September 17, 2014

GET IT TOGETHER

Behold, the folio. These self-enclosing folders are made in a heavyweight chipboard and can house prints in an 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 17 inch size. Their format is sleek and simple, and looks much more expensive than the $15 price tag. Customize your with a foil stamp of your logo or name on the cover.  Fill them with our tabloid posters to create a complete presentation for under $20.

July 25, 2014

THE CALL OF THE WILD

Call of the wildThis summer, be everyone’s favorite guest at the picnic when you bring beautiful books.

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July 22, 2014

LAYFLAT HARDCOVER BOOKS

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Layflat books are the ultimate presentation tool. Made of heavy cover weight paper, this unique material has a hinge to allow books to lay totally flat. Wether you need to present your brand to an investor, your work to a potential client, these impressive volumes lay open on the table so you can get your message across in your meeting.

June 23, 2014

COLORED EDGES

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June 9, 2014

WHAT TO DO WITH IT — THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING EDITION

Cover TypesAre you considering publishing your own books independently? High quality digital printing makes it possible for you to publish just a few copies at a time so you no longer have commit to a large press run that leaves you with boxes of inventory in your garage.

The important thing to remember is that shorter runs means a higher per unit price on your book. So you may not be able to produce the book for your normal wholesale price (whatever half the retail value will be).

What to do?

Books create inimitable exposure for your work and brand. They offer prestige, they boast an attention to detail, they create a space for your project to flourish. Forgoing a profit on an independently published book can be an important way to get your books out there in the world, and better market your work.

We often encourage our clients to make a suite of books, to do a combined run of hardcovers and softcovers. That way you can price the hardcover books higher (maybe even include a limited edition print), and the sales of those books can cover the bulk of the production cost for the lower-priced items like the softcovers.

So when you’re considering publishing independently, rather than thinking of what money can be made in the sale of each book, think more about what money can be made by the increased exposure. Your books are your marketing tools, make them work for you.

June 2, 2014

WHAT TO DO WITH IT — THE LAYFLAT EDITION

Layflat PaperNow that our signature Layflat binding style can be ordered directly through our website, let’s talk about how this incredible format can help you.

Layflat books feature a unique heavyweight hinged paper that allows each page to lay totally flat. Its the perfect format for making an elegant presentation. Books lay completely open on the table, crossovers go across the gutter seamlessly, and the heavy paper stock is sure to impress.

When you need a book that stands out and conveys quality, our Layflat hardcover books are what you’ve been looking for.

Build your books today.

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May 30, 2014

WHAT TO DO WITH IT — THE POSTCARD EDITION

Colored Edges 69Here at Paper Chase Press, our postcards are anything but ordinary. Since we only use premium paper stocks and offer amazing finishes like 2-ply mounting (double thick cards) and colored edges (choose from a range of colors including black, magenta, gold, and more), our postcards can be turned into chic wedding invitations, promos of your work, or a special thank you note to family and friends. See more here!
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May 30, 2014

WHAT TO DO WITH IT — THE LOOSE LEAF EDITION

Loose LeafThis year we launched the newest member to our line of standard goods, the Loose Leaf. The Loose Leaf is actually a tabloid poster that’s scored down the middle so you can fold it in half. This simple format makes this the most versatile of our products. Loose Leafs can be turned into:
Menus
Wedding Programs
Promos of your work
Lookbooks

Print multiple sheets and collate them together to make a softcover book. Bind them yourself or leave the sheets unbound.

Starting at just $0.99 per sheet, Loose Leafs can be ordered in 2 size, standard 11×17 that folds to an 8.5×11, or small 8.5×11 that folds to a 5.5×8.5. Choose from eggshell or bright white FSC Certified premium papers.

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May 30, 2014

THE ENVIRONMENT

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Did you know that most paper is recycled not in the US but overseas, in China?

Instead of heading for your local recycling plant, most paper in the US is put onto a ship and sent to China to be turned into pulp for the mills here. Since we don’t have any control over what types of chemicals are used in this process, we can’t help but think this method probably isn’t the most environmentally sound…not to mention the massive amounts of energy expended in moving all that material around!

Instead of using paper that is simply 100% recycled, Paper Chase Press uses only FSC Certified paper stocks. These papers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent, non-profit that promotes responsible forest management. The materials that make up FSC Certified papers are a combination of recycled, mixed-source (like bamboo and cotton), and responsibly harvested raw materials. As of this month, over 35 million acres of forest are certified in the US by the Council. Using these papers means supporting the environment as well as our local economy.

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May 20, 2014

PRINT NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

Paper Chase Press recently collaborated with Stone Fox Bride to travel back in time and create wedding invitations for three of the most iconic weddings of the Twentieth Century.

LINDA EASTMAN + PAUL MCCARTNEY

The Concept: “The square format of this invitation references the ever-classic LP album cover.  Nature inspired, sensual and delicately sentimental, the theme brings up images of the wind in her hair, the light gracing their lips, the flowers in the field, and the endless, cloudless sky.  This is the invitation into a hand-written love tale of two eternal desperately romantic lovers.” – Ania Diakoff, Designer

 
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FSC certified eggshell uncoated stock, 2-ply mounted, black colored edges.

