Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

Let’s be honest. One of the best parts of a wedding reception is the photo booth. And the photo booth backdrop is an excellent opportunity to get creative with your wedding color palette and décor. From giant streamers to framed illustrations, there are tons of great ideas for all types of weddings. Here are some creative photo booth backdrop ideas that will transform your space. Say “cheese!” – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Can you believe how intricate this paper cut backdrop is? Create a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, then repurpose it as a photo booth backdrop for the reception! | Photography: Margaret Austin Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Fringed crepe paper adds texture and comes in every color of the rainbow! Plus, these giant fringey streamers are the easiest DIY ever. | Photography: Taylor Lord Photography, Event Planner: Lavender Joy Weddings via Junebug Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love the simplicity of these hanging agate slices. You could also hang origami birds, flowers, seashells, or feathers… or even colorful plexiglass! | Photography: Cassie Loree Photography, Event Design: Blooming House Collective via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This beautiful ombré backdrop adds a punch of color! | Photography: Maple & Elm Photography via Brides

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrops / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Layers of cascading ribbons or streamers can be personalized to your color scheme. | Photography:Ben Q Photography,  Backdrop: The Color Condition via Ruffled

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hang your favorite framed prints on a cute room divider to create a beautiful vignette. | Photography: Hazelwood Photo, Event Design & Planning: Something Borrowed via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How fun are these piñatas?! | Photography: Anahi Weddings, Rentals, Flowers, Coordinating: Sweet Sunday Events via Ruffled

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This rope backdrop is perfect for an earthy or nautical theme. | Photography: Leslie Gilbert Photography, Event Planning: Weddings by JDK via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Roll out a whimsical wallpaper! | Photography: Johnny Miller via Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Photo Booth Backdrop / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hang a group of streamers, wrapping some around to form loops. | via Glamour and Grace

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Here’s a little something fancy to brighten your day: gorgeous and regal navy and gold foil calligraphy wedding invitations fromKara Anne Paper! Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the gold foil detailing on the back flap of the navy envelopes. The foliage pattern, complemented by the couple’s wedding crest, is elevated and over the top in all the best ways.

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

From Kara: This wedding invitation suite was designed for one of my best friends, Meg and her sweet husband, Brian. Creating their custom paper goods came easily to me! Knowing Meg and Brian’s personality and style I knew I wanted to design a classic, elegant invitation suite with a hint of some whimsical touches. To tie in Meg’s love for antique treasures from her grandparents, I incorporated gold foil accents and an intricately designed wedding monogram. After seeing the navy bridesmaids dresses chosen for their February wedding, I knew a deep navy envelope would make the perfect final touch to wow their guests. It created a gorgeous contrast from the bright white paper and the handwritten gold calligraphy that graced the envelopes.

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

The invitation design was 5.5″ x 8.5″ (A9) and foil printed on a thick Conservation Board paper. The details card was 4.5″ x 4.5″ and printed on the same paper using a dark navy letterpress ink. For an extra soft, romantic touch, a blush hand-made silk ribbon was used to tie the cards together so that they would stay stacked nicely inside of the envelope.

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

To tie the wedding program in with their invitation suite, I included navy lettering, custom hand painted watercolor florals and a charming illustration of the Chapel where Meg and Brian exchanged their vows. A soft, hand-made silk ribbon was also tied on the programs.

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

The custom designed details did not stop with the invitation suite. Throughout the ceremony and reception, there were several signs including; gorgeous navy and gold beverage and food signs, a welcome sign, direction sign and a little sign for the guests gifts from the bride and groom! To thank the groomsmen for being a part of their wedding celebration, we had custom Tervis Tumblers made with their wedding logo. This was of course a hit, along with the gold foil napkins and frosted beverage cups.

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

Regal Navy and Gold Foil Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Kara Anne Paper

Thanks Kara!

Design & Calligraphy: Kara Anne Paper

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

Photo Credits: Kara Anne Paper

Stationery A-Z: Dessert Birthday Cards

There are a lot of fun activities associated with birthdays, but for me, the excuse to pile on the sugar tops the list. Whether you prefer birthday cake to cupcakes, donuts to pie, there are endless ways to celebrate! Have a friend with a birthday coming up? Whip up an extra delicious treat (this one sounds pretty perfect) and pair it with a corresponding dessert-inspired card design! From anthropomorphic slices of cake to a triple stacked ice cream cone, we’re rounding up some awesome dessert birthday cards. Yum! – Shauna

Dessert Birthday Cards!

