Hello!Lucky Studio Tour!

Our studio is located at the tip-top of a Victorian in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, CA. Between these sunlit walls we bounce ideas, dream up projects, and create. It’s the place in which our process unfolds. With good ideas and the not always so good, we have created an environment that encourages conversation and we love it. – Eunice and Sabrina of Hello!Lucky

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Pun spitting territory. The breeding ground for cheesy, weird, thoughtful and endearing.

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Our glorious view of the city, constantly providing us with the inspiration we need. Also a great place for a nap – demonstrated by studio mascots Simon & Indi.

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Gelly Roll pens! One of our favorite tools for doodling.

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Our craft station for DIY projects and computer breaks.

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The rainbow tiger mobile is a recent purchase from an Etsy shop we discovered, Jikits.

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Our studio comes equipped with a baby reboot space to tend to our motherly duties.

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The blanket was a gift from Sandra of Happy French Gang and the cloud pillow was another Etsy find from Ko-Ko-Ko Shop.

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One of our favorite bright little corners! This is a great spot to take a load off. The bunny is from paper artist and friend, Chloe Fleury and the print from Sue Jean Ko who we met at the NSS this year!

Swiss Cottage Designs: Hello from Brooklyn!

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Hello from Brooklyn! I’m Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs and I’m stoked to be guest blogging this week on our most favorite paper blog, Oh So Beautiful Paper! I’ve been a huge fan of Nole’s blog since the early days so it’s really fun to be able to contribute back to such an inspiring blog. Thanks for having us!

I thought it would be fun to start our week of guest blogging with a peek into our life here in Brooklyn. I founded Swiss Cottage Designs in 2009 after working in the design industry for 4 years. While those years were filled with amazing professional experiences, I always knew I wanted to work for myself. Thus, SCD was born! We specialize in illustration, invitations and custom branding. In the last 5 years we’ve had the pleasure of working with brands such as Warby Parker, Crown Publishing, and Paperless Post as well as many, many wonderful couples and planners. I feel so lucky to be in such an amazing and inspiring industry!

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We’re located in Carroll Gardens, a Brooklyn neighborhood of tree lined streets, historic brownstones and about a million places to grab tasty treats (it’s kind of a problem, really.) We have a home studio which means the neighborhood becomes sort of like a co-worker. Lucky for us, he’s not that annoying guy who breathes too heavy in the next cube over.

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A day typical day (if there is such a thing) around the studio consists of lots and lots of emails, drawing, scanning, painting, designing, packaging, eagerly awaiting shipments from the printer, opening said shipments with bated breath, more emails, drawing, packaging and of course illicit amounts of coffee and tea. Running a business is the most incredible experience yet can be just as equally frustrating! There are days when the printer jams all your envelopes, a FedEx package goes missing and a press run comes back wrong and you just want to phone it in. Then you have days that are better than anything you could have imagined. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Our clients are constantly inspiring us! Because all of our projects are custom, we’re constantly exploring different methods of art and design. We love that no two jobs are alike. Here are a few recent projects we’ve worked on:

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We can’t wait to share more with you! Stay tuned to Oh So Beautiful Paper this week and in the mean time, say hi to us on Twitter and Instagram. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Photo Credits: Swiss Cottage Designs, except where noted

9TH LETTER PRESS: Studio Tour

Hello, hello! Today, I thought I’d show you around the 9th Letter Press studio! We moved into our space about a year ago and have spent quite a bit of time getting it to look exactly like what was in my head. I have something of a very nostalgic nature so of course I wanted to decorate the studio to look like a turn of the century cafe. I’d like to think Edith Wharton could come in and feel right at home (nerd alert: I majored in English). Think old New York style during Prohibition meets the industrial revolution. In order to pull off that aesthetic, I used lots of dark wood (in my favorite stain: WALNUT), a variety of vintage furniture and pipes. –Isabel of 9th Letter Press

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Meet our 119 year old printing press, St. Peter. He can be quite cantankerous but works so hard I inevitably forgive him at the end of each day.

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We keep our  in house inks in mason jars which sure look cute but sure make a giant mess when accidentally dropped. Just ask me, I’ve dropped my fair share.

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When it came to finding furniture for the studio, I enlisted lots of friends to keep a lookout for anything cute that might fit. Our register was just one of those finds which we bought for the grand total of $30! We gutted out the drawers and made shelving to accommodate our shopping bags and the like.

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Photo Credits: Betsy Hansen

Behind the Scenes: Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.

It’s my last post of the week and I’ve been saving snapshots from one of my favorite Instagram feeds. Not very often a designer comes along who changes everything! Their aesthetic and point of view is so fresh and effortless that it’s truly trend setting. If you’re a regular blog reader the artist below, she needs no introduction… — Shauna of Forage Haberdashery

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Yep! You guessed it, the works in progress above belong to Ann Bond of Rifle Paper Co. I’ll never forget the first time I saw her work and fell.in.love. Following her Instagram feed takes you on her travels to cities like London and Paris as she gathers inspiration. She also shares her late nights painting, constant press checks and peeks into her Winter Park, Florida storefront.

Some of my favorite things by Anna in the Rifle Paper Co shop:
gold foil pocket notebooks
personalized calling cards
2013 cities calendar

Photo Credits: Anna Bond {via Instagram @annariflebond}

P.S. I hope sharing a little behind the scenes from a few of my favorite designers has you inspired to learn more about the people and processes behind some of your favorite paper goods. Thanks again to Nole for inviting me to guest blog all week – I had a blast!  xoxo, Shauna of Forage Haberdashery (see what I’m up to via Instagram @hidinginhere)

Behind the Scenes: Jenna of Love Jenna Calligraphy

Calligraphy is one of those great mysteries to me. I’ve tried it a thousand times just because I love all the tools (nibs, pens, brushes and those cute little bottles of ink – sigh). Along the way I discovered a secret. Calligraphers keep a little scratch sheet of paper to test the often inconsistent flow of ink from nibs and brushes. — Shauna of Forage Haberdashery

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I’ve decided calligraphy is one of those talents you’re either born with or your not and Jenna of Love Jenna Calligraphy was definitely born with it. She has the ability to make calligraphy feel unexpected, whimsical and not at all fussy. In addition to her fanciful script, I obsess over her scraps of paper full of ink splotches and tiny little lines. She often plays with unexpected colors which gives her effortless flourishes a modern feeling. Talk about girl crush – I’ve got it bad for Jenna.

Some of Jenna’s projects that I adore:
brooklyn love
wild mushrooms with truffle custard
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Photo Credit: jenna {via Instagram @lovejennacalligraphy}