On Speaking Out

What We're Not Going to Do is Defend Nazis / Image by Darcy Dubose via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image by Darcy Dubose via Instagram

This week was confusing, exhausting, and completely enraging, as much of the last seven months has been, to be honest. To any readers in Spain, my thoughts are with you. My family took a quick impromptu trip out to the beach for a bit of mental self-care, so I’m a bit late with my Friday links this week. We really needed the time away, even if it was a super quick trip.

When it comes to recent events here at home, I’m still filled with anger at our president’s response to the horrific events in Charlottesville. This isn’t about politics for me. Yes, I am a political person with strong political beliefs, but this isn’t about party affiliation. This is about basic human decency and right and wrong. White supremacists are wrong. Neo-Nazis are wrong. Good people just don’t find themselves “accidentally” marching with people wearing swastikas and shouting hateful, racist speech. If you show up at a rally and are surprised to see people carrying swastikas, you walk away. When one choice involves Nazis and white supremacists, you choose the other side. Everything else is irrelevant.

This is also deeply personal for me. I’m a Jewish American. My grandfather and great-uncle fought against Nazis and their hateful beliefs in WWII. I cannot support a president who gives safe space to those same beliefs and hate groups. 

We have a long way to go towards resolving the deeply rooted issues of racism and bigotry in our country, but in the meantime the best thing we can do is to educate ourselves, teach tolerance and empathy to our children, speak out against hateful ideologies, and deny hate groups the space to fester and grow. I’ll continue to speak up against racism, religious intolerance, and bigotry – and I hope you will, too. Silence speaks volumes in situations like these.

In lieu of my usual weekend links, I’ll leave you with a few videos, articles, and resources that I’ve found helpful this week:

If you have any doubt about what is at stake here, watch this video report by Vice News about the events in Charlottesville (VICE)

This video was released in 1947 to help Americans recognize Fascist rhetoric at home – the similarities with modern day Trump rhetoric are astounding (Washington Post)

Why words matter when we talk about what happened at Charlottesville (Man Repeller)

Nine longread articles on how we got to Charlottesville (the synopses are worth reading if you only have a few minutes – Longreads)

10 Ways to Fight Hate in Your Community (Southern Law Poverty Center)

How to teach tolerance (Tolerance.org)

Raising Race-Conscious Children (Cup of Jo)

How past U.S. presidents exercised moral leadership, from Lincoln to Kennedy to George W. Bush to Obama (NPR)

The week when Trump resigned (The New York Times Editorial)

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

I have a really fun (and easy!) DIY project for you today: printable illustrated ice cream cone wrappers! My girls have been obsessed with ice cream cones lately and also happen to have birthdays coming up real soon, so I’m fairly confident that we’ll be making ice cream cones at their birthday party. I teamed up with Kim from Bright Room Studio to make these colorful illustrated ice cream cone wrappers to bring an extra dose of color to our favorite summer treat!

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

I absolutely adore the illustrations that Kim whipped up for these wrappers – so colorful and summery! And the sweet treat theme of the illustrations is so versatile, you can use these for any type of event. Wouldn’t they be so cute at an end-of-summer Labor Day BBQ? Or use them at a birthday party any time of year!

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Supplies

White text weight or cover weight paper

Printable template (choose sugar/waffle cones or cake cones)

Scissors

Washi tape in your favorite color

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

To make the printable illustrated ice cream cone wrappers:

Step 1. Print out the free template on white text or cover weight paper. You can use this template for sugar and waffle cones, or this template for cake cones.

Step 2. Cut out each individual ice cream cone wrapper with scissors, being careful to cut just inside the template outline. Wrap around an ice cream cone and secure with a piece of colorful washi tape, and voila!

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Gah! I’m obsessed with these adorable illustrations of delicious summer treats!

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Printable Illustrated Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

Sweet, simple, and so fun! Download the printable ice cream cone wrapper templates below!

SUGAR + WAFFLE CONE TEMPLATE

CAKE CONE TEMPLATE

p.s. Printable hologram foil ice cream cone wrappers and printable hand lettered gift tags and favor labels!

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here!

All artwork © 2017 Bright Room Studio created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the patterns you agree to the terms of use.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of watercolor details around here, from wedding invitations to day-of wedding stationery. There are so many ways to use watercolor to add color, texture, and personality to your big day! Illustrated menus, watercolor place cards… even watercolor envelopes and hand painted backdrops! We’ve rounded up a few gorgeous watercolor details below to spark some inspiration! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Repeat watercolor details throughout your wedding. Wouldn’t this cactus pattern look great as an envelope liner? | Photography: Megan Welker, Event Design & Planning: Beijos Events, Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Poppy Jack Shop via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love the watercolor illustrations on this bar sign! | Photography: Tec Petaja, Event Design & Planning: Bash Please, Stationery: Happy Menocal via Style Me Pretty

Colorful DIY Watercolor Envelopes!

