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Printing on off-cuts

Human Acquisitions BroadsideUsually I print on larger sizes of paper then cut down. Gives me room and nice clean edges. However, the paper I trim off just gets stacked into nice bookmark sized piles. Perfectly good paper, even great paper, such as this nice gray Stonehenge paper that I used for the “Human Acquisitions” broadsides.

Not wanting to let such soft, impressionable, receptive and fairly expensive material go to waste, I  came up with a solution, or perhaps I remembered something I had read somewhere. Sometimes the lines blur a little. I needed to fix them to a drawsheet. I had used those clear plastic photo corners to mount prints or photographs, and they came to mind now. Double stick tape can work to an extent, but would pull away the fibers of the paper on the back, especially with the amount of pressure the cylinder exerts.

I put corners up on the gripper edge and two more corners at the other end where the paper slips in. It worked very well to hold the paper snug to the cylinder, keeping it straight and on target to hit the type in the right place.

photo corner CUThe only glitch was when the grippers refused to release the paper without a lot of tugging. I finally accepted each print was going to be like pulling a piece of paper out of clenched teeth. I tested it with three normal sheets and had no problem.

Here are the titles for the handmade journals that I’m planning on making. Typefaces: “Journal” is 24 pt ATF Shadow #859, and “Journals are letters from the soul” is 18 pt Della Robbia.


3 Letters titles slant


Printing Titles in Shadow Typeface

I’ve liked making the paste paper journals so much, but something was missing….why not print titles for the front?

JOURNALS titlesI have this very cool metal typeface called Shadow, I believe.

I am looking for more info on the origins of this font.

Journals  inked CU


I have learned from my letterpress friends on the Letpress list that this is ATF’s Shadow #589, originally designed by Morris Fuller Benton in 1914. Despite being  nearly 100 years old it is so modern-looking! He designed over 200 typefaces. See more info about Morris Fuller Benton here.

Journals are letters from the soul

If you have ever read back over your writing from years or months ago, you know it’s like going back in time to the place you wrote from; happy, sad, distracted, joyous… what a gift to be able to put experience and emotion into words to keep the very unique printing that is the voice of your soul!

CP Pastepaper Journal 12b

I’ve made these journals with the handwritten motto to inspire you: “Journals are letters from the soul.” Each journal has a unique hand made paste paper cover over scrapbook quality card stock wrapped in boards.

CP Pastepaper Journals openCP Pastepaper Journal letters from the soul

The covers are constructed with folding, allowing them to open flat for easy writing. The signatures are a vintage laid paper stock and  pamphlet sewn with blue linen thread.


A paste paper velcro closure is decorated with a contrasting button.


CP Pastepaper Journal det3 There are 32 pages and 72 page versions, and the overall size is 5.5 by 7 inches.

See more examples at Caveworks Craft
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