will have their ceremony.(sorry for the erased web address, I wanted to keep their wedding website just for guests!) All of our designs are custom and designed just for our clients, please let us know if we can design and print something for you! IMG_2241

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NIAD Art Center Pop-Up Shop (superduperultracool) + paper monkey press = Weekend Plans

What are you doing March 16th? (or anytime from March 15th - April 26th?) How about coming to visit the SUPERDUPERULTRACOOL pop-up shop in the NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA! Didn't see that coming did you? I will have some letterpress printed cards, along with some clay art pieces (letterpress + clay!), but there is also work from some very talented folks- and it is all organized by the super awesome Lisa Solomon. So come out, support the NIAD Art Center - and if you can show up for the opening on March 16th from 12:30 - 3pm, there will be food trucks (yum.)

Weekend plans, done. You're welcome. (and hope to see you there!)

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Nick and Ellen's Wedding Invitation (wood, wax and birds!)

Happy New Year! I am so excited for 2013 to get underway- especially now that we are back in California. I thought I would start off the year with a really fun and vibrant wedding invitation set we designed and printed for a really cute couple in San Francisco. It is unique in so many ways- the invitation is letterpress printed on 110# Lettra in FOUR colors, then corner rounded, adhered to a birch wood veneer card (also corner rounded), then sealing wax was carefully dripped and then sealed on the top with a custom stamp. How amazing is that? The rest of the set consisted of a rsvp card and envelope, and a weekend activities card with map on the back. Everything was carefully stuffed into a matching wood veneer envelope.nick ellen zoom nick ellen wax seal nick and ellen invite nick ellen full set

Giraffe baby announcements with wrap-around labels

This adorable baby announcement included a custom laser printed wrap-around label as well as a baby photo that was tied on the back of the card (which is what the brown and white bakers twine is for). Simple, cute and still a bit whimsical,  we designed and letterpress printed this announcement on 110# Crane's Lettra Pearl white paper. In the last photo you can see the giraffe giving me a sideways glance for all the photos color differences, making it look like we used different papers- but no, just me fighting with the sun for a decent photo. Next time, I'll get it right next time.

 

Oliver and Adelaide Note Cards, Tags and Business Cards

We finished this sophisticated and elegant project a few weeks ago, isn't it lovely? The hang tags are tiny but perfect and all the pieces are edge colored in a metallic gold that just screams luxury. If you haven't heard of Oliver and Adelaide, you should go take a quick peak, they put together and deliver very special personalized and hand-made gifts for parents and their children in the greater Manhattan area. Photographing metallic gold ink turned out to be pretty tricky- in person they look even better!

Wedding Reception Menu and Treat Bag

This clever and cute bag was designed by the very talented Lisa from Good on Paper Design. Not only is it a menu, but also a goodie bag for guests to take treats home with them. How clever is that? I thought the brown kraft paper would be tricky to print on, but it was surprisingly easy (well it did take some time to do the "make-ready" so the type would look the same although it is printed over the bags seam)....But the ink sits really well on the paper allowing for a darker than usual coverage on the banner at the top. I'm glad we used black in for this too- sometimes colors can get a little too low contrast on brown paper, but this just came out looking so crisp and sharp. love it. If you are interested in something similar, give Lisa an email!

Save the Weekend!

Hello, Back to some of our recent letterpress printed projects! I know I don't have to wait until after the wedding, or party, or any event to post about it, but I just prefer to wait so only my clients and their guests get to see the printed pieces until after the special day. So I've had to sit on this one for a bit, but it was worth it! This lovely tri-fold  save the date allowed us to incorporate all the necessary information- while still keeping the design classic and elegant. We used Crane Lettra 300 gram in Pearl White and a hand mixed ink to match the Hotel Bel-Air signature grey/blue color. I think it is so important to let your guests know all the weekend activities ahead of time, especially if they will be traveling to attend (as most of their guests were). Designed and printed by Paper Monkey Press.

 

Will you vote for Paper Monkey Press on Minted?

Hello! So the story is that I had a little extra time on my hands the past week (actually I should have been painting our stair railings- but when faced with the decision between painting 4 floors of spindles and handrails OR working on some fun designs for a contest- well designing won!) Below are the designs I submitted for the Minted New Year Card contest. If you like them would you "vote" for us? You can reach our designs by clicking on our Minted voting badge over there on the right.

Thank you thank you thank you! I think it would be so fun to have some of our designs out in the world through Minted.  Keep your fingers crossed!

(also on an unrelated note- I'm thinking about doing a promo for our etsy shop in September.  What is more appealing... 15% off or free shipping?)

Boston Wedding with trees, birds and a boat

It is rare these days that I have the pleasure of sitting down and meeting with my clients face to face, since we moved to the Eastern part of the country most of my design consultations take place over the phone or via email. But not this one! I was lucky that these Pittsburgh transplants found me to design their Boston (well, close to Boston) based wedding ceremony.The wedding took place at a beautiful Estate with lots of trees and birds, so we incorporated those as well as a fun map since everyone was traveling to the wedding location, and the full set was wrapped with a coordinating sash and tucked into an outer envelope lined with a dark blue liner paper. The invitation was printed on 220# / 600 gram weight Crane's Lettra and the map and rsvp card were printed on 110# / 300 gram weight. For the day of pieces, we created some beautiful and functional fan programs (digitally printed) on Crane Lettra new digital friendly paper. (We also did table numbers, place cards and menus- but did I get any photos of those before they went off to Boston? no. But trust me, they were super cute and everything matched perfectly.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vasiana and Igor's black and blind wedding invitation set

A simple and lovely invitation set for you this hot summer afternoon that includes a few fireflies and blind printing. (I love fireflies, I had forgotten how magical they seem during the warm summer nights here on the East Coast.) This blind and black wedding set was printed on 300 gram Crane's Lettra and design and printed by us at Paper Monkey Press.

 

A wedding in Italy

This post has been a long time coming, but I wanted to wait until after the event and then I had to actually take the photos- ah to have an intern that knows more than me about photography... one day. This very special wedding set was for a couple in Los Angeles who had both fallen in love with a small town in Italy about 2 hours north of Rome in the Umbrian region, Orvieto. There is an absolutely stunning old town with amazing architecture, including the former Abbey, and now hotel where they had their ceremony - La Badia di Orvieto. We wanted to make sure we included the imagery from the region into their wedding set, so I drew an outline of the tower (built in 1103) and incorporated this throughout the set, from the save the dates, through to their thank you cards. The image was printed without ink (blind printing) to keep it subtle but still hint at the amazing view that would greet their guest upon their arrival. The full wedding set consisted of the invitation, outer lined envelope, map, rsvp, rsvp envelope, accommodations card and brunch invitation. It was wrapped in a vellum enclosure and sealed with a custom wax seal of the Abbey tower. The pattern used on the liner, envelopes, rsvp and accommodations cards came from the local tile work in the region. The set was printed on Crane's Lettra Pearl White in both 300 and 600 gram weight.

 

 

 

Traditional and elegant black and white wedding invitation set

We designed and printed this formal wedding set, which included a custom shimmer silver wrap, invitation, outer envelope (not shown),  reception card,  and rsvp postcard (a great way to save some money- less postage and no envelope costs!). I love the simple yet elegant feel of this set- especially when it was all wrapped up and ready to be pulled out of the envelope by their excited guests. Printed on 110# Crane's Lettra paper.