Friday, December 17, 2010


Congratulations to Sonia on winning an Exotic 2011 Letterpress Desk Calendar!

I've also drawn the winners for Twitter and Facebook.

I've got a couple more things to share before we say goodbye to 2010, so stay tuned!

Monday, December 13, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Letterpress Desk Calendars


Hi all! Happy Monday! It's time! I am down to my last few calendars we've made this year and now seems like the perfect opportunity to give away some letterpress desk calendars. So this giveaway is super easy. I am giving away one letterpress desk calendar to a Twitter follower (follow us @joiestudio), one letterpress calendar to someone who 'likes' us on Facebook, and one letterpress calendar on this blog. That's right. Three letterpress calendars to be given away!

So you have three chances to win. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and leave a comment here on the blog to say hi (be sure to leave your email address or send me your email address info{at} so I can contact you in case you win).

If you don't want to take a chance, buy the calendars in our Etsy shop while supplies last! Use coupon code '201015' for 15% all items in our Etsy shop between now and December 24th.

I will draw the names on Friday, December 17, so good luck!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Busy busy busy...

What does busy look like? My printshop...which are stacks and stacks of paper for custom letterpress jobs at the moment. Every spare space has a stack of paper either just printed or ready to be printed. Holiday letterpress cards, wedding invitations, all sorts of goodness.
Crane's Lettra is still our clients' number one choice for their custom letterpress printing. It's gotten so crazy that I've started labeling the reams with the job they belong to so as not to confuse paper or steal paper from one project for another.

Just thought I'd take a moment to say hi! We've got some cool things coming up soon so please hold on tight!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Merry Ornaments!

Joie Studio's Merry Ornaments are in the Etsy shop (well, the square cards are, anyway)!

Hope you had a great Turkey day! Don't forget, Joie Studio's holiday sale (25% all items) goes on through Monday! Just enter coupon code "BLACKBDAY" at checkout! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy birthday to me...and a present for you...

It's my birthday! I've had a wonderful year filled with so many wonderful people - my beautiful family, my awesome friends, and my fabulous clients. So to share the love, I would like to give a little something back: a holiday sale!

It would just not do to let my birthday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday go by without a sale at Joie Studio! So use the coupon code BLACKBDAY for 25% off all items in Joie Studio's Etsy shop! The sale goes from today (Nov. 24) to Cyber Monday (Nov. 29). And mention the code for 20% off custom letterpress orders of 100 or more pieces (business cards excepted) OR free 10-day RUSH service during this time frame.

Have fun! And come back later today for our calendar giveaway announcement!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Letterpress Card Offerings

So sorry I've been so slow to share our holiday offerings online! We've been going through a bathroom renovation and GEESH it's been a little insane.

Here are the first three up! A new one for 2010 is our Mele Kalikimaka card:

And, of course, they're BAAAAACK! The ever popular Nice or Naughty letterpress holiday cards are back!

Also back are the gorgeously luxe Holiday Sparkle Cards:

I have two more brand new holiday designs to share with you but I was pretty remiss in getting some seasonal help at the studio and so it's just me this season! Please bear with me, I've got a pretty sweet one coming up soon!

These three cards are up and available in the Etsy shop! More soon, I promise, and stay tuned on the blog for a very special Holiday Sale in our Etsy shop and a calendar giveaway on the blog!

Stocking Stuffers: Buttons!

Introducing one of Joie Studio's newest product offerings, just in time for the holidays -- our pin-back buttons.

First up are the Stationery Love buttons -Each button is a 1" button backed with a pin - this is a perfect little stocking stuffer for yourself or your favorite stationista!

Available individually or as a set!

Next up is the Quirky Quail Family - Poppa, Momma, & Baby Quail are all together and ready to go to their new home:

Each quail is a different size: Poppa Quail is 1.5", Momma is 1.25", and Baby is 1".

And, of course, all the products were made in the good ole US of A!

Buttons are available in Joie Studio's Etsy shop!

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 Letterpress Desk Calendars!

Joie Studio's 2011 letterpress desk calendar was inspired in large part by my current obsession with traditional Chinese and Japanese design motifs and my fond memories of my travels through Japan, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. I thought that the very beautiful, very luxe, very eco-friendly bamboo paper would be a perfect complement to the design. It came out beautifully. Here are the months:

These are available in my Etsy shop and they are in limited quantities. My birthday is Wednesday, so I believe I will have a sale to celebrate my birthday, Thanksgiving, and the start of the holiday season!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Ready for the Holidays?

I went to Fugu Fugu's open studio (well, the last couple minutes of it) and they are definitely ready for the holidays (as seen above). Then I paid for it by working late into the night on letterpress printing and then setting up the Windmill for its first maiden run.

The 2011 calendar is *ALMOST* done. It's worth the wait. It's gorgeous.

My photography of our holiday collection is *ALMOST* done. I have a new design to debut this year.

And the first of Joie Studio's offerings of stocking stuffers have shown up on my doorstep! I'm so excited to get those packaged and photographed and share them!

So sit back, I'll be putting out our holiday offerings this week!

Congratulations Paul and Kathy!

These custom letterpress invitations, if you can believe it, are 3.5" x 5" - what is normally the size of a response card. Gorgeous, don't you think? And I love how it looks with our brown paper packaging - so eco friendly, but it has such impact. Paul came up with the design, and Kathy came by the studio to pick up since I knew they were in a bit of a rush to get them out. She came at the same time I had a private letterpress workshop starting and took pictures of the presses.

