A Printable Press: New Designs for Instant, Affordable Stationery, Plus a Giveaway!

If you’ve been reading APW for a while, you’ll know that I can’t get enough of A Printable Press. For those of you who are newer here, let me explain why: Kimi, the founder of A Printable Press, believes that good design and affordable design shouldn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Armed with this belief, she creates stunning wedding stationery that you can either download and print at home on your regular printer or choose to have affordably printed through A Printable Press. And with most designs starting at just $79, A Printable Press might be the one wedding vendor I’d buy a time machine to go back and use.

Chalkboard Love by A Printable Press

But the best part of A Printable Press is that Kimi’s designs are constantly evolving. Her wedding style runs the gamut from modern to whimsical to minimal and just about everything in between. And each one is like a piece of art all on its own. Which is why I was thrilled when she told me that she’s been working on a brand new set of designs featuring hand-drawn elements. And boy, did she ever deliver.

Pen and Ink by A Printable Press

So for those of you who like quirky, edgy design that feels handmade (but who don’t have the time or money to hand write all of your invitations), this is collection for you. Kimi explains, “The passionate love affair with artisanal goods sort of defines this decade, as people are rediscovering the beauty and value of handmade goods. Hand lettering and calligraphy have undergone a revival in wedding stationery, but of course hiring a calligrapher is terribly expensive (as it should be, those are some mad skills they’ve been honing for years). So I decided to seek out the best and most unique script fonts out there, those that had a real feeling of modern penmanship. I then drew dozens of little details, arrows and vines and pocket watches, and tucked them in around the lettering. I want couples who love handmade things to have a way to incorporate that craft aesthetic into their celebrations. And of course, like all of my designs, they definitely all have a touch of whimsy as well.” In short, this new set of designs is the perfect blend of old school meets new school, with a lot of personality thrown in for good measure.

Modern Calligraphy by A Printable Press

Now, as if the designs themselves weren’t enough, what makes shopping with A Printable Press even more awesome is that you get to support one of APW’s longest running reader-turned-businesses ever. In fact, A Printable Press is so much a part of this community, that some of the invitations in Kimi’s collection are even inspired by you guys! Kimi explains, “I followed A Practical Wedding during my own wedding planning, and actually became friends with Meg—we pretty quickly formed a mutual admiration society. As time has gone on the blog has become even more glorious, and the sane and committed readership is an inspiration. In fact, the community has been a literal inspiration to several of my designs! I love all of the brides and grooms who find us through APW as they are the ones who have the same slightly offbeat aesthetic and sense of humor that I do.”

And as if that weren’t enough, to celebrate the launch of these new designs and Kimi’s overall love of APW, A Printable Press is giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky APW reader, which can be used towards your stationery! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post (maybe tell us which of the new designs is your favorite?) and a winner will be drawn at random on Friday.

Sweet Mix by A Printable Press

Now, if you’re like I was, you may still not be totally sold on the print-at-home invitation deal. I was always under the impression that if printable invitations were affordable, then they’d at least look like they were printed at home. But with A Printable Press, the process is not only really, really easy, but the end result is truly lovely. (Just check out this handy APW step-by-step tutorial that features actual printed invitations for proof.) However, if you’d rather just get the beautiful designs and not have to think about anything else, A Printable Press recently started offering one-stop shopping, where you can order and have your invitations printed directly through them. You can check out their pricing guide here or contact Kimi for a custom quote, but let’s just say that this option is not only affordable (one hundred invitations with envelopes are just $213), it’s also green (yay!). Kimi has worked really hard to find high quality, thick paper with at least 30% post-consumer recycled content (or you can spend a little more and get 100% post-consumer recycled content). In short, high-quality printing you can feel good about. Which is all just…rad. So, so rad.

Little Details by A Printable Press

There are some innovations in the wedding industry that make me wonder how we ever lived without them. A Printable Press is one of them. So if you’ve been sweating your wedding invitations, wondering how you’re going to be able to afford something beautiful that also feels like you, look no further. And don’t just stop at the new designs, Kimi’s entire design portfolio (which also includes designs for babies, parties, artwork and more) is filled with goodies like bold botanicals, creative critters, travel-inspired designs, and even some classic favorites. So go! Discover the magic that is A Printable Press: affordable, beautiful, high-quality designs with paper that you can feel good about from a business that is run by one of your own. I can’t think of anything better.


