Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Aaaaaahhhh…. if invitations could be a soothing breath of fresh air, these refined modern neutral letterpress wedding invitations from Alana of Bourne Paper Co. would definitely be it. A clean, minimalist design with classic serif and sans-serif text, luxurious neutrals, and a delicate textured envelope liner? So good. And the silk thread wrap and white wax seal finish are simply sublime!

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

From Alana: This invitation suite was designed to focus on modern typography and a warm, neutral color palette. We wanted the suite to have a very clean and crisp feel paired with unique textures that would stand out even when executed in whites and taupes.

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

The first design decision made was to forego script fonts in favor of clean serif and sans-serif fonts. Italicized accents were added to the type to give the suite a more formal and elegant feel. We also created a modern monogram that was subtly featured throughout the invitation suite.

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

The invitation suite was letterpress printed in a warm, metallic gold ink which reflected with the perfect, subtle shine when held at an angle. For paper, we used Somerset Velvet 300g card stock in Radiant White for a bright look and a soft cotton-like texture. The card stock also allowed us to apply stronger pressure during the printing process, which gave the letterpress text the crisp, clean feel we were going for and ensured the typography maintained its sharp edges and angles.

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

To complete the suite, we finished the invitation with a silk thread wrap and white wax seal which used the couple’s monogram. We selected a warm taupe envelope for both the invitation and response card, something to add a hint of color without straying too far from the neutral theme. The taupe envelopes paired perfectly with the metallic gold ink, which was used to print the couple’s address and monogram onto the response envelope.

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

We finished the invitation with an envelope liner featuring blind embossed cherry blossoms and other delicate florals. We loved the dramatic texture the liner provided and the bright white paper was the perfect compliment to the warm, taupe envelope – it also added just the right touch of florals to maintain the suite’s modern but elegant look.

Refined Modern Neutral Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Thanks Alana!

Design: Bourne Paper Co.

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

Photo Credits: Alana Cutler

2017 Reader Survey!

Oh So Beautiful Paper 2017 Reader Survey

Before we get too far into 2017, I want to hear from you! I have big plans to make 2017 the best year EVER, and I want to make sure that we’re delivering content that you all love and want to read! I’m embedding the survey form below, but you can also click through to take the survey HERE. I want your thoughtful opinions and constructive criticism – so please be honest! I’ll be reading each and every survey response and using them to come up with our content for the year. I can’t wait to read what you have to say!

In the survey you’ll find a bunch of multiple choice and open ended questions about what kind of content you like on Oh So Beautiful Paper: what you’d like to see more of, what we can do to improve, and a few other topics. You can even ask me questions (business or personal) and I’ll answer them in later posts. After more than eight years of blogging, I sometimes forget what I’ve shared or not shared here on the blog, so go ahead and ask me anything!

And as a thank you for taking the survey, you can enter to win a huge prize pack of greeting cards from my personal collection! I’ll choose a total of SIX winners, and each box contains around 20 cards each – so it’s a great chance to win some seriously awesome stationery!!

*Survey and giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 31, 2017!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! This was a fairly quiet week for me, so I don’t have much to report this week. Sending lots of love and positive vibes to you all for a happy three-day weekend! But in the meantime…

Image by Soil and Stem via Instagram

Image by Soil and Stem via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper

Hello everyone! And hello to 2017! Here we are already skating fast through January. For today’s dose of calligraphy inspiration we’re featuring the beautiful modern calligraphy of Kaylyn of Pirouette Paper. Her collection of lettering work shows how calligraphy instantly makes any event, party, wedding, or festive gathering feel special. I’m pretty partial to the Pirouette Paper handmade party signs, but feel free to share your favorite picks below!  – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I’ve always loved this idea of using calligraphy on kraft brown paper. It feels modern and not fussy. And in this case, the sign keeps the bubbly bar, with all the antique accents, from looking old-fashioned.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

There’s definitely an organic style to Kaylyn’s work. I love her use of botanical elements, like leaves, with gold lettering  for sweet and modern wedding seating tags.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

With Pirouette Paper, you’ll find invitation suites that mix  calligraphy with simple type for a beautiful effect.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Loren Weddings

Photo: Loren Weddings

Here’s the prettiest cocktail menu I ever did see. (I bet Andrew knows how to make all of these fun-sounding cocktails!)

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Letter work too pretty to store in a box (in my opinion). I’d frame a sentimental piece like this and hang in my bedroom.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

This wedding menu features calligraphy letter work with an embellishment of gold foil. I love how the table features rustic wood chargers and skips the tablecloth to balance the golden accents for a more modern, less fussy-fancy table.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Kaylyn says her inspiration comes from her mood when she’s writing. “I love to let anything I’m feeling come through in my writing, whether it’s a more abstract and ethereal font (for those rainy days) or a more straight-forward, curly font if I’m feeling especially fun and youthful,” she says.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

Kaylyn got into calligraphy after a photographer friend of hers asked her to attend a calligraphy class with her. After that fateful class, she decided that it’s what she wants to do. “From there I started building my business while I was finishing up school and working at Disneyland — lots of styled shoots, small commissions, etc.” says Kaylyn. But this past June, she said goodbye to Disney and jumped into full-time doing Pirouette Paper. “Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: The Hearts Haven

Photo: The Hearts Haven

Watercolors and calligraphy name tags mixed with rustic woods and fresh garland — this is one dreamy entrance to the celebration.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Natalie Schutt Photography

Photo: Natalie Schutt Photography

You can turn a vintage mirror into a standout program for the big day with hand-drawn calligraphy.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I hope this peek into the work of Pirouette Paper has been a pretty kickoff to 2017. Here’s wishing the new year is golden!

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

When your sister is expecting – and happens to love sharks – ocean inspired baby shower invitations are a perfect way to welcome the little bundle of joy! Jessica from Jamber Creative drew inspiration from under the sea to design these bold and whimsical blue and green invitations, complete with adorable seaweed graphics. This combination of whimsical graphics and bold patterns is so festive!

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

From Jessica: I created this ocean inspired baby shower invitation suite for my sister, Rachel. She has always been fascinated with sharks, so when she found out she was having a little boy, she knew she wanted his nursery to have touches of sea life, especially her favorite toothy fish. She also wanted to incorporate bold colors and graphic patterns in shades of blue and green so that the nursery didn’t necessarily have a “theme” but instead just felt like a fun and vibrant collection of cozy, kid-friendly elements.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

When creating her invitations, I went straight to her nursery for inspiration. We all agreed it was our favorite room in her home, and I wanted to bring this feeling to her invitations. I wanted to give a nod to the marine life of the nursery without being too overt or literal. Instead of using actual sharks, I created an underwater graphic with coral and seaweed, along with some fish and whimsical bubbles. I used this same element on her enclosure card and created a pattern with the fish and bubbles for the envelope liners. For an accent, I printed the back of each piece with various patterns that were actually present in the nursery. Crib sheets, rug and curtains provided inspiration for fun, unexpected pops of pattern when guests flipped over each card.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

The entire suite was tied together with hemp cord and a bright green tag to announce the baby’s gender. For guest favors, I created and printed coasters using the “Oh Boy” text and a few fish, tying them together with striped jute cord. Guests loved the little reminder for when Baby Clow (August) would make his debut!

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

The invitations were digitally printed on 120lb smooth white paper, and the coasters were printed on this same paper, duplexed.

Ocean Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Jamber Creative

Thanks Jessica!

Design & Printing: Jamber Creative

Photo Credits: Jessica Williams