Sunday, January 16, 2011


Marya and I invited some of our family over for a champagne tasting at the solstice. We printed a small booklet to hand out. A lot of work, but it turned out well, despite a number of mistakes.

The booklet's composed of 2 sections sewn together, wrapped in a translucent piece of gold-speckled paper. Here's the front cover, with the title showing through the translucent wrapper.

Here's the cover page with the wrapper peeled open.

Here's the half title.

Here's the title page. Note this section is sewn here. Indeed, the whole booklet was designed around the spread. The words are printed in gold, the illustration is printed in brown, and the star is in gold leaf. In retrospect, I think it was a mistake to mix the gold ink and the gold leaf on the same page.

It was all printed from polymer plates, our first attempt. Worked out well. The text was set using InDesign, in Adobe's Garamond Premier.

The leaves are each 6x9 inches. We printed 10x13" sheets, 2 pages on each side, then folded and sewed the sections together, and finally trimmed them to size. It would be difficult to print anything much larger on our press.

The pages are layed out with classical margins and turned out pretty well, I think. We spent a lot of effort ensuring that the different sides backed out well and mostly got 'em right.

We had several pages dedicated to "tasting notes." We designed the booklet so that a single polymer plate could be used to print all the tasting notes.

The colophon is printed on the inside of the back cover.