Behind the Scenes: Jenna of Love Jenna Calligraphy

Calligraphy is one of those great mysteries to me. I’ve tried it a thousand times just because I love all the tools (nibs, pens, brushes and those cute little bottles of ink – sigh). Along the way I discovered a secret. Calligraphers keep a little scratch sheet of paper to test the often inconsistent flow of ink from nibs and brushes. — Shauna of Forage Haberdashery

behind the scenes love jenna calligraphy

behind the scenes love jenna calligraphy

I’ve decided calligraphy is one of those talents you’re either born with or your not and Jenna of Love Jenna Calligraphy was definitely born with it. She has the ability to make calligraphy feel unexpected, whimsical and not at all fussy. In addition to her fanciful script, I obsess over her scraps of paper full of ink splotches and tiny little lines. She often plays with unexpected colors which gives her effortless flourishes a modern feeling. Talk about girl crush – I’ve got it bad for Jenna.

Some of Jenna’s projects that I adore:
brooklyn love
wild mushrooms with truffle custard
may 16th

Photo Credit: jenna {via Instagram @lovejennacalligraphy}

Behind the Scenes: Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop

I often fall head-over-heels in love with printmakers. There’s something about the process that can be so simple yet pure magic at the same time. My Instagram feed is full of artists and designers who use printing techniques and I just can’t get enough… — Shauna of Forage Haberdashery

behind the scenes yellow owl workshop

behind the scenes yellow owl workshop
One of my favorite designers is Christine Schmidt of Yellow Owl Workshop. I love that she continues to find ways to include her fans in the process of printmaking through playful stamps, kits and books. The Yellow Owl Workshop collection is full of colorful goods that reflect the quirky process Christine uses to create them.

Some of my favorite items in the Yellow Owl Workshop shop are:
print workshop (book)
carve-a-stamp (kit)
dots and dyes (card)

Photo Credits: Christine Schmidt {via instagram @yellow_owl_workshop}

Behind the Scenes: Lisa Congdon

Getting a peek into the process of a creative person is pretty magical. All those messes and piles are the perfect map to follow along in their journey. My favorite artists and designers are ones who share the behind the scenes almost as much as the finished works. This week I’m digging through my favorite artists’ Instagram feeds and sharing what I find… — Shauna of Forage Haberdashery

behind the scenes lisa congdon

behind the scenes lisa congdon

The beautiful painted mess above belongs to Lisa Congdon, an artist who inspires me for a million reasons  (a killer studio full of life is only one of them). Lisa has shared her creative journey through photographs and blogging for years and this allows her fans to have a truly special connection to her work.

A few of my favorite things made by Lisa Congdon:

geraldine (font)
a collection a day (book)
here & now (print)

Photo Credits: Lisa Congdon {via Instagram @lisacongdon}

Behind the Scenes: Shanna Murray

Hello there. It’s Shauna from Forage Haberdashery and I’ll be sharing a little post with you each day this week. Before I get started, I wanted to say congratulations to Nole (and thanks for inviting me).

I love paper (Ed Note: I’m a huge fan of Shauna’s stationery company – Seed House Stationers – here’s a quick peek from the National Stationery Show in May), but even more than paper goods, I adore the people who make them. For my posts this week, I scoured the Instagram feeds of my favorite designers, searching for a little behind the scenes and can’t wait to share what I found…

shanna murray behind the scenes

shanna murray behind the scenes

First up, is Shanna Murray. I love her illustrated decals and dream of covering an entire room with her bows, wreaths and sweet sentiments. Getting a glimpse into her world is such a treat from her effortlessly styled desk, to piles of colorful decals and all that beautiful packaging. Her attention to detail is something I absolutely adore.

A few of my favorite things in Shanna Murray’s shop (shown above):
darling bow
be kind
ring of clover & lucky stars tiding

Photo Credits: Shanna Murray {via Instagram @heidibraids}

On the Road with Crow & Canary: Monograham, Broadway Paper and GREER

You might remember the awesome guest posts from Carina of Crow and Canary this past April – she’s a fabulous independent stationery rep who spends much of her time touring the country talking about beautiful stationery.  Well, today Carina is back with a profile of three wonderful stationery boutiques in the Midwest.  Welcome back Carina!

Hello there!  Carina from Crow and Canary here.  It’s my sincere pleasure to return to OSBP with a guest post profiling some of the finest stationery boutiques in the Midwest.  I think you’re going to love what you see – I was truly in paper heaven!


Let’s start off by taking a peek into Monograham Paper & Gifts in Delafield, Wisconsin.  This stunning boutique is run by Amy Graham Stigler, creative director and designer for Smock.  Every corner of Monograham held some lovely treasure.  It’s certainly the type of shop that you could plan to spend an afternoon shopping in.  I only wish that I could visit regularly!

A real treat to see the shop decked out for the holidays!


Left: Washi tape adorned bags were set up for an upcoming craft class that Monograham has recently begun offering.  Aren’t they adorable? Right: Some of the amazing wedding invitations available at Monograham.

A bright and colorful assortment of paper goods, including: Smock, Susy Jack* & Paper Source.

A peek into Amy’s adjacent studio space: Breathtaking wall of smock gift boxes, they make quite an impression.

A bit of designer’s inspiration, such a cozy space.


Broadway Paper has been on my radar for some time, I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to visit, as well as to enjoy a few precious minutes with Kate Strzok, Broadway Paper’s owner and fearless leader. Kate is always a delight! Broadway Paper is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Historic Third Ward and is surrounded by other great boutiques and cafes. I loved getting to ogle BP’s creative merchandising and handmade touches. I’m still obsessed with the paper log display below, so very clever.

Near the entrance to Broadway Paper: Snow & Graham 2012 calendar window display.

I couldn’t resist one of Avie Design’s sweet hand-folded bows; luckily it made it home unscathed.

These modern card racks are a sight to behold, not to mention all the cute cards that fill them.

A display of Cream City Ribbon, an eco-friendly ribbon manufacturer and Milwaukee based company.

Little Book of Letterpress and Little Book of Screen Printing sandwiching Mara Mi ribbon.

Very cute display, including the infamous handmade cardboard logs that I so admire.


GREER Chicago and proprietress, Chandra Greer, are true legends in the stationery world. I’m fortunate to count Chandra as a friend and mentor and I know that her positive attitude and giving nature have been paramount for many emerging stationers over the years. GREER is beyond my wildest dreams fabulous. It’s very clear that Chandra hand picks the merchandise and works with an above average staff to maintain stunning presentation; you don’t have to take my word – have a look yourself…


Left: This Hammerpress calendar makes me think of pink lemonade, love! Right: I only wish I’d had time to look through every drawer, so many hidden treasures!



Left: Luscious ribbon in a vintage card catalog. Right: GREER’S Love Civilettes are perfect for “Spontaneous Adoration.”

Perfect Chicago holiday greeting from La Familia Green.

A sincere thank you to Amy, Kate and Chandra for finding time to meet with me and allow me to come into their lovely spaces to take photographs, not always the easiest feat during a weekend in December! Their grace and generosity are much appreciated. And if you see something that you’re dying to get your hands on, both Broadway Paper and GREER Chicago offer comprehensive online shopping.

And last, but far from least, thanks to my traveling companion and partner in paper crime, Kimberley Yurkiewicz.

Photo Credits: Carina Murray

“On the road with Monograham, Broadway Paper and GREER” is a guest post by Carina Murray of Crow & Canary