Letterpress Baby Shower Invitations: For our baby Mia

With our due date quickly approaching, I wanted to take some time to showcase the letterpress baby shower invitations we did for our baby girl, Mia.  I never imagined that I would be printing baby shower invitations for my own baby and, let me tell you, printing with a belly was quite an interesting experience, to say the least.  Before getting into the printing, here’s a little back story of our pregnancy journey.

I found out I was pregnant in late June, right before a camping trip with a group of friends.  We were supposed to go white water rafting so I just wanted to make sure I was OK to do so before I did anything “crazy.”  The day before we left, I tested and sure enough, there it was. The slightest of the faintest positive there ever was.  I couldn’t believe my eyes so, naturally, I went out and bought more tests to confirm.  All 3 tests were positive so there was no denying it.  Fast forward to present day and here I am currently 35 weeks pregnant with approximately 5 weeks to go before we get to meet our little girl!

Now, onto the letterpress cards.  When I imagine girl things, I see pink, princess, crowns, etc.  I wanted to steer clear from that, yet still wanted a feminine touch to the invitations and the baby shower itself.  I opted for lavender and different variations of purple; still girly, but not “in your face” girly, if that makes sense!  I wanted to keep the cards simple, yet pretty.  Delicate, if you will.  I chose to do a 2-color invitation using Pantone 531 U for the lavender color and gray with a matching lavender envelope.  It was quite surreal to do the printing of these cards for myself, but I really enjoyed doing them because they were mine, for us, for our baby girl.

On top of the invitations, I also printed other cards for the shower.  I thought it would be fun for our friends to leave notes for her and I decided to print a “Wishes for Baby Mia” card that was inspired by Pinterest (of course).  I must say, reading the notes from our dear friends for our little girl made me laugh and cry.  Some were so creative and others were very touching.  I’m glad I’ll have these to show her later when she’s older.  She is already so loved!

Alright, now onto the photos!

Letterpress Cards:

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My sweet, dear friend, Elizabeth, came up with this poem for us for the Diaper Raffle.  Totally adorable.  Major props for her creativity!

Wishes for Mia

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Letterpress Printing:

The letterpress baby shower invitations and the Diaper Raffle card was printed on our 110# Fluorescent White cardstock.  All of the pieces were printed on the C&P.  I printed the Wishes for Baby Mia card on our 110# Pearl White cardstock, just to make a bit softer, a bit sweeter. :)

Here are some photos from our Baby Shower as well.  What a great day this was. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this day.  All the help and love from our family and friends meant the world to me and I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing people.  Special thanks to Elizabeth, Zan, Julie, and Vasna for decorating and helping put together the most perfect baby shower.


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We had a headband making station that was a HUGE hit! Mia will have so many, all made by those who love her.

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WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015!

I am so happy to announce that we have been recognized for the third year in a row for the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015!

2015 is starting off with a bang already.  This is going to be a fantastic year!  What a great honor this is!  Thank you!



The Knot Best of Weddings 2015

I am so pleased to announce that Simply Letterpressed has been chosen as one of “The Best of The Knot” winners of 2015!  Making this the 3rd year in a row that we’ve been chosen for this award!  I was told that only 2% of The Knot’s vendors won this award for 2015 so I am truly honored to be a part of this.  Thank you to all the 2014 brides that I had the pleasure of working with.  Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart!  xoxo


Letterpress Wedding Invitations: Christine + Byron

Christine and Byron are getting married in just a few short weeks and I  had the great joy and honor of working with them on their Letterpress Wedding Invitations.  I had a fantastic time letterpress printing the pieces for her invitation suite and I’m so glad I’m able to share them with you today.  Christine initially contacted me in early January for their October wedding.  She envisioned a very simple design and knew exactly what font she wanted to use.  With that being established, and once I received her preferred wording, we were able to move onto the letterpress printing part of the process fairly quickly.  Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here are Christine and Byron’s letterpress cards….

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The pieces that were included in her invitation suite are as follows:

  • 1-color Invitation
  • 1-color Reception cards
  • 1-color Rehearsal Dinner cards
  • 1-color RSVP

These were printed with black ink on our C&P.  The cardstock she chose was our Fluorescent White in 110# which I thought was perfect considering we were using black ink.  It really gave it a nice contrast between the ink and color of the paper.  We also printed Thank You notes for Christine and Byron (not pictured).  The font used for their letterpress cards was Carolyna Pro Black.

I sent the invitations shortly after we finished printing them and she sent me an e-mail to confirm they were received safely.

From: Christine Roddy
To: Elma Kosaka

I received the invitations!!  Thank you thank you, they are beautiful!  I really appreciate how wonderful and responsive you were.  You made the process so easy!

Thank you!

Thank you, Christine, for being so wonderful to work with.  I’m beyond excited for you and Byron and your upcoming nuptials.  I remember the few short weeks before my own wedding and remember how exciting it all was.  I bet you’ll make a beautiful bride!  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, Christine and Byron!

Please feel free to check out our Facebook page for updates and photos of more Letterpress Wedding Invitations!



Letterpress Wedding Invitations: Julie + Ben

With Julie and Ben’s wedding coming up in November, I wanted to take this time to showcase the letterpress wedding invitations we printed for them a few weeks ago.  Julie initially contacted me in July and explained that she was interested in a classic/romantic look with blush and champagne/gold as her colors with blush edge paint.  She wanted to incorporate some flowers to give it kind of a “beachy” feel.  They’re originally from the Midwest, but are getting married here in California at the beautiful The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel!  Along with her letterpress wedding invitations, the other letterpress cards that were incorporated in her invitation suite were the RSVP, Accommodations, and Events cards.

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Letterpress Printing:

Julie and Ben’s letterpress cards were printed on our trusty C&P using our Pearl White cardstock.  The colors we used were gold (absolutely one of our favorites here) and blush that we mixed matching Pantone 698U.  We also provided letterpress printing on the envelopes with their return address printed on the back flap (not pictured for privacy purposes).

I was really pleased with the final product and was ecstatic to send these over to Julie!  Of course, shortly after she received the package, she sent me the most wonderful e-mail!

From: Julie Koo
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 3:36 PM
To: Elma Kosaka
Subject: THANK YOU!!!

 Hi Elma,

I just came home and received the invitations.  They are AMAZING!!!  I cannot tell you how much I love them, thank you so much for all of your hard work and getting everything together so fast!  I never thought I would be the type of person that would care that much about wedding invitations (I originally thought I was just going to use a template found on one of those invitation websites), but I really enjoyed the process and love the fact that these are original!  

These seriously made my day!  


I really can’t emphasize enough how much I love getting e-mails like this.  I get so excited printing invitations and when the bride gets just as excited as I am over them, makes me smile from ear to ear!  Thank you, Julie, for being so great to work with!  Your special day is coming up and I wish you and Ben all the world’s best!

Please be sure to check out our Facebook page for updates and photos!

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