It’s pretty rare that we have a brand new kind of sponsor that I’ve been secretly hoping and praying for for years, so today is a special kind of day. Very special. Today is the day that I get to introduce a brand new, APW approved (and then some) indie print shop, Aper + Pink, catering to all your needs. Aper + Pink was started by Julie, the powerhouse behind Up Up Creative. You’ll remember her from her crazy (beautiful) name your price experiment, and the results. Well, Julie realized that all of us DIY and indie types and independent designers (and um, business owners? me?) didn’t have a good print shop to use.
Like, say you’re ordering printable invites from Printable Press or e.m. papers. Or, perhaps you’d LIKE to be ordering your invites from those talented ladies, but you really cannot handle the idea of getting them printed. Well, that’s where Aper + Pink comes in. They offer super high quality flat printing (and she can work with you to make letterpress happen). Julie says, “For most people, printing is the un-fun part. It’s the tedious, error-ridden part. It’s the part that brings swear words to their lips and tears to their eyes. It incites arguments between otherwise happily engaged couples just trying to keep invitations personal, practical, and affordable. But I love it. I love learning the tricks and figuring out how to avoid the troubles. I like discovering new methods and new substrates. I mean, I read blogs about printing. We take your designs and give them the print treatment they deserve. We aim to provide the kind of quality you’d expect of your own self if you had all the tools & time in the world.” What’d I say? FINALLY.
I’m going to let Julie explain business in detail, so I can just focus on her amazing prices for a second. On her two most popular papers, here are some baseline prices:
- 100 invitations (5×7, one side) would be $83.30 on recycled cover, or $143.50 on thick cotton paper.
- 100 save the date postcards would start at $110.70 for the same recycled stock, or about $170 on the thick cotton paper.
- 300 business cards would start at $59.50 for one side on 80lb recycled cover stock. On luxurious cotton paper the same would be $102.
- Plus she does one-off prints like art prints and posters from 8×10 ($8.30 each on mid-weight cotton paper) up to 16×20 ($28.80 on the same mid-weight cotton paper).
I mean, if you’ve taken more than two seconds to look at print prices before, these prices with this amazing quality and customer service are going to make you want to make out with Julie (though she’d like to just stay friends).
But enough of my blabbing. Let’s let Julie talk about her new business. She says:
Aper + Pink is a brand new off-shoot of Up Up Creative—a small print shop located in Rochester, NY, catering to stationery designers, letterpress printers, and home-grown DIY-ers looking for top-notch service and print quality. Started by a stationery designer who was frustrated with the options out there for high-end, small-scale short-run printing, Aper + Pink is dedicated to providing easy, awesome, high-quality printing on cool, eco-friendly papers (like 100% cotton, sugar cane, bamboo, and even 100% post-consumer).
What this means for APW readers, in a nutshell: The invitations you’ve designed for yourself, or that your mom’s friend did, or that printable you bought off etsy or from the lovely Kimi at A Printable Press, the ones that you’ve maybe tried to print at home to the great consternation of anyone within swearing distance, now you can send them off into the capable hands of someone (me!) who cares about how they turn out. Someone who cares about whether they’re done right. Someone who is happy to walk you through the process, help you format your files if needed, even match the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses if you send her a swatch. Someone who will save your sanity and keep you safe from your own DIY-spirations.
So basically, not to put too fine a point on it, but BINGO, am I right? And not just bingo for those of you out there trying to figure out how to print your wedding invitations (though, this might be the jackpot of all jackpots for you). But also BINGO for those of us who want to order business cards, or a print, or newsletters, or goodness knows what else. And indie designers: go crazy.
Have fun with Aper + Pink y’all, because Julie will take damn good care of you.
Design Credits: Photo 1: paper dahlia, kristie kern, up up creative / Photo 2: up up creative / Photo 3: pounding mill press / Photo 4: Julie’s Studio / Photo 5: up up creative / Photo 6: up up creative