Editor’s Note: The giveaway portion of this sponsored post is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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  • Meredith

    I just got engaged and these are stunning! I’d love to win!

  • Holly

    I love all of their designs!

    • AG

      I love the classic simplicity yet creative look of the Pen and Ink and Chalkboard Love designs! Would love to win the drawing!

  • Trin

    The fonts are so lovely!

    (Think Kim would ever design a tattoo?)

    • Do you know what I have been wanting to do? CUSTOMIZABLE PRINTABLE TEMPORARY TATTOOS. Like ones that say Bridesmaid and Groomsmen and all that stuff.

      • Kelly

        UMM….that would be FANTASTIC!!!

  • LILY

    This is so great! What awesome and fun looking stationary. I would love any of their designs!

  • sarah coker

    I would LOVE these. I’m obsessed with stationary and invites.

  • Eenie

    Love these new designs!

  • Kadee

    I love this stationary! I know what my other half and I are looking at for “Wedding Wednesdays” this evening…

  • Angela

    I’m just now at the stage of planning that I’m looking for invitation designs. I’ve been appalled at how expensive everything I like is, but these are all gorgeous & affordable.

  • Megan

    I love Chalkboard Love! Maybe it’s the couple of years I spent as a teacher, or my nostalgia for my own elementary school classrooms. Who knows. Love it!

  • Megan

    I love the Modern Caligraphy design. I would love to write out my own invitations as I know calligraphy but don’t have the time or energy for it. It would be awesome to win. The designs are beautiful!

  • Oh, these are so lovely! I can’t decide between Sweet Mix and Pen & Ink. Maybe I’ll just send them both of to the Mister and he can be the deciding vote.

  • Twining Vines is my old favorite!

  • Kate

    I love the Pen and Ink design!

  • Megan Philbeck

    I love the “Little Deatils” and “Sweet Mix”. Can’t decide which one is my favorite, but it would be so wonderful to win a set from A Printable Press! Their designs are beautiful!

  • Amelie

    i love the “sweet mix” suit, but also heart the “holding hands” because it reminds me of the cover of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer!

  • So, basically, a little secret? When I got engaged, right after saying, “OH MY GOD, YES, YAY!” were the words “now I can hire Elissa and get invitations from A Printable Press!” (To say I have lurked on APW for years is an understatement.)

    So while, yeah, obvs I’d like to win the gift certificate, we’re pretty much sold on APP anyway. We’re just trying to find the design we love best!

  • Kate

    The relaxed feel of any of these designs would complement our Minnesota Love wedding this fall! (Can we get Babe the Blue Ox on the RSVPs? Just kidding. Maybe.)

  • Sami

    Sweet Mix is my absolute favorite design :]

  • mari

    As a long time reader who is now finally engaged, I am so excited to see even more awesome designs at A Printable Press! The one we’ll probably use is the Vintage Destination one (not pictured in this post but absolutely PERFECT for us.)

  • Kaye

    Such terrific additions to an already terrific collection! My personal favorite is the Modern Calligraphy (so cute! I love the heart on the thank you note!)

  • ashley a

    i love love love the chalkboard love design!!

  • Laura

    I love the new designs, especially the amazing mishmash of fonts in the Sweet Mix invitation suite!

  • Brooke

    Chalkboard love! So cute, and I would love to win :)

  • RachelM

    We are at the point where it’s time to choose Save the Dates and Invitations and man, I tell ya, it has been overwhelming trying to pick something! I am a fan of text based, neutral, but interesting invitations and I think Sweet Mix may just be it for us! (Although, I think all of the new designs are really great!)

  • Kristy Regan

    Love these designs! The designs are fresh, creative, and flawless! Would love to have them as my invites!

  • Ooh, Little Details for sure! It would be perfect for our invites.

