Inspiring Packaging

The Dieline is a blog that's all about packaging – new designs, new products, and why the packaging works or doesn't work. To be honest, I almost never read the text – I just scroll through the photos. And every once in awhile there's something that really inspires me – that I could just see translated into a wedding invitation or party favors or a birthday gift. Here are some of my favorites…


Belvoir Fruit Farms via The Dieline. Don't you think the angled label, and the font, along with the simple floral illustration would be lovely as an address on invitations?


McCraw's Confections via The Dieline. I love how retro this is, while at the same time clean and modern. I think the colors would be nice for a stationery set, maybe with a monogram inspired by the company's logo.

Mast Brothers Chocolate via The Dieline. Wouldn't you love to see envelopes lined in paper like this? It would be a great way to dress up an otherwise simple invitation or note. Or maybe favors wrapped in a variety of fancy papers and displayed together. Okay, and I'd really like to try this chocolate, too…

Calligraphy Love

I was one of those girls whose handwriting changed at least once a year in middle school. By the end of high school, I think I pretty much got my handwriting sorted out, but I still have a different style for when I'm writing a grocery list, or journaling, or addressing a letter. So it's probably no surprise that I really love calligraphy. L-O-V-E it. I think elaborate scripts with zillions of flourishes are gorgeous, but I also think playful and simple and sweet styles can be just as wonderful. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.

Laura Hooper "Ella" script.

Jenna Hein.

Tara Jones "Maggie" script.

Emilie Friday.

Left: Maybelle Calligraphy
Right: Linea-Carta

Crystal Kluge.

Betsy Dunlap "Jill" script.

Be sure to check out these ladies' websites and blogs for even more inspiration! This is just a tiny sampling of their incredible work.

La Brocante Rose

Thank you , Nole + lovely readers for letting me share a few of my obsessions this week on Oh So Beautiful Paper!

One of my favorite blog friends, Melissa of Ruby Press just launched an Etsy shop selling her vintage finds. I couldn’t be more thrilled because Melissa has flawless taste. Check out these paper lovelies from her shop, La Brocante Rose.

A lovely bundle of vintage letters!

Whimsical envelopes.

Old envelopes (1901-1923) with beautiful handwriting.

These gold star stickers have to be the best, though!

The New Monograms

Hello fellow Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! I'm so excited that Nole invited me to guest blog while she's away on a little Spring Break – I rarely get to focus just on pretty paper things on Snippet & Ink, so I'm thrilled to share some of my favorites with you this week…

Personally, I love monograms, but I think for a lot of people, the word "monogram" probably conjures up images of preppy sweaters, vintage hankies, and fussy silverware. But these days, there are so many options out there, anyone can find a monogram to fit their personal style. Here are some of my favorites…

Brides Chicago printed an article featuring some clever and creative monograms. I especially love the kitschy cross-stitch one by Hello! Lucky. In case you can't read the designers' names, clockwise from the top left: Pica Press, Hello! Lucky, Bird and Banner, Peculiar Pair Press, Paper + Cup, Carrot & Stick Press, Cheree Berry Paper, and Ceci New York. {via Hello! Lucky}

How about a wedding logo instead of just a monogram? I love this idea, and I love the ones that the ladies at Ice Cream Social create.

But, then again, there's something to be said for a simple, traditional monogram. Especially when you can stamp it into a wax seal, or even shortbread cookies! {via The Bride's Guide}

Are you incorporating a monogram into your wedding stationery? Or your registry? Or looking for something perfect to reflect your own personal style? What monograms have you found that you just love?