Calligraphy Inspiration: Written Word Calligraphy + Design

I am delighted to be introducing you wonderful OSBP readers to the work of a truly lovely lady! Karla Lim is the hand behind the beautiful work of Written Word Calligraphy + Design. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Written Word offers custom calligraphy and illustration for events, invitations, logos, you name it! Karla — who is currently away enjoying being a newlywed herself! — is as delightful as her work. Take a look and see for yourself! – Julie

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Playful and dynamic, Karla’s calligraphy dances right off the paper. Her ink selections are spot on as they highlight the sweeps and curls of each line. Simply stunning!

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It almost feels as if Karla’s writing transforms into water or air and floats around the paper; it’s just one of the many reasons why I adore modern wedding calligraphy styles.

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To see more of Karla’s work, head over to her website to check out her beautiful portfolio. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram for more behind the scene peeks at new projects.

Photo Credits: 1 - This Love of Yours Photography; 2-7 Karla Lim

Pretty Paper in the Office: Rubber Stamps

As much as I’d love to buy all the pretty papers I see for my workspace, the truth is I have more than enough paper lying around. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun! I’ve put together a round up of some handy helpers in the office: rubber stamps. You can get stamp happy and create  your own calendars, checklists, even postcards!  – Julie
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No. 1 Mizushima Calendar Stamp from Amazon; No. 2 Postcard rubber stamp from Hobby Lobby; No. 3 Vintage rubber wheel stamp from Etsy; No. 4 Graph rubber stamps from Present&Correct; No. 5 Please Deliver To stamp by Wit & Whistle; No. 6 Checklist rubber stamp from Paper Source

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Calligraphy Inspiration: Allison R. Banks Designs

I love nothing more than happening upon beautiful calligraphy to find out that it’s by a calligrapher I haven’t yet had the chance to showcase. This month, I would like to introduce you all to Allison R. Banks Designs. I was wandering around the internet looking at monograms when I landed on her portfolio of stunning calligraphy and monogram work. Allison creates intricate and gorgeous pieces for her clients, with little details that will amaze and delight. – Julie

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I can’t help but wonder if one would need to worry about their mail being stolen with calligraphy addressed envelopes like these. They’re basically pieces of art!
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I love the gradient wash of color, from opaque and deep to rich and vibrant. The mix of calligraphy with uppercase lettering is such a great way to lighten the look.

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Allison also creates some amazing monograms. It’s such a wonderful way to add a traditional, elegant tone to your suite. The detail in her work is fantastic, isn’t it? For more, check out Allison’s portfolio and  Facebook, or download her portfolio to your iPad.

Photo Credits: Allison R. Banks

Pretty Paper in the Office: Weekly Planner Pads

It’s only when your week gets away from you and you still have a pile of work to do that you realize perhaps things aren’t as organized as you thought they were! I’ve never found monthly planners to do much good in the long run. Some weeks have so many tasks that something gets lost in the grand monthly scheme of things. This is where weekly planner pads come to the rescue! Each week, finished tasks are wiped clean with a fresh sheet and you can approach the week ahead with a blank slate. – Julie
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No. 1 Paint Strokes Desk Pad by Rifle Paper Co.; No. 2 Weekly Schedule Notepad from MochiThings; No. 3 The Weekly Times Desk Planner from The Fox and Star; N0. 4 Weekly Planner Pad from Kikki-K; No. 5 Weekly Planner by Lollipop; No. 6 8 Days-a-Week Planner Pad by Bob’s Your Uncle

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Calligraphy Inspiration: Lydia Robin Hendrix

It’s my favorite time of the month! This month’s Calligraphy Inspiration comes to us from the hand of Lydia Robin Hendrix. Lydia, a South Carolina based calligrapher, comes from a creative family and it certainly shows. Her portfolio pieces pull your focus with the simple elegant charm of the handwritten. A blend of traditional style with a bit of a modern flare, Lydia’s work speaks for itself. So stunning, don’t you think? – Julie

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A dreamy watercolor invitation suite; I love the subtle washes of colour and the calligraphy that flows overtop. A gorgeous look!

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You really can’t go wrong with a classic black and white approach. Especially not when the main feature is Lydia’s beautiful calligraphy.

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For more on Lydia’s work, check out her Etsy shop and Facebook page.

Photo credits: 1 Lady Letterpress; 2 Landon Jacob;  3, 4, 5 Lydia Robin Hendrix