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As I’ve been writing about all things paper, I’ve neglecting THE thing, the ONE aspect of stationary that thrills me, awes me, and makes me want to buy everything in sight when I find it.  Letterpress.  Letterpress is like an old friend and a complete stranger to me.  As long as I’ve been buying stationary, I’ve been attracted to letterpress.  My wedding announcements were letterpress, and both of my daughter’s birth announcements were letterpress.  There’s something about it – it’s old school, antique, vintage, and retro all at the same time.  It’s been going through quite a revival, and the more I’ve been researching it, the more I want to get on the bandwagon.

For all that I love about letterpress, the process is somewhat of a mystery to me.  I vaguely remember making letterpress notepads in sixth grade shop class (the alternative to woodworking).  I remember learning about ‘the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ – a panagram, a concise, short sentence using all the letters of the alphabet.  I made something for my mom – business cards, or a notepad – that smelled like ink and rubber cement (we made vinyl notebooks, too, and being that the class was in the basement with no ventilation, we created our first contact high as well).  I loved that class, and if it was the sixth grade as I recall, I also loved boys and tap dancing and NKOTB.  So, letterpress was shoved back in the type drawers, so to speak…

In college, I was given the option of writing a senior thesis.  As an English major, I should have been REQUIRED to write a senior thesis, but for whatever reason, the department didn’t make it mandatory.  My advisor suggested I write about the history of printing and publishing.  I was already well on my way to a low-paying, long-hour publishing job anyway; I may as well know how the books got there, right?  Right, ASK a senior you know to SEE if they WANT TO write a thesis.  I passed on the 60 page paper.  However, the idea of learning about printing never left me.

And, so, here I am again.  My girls are in school in the mornings, and do I really have some time on my hands?  Maybe a little, a smidgen, a tiny, tiny bit.  And I’ve been thinking and thinking about it, and, while I can’t learn how to letterpress hands on right now – I am GU (geographically undesirable, as they say), to a visual arts school – maybe I can learn in other ways.  Take a typography class on-line.  Learn some graphic design.  Read – hey, I like reading!  I do that enough, why not add more to the huge pile of books next to my bed?  Do research.  Do something!  Begin, as they say, at the beginning.

While doing some research today, I found a letterpress company whose name says it all – Letter Pressed.  Letter Pressed is a husband and wife team from Central California.  They press incredibly clean and precise cards, all in small batches, but all with large statements.  They also employ artists to print limited edition cards that seem to sell out FAST.  Here are two of my favorites –

                            Letter Pressed Did I

                            Letter Press airplane

I’ll be writing a lot about letterpress companies, but also about the process, the equipment, etc.  These won’t be my only postings, but expect to see a lot.  If you know of a good paper company, stationary shop, etc., that you think I might like, please let me know!

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I’ve been an Etsy fan for a long time…if you’ve never been on the site, beware, it’s a time sucker.  Etsy is an online community/store for artists, crafters, designers and generally incredibly creative people selling their visions.  I’ve bought jewelry on it, vintage fabric bags, hair clips for my daughters…it’s terribly addicting.  Anyway, lately I’ve set my sights on, you guessed it – paper.

This week I decided to look for notebooks and journals.  I have notebooks everywhere – by my bed, in my car, in my bag, the kitchen – anywhere I may need to jot something down.  I have journals as far back as junior high, pages and pages of copied music lyrics to express my feelings (I’m not much of a poet and hated my writing voice when I was a kid).  Now, I fill them with writing ideas, recipes, playdate info, my own spanish dictionary, love notes I stick in my girl’s backpacks…

Anyway, this week on my Sunday Etsy stroll, I found a lovely designer from Portland, Oregon called ‘Littleput Books’.  What first caught my eye were her recycled Scrabble board journals and tiles.  She can customize the front of the journal – eight letters across, five down, with one intersecting letter – I bought the “Love Life” one. 

Littleput Scrabble journal

Then, this beautiful journal caught my eye.  The koi fish has a vibrant cover, and this line of journals are for sketching as well.  The paper is a heavy linen stock, perfect for heavy pens or kohl.

 Littleput koi journal

And then I found these – Littleput’s custom accordion books, for weddings, party favors, birth announcements – she has a limitless array of papers to make these stunning little books. 

 Littleput wedding books

You can also check out Littleput’s blog.  And, she has jewelry, too!  Bonus!

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