Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Hello! I’m excited to share the work of Vita Popov Studios for our next installment of calligraphy and lettering goodness. Vita is a self-taught calligrapher born in the Ukraine and who now calls Sacramento, California home. Her calligraphy style looks and feels organic — not simply in the brushwork, but also in the materials and styling of the paper goods. You’ll notice the greenery and berries used for propping, the handmade papers, and the earthy color palettes. Vita’s Instagram feed is an absolute treasure trove of beautiful calligraphed paper pieces. Let’s dive in, shall we? Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

There’s a simple lightness to Vita’s calligraphy that I imagine has taken so much practice to perfect. I also personally love when fanciful lettering is paired with deckled paper, which keeps the calligraphy looking more handmade modern than prim-and-proper.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: Kychelle Photography

Photo by Kychelle Photography

Vita describes a “moody ballerina” look she was going for in this work. She once again used a cotton handmade paper but the deep flourishes of purple tap into that moody vibe (to counter all the ballerina pinks). See how the invitation lettering looks like a wave? Vita wanted the words to look like they are dancing — mission accomplished!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Photo by Lauren Haley

It’s so inspiring to see calligraphy breaking out of being used simply for wedding invitations. Seeing this cascading stream of calligraphed ribbons tied to the wedding bouquet is certainly a fresh idea.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios / Photo Credit: As Ever Photography

Photo by As Ever Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Vita works with clients for all kinds of custom work. Spotted on her Instagram: a wedding song in calligraphy. The gilded frame makes a perfect complement to the scripted lyrics.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

Calligraphy Inspiration: Vita Popov Studios

That’s a big dose of calligraphy inspiration! Do you have a favorite? I would pick seeing the lyrics of a most-loved song in calligraphy, framed in gold just like the wedding song above. So pretty! And that’s a wrap on the wonderful work of Vita Popov Studios!

Photos by Viva Popov Studios, except where noted

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Hello! I’m excited to be here with a column that scouts calligraphy artists and inspiring examples of modern lettering. Many moons ago, I lived in New York and went to my first Stationery Show as an editor at Real Simple. Back then, letterpress seemed to be all the rage with modern stationery, but in recent years, I’ve watched calligraphy step out of its former just-for-wedding typecast and into the modern paper world. You see examples of calligraphy everywhere now from bar menus to home décor — wherever you find type (including tattoos!). I’m kicking off my first installment with the work of calligraphy artist Cami Monet Miller. Her style feels organic, soulful, and so artistic. She often works in watercolor and uses deckled-edge papers that adds a modern handmade touch. Be sure to check out her Instagram for even more beautiful calligraphy! Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I’m just in love with everything in this photo, including the color palette. Photo by Jennifer Weinman.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I’ve always been drawn to the rustic woodland style in decorating (long before moving to Maine.) These placeholders (which double as coasters!) feel like a woodland fairy tale. The wood slices with their textured bark add a natural simplicity to the table. Then the black brushstroke calligraphy creatures a sweet, flirty contrast.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Cami just posted these acrylic place cards on her Instagram, which are going to be tied around napkins for a wedding. The mix of the modern clear acrylic with the white brushstroke calligraphy — heart-eye emojis all the way.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

What really caught my eye as I browsed through Cami Monet’s work is the sheer variety of pieces and ways that she plays around with her organic brushstroke calligraphy. Each snap seems to feature something new, unique, and special to that particular event, which I imagine is no easy feat for an artist running a small business.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Gold ink calligraphy on white backsplash tiles — what a wow detail for wedding place cards!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I am a sucker for anything with that modern vintage vibe, so this snap rose to the top of my favorites. Cami created these home décor goodies for a pop-up shopping market, and I can think of several people on my holiday shopping list who would love those rolling pins.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

I know calligraphy on globes is not the newest idea, but I had to share here because I still have one on my wish list. Such a beautiful addition for an office or living room.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Cami Monet

Cami Monet has an Etsy shop where you can purchase readymade watercolor and calligraphy creations, or order custom wedding invitations. You’ll find prints —  like this boho sweet Stay Wild printed sign — paper goods, and even mugs with quips in calligraphy (for the prettiest morning cup of joe.) Anyone else itching to throw a dinner party with some fancy calligraphy place cards now?

