Entries in Holiday (4)


Custom Christmas

Now that the holiday rush is behind me, I thought you might like to see some of the Christmas cards I printed for some folks. It is so much fun working with people on Christmas cards! Everyone is in such a good mood and can't wait to send out the finished cards to family and friends. I love the trend of sending out a flat notecard and including a photo with it. 

This card was for my sweet friends who just had a baby. I love the design by Jane Reaction for this custom card.

This is Jane's card for herself. I LOVE the simplicity of the design and the impact of the blind emboss printing on extra thick paper. I wish I could print every project like this! She sent out her cards with a beautiful family photo and tissue confetti in the much fun to get in the mail!

I hope you all had a very merry holiday and that as we look forward to the new year we count our many blessings.

Happy New Year,



For locals only's good to be local. McMinnville is such an amazing place to start a business, and to start a business in the downtown area is even more special. 

My Type A Press Christmas cards and tags are safely secured in La Bella Casa in the middle of it all, on their own special little display. Where else could I get such love my first time out of the gate? I can't wait to see which cards sell the fastest (thanks to my friends and even my mom who stated that they aren't 'that fantastic' for being the first to pick them up!). 

On my way to dinner with some friends I walked slowly admiring the creativity of the other downtown merchants with their holiday window displays, so I decided to take some pics. My next post will feature some of the more creative. 

In the meantime, here's to a great downtown and to the type of people who make it great!

xoxo McMinnville.




Christmas cards (finally!)

The holiday season is here and that means Christmas cards!!  Most card companies are planning their holiday lines in the summer. Me, not so much.  I have a lot going on.  But, as my last post stated...better late than never!



The cool thing about my cards is there is some history with them. You could even say they are 70 years in the making (ok, that's a stretch). 

I used wood type that we have had in our newspaper warehouse since at least the 1940's to make these cards. I hand set each card and printed them on my 1923 Chandler and Price letterpress. Pretty cool, right?

Not only is each card unigue because of the printing process, but each letter is unique because of the age of the type.  You can see white areas in some of the letters where the wood type had taken a bit more abuse and the ink doesn't lay down evenly.  I think that adds more appeal to the cards because it shows that these were used. Not just by me, but by people who learned this craft when it was being taught in school. 

I can't get enough of the history of our newspaper and printing businesses and I love when I can use the same tools, type and skills that were used by our company decades ago. It gives these cards a bit of extra meaning for me, and I hope for you as well. 

If you love the cards and want some for your own you can contact me directly, or if you are in the McMinnville area you can purchase them at La Bella Casa

Also, a huge thank you to my friends who encouraged me to create this line (Jenn, Mike B., Karina and McKenzie), and for the hands on help in the shop with the awesome packaging. Wouldn't have done it with out you.

Happy Holidays!




Better late than never

I have been working on creating my own Christmas cards for a while. Time is really something that isn't working in my favor. I knew I wanted to create this year's line using the wood type that we have had in our family for decades. I created 5 cards each with a simple holiday saying. These are a couple of them, the others will be packaged and ready this week. It's not too late is it? Nah.

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!