Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements

Well, these are fun! Ashley of Ash Bush Lettering and Design sent over these galaxy-inspired graduation announcements, which feels like kind of the most perfect theme for a graduation. I mean, if the world is your oyster, why not the entire galaxy?? Ashley combined galaxy elements with her playful hand lettering, and of course galaxy envelope liners!

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From AshleyI’m in love with these galaxy graduation announcements I had the chance to create! They’re fun, modern, and unique. I started out making custom liners, each one was different! From there we decided on a smokey gray, metallic square envelope. The envelopes really drove the rest of the design – I wanted the announcements to balance and complement the envelopes, so I kept it light with just a splash of galaxy in the custom hand-lettering.

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I also made a custom ink mixture of white with splashes of shimmer powder to add just a hint of shine to the envelope lettering. The overall feel of the suite’s lettering was brushy and messy with ink splatters everywhere to resemble stars. And of course we topped it off with the most fun vintage stamps we could find!

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Galaxy-Inspired Graduation Announcements by Ash Bush Lettering and Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ashley!

Photo Credits: Ash Bush Lettering and Design

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations

I love the mix of classic elegance and youthful whimsy in these illustrated storybook wedding invitations and save the dates from Jen at Shipwright & Co. Inspired by the illustrations of Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of the Madeline books) and with a color palette inspired by natural plant dyes, the invitation suite features illustrations of animals dancing at dusk and nighttime, surrounded by beautiful woodland flora. Just gorgeous!

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From JenAshley and Mike met in New York and had many dates at Bemelmans Bar, which is named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans – creator of the Madeline children’s books. The walls are covered with his illustrations, featuring many animals frolicking in the woods. Ashley and Mike wanted to capture that magic and whimsy of those illustrations in their invitations, and we were super excited to oblige as we are big fans of classic children’s book illustrations.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The save the dates capture the animals dancing at dusk on the barn where Ashley and Mike tied the knot, and the invitations move into a nighttime world, layered in three colors with the handwritten text filling up the full moon. These pieces are all about the details. Each animal and plant was chosen especially for each spot. We also love their color scheme, which was inspired by natural plant dyes.

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Storybook Wedding Invitations by Shipwright & Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Jen!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Shipwright & Co.

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Emma K. Morris

Seasonal Stationery: Mother’s Day Cards, Part 4

When sharing the love this Mother’s Day, we didn’t want to  forget the other mother figures in your life: grandmothers, step-moms, and even pet moms deserve appreciation, too. Or maybe there’s someone in your life who isn’t related to you by blood or marriage, but has a major role in your life. Here are ten perfect cards for the women in your life who are just like a mom.

Mother's Day Card Round Up for Step-moms, Grandmothers, and other mother figures / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. A trophy in shiny gold foil for an awesome stepmom from Egg Press

2. For the mother figure in your life that holds it all together from Emily McDowell Studio

3. + 4. Beautiful cards for Grandma from Sugar Paper and Moglea

5. Dog moms get a Mother’s Day nod from Hennel Paper Co.

6. And don’t forget cat moms! Send an illustrated card from (who else??) The Dancing Cat

7. Pretty pops of lime green in this card for pseudo-moms from Farewell Paperie

8. Let Grandma know she’s the best with this lovely card from Wild Wagon Co.

9. A sweet card for the person you’ve always thought of like a mom from Ink Meets Paper

10. For the best Stepmom around from Bench Pressed

p.s. You can find more Mother’s Day cards in the Market List!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative

We’re headed down south for today’s Behind the Stationery feature. Melissa of Atheneum Creative is a rockstar at custom invitations and pretty event trinkets of all kinds! Working with and beyond the paper medium, Melissa collaborates with other vendors and artists to create something special and unique for her clients. Take it away, Melissa! –Megan
Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hello! I’m Melissa, creative director and owner of Atheneum Creative in Charlotte, North Carolina. Atheneum was established in 2011 with the idea of bringing stories to life through a unique branded experience. I have always had a passion for pretty things, paper, and pushing the envelope. With my background in branding, it was a natural fit to bring that process into the wedding world.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Prior to the start of Atheneum, I was working for a small boutique design shop based in Chicago. Over the years, I had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most challenging and inspiring industries in the field, creating nationally recognized work and truly building a love for this profession. Working with a lot of non-profits, educational institutions and hospitals, my everyday was filled with annual reports, branding and promotional collateral. Don’t get me wrong, I love working on all of that especially with the non-profits who have such great stories to tell, but it was always the special invitations and events that would grace our door that really light the fire in me. Picking papers, materials, and thinking about unique ways to mail always got me excited and I knew where my heart was.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

So from there, Atheneum was born. I love a challenge. It is always a little scary to be experimental (I never tell the clients I’m scared), but I love when a client comes in for a meeting and says, “I want something no one has ever seen before.” It makes my heart race a little, but that’s the fun part, right?

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I incorporate almost all printing methods into our work: digital, offset, letterpress, foil, engraving, screen, vinyl, etc. I especially love when a client wants to bring in something more three dimensional — bowties on a stick, keys, or wood blocks — or when we push the materials and print on wood, glass, metal, copper, leather, silk, etc. I think that is what makes Atheneum Creative a bit more unique: I love to challenge myself to make something really unique and help tell the story of our clients.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I recently sat down with a client to brainstorm a birth announcement / baptism announcement and she showed me the bible verse she wanted to use, but didn’t know how to tie it all together to tell her story. I came up with the idea of exploration and adventure to pull you through his birth and life moments to the baptism. We even brought in a real compass to include in the announcement, which we printed on the inside cover. I am hoping to shoot this soon so we will have some photos to share, but for now, I included some iPhone process shots.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful PaperBehind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I am the creative director for all of the work, but we do have a great team we collaborate with including graphic designers, calligraphers, illustrators and photographers. Collaborating is one of the best parts of being a designer. My typical day is usually broken up by a few hours of design work and a few hours of assembly.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

There is almost always a trip to some of the local printers we use for a press check or pick-up. Everyone at the post office knows me! I call that my second home as I spend so much time there! For example, this morning, after dropping the kids off, I was on a foil press check at 8:30 am with the client, approved a digital sheet at another printer at 9:15 am, dropped off envelopes to a calligrapher at 10 am and then wrapped up my morning at the post office to purchase 920 stamps for an assembly job tomorrow. I don’t have a set schedule as every day is different, but I am usually in the office from 8am – 6pm (with my dog sitting by my side all day long). My kids also love to visit me when I am working!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A lot of our clients are not local and a good handful of them are overseas. I typically start every project with a call or in person meeting to discuss the look of the wedding day. Sometimes brides have a good idea of what they are after and others have no idea—which is not a problem! We take the look and feel of the day and carry it over into their stationery. We might start with a logo or monogram, or just colors and patterns that will pull everything together.

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From there we work on various design options to give clients a nice range to choose from. We also work with creative language to ensure a wedding brand fully expresses the client’s personality. Once we go a few rounds of revisions, we are off to print. We are usually assembling in about three weeks. Then we shoot it and submit it to OSBP :)

I know everyone always says this, but our clients are truly the best! They trust us and allow us to get creative and unique with their work and if it was not for clients like that, we would not have the super fun portfolio we do today!

Behind the Stationery: Atheneum Creative / Oh So Beautiful PaperThanks, Nole and Megan!

Photos by Allison Kuhn (office), Chelsea Davis (new work), and Melissa Broderick (compass work).

Interested in participating in this column? Email Megan at megan [at] ohsobeautifulpaper [dot] com.