Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook (and a giveaway!)

Well, this is an exciting day! I’m absolutely thrilled to announce my brand new collaboration with Mixbook: holiday photo cards! I’ve enjoyed working with Mixbook over the last year, including at this year’s Paper Party, and I was completely delighted when they invited me to create two designs as part of their Holiday Photo Card Collection! Today I’m sharing both holiday photo card designs with all of you, AND we’re giving a Mixbook credit to one lucky reader below!

Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook Holiday Photo Cards

I wanted the cards to be able to serve as both holiday cards and New Year’s cards (since I can never get my own cards out before Christmas), and I wanted the design to appeal to those of you who might be looking for a fun and whimsical but decidedly non-traditional design. For the first design, the Mixbook team and I really wanted to capture some of the iridescent and holographic vibe from this year’s Paper Party back in May, with some sparkly gold elements and bold brush lettering for an extra dose of holiday cheer. The second design features a barely-there pink watercolor wash behind the photo with clean and modern type selections. They’re both available for purchase from Mixbook right here!

Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook Holiday Photo Cards

Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook Holiday Photo Cards

The cards are digitally printed on ethically sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance on your choice of satin finish, signature matte, or premium paper and with the choice of square or rounded corners. You can even add in matching address labels and holiday gift tag stickers!

Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook Holiday Photo Cards

The cards come with Mohawk 70 lb white envelopes with an option for pre-printed envelope addresses, but I couldn’t resist bringing in a few gorgeously calligraphed envelopes by Anne Robin Calligraphy.

Oh So Beautiful Paper x Mixbook Holiday Photo Cards

I had so much fun working with Mixbook to create this mini collection – I hope you love the designs as much as I do! To celebrate the new designs, we’re giving $50 Mixbook credit to one lucky reader that you can use for your own holiday photo cards! Just enter via Rafflecopter below!

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Seasonal Stationery: 2016 Hanukkah cards

Oh, the festival of lights! As a kid, I couldn’t wait to open my Hanukkah gifts. As an adult, I can’t wait for a guilt-free way to enjoy fried foods (pro-tip: if you are planning to make latkes at home, be sure to open all your windows BEFORE you start cooking). Whatever your personal motivation, sharing a joyful message with loved ones is what the holiday is really all about. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite iconography associated with the holiday including chocolate, misspellings, and the aforementioned fried foods (and yes, a few traditional icons such as dreidels and menorahs as well) to bring you a few awesome Hanukkah cards. Shauna

Seasonal Stationery: 2016 Hanukkah Cards

1. Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve this year, so this play on a famous Christmas carol feels especially appropriate – from People I’ve Loved.

2. Really appreciating the tight registration and geometric details of this three color letterpress card from Hammerpress.

3. Egg Press celebrates the sweeter side of the holiday with a gelt-themed design.

4. If simple and elegant is more your bag, you can’t go wrong with Los Angeles-based Sugar Paper.

5. Loving this clever bird menorah (letterpressed in four colors!) from husband and wife team Fugu Fugu Press.

6. Most Hanukkah cards feature a menorah, but this folk-inspired one from Hello!Lucky is one of my favs.

7. This Lark + Raven card made me laugh out loud. Perfect for your friend who celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas!

8. Paula and Waffle, you had me at cheese latkes.

9. Speaking of latkes, a good food pun is also always a good idea (from One Canoe Two).

10. ‘However you spell it, we’ll celebrate it!’ with holographic foil! This super fun design comes courtesy of Ladyfingers Letterpress.

11. For those purists out there, this gold foil menorah from E. Frances Paper is a sure win.

Be sure to check out our previous holiday card round ups here and here!

We’ll be back soon with a few more holiday cards, New Year’s cards – oh, and a few 2017 calendars, too!

Seasonal Stationery: 2016 Holiday Cards, Part 2

Ho ho ho! Time to get out your stockings, dust off those fairy lights, and make sure Santa knows you’ve been good this year. While the promise of snow seems far in the distance for many of us, the promise of holiday shopping and gift giving has definitely arrived. We know custom and photo holiday cards aren’t for everyone, so we wanted to make sure we rounded up some gorgeous 2016 holiday cards that help share the spirit of the Christmas season either long distance or in person. We’ve taken the liberty of collecting some of our favorites below! –Shauna

2016 Christmas Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Loving this claymation-inspired Santa and Rudolph from Clap Clap Design

2. A more traditional sentiment from Chic + Nawdie featuring classic Christmas icons

3. Those hardworking elves over at Rifle Paper Co. know a thing or two about making cute holiday cards. This one is even die cut in the shape of a snow globe!

4. Clever use of copper foil in this holiday card design from Nicolas John Firth for Red Cap Cards. Don’t you wish this guy was coming to your holiday party?

5. The Nutcracker ballet remains a childhood favorite, so why not share this Pei Design with someone who shares a love of nostalgia?

