Tuesday Happy Hour: Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash

Normally, we post these recipes on Fridays, when most people can really use a drink. But I’ve been knocked out by a cold for the past few days, and the one kind of drink that’s good for a cold – a Hot Toddy – is not welcome in this weather. So here we are, on a Tuesday and, let’s be honest, plenty of people can probably already use a drink this week. So here’s a summer-perfect Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash to see you through till Friday. Andrew

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash

2 oz Amber Rum
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
5-6 Basil Leaves
1/2 cup Watermelon

In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum and basil leaves, then muddle the basil leaves to break them up a bit. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and a big scoop of fresh watermelon to the shaker, then add a few pieces of ice, the bigger the better. Shake hard to smash up the basil and watermelon, then strain into a tumbler filled with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with more basil and enjoy!

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This is a wonderfully fresh and refreshing drink, bursting with savory and sweet and tart flavors and backed by the rum’s notes of molasses. It hits you first with the aroma of basil, then fruit and citrus and more basil. Fresh watermelon gives this drink a wonderfully summery air and a gorgeous pink color; I almost added “and finely strain” to the instructions, to remove any pulp, but I don’t want to do anything to take away from that color. Normally, I’d use more simple syrup in a drink with that much lime juice, to balance out the tart, but the watermelon is sweet enough on its own to warrant a smaller dose.

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’ll use this as another opportunity to lobby for everyone to grow their own cocktail gardens. It’s super easy – we’re actually using an old shipping pallet, left over from our bathroom renovation, turned into a vertical herb garden – and so, so rewarding. There’s nothing like walking out the back door, plucking some fresh basil leaves right off the stem, and turning them into a cocktail right then and there. A cocktail is only as good as its weakest ingredient, and fresh produce really does some magic to your drinks.

Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations

The choice of a wedding venue influences so much about the wedding itself. Will it be modern or classic? Informal or black tie? Rustic or tropical? It makes perfect sense that so many wedding invitations are inspired by the wedding venue! These illustrated mountain wedding invitations from Alia and Jason of Darling Press were inspired by Timberline Lodge, located in the shadow of Oregon’s Mount Hood and feature an illustration of both the wedding venue and the nearby volcano. The invitation suite was letterpress printed in a single color – a deep, dusky blue – to complement the intricate line work in the illustrations and help keep costs within the couple’s budget!

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Alia and Jason: One of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks is Mt. Hood. Chances are, if you’re heading up to romp around the mountain, you’re going to visit the equally iconic Timberline Lodge. When Courtney and Chris told us they were getting married at Timberline Lodge, we were very excited to illustrate the architecture of the building. The fine detail of the Lodge works well against the bold organic shapes of our local volcano.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Because the impression from letterpress printing would highlight the intricate line work and wealth of detail in the drawings, everyone agreed that only one color was necessary for the suite.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rather than keeping number of pieces in the invitation suite to the bare minimum (just the invitation and a reply card), Courtney was excited about adding extra elements to make the invitation package feel special and unique. And thus, our first ever custom map was designed. The tiny tag was a warm, personal touch to complete the overall presentation.

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Illustrated Mountain Wedding Invitations by Darling Press / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Alia and Jason!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Darling Press

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! It’s always a sign of a good week when we start Monday morning with a gorgeous wedding invitation from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress – especially when that invitation involves laser cut stars and rose gold foil! These rose gold foil night sky wedding invitations were created for a wedding at Camp Waldemar in Texas Hill country. Deep navy blue and rose gold foil is one of my all-time favorite combinations (I think it’s so romantic!), and I’m completely head over heels for the laser cut star details that Samantha and Whitney added to the invitation. So pretty!

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Samantha and Whitney: This custom wedding invitation suite was designed for a sweet couple getting married deep in the heart of Texas. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect the camp venue while also paying homage to the big, beautiful Texan sky.

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The invitation suite was housed in a full-flood digitally printed folder with an image of the night sky. The folder was foil stamped with a quote about the night sky and tied shut with twine and a Texas-shaped laser-cut wooden hang tag.

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We paired whimsical script with a traditional roman font for a mix of romance and fun, while a color palette of navy blue and rose gold set the tone. The type-set invitation was printed on double-thick 100% cotton and features laser cut stars that allow the digitally printed wrap-around folder to peek through.

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The reply postcard featured a colorful vintage map of Texas. We also created a 4-panel folded insert card that expanded to give guests lots of details about the wedding weekend.

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

As always, the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed and foil-stamped by hand on our antique presses on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

Rose Gold Foil Night Sky Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo Credit: Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Happy Weekend

It feels strange to be wishing all of you a happy weekend after the tragic events in Nice yesterday. It’s getting harder and harder to find the bright spots between the shadows these days. My heart is with the people of France today. I don’t have many words today – just wishes for more peace and love, less violence and tragedy.

Friday Flowers: Pink Spray Roses, Hydrangea, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Blackberries, Japanese Painted Fern / Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

The last two weeks on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

My poor husband came down with a bad cold this week, so we’ll be sharing a cocktail recipe on Monday instead of today while he recuperates. It’s going to be a good one! See you back here on Monday. xoxo

The 2016 National Stationery Show, Part 9

Today we’re focusing on one of my favorite categories at the 2016 National Stationery Show: party supplies and gift items! These are seriously some of the happiest booths to visit at the show. We’ll see striped and marbled table runners and placemats from Hester & Cook, patterned paper plates and gift wrap from Bash Party Goods, gorgeous wood cutting boards and cake (and cupcake) stands from American Heirloom, and beautiful ribbon and twine from Knot & Bow. Oh, and ALL THE THINGS from Ban.do! Let’s start with the beautiful world of colorful paper pinwheels from My Mind’s Eye!

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’m seriously in love with this mint, peach, and navy color palette!

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: My Mind's Eye / Oh So Beautiful Paper

My Mind’s Eye

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Debut exhibitor Bash Party Goods shares my love of all things hologram!

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Bash Party Goods / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Bash Party Goods

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

 NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love this plaid cutting board pattern!

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How gorgeous is this gem-shaped board?

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

New acrylic drink stirrers!

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: American Heirloom / Oh So Beautiful Paper

American Heirloom

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When you see disco balls, you know you’re in the Ban.do booth!

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love these new folios!

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Ban.do / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ban.do

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Beautiful color blocked notebooks!

NSS 2016: Kate Spade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Kate Spade

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

New gift wrap patterns in collaboration with Sandy Falconer

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Knot and Bow / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Knot & Bow

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The cutest little mini honeycombs!

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Inklings / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Inklings

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Absolutely obsessed with these push pins

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Cute wood coasters!

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Lake & Loft / Meant to Be Sent / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Meant to Be Sent / Lake + Loft

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Okay – see the table runner above? It’s actually black and white, and you can color the whole thing in!!

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Hester & Cook / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hester & Cook

You can find all the previous recaps from the 2016 National Stationery Show right here!