Letterpress with Grapheme and Field Trip Society

Another awesome Field Trip Society class under my belt. :)

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, surrounded by beautiful handcrafted letterpress goods, type drawers, and creativity. I needed this time to get my hands moving on something other than a keyboard. Field Trip Society puts together awesome events, and I am more and more impressed each time I take a class. If you haven’t tried one of their classes you should.

This class we were doing Valentine’s Day Letterpress Cards at Grapheme in Seattle. The shop is so lovely, and the products are absolutely beautiful. If you’re in the area and in need of some cards, stop by!


We did two projects, the first was a blind emboss of a heart on one press. We were given the choice to either leave the cards a-la-natural, or do some watercolor on top. They had some examples of potential patterns to paint as inspiration.


Our second project was choosing a small phrase to typeset, and/or choose some pre-existing valentines illustrations to go with it. Typesetting is more challenging than it sounds, and it makes you REALLY appreciate how newspapers were entirely set with this type back in the day. I can’t even imagine.


To finish off the cards, we were given different colored envelopes to choose from, stickers as accents, or even trace and cut some envelope flap inserts. No details overlooked during this workshop! This is what I love about Field Trip Society’s classes. :)

The finished product…yes, it’s a design pun. :) Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day!


Seattle Bloggers Unite

Seattle Bloggers Unite Summer Meet-up at Fare·well Paperie

Last week I was fortunate to have joined all the lovely bloggers at the Seattle Bloggers Unite summer meet-up at Fare-well Paperie. I had an amazing evening at their Georgetown studio mingling and meeting talented bloggers from the area.

The founders of Fare-well Paperie, Jen and Lisa, produce an amazing line of letterpress cards. You’ll find the typical standard celebrations in their cards, but with a snarky twist. I love them!

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We started the evening off with some eats and a cocktail from DRY Soda. Then we heard all about how Jen and Lisa started their letterpress business. I love hearing stories of talented women who start their own businesses…it is so inspiring. :) After a little introduction, they let us wander around their studio to check out all their Their beautiful letterpress cards, wrapping paper, and colorful envelopes.

Farewell Paperie Cards

We then took our turn creating our own custom letterpress note cards on their platen press named “Bill.” We cut and created envelope liners to go with our note cards.


It was a fantastic evening. :) Thanks so much to the organizers and to the amazing sponsors…Fare-well Paperie, A Fabulous Fete, Cameos and Crowns, Chronicle Books, DRY Soda, Fran’s Chocolates, Jet Pens, Olive Box, Ravenna Girls, Sasquatch Books, Tattly, The Container Store, and Tutta Lou Press.