now on etsy!

Work Hard Play Harder (orange ink)

Work Hard Play Harder (blue ink)

COLLABORATOR tote bag by Megan Charland

It’s been a little over a year since I opened by Big Cartel shop! Now, I’m excited to share I have finally started listing in my Etsy shop!

You can now order my Work Hard Play Harder notebooks in Orange/Kraft or Blue/Mint. I’ve also re-listed my Collaborator Tote Bag. Note: the tote bag is no longer available on my Big Cartel shop – I want to use that space strictly for my books and high-end prints.

Head on over to my Etsy shop and let me know what you think! I’ll be adding a few more items later this week. Stay tuned!

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Lovin’ Letterpress II – updates on the way!!

Work Hard Play Harder (black ink)

WOW. I am SO BEHIND on my Lovin’ Letterpress II posts! The class wrapped up the beginning of summer and I have a bunch of photos to edit and share with you here. Towards the end of the class I was in the process of finishing my thesis project, graduating (YAY!), and trying to get my act together out here in the real world – hence the delay in posting. Sad face.

I have a TON of updates coming soon-ish and excited to FINALLY get back to regular blogging. So, stay tuned!!

Sneak peek: the photo above is of my FAVE project from Lovin’ Letterpress II. I made these really great WORK HARD PLAY HARDER notebooks. Excited to share the process and final images with you soon! In the meantime, I plan on living by these words: WORK HARD PLAY HARDER!!


Read about Lovin’ Letterpress II Week 1 & Week 2!

Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

I finished printing my thank you cards last night! It did NOT go as planned. This is a perfect example of 1. learning from your mistakes and 2. making it work.

If you remember from last week the plan was to print a 2-color thank you card. After spending about 20 mins deciding on a color, I set-up the press making sure my text was centered. Well, my text was centered all right, but somehow didn’t start out that way! As you can see above my print revealed a huge gap between “THANK” and “YOU”. My word spacing was severely off. What to do? Well, I could have trashed the cards and started over, but wanting to save the cards (and not be wasteful) I decided to do a quick re-design. My instructor suggested I browse the ornamental type to add a little interest between the words. After briefly entertaining the idea of adding a martini glass, I went with the Art Deco type you see above.

Since I was now adding a third element to my card, I decided to make the “YOU” black ink and the ornament my second color – Pantone 485U. So, technically, although 2-colors my cards ended up being 3-impressions.

What did I do wrong? Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure what happened. What I do know, is that I could have caught this mistake earlier on if I proofed with the “THANK YOU” and then printed the “THANK” and “YOU” separately. Learning moment!


Read about Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 1!

Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

I’m back in the print studio! Last night was my first Lovin’ Letterpress II class at the Printing & Book Arts Center (PABA) at the Genesee Center for the Arts. I am thrilled to share that I am able to take this class right now because I was awarded a scholarship from Ladies of Letterpress!

Since it’s been nearly two years since I took Lovin’ Letterpress I (doesn’t feel like two years!) my goal for last night was to simply re-familiarize myself with PABA. I was surprised when I walked through the door and saw that PABA moved some things around! The place looks great. There is a “new” (to me) reception area and mini-gallery to showcase student work and give project samples. A majority of the type cases are now in the basement which allows for more room in the main space. PABA looks great! Such a nice space to work in.

After I spent a good hour looking around I got to work. Going into class I knew I wanted to make a batch of thank you cards for my Indiegogo campaign funders. I also knew I wanted to attempt to print 2-color since I have only ever done 1-color. Last night I printed the “THANK” and “www.megancharland.com” in black ink. Next week I’ll be printing the second color which I haven’t decided on yet. At first I wanted to use a hot pink for “YOU”, but I’m not sure. I’ll post photos of the final cards next week!


Lovin’ Letterpress | RECAP – read a recap of my 10 week experience in Lovin’ Letterpress I –> this post links to each individual weekly post on my old blog: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 & 4, Week 5 & 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9 and Week 10!

community – hurricane relief

It’s been absolutely heartbreaking watching the news and seeing images of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. NYC especially, with friends living their (I used to live there), is hard to accept. Times like this though, however terrible, always renew my faith in community. It is SO GREAT to see everyone coming together to help each other out! LOVE IT!

This sense of community is why I love this letterpress print, We Are So Good Together by Dylan Fareed (shown framed above), so much! That print along with Blue Marble (Sandy Benefit Edition) by 20×200 Artist Fund are limited edition prints on 20×200 which you can purchase and ALL net revenue from sales will benefit the American Red Cross’s efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

This past weekend at VSW we raised money to send down to Printed Matter. Their basement storage facility took on more than 6 feet of water and as a result lost a sizeable amount of inventory. Printed Matter is one of my FAVORITE organizations and this breaks my heart. If you can, please consider donating! You can do so on the Printed Matter website.

Also, Jenna from Sweet Fine Day put together a great list of NYC organizations that are providing DIRECT assistance to those effected by the hurricane. Check out her post for more information!

2012 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

We’re only a few weeks away from the 2012 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair and there are 14 days left of their Kickstarter campaign! So, if you’re able, please donate. There are some great gifts available and I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to seeing Drive By Press in action!

a single purple card

A few weeks ago I stopped in at Pistachio Press for First Friday and walked out with a new calendar and a single Valentine’s Day card.

I mentioned my niece is currently going through a “purple-phase” so I just HAD to pick up the Many Hearts letterpress card to send to her for v-day. Cute, right? Love it Rachael!


photo from Pistachio Press’ blog
damn, I miss letterpress!