The Making of Ali and Zach’s Italian Leather Save the Dates

17 Feb

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One thing is certain, and that is there is no limit to the extent that we will go to in order to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind set of wedding invitations. Take these Italian Leather Booklet Save the Dates that we did for our clients Ali and Zach, for example. The two were planning a blissful wedding week in Italy, filled with travel throughout the gorgeous cities of Florence and Portofino, all while dancing, drinking, and enjoying the local cuisine. Oh, and did we mention that they also wanted to invite 125 of their closest friends and family? What better way to get their guests psyched about their upcoming dream vacation than to send a Save the Date that basically said, “You can’t say no!”

When they initially approached us about designing their wedding papers, they had some ideas about producing a Save the Date that resembled a passport, being that their wedding would be a destination event and many of their guests would need to make in-depth travel plans. What that idea evolved into was a magnificent collection of luxurious materials, fine hand-crafted processes, and a little bit lot of love that was put into the creation of each of these booklets.

Read on to discover how these beautiful Save the Dates were made!

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The interior pages of the booklet and the custom envelope were both letterpress printed, so we made polymer plates after the design was approved and threw them on our Vandercook 219 and 10″ x 15″ Chandler and Price letterpresses.

 

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Using a custom die, we created these thick A2 sized envelopes that featured an “Air Mail” theme on one side and a vintage map of Italy on the other.

 

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We sourced some local raw leather and hand-stained it to match the style that Ali and Zach requested. The leather was then cut down to booklet cover size.

 

 

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Their custom monogram was then hot foil stamped in gold into the covers.

 

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Marbled Florentine papers were imported from Italy, and we used them as end papers for these gorgeous little booklets. Here, you see the book press hard at work, trying to flatten the booklets.

 

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We invited some friends over, telling them there would be a party, and when they got to our studio we gave them water and a cracker and a bone folder and told them to get to work. Just kidding! Well, sorta. We had a few kind souls come by and help us cut, sort, assemble and hand-stitch each and every booklet. (Remember, there was 125 of these puppies!)

 

 

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Seeing the booklets finished and laid out one-by-one on the table was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve ever had. This truly was a labor of love, and we would do it all again! The booklets ended up winning the 2014 Louie Award for Print and Production Excellence.

 

 

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You can view the whole booklet over at our Invitation Gallery, and don’t forget to check out the Invitations we made for them!

 

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2014 National Stationery Show Recap!

19 Jun

Well, it’s June 19 – officially a month and a day since the 2014 National Stationery Show launched in New York, but as you can tell from my delayed recap it’s also been a month of order-filling, business-card-follow-upping, new-friend-on-instagram-stalking, with a little sleep mixed in because, you know, health. We had a terrific time and made some new friends, reunited with old ones, and proudly, I must admit – avoided getting single paper cut! And there was a lotta frickin paper there.

Some of the show highlights included being nominated for 8 Louie Awards and winning 5 in the categories: Announcements & Photo Cards above $3.50, Deluxe Wedding Invitation Suite – Classic Printed, General Invitations above $3.50, Religious Celebrations above $3.50, and Print and Production Excellence – a category we won our first Louie award in last year! We were also honored to be announced as the winner of the Trendys Award in the Greeting Card Category!

But enough about us. I mean, we’re honored – humbly and to the max, of course. But there were so many more way cool moments that happened besides being adorned by heavy glass objects (which, by the way, did not cause any emergency dental work this year!).

Take, for example the 2014 Paper Party - what a bash! As you can see from the Smilebooth pictures, we maybe had a little toooooo much fun. Afterwards we popped over to the Shutterfly Designer Soiree downtown at the Bowery Hotel and had some fancy pictures taken that make me look a zillion times more classy than I actually am. Cool!

Then there were the daily Hand Lettering Demos that we held at our booth, sponsored by our good friends and Sakura of America! They were kind enough to put together these awesome little pen packs that included our favorite Sakura products: Pigma® Micron® and their brand new fineline Gelly Roll® Moonlight® 06 pens! We had a great time sitting down with our visitors and chatting with them while we hand-lettered a phrase of their choice right before their eyes. Sakura has graciously put together blog posts documenting each day of the lettering demos on their blog here: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. Did you attend the event but haven’t gotten around to tagging us on instagram? It’s not too late! @ladyfingersletterpress and @sakuraofamerica.

All in all, we were psyched with the response to our brand new deluxe cards, rubber stamps and boozeware, in addition to all new cards that I just can’t stop sending to family, friends and random strangers. We’re happy to be finally catching up with real life and back in the studio, dreaming up more ideas for new releases! Stay tuned!

 

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Our crate is packed and ready for pickup!

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Yeah. Stress happens. Luckily, roving masseuses are a thing!

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Our booth at the 2014 National Stationery Show

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We introduced a new line of 3D and interactive Deluxe cards this year!

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Another view of our booth

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Our all-new (and classic favorite!) custom rubber stamps are a hit!

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Our Boozeware section, featuring all new releases!

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Fellow Ladyfinger Tammy Ann Tan models off our Sakura of America pen pack giveaway with her sparkly gold ladyfingers!

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Instagram by Emily J McCarthy

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Instagram by Egg Press

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Instagram by Isabel from 9th Letter Press

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Some Paper Party 2014 smilebooth goofiness with (L-R) Emily McDowell, Arley-Rose Torsone, Morgan Calderini, Cambria Evans and Jenny Tiskus!

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The 2014 Ladyfinger gang!

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Some Paper Party 2014 smilebooth goofiness with Olga from Offensive + Delightful (left), Arley-Rose Torsone (top), Emily McDowell (right), and Chen from Late Greats (bottom)!

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Arley-Rose and Morgan at the Shutterfly Designer Soiree!

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Beautiful escort cards for the 2014 Louie Awards by Cambria Evans

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Taken at the Louie Awards (L-R): Arley-Rose Torsone, Morgan Calderini, Emily McDowell and Cambria Evans

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Arriving back to our hotel with our 5 little Louie awards!

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Our hotel room lobby. Filled with a high school band visiting from Texas. Cool.

 

Our brand new 2014 cards are now available in our online shop!

10 Jun

We are so excited to announce that we now have a bunch of new cards for sale in our online shop! We debuted this gang of dudes at the National Stationery Show in May and have finally gotten around to posting them online.

Our new collection includes a line of super duper radically awesome Deluxe Cards; which do neat things like pop out, turn into airplanes, turn into sheriff badges, turn into hot air balloons, turn into baby bumps, show you what the night sky looked like when you were born, and you know, other cool stuff.

We also debuted a new series of Rubber Stamps that include new address styles, all-new custom names, and individualized monogram stamps for all you DIY-ers out there!

Visit your local stationery store to pick up your favorites (and if they don’t have ‘em, tell ‘em they should carry Ladyfingers in their store!) or visit our online shop to buy yours today!

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Hand Lettering Demos at NSS 2014, plus an awesome Sakura Giveaway!

12 May

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Heading to the National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York this week? Be sure to stop by our booth 1864 Sunday through Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm for daily Hand Lettering Demos! Not only will we letter any name or phrase right before your eyes, but the first 200 participants will receive a very special Sakura Pen Pack, filled with Pigma Microns® and Gelly Roll® Pens!

Last year, The Knot captured our demonstration and posted this short clip to their blog!

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