  • I love A Printable Press! Like a few other ladies in the comments here, I followed APW before I got engaged, and have long admired A Printable Press. Her designs are wonderful and I think Pen & Ink is my favorite of the new hand drawn ones. Now that I’m engaged and starting to shop for invitations, I can’t wait to look through all of her designs with my fiance.

  • Jessica

    I love them all, but the All Lit Up – a classic – is so beautiful. And the shade of blue is awesome.

  • Ana in Boston

    I am smitten with Birds in the Briar!

  • ElfPuddle

    Congratulations to the lucky winner!
    (If it’s me, I’m going for something that looks old-fashioned, but I can’t pick a favorite!!!)

  • Cara

    I’m just about to start designing our invites, and thinking about how much easier it would be to just buy a design! I would love to win, to take that burden off my shoulders!

  • Ana

    I love the new designs! Was just thinking today that i should probably get to ordering invitations…

  • I just want to order a bajillion of the modern calligraphy thank you designs. Gorgeous!

  • Laura

    I would love to win a gift certificate! I’ve been giving them lingering looks since we started to think about stationary.

  • emmer

    I really heart the Chalkboard designs– so whimsical!

  • Laura

    I love the carved initials series.

  • Mary

    I would love to win these! I love the new designs and especially love the one called Little Details.

  • Kelly

    Love all of these! Especially ” Modern Calligraphy” – awesome!

  • Aly

    I just started my planning, and I’m trying to do it all as cheaply as possible. I have to say, all of these designs are lovely– of the new ones, I like the simplicity of the Modern Calligraphy design.

  • Erin A

    I love A Printable Press! They did a wonderful job with our Save the Dates and Gen was very helpful and pleasant to work with when we needed to change the proof. Of the above, I would have to say that “Modern Calligraphy” is my favorite design.

  • Emily

    I love them all but the Sweet Mix suite would be perfect for our celebration!

  • Jeanine

    I LOVE the Pen & Ink design. I was just singing the praises of A Printable Press (and this design) to my Mom a few weeks ago–after I realized that I could have these printed in Letterpress by an independent printer, thus making the previously unattainable printing method attainable! Of course, it would be great to win, but given the awesomeness of A Printable Press, I’m probably sold regardless.

  • Michelle

    I love these designs. The Damask might still be by favorite, but I also like the Woodland love and all of the news designs.

  • Hannah Smith

    I love these! I need to start thinking about invitations soon, and these would be perfect!

  • Meghan

    Please enter me into the giveaway – I LOVE the Sweet Mix design and it would be perfect for our Oct. 5th wedding!

  • Sara

    Oh, this would be so timely. I love a lot of the designs, but I’ve been swayed by my crafty cheap side, but a gorgeous design I don’t need to agonize over would be awesome.

  • Rachelle

    I LOOOOVVVVEEEEE Modern Calligraphy. The little vines are so perfect and go with pretty much any color scheme. I want!

  • Kelly

    i love all of these designs! i’m planning a wedding for this summer and this would be a huge bonus!

  • I loooove Sweet Mix. It would be perfect for my wedding!!

  • Amber

    I love them all and would love to win! Narrowing down my choices would be pretty hard though, as they are all so swoon-worthy!

  • Tina

    What perfect timing for this post! I have been drooling over these exact designs for the last few weeks! Yahoo for the drawing!

  • Shanna

    Love the One Night Only invitations!

  • Jess

    Loving this. I’d probably want to get my stuff printed by Kimi on the 100% post consumer paper. I like the modern calligraphy direction card. Adorable.

  • Manda

    I love all of the new designs, but Chalkboard Love is GORGEOUS. Seriously.

    Can I also say how much I adore the Cabin printable art?! My partner’s parents built a cabin in Colorado and it is my favorite place to be. I think I may have to buy this print for my FMIL. :)

  • I liked the Typewritten style because it looks like it would appeal to both men’s and women’s senses of aesthetics.

  • Jade

    Oh my goodness! The Modern Calligraphy Invitation set is adorable! I can just see it with my Irish lace dress.

  • Katie

    I LOVE A Printable Press! The fonts are so lovely and romantic! I would love to win this giveaway as I start to plan for my 2014 wedding!

