Archive for August, 2011
Happy Monday everyone – and I hope all my East Coast readers are okay after the hurricane this weekend! I can’t believe we’re already at the end of summer, but here it is, the last week of August! We’re starting the week off with the final installment in our summer contest series with Moontree Letterpress! In case you missed it before, here’s a bit of background on the contest and how to enter. The winner with the best six word story will receive 50 personalized letterpress notecards! We thought it would be only fitting that the theme for this week be “Last Days of Summer” – feel free to leave multiple comments/entries, and don’t be afraid to get creative!
The giveaway will be running all week, so you’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday to leave your entry in the comments below, then Rebecca will announce the winner on her blog! And just in case you need some inspiration, you can check out these six word autobiographies. Bonne chance!
Photo Credit: Moontree Letterpress
It’s been quite a week here in DC! First an earthquake on Tuesday and now we’re bracing for some heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Irene this weekend. As a girl who was born in California and grew up in Florida, I’ve experienced my share of earthquakes and hurricanes – just never in the same week! My in-laws are coming to visit this weekend, so we’re trying to come up with some fun indoor activities for the next couple of days. But in the meantime…
…a few links for your weekend!
- Absolutely stunning woven typography (above)
- Vintage typewriter wedding invitations
- I love it when stationers have a sense of humor
- Beautiful gilded envelopes
- Pen pals wanted
- A fun stationery studio tour
- Only one more week to save 20% with Dauphine Press
- The Commission Project is back!
- A huge congratulations to Ami on the new EAD vendor guide and Amanda on the new Ruffled shop!
- And an even bigger congratulations to the winners of the Bella Figura and Smock design contests!
This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:
- Whimsical yellow + gray wedding invitations (with a wax seal!)
- Gorgeous watercolor notecards from Social Proper
- I love everything about these whimsical + illustrated wedding invitations
- Americana-inspired invitations for a wedding on a farm
- Simple and elegant letterpress moving announcements
- Colorful wedding invitations from Page Stationery
- Modern red and white wedding invitations
- A cool alphabet installation for a nursery
- Arabic greeting cards printed on birch veneer
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – and for those of you on the East Coast, stay safe! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo
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I couldn’t end the week without featuring these beautiful cartography-inspired wedding invitations, designed by the bride and groom and printed by the lovely Colleen Ellse. You might remember Paul and Colleen’s silhouette save the dates from a few months back, and the wedding invitations continued the illustrated feel along with the gray and green color palette. I’m loving the cartography border on the information card and the anchor illustration on the hand drawn map. The bride also did the calligraphy – isn’t it so pretty??
Photo Credits: Colleen Ellse | Craft Lovely
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Mariam from Natoof, a creative studio based in Dubai, sent over these lovely cards that she designed for the month of Ramadan. The flat note cards feature Miriam’s botanical illustrations with Arabic calligraphy, all printed on eco-friendly birch. The intricate designs are so beautiful!
From Mariam: It’s always exciting to find a new material for our artwork. Though we love paper and we love wood laser engraving, these flat birch eco-friendly wood cards are absolutely fabulous. We thought of trying it for our season’s greeting cards and it turned out great. Having colors printed on wood is a blast, the card is printed with beautiful flowery illustrations in the shades of dark purple, blue, yellow, green and with Arabic typography.
Photo Credits: Natoof
We’re starting today off with something a little different – this very cool alphabet installation that designer Jason Gomez created for his daughter’s nursery. Jason and his wife didn’t know the gender of their baby, Jason wanted to keep the color palette neutral while incorporating lots of pattern and interesting letter shapes. The result is very cool – and something that his baby girl will enjoy for years to come!
From Jason: This is somewhat a big project for a small person that is now the love of our lives in our new family. I decided to create a custom alphabet painting for our first baby girl Alena to hang in her room. Since we didn’t want to know the gender of our baby until she was born I wanted to keep the colors neutral to work for either a boy or a girl but to keep it bright and fun.
Since I love typography I wanted to showcase various type styles for each letter form along with some simple colorful shapes and patterns. It was a labor of love for me, incorporating various sizes of wood canvases and various types of mediums from house paint to acrylic and paint pens. In the end the overall piece measured up to 67″ wide to 32″ high, a big bold colorful piece for our beautiful little girl.
Photo Credits: Jason Gomez