From top left:

1. This smiling cake is sure to make anyone’s birthday just a little bit sweeter. From Hello!Lucky.

2. This risograph printed design doesn’t mince words (or delicious sugary images). From another San Francisco-based stationer, Yellow Owl Workshop.

3. Treat yourself to this fun scratch off donut birthday greeting card courtesy of Inklings Paperie.

4. This Idlewild Co. design looks almost too delicious to send. I wish I knew what real life pastries these were based on!

5. Isn’t the entire point of baking for friends so that you can partake too? Mr. Boddington definitely agrees.

6. This Shannon Kristen painted birthday design would make a delectable side dish to a real life matching one.

7. Say it with ice cream, or don’t say it all all. Especially a triple decker number from Anne & Kate.

8. Don’t let gluten hold you back! Embrace the gluten-free diet with this hand-lettered design from Smudge Ink.

9. Richie Design offers two items with universal appeal: cupcakes and letterpress printed greeting cards.

10. Loving this clever play on everyone’s favorite 50 cent birthday number. By the clever cats over at Ladyfingers Letterpress.

11. This sweet illustrated monkey offers up just as sweet a birthday treat. From JooJoo Paper.

12. More puns and more cake from Grove Street Press. What could be wrong?!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Before we get into our weekend links, I have some fun news for DC-area friends: my husband (and our resident cocktail guru) is having a pop-up glassware and barware sale at Cotton & Reed Distillery (1330 5th Street NE, next to Union Market) this weekend! He’ll be there on Saturday and Sunday (June 17 and 18) from 12-4 p.m., with plenty of vintage glasses, brass barware sets, cocktail shakers, and accessories. If you live in the area, I hope you’ll come say hello! But in the meantime…

 Hello Maurelle via Instagram

Photo by Hello Maurelle via #dailydoseofpaper

…a few links for your weekend:

How cute are these pants (especially in pink!) for hot summer days??

Loving this family’s solution for keeping and storing kid art and school work

This outdoor rug is so beautiful!

Have you seen the newly redesigned artist pads from Legion Paper? The branding is gorgeous!

Intrigued by this time management system. Have any of you tried it?? I’m a big fan of batch tasking, but as a person that often takes on more than I can handle, I like the idea of a visual ticket system to avoid getting overwhelmed.

This may be the prettiest outdoor chair I’ve EVER seen – and these modern outdoor planters are pretty awesome, too…

Um, what?? Two Facebook bots developed their own non-human language (!!!)

San Francisco friends! Lilikoi Design + Letterpress is hosting a sample sale on June 21 from 12pm – 7pm! 171 Lily Street, San Francisco CA 94102 (in Hayes Valley Between Gough and Octavia)

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

These days, calligraphy goes waaaaaay beyond ink on paper. Tiles, sea glass, agate slices, light bulbs – pretty much any surface is game! Today we’re perusing the work of New York-based calligrapher Han Cao of Hanwriting, an expert on writing on non-traditional surfaces. Han was also kind enough to share some of her tips and tricks for writing on some of the trickier surfaces using a traditional calligraphy nib and ink. Let’s take a look! – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

“My lettering style tends to vary based on the surfaces I work on,” says Han. For objects like sea glass and slate, she likes to use a thinner calligraphy script. In contrast, she likes to complement agate’s bold colors with thicker downstrokes and thinner upstrokes. “I usually try a few styles and nibs on each surface to test out what looks best,” says Han. “It’s fun to try and bring out the best of each surface!”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Here’s a tip Han shared for writing on non-paper surfaces (since she does that quite often!): Han likes to use rubbing alcohol. “Some surfaces (agate, marble) sometimes have a thin, oily film which repels inks,” she shares. “So if you simply wipe them with a little rubbing alcohol, that removes the film and allows the ink to adhere better.” Han also uses acrylic ink on most of the items to give them some water resistance. “It gets tricky on some surfaces where the ink might pool at the bottom of the downstroke, so just thicken the ink up by either leaving it uncovered for a few hours, or adding some gum arabic, and that should help you control the strokes better.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

By the way, isn’t this a beautiful idea for place cards?! I love these little glass vessels, which channel that message-in-a-bottle vibe with the cork tops. The teeny shells matched with the guests names in calligraphy is such a perfect idea for a beach wedding.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

Of course, Han’s calligraphy work on paper is equally stunning. I love the light, romantic feel of her lettering style.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Hanwriting

“My favorite recent project was the light bulbs which were for a fun dinner party in the city,” shares Han. “I loved the thickness of the lettering, and the novelty of the surface.”

Thanks so much to Han for sharing her beautiful work and insider calligraphy tips with us!

Photo Credits: All images via Han Cao of Hanwriting