Although it has been quiet here on our Wedding Blog, things have been in full swing with wedding planning for us. The latest project we are getting checked off our list is our wedding invitations! I have been diligently sketching, designing, re-designing, agonizing over fonts, pixels, paper and researching like crazy. Tomorrow is the day I get to go pick up our invitations. After quite the process of everything involved, saying I am excited is completely underrated. I have been dreaming of our invitations for weeks now, and am so anxious to hold them in my hands!
After giving a lot of thought on the invitations, knowing I wanted to do them myself, and wanting them to be something I am really proud of as a designer, I decided I wanted to do letterpress. I have been collecting images of inspiring images of invitation suites, or other stations pieces, to gather my mind around what I wanted to do. Some of my favorite sites and blogs for finding these are Oh So Beautiful Paper, Moglea, Maemae Paperie, 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty, Typography Served, Lovely Stationary, For Print Only, and The Dieline. That is only to name a few!
Before even thinking about the final design though, I started doing my research on how I could do letterpress on my own. I found that there was a kit I could use with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine that my mom already owns so went ahead and bought the kit to try it out. Also in my research, I found that it was rather a simple process to get my own plates made, and started the reading up on all the available documentation on Boxcar Press. They also sent me a sample plate to see how it would work in the material we would need. In addition to the plates, I knew I needed to do my research on paper.