Formerly Cheer Up Letterpress, Lumaca Paper tied for first place in the Stationer category.

Located in the East Franklinton Arts District, Lumaca Paper—known until this summer as Cheer Up Letterpress—has been creating innovative and beautiful wedding paper since 2009. All invitation suites are custom designed in-house.

“We specialize in providing luxury papers and letterpress printing with lots of sustainable and eco-friendly options, says owner Alaina Cherup. Couples can choose among fully and semi-customized collections, depending on their tastes and budgets.

“We infuse craftsmanship and thoughtfulness into every detail of the creative process, from hand-printing letterpress invitations on our antique press to sketching, painting and designing, to breathe life into custom-tailored invitation suites,” Cherup says.

Letterpress is achieved using hand-mixed ink on cards that are fed through an antique press one at a time. The characteristic result is the “eye-catching impression left behind in soft cotton papers,” she explains.

This year, the boutique wedding invitation and fine printing studio chose to switch gears and become Lumaca Paper to “better reflect continued efforts to provide sustainable, environmentally conscious choices to clients,” Cherup says. Lumaca means “snail” in Italian.

Just as important as creating beautiful stationary, Cherup says, is being environmentally conscious by purposefully choosing sustainable products and educating customers about their paper product selections. Lumaca primarily uses tree-free cotton papers and other sustainable options, including post-consumer waste and bamboo cardstock.

Cherup advises couples to be true to their own tastes and styles, and to not be afraid to go against the grain. “Time and time again, I can confidently say the most important piece of advice I can give to clients is to be yourself,” she says. “It’s great to follow trends and traditions, but valuing your own personal style is just as important. If you want to have cherry pie instead of cake or get married in a field instead of a church, let your heart be your guide.”

Lumaca Paper
400 W. Rich St., Columbus