Hi! I’m Alaina Cherup, owner and designer at Cheer Up Press. When I’m not busy designing and running my printing press; I dabble in watercolors, work in my garden and spend time enjoying my hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
Cheer Up Press is an extension of myself, who I am, and the things I love, and it’s reflected in the quality and craftsmanship of each piece I create. It is my hope that the paper goods I create for you not only leave your audience captivated, but that they become cherished heirlooms that you can look back on with fondness and cheer, just as you might do with with an old photo or keepsake.
There is nothing quite like letterpress. Inks are mixed by hand, and each card is hand fed through an antique press one at a time for each color that is used. Your unique design (whether it be a wedding invitation, stationery, or business card) is translated from a digital file to a printing plate, which is then inserted into the press and inked before each impression. The most sought after characteristic of modern letterpress printing is the beautiful impression that is left behind in the soft cotton papers. I invite you to come visit the studio and see this centuries old process for yourself, or even try your hand at printing your own wedding invitations with me! Get in touch to schedule and appointment or visit us during our monthly open house.