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You can afford better than this – Staples wedding invitations

It’s our general policy here at Papillon Press to not poke fun at other wedding invitation styles (to each his own, really), but we have to draw the line somewhere, and when we came across this Staples brochure we simply couldn’t help ourselves. We highly doubt we’ll be hurting Staples’ feelings by posting this. They are more likely sitting on their mountains of cash laughing at us!

Click on the images for a larger view (if you can stand it).

We lack the words for how cheesy this is. It's bad enough the invitation features ultra-clichéd bridal roses, but they've photographed it and added a "softening" filter to the photo!
Talk about arbitrary placement of bad flowers! This border doesn't even make any sense.
Save the worse for last! Nothing says "we have no idea what we're doing" like a photo of the couple on the actual invitation. We're going to ahead and say it: it's in very bad taste to put a photo of yourselves on any wedding stationery. It pretty much will guarantee your invitation a place in your guests' recycling bin. Please, for the love of god, don't do this!

There is no excuse for ordering wedding invitations that look this bad. If you’re going to go cheap, at least go with a boxed set of Anna Griffin or Martha Stewart at Michael’s!

Business card – Anastas

This is an offbeat (for us) business card we printed for Anastas, a photographer from Peterborough, ON. Anastas submitted a very simple design to us to be blind-printed on thick black cardstock. We ordered ultra-thick Rising Black Museum Board for this unique letterpress job.

The results turned out quite well for what is essentially mat board (generally used for making mats for framing). The museum board took the impression very well. In fact, it took it SO well we had to remove most of the packing from the press! Mixed with a bit of transparent white, this business card has a sleek modern look to it.

Then! Anastas went ahead on his own and added white acrylic paint to the card for a really interesting look! We totally didn’t see this one coming.

One colour printed on Rising Black Museum Board, 2×3.5″.

Anastas added white acrylic paint on his own to highlight the information on his card. Here is the final product.

Time for another workshop!

After the success of our first workshop, we’ve decided to offer another on June 12th!


Papillon Press is offering an exciting opportunity for three participants to learn the age-old craft of letterpress printing.

Our Chandler & Price New Style press inked up in silver ink.

In this day-long introductory workshop, you will be introduced to our vintage Chandler Price & Co. New Style press, learn the basics of setting lead type in the chase, mounting the chase on the press, inking and printing one colour. We will be printing personalized note cards, and we have over 100 type styles and sizes to choose from, as well as boxfuls of ornaments and etched graphics.

You will also learn what real “em” and “en” quads are, learn the basic California job case and what all those strange typography terms really mean!

We can only take on three participants to ensure everyone has enough time with the press, so sign up soon!

When: Saturday, June 12th, 2010
Time: 9am-5pm
What you will print: personalized note cards
Studio Limit: 3 participants
Cost: $140 (includes ink and paper)

Location: our studio at 1287 Cawthorpe Street, Sudbury, ON. 705-618-1168.
Registration requires a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your place, with the balance due upon arrival. Pay by cash, Paypal or cheque.

Please contact Chantal at contact@papillonletterpress.com to register.

Calling card – Roseline

Here is a calling card we designed and printed for Roseline (a.k.a. Chantal’s mother). Roseline is a proud franco-ontarienne living in a decidedly non-francophone area, so we wanted to blind print the flag symbols into the card as a reflection of her personality.

Two colours on 110 lbs. Crane Lettra, pearl white, 2 x 3.5″ with slightly rounded corners.

Golding Jobber sighting

On the way to the Spring Wedding Show, Joel and I encountered our first Golding Jobber…in someone’s garden.

There it was, rusting away. The feedboards had been removed to make way for a MAILBOX that obviously no one ever used.

For shame! You can tell from the flywheel that it must be an early-20th century model as well, which is hard to come by in this neck of the woods. I told them they probably could have sold it, but they didn’t seem too interested.

If anyone is interested in seeing it (or refurbishing it!), it is located outside a sign shop in Orillia, off of Route 12 West (right before the Casino Rama turn-off).

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