the boys

when i'm not at the studio running the press, i'm at home running after these two. introducing casper and keller, ages three and two.

and this is my husband bill. he was looking exceptionally saucy that day.


sapling press letterpress classes

WOW! the response to the intro letterpress classes i'm offering has been totally ridiculous. as promised, i'm officially opening up the classes to everyone, but as of now there is only ONE spot left. here are the details:

This intro class is perfect for those who want to learn the basics of letterpress printing. In this first class you’ll learn to set lead type and print with photopolymer plates on a proof press. Each student will get to print their own business/calling cards, OR personalized note cards/thank you cards and envelopes.

Students will either choose a design from the options on the following pages, OR they can submit their own design one week prior to the class they will be attending. All jobs will be printed on Crane’s Lettra 110# white cotton paper and in the ink color of their choice. All jobs will be one-color.
* send me an email and i will send you a pdf of the design options.
CLASS SIZE :: 3 Students

COST ::   $125 for 200 business cards
                $150 for 100 notecards and envelopes
                All materials are included in this cost
CLASS SCHEDULES :: This class will be offered 3-4 times a month and will be a mix of both weekend and weeknight classes. The class will be filled on a first come/first serve basis. All new classes will be announced on my blog and sent via email one month prior. 

Saturday March 6, 2010 :: 10am-2pm     this class is full
Monday March 15, 2010 :: 6pm-10pm   
sign up by March 1 :: one spot left
Sunday March 21, 2010 :: 10am-2pm      this class is full
Step 1 :: Sign up. Please send me an email me at info@saplingpress.com to specify which class you would like to attend and your choice of either business/calling cards OR note cards/thank you cards.  After you receive email confirmation I will bill you via paypal.

Step 2 :: Choose your design. Once your payment has been received, please send me an email with your choice of design and the information you would like on the card. I will send you a PDF proof of your artwork to approve. You will be allowed one round of revisions after your proof is sent to you. Once the artwork has been approved there cannot be any further changes. 

Step 3 :: Send your custom artwork. Please send final artwork via email to info@saplingpress.com. You will NOT receive a proof for final artwork unless changes need to be made due to possible problems on press. Please send illustrator EPS files with all text converted to outlines, exactly to size, and in 100% black.
Things happen. If you have to cancel for any reason, your payment will be put towards another class to be taken at your convenience. If you decide not to take another class then I can offer a 50% refund paid via paypal. After final artwork has been approved, I cannot offer any refunds for classes missed. 

Since the classes have filled up so fast I MAY offer another march class, but if not then check back here on march 1st for the april class schedule. I can't wait to get started!!!

this video puts me in a trance. enjoy.

Vanishing Point from Bonsajo on Vimeo.


happy studio tour day!

so this past saturday, the PCC was kind enough to host the studio's 2nd annual letterpress studio tour and demo. we had over twice the amount of people as last year and they were all letterpress newbies to boot. 

my friend lisa, from ella studio helped me out for the day and i couldn't have done it without her. splitting into 2 groups, everyone was able to print a few valentine's day cards on the vandercook, watch the windmill in action as it cut the envelope liners, and witness the greatness that is the challenge automatic paper cutter.

photographer stephanie casey was kind enough to take photos of the event and post them on her beautiful blog. the studio never looked so neat and tidy and i can't wait to work with her sooner than later.

thanks again to those who attended. you made my day.