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Inspiration From Dad

On this Fathers Day I thought I’d write about how I’m inspired by my dad. The trigger was this little card.  My dad whipped it out on a recent visit. I think it’s fantastic and clever. It’s a bit of wordplay with his name; Patré instead of Pat Reagh (tee tee) and nods to his online endeavour of making and selling metal type on Ebay.  I think the layout, the color selection and the typography are all just perfect. Not to mention, of course, the quality of the letterpress printing. The thing that inspires me most is that my Dad is having fun. He’s already built his business, put his daughters through school and setup a secure life. He doesn’t...

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Ausflug: (Fookin') Bruges

My parents were here for a visit to meet Emmie in April. Since they flew all the way over from California, it made sense to visit a few other places in Europe while they were here.One of these places was Bruges, in  Belgium. Now, the only reason I know of Bruges is because of the very wonderful movie In Bruges. A strange little black comedy about two Irish hit men that are forced to lay low 'In Bruges' for awhile. One of the hit men played by ColinFarrell is deeply irritated at having to be there. He keeps referring to it as Fu*king Bruges, but with an Irish accent 'Fookin' Bruges'. As a result, I  ant refer to Bruges without...

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Printable Hochzeitsmenu Vorlage - Gold Strokes

The Gold Strokes printable menu is up and online in the shop! This tea length printable menu is part of a wedding stationery suite, but of course there's nothing stopping you using it for any other kind of celebration. It would work great for an anniversary party or rehearsal dinner for example. The stroke design on this menu and wedding suite is based on the black ink drawings I did some time ago. Now, you may be wondering how to print gold on your home printer, you can with this design but keep in mind it's a gold effect where it mimics a metallic as opposed to actual gold foil. The easiest way to see what it looks like is to...

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Unsere Geburtsanzeige

You might notice that I don't have any printable baby announcements on the site. That's because even before I had a baby I figured right after giving birth is not when one wants to jump into a DIY project. After our daughter was born I thought about it though, printing our own announcements. I have since learned how easy it is to be waaaay to ambitious about doing things when you have a baby. I have to remind myself that I can only do a fraction of the non-mom things I'd like to do (like post on this blog) at least for the next while. This left me in a bit of a quandary. Everyone knows I'm a card designer...

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Fonty Freitag - Twentieth Century

Even though this typeface was designed in 1937, it has a distinctly mid-century feeling. It was designed as a competitor to Futura (another favorite) and I've been using it since I was a wee lass in design school. You'll find it on many e.m.papers wedding invitations designs, but Twentieth Century is also the main star on the Zen printable calendar : The simple lines and straightforward angles based on the purity of Geometry based on the German modernist aesthetic appeal to my inner minimalist. You can download Twentieth Century free here.

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