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Client Work: Robyn & Alex
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On the way home from NSS, we took a detour down to Florida to see Brad's baby sister get married! Tomorrow is the big day.

We're both in the wedding party, and we're so happy to get to be apart of such a sweet family occasion. We had the pleasure of designing and printing Robyn & Alex's wedding invites a few months ago. The wedding has a travel and globe theme, which made the project way too much fun to work on. The compass rose featured on the invites is a graphic translation of an image from a Rand McNally atlas. Pretty fitting, given our family name! Each envelope was lined with a different vintage map.

We also worked on some really fun day-of pieces, which I'll save for a follow up post when we get home. See you back in Seattle, friends!

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Printing Will & Meggie
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I've been printing like a mad woman these past few weeks. I've also been carrying around my camera to capture process for you. (Yes, you!)

Here's a behind the scenes look at the 48 hour whirlwind that was printing Will & Meggie's wedding invites. Since this design required a long skinny image, I jumped in the car and went to West Seattle to borrow Myrtle Alley Press' Vandercook. This press is a beast. It can print up to 18" x 24", and requires about a week of energy to print for a day. (Picture me, sweaty and tired.)

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The plate for printing the first color on the interior. Big big plate!

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I really like pictures of tools.

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The first color, on the page. How pretty is the texture on that banged up feed board?

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Plate for the second color on the interior.

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I like big stacks of paper.

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Back to C&Co. and our Chandler & Price. Time to print the clouds!

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This is a great example of what white ink looks like when printed on colored paper. It's semi-transparent, kind of milky, and looks like clouds. Great for this application, not great for others.

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More beautiful stacks of 50. Repetition is soothing.

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Plate for the invite's front on our C&P.

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First color on the front.

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Here come more clouds!

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These clouds were really fun to print.

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Final steps: Scoring the pieces to fold and sewing machine perforation! The sewing machine isn't a great method for high quantities, but worked great for these 150 invites.

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All done!

The Letterpress Printing Process: Sean & Emily
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Hello friends!  I recently had an out-of-town bride ask for photos of the printing process, and I was glad to oblige. So I grabbed my camera and took a photo of each step of the process.

This is a rather detailed look at how we produce our client projects. Feel free to comment with your questions. I'd love to answer them!

1) Design the invitation suite digitally in Adobe Illustrator. (The design process has several more steps, but we'll save that for another day.)

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2) Prepare the finished design as a pdf to send out for photopolymer printing plates to be made at Boxcar Press. This is also when we order the paper, envelopes, etc. that the client has chosen.

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3) When the plates arrive, carefully cut them apart into the appropriate sections.

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4) Rev up the paper cutter (just kidding, it's manual) and cut down the parent sized sheets to the sizes required. This lovely gray paper is Magnani Pescia, an insanely beautiful 100% cotton paper made in Italy.

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5) Mix ink to the client's chosen Pantone colors. (We send out Pantone chips, paper samples and envelope samples to the client for final choices before placing orders.)

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Hello Josephine!

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6) Ink up the press.

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My drawer of printing tools and supplies.

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7) Grab the tape! (This cool trick is something I learned from the great Chandler O'Leary.) Measure the design and place the plate in the appropriate position with tape. Place the sheet of paper with the plate taped to it on the guide pins (the little doo-dads that hold the paper in place), and carefully close the press on the printing plate.

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The plate will be in approximately the right place! Cool, huh?

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8 ) Make the first print.

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9) Measure the margins of the piece, and move the guide pins incrementally until the design is straight, centered, and looks correct.

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10) Print the first color of the run!

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11) Stack those babies! We use a rubber based ink that soaks into the paper, making the pieces able to be stacked right away. This repurposed library cart is my favorite thing.

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12) Clean the press.

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13) Repeat steps 6-12 for the rest of the colors & pieces!

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Measurements & notes

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Back to the tape trick

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First color on the RSVP card

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Stack of "make ready" - the paper used to get the measurements, inking, color, etc. correct before printing the run

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The finished invitation suite! Ta da!

Where ya been, Sara?
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So, things got a bit insane around here after my St. Louis trip. While I was gone, work ground to a halt for a week and has been backed up ever since (nearly a month!) No complaints here, busy = business!

We've been on press every day for weeks, and have quite a few new client projects in the works. We've hired a lovely and talented printmaker named Cherish to help out around the shop  and assigned the beautiful and organized Holly to answering e-mails and setting up client meetings (she also makes wreaths). With our powers combined, work has continued on in a rapid pace and won't stop next time i'm out of town! (Which will be in July for Renegade Craft Fair & San Francisco adventure, which i'm currently planning and very excited about!)

Crazy busy Sara tends to mean no blog entries. But I've got lots of updates planning and coming soon! In the meantime, here's a greatest hits line-up of our recent design/print work:

[Tiny Newspaper for the '57 Biscayne Open House]

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Welcome, Jenny!
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Our fabulous new intern, Jenny Linquist, started with us this past week. And let me tell you, I am excited to have her!

