Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I survived my first week of Mama Camp with my two girls – hooray! So far, we’ve been blackberry picking, visited some farm animals, visited our local splash pad and a few playgrounds, and went to check out the Hive installation and kid-friendly exhibits at the National Building Museum. I’m super excited for our adventures next week! But in the meantime…

Caladium Illustration // Juliet Meeks

Illustration by Juliet Meeks via #dailydoseofpaper

…a few links for your weekend!

A huge congrats to the ladies of Gus & Ruby Letterpress on their second store in Portland, Maine! They open at noon TODAY – Portland, go say hello for me!

I feel like I need this sequin top in my life ASAP

I really appreciated this post on Design Mom about having a big family. I constantly feel overwhelmed as the mom of two kids under 5 – but maybe it’s just because of their young age? I don’t plan to have more children, but I’m curious to see if I’ll feel less overwhelmed once both of my kids are over the age of 4.

Stationers and printers: have you seen this gorgeous new Strathmore letterpress paper?? It even comes in pale gray and pink!

Loving Knot & Bow’s latest rainbow-inspired collection, which includes party plates, napkins, and double-sided gift wrap

Did you see that West Elm is having a huge lighting sale this weekend?? This is one of my all-time favorite chandeliers, and I really love these sconces for bedroom reading lights. 

MAKE: Elote queso dip

Card of the week!

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Here’s how I’m staying organized during back to school season with the Pilot G2 pen

Going Behind the Stationery with Meghan of And Here We Are!

A few favorite punny greetings from the 2017 National Stationery Show…

…and some favorite notebooks, notepads, file folders, and more from the show!

The gorgeous and ethereal calligraphy of Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

 

That’s it for me this week! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

NSS 2017: Puns!

It’s pretty hard to resist a good pun. Cute little animals and funny food illustrations? Yes, please! Today I thought I’d round up a few favorite pun cards from this year’s National Stationery Show, from toucans and sheep to pizza and tacos. I think ilootpaperie might take the prize for the most puns in a single booth, including the first cards for the Jewish High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) that I’ve EVER seen at the Stationery Show. We’ve also got some colorful options from Meeschmosh, Hello!Lucky, Wild Hart Paper, and more! Let’s take a look!

NSS 2017: Meeschmosh

Meeschmosh (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: ILOOTPAPERIE

NSS 2017: ILOOTPAPERIE

ILOOTPAPERIE (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Craftedvan

Craftedvan (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Farmwood Press

Farmwood Press (check out the full booth here!)

 

NSS 2017: Hello!Lucky

Hello!Lucky (check out the full booth here!)

 

 

 

 

NSS 2017: Mr. Boddington's Studio

Mr. Boddington’s Studio (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: There Will Be Cake

There Will Be Cake (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Wild Hart Paper

Wild Hart Paper (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Green Bean Studio

Green Bean Studio (so many puns! – check out the full booth here!)

More recaps from the 2017 National Stationery Show here – and you can find photos from all the NSS 2017 exhibitors right here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey and Hannah Nowack for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Hey everyone! Somehow it’s August and summer is zooming by at full speed (with hints of fall even in the air.) Before our focus goes full-on about the new school year and fall plans, let’s dive into a fresh dose of calligraphy to keep our summer senses floating on high. Once I stumbled on the work of calligrapher Kelsey Carpenter, I was blown away by her work’s natural lightness and organic style. Let’s take a peek into the world of Kelsey Malie Calligraphy. Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Photo Credit: Ivory + Bliss Photography

Kelsey stumbled into calligraphy when she was getting married. “I didn’t like any paper goods out there and couldn’t afford something custom so I picked up a dip pen and learned.” Then she literally hand wrote each wedding invitation (as a beginner!). After that experience, she was hooked on calligraphy.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Photo Credit: Donny Zavala Photography

Kelsey hails from the beautiful state of Hawaii, and that’s where she and her husband got married, too. They now are city dwellers in Chicago.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Kelsey shares: “The most wonderful part of invitation design is working in the personality of each client into their wedding paper goods. I just had a client who had a sketch of each member of her wedding party done for her program and another that, in lieu of favors, hand-wrote a message on custom stationary to each guest to be placed at their seat during dinner.”