You can even use watercolors to add some color to your invitation envelopes! Check out our DIY tutorial right here!

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Black calligraphy pops against a soft watercolor background. | Photography: Max Wanger, Event Design & Planning: Bash Please via Bash Please

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How gorgeous is this hand-painted backdrop?! | Photography: KT Merry, Backdrop: Momental Designs via Southern Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Add a splash of color in unexpected places, like these personalized coasters. | Photography: Ryan Ray Photography, Event Design & Planning: Stefanie Miles Events, Stationery: Meldeen via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Take your escort cards to the next level with watercolor and metallic calligraphy. | Photography: Studio Castillero, Event Design & Planning: Lace & Likes, Paper Goods: Ben Todd via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These dip-dyed coffee filters would make a great photo booth backdrop. | Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Make a statement with bright, oversized signs… | Photography: Ashley West Photography, Paper Goods: Claire Magnolia via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

… Or if subtle is more your style, stick to smaller details, like the watercolor trim on this table number. | Photography: Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, Event Design & Planning: Jessica Sloane via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Watercolor Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated menus add whimsy to your table. | Photography: Anna Delores Photography, Event Design & Planning: Wild Heart Events, Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Pigment & Parchment via Green Wedding Shoes

Are you loving watercolors as much as we are? Let us know if you’re planning to incorporate watercolor details into your wedding! xoxo

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

Sometimes, you want a complicated drink: lots of ingredients, fancy garnishes, intricate preparations. But sometimes it’s August and it’s hot and you want a cold drink without a lot of fuss and that’s ok, too. I always try to stick with Peggy Olson’s definition of a cocktail: you need at least three ingredients, because anything less isn’t a real cocktail, it’s an emergency. (This isn’t really what makes a cocktail – that’s spirits, bitters, sugar, and ice – but that’s neither here nor there.) And there are few drinks more simple than an Aperol Spritz, especially when it includes one of our favorite summer ingredients: blackberries! Let’s make a Blackberry Aperol Spritz. – Andrew

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

3 oz Sparkling Wine (we used a sparkling Rosé!)
2 oz Aperol
1 oz Soda Water
Blackberries

Add a handful of blackberries to the bottom of a glass, then add the Aperol and muddle the blackberries. Add ice and top with the soda water and sparkling wine. Give it a stir and enjoy!

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

Aperol is a bright red, mildly bitter Italian amaro. It’s filled with bright flavors of orange and rhubarb, and it clocks in at a gentle 11% alcohol by volume. Combined with sparkling wine – we used a sparkling rosé – and a splash of soda water, you have a refreshing, effervescent cocktail with lots of bright orange flavors and a low proof that won’t knock you out on a hot day. You might even have two, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz, the flagship drink of the Aperol brand, is a simple affair that officially includes just three ingredients: Aperol, sparkling wine, and soda water. But what do we do when we find a simple drink? We play with it. Cocktail recipes are templates; they’re not carved into stone. They’re not meant to sit pretty on a mantle and never change: they’re meant to make you happy, whatever that means today. So we added some muddled blackberries because they’re in season right now and when blackberries are in season, wow, you should be eating them by the handful and throwing them into every drink in sight. Bursting with juice and dark fruit flavor, they’re perfect for adding notes of stone fruit to any drink.

So muddle in some blackberries, or whatever you have on hand, as long as it’s fresh and in season – and see what that does to your drinking.

Glassware by Liquorary

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Quick Pick: Good Juju Ink

Before I get into today’s post, I want to acknowledge that our hearts are still heavy hearts after the horrible events in Charlottesville this past weekend. It feels wrong to just jump back into talking about pretty paper without addressing what many of us are thinking and feeling right now. I don’t have all the right words, but I’m completely disgusted by both the hatred and bigotry on display over the weekend and the administration’s deplorable watered-down reaction. There are not many sides to this issue. This is about right and wrong. White supremacists are wrong. Neo-Nazis are wrong. It’s up to us to fight against those views and deny them the space to fester and grow. That means speaking up and standing up for what is right. Racism and hate have no place here. We need to say it, over and over and over. You can find some other ideas for fighting hate in our community at the Southern Poverty Law Center. And now back to your regularly scheduled distractions. Thank you for understanding.

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Okay! So today I thought I’d share a few favorites from Good Juju Ink’s brand new Into the Woods collection! I got to see this collection in person at the 2017 National Stationery Show a couple months ago, and it’s full of fun things like beautiful nature-inspired illustrations, copper foil, and quotes to inspire reflection, organization, and observation. The entire collection is inspired by the meditative, woodland whimsy of Thoreau’s Walden and includes copper foil-kissed folders, boxed note cards, notebooks, journals, and notepads. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from Into the Woods will benefit the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative! Let’s take a look.

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Good Juju Ink: Into the Woods Collection

Check out more from Good Juju Ink’s Into the Woods collection right here!