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I featured the outdoors-inspired save the dates of Ilana from Sugar and Type over the summer – and I’m so excited that Ilana is back today with her wedding invitations! Ilana continued the playful outdoor vibe from the save the dates, combining modern design elements with kraft paper envelopes and plaid patterns!
From Ilana: When we started planning our wedding, we knew it’d be playful and outdoors, and it was so fun to apply that vision to our invitations and wedding stationery. We wanted the wording to be friendly, casual, and a bit silly. I used kraft paper envelopes with a custom plaid liner to match Gregg and his groomsmen’s shirts.
We definitely wanted to include a map since our ceremony was in the middle of a park and we didn’t want anyone to get lost! We included an itinerary for our out of town guests, and a list of our favorite places waiting for them in their hotel room when they arrived so they could explore the area! We really wanted a cohesive feel with our save the dates, so we took the one bike from that piece and added a second bike to symbolize our journey together.
The fun part was the text messages and phone calls we got asking “should we dress like we’re going to play with puppies in the park, or for a wedding?” We had a great and fun day and I can’t wait to share more pictures from it!
Design and Envelope Addressing: Sugar and Type
Letterpress Printing and Edge Painting: Greengirl Press
Photo Credits: Audra Zaba Photo
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many maps. I’ve been a huge fan of the gorgeous typographic maps from Nancy of Design Ahoy for years now (seen here and here), and Nancy just released a brand new map poster of the Midwest and Great Lakes that she’s calling her ode to the Heartland. The 25″ x 38.5″ poster is offset printed on Patriot Blue Classic Crest Cover with a gloss varnish for the Great Lakes. Stunning!
Check them out over at Design Ahoy right here!
Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online community for makers with classes, patterns, templates, and supplies. I’ve been collaborating with Craftsy over the past few weeks to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and since we’re getting close to the holidays I thought we’d focus on the gift wrap tips and techniques that I learned from Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney! And for those of you looking to brush up your gift wrap skills before the holidays, Craftsy is offering a huge discount (50% off!) just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers through November 24!
I’ve always considered gift presentation to be just as important as the gift itself – and I have several friends that always impress me with their gift wrapping and gift presentation skills. I hoard beautiful gift wrap sheets ribbons and gift tags throughout the year, but when it comes to actual gift wrap construction I’ve always fallen a bit short. My corners are wonky, paper bunches up in weird places, and I never know where to properly place paper seams – until now! I learned so much from Craftsy’s Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney, including some essential gift wrap techniques that really elevated my gift giving game. You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount!
I love that you can watch portions of a Craftsy class over and over whenever you want – I must have watched the tutorial on how to tie the perfect bow a dozen times! And you can even watch on your phone or tablet with the Craftsy app while you’re in the middle of a project. I focused on the gift wrap lesson here, but the Paper Arts class is organized into twelve (!!) lessons covering everything from gift wrap to the art of letter writing to home decor ideas, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on.
I love mixing a neutral paper with beautiful ribbon for a pop of color or metallic sparkle. I used a technique that I learned in Alton’s class – layering two ribbons – to pair hand-dyed grosgrain ribbons with frayed denim and raw linen ribbons over a warm gray wrapping paper. I also mixed a soft gray twine with metallic silver and gold ribbon on a smaller gift box. I love the combination of the subtle gradient color in the hand-dyed grosgrain ribbon with the texture of the linen and denim ribbons.
I sadly don’t have any photos of the hand dying process (it happened too fast to take photos!), but it’s really simple if you want to recreate it at home. Just wind your ribbon into a coil around two fingers, then dip one edge of your ribbon coil into a small container filled with just a tiny amount of liquid fabric dye in your chosen colors. I used fuchsia and teal dye diluted with just a little bit of water. Once your ribbon has absorbed the fabric dye (usually just a few seconds), run it under cold water and allow to dry. And that’s it!
Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! Craftsy has generously offered 50% off the Paper Arts class, so this is a great opportunity to learn a ton of new paper skills for just $14.99. This discount is only available through midnight MST on November 24 – so sign up soon!
Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
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With the holiday season quickly approaching, we’re gravitating towards things with a little more sparkle and shine around here at Urbanic. Okay, who are we kidding?! — we actually kind of *always* are, but this is the perfect time of year to do a round up on it. This month, I decided to start the project of organizing, re-arranging, and fancying up my desk area for a fresh perspective going into the new year. Below are some top picks from Urbanic and beyond that have that perfect golden touch. xo –Audrey
1. Light + Ladder planter; 2. Meri Meri treat bags; 3. The Social Type notepad; 4. Kate Spade mail tray; 5. Galison pencils; 6. Illume candles; 7. The Social Type matches; 8. Umbra geometric wall decor 9. Nightingale Press card; 10. Wondermade marshmallows; 11. Haute Papier scissors; 12. Kate Spade stapler; 13. Sugar Paper notebook; 14. One Canoe Two calendar; 15. Meri Meri plates; 16. Meri Meri glitter stickers; 17. Galison noteset