I’m such a sentimental sap when it comes to special details like that, and little ways to connect with people in your wedding. Since that connection with friends and family is certainly part of the joy of a wedding!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Kelsey likes to changes things up in her work and play with different lettering styles. “I love learning new scripts and am constantly challenging myself to work on older script styles like Spencerian and Copperplate.” But if you try to nail her down to describing her calligraphy style in a couple words, she’ll share it’s “romantic and messy”. Kind of feels like the perfect mix, right? Far from fussy, her romantic messy style of lettering work feels effortless and organic.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Jenni Kupelian Photography

 

“I love when I can just play with wild, illegible script and ink splatters,” shares Kelsey. But she definitely keeps everything more readable when it comes to invitation suites for real brides.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Calligraphy Inspiration: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Leaving you with this sweet wedding program where Kelsey’s calligraphy is the star. Thanks so much to Kelsey for sharing her beautiful work! See you back here soon.

All images via Kelsey Malie Calligraphy, except where noted.

NSS 2017: Let’s Get Organized

Last week I did a little round up of my favorite pencil pouches – including a couple that I found in person at this year’s National Stationery Show – in honor of back-to-school season. There’s always something about the start of a new school year that inspires us to get organized, don’t you think? So it just felt right that my next NSS 2017 round up focus on some of the organizational goodies at this year’s show. Now, I’m not talking about calendars and yearly planners (I’ll be covering those in separate round up posts soon), but instead on some of the other stationery that we use to keep ourselves organized: file folders, notebooks, notepads, and specialty planners. These are always popular categories at the show – and for good reason! I mean, just look at these dressage unicorns on this notebook from Baltic Club:

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

Baltic Club (see the full booth here!)

So let’s kick things off with the notebook category! Iron Curtain Press has been killing it in this category for a while, with their beautiful, minimalist notebooks in a variety of sizes and candy coated colors. They just added a small reporter-size notebook, which was a very popular size at this year’s show, along with a larger task pad notebook. I’m also loving the hand painted reporter-size notebooks from Moglea, and the gold foil notebooks from Wild Ink Press and Smitten on Paper.

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

Iron Curtain Press (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Moglea

Moglea (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

Baltic Club (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Wild Ink Press

Wild Ink Press (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper (see the full booth here!)

Yay for beautiful file folders! I’m loving these designs from Good Juju Ink, Graphique de France, and Rifle Paper Co.:

NSS 2017: Good JuJu Ink

Good Juju Ink (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Graphique de France

Graphique de France (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. (see the full booth here!)

Moving on to the notepad category, we’ve got a beautiful large version from Fox & Fallow that comes with it’s own clipboard and pencil, and fun illustrated desktop notepads from Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Our Heiday. Also, I somehow neglected to get a photo of these at the show, but these hologram foil-edged notepads from Parrott Design Studio are just beyond amazing!

NSS 2017: Fox & Fallow Clipboard Pack

Fox & Fallow (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Mr. Boddington's Studio

Mr. Boddington’s Studio (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

Our Heiday (see the full booth here!)

I’m a BIG fan of the weekly planner. As a visual person, I love being able to see a week’s worth of activities all together – and even better if I can see two weeks side by side! We’ve got shiny gold foil from Smitten on Paper, painterly illustrations from Our Heiday, and minimalism from Iron Curtain Press.

NSS 2017: Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

Our Heiday (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

Iron Curtain Press (see the full booth here!)

 

A brand new address book cover design from Rifle Paper Co.:

NSS 2017: Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. (see the full booth here!)

I wish I could show you every page of this cocktail recipe binder from Moglea! It comes in gray and white cover options, with copper foil interior tabs organized by season:

NSS 2017: Moglea Cocktail Recipe Notebook

Moglea (see the full booth here!)

This packing planner from Lionheart Prints is genius! I currently use the Notes app on my phone to plan everything I need to pack for a family trip, so this planner notepad would be a BIG improvement.

NSS 2017: Lionheart Prints Packing Planner

Lionheart Prints (see the full booth here!)

I love, love, love the minimalist design of this meal planner from Ramona & Ruth. And it’s the perfect size to drop into your purse or a tote bag and bring it with you to the grocery store!

NSS 2017: Ramona and Ruth

Ramona & Ruth (see the full booth here!)

