Quick Pick: Shanna Murray Holiday

I’m in constant awe of the amazing creativity from artist Shanna Murray – her gorgeous wall decals are some of my favorite things on the entire planet. Shanna recently released her latest holiday collection, including beautiful holiday cards with Shanna’s signature illustrations and hand lettering, and a 2015 calendar with seasonal pages inspired by lullabies. Stunning!

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More in Shanna’s shop right here!

Photo Credits: Shanna Murray

Pretty Paper in the Office: Pencil Sharpeners

Whether you use it everyday as a tool, or just have a few around in case you need them, pencils always find their way into the workplace. Which means you also need to have a pencil sharpener around. Even though it’s an afterthought to most, these tiny tools not only serve to sharpen, they can be a cute addition to your workspace. From vintage toy treasures to shiny new sharpeners, you’re bound to find one just right for you. – Julie
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No. 1 Solid aluminum pencil sharpener

No. 2 Suck UK Clockwork pencil sharpener

No. 3 Dux Outer Ring brass sharpener

No. 4 Vintage Boston pencil sharpener

No.5 Vintage globe sharpener

No. 6 Bakelite double pencil sharpener

Quick Pick: Design Ahoy Typographic Heartland Map

As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many maps. I’ve been a huge fan of the gorgeous typographic maps from Nancy of Design Ahoy for years now (seen here and here), and Nancy just released a brand new map poster of the Midwest and Great Lakes that she’s calling her ode to the Heartland. The 25″ x 38.5″ poster is offset printed on Patriot Blue Classic Crest Cover with a gloss varnish for the Great Lakes. Stunning!

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Check them out over at Design Ahoy right here!

Gift Wrap Tips + Techniques with Craftsy!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns, templates, and supplies. I’ve been collaborating with Craftsy over the past few weeks to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and since we’re getting close to the holidays I thought we’d focus on the gift wrap tips and techniques that I learned from Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney! And for those of you looking to brush up your gift wrap skills before the holidays, Craftsy is offering a huge discount (50% off!) just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers through November 24!

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I’ve always considered gift presentation to be just as important as the gift itself – and I have several friends that always impress me with their gift wrapping and gift presentation skills. I hoard beautiful gift wrap sheets ribbons and gift tags throughout the year, but when it comes to actual gift wrap construction I’ve always fallen a bit short. My corners are wonky, paper bunches up in weird places, and I never know where to properly place paper seams – until now! I learned so much from Craftsy’s Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney, including some essential gift wrap techniques that really elevated my gift giving game. You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount!

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I love that you can watch portions of a Craftsy class over and over whenever you want – I must have watched the tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow a dozen times! And you can even watch on your phone or tablet with the Craftsy app while you’re in the middle of a project. I focused on the gift wrap lesson here, but the Paper Arts class is organized into twelve (!!) lessons covering everything from gift wrap to the art of letter writing to home decor ideas, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on.

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I love mixing a neutral paper with beautiful ribbon for a pop of color or metallic sparkle. I used a technique that I learned in Alton’s class – layering two ribbons – to pair hand-dyed grosgrain ribbons with frayed denim and raw linen ribbons over a warm gray wrapping paper. I also mixed a soft gray twine with metallic silver and gold ribbon on a smaller gift box. I love the combination of the subtle gradient color in the hand-dyed grosgrain ribbon with the texture of the linen and denim ribbons.

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I sadly don’t have any photos of the hand dying process (it happened too fast to take photos!), but it’s really simple if you want to recreate it at home. Just wind your ribbon into a coil around two fingers, then dip one edge of your ribbon coil into a small container filled with just a tiny amount of liquid fabric dye in your chosen colors. I used fuchsia and teal dye diluted with just a little bit of water. Once your ribbon has absorbed the fabric dye (usually just a few seconds), run it under cold water and allow to dry. And that’s it!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Craftsy has generously offered 50% off the Paper Arts class, so this is a great opportunity to learn a ton of new paper skills for just $14.99. This discount is only available through midnight MST on November 24 – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type

I hope you’re ready for some amazing calligraphy inspiration! This month’s calligrapher of note is the lovely Korie Lynn Herold of  The Weekend Type. Not only is she doing great work behind the camera as a talented wedding photographer, she’s providing beautiful work for the camera as a calligrapher. Her portfolio is a stunner – filled with hand-lettered goodies for you to feast your eyes on. – Julie

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Simple light and wispy threads of ink make these wedding invitations utterly romantic. A gorgeous option for those seeking strong yet silent stationery.

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This message in a bottle invitation definitely works much better with lovely calligraphy rather than something overly kitsch to play on the theme.

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To see more of Korie’s calligraphy, be sure to check out her blog and Instagram!

Photos via: Korie Lynn Herold