6. All I want for Christmas is to sleep in, but I suppose diamonds don’t hurt either (according to 417 Press)

7. Power and Light uses a simple message paired with a candy cane stripe for a modern twist on a classic design

8. It’s a card! It’s an ornament! Get more bang for your buck (or pound) with this cleaver Katie Leamon holiday card

9. If you are as obsessed with Stranger Things as I am, you’ll love this creepy Christmas message from Lionheart Prints

10. Such a sweet illustration from Amy Heitman

If Santa and elves aren’t your thing, be sure to check out yesterday’s round up of 2016 holiday greeting cards that celebrate the winter spirit!

Seasonal Stationery: 2016 Holiday Cards, Part 1

How is it already time to talk about the holidays!? Here in New York City, holiday markets are setting up, subway stations are lined with an array of posters for this year’s Christmas-themed movies, and retailers are decking out their storefronts for the holiday season. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, this is your gentle reminder to start thinking about how you want to share your holiday greetings with friends and family. In that spirit (yes, pun intended!), we gathered up some of the latest and greatest 2016 holiday cards. Whether you prefer to celebrate the season with confetti, gingerbread, or foliage, we’ve got you covered. Below is just a small selection of the vast array of holiday greeting card options – all non-denominational! – from some of our favorite stationers. – Shauna

2016 Holiday Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. The clever and most inclusive Mr. Boddington wants to wish you the very best of everything this holiday season.

2. Hello!Lucky offers location specific holiday greetings from New York City (as well as Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Boston and San Francisco).

3. Elegant script and foliage always make for a festive greeting (from Wild Hart Paper).

4. Nothing says fun more than confetti! Knot + Bow has got your personal snail mail party covered.

5. Warm things are the best things according to Gold Teeth Brooklyn.

6. Sugary snark from one of our perennial favorites, Ashkahn.

7. Modern typography and elegant line work from Brylo Studio.

8. Let’s not confuse the message – the holidays are all about eating and drinking according to Dear Hancock.

9. Even if you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of letterpress printing, you have to appreciate fine details of this Hammerpress card.

10. Saving my personal favorite for last – it’s just so cute! This pop-up greeting comes from The Museum of Modern Art.

We’ll be back later this week with more Christmas and holiday cards!


Twelve Awesome 2017 Planners and Agendas

When I first started Oh So Beautiful Paper in 2008, it was nearly impossible to find a well-designed planner. I remember hunting for the best available options and just feeling SO disappointed. Well, fast forward eight years and we’ve got some seriously GORGEOUS planners on the market from some of my favorite companies. In fact, this year’s round up is our biggest yet, with twelve awesome 2017 planners and agendas – and there are even more cover and size options from the companies featured below! Yay for pretty planners!

Twelve Awesome 2017 Planners and Agendas

1. Rifle Paper Co. released their first-ever planner last year, and this year they’re offering four different cover options – plus a larger version for ultimate planning! The 17-month everyday agenda features monthly and weekly views, places to record important dates, and more. The pink desktop illustrated cover is my favorite design, but it’s so hard to choose!

2. The Ban.do 17-month agenda has a huge cult following, so if you’re already a member of the Ban.do Girl Gang chances are you grabbed your copy and started using it on August 1. But! If you’re still on the hunt for a great planner, Ban.do offers several different cover and size options, including this fun ice blue cover with hologram text. And there’s a TON of extras inside each planner, from stickers to coloring pages to monthly illustrations. So fun!

3. Sugar Paper just release their first-ever agenda, and it’s SUCH a beauty. Chambray cover with gold foil accents, extra thick paper, and a section to keep track of birthdays and thank you notes. Bonus? You can upgrade to one of three leather covers (including the most gorgeous pale pink) with monogramming options. Total luxury.

4. 17-month linen hardcover planners from Hadron Epoch with weekly and monthly views, space for notes, and a pocket in the back.

5.If you’re feeling overwhelmed by daily life, the Day Designer is all about providing a framework for balance, focus, and productivity. And it doesn’t hurt that the Day Designer flagship edition has the cutest cover options, from spotty dots to this fun palm frond cover!

6. A gorgeous navy linen cover with gold foil polka dots in this 2017 planner from Blushing Confetti

7. If a weekly agenda is more your style, I’m loving the new hardcover options from Rifle Paper Co.! The weekly agendas are wrapped in pink or navy book cloth and printed with gold foil – so pretty! 

8. The 12-month planners from One Canoe Two offer plenty of room to doodle and write in the big open squares of the planner’s weekly and monthly views. I love this illustrated floral cover!

9. Loving this colorful rainbow stripe cover on the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley!

10. This 2017 planner from Fox & Fallow features a black fabric cover with copper foil and weekly views inside!

11. For the modern minimalist, check out these sleek and modern planners from Appointed Co.

12. The Get To Work Book is a mega planner for creative professionals and entrepreneurs. 246 pages with 12 motivational text prints that are perforated so you can keep them as art prints, full monthly calendars, Monday – Sunday week-at-a-glance spreads, space for notes and brainstorming, a “year-at-a-glance” spread with space to write plans, 14 “project breakdown” pages to help you complete large tasks, 13 “reflect and goal-set” pages to celebrate past successes and come up with action items for the next month, and a pocket on inside back cover. Whew!

So many great options! Which one is your favorite??