Archive for January, 2010

New Salesman

It’s time the third employee of Spilled Ink Press started contributing a little more. Maybe our cat Sheridan should be our new salesman. If this cat can do it, then she can too.

Do NOT try this at home…

2 things to know for this story to make sense:
1. I’ve been told that it’s super easy to make cake with a simple can of pop. For some magical reason, it’s supposed to work- just pop and the mix. Chemistry, magic, voodoo, whatever it is, it works. See, I’m not making this up, it’s on the internet and everything.
2. We’re in the process of revamping our Daily Grind line of greeting cards. We’ve got a card that makes a joke comparing cupcakes for your class to shots at a bar (it’s a birthday card, it’s very funny, just trust me on this one). You may or may not realize, but we take our own photographs that appear on our cards. It’s just another reason why we’re ‘special’ (read “poor”). Fair warning, you may end up on one of our cards (yes, those are mine).

So enter tonights unfolding events…

Recipe for disaster:
1 cake mix
1 can of Dr. Pepper
1/2 bag of mini marshmallows
1 over confident, slightly stressed out, self employed invitation designer

Mix ingredients… then go ahead and mix some more, it’s just a carbonated beverage and some cake mix, what can be the harm in that, right?
Bake for 19 minutes. Pause the DVR and rush to the kitchen when you smell something similar to burning chocolate and an overshook Dr. Pepper.
And THIS is what it will look like:


click on this second image for a pretty accurate representation of what it was like pulling these out of the oven:

The weird thing is when you try to pull it out of the cup cake tray, it kind of deflates on itself, like an exhausted little guy that just couldn’t find the will to live. >pooooof
I should have known better when I walked into the pantry and realized I only had 4 cupcake cups, that was a sign to just walk away… just walk away.
Tony has already added to his to-do list for tomorrow “go to Jewel and get cupcakes”.

Indie Wed

Ok all you groovy brides and bridegrooms… come on up to Ravenswood on the 30th and check out IndieWed! I have a pretty good feeling this aint gonna be yo mamma’s wedding show!


Of course you will see our smiling faces with our friends from Green Paper Company. They are our friends for obvious reasons- a) they are awesome for inviting us to share their booth 2) we love their paper, and well, iii) they are kind of championing the way for environmentally friendly papers that are not just the speckled grayish brownish “look at me, I’m recycled” paper stock (although, not that there’s anything wrong with that!). We heart post-consumer waste.


AND quite possibly what I’m looking forward to the most is being in the coolest building on Ravenswood Avenue. I have to admit, I am a sucker for those warehouse buildings on Ravenswood. In my past life of taking the train into downtown for my 9 to 5 job everyday, one of my favorite turns on the brownline trek south was passing by that really awesome building with the large glass full height atrium rising above the other warehouses (that is, if I was still awake at this point). This, ladies and gentlemen, is where we will be, at the Ravenswood Event Center. At the time, I didn’t know what it was, just that it was an architectural gem. In a way, it’s kind of a poetic gesture, a pat on the back…. yes Amanda, quiting your job as an architect to design wedding invitations has many MANY perks- and here’s one of them, ata’ girl.

See you there Saturday!

One hot wedding!

I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley and Jasonn last spring. We had a great time designing the stationery for their Chicago-inspired, vintage-chic wedding!

Step #1, Save the Dates!

When we first met Ashley showed me her antique engagement ring (which was GORgeous, by the way) and said she wanted the Save the Date to have the same antique and romantic feel. Check!

We came up with the skyline graphic using the illustration art of Ben Kutcher (an artist that was known for his work illustrating classic children’s books in the early half of last century) as the base graphic.

Step #2, Invitations!


We had a great time designing their pocket style invitation and in the end came up with a pretty swanky artichoke design (yes, that’s an artichoke flower! I didn’t know they looked so pretty in “full bloom”!). We added a cool red wax seal to finish it off with some vintage love.

Step #3, Get Married!



Bella Pictures did a great job with the photography! The September day turned out beautiful, and in the end… Jasonn and Ashley lived happily ever after.