Welcome! Oh So Beautiful Paper is a leading lifestyle and design blog written by recovering diplomat Nole Garey and a team of talented contributors. Since its launch in 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper has grown to feature entertaining ideas, paper goods, wedding invitations, calligraphy, and original cocktail recipes. Please have a look around – I hope you enjoy our posts and archives! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Photos by Adam Barnes Photography
About Oh So Beautiful Paper
Launched in 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper reaches an audience of more than 100,000 unique monthly viewers and is a daily read for creative people around the world. Oh So Beautiful Paper also has a loyal social media following, with more than 130,000 Facebook fans, 37,000 Pinterest followers, 14,000 Twitter followers, and 19,000 Instagram followers. Pins from Oh So Beautiful Paper reach an average of 300,000 daily viewers.
Recurring columns on Oh So Beautiful Paper include entertaining ideas, diy ideas, wedding invitation features, baby products, home decor inspiration, and great cocktail recipes. The site also has a team of several contributors with columns ranging from DIY projects and tutorials to office stationery product round ups to retail trends. Oh So Beautiful Paper averages 2-4 posts a day, many with original photography.
Photo by Charlie-Juliet Photography
About Founder + Editor Nole Garey
I previously worked in international diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State from 2003 – 2010 before leaving to pursue Oh So Beautiful Paper full time. I hold a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University (where I met my husband Andrew), but I’ve been passionate about design and all things paper my entire life.
I fell in love with the world of wedding invitations and stationery while planning my May 2008 Washington, DC wedding and started Oh So Beautiful Paper in large part to help connect other engaged couples with talented designers. Andrew and I welcomed our first daughter Sophie (you can see her awesome birth announcements here) in 2012 and our second daughter Alice (you can see her beautiful birth announcements here) in 2014. We currently live in Washington DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with several adorable cats.
At Oh So Beautiful Paper, we believe that stationery is an extension of your personal style. It’s a nice and all too rare treat to come home to a handwritten letter or card. We believe sending paper – taking the time to buy, write, and send a card – 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.
We believe stationery has a role to play in a beautiful lifestyle. Our goal is to help you find paper products that represent you and your personality, whether you live in DC or California 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.
In The Press
Oh So Beautiful Paper has been featured in Brides (April 2011 and September 2012), Southern Weddings, and quoted several times in the quarterly Stationery Trends magazine.
Oh So Beautiful Paper has appeared on many noteworthy blogs and websites and has a regular monthly column on the Food Network blog, FN Dish. A full list of features can be found on our press page, with a sample of guest posts and features below:
The Huffington Post: Caipirinha Recipes You Should Be Downing During the World Cup (06/2014)
The Etsy Blog: Guest Curator, Stationery to Make You Smile (05/2014)
Imbibe: The Summer Rose Cocktail Recipe (03/2014)
The Huffington Post: Brunch Cocktails: Booze Recipes for the Time Between Breakfast and Lunch (08/2013)
The National Stationery Show: Capture Press Attention with Booth Design (03/2012)
The Etsy Blog: Guest Curator (09/2010)
Rachael Baldwin is the owner of Appetite Paper, a small online blog shop dedicated to creating life-like paper flowers. Dream wedding blooms or cozy home décor – translating real flowers to paper results in everlasting works of art. Rachael devotes her career to one simple purpose; serving others through her love of design. Be you and keep on creating!
View all of Rachael’s posts right here!
Emily Blistein owns Clementine, a little shop in Middlebury, Vermont where she curates an ever-changing collection of goods to help feather your nest, delight your loved ones and swaddle your little ones. She is a letterpress admirer, typewriter enthusiast, recovering lawyer and lobbyist for women’s health, advocate for small businesses and cheerleader for things handmade. She lives with four boys (aged toddler to husband), is an ENFP (which explains why having a brick & mortar is heaven), and she really, really likes to laugh.
View all of Emily’s Brick + Mortar posts right here!
Julie is a designer, letterer, and calligrapher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Julie’s columns include Pretty Paper in the Office and monthly calligraphy spotlight features.
View all of Julie’s posts right here!
Kelly loves all things pretty, crafty, and handmade. When she isn’t blogging about party 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!
Mandy Pellegrin is a recovering Congressional staffer and former Washington bureaucrat adjusting to her new life in Nashville, TN. She moonlights as a DIY blogger to escape the contentious world of policy and politics. Her blog Fabric Paper Glue focuses on handsome crafts, delightful beverages, and other fun stuff.
View all of Mandy’s posts right here!
Lauren Saylor is an event designer, calligrapher, and stylist based in California, and the author of the blog A Fabulous Fete. She loves confetti, donuts, paper stuff, and her husband and dog. Current obsessions include ombré, fringe, and tassels.
View all of Lauren’s posts right here!
View all of Megan’s posts right here!
Andrew Whitehead is a DC-based cocktail enthusiast (and just happens to be Nole’s husband). You can find him on Instagram, where he shares cocktail recipes and a behind-the-scenes peek into his liquorary concoctions.
View all of Andrew’s cocktail posts right here!
Audrey Woollen is the owner, buyer, and creative director at Urbanic Paper Boutique in Venice, California. Audrey and her husband Joshua opened the shop in 2007. Audrey loves sending and receiving fun mail. She is obsessed with patterns, fonts, color stories and good design.
View all of Audrey’s posts right here!
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!
About The Design
The design and layout of Oh So Beautiful Paper® was created by Nole with hand lettering and watercolor graphics by Liz Libre of Linda & Harriett and web development by Eli Van Zoeren. For those of you obsessed with pretty fonts like me, I have featured many of of the fonts used on Oh So Beautiful Paper in a weekly column here. If you have any questions or would like to say hello, please email me!
Thanks for visiting!