Harley’s Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Designer Blake Eagle worked with the talented folks at Mama’s Sauce to create these letterpress and gold foil birth announcements for her son Harley. Blake incorporated design elements inspired by the traditional birth certificate and standardized forms along with astrological symbols – all wrapped up with thin gold wire. So cool!

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From Blake: My husband and I decided to go all out and design a multi-piece announcement suite for our soon-to-arrive little guy. We were very much inspired by the birth certificate, astrological symbols, and standardized charts like the periodic table. We wanted to design something that was sophisticated, but also whimsical. The idea was to redesign elements of the birth certificate, but focus on personalizing all of the small details.

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Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP7 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

In the beginning we wanted to keep everything black and white and very minimalistic, but we became obsessed with the idea of adding a foiled element to the suite. After finishing the larger card with the birth details, which was letterpress printed on 220# Crane Lettra, we decided to add a smaller gold foil piece.

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Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP5 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Keeping with the theme, we included things like Harley’s astrological sign and element into the design, as well as the weather and moon phase as a sort of homage to the day he was born. To wrap it up (literally…) we used a very thin wire to hold everything together and tie in the gold from the smaller card to the rest of the suite. It was then all placed in a black envelope complete with a letterpress printed address wrap and personalized stamp.

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Design: Blake Eagle

Letterpress and Foil Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Photo Credits: Blake Eagle

DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

For those of you who craft your own holiday cards, it’s already time to get started. It’s always good to give yourself plenty of time to create and address them and the slight lull between Halloween and the week of Thanksgiving is usually when we try to get started. That way, they’re ready to mail out come December. The design in this tutorial features white embossing combined with white hand embellished vine details to create a one of a kind holiday card. You could even add a photo to the back of the card or simply write a note if you have more to say. We hope that this project inspires you to dream up and make your own holiday card this year! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

PeaceCard Final DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

PeaceCard Final 2 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Materials

Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp

Mod Holly Return Address Stamp

Banner Rubber Stamp

Frost White Stamp Pad or Embossing Stamp Pad

Olive Stamp Pad

White Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

5.5″ Square Cards,  in Chartreuse

5.75″ Square Envelopes, in Pure White

Calligraphy Starter Kit

Dr. Martin’s White Ink

Vintage Holiday Postage

PeaceCard Step1 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step One: Stamp your holiday message (we used our Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp) in white ink in the center of a 5.5″ square card.

PeaceCard Step2 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Two: Immediately after step one, before the ink dries, pour white embossing powder over the stamped image. Heat set the powder using a heat embossing tool. For a step by step video on embossing, please watch the tutorial found here.

PeaceCard Step3 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Three: Next, let your imagination go wild! Embellish around the greeting with vines and berries using white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. While this ink is our favorite for its opacity, you could also use a white gel pen if you prefer.

PeaceCard Step4 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Four: Stamp your return address on the back flap of a 5.75″ square white envelope. We used our Mod Holly Return Address stamp with olive ink to coordinate.

PeaceCard Step5 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Step Five: As snail mail lovers, addressing the envelope is half the fun for us. When we found this cute banner stamp, we knew exactly how we wanted to use it! We stamped it on the lefthand side of the envelope front and let it dry. Then, we added the addressing in a darker green ink (this was custom mixed from gouache paint) to add dimension and pull the whole design together.

PeaceCard Final 3 DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

Add vintage postage and any additional photos or messages and send them off to your loved ones!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Pretty Paper in the Office: Maps

When looking to dress your office walls, maps are certainly the go-to solution. Maps can be visually stunning and educating, and there are many options to choose from. From scratch maps to maps with pins to maps that you pin things to. No matter what you’re looking for, these maps will make sure you’re looking in the right place. – Julie
PrettyPaper Maps Pretty Paper in the Office: Maps

No. 1 Corkboard map from West Elm; No. 2 Places of Earth by Oliver Jeffers; No. 3 World wall map from Schoolhouse Electric; No. 4 Kraft + White world map from Kawaii Stationery; No. 5 Deluxe Scratch-Off World map from Urban Outfitters; No. 6 Black + White world map from Kawaii Stationery

 

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Chris + Sara’s Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Sigh. There’s just something so romantic about modern calligraphy. And combine calligraphy with watercolor washes inspired by the sea? Total swoon! Victoria of Moira Design Studio created these one of a kind watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitations for a casual wedding on the Maryland shore. Gorgeous!

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From Victoria: Ocean sea breezes and the airy shades of the shore inspired this Maryland seaside invitation suite. We wanted to create a feel of open air and summer breezes. This casual wedding incorporated loose linen table runners, rustic wood tables, driftwood, and pale wood Louis style chairs. The suite features an open and modern calligraphy style in a medium grey tone, and is paired with watercolor washes in shades of blue.

Blue Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations Moira Design Studio Chris + Saras Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Blue Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations Moira Design Studio2 Chris + Saras Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Each envelope was delicately painted with a watercolor wash to match the suite, lined in watercolor paper and addressed in the same sloped and loose calligraphy style. The simple map of the Maryland coast depicts the strong blues of the ocean against the sand and points guests in the direction of the ceremony and hotel. The suite was a perfect fit for the casual afternoon summer affair.

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Blue Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations Moira Design Studio8 Chris + Saras Watercolor Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Thanks Victoria!

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

Photo Credits: Moira Design Studio

Seasonal Stationery: 2015 Calendars, Part 1

I look forward to calendar season all year long – and it’s finally here! I’ve started putting together my annual calendar round up, and of course I had to share a few favorites here. This group of calendars will inspire you to do everything from travel to a far away land to mix up a new cocktail!

2015 Calendar Round Up Part1 Seasonal Stationery: 2015 Calendars, Part 1

1. This travel calendar from Rifle Paper Co. makes me want to go back to Italy! And a bunch of other places…

2. A write-on calendar from one of my favorite artists – Rob Ryan

3. Yay for cocktails! Calendar by redcruiser

4. This matchbook-style calendar from Belle & Union functions like a monthly-calendar-meets-notepad

5. Culinary inspiration from around the world in this monthly calendar from Little Low

6. Idlewild Co. has three unique calendars this year – but I love this kaleidoscope of flowers version best

7. This monthly calendar from Linda & Harriett can be repurposed as gift wrap after each month! I also really love this year’s installment of her annual letterpress calendar.

You can check out the full 2015 calendar round up right here – and I’ll be back to share more favorites as they become available!