xoxo, paper monkey press
Hello, Happy 2014! So I guess my New Year's resolution of blogging more was blown before I even started since it's the 24th, and I'm just now getting to my first post of the new year... Whoops! Things are busy and already gearing up for all the Spring weddings. One thing that has kept us extra busy is our tiny Etsy store- Have you seen the custom note cards we offer there? They are lots of fun and make cute gifts. We make them by hand setting our collection of wood and metal type- the original and somewhat laborious way. Some of the type is chipped or warn, but we like that uniqueness and think it gives a quirky feel. We pair them with a recycled brown "paper bag" envelope and they fly out of the shop! Right now they are only available printed on our house paper (Crane's Lettra 110# Pearl White), and in our favorite 5.5" x 4.25" size, but we might expand this option in the future, what do you think? Custom quantities are available, but some names or words may not fit or be right for this type of printing, this isn't a font so not a lot of type sizes are available, feel free to contact us directly if you have a question or want a custom quote! Lots more exciting things to share in the new year, working on a new website, overhaul on our branding- and hopefully a physical move to our forever home (fingers crossed it's soon).
Scroll down to see some photos of what the metal and wood type look like.
Metal type waiting to be cleaned after printing...
Metal type locked up with wooden "furniture" waiting to be cleaned.
Wood type lined up waiting to be cleaned after a long day of printing...
You can see some of the individual make-ready we have to do to make each letter level with one another - vintage type is rarely all the same "type high" size.
Another cute custom personalized stationery set to share with you, we hand drew the carrots for the liners, as well as the bunny based off of Peter the Rabbit for some sweet note cards. The same font was used for the return address - I edited it a tiny bit for privacy, but wanted to show how cute this font is for kid's stationery. Designed and printed by Paper Monkey Press
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.
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!