2017 Reader Survey!

Oh So Beautiful Paper 2017 Reader Survey

Before we get too far into 2017, I want to hear from you! I have big plans to make 2017 the best year EVER, and I want to make sure that we’re delivering content that you all love and want to read! I’m embedding the survey form below, but you can also click through to take the survey HERE. I want your thoughtful opinions and constructive criticism – so please be honest! I’ll be reading each and every survey response and using them to come up with our content for the year. I can’t wait to read what you have to say!

In the survey you’ll find a bunch of multiple choice and open ended questions about what kind of content you like on Oh So Beautiful Paper: what you’d like to see more of, what we can do to improve, and a few other topics. You can even ask me questions (business or personal) and I’ll answer them in later posts. After more than eight years of blogging, I sometimes forget what I’ve shared or not shared here on the blog, so go ahead and ask me anything!

And as a thank you for taking the survey, you can enter to win a huge prize pack of greeting cards from my personal collection! I’ll choose a total of SIX winners, and each box contains around 20 cards each – so it’s a great chance to win some seriously awesome stationery!!

*Survey and giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2017!

January Advertising Special!

Good morning everyone! I have a big announcement for my stationer friends this morning! January can be a rough month, since we’re all just coming off all the holiday sparkle and heading back to reality after spending time with loved ones during the holiday break. So! I decided to make January a bit brighter by offering 30% off BOTH sidebar advertising and the first year of membership in our Designer Rolodex!

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All new Designer Rolodex members will get 30% off their first year of membership from now until January 31. The application process is so easy, just fill out the form on this page! I can’t WAIT to hear from you! And while I was at it, I thought I might as well extend the same offer to anyone interested in sidebar advertising! And yes, this offer also applies to multi-month ads, so book up now and save big! You can get in touch with us for ad rates and more info right here.

If you aren’t already familiar with the Designer Rolodex, it’s our curated directory of wedding invitation designers and a fantastic resource for couples looking to find the perfect designer for their wedding stationery. When I got married in 2008 – back in the early days of blogging! – I had a tough time both finding unique and creative design inspiration for my wedding invitations and finding an independent stationer to work with. I spent countless hours searching the internet, browsing portfolios, and collecting images (pre-Pinterest!) from magazines and online. So I started OSBP later that year with the goal of showcasing amazing wedding invitations and helping connect readers with invitation designers. All Designer Rolodex members are hand selected by me, and every single member produces the most gorgeous invitations you’ll ever see. I won’t claim that the Rolodex is the largest directory of invitation designers, but I truly believe that the Rolodex membership represents the best of the best.

So! If you’ve had an invitation featured on OSBP in the past and you’re looking to make 2017 your best year in business yet – or if you’re a super talented new designer just starting out – join the Rolodex! Membership is normally just $300/year and will absolutely pay for itself if you book just ONE client through the Rolodex in the next year. Designer Rolodex members can display their portfolio, get discovered by location, style, and printing methods, share links to their social pages – and there’s even a link to past editorial features on OSBP. We’ll also be resuming our popular #meettherolodex series on Instagram in 2017, so now’s the time to become a member!

Engaged couples, be sure to check out the Designer Rolodex to browse portfolios and find your perfect invitation designer!

And stationers, if you’re already a Rolodex member, now would be the perfect time to update your portfolio and present your newest, bestest work to all of our new visitors. Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

Invitation Photo: Athena Bludé Photography from these Romantic Blush and Gray Wedding Invitations (one of my faves!) by Designer Rolodex member Coral Pheasant

Welcome to the new OSBP!

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Hello, and welcome to the new OSBP! You may notice that things look a bit different over here today (and for those of you reading through a reader or via email, click on through to check it out!).

This change has been a long time coming, and I’m thrilled to finally share our new look with you – I hope you like it as much as I do! I was thrilled to work with Liz from Linda & Harriett, who contributed her beautiful hand lettering and illustrations to the new design, and Eli Van Zoeren, who worked his magic to bring our design to life on screen – including our first ever responsive (and mobile friendly) design!

We’ve also updated the navigation to make it easier to find content and move around the site, updated the Designer Rolodex (featuring a brand new logo by Meant to Be Calligraphy), and made our curated shopping galleries front and center with the new Market List section. Have fun exploring!

OSBP + Red Barn Mercantile: A Curated Holiday

It has been a special week with the launch of two new columns, but I’m about to make it even more so by sharing a special project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks! I was lucky enough to help curate the holiday card collection at Red Barn Mercantile, a lovely local shop in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (just across the river from DC). Amy, the owner, first proposed the idea over the summer, so it’s really fun to finally see our collaboration come together. The collection was unveiled during Red Barn Mercantile’s annual Holiday Open House last week – along with a special window display highlighting our collaboration!

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Yep, that’s my name on a store window. Seriously, pinch me!

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Amy’s window designer put together the fun display, complete with real mailboxes and gifts wrapped in kraft paper. The wonderful folks at Mohawk were kind enough to send dozens of their envelopes, which practically covered the entire window!

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Located right on King Street, Red Barn Mercantile has the most lovely selection of home furnishings, decor, gifts, entertaining pieces – and yes, some beautiful stationery! It’s the kind of store designed to get me into a lot of trouble.

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Here’s a sample of the holiday card collection! So many pretty holiday cards all in one place! I had a lot of fun pulling my ideas together, but it was a completely different way of thinking for me. Lots of things to keep in mind, from Amy’s customers to minimum order requirements to the range of design styles. I learned a lot in the process!

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For those of you in the DC/VA area, you can check out the collection in person at Red Barn Mercantile, located at 1117 King Street in Alexandria. A big thanks to Amy for inviting me to help with such a special project!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tradeshow Bootcamp Webinar Series!

I couldn’t let this week go by without mentioning a program that is near and dear to my heart – and geared just towards stationers – Tradeshow Bootcamp! I’ve had the honor of participating in this fabulous program for the last couple of years, and there’s a new webinar series just around the corner starting March 7th.

Tradeshow Bootcamp Webinar Series

Tradeshow Bootcamp is an invaluable resource for those of you thinking about exhibiting at a tradeshow like the National Stationery Show or the New York International Gift Fair. Organized by Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs, Tradeshow Bootcamp covers everything you need to know about getting your business ready for the wholesale market and prepared for a major tradeshow, from industry standards for products, booth logistics, sales tools, and retailer expectations, with a group of panelists from all areas of the stationery industry. I’m happy to be participating in the the marketing workshop of the upcoming 6-week webinar series – Claudia of Fig. 2 Design Studio and I will cover tips for pre and post-show marketing, driving foot traffic to your booth, and how to best approach the media. I can’t wait!

You can sign up for Tradeshow Bootcamp’s webinar series here! Tradeshow Bootcamp is also giving away one full tuition scholarship for the upcoming Webinar Series to a driven designer who will be exhibiting at their first tradeshow in 2013. You can submit your application on the TSBC website.  The deadline is Friday, February 15 at 11:59pm PT!