  • Cindy

    Until seeing A Printable Press on APW, I had never considered that invitations could be printed at home AND look this amazing. I love the Gothic Forest Modern Invites!

  • Emily

    I love their designs! This is definitely the style I’m looking for :)

  • Krista C.

    I really enjoy the “One Night Only”, however I also really like “All Lit Up” It will be a tough choice!

  • A H

    Ooh! I’m loving Pen and Ink and it’s about time for me to order save the dates and invites!!

  • Mary

    I like the Pen and Ink design!

  • Oh, I love Sweet Mix so much!

  • I love all the white on black designs! We are decorating with a lot of chalk boards, so that fits in nicely.

  • Jen G

    I’ve been drooling over their stuff for the last several weeks. I adore the Chalkboard Love design on here :)

  • There are so many to choose from, but the Sweet Mix invitation has to be my favorite of the bunch. So lovely!

  • Laura

    Aaahh I was literally just stalking the aprintablepress site! I adore Pen & Ink, and I’ll probably do my invitations through you guys anyway, but a little discount wouldn’t hurt :)

  • Ashley

    I would love to win this!! I’m almost finished with everything else – I just need the paper goods!

  • Erin

    I love ALL of these! Pen and Ink is my favorite, but I love the “Eat Drink and Be Married” backer on the Chalkboard Love invite… our colors are charcoal gray and lime green, and we’re using that tagline on things!

  • Julie M.

    Hard to select one! I love them all.

  • JB

    Chalkboard love! But, mainly: ROCK CANDY WHAT A GENIUS IDEA!

  • Alison C.

    All the designs are beautiful, but the chalkboard love design is my favorite!

  • LIZ (SINCE 1982)

    Chalkboard Lovvvvvvvvvvve, shut the front door! This design pushes aesthetic buttons I didn’t even know I had!

  • Liz

    Pen & Ink is beautiful!

  • Stephanie

    I love the Vintage Glamour invite!! So fancy :-)

  • Kristin

    I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent on A Printable Press’s website…and I still cannot decide which invitations to order! Too many beautiful choices. I’d love to win this contest, but to be honest, I’ll be buying my invitations through you anyway :)

  • Karlie

    These are great! Having a hard time picking a favourite one…

  • Edith

    I’ve been trying to choose a Printable Press design this week. I like the Chalkboard Love one.

  • Julie

    I love them all!

  • Dan

    I’m not a bride but I know what I want, and I want one of these things!

  • Mollie

    Kimi is awesome! I used a printable press for my wedding, and now I’d love the chance to use them again for my in-law’s 40th anniversary invitations :)

  • Anna C.

    I just got engaged and would LOVE to win, we’re on a VERY VERY tight budget! I’m getting a 3rd job just to pay for it!

  • Spoiler

    I love all of the designs, but Metropolitan is my favorite. We’re using that for our invitations for sure, but $100 off would sure be sweet!

  • Samantha

    Oh these are all gorgeous – I don’t know how I would decide if I won!

  • Rebecca

    I hand wrote my invites, because I am hard core like that, but I think the thank you note from the Little Details collection should be the thank you note for my personal stationary forever and ever.

  • Vanessa Helene

    I LOVE this! Pick me!

  • Melise

    I love them all, but I especially love Chestnut and Raise High the Lanterns!

  • reliphd

    Love the Chalkboard Love design!

  • Roxanne

    Love love love!

  • Brenda

    Every day I have a new favourite! If I won today I think it would have to be the Vintage Destination with the UK.

  • AutumnE

    Thank goodness someone is doing this stuff. When I worked as an event planner, sometimes finding cool but affordable invites for non-profits seems impossible. And HELLO chalkboard love for a restaurant opening?! genius! Obviously, they are great for weddings too!

  • Emma

    The Chalkboard Love Invitation is great!

  • Hurray pretty paper things!

  • Caitlin

    My fiance and I are newly engaged and would love to be able to print papergoods ourselves- and what stylish designs!

  • Annie

    Love the simple handwriting-style invitations

  • Rebecca

    Ahhhhh Kimono is my favorite! We are using to set the tone for everything else: modern, bright, happy, and unfussy.

