{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m still trying to figure out how the week went by so quickly, but I’m glad to be back home in DC after spending a few days in New York and New Jersey.  Right now I’m looking forward to a night out with friends this evening followed by a lazy weekend.  But in the meantime…

Beth Retro Sea Bound {happy weekend!}

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

And a big thanks to Jan from Poppytalk for asking me to stop by today with a recap from the Gift Fair!  That does it for me this week – I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Photo Credit: Beth Retro via Design is Mine

NYIGF August 2011, Part 3

I’m back with more from NYIGF!  This time we’re focusing on all of the awesome stationery exhibitors at the Gift Fair, starting with some pretty notebooks, holiday cards, calendars, and gift wrap from Snow & Graham.

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Snow & Graham

I’m loving the Valentine’s Day cards and gift wrap from Smudge Ink:

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Smudge Ink

I had so much fun checking out the whimsical notebooks, planners, and cards at the Poketo booth:

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Poketo

I always love the kid-friendly stationery and letterpress cards from the ladies of 9SpotMonk:

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9SpotMonk

Such a pretty booth and funny letterpress cards from Oblation Papers and Press:

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I thought this card was so funny!

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Oblation Papers + Press

Lots of brightly colored letterpress greeting cards, gift wrap and boxes, and wedding invitations from Smock:

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Smock

The ladies from Albertine Press, May Day Studio, and Carta, Inc. were back at NYIGF with a shared booth displaying their lovely cards, ribbons, and paper ephemera.

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May Day Studio

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Cute holiday cards from Albertine Press

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Carta, Inc.

And finally for today, the Aesthetic Movement booth, which was full of pretty paper from Yellow Owl Workshop, Beau Ideal, and many others (along with lots of other pretty things!).

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Yellow Owl Workshop

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Gorgeous embossed velvet wedding albums, guest books, and die cut cards from Velvet Raptor

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Beau Ideal

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Austin Press (you can check out more from the Stationery Show right here) and Set Editions

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I’ll be back with more from NYIGF tomor­row!  You can check out past year cov­er­age from NYIGF right here.

Photo Cred­its: Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper

Blackbird Letterpress

Blackbird Letterpress is a fine art printmaking studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Founded in 2003, we blend traditional techniques and organic forms with new technology and contemporary design.

Introducing the Blackbird Wedding Collection, new, fresh, clean designs ready for your customization. If you are interested in something custom, we are happy to create a custom design for letterpress wedding invitations, as well as personal stationery and business collateral.  We’ll work closely with you to create the perfect look for your special occasion.  We start by having a conversation, through email or, if you’re local, we’ll meet for a cup of coffee.  Once we get the information we need about the look you want, a formal estimate is created and a deposit is requested to start the job.  We are a small operation, so turnaround times will vary depending on the time of year.

Please visit our website to see more samples of our invitations and designs, as well as download pricing info.

The impression you see in our printed paper goods will vary depending on the paper and type of relief image we use.  A lino cut leaves less impression than a magnesium plate, for example.  While we enjoy the texture debossing creates, we cannot exceed the ability of our press or compromise our type or print blocks to make a deeper impression than good printing demands.  In everything we print, we strive to maintain high quality and strong design.  We’re proud to say that everything here is, hand fed, and treadle driven or hand cranked.

In the printshop, we use recycled and tree-free materials, soy based solvents, and low VOC inks -making a small footprint with a bold visual impact.

Photos by Ben Christensen Photography

Betsy Dunlap Calligraphy

Calligraphy by Hillary

Starshaped Press

Starshaped Press is a design and letterpress studio located in Chicago’s historic Ravenswood neighborhood. Since 1999, we’ve been focused on printing everything from business cards to invitations to posters, working exclusively with antique wood and metal type. No computers, no plastic, no way! We’re proud of our commitment to preserving the past.

We offer 4 wedding collections with strong typographic aesthetics, ranging from the wild west of the 1880′s to the sleek deco stylings of the 1930′s, a period that showcases when most of our expansive type collection was created. Each is open to interpretation and we work with you to develop a color palette and to choose appropriate papers. All of our printing is done on American-made recycled papers, which we prefer over imported cotton papers, ensuring that our carbon footprint stays in the Midwest. We also print marriage certificates, ketubahs and sign-in prints (in lieu of guest books) if you’re looking for more of an art piece to accompany your wedding needs.

Our award-winning sample pack of invitations is available on our etsy site; we highly recommend looking at our pieces in person to see the difference between old-timey (that’s us!) and modern letterpress work. Please keep in mind that we do book very quickly, especially in the Spring. Contact us for more details!

Wiley Valentine

For the latest Wiley Valentine happenings visit our blog . To shop our invitations and paper goods visit our Wiley Valentine Etsy shop or our Wiley Valentine paper goods shop.

Wiley Valentine has been featured in such publications as Town and Country, US Weekly and InStyle as well as wedding fabulous blogs such as Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake and Green Wedding Shoes. Specializing in all things paper, from letterpress, to flat printed, baby announcements to wedding invitations, party invites to holiday cards, you name it, we create it. We work with a wide variety of budgets, from modest to extravagent, Wiley Valentine can make it happen!

How it all began…Emily and Rachelle grew up inspired by each of their grand­moth­ers’ artis­tic and eclec­tic expres­sions of life. The imprint that Mary Wiley and Norma Jean Valen­tine left on their girls is widely respon­si­ble for the cre­ative endeav­ors they both felt drawn to pur­sue. As adults, Emily and Rachelle’s respec­tive careers crossed paths while work­ing for the same, pri­vate graphic design firm in the famed Orange Cir­cle of Orange, Cal­i­for­nia. Both grew weary while day after day churn­ing out the pas­sion­less projects of main­stream graphic design. After dis­cov­er­ing a com­mon enthu­si­asm to revamp the paper indus­try with their wealth of cre­ative aspi­ra­tions, Emily and Rachelle left to found their part­ner­ship, E and R Design Group. Emerg­ing from this busi­ness endeavor, they have art­fully con­structed the ground­work for the launch of their fash­ion­ably clas­sic line of paper goods they ecsta­t­i­cally call ‘Wiley Valen­tine.’ With gen­er­a­tions of cre­ativ­ity behind it, Wiley Valen­tine pro­vides the plat­form for every­thing the girls set out to accom­plish in the paper indus­try while danc­ing with the edge of cre­ative genius.