If you’re still reading down here – thank you! Also, I’d love to hear what other product or theme round ups you want to see from the National Stationery Show! I have a few more still to come, but please let me know in the comments if there’s anything in particular you’re hoping to see!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Staying Organized with the Pilot G2

This summer is just flying by! I know some of you have probably already started back at school, but here in DC we have two weeks of summer vacation to go. And while I love slow summer days and the break from our normal routine, it definitely requires a bit more effort to stay organized and on top of my to do list during this time of year. Today I’m partnering with Pilot Pen and their amazing G2 pens to share how I’m staying organized this summer – as a mom and creative entrepreneur – as part of their G2 Overachievers program! You’ll also want to read below for some exciting info about two Pilot G2 initiatives, including a chance to win a Target shopping spree and year supply of G2 pens and the G2 Overachievers Grant with Shonda Rhimes!

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

For most of this summer, Sophie has been going to a summer camp with some of her friends from school, while Alice continued at the daycare she has attended full-time since just after her first birthday. But I wanted to get a bit of mama time with my girls before school starts back up – especially since Alice will be starting her first year of preschool. So for the next two weeks we’ll be doing Mama Camp! It’s a total departure from my normal routine, and it will mean a lot of late nights to keep up with work, but it’s worth it to get a couple weeks of quality time with my girls.

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

The general idea for Mama Camp is that we’ll go on a different adventure every day. We’ll be outside as much as the weather permits, visiting some of our favorite local farms, playgrounds, and splash pads. For rainy days, we’ll either visit a museum or indoor playground – or hang out at home for an arts and crafts day. I’m treating this like a real summer camp, so I’m packing a lunch for the girls the night before and planning all of our activities in advance so they know what we’re doing each day.

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

I wanted to make sure I had a plan for each day of Mama Camp, so I put together a quick schedule with all the things I want to do that week on one of my weekly planner notepads. I’m planning one major activity for each day and will pack a lunch so we can eat on the road or have a little picnic when we arrive at our destination. Depending on our adventure for the day, we’ll end the afternoon at one of our favorite local play grounds to get some wiggles out before heading back home. It’s going to be really exhausting, but also so much fun!

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club!

Meanwhile, there is still the to-do list to keep up with! Back-to-school shopping, appointments to make, and a business to run. DC public schools mostly require uniforms, which makes back to school shopping a bit easier, but I need to make sure I have uniforms for Alice and check to see if Sophie has already outgrown her uniforms from last year. She’s getting so big! I also need to pick up the necessary school health and dental forms, plan the party for their upcoming birthdays, make some travel arrangements for an upcoming wedding, and manage my other projects. Mom life!

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

Anyone else out there a classic overachiever? I’ve been an overachiever as long as I can remember. I’m goal-oriented, I love a good challenge, and I’m always thinking about my next project. I’m constantly making lists for everything – from grocery shopping to a shot list for photographs I want to get when taking pictures for a blog post. And there’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than crossing steps off a list while working towards a bigger goal! A good pen is an absolute necessity for all that list making, which is where the Pilot G2 comes in. The G2 is the #1 selling pen in America, with super smooth writing and longest writing gel ink. The G2 comes in 4 point sizes: ultra fine (0.38mm), extra fine (0.5mm), fine (0.7mm), and bold (1.0mm), and is retractable and refillable. I’m most excited by all the fantastic colors that the G2 comes in: 15 vibrant core colors plus metallics and pastels!

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

You can find the Pilot G2 at Target, Walmart, and other major retailers, and stock up for all of your list making and bullet journaling needs! You can even sign up for the G2 Overachievers Club with Target, where you can enter to win a $5,000 Target shopping spree and a year’s supply of G2 pens (3 winners), $100 Target gift card and a year’s supply of G2 pens (10 winners), and exclusive coupons.

Pilot Pen is also partnering with Shonda Rhimes to invite you to nominate yourself or someone you know for a $50,000 G2 Overachievers Grant. This grant will go to someone who goes above and beyond their everyday duties to help improve the lives of others. Last year’s recipient was Dr. Rebecca Constantino, founder of Access Books in Los Angeles. And this year they’ve expanded the program to include a $15,000 G2 Overachievers Student Grant for applicants age 13-19.

Pilot Pen G2 Overachievers Club

Wish me luck for the next two weeks of Mama Camp! To all my fellow mamas out there: how are you staying organized this summer and getting ready for back-to-school season? Share your to-do lists or organization tricks in the comments below or via social media using the #d0youG2 hashtag! 

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the G2 Overachievers Club with Target here and nominate someone for the G2 Overachievers grant right here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen). The content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!