  • Liz

    I’m a huge fan of A Printable Press! We’re hoping that (once things get better) we can plan our wedding soon. I would love to splurge on their invitations for our families.

  • Oh so many of these are lovely: Kimono, Lush Bouquet, Orange Blossom, Palms, Seahorse Love, Baroque, Sea Stars…just lovely.

    I’m getting engaged VERY soon (we’re just waiting for our designer to finish making the ring!) so a win would be awesome!

  • Ariel Secondo

    The Pen and Ink Invites are too die for! I’m in love with that bombshell font!

  • Kristen

    I am going to use this for my invites! They look amazing! I’m going to do the chalkboard love!

  • Barbara

    I always love these when they are featured, would love to win :)

  • Chanel Ahrendsen

    I truly adore them all, but I think the Sweet Mix or Modern Calligraphy would ultimately work best with my design scheme! Cheers

  • Corrie

    Oh man, so hard to decide. Sweet Mix and Chalkboard Love are probably my favs, but all of these are phenomenal.

  • Kait

    We love chalkboard love and pen and ink. Great designs!

  • I love the chalkboard style! I was looking at something similar on Minted and it was just too expensive for me to justify purchasing.

  • Tory

    I love the ‘All Lit Up’ design! Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway… my fingers are crossed!

  • Veronica

    Not to get all Sophie’s Choice up in here, but man, how do I CHOOSE?! Rest assured I’d get off the fence were I to win the gift certificate. Mama needs some STDs. Wait. Save the dates. Definitely those. Not the former.

    • I just have to say, HA!! We have that problem all the time when naming folders and files! And we have to double-check that we don’t send a customer anything labeled “ErinSchmidt-STD.pdf”

  • Mireille

    Gorgeous — I barely know where to begin, I want them all!

  • Caitlin

    Oh man – I’m in this stage of wedding planning now and that would be a dream come true! I have seen Printable Press before (thanks APW x million – for everything), and I have two choices narrowed down! The Faux Bois would go really well with my “theme”, but I really love the Vintage Destination! I’m partial to outlined geographic places… and this is just really nice and simple! Ah! LOVE!

  • Marcela

    This would be just the thing for my programs!

  • Rebecca

    Pen and ink and Chalkboard love are both stunning!

  • casey

    Oh my! I love them all — entering for my sister, as she is the (slowly) planning bride in the family.

  • Jessie

    Love Sweet Mix — so fun!

  • Jessica

    Pen & Ink is my favorite new design. Whimsy and wonderful! It’s tough, but I think Woodland Love is still my favorite.

  • Kristin

    Not two days ago, I told my sister that she was in charge of picking out invitations for my wedding, because I couldn’t find anything I liked. And then this little tidbit dropped down from the sky. These are just beautiful!

  • stephanie

    We’re actually just about to do our invites, and had chosen to do cheap store-bought invites based on our budget, so it would be fantastic to be able to afford any one of these beautiful designs! Fingers crossed :-)

  • Jessica N

    All the designs are great! I especially like the destination invites as we are getting married a few hours away. They would be perfect to notify people they will have to drive and take a ferry to get there!

  • Laura C

    Oh, wow. I had been thinking we were just going to go for the cheapest non-tacky invitations we could find, but this is so much nicer. And I can take the design to my local union printing shop!

  • Elisa

    I just got engaged a week ago! I love her designs!

  • Valerie

    Chalkboard Love is tres chic!

  • Nat

    Love the chalkboard invitations!

  • Riah

    I love the teal of the little details one. Chalkboard love wouldn’t be right for our wedding I don’t think, but it’s also pretty awesome.

  • Monica

    Hard to decide — I love Sweet Mix and Little Details… beautiful!

  • Kelsey

    These are all so beautiful! Would love to win!

  • Kate Morrissey

    Being in the invitation industry and planning a wedding, I’ve been looking endlessly at invitation designs for months! Today, I found the one! The Elegant BBQ design is just perfect for our down-to-earth pig roast wedding. Fingers crossed to win!

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