You may remember her as the artist of "The Artist & The Engineer." She and her husband Mike were possibly our favorite clients ever. They were excited and interested in the process, trusted our expertise, and let us imagine and play and experiment. We were really happy with the results, and they were too. It was so lovely to work with them, and we were super honored to attend their wedding. Speaking of their wedding... please do yourself a favor and take a gander at their wedding photos. Too sweet for words.

Jenny will be keeping up a blog of her internship, which you should definitely follow. She's a talented photographer, a super creative human being, and i'm excited to see what we create together!

2 Years!
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Two years ago today, I married my best friend. We were so happy that day, and so in love. And two years of learning and growing together have made us so much MORE happy and in love!

I have too many things to say about my Brad - I don't know where to start, and I can't find the words to say it well. So i'll just type and we'll see where we end up.

Constellation wouldn't exist if it wasn't for this man. While we were dating, we daydreamed of working and playing together as Constellation. And Brad has a way of making my dreams come true. He has worked and sacrificed and supported me above and beyond what I could have ever asked for. He has believed in me unwaveringly. He's made it possible for me to do what I love - not just once, but every single day. I am so blessed to be his wife.

So here's to my Brad. Here's to 6 years of friendship and 2 years of marriage. And here's to the rest of our lives. I'm the luckiest girl in the world.

David & Micaline's Wedding
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Let me start out by saying that we love our David and our Micaline. We were there when they met, we photographed their engagement, and have spent countless evenings in conversation over a bottle of wine.

They're the kind of friends that we don't have to make plans with - we just know that we'll see them, even if its last minute. They're our bestest friends. And we were so happy to be a part of their wedding day, not just in invitations - but standing alongside them as they made their vows. Brad was the best man, I was a bridesmaid, and there were lots of happy tears.

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One of the big surprises of the day (for us) was seeing the cake. David & Micaline took a wedding invitation to the bakery, and had them put our monogram book design on the cake! It was so strange and wonderful to see something we designed on a cake.

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We also helped them plan & design a few of the day-of print pieces, which is something we really enjoy. As designers & type geeks, it's really gratifying to have a couple see the value of using one designer & one style throughout their wedding pieces. (But they're our friends, so they know what's up.)

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For the wedding, Micaline had a new dress, but was missing the old, borrowed, and blue of the traditional saying. In our wedding, I carried a brooch that belonged to my grandmother on my bouquet. My grandma Jean passed away 10 years ago, and wasn't able to be at my wedding. We were really close - she understood me better than I think anyone ever will. It meant a lot to have something of hers with me when I got married - and it meant a lot to be able to lend her brooch to Micaline to carry. We've now spent 2 years of holidays with David & Micaline, and weathered through many seasons of joy and trouble. We live 2,000 miles from our families of birth, but the two of them have become family to us here in Seattle. It was sweet to share a family tradition with them on their wedding day.

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So here's a proverbial raised glass to David & Micaline. You could not be sweeter or dearer to us.

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Wedding Invitation Design & Photos by Constellation & Co.
Wedding Day Photos by Kate Price Photography
Reception Location: Shilshole Bay Beach Club
Cake by Morfey's Cakes

Our Constellation Wedding
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Brad and I were married one year ago, on September 6, 2009. We loved planning our wedding together- which may be why we love being a part of other people's weddings! It's such a special time of excitement and anticipation - we can't help but enjoy it!

Our wedding took place in Sarasota, Florida at the historic Powel Crosley Estate. Our photos were taken by the fabulous duo of Mandy & Me, our flowers were artfully arranged by Sarasota Enchanted Flowers, and our lovely and scrumptious cupcakes were by the Wired Whisk Bakehouse.

These are a few of our favorite wedding details.

(Photo above) My dress by Casablanca Bridal, and the wooden dowel cupcake toppers - hand painted by myself in a fit of crazed creativity a few nights before the wedding.

The Crosley mansion on a very warm September afternoon.

The Crosley mansion on a very warm September afternoon.

Cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl!

Cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate, and swirl!

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Tequila provided by my hooligan uncles, our flower arrangements (all were in different vintage milk glass vases), and homemade white chocolate snack mix made by Brad's mom!

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Table settings lovingly set by family members before the wedding - my parents own an equipment rental business, Punta Gorda Rent-All, and the whole family came together to get the mansion ready. It's one of my favorite memories from that day, seeing everyone together in one place, working for a common goal. I felt (and feel) very loved.

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Our first dance - Little Trips to Heaven by Tom Waits

I don't need to take no trip to outer space All I have to do is look at your face And before I know it I'm in orbit around you I thank my lucky stars that I found you When I see your constellation, you're my inspiration And it's you...