Scotch Whisky Coffee

We’re still in the mood for keeping warm and cozy, as we’re in the midst of a cold snap here in DC. So we decided to take an already-warm drink, the Irish Coffee, and bump up the warmth a bit with some smokey Scotch whisky. –Andrew

Scotch Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Scotch Coffee Cocktail Recipe

2 oz Blended Scotch Whisky
1 oz Vanilla Bean Syrup
6 oz Hot Black Coffee

To make the vanilla bean syrup: combine a cup of sugar, a cup of water, and one whole vanilla bean, split down the middle, in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir frequently until all the sugar is melted into the water. Remove the pan from the heat and cover to allow the vanilla to infuse – at least 20 minutes, but the longer the better. Then strain the syrup through cheesecloth or a fine-meshed sieve to remove the vanilla bean solids (don’t worry about catching all the black flecks of vanilla bean). Bottle and refrigerate.

To make the Scotch Coffee: combine the Scotch, vanilla syrup, and fresh hot coffee in a mug. Top with whipped cream and, optionally, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy!

Scotch Coffee Cocktail Recipe

I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out when I first made it. Irish Coffee is such a classic drink, with a smooth, rich flavor profile, that I was worried the smokiness of the Scotch would overpower the other flavors in my mug. But it turned out much, much better than I had even expected. This drink is warm and rich, with lots of notes of earthy peat from the Scotch – and none of the smokey sharpness I was worried about. Vanilla is a perfect match for Scotch, rounding out any rough edges and helping the whisky’s warmer notes pop. Together with the coffee, they’re pretty magic.

Scotch Coffee Cocktail Recipe

As with any Scotch cocktail, your final drink’s flavors will depend on the Scotch you use. A single malt brimming with peat or brine can dominate your drink, but a milder blended Scotch – we used Monkey Shoulder – will blend and merge more easily with the other flavors in your mug.

Scotch Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Oh, and that vanilla bean syrup – it’s super easy to make at home and is worth keeping around for more than just this one cocktail. It’s amazing in regular coffee and is perfect for a wide array of cocktails, including Tiki drinks that play up vanilla’s origins as a tropical orchid.

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

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Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? Are you covered in snow right now? We had a few flurries yesterday, but nothing compared to the many inches a bit further up north! This week was a bit of a whirlwind for me, since I spent most of last weekend and the early part of this week at the semi-annual NYNOW trade show in New York before coming home to DC. If you like, you can see some of my favorite finds from the show here. It’s always a fun show, with lots of great things to see.

Everyday Watercolor from Jenna of Mon Voir is officially available for pre order!

Tips for penning the perfect love letter

This year, I’ll be planting all my houseplants in pink pots

Super cute DIY classroom valentines without the candy (and with free printables!)

How cute are these aqua-dipped ceramic canisters?

These chocolate-dipped wafers would be fun to make for a birthday party!

Absolutely in love with this glam velvet settee (that brass base!)


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Enrollment for the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 is NOW OPEN!

Copper and burgundy baby shower invitations

Even more examples of our love affair with copper foil!

Calligraphy inspiration from Rachel Anne Design

Fun black and gold foil surprise birthday party invitations

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design

Hello everyone! Here we are in February seeking something lighter than the 5 layers of clothing we need here in Maine. My yoga instructor said something to me last week that stuck — how lightness comes with control. And no truer example of that than when you look at the art of calligraphy. To write a name, an invitation, any wording with such lightness that looks effortless; it’s a