DIY: Pencil Cup and Desk Organizer

Between all of the pencils, markers, scissors, colored pencils, pens, and X-acto knives we have floating around the office and studio, it can get a bit messy and unorganized (especially since I tend to grab something from the desk and never put it back in the same spot). With this easy pencil cup and desk organizer DIY, I plan on making multiples in order to keep everything in its correct spot.


Tin can

Leftover wrapping paper (thicker paper is best)


X-acto knife (or paper cutter)

Mod Podge (I used matte)

Sponge brush applicator


1 – Wrap leftover wrapping paper scrap around can (allow for a bit of overlap) and mark where paper should be trimmed.

2 – Trim paper to marked size.

3 – Measure length of can with ruler and trim paper to correct size.


4 – Apply thin coat of Mod Podge to back of paper (very thin, you don’t want the paper to buckle).

5 – Carefully wrap paper around can.

6 – Apply thin coat of Mod Podge to exterior of can. Let dry and apply another coat. Mod Podge directions say that you can apply a sealant to combat the tackiness/stickiness of the Mod Podge after it’s dried; however, I didn’t apply a sealant and don’t notice any tacky/sticky feeling when I touch it.

7 – Get your desk organized!

New Cards!

Wrapping up a new card release is always a huge burst of excitement and huge sigh of relief. From designing and printing to video production and catalog updates, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun. I love being involved in all facets of the release– it keeps us on our toes and keeps it interesting.

For these new cards, we added new sentiments to a couple of styles from our release in May. Jamie and I really like the crispness and simplicity of single-color text on the thick cotton paper and wanted to emphasize that in these six designs. The print impression with the block shadow effect in the first three cards almost gives the appearance that parts of the paper have actually been cut away to reveal colored paper beneath. I love seeing the transformation from the flatness of digital design to impression and texture of the printed card.

In contrast to the sleek, straight lines of the first three cards, the remaining cards emphasize the fluidity of lines and curves and were all drawn by hand.

Curious about the letterpress printing process and want to see what all goes in to printing one of our cards? Click on the photos below to check out the accompanying video Card Stories for each of our new cards.

Like what you see and want to spread some handwritten cheer? Pick up a card (or set) online or through one of our awesome retailers.

Indie Craft Parade Recap

What an awesome weekend!
One evening and two full days of handmade amazingness. Jamie and I had such a great time this past weekend in Greenville, SC at the Indie Craft Parade. Over 6,000 people attended the three-day event, and it was pretty incredible to see such support for craft and handmade. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth (both familiar faces and new ones).

We changed up our booth display a bit to maximize our 4-ft table space. We heard lots of positive feedback about the display and even received third prize for best booth display (those couple of late work nights paid off!). Since we were indoors, we were also able to set up an iPhone with a loop of a couple Card Story videos. (And, yes, this is the only picture I have of our display. Oh well.)

Erin Godbey and Elizabeth Ramos, the Indie Craft Parade coordinators, are extraordinary. Their attention to detail in organizing and executing the event definitely shows. We were also really thankful for the great team of volunteers who always had smiles on their faces and were always willing to lend a hand (and bring us a bottle of water). And, of course, a big thanks to the sponsors who were another huge part in making the event so successful.

The Huguenot Mill is a great venue. It’s the perfect size, and the exposed brick and hardwood floors really add nice visual interest (and uphold the handmade-craft aesthetic).

I loved these pairs of ceramic pears by Crave Studio.

A la carte party goods by The Gilded Fete are perfect for adding the finishing touch to your party decor.

I couldn’t get enough of The Small Object’s fabulous packaging and charming display– so good!

One of my favorite parts about participating in craft shows is getting to know other artisans. We spent lots of great time and conversations with our good friend and fellow letterpress printer Katie of Concrete Lace.

There were lots of talented people from Charleston:

Fellow Park Circle resident and chocolatier Johnny of Sweeteeth 


My Creative Coffee friend Sarah of Dodeline Design (with her husband Robert)

We also met Michelle of Finkelstein’s Center for Toys and our booth neighbor and new-Charleston-resident Emily Jeffords of Emily Jeffords Art & Design and Beautiful Hello (and unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of either of their booths). Park Circle neighbor Keller (of Warm Glass by Keller) also dropped by our booth to say hello.

The Vagabond Barista’s incredible, hand-crafted-by-the-cup coffee kept us well caffeinated throughout the weekend (and how awesome is it that they serve their coffee in actual glasses rather than paper cups).

Of course, we couldn’t come back empty handed. We picked up this awesome screen printed piece by Shed Labs

and this charming salt cellar by Jeanette Zeis Ceramics.

Cheers to handmade!


Ladies of Letterpress Conference 2012

Jamie and I just got back from a wonderful long weekend surrounded by amazing and talented people in the letterpress community. Really, it was that awesome.


Organized by Kseniya Thomas (Thomas-Printers) and Jessica C. Smith (Heroes and Criminals Press), the Ladies of Letterpress Conference gathers letterpress printers and letterpress lovers (guys included) of all backgrounds and experience levels in Asheville, North Carolina to discuss the industry and meet the letterpress community. This year’s conference included a tour of Asheville print shops, a total of 12 panels (on everything from business and legal issues to a portfolio exchange presentation), a keynote presentation by wood engraver and printer Abigail Rorer (Lone Oak Press), a film screening of Proceed and Be Bold, and a dance party.

There was also a Printers Fair, and this year Jamie and I brought along a display for the Letterpress Hotline. We handed out lots of information cards with the hotline number and got a few new volunteers to sign up as operators (that’s one aspect of the letterpress community that I really love– everyone is so willing to answer questions and help someone else out).

I could go on and on about how great the conference was.

And this would be an epically long post.

So instead, I’ll highlight what I think the best part of the entire weekend was: community.

A community where:
online relationships through social media become real life friendships
information and knowledge is shared freely
everyone comes from different backgrounds but finds unity in a love of printing

We are so glad we were able to attend this year, meet new friends, and to re-kindle existing relationships. See you all next year at Type On The Cob!

Upcoming! Indie Craft Parade 2012

We couldn’t have been more thrilled when we got the news that INK MEETS PAPER had been accepted as a vendor for the 2012 Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC. The Indie Craft Parade is a three-day (September 7-9), juried art market catering to independent artisans. It takes place (indoors!) at Huguenot Mill, a former textile mill that was built in 1882. Past event photos show lots of exposed wooden beams and bricks– it’s going to be such an awesome venue. With over 70 artists, there’s going to be an amazing variety of handcrafted goods, as wells as local food vendors, musicians, and a photobooth. Jamie and I were happy to see a few friends on the list of participants (Sweeteeth, Concrete Lace, Dodeline Design), which will make for even more fun.
The event kicks off on Friday evening (September 7) with a VIP gala. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday (September 8-9) and open to the public.



Photos by Indie Craft Parade.