Get out your pens

Tell me your eyes don’t light up when you receive a handwritten note in the mail. These days it’s rare to receive letters from friends and family. Everything arrives in your in-box and is quickly filed away in its appropriate folder. I want my children and grandchildren to be able to look through my things some day and get a sense of the life I lived. I don’t envision them sifting through my gmail account to read my fragmented chats. So Sam and I set out to create sets of personal stationery that are the perfect size for a quick note to a friend. We printed them (letterpress of course) on 100% cotton (tree-free!) paper with vintage wood type. So fun! Get ’em while they’re hot!

Don’t forget the envelopes!

It’s amazing how a beautiful envelope can turn a simple handwritten note into a work of art. And likewise, how an ugly envelope can overshadow the most beautiful card. I am usually drawn to simple solids or rustic kraft. An easy way to spice up envelopes up is by adding cute labels (watch for these later this week) or a matching liner. This weekend I grabbed some scrap pieces of paper and lined a couple of envelopes so I could send some sweet notes along to friends.

Posted by Gus & Ruby Letterpress at 2:00 pm

It’s all in the details


{images on the right courtesy of Handle + Spout}

Along with getting Gus + Ruby up and running, I am also in the process of planning my wedding. The big day is August 15, 2009 and most of the major decisions are made. It’s all in the details now. I’ve been looking at hundreds of photos online trying to figure out what to do with my frizzy, gnarly hair. I think my best bet is to keep it tame in some type of chignon. I am skipping the whole veil thing and looking to put some type of hairpiece in, such as a flower- real or fake. I stumbled across the cutest little company called
Handle & Spout a few weeks ago and fell in love with their hairpins. I ordered a few for a test run and at $30 for 3 pins it was totally worth it. Even if I don’t wear them for the wedding I can’t wait to dress up for work. How cute are they?!!! They also make super cute headbands that I’m not quite sure I can pull off, as well as gorgeous jewelry and nesting dolls… perfect gifts for your bridesmaids!

Color Palette (first draft)


We are diligently working on all aspects of our business. I move from designing wedding invitations to working on the look of this blog to exploring packaging options. Although it’s non-stop, I do enjoy the variety of work. This morning I was having designer’s block on the 2 projects we are presenting tomorrow so I took a break and laid out our color palette. I love these little projects.