{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone! So, we managed to get our tree and string lights… and haven’t made an ounce of progress since. I actually kind of love the look of our minimalist tree. This week Sophie turned 3 months old and my husband and I celebrated our 7-year dating anniversary by hiring a babysitter and going out to dinner alone for the first time in three months. We went to a new semi-secret restaurant in our neighborhood – very good food, but definitely not baby appropriate. Sophie handled the whole thing so well, I’m already looking forward to our next date night out! But in the meantime…

  

Photos by me, via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Pretty Paper in the Office: Bookends

A common issue with my workspace is the lack of space on my desk, as it is covered with books I use regularly for reference. That’s mostly due to the fact that, until recently, I hadn’t found a set of bookends that I liked enough to purchase. The word ‘bookend’ used to draw up images of dark and stuffy offices for me. Luckily, there are so many options these days that I want to buy them all! Functional and beautiful, I’ve put together a round up of bookends that will surely put and end to any disorganized workspace. – Julie

Pretty Paper in the Office Bookend Round Up

No. 1 Whale bookend from Indigo; No. 2 Wood bottle bookends from Uncommon Goods; No. 3 Quartz bookends from Design Darling; No. 4 Cork planter bookends from Canoe; No. 5 Bookends Of The Earth from Anthropologie; No. 6 Gold pig bookends from CB2

{images via their respective sources}

Stationery A – Z: Snarky Birthday Cards

I love that moment when you’re skimming through greeting cards and you come across one that causes you to chortle to yourself. You smile a little and realize that this snarky/sarcastic birthday card is perfect for someone you know. Someone that has a sense of humor and likes nothing more than to laugh a little (at themselves) on their birthday. Here is a roundup of smart cards that falls into that category. — Tashia

29th Birthday Letterpress Card by Parrott Design Studio

Parrott Design Studio

Who's Counting by Egg Press There's Always Next Year by Ink & Iro

Egg Press (left); and Ink & Iron (right)

Dog Years Birthday Card by Farewell Paperie

Farewell Paperie

Wishbone Letterpress

Crab Pinch by Night Owl Paper Goods Frickity Frack Birthday by Dude and Chick

Night Owl Paper Goods (left); and Dude and Chick (right)

Everyone Must Grow Old but Growing UP is Optional by Sweet Harvey

Sweet Harvey

29 Again letterpress card by Smock Paper Birthday Bad by Wild Horse Letterpress

Smock Paper (left); and Wild Horse Press (right)

Letterpress LMAO Birthday Card by Ink Petals

Ink Petals

Happy Whatever card by Akimbo

Akimbo

{images via their respective sources}

Calligraphy + Laser Cut Menus from Neither Snow

The calligraphy by Mara of Neither Snow is always so, so beautiful – and these menus are no exception. Mara collaborated with Amber from Pitbulls and Posies for a welcome dinner at a Jose Villa workshop in Mexico. Amber combined Mara’s lettering with a beautiful floral laser cut border for added texture and dimension. Love!

Neither Snow Calligraphy via Oh So Beautiful Paper Photo Credits: Jose Villa (6) Neither Snow Calligraphy via Oh So Beautiful Paper Photo Credits: Jose Villa (5)

From MaraI worked on this menu last year with the ever talented Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies and Jill LaFleur for a workshop by Jose Villa in Mexico. The menus welcomed conference attendees on the first night. Jill put together a jaw-dropping inspiration board that evoked a festive, relaxed hacienda dinner party under the stars.

Neither Snow Calligraphy via Oh So Beautiful Paper Photo Credits: Jose Villa (1)

Amber integrated my scanned calligraphy and printed it using an inkjet machine for vibrant color and the ever elusive white “ink” (the white is the negative, not-printed space). The final touch was to take this laser-cut paper  with the inside removed and used as a border. I then penned the names of the attendees. A fun combination of DIY, problem-solving, repurposing existing laser-cut products, calligraphy, and personalization.

Neither Snow Calligraphy via Oh So Beautiful Paper Photo Credits: Jose Villa (3) Neither Snow Calligraphy via Oh So Beautiful Paper Photo Credits: Jose Villa (4)

Beautiful as always Mara! Thank you!

Calligraphy: Neither Snow

Event Design: Pitbulls and Posies and Jill LaFleur

Photo Credits: Jose Villa and Neither Snow