Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New wedding logos!

These have been in the works for months. Months I tell you! But it was so worth it.
Introducing (drumroll please)… Our brand new line of wedding logos!

These logos are a unique way to give your wedding a signature look. Our round or square stickers and rubber stamps can be used in a number of ways, and thick beautiful coasters remind guests of your special day with every clink of their glass. And the printable logo can be scaled to any size you want, and the sky's the limit in how you want to use them.

Things you can do with our stickers:

Customize your favor boxes
Use them to seal an envelope
Decorate a flower cone
Seal a belly band

Things you can do with our rubber stamps:

Customize your envelopes
Use on favor tags
Stamp on favor boxes
Stamp on paper napkins
Stamp on fabric with pigment ink pads
Use on table number cards

Things you can do with printable logos:

Favor tags—we can set them several per page, so all you have to do is print them on card stock, cut them out and punch holes in them.
Seating charts—make it big and put it at the top of your seating chart
Fans—having a wedding in a warm month? Use it on a diy fan [link to printable]
Order custom cocktail napkins
Make an embosser to use on french flap envelopes
Get custom notepads

Have any questions? Want to add to our list of ideas? Email us with all your thoughts at info@printablepress.com

Friday, February 7, 2014

Free Valentine's Printables!

They're up! Go to A Practical Wedding for full instructions, and here for the free download.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A pre-Valentine's Day hello!

I am in the midst of a new year's revamp of the Printable Press website, a revamp of my understanding of the business, and adjusting my ideas about our crazy cat. Which is, that if I want to stage some photography, he had better be locked into another room.

Typical outtakes of every stationery photo shoot. And the printable valentines are coming soon with A Practical Wedding!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Time to 'fess up

I'm going to confess something to you. From April 2012 to April 2013 we experienced 5 deaths, attended 4 funerals, lost our last remaining grandparents, and both of our pets. And it was this final one, my cat of 17 years, that spun me into silence. I flipped out.

I had been preparing for her death for years, essentially ever since I moved in with Paul. She and I had been sole companions for over a decade and it was quite traumatic for her to move in with a boy ("What??") and a dog ("What the fuck??"). She was skittish, quiet, the runt of a litter found in a car engine, and it took her a year to trust me. Do you know how special that is? To be the only trusted one? It was like having a little wild animal around whom you had tempted with tiny bits of food to approach your campfire, the little animal creeping closer and closer, until one day you look down and realize it's sitting on your feet. You don't even breathe, not wanting to scare it off. 

That's what it was like—ever precious. And then she joined me on all my adventures.

When her time finally came I knew that no matter how much preparing I had done that I would still flip out. And so I let myself weep for days, and then on and off for weeks, and if the wrong commercial comes on or tender moment in a movie, I still tear up. 

But what I had not expected was the depth of flip-out. Her death, for some reason, made me doubt everything. This is sort of what happened to my head for a few months:

What has happened to my life? Who's that two-year-old in the other room? Who's this man sitting next to me? What is this, I own a stationery business? And I've fooled myself into thinking I'm capable of doing that?

Where did so many things go, those things I did when it was her and me alone? Where was art and staying up until 4am sketching, where was staying at the beach until sunset, where was staying at the cabin with a cat hiding under the bed when we heard a deer outside at night? Because it is always deer, not bears, definitely. Absolutely. It couldn't be bears.

Where where where did I go...

I stopped being able to do a happy blog, and I couldn't do an honest blog either, because I knew even my nearest and dearest were tired of hearing my confused dementia-esque repeated questions and flailings. When you do not recognize your life or your deepest self, you gotta solve it yourself. 

One of the things that I am receding from is social media. I have a whooooole lot to say on that front, which I'm still pondering, because if every single person in the business world is telling me I have to maintain social media then obviously I need to take them seriously. Perhaps. But sometimes, when things get to be too much, you have to slice off just a couple of things that are too much.

I am not solved, but I am pushing forwards. Right now with just a stick trying to force aside mental brambles and vines, I want to be strong enough to turn it into a machete, and go THWACK THWACK through the dead weight I've let twine up around my brain. 

I'm not even going to re-read this: here is my post. Please pardon any spelling errors...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zoo shots

Baboon butt, paintings by sea lions and porcupines, meerkat alertness, sea lion training, feeling cold. Continuing to have fun with my new camera. These aren't much or terribly original, but animals are always a good time, and this is the first time I've been able to capture one of the sea lions in action! They are one of the few creatures who have fun the way we do—not just to practice their hunting skills, not just something they grow out of, not just instinctually chasing the laser light, but doing something "just because". Like chasing and retrieving frisbees! Painting! The Prospect Park Zoo is only about 1 long block away from us through the park, we go like every two weeks. August refuses to learn the world "seals", since all he sees are sea lions. He gets furious with us when we say seals at all.

I'll learn 'im when he's older.