Vintage Labels

I am just crazy over these vintage labels from Found Vintage Style.  They’d be so fun to include in a gift-wrapping or to frame for inexpensive artwork.

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Photo Credits: Found Vintage Style

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…

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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?

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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.
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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…

Pretty, Pretty Cheap

I love letterpress, but during this recession, I’ve had to re-think my letterpress snobbery just a little.  One of my favorite invitation girls, Christine Van Duyn, recently made her gorgeous minimalist style available to one and all with printable invitations. Download them through her Etsy shop, Pretty, Pretty Paper.

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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.

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Laura Hooper "Ella" script.

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Jenna Hein.

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Tara Jones "Maggie" script.

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Emilie Friday.

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Left: Maybelle Calligraphy
Right: Linea-Carta

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Crystal Kluge.

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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.

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A lovely bundle of vintage letters!

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Whimsical envelopes.

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Old envelopes (1901-1923) with beautiful handwriting.

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