MIA FARROW + FRANK SINATRA

The Concept: “This invite was inspired by the masculine and loung-y 50s era confronting the modern and informal youth of poolside parties and drive-through Vegas weddings.  Bright, light and happy, the curly font and pink and blue, boy-meets-girl palette raise a toast to the Vegas strip, hotel sinage, and cocktail romance.” – Ania Diakoff, Designer

 
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FSC certified bright white uncoated stock, 2-ply mounted, yellow colored edges.

GRACE KELLY + PRINCE RAINIER III

The Concept: “The most formal and detailed, this invitation is a royal expression of elegance and status.  Bringing together old-world wealth and Hollywood-era royalty, here is the meeting of two sophisticated individuals.  The powder-room quality, typographic embellishments, and central-axis structure, all add up to a classic occasion of affluence and magnificence.” – Ania Diakoff, Designer

 
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FSC certified eggshell uncoated stock, 2-ply mounted, gold colored edges.

Create your own wedding invitation right on our website, get started here!

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April 17, 2014

FOIL YOURSELF

Here at Paper Chase our foil stamping process is done completely by hand on our foil stamping press.  Heres a step by step process on how its done.

 
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Your custom die is firmly fitted into the stamping press

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The surface being stamped is carefully measured and placed underneath the stamp.  Then your chosen foil color is placed on top.

 
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The stamp is pressed down into the surface, by applying pressure and heat the gold foil adheres to the material.

 
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The finished product, a perfect foil stamp of your custom artwork.

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April 8, 2014

THANK YOU NOTES ALIVE AND WELL

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“…the process of opening a note, feeling the paper, seeing the imperfection of the writing, reading the message in another person’s voice, you actually feel like you have a piece of that person in your hand.” Carroll Irene Gelderman, Columbia University student from New Orleans, 2014 Queen of Carnival.

 

Few who sit down to write a bread-and-butter note are likely to be aware that by doing so they are not only on trend but also on their way to becoming happier and more sociable people. Apparently, what Emily Post termed good manners (science prefers “gratitude intervention”) has all kinds of unexpected benefits. And as it happens, the handwritten gratitude intervention seems to be experiencing a moment of vogue.  While researchers leave open the matter of which format is best for rendering thanks for small favors, courtesies, presents or a tuna casserole supper, there is a growing sense that the old, reliable handwritten note is making a comeback.

 

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April 7, 2014

BOOKS BOUND IN HUMAN SKIN

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Anthropodermic bibliopegy, the binding of books with human skin, has been noted as a common practice back in the 16th century.  Heather Cole, assistant curator of modern books and manuscripts at Harvard’s Houghton Library, writes that “while books bound in human skin are now objects of fascination and revulsion, the practice was once somewhat common at least since the 16th century. The confessions of criminals were occasionally bound in the skin of the convicted, or an individual might request to be memorialized for family or lovers in the form of a book.”

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April 1, 2014

3D PRINTED HIVES HELP SAVE BEE POPULATION

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Open Source Beehives is a citizen science project developed by a team of ecologists, beekeepers, makers, engineers, and open source advocates who want to solve the colony collapse issue.  Currently raising funds on Indiegogo, it enables people to download and print a beehive for their own garden.
Contributions from the Indiegogo campaign will help the team develop sensors to enhance the hives, connecting them to the Internet to log data about what is to blame for the bees’ dwindling population around the world.
For $15 you can get the design files, a PDF project manual and resources to find a local place to print a beehive. It’s $300 for a beehive made from eco-plywood and a limited edition manual, and $600 to join the beta tester’s network and receive an engraved beehive plus the sensor kit.

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March 5, 2014

JESSE KAMM ON PRINT

 
To celebrate International Women’s Day, which is this Saturday March 8th, we chatted with friend and client Jesse Kamm.  Kamm is the founder and designer of Jesse Kamm, a luxury, artisan label of of minimal design, clean lines, and classic shapes.

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Why is print important to you?

Looking through old imagery is how I stir up my creative process.  Looking through the blogs gives me a fucking headache. I have 50 books that I reference at the start of every season, and then to the library I go.  Print is where it is at, if you are averse to headaches.

How has printed media inspired you and/or your clothing line?

The photographs of each collection I create are a very important part of my storytelling.  Each collection tells its own tale.  To see a and touch the fabrics and garments in person, is one part of the process. To see a powerful image of a beautiful girl in a dress is something else entirely.  Taking in the images allows the customer or buyer to understand what the collection is saying.  I love watching the work be understood.  I think the digital world is great for sharing information, but having the printed works is where the magic happens. It feels good to hold a book in your hand.  It is a very valuable experience.  I feel that the books are little pieces of art all on their own.  I love them.

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Throughout your travels, have you come across any areas that celebrate print in a unique way? Or found any special print items that you have held on to?

I am a minimalist, so I try not to hang on to much excess.  I do, however, have treasured books that go with me from city to city.  They are part of my caravan. I am always looking for the next great addition.  Just yesterday I came across a book printed in the 1960′s by Sunset Magazine- how to build your own mid century furniture.  I put a bid in for it.  My fingers are crossed.

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All photos shot by  Lizzie Garrett

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