Modern Navy + White Graduation Announcements

We started last week off with moving announcements, and today we’re helping to start the new week with a modern graduation announcement from Karly at Sweet Beaker.  Karly worked with the family of a recent high school graduate to come up with a modern-meets-classic announcement design incorporating a modified crest and the high school colors of navy and white.  Fun!

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From Karly: At the time I was doing research for the design of these announcements, the royal wedding was just around the corner and I came across an article about Kate Middleton’s new coat of arms — ahh!  Hold the presses!  Instant inspiration!  Several sketches later, a simple monogrammed crest emerged, which can also be applied to other stationery extensions (thank you notes!).

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We opted for a split layout with pertinent event information on the left and a pattern on the right with matching envelope liner.  The versatile pattern is great all by itself, but also allows space for Jordan to attach a senior photo to the right of the announcement.  School colors, a little hint of silver, a crest, pattern and optional photo = success!  Such a fun project, through and through.

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So cool – thanks Karly!

Photo Credits: Sweet Beaker

Inspired By: Chevron Stripes!

Chevron stripes aren’t exactly a new trend, but it’s easy to see why they’re so popular these days.  From weddings to interior design to stationery, chevron stripes are a wonderful and modern way to include a bit of pattern in a design.  Chevrons can have multiple personalities, from the subtle pattern of a letterpress blind impression to bold pops of color and contrast to a soft tone-on-tone effect.  I particularly love chevron stripes as envelope liners for wedding and party invitations – such a fun surprise when you open the envelope!

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No. 1 Paper + Parcel wedding invitations; No 2. SweetBeaker calling cards; No. 3 Wit and Whistle notebook; No. 4 Maida Vale letterpress cards; No. 5 Wiley Valentine chevron + watercolor wedding invitations; No. 6 West Elm; No. 7 Sweet Estelle chevron stripe goodie bags; No. 8 Pistachio Press letterpress cards; No. 9 Chevron Twill Tape

Chevron Stripe Tea Towel Inspired By: Chevron Stripes!

I also love this linen tea towel from Erin Dollar – the white chevron stripe on the neutral linen is so subtle and beautiful!

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More Paper-Inspired Pairings

It’s been such a pleasure to blog here for the last five days.  A huge thanks to Nole for letting me take over her blog this last week. I hope it’s been a fun and relaxing break for her.  I thought I would leave you with much as I began, with a few more pairings inspired by some of my favourite items from the Oh So Beautiful Paper archives.  Have a great weekend!

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1. Oilcloth fabric by Cath Kidston
2. Invitations by Mitchell & Dent, originally blogged here

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1. Chevron pillow by Madeline Weinrib
2. Calling cards by Sweetbeaker, originally blogged here

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1. Coral decoupage by John Derian
2. Invitations by Zenadia Design, originally blogged here

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1. Butterfly cushion by Bev Hisey
2. Escort cards by Wren Handmade, originally blogged here

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1. Tabletop linens by DwellStudio
2. Note cards by Satsuma Press, originally blogged here

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1. Aurora fabric from Rapture & Wright
2. Wedding invitations by Postal Press, originally blogged here

“More Paper-inspired Pairings” is a guest post by Jane Flanagan of Ill Seen, Ill Said.

Chevron Stripe Calling Cards

I came across these adorable chevron stripe calling cards from Sweetbeaker last week, and I can’t stop thinking about them!  The playful stripes are just so sweet:

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Karly also offers this fun banner design in a horizontal layout:

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Cute, right?  Check out these and other designs right here!

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Kids Party Invitations, Part 2

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been so impressed with all the kids party invitations that you’ve been sending my way!  For this week, I’ve selected three of my favorites so far – each with a different style, from vintage, to totally girly, to modern.   So first up, these fantastic letterpress dance picnic party invitations from Jen at Starshaped Press, incorporating Jen’s signature antique type:

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From Jen: We did a Chicago theme as the party was in Buffalo (where our extended family is located), and we wanted to share what we love about the city with all of the folks.  The invitation was actually a broadside that folded down and was mailed in a 7″ record sleeve, to go along with our ‘dance’ theme.  The ‘picnic’ part involved Vienna beef hot dogs and ethnic staples like sauerkraut pierogis and German potato salad, as enjoyable in January as June!

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Next up, Dora the Explorer themed invitations from Karly at SweetBeaker!  Although she decided to go with the full Dora theme, Karly created her own look using downloadable figures from the Dora website throughout the invitation and party accessories:

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From Karly:  Seeing that Dora is ‘all the rage’ and my daughter is ‘addicted’ – I just went with the theme.  Part one of the party can be seen here and part two can be seen here.

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We played ‘pin the tail on boots’ and served a menu of quesadillas, bananas (because that’s what Boots eats), salsa + chips.  Everyone had a blast!

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And finally, at least for today’s installment, a beautiful pink and brown letterpress invitation from Tova at Brighten My Day Studio for her daughter’s second birthday party:

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From Tova: The invitation was letterpress printed by Press Charming in soft pink and cocoa; paired with a labeled, latte envelope.  You’ll notice the silly, fun uses of “2” throughout the invite and label.  I then decided to build the party around pinks, greens, oranges and brown – sweet, and girly…and a nice complement to the park venue.

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I used a bunch of Amy Butler fabrics and created several bunting banners to hang around the picnic site.  For the favors, I screen printed “2” t-shirts in chocolate and pink – useable and keeping in the two-flavored theme.  Each was rolled and presented to each guest with favor tag a la the invitation.

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I’ve got more kids party invitations to share over the next few days, so stay tuned!  In addition to party invitations, I’m also looking for child adoption announcements to feature – if you have any that you’d like to share, please e-mail me!

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