Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One of my favorite things... Soviet Map

I thought I would start an occasional series of my favorite things.  I am starting with our Soviet map.  During the winter break our senior year in college, Dave, along with several of our friends went on a school trip to the Soviet Union.  This was 1988/1989, mere months before the break up of the Soviet Union.  One of the great souvenirs he picked up was this Soviet map.  It was obsolete in probably a year and to us, it is a reminder of growing up during the "cold war".  I still remember having safety drills in elementary school where we had to hide under our desks.  Like that was going to protect us from a Soviet nuclear missile.  But I think I love the map now because you can't buy another one like it unless perhaps you were in a Russian antiquities shop in Moscow.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank you Stationery Trends!

It is always so exciting to see your work in print.  I have been very fortunate to have my collection appear from time to time in the prominant industry magazine, Stationery Trends.  Thank you Sarah Schwartz, for considering me "trendy" enough to sit side by side with all the talented designers you feature.  This winter issue was doubly exciting as not only did one of my wedding designs show up in the Fresh Picks section, but I was quoted as a resource in a great article, "Writes of Passage"  which discusses trends in Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and Quinceanera celebrations among others. 

That is me on the top left, #6, with my Bethany invitation.  This Fresh Pick section was all about "White on White."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Papier Plume

Last February, just before Mardi Gras, we took a little trip back to New Orleans.  It was our first post-Katrina trip.  It was a big eye opener in that it had been four and a half years since Katrina and the devastation could still be seen in so many places.

One big bright spot was a cozy store on Royal Street, Papier Plume.  We must have spent close to an hour there looking through all the incredible pieces they had.  I got my first set of wax seals.  I spent some time talking to the owners, Robin Owens and his lovely wife.  I showed them my stationery.  I have kept in touch, sending them product updates over the past year.  So I was beyond thrilled when I received an order from them a few weeks ago.  I feel quite honored that they thought my stationery high enough quality to sit amongst all the other incredible things they sell. 

So look for sets of Robin Beth Designs letterpress note cards at Papier Plume if you happen to be strolling down Royal street this Mardi Gras!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Future Stationery Designer

One of my favorite things about having a child in Kindergarten is the holiday gift that they create.  This is my third set of personalized stationery.  I still have a couple of sheets I saved from middle son four years ago.  I wish I had from eldest eight years ago as our current Kindergartener wasn't born yet and so not on the stationery.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I know this video is really making the rounds of all the letterpress related blogs, but I couldn't resist showing it to my non-letterpress friends. This is the same press I have, except, I do not have and automated inking motor and so each time I ink up the press, I have to hand crank the cylinder to spread the ink.

Letterpress Coasters from Quarter Productions on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy New Year

OK, I know I am 12 days late.  But now that we are in the swing of things in 2010, I thought I would share with you some of my new favorite typefaces.