{happy weekend!}

It’s finally here, the summer Olympics!  Are you all as excited as I am?  It’s so funny to think that this time four years ago my husband and I were on our way to Peru for our honeymoon!  We watched the Beijing opening ceremonies from the Toronto airport while waiting for our connecting flight to Lima.  Now I can’t wait to watch the spectacle that is the opening ceremonies – not to mention all the competitions, from gymnastics to diving.  But in the meantime…

Photo Credit: Julian Bialowas 365 Day Project

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

We have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Dates

While digging though Emma’s stash of vintage stamps a while back, we stumbled across old airmail that she had received from a long lost pen pal.  It made us nostalgic for the days of hand written correspondence – which in turn made us think it would be the perfect thing to inspire this save the date design and tutorial!  Best of all….it’s super simple to put together.  – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: Lay out an A6 piece of cream heavyweight card stock on a smooth, hard surface.  Ink your save the date stamp (we used our Airmail Save the Date Stamp) with navy ink.  Center your stamp over the card and press firmly down to make the print.  Since there are no longer handles on our stamps (see note at the bottom of the post), you will want to make sure that you apply even pressure to all of the stamp, especially the center.  Lift stamp off and let the card dry.

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Two: To add an authentic airmail feel, draw lines with a red felt tipped marker or pen in between the blue stamped lines.

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Personalizing your wedding stationery makes your guests feel special and really sets the tone for your upcoming event.  Let them know how you want much them there by adding a note to each guest on a monogrammed manila shipping tag.  We used our (Cross my Heart Initials Monogram Stamp) in navy ink on the corner of the tag to coordinate the tag & the save the date.  We then used the same red pen to write a note to each guest!

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Sometimes simple is best.  On the left hand corner of our envelope, we stamped our return address using our Old Typewriter Return Address Stamp.

DIY Tutorial: Rubber Stamp Airmail Save the Date by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Five: We finished off the save the date design by tying the pieces together using this awesome airmail twine!  It couldn’t be more perfect.  We addressed the envelopes in red and sent them on their way!

Note: We at Antiquaria are thrilled to announce that we’ve made the switch to acrylic mounts for all of our stamp designs.  Not only do the mounts make the product look clean, sleek and beautiful, they vastly improve their functionality & make printing the stamps easier!

Materials:

Airmail Save the Date Stamp

Cross my Heart Initials Monogram Stamp

Old Typewriter Return Address Stamp

Stamp Pad in Midnight

A6 Cards in Luxe Cream

Manila Shipping Tags 4 3/4″ x 2 3/8″

Manilla Envelopes – ours were vintage but this is a similar product

Airmail Twine

Red Pen

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria

Jody + Rain’s Eastern-Inspired Lasercut Wood Wedding Invitations

Designer Kate Holgate sent over these fantastic invitations that she designed for a recent destination wedding in the mountains of Colorado.  I love the way Kate combine two very different influences – a woodsy outdoor wedding venue and Eastern-inspired elements – within the framework of a very cool lasercut wood veneer design.  So unique!

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (1)

From KateJody and Rain contacted me about designing their save the date and invitation for an outdoor mountain destination wedding in Durango, Colorado.  Jody and Rain wanted something that was outdoorsy, but not the commonly used rustic cowboy theme.  Jody is an accomplished yogi and Rain used to teach Tae Kwon Do, so they wanted something unique and natural that also carried an Eastern vibe.  They loved the idea of incorporating real wood, lots of texture and ornate Eastern patterns.  Their color palette was inspired by the purple wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains: aster, bachelor buttons, wild lupine with accents of bright green.

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (11) Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (10)

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (9)

For the save the date, we printed cherrywood veneer cards from Cards of Wood and attached a small envelope teaser.  I designed a monogram that contained the bride and grooms initials in a modernized Eastern-influenced font.  Rain sent me a photo of a tapestry that he and Jody loved thus inspiring the custom lotus pattern used throughout the suite.  Attached to the save the date card was a folded trail map of the wedding destination: Durango Mountain Resort.

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (5)

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (12)

For the wedding invitation, I designed a custom lasercut wood piece.  Candyspotting did a phenomenal job producing the intricate design on matching cherrywood veneer.  Rain mention that he was fond of a particular mountain called The Diamond at Longs Peak.  I used this mountain’s profile in the design and surrounded it with Eastern ornaments and floral shapes.  I enclosed the lasercut card in a deep purple petal pouchette, fastened shut by a lotus-motif pattern sticker and tied in twine.

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (6)

The RSVP card was a printed wood piece slipped inside a bright green mini envelope.  The entire set was contained by a monogram-stamped muslin bag.  Using the monogram and lotus pattern, we also printed ceremony programs backed by matching cherrywood.

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (8)

Lasercut Wedding Invitations by Kate Holgate via Oh So Beautiful Paper (7)

Thanks so much Kate!

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

Photo Credits: Kate Holgate

Piper’s Neon Pink + Gold 2nd Birthday Party Invitations

From fun flourishes to the neon and gold color palette, these girly birthday party invitations from Wiley Valentine are seriously adorable!  Rachelle, half of the talented duo behind Wiley Valentine, created these sweet invitations for her daughter Piper’s second birthday party, with each invitation letterpress printed on cotton paper by Rachelle’s husband Michael of Czar Press.  Michael even edge painted the invitations with an amazing gold-to-pink ombre effect!

Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (13) Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (10)

From RachelleThe inspiration behind the invitations was the theme of her birthday party “A Fancy Afternoon.”  Piper really loves her Fancy Nancy books so the “Fancy” element was an obvious choice.  I went over the top with fancy flourishes and designs to set the tone for her party.

Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (1)

The neon pink lent a playful tone as did the ombre gold-to-pink edge painting.  The Dr. Seuss quote we printed on the neon gift tags is such a fabulous quote and it incorporated the reading aspect of the theme.

Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (5) Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (7)

Wiley Valentine Pink Birthday Party Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper (11)

Thanks Rachelle!

Design: Wiley Valentine

Letterpress Printing and Edge Painting: Czar Press

Wiley Valentine is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or check out Piper’s birthday party invitation designs in the Wiley Valentine etsy shop!

Photo Credits: Andrea Patricia Photography, except for the edge painting photo by Wiley Valentine

*Wiley Valentine and Czar Press are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Anna + Mark’s Preppy Yellow and Green Wedding Invitations

Becca from Lavender’s Blue sent over these colorful and preppy wedding invitations that she created for an upcoming summer wedding in Texas.  Becca drew her inspiration from the bride’s color palette and wedding flowers, with a few Texas icons thrown in for good measure.  I’m loving the striped envelope liners and bold belly band!

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (10)

From BeccaAnna wanted something simple, elegant, and summery – with just a “hint of Texan” – and sunshine yellow and lush green for the colors.  She also had an idea of what flowers she wanted for the wedding, so I worked off of those images to create some summery florals to adorn the invitations.

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (7)

I created a logo using their initials to include in the invitation, which we ended up using in several elements of the suite, including the address labels, the belly band, and also as a sticker for the envelope flap.  For envelope liners, we went with a striped yellow lining to add elegance and playfulness to the entire suite.

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (8) Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (9)

For Anna’s “hint of Texan,” I incorporated a small silhouette of the state of Texas on the main invitation, then used sheriff’s stars for the RSVP card, and a cowboy boot for the post-wedding brunch invitation.

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (6)

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (4)

Wedding Invitations by Lavender Blue via Oh So Beautiful Paper (2)

Thanks Becca!

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

Photo Credits: Lavender’s Blue