Paper Party 2015 Invitations!

I’m honored to host a big party for the stationery industry during the National Stationery Show each May – and this year’s party took place on Tuesday night! I’m excited to share the party photos with you all next week, but in the meantime I thought I’d start with my favorite part of the entire party: the invitations! I was lucky to work with an amazingly talented team, including Moglea, Bella Figura, and Meant to Be Calligraphy – this year’s design features some amazing hand painted details paired with beautiful matte gold foil!


I’ve wanted to work with Meg from Moglea for years – and this was the perfect excuse! I love Meg’s painterly aesthetic and really wanted the invitation design to set the tone for the rest of the party decor. Meg hand painted the invitation background, which was digitally printed by Bella Figura on their new smooth cotton paper and paired with matte gold foil on the front of the invitation. I love the subtle shine of the matte foil against the dark navy and pale pink!





The amazingly talented Michele from Meant to Be Calligraphy addressed the envelopes in her Edwards style. We picked gold ink to complement the matte gold foil on the invitations and paired the gold calligraphy with new black and white floral postage stamps. Meg hand painted the STUNNING envelope liner design, which was also digitally printed by Bella Figura.



For a final detail, I borrowed a DIY trick from Meg and dip dyed each individual envelope in red Kool Aid! The dip dye resulted in such a subtle shade of pink – barely visible in the photos – but it really added a special touch to the envelopes and I love the way it looks with Michele’s calligraphy.



I really couldn’t be more thrilled with how the invitations turned out – I hope you love them as much as I do!

Design: Moglea

Printing: Bella Figura

Envelope Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lauren’s 2nd Annual Derby Day Party Invitations

You might remember these super fun Kentucky Derby Day party invitations from Lauren Chism last year – I loved the preppy navy and green color palette and stripes! Well, Lauren and her husband decided to make their Derby Day party an annual tradition, and I’m thrilled to share this year’s invitations today!


From Lauren: When it was time to design invitations for our annual Derby Day party, I felt the pressure to design another fun invitation (self-imposed of course). I loved how last year’s invitations turned out, so I wanted these to be equally as special, without overlapping in style since we were inviting a lot of the same people. I kept the color scheme the same-ish with cobalt blue and kelly green, but that’s where the similarities ended.



I wanted to wow guests right out of the mailbox, so I planned the envelopes as much as the invitations. I used white digital ink for the addresses, which just popped on the kraft paper and each envelope had a mix of vintage postage that I curated from various Etsy shops. From the horses to the roses, I don’t think I could have found more perfect postage for a derby party.



Wait, it gets better on the inside… the invitations were square gate fold format, but I had the back facing up, so that when guests open the envelope, the first thing they see is “2nd Annual Derby Day.” When they flip it over, the cards were sealed with a little bow-tie sticker. The green stickers popped on the background of patterns, inspired by jockey silks.




On the inside, I utilized the unique format to layout the party details. From the mint juleps and southern snacks to requesting guest wear ‘derby attire’, I made sure I all the information was there but love how the layout was simple and fresh. We had fun with the puns too: calling our house ‘Chism Downs’ and asking guests to RSVP with yay or ‘neigh’. Now, we just need to make sure our party is as much fun as the invitations!


Thanks Lauren!

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Modern Black and White Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

I’m loving these chic monochromatic wedding rehearsal dinner invitations from Becca of Suite Paperie ! The invitation combines modern typography – digitally printed in white ink on black paper! – with a vintage-inspired envelope liner. So fun!


From BeccaDigitally printed in white ink on black card stock and paired with a crisp white envelope with a deco black on black liner, this rehearsal dinner invitation screams modern, bold and fun.





Thanks Becca!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Lindsay Nathanson

Where the Wild Things Are Baby Shower Invitations

How cute are these baby shower invitations from Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress?!? Created for their sister-in-law Mara (and the first new baby in the Calderini family!), Arley and Morgan wanted to make something really special. They ran with Mara’s love of books for these beautiful literary shower invitations!


From Arley-Rose and Morgan: Mara is an an avid book lover, so we only thought it suitable to have a book-themed baby shower inside of one of her favorite bookstores and cafés. Each page is letterpress printed on soft cotton Crane’s Lettra paper with a quote or sentiment from her favorite children’s books – words soon to be shared with little Ezra.



The cover is letterpress printed on shimmery Gmund Reaction paper and hand-sewn with grey and white bakers twine. The inside end papers are embossed with a wood-grain pattern and tipped in with a library card that serves as an RSVP card. Turning the page, a book plate attached to the page by metal photo corners invites the guests to bring their favorite kids book to help build Ezra’s reading library. Details about the shower grace the opposing page, while another favorite quote is printed on the last page.





Thank you so much ladies!

Design + Letterpress Printing: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Ladyfingers Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Alana’s Otomi Foil + Acrylic Bridal Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week with these beautiful bridal shower invitations from Alana and Krystal at Vellum & Vogue – for Alana’s own bridal shower! Alana and Krystal chose a festive otomi pattern in a gorgeously subtle neutral color palette. The invitations even feature pearlized white foil printed on acrylic!


From Alana + KrystalAt Vellum & Vogue, we love incorporating unique printing methods and materials into our work. Alana’s bridal shower had a Mexican theme, so we wanted to create an invitation suite that incorporated a traditional otomi pattern but also had a modern sensibility.


We decided to foil stamp a pearlized otomi pattern on clear acrylic to give the invitation a soft, modern feel. We then foil stamped the event details in white for contrast. Alana loves neutrals, so our accent materials used a taupe and silver color palette. The invitation was accompanied by a taupe linen backer and finished with a frayed fabric and suede cord wrap.


Each invitation was mailed in a white box filled with white and silver shredded crinkle paper. We sealed each box with a taupe wraparound address label that used the same otomi pattern.





Thanks Alana and Krystal!

Photo Credits: Vellum & Vogue