Photo Credits: Cami Monet, except where noted

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and one of the few times that you’ll have all of your loved ones and favorite people gathered together in the same place. A guestbook is the perfect way to remember all the people that came together to celebrate your big day – and they’re a great memento to look back on long after the wedding. Here are a few fun and creative wedding guestbooks to put a twist on the traditional guestbook. – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Your guests will love connecting their own constellation alongside their name. Frame and hang it up after! | Photography: Sarah Maren Photography, Planning & Design: Kate Whelan Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Provide calligraphy notecards for guests to share advice and well wishes, then add all the notecards to an album after the wedding. | Photography: Chloe Luka Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Have guests write on the back of puzzle pieces. Put all the pieces together and read everyone’s messages! | Photography: Jana Marie Photography, Planning & Design: Red Door Event & Design via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Vinyl records double as a guestbook for the couple who loves music. | Photography: Cara Robbins Studio via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Remember Mad Libs? You’ll have so much fun reading everyone’s responses! | Photography: Candice Benjamin via MODwedding

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Polaroid cameras are always a good idea. | Photography: Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Add a personal touch by collecting vintage postcards from each of your home states for guests to write on. | Photography: Horn Photography And Design, Planning & Design: Unique Wedding Events via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Attach kraft tags to vintage keys and discover the secret to a successful marriage (fingers crossed). | Photography: Shea Christine Photography via MODwedding

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Watercolor paintings double as wedding guestbook prints. | Photography: Studio Castillero, Planning & Design: Jamie at Sitting in a Tree, Paper Goods: Studiobdr via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Guestbooks

Ask guests to write on Jenga blocks and you’ve got the building blocks for a happy and long marriage. | Photography: Danielle Coons Photography via The Knot

What are your favorite creative wedding guestbook ideas??

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0!

The original Modern Calligraphy Summit was easily one of the most exciting things to happen in 2016. Seven of the most respected calligraphers in the biz offering insider tips and tricks in an online calligraphy extravaganza? Yes, please! Well, the Modern Calligraphy Summit was such an awesome success that the organizers have been busy planning a second installment – called the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Script Merchant

Image via Script Merchant

The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 will take place February 20 – March 8, 2017 and will bring you a 2.5 week online calligraphy party with over 7 hours of video lessons from some super talented instructors (including more than a few familiar faces from here at OSBP), including Katherine Ross of Script Merchant, Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir, Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy, Sharisse DeLeon of Pieces Calligraphy, Younghae Chung of Logos Calligraphy, and Molly Knabel of Poppy and Mint Design. Summit courses include Watercolor Illustration and Digitizing, Invitation Design, Brush Calligraphy, Classic Copperplate, Writing on Everything but Paper, and more! Oh, and there’s a bonus session on photography and styling! The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 also includes live office hours for Q + A, handouts and templates, a private Facebook community to support you as you learn, and LIFETIME ACCESS to all the amazing content.

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 Instructors / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Early bird enrollment is currently open for the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 for just a few days – you can sign up here at the special Early Bird rate through Tuesday (tomorrow!) August 30!

p.s. If you missed the original Modern Calligraphy Summit – don’t worry, you can still sign up for lifetime access to all the original video instruction, worksheets, and templates right here!

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Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Place Setting Ideas

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is the tablescape and place setting. This is where the small details (and your personal style) shine! We’ve rounded up a few favorite place setting ideas to help guide the inspiration for your own wedding reception. As you can see from the unique examples below, there is usually one main element that stands out from the rest. Which place setting is your favorite? – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Bohemian Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A wooden dreamcatcher and calligraphy place card add a bohemian touch. | Photography: Danielle Poff Photography, Design & Coordination: Danae Grace Events, Calligraphy: Rosey Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Agate Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Add a burst of color to your table with agate calligraphy place cards. | Photography: Mary Costa Photography, Planning & Design: Samantha Dapper via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The wooden charger with white calligraphy balances out the pretty pink and gold details. | Photography: Katie Stoops, Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete via Studio DIY

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful PaperWedding Stationery Inspiration: Cactus Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Right: Tuck a bold menu and place card inside the napkin for a graphic place setting. | Photography: Suzy Van Dyke, Planning & Design: Orange Blossom Special Events, Paper Goods: Orange Blossom Special Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Left: Use a cactus as the centerpiece, topped with a coordinating watercolor place card. | Photography: Ben Q Photography, Event Design & Planning: Emily Allen, Paper Goods: Yeti and the Beast via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Nature-Inspired Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful PaperWedding Stationery Inspiration: Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Right: White calligraphy on a single leaf completes this simple, nature-inspired place setting. | Photography: Harwell Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings

Left: I love the coastal-inspired details, from the deep blue watercolor menu to the aquatic matchbox. | Photography: Jacqueline Campbell via Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Tropical Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Aloha! How amazing are these acrylic nameplates? | Photography: Megan Welker, Styling & Design: Beijos Events, Invitations & Signage: Pitbulls & Posies & Ann Robin via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Print your menu or place card on a paper bag stuffed with freshly baked bread. | Photography: Pat Furey, Event Design & Planning: DIY via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fig Place Setting Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Display seasonal fruit (like these figs!) alongside a watercolor place card. | Photography: Marian Logoyda, Planning, Design, & Florals: Tandem Decor, Calligraphy: Vladislav Gorbunov via Green Wedding Shoes