On the Road with Crow & Canary: Monograham, Broadway Paper and GREER

You might remember the awesome guest posts from Carina of Crow and Canary this past April – she’s a fabulous independent stationery rep who spends much of her time touring the country talking about beautiful stationery.  Well, today Carina is back with a profile of three wonderful stationery boutiques in the Midwest.  Welcome back Carina!

Hello there!  Carina from Crow and Canary here.  It’s my sincere pleasure to return to OSBP with a guest post profiling some of the finest stationery boutiques in the Midwest.  I think you’re going to love what you see – I was truly in paper heaven!


Let’s start off by taking a peek into Monograham Paper & Gifts in Delafield, Wisconsin.  This stunning boutique is run by Amy Graham Stigler, creative director and designer for Smock.  Every corner of Monograham held some lovely treasure.  It’s certainly the type of shop that you could plan to spend an afternoon shopping in.  I only wish that I could visit regularly!

A real treat to see the shop decked out for the holidays!


Left: Washi tape adorned bags were set up for an upcoming craft class that Monograham has recently begun offering.  Aren’t they adorable? Right: Some of the amazing wedding invitations available at Monograham.

A bright and colorful assortment of paper goods, including: Smock, Susy Jack* & Paper Source.

A peek into Amy’s adjacent studio space: Breathtaking wall of smock gift boxes, they make quite an impression.

A bit of designer’s inspiration, such a cozy space.


Broadway Paper has been on my radar for some time, I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to visit, as well as to enjoy a few precious minutes with Kate Strzok, Broadway Paper’s owner and fearless leader. Kate is always a delight! Broadway Paper is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Historic Third Ward and is surrounded by other great boutiques and cafes. I loved getting to ogle BP’s creative merchandising and handmade touches. I’m still obsessed with the paper log display below, so very clever.

Near the entrance to Broadway Paper: Snow & Graham 2012 calendar window display.

I couldn’t resist one of Avie Design’s sweet hand-folded bows; luckily it made it home unscathed.

These modern card racks are a sight to behold, not to mention all the cute cards that fill them.

A display of Cream City Ribbon, an eco-friendly ribbon manufacturer and Milwaukee based company.

Little Book of Letterpress and Little Book of Screen Printing sandwiching Mara Mi ribbon.

Very cute display, including the infamous handmade cardboard logs that I so admire.


GREER Chicago and proprietress, Chandra Greer, are true legends in the stationery world. I’m fortunate to count Chandra as a friend and mentor and I know that her positive attitude and giving nature have been paramount for many emerging stationers over the years. GREER is beyond my wildest dreams fabulous. It’s very clear that Chandra hand picks the merchandise and works with an above average staff to maintain stunning presentation; you don’t have to take my word – have a look yourself…


Left: This Hammerpress calendar makes me think of pink lemonade, love! Right: I only wish I’d had time to look through every drawer, so many hidden treasures!



Left: Luscious ribbon in a vintage card catalog. Right: GREER’S Love Civilettes are perfect for “Spontaneous Adoration.”

Perfect Chicago holiday greeting from La Familia Green.

A sincere thank you to Amy, Kate and Chandra for finding time to meet with me and allow me to come into their lovely spaces to take photographs, not always the easiest feat during a weekend in December! Their grace and generosity are much appreciated. And if you see something that you’re dying to get your hands on, both Broadway Paper and GREER Chicago offer comprehensive online shopping.

And last, but far from least, thanks to my traveling companion and partner in paper crime, Kimberley Yurkiewicz.

Photo Credits: Carina Murray

“On the road with Monograham, Broadway Paper and GREER” is a guest post by Carina Murray of Crow & Canary

Holiday Card and Birth Announcement for Baby Mila

These birth announcements from Elpitha at Print in Cursive are so clever – for a November baby, why not combine two projects and turn the announcements into a family holiday card?  New parents Chris and Amy did just that for little Mila, including a darling photo of baby Mila by Bella Baby Photography in lieu of a traditional holiday family photo.

From ElpithaTis’ the season for… babies!  I’m so pleased to honor another birth with these announcements for baby Mila.  Parents Chris and Amy wanted to combine their news with a little holiday cheer.

As usual, for birth announcements, I like to start with the photo and Amy knew she wanted olive green, pink, and Lily of the Valley incorporated into the design.

Thanks Elpitha!

Photo Credits: Announcement by Print in Cursive, baby photo by Bella Baby Photography

2012 Calendar Round Up, Part 10

Since this is the last week of new content before the end of the year (next week I’ll be revisiting some favorite posts from 2011), it seems fitting that we squeeze in one more calendar round up before 2012!  Even if you think you’ve already found your 2012 calendar, you might want to make some wall space available – there are some pretty incredible designs below!

First up, a limited edition 2012 block printed calendar from Katharine Watson

A beautiful tea towel featuring hand lettering and illustrations from Linea Carta


A stunning limited edition letterpress calendar from W + K Studio with illustrations from some seriously talented artists

A bright + colorful yet minimalist calendar from The Made Shop

For all of you crazy cat people (like me!) – the 2012 dreamcats calendar from fieldguided


A stunning calendar from Mink Letterpress inspired by vintage handkerchiefs

This year, Erin from The Indigo Bunting has three calendar formats available – a small accordion calendar (above) and two illustrated calendars (below)

Indigo Bunting


An awesome lasercut calendar by Nando Costa

I’m kind of obsessed with this intricate “Twelve Months of the Apocalypse” letterpress calendar from Moon in June

Neon owl calendar (fun!) from Wishbone Letterpress


Cute bunting calendars from Curious & Co.

A farm-inspired monthly letterpress calendar from Brown Parcel Press

A pretty botanical monthly calendar from Honizukle Press


Screen printed calendars – in gray and black + white – from Yellow Lion

A cool die cut calendar from Lettuce Press

A pretty feather letterpress calendar from Tiger Food Ephemera

The 2012 calendar from Bird Dog Press features an homage to climate diversity in collaboration with Theresa from WonderBound Press

And just in case you missed them, check out the earlier calendar round ups right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Kendra + Robb’s Rustic Woodgrain Wedding Invitations

These gorgeous and woodsy wedding invitations come to us from Sally at La Happy, designed for an outdoor wedding in Washington state this past summer.  Sally kept the actual invitation simple and relaxed, bringing in hand stamped website cards and beautiful vintage stamps (not to mention stunning calligraphy) to pull the entire invitation suite together.

From SallyI created this invitation for an outdoor rustic wedding in Winthrop, Washington, which is in the backwoods of Washington State.  The inspiration was the groom’s love of all things outdoors: camping, hiking, etc.  The bride and groom wanted a rustic wedding with a non-fussy, vintage feel, so we tried to incorporate that into the paper design.

The colors of the wedding were really earthy.  Mustard yellow was a key color, then we brought in the stone gray as a neutral color to complement the yellow.  I created the “deer logo” for the wedding and then made a custom stamp out of it and stamped all of the paper pieces.  The invitation was printed on faux bios (a faux wood grain) paper, to relay the feel of the woods and the outdoors.


I created custom stamps to look like an industrial time stamp to use for the date and time of the wedding.  The bride and groom wanted to make sure the invitations did not feel fussy, so we made sure everything had a more industrial, vintage feel.  The RSVP card is a postcard with vintage stamps.  We worked with the lovely (and SO helpful) Virginia Sauder of Verde Studios to find the perfect vintage postage to fit the set.

Thanks Sally!

Invitation design + calligraphy: La Happy

Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

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

Photo Credits: La Happy