Inspired by: Aqua

I usually think of aqua as a summer color, but I’ve come to love this gorgeous hue any time of year.  In the winter, aqua pairs wonderfully with my favorite holiday color palette of gray, red, and white, and it also looks amazing with sparkly metallics.  In warmer weather it also looks amazing with bright yellows and oranges (Tangerine Tango, anyone?) and soft neutral beachy tones.  The possibilities are endless, so today I thought I’d do a little round up of awesome aqua paper goods and accessories!

No. 1 Frida Plumm; No. 2 Ampersand print by Jessica Hische; No. 3 San Francisco skyline wedding invitation by Hello!Lucky; No. 4 Coasters by Paisley Tree Press; No. 5 Hello!Lucky; No. 6 Night Owl Paper Goods; No. 7 Studio on Fire

I’ve also had a huge crush on this light aqua floral fabric from Rubie Green for months now.  I recently bought a couple of yards for a project that I’m working on and it’s even more beautiful in person!

Hello!Lucky is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work here!

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*Paisley Tree Press and Hello!Lucky are some of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Holiday Gift Wrap Inspiration, Part 4

As promised, I’m back with a bit more holiday gift wrap inspiration – gift tags!  I’ve included a few favorite gift tags in the previous gift wrap posts, but there are so many awesome gift tag designs this year that I couldn’t resist rounding up a few more favorites in a post all of their own.  Let’s take a look!

Clockwise from top left: Daily Sip Studios; Shortgrass Designs; Yours is the Earth; M Stetson; Shore Society; Austin Press via Anthropologie; Smock.

Clockwise from top left: Wiley Valentine; Paper City Design; Paper Source; Dingbat Press; Spring Olive; Papersheep

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Holiday Gift Wrap Inspiration, Part 3

Now that you’ve selected your holiday cards, it’s time to turn our attention back to one of my favorite subjects – gift wrap!  Last week I rounded up a few of my favorite wrapping paper sources (here and here), and today I’ve got a few more to share.  And since I adore ribbon any time of year, I had to include a round up of my favorite ribbons and twines for the holiday season!

Clockwise from top left: Washi tape gift wrap via Wishy Washy (we’ll have more washi tape gift wrap ideas next week!); Gift tag by Hooray Design Co.; Kid Icarus; Field Guide Design; Dutch Door Press; Dear Hancock; Chevron gift tag by One Plus One Design

Clockwise from top left: Angela Liguori cotton ribbon; Twine and green velvet ribbon from Anthropologie; Fa La La ribbon from Paloma’s Nest; Airmail twine from Bespoke Letterpress; Custom calligraphy cotton ribbon from Paperfinger; Yarn and gray velvet ribbon from Anthropologie 

Check back soon for a bit more holiday gift wrap inspiration (gift tags!)

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Rosie + Tim’s Constellation Engagement Party Invitations

I’ve had a thing for constellations, well, pretty much forever – so naturally, I’m completely in love with these constellation-inspired engagement party invitations by The Hungry Workshop.  Simon and Jenna from The Hungry Workshop were inspired by the clients’ description of the night as a “celebration with friends under the stars,” incorporating shooting star details and a matching custom envelope liner fashioned from an antique constellation map.  So beautiful!

For Rosie and Tim’s names, Jenna modified La Portenia into two shooting stars, with the remaining type set in Archer Light.  Simon illustrated and arranged the stars for the background.  The entire invitation suite was letterpress printed on Crane Lettra 300 gsm cotton paper.

For the envelope liners, Jenna and Simon found an old star map in the New Concise Atlas of the Universe, which they modified and letterpress printed on text weight paper in the same matching blue ink used in the invitation.

Lovely!  For more from The Hungry Workshop, check out their portfolio and blog!

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

Photo Credits: The Hungry Workshop

2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 12

With only a couple more weeks before Christmas, we’re wrapping up this year’s holiday card coverage with one final round up!  I’ve had the pleasure of featuring some truly stunning holiday cards over the past few weeks (you can check out previous round up installments right here), and I’m still in awe of the incredible variety of holiday card designs available this year!  Here are a few more beautiful examples, just in case you’re still on the hunt for a few more holiday cards this year…

Scout’s Honor Co.

Richie Design

The Hungry Workshop

Palmetto Press

Sparrow’s Nest Script

Wishbone Letterpress

The Beautiful Project


Sideshow Press

Porridge Papers

Julia’s Poppies

Vintage gold foil holiday cards from Hunter’s Hideaway

Citron Pressé


Dear Lola

Concrete Lace

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