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Noteworthy is now in Stores!!

Ok well let’s be honest Noteworthy is in a store, but we couldn’t be more excited.

About a month and a half ago Jordan and I were on a date in Claremont and came across a great consignment gift shop called Heirloom. We were so excited by all their jewelry, unique lamps, chandeliers, and artwork. Our interest was really sparked when we came across their card wall. The wall was filled with a collection of cards from online retailers as well as a few local card makers. Jordan began talking with the owner about how we could add our work to the mix. After showing off our designs, we have handed over a selection of our cards which you can now find on their wall :).

We would love for all our local followers to check out Heirloom when you have a chance, they are located on the main street of the Claremont Village: 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd, B101A Claremont, CA 91711.

Printing Terms from “The Knot”

When I was planning my own wedding about 4 years ago the first place I went to was theknot.com. Not only does The Knot offer lists of local vendors, pictures of different dresses and bouquets, and the ever important wedding check list, there are also great articles all about the wide world of weddings.

As a wedding vendor myself I’ve recently revisited The Knot to poke around the invitation information. While exploring I came across a great article that explains a lot of stationery and printing terms that we often use when working with customers. While we don’t offer all the printing techniques discussed (hence the name Noteworthy Letterpress) I still thought this might be useful for customers to have as a reference. Click to read the article.

ONE Year Anniversary!

It has been just over a year since Jordan and I bought our letterpress and started Noteworthy Letterpress. The year has been even better than we could have imagined. We’ve had the opportunity to work on over a dozen different wedding invitation designs this year with more requests coming in on a regular basis. Thanks to our Etsy account we have even worked with wedding clients overseas in Australia and the UK. While we are still working on getting all of this years designs in our gallery, here are some quick sample pictures of what we have been up to this year.

Thanks to all our friends, family, and clients who have supported us this year. We couldn’t have come this far without you. We look forward to what the next year will hold for Noteworthy. Stay tuned for more posts to the gallery.

Sarah+Matt Invite

Fall Wedding Invitation Monogram Detail

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How does letterpress work?

As we have had the opportunity to meet with new clients and work on custom designs for different people we are continually asked the same question, “how does letterpress work?”. Which is why for this post I wanted to take a little time to explain a bit about the letterpress process for those who are interested.

Letterpress printing dates back to the 14th century with the invention of the Gutenberg printing press. Back then, and even today, people used lead type to create the impressions you can see and feel on a letterpressed print.

Lead Letterpress Type

Noteworthy uses photopolymer plates (a light-sensitive plastic) to create our designs instead of lead type as it frees us from any font or design limitations, not to mention it requires much less storage space. Once we complete our design and get our photopolymer plate made we attach it to a metal plate and put it into the press. The next step is to mix the ink to create just the right color. The ink is then spread onto a round metal disk at the top of the press. The press is equipped with 2-3 rubber rollers that travel from ink disk to plate to refresh the ink between impressions. The press then presses the inked plate against a piece of paper. Each one of the pieces of paper is hand fed into the moving press. If the design calls for multiple ink colors a different plate has to be created for each color and the paper has to be re-fed into the press for each color.

As you can tell letterpress is a major hands on process and requires a lot of time and attention to detail. The printing process can often be very frustrating, trying to get the plate to ink properly or press with just the right pressure. But however frustrating the process may be at times, nothing is more rewarding than perfecting a print and delivering to the customer.

Bonni & Alan’s Wedding

The green spring wedding invitation featured in our gallery was designed for Bonni and Alan Eldridge. The happy couple is getting married in June after dating for 9 years. They were high school sweethearts, dated all through college, grad school and the start of careers.

I have known Bonni since middle school and Alan since she began dating him in high school. They both are so much fun to be around and Jordan and I are lucky to get to spend a good majority of our free time with them. When Alan proposed to Bonni on the beach in San Clemente we couldn’t have been more excited for them. But when they asked us to create their wedding invitations our excitement grew.

It was such a great experience to be able to collaborate with them on this project. After spending time discussing their invitation ideas and seeing some inspirational pieces that they had chosen, Jordan began designing something unique for them. The design was kept classic and simple to match their style. It was important to us that these turn out perfect so Jordan and I spent a long time getting everything just right on the press, the paper cutter and the packaging. The end product was just what we had hoped for.

We wish the Eldridge’s the very best on their big day!

Welcome to Noteworthy!

Thank you for visiting Noteworthy! I want to start by telling you a little about who we are and what we are about…

My husband and I started Noteworthy as a way to combine our talents and passions into our very own business. As a Marketing and Graphic Design major we both have something different that we are able to bring to Noteworthy. We share a love for great design and letterpress, which is why this is a dream come true for us.

The idea for Noteworthy came shortly after designing an invitation for a family member and so the search for a letterpress began. After a lot of time on the internet and at letterpress fairs we found our 1938 Chandler & Price letterpress. It took a lot of heavy lifting and some help from our wonderful family but the press made it to its new home in our garage. For several months we continued to gather all the parts and pieces needed to begin printing.

Once everything was in place we began printing, and haven’t stopped since. : )

Me and our dog Rori prepping the press for printing.