Calligraphy Inspiration: Meghan Kay Sadler

This month’s dose of calligraphy inspiration is an absolute triple threat; she’s a Los Angeles based photographer who also offers services in calligraphy and design. Meghan Kay Sadler‘s portfolio is filled with visual goodness. From stunning portraits to beautifully executed hand lettering, she’s the total package. Being such a visual creature, you can’t really be surprised at the level of her work. – Julie

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Light as a feather, Meghan’s calligraphy seems to be floating on air, or the paper in this case. Very delicate but it certainly makes an impact!
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Fanciful flourishes and embellishments fill the space in such a wonderful way. You can tell that Meghan has an eye for details.
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You can see more of Meghan’s calligraphy here. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to view her photography and design work as well!

Photo Credits: M. K. Sadler

Pretty Paper in the Office: Stationery Sets

I was given a stationery set recently that I decided to keep on my desk to encourage more writing. I didn’t think much of it, but realized how quickly a note here and a little letter there could burn through my stash. It became a little ritual; a break in between work to relax and unwind my brain. That’s just one of the many reasons why letter writing is so special and soul-satisfying. Nole rounded up some favorite writing sheets for longer letters a few weeks ago, and I put together a round up of some great stationery sets in hopes that maybe they’ll encourage you to take a little time to write it down. – Julie

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No. 1 Mode de Paris cards & envelopes from Paper Bistro; No. 2 HAIBARA Colour Rimmed Letter Sets from UGUiSU; No. 3 Check embossed mail set from Present&Correct; No. 4 Boxed stationery set from Mr. Boddington’s Studio; No. 5 Ecru Florentine Writing Set from Paper Source; No. 6 PostalCo letter pad & envelope set from Need Supply Co.

 

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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