a few saturdays ago, josh and i had an early morning date at regas studio in midtown manhattan. we thought we’d enjoy doing something new together like learning how to work their letterpress and print our own stationery, which we designed with them the month before. regas studio doesn’t usually let people print themselves, but josh actually went to the same high school as the regas letterpress master herself, meredith, and her husband who also rowed at columbia! small world! they were kind enough to let us into the studio for a behind the scenes peak.
the whole process was absolutely fun and exciting from start to finish. from talking designs, to picking colors and papers and envelope liners to actually manning the press! i wasn’t very familiar with letterpress before this so i was not aware of how much goes into each pressed card! a whole lotta tender love and care! i feel like i might have a hard time actually using my stationery because my penmanship is horrible and i don’t really wanna mess up those gorgeous cards with my handwriting! ;)
^^^with the regas studio ladies!^^^
^^^this photo of meredith and me on the left makes me laugh pretty hard because we were sitting with her at the table and all of the sudden josh picked up the camera and quietly moved over to the side of the room and stood on the sofa to take this photo. and we were all laughing so hard. we actually look quite serious and engaged in conversation though! well done, josh! ;)^^^
^^^here it is, friends! the press!^^^
^^^we mixed our own ink colors to get the exact coloring we wanted. josh was really into this part.^^^
^^^cleaning the machine before we go at it with a second color…^^^
^^^i chose this beautiful blue color for my stationery. i guess eleanor’s desire for everything to be blue is wearing off on her mama, too.^^^
^^^before the cards were cut… isn’t that blue so pretty?^^^
^^^with josh’s design, we pressed the color into the kraft paper over the words, so the words are actually risen and the color is pressed into the paper. it’s a little hard to tell in the photo, but really cool!^^^
^^^hot off the press!^^^
^^^and there you have it! we’re the davis family!^^^
we also designed a christmas card for our family with regas this month that we can’t wait to share with you over the holiday season! it makes me crazy happy i love it so much! if you’re looking for holiday cards or other stationery, check out their paper shop HERE.
this post is in partnership with our friends at regas studio. thank you so much for having us, friends!