Congratulations again to Paul and Kathy!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Looking for something to do today?

My friends Ken and Shino are having an open studio today at their Green Street studio. Go - buy local and handmade - have a blast! I am just back from Hawaii with loads of printing waiting for me so I have no clue whether I can go...but if I can, I will!

Friday, November 12, 2010

T minus 6 months to the National Stationery Show!

It's been a long time coming, but I have finally committed to taking Joie Studio to exhibit at the National Stationery Show in 2011! Putting down the booth deposit gave me many a sleepless night because in actuality Joie Studio is doing very well at its current size with our current new and repeat clientele that I adore and, really, why rock the boat? But I've long wanted to bring Joie Studio's goods to a national audience, not just the lovely niche market we've achieved, and the goal to get Joie Studio to the National Stationery Show did give me a chance to sit down and take a long look at what I've accomplished in the 3 years I've been in business and what direction I want to take Joie Studio.

It's kind of a good place to be. I know which designs are popular and sell well, I know where the weaknesses of our line are, and I know we have very rad offerings coming up shortly. So stay tuned. I've been given a good reason to clean house over here at Joie Studio, so starting in December, you'll see subtle (too not too subtle) changes going on here in preparation for our big splash in New York in May, including changes to the website, the blog, and our under-renovation online shop. I'll keep you abreast of our preparations for the Stationery Show, including booth build, catalog design, etc., as they come, so it should be a really exciting six months.

And for those waiting, our holiday line will be up once I get back from Hawaii the week of November 15th.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hawaii Post: SHOP TOAST Visit

I'm in Hawaii at the moment. One of the first orders of business of course was a visit to my ongoing collaborators (and friends from high school) Michelle and Jeremy at Shop Toast. Shop Toast are masters of favors and gift packaging and it was fun to visit the storefront and see all the fun stuff they make and all of our collaborative stationery around! We had a good meeting and we're hoping to have a very exciting new collaborative effort out by the spring that *ahem* marries Shop Toast design with Joie Studio letterpress.

Here are a couple pics I took of the shop while I was there. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from my Snuggle Puppy and me! Hope you had a fun, safe Halloween! We had a blast holding down the fort, although we ran out of candy pretty quickly!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Newest Member of Joie Studio's Printshop

The newest member to our printshop isn't a press at all - it's a cutter! A gorgeous, 30" cutter - a Challenge Advance to be exact. I have had paper cutter drama after paper cutter drama looking for a cutter for the shop, and it's taken me awhile to find a good paper cutter in my price range. And this one is it. It has original gold leaf design on it and everything. It may seem like a bit of overkill to call our friendly neighborhood press mover for it, but all my friends have been twice bitten, four times shy when it comes to moving my press equipment, and it really isn't that much cheaper to move it yourself anyway. Here she is on the truck waiting to be unloaded:
Jim & Marco doing their thing:
I have yet to take close-up pics of the cutter, but I'll be sure to share with you as soon as I do!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Congratulations Jaime and Patrick!

Working with clients like Jaime is the main reason I love the Your Letterpress program. Jaime loved the entire process, and I was more than happy to transform her design into gorgeous custom letterpress invitations.

Here is the entire letterpress invitation suite:

Jaime chose a gorgeous charcoal color and paired it with metallic gold for her invitations:
Another closeup of the letterpress invitation:

The letterpress response card and letterpress printed envelope:
And, to round off the letterpress invitation suite, the information/map card:

And here is a picture of our new more eco-friendly packaging. It's inspired by the notion of "brown paper packages tied up with string." I'm hoping that Joie Studio's letterpress invitations are one of your favorite things:

If I remember, I also assemble one invitation suite and put them into an envelope. I dressed up the invitation with a little bit of ribbon, which is totally optional, but I had some ivory ribbon to play around with:
Congratulations again Jaime and Patrick!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congratulations Jean and Jay!

I don't know if I've ever printed so many custom invitation sets for the same wedding as I did for the weekend of October 9th and 10th. I have more custom letterpress invitations to share with you and it will probably spill into next week. Jean was the first client to contact me about the weekend in question, bringing me this lovely invitation suite she had Lucky Luxe design for her. Jean wanted some pieces flat printed, some pieces letterpress printed, and one piece both letterpress and flat printed, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Here is the entire invitation suite:
The invitation, 100% letterpress printed:
A close-up of the letterpress invitation suite:
Jean had two different response cards - one for her tech savvy guests who could respond online and one traditional response card that included a letterpress printed envelope:
And the directions card, where the blue is letterpress printed while the grey is flat printed:

Congratulations again Jean and Jay! I hope your big day went off without a hitch!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Congratulations Sonia & Eric!

Congratulations to Sonia and Eric! Sonia came to me with this gorgeous 1-color letterpress design incorporating two hot trends in wedding invitations - monogram & the ultra deLUXE A9 size (5.5" x 8.5").

Here is the corresponding response card:

Sonia also had us make her a custom return address rubber stamp for the envelopes:
Here is Sonia & Eric's invitation plate on the Vandercook. If you notice, there's a piece of paper sticking out from under the plate. The invite was low in that area so I built it up a little bit to get even impression:
And here are the letterpress invitations all packed up and ready to go to their new home. Sonia and Eric were one of the last ones to get the box packaging as we're moving towards more eco-friendly packaging (and much cuter, too!) for our custom letterpress invitation orders. Here they are, tied up with satin ribbon to help the invites and response cards stay in place during transit (and to dress up the packaging a little bit).

Congratulations again to Sonia & Eric!
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