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Launched in September 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper® is a daily design, wedding, and lifestyle blog. Oh So Beautiful Paper showcases fabulous stationery design and provides a resource for readers seeking inspiration and designers for their personal stationery projects, from wedding invitations to business cards to calendars and seasonal holiday cards. Oh So Beautiful Paper is dedicated to the lost art of handwritten correspondence in everyday life.
At Oh So Beautiful Paper, we believe that stationery is part of a beautiful lifestyle. We live in the age of social media – of email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media – all of which make it easier to communicate with lots of people at the same time, rather than enhancing communication with a single person. So while email is absolutely essential in our lives, it has also reduced the value of that particular form of communication.
Today, it’s a nice and rare treat when we come home to a handwritten letter or card. This means sending paper – taking the time to buy, write, and send a note – has enormous interpersonal value. Sending handwritten mail has become a signifier, a mark of the importance and value that the sender places on the relationship with the recipient, and it conveys that you’re a thoughtful, caring person with good taste.
And as a result, the stationery you choose to purchase and send represents something about you as a person. Our goal is to help you find paper products that represent your personality and lifestyle, whether you live in New York or Australia, while also helping to support local businesses, small businesses, and eco-friendly businesses. It might not seem so at first glance, but stationery supports all of these goals. We’re not focused on the mass market, but on stationery that is unique and different, just like you and me.
About the Editor
Editor and publisher Nole Garey holds an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and is passionate about design and all things paper. She previously worked in international diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. She fell in love with the world of wedding invitations and stationery while planning her May 2008 Washington, DC wedding and started Oh So Beautiful Paper to help connect other engaged couples with talented designers. Nole lives in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with her husband, daughter Sophie, and several adorable cats.
Kelly loves all things pretty, crafty, and handmade. When she isn’t blogging about day-of wedding stationery for Oh So Beautiful Paper, she can be found at Studio DIY – a blog dedicated entirely to handcrafted parties and celebrations.
View all of Kelly’s posts right here!
Julie is a designer, letterer, and calligrapher in training based in Winnipeg, Ontario. Julie’s columns include Pretty Paper in the Office and monthly calligraphy spotlight features.
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Bailey Amon (Calligrapher and Stylist) and Emma James (Illustrator and Print Designer) of Antiquaria have been collaborating since 2009. The two met in Austin, Texas when Emma hired Bailey to do the calligraphy for her wedding invitation. They instantly recognized how well their unique sense of style complimented each other and have been working together ever since. Every two weeks Bailey and Emma share a DIY tutorial incorporating their beautiful rubber stamps.
View all of Antiquaria’s posts right here!
The design and layout of Oh So Beautiful Paper® was created by Nole, with web development by the team at Aeolidia. For those of you obsessed with pretty fonts, the fonts used throughout Oh So Beautiful Paper include Bombshell, Belluccia, Novecento Condensed, Archer, and Adios Script. If you have any questions or would like to say hello, please email me!
Thanks for visiting!