We made it into magazines : )

Exciting news – hot off the press. Lillapa wrap and tags in the December issues of Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens magazine.

Decembers magazines have arrived : )

A great big yeah! What a whopper – full page spread in Homes & Gardens this month. Big thank you to Rowen & Wren for the beautiful photographs

Made it into Ideal Homes ski-lodge retreat story. Cheeky little picture of Mr T.

Room set with Lillapa covered pressies

Nice detail shot. Big thank you to Charlotte who assisted on the Ideal Home Christmas shoot.

Rowen & Wren Christmas cards – Oh Christmas tree design

As if a year has passed by from last years ‘Winter berries’ design for Rowen & Wren. We’re very excited as the new range has only just launched called ‘Oh christmas tree’. Which took it’s inspiration from our very own christmas tree – the runt of the litter, left and unloved, we took him in, gave him a name (Mr T) and made him look beautiful. He only had a few branches but he did indeed look splendid : ) ‘oh christmas tree! oh christmas tree! How lovely are your branches’. Little did he realise he would be the star of the show : )

The starting point – Beautiful inspirational mood board & direction from Lucy at Rowen & Wren.
Some initial scamps and workings out
Paper delivered, screens etched and ink mixed. Ready and raring to go : )

First pass, two more to go
Mr traditional tree…
…and co-ordinating wild wood design
Can’t get enough of the matt gold foil, just a little flourish : )
finishing up – trimming, folding, die-cutting and assembling, a highly satisfying process : )
Initial wrap proofs have arrived, looking brilliant and spot on for colour continuity.
The finished wrap and tags together, a new adventure!

The final designs, packed and ready for off. A fine choice of card stock from Fedrigoni. Thank you Mel for all your help
Farewell Lillapa, Hello Rowen & Wren and your new home.



Ben & Jen’s wedding invites

I’m not sure if you remember Ben & Jen and the adventure they embarked on last year? A year spent travelling around Africa, well it just so happens that Ben proposed while they were away. Hooray! She said yes, of course!
And so the time is here to embark on their wedding stationery, just like Polly and Russell, they only wanted invites printing, but are hoping to have posters and a commemorative tea-towel printed for the event : ) Love the idea! That’ll keep us busy and out of trouble.Where it all began: mood board from Jen with images she likes, the mood she wants to capture at her wedding and colour direction. Their brief was to capture a festival feel with colour inspired by their travels, ooo and not be too serious. Collectively they love music and so I wanted to try and capture the sense of an old music hall poster for their invites.

How exciting, the arrival of the card! 700 gsm Colorplan in mandarin, turquoise and purple, super chunky – lovely. They’ll be a single sided A5 card in the end.
Lining up the screen, one colour print across the three colours of card, the beauty of this design is it could work on any medium, grey board, kraft, choice is yours, splendid…

…and lovely prints all in a row.

All three together, the colour is going to be picked up in the venue with hand-made garlands, fans and paper pom-poms. It should have a real festival feel. We’ll be printing some large A2 posters too nearer the time, they’ll be pinned up around the space ready for a grand old knees up.

A simple white colorplan C5 envelope, and they’re ready for off. Posters and tea-towels to follow : )

Polly & Russell’s wedding invites

Today I dropped off P&R’s wedding invites, felt like I was walking round London with a million of your finest pounds. Precious cargo : ) I was relieved to hand them over to Polly who loved the end result, hooray! It was great to catch up and hear the latest wedding plans, it’s going to be a great do : )

Setting up, plate – check, chase locked and ready to roll, check, funny drawing layout thing, check…

Charlie yet again coming into his own – loving the foiling process, so satisfying and so immediate.

Stacked and ready to go for the next round. Polly decided on screen printing the text over letterpress so we could achieve a nice contrast between the debossed foil layer and the flat colour achieved with screen printing.

Ink mixed, alignment set. Went for a cool grey in the end to contrast against the warmer tones of the soft matt gold foil.

Loving the mix of screen and foil, both have very immediate results which you can’t fail to get excited about.

See what I mean? Grey and gold, yum, yum, yum.

Small A6 folded card using a 50/50 cotton and wood pulp mix provides a lovely texture but nothing too severe or coarse. Printed both sides and finished with a kraft envelope and gold spotty washi tape.

The finished invites. Very pleasing

Lillapa Christmas card 2013

This year it’s all about tinsel and trees teamed with geo jumper patterns. Hope you like : )

A lovely stack of pleasing colours – paper chosen, cut, stacked and ready to go.
Setting up for the first pass, screen-printed this time, fancied a change.
Everybody meet Charlie – he’s the hot foiler, he used to work for British Airways, was later abandoned in a skip and found his way to Lillapa land and given a new home.
Some of Charlie’s handy work. This year we went for trees and tinsel teamed with wooly jumper patterns. Already having thoughts about next years card : )
A good close up of the hot foil. I decided to use a matt gold in the end, but could easily have been seduced by the copper. In fact I included this image because the pink, burgundy and the mixed metallics looked so wonderful together
Jumper and trees together, stand back and light your pipe moment.

My personal favourite, grey and gold, yum!
Lucky dip, lucky dip, which did you get? xx