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 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!


Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly

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The holidays are all about tradition. Both the old traditions we grew up with and the new traditions we establish as we marry and grow our own families, like sending beautiful holiday cards with a thoughtful handwritten note to family and friends! Laura is a recent newlywed, longtime OSBP reader, and a stationery enthusiast. Laura and her husband Jeremy eloped earlier this summer, but celebrated their marriage a few weeks ago with a big, epic, DIY wedding for all of their family and friends. This will be Laura and Jeremy’s first time sending holiday photo cards as a married couple and we were super excited to work with Shutterfly to start this new tradition!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy's DIY Backyard Wedding with Flower Crowns / Photo by Emily Wren / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy did everything for their wedding by hand – enlisting the help of their very talented friends to hand dye lanterns, wrap favors, create flower crowns and bouquets, and so much more. The gorgeous wedding photos by Emily Wren were just begging to make an appearance on her holiday cards! Shutterfly’s beautiful foil-stamped holiday photo cards were the perfect way to share a favorite wedding photo with friends and family. Laura was immediately drawn to Shutterfly’s Susurration of Snow design with rounded edges and a simple holiday message in gold foil, which paired beautifully with a photo from Laura and Jeremy’s first dance.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Laura: This is our first time sending holiday photo cards! I love all things paper, so I was really excited to start the tradition of sending holiday cards as a married couple. I’m the kind of person that likes to do things myself and our wedding was an epic DIY affair, so it was important to me that our holiday cards included calligraphy elements and had a space for a handwritten message.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I fell for the Susurration of Snow design because it reminded me of all the things I love about the holidays. I was really attracted to the gold foil and the handwritten calligraphy elements, which made the card feel extra special. When we paired our first dance photo with that particular design I felt like the snow flakes really warmed up the photo visually – like a cozy hug. I also loved how the snowflakes and snow dust blended seamlessly with the sparklers in the background. The cheerful envelope liners were also a big bonus! The liners make the holiday cards feel extra special for everyone receiving them and bring a sense of importance to our holiday cards. The overall design feels very warm and inviting – and will remind our families of what a happy year 2015 has been for us.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The gold foil with a black and white wedding photo? So gorgeous. When it comes to holiday photo cards, I prefer a matte photo printed directly onto the paper. It just feels so much more luxe and special. Also, I’m completely obsessed with Laura’s flower crown, and the fact that Laura and Jeremy are positively glowing made it the perfect choice for her holiday photo cards.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We left the back of the card blank to allow for a handwritten message to friends and family and picked out an adorable envelope liner to complement the design. White envelopes addressed in shimmery gold ink by Meant To Be Calligraphy and paired with songbird postage stamps were the perfect finishing details!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and I are both thrilled with how her holiday photo cards turned out, and I know her friends and family will love receiving a card that represents such a joyful moment in their life together!

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Share and celebrate your family update. Shop Shutterfly for personalized holiday cards that are unique, meaningful and that are just the way you want.

Photo Credits: Laura’s wedding photos by Emily Wren, all other photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Photo Cards

If you’re planning to send out custom holiday cards or holiday photo cards this year, it’s time to get started! There are so many amazing options out there these days, including beautiful gold foil and letterpress holiday cards. I love that holiday photo cards have come so far over the past few years – you can send a card with a beautiful family photo to send to your friends and family without sacrificing on the design! So for those of you looking for a bit of holiday card inspiration, I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites today!

Seasonal Stationery: Custom Holiday Cards and Holiday Photo Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Rifle Paper Co. custom illustrated portrait holiday cards

2. Artifact Uprising

3. Sugar Paper

4. Linda & Harriett for Paperless Post

5. Rifle Paper Co. for Paperless Post

6. Dixie Design Collective

7. Mink Cards

8. Minted letterpress holiday photo cards

9. Smock

10. Dahlia Press

11. Minted foil pressed holiday photo cards (love the rose gold foil on navy!)

Also, many stationers will create custom holiday cards – including photo cards – if you get in touch with them early enough! So if you have a favorite stationer, but don’t see photo cards listed on their website, I’d shoot them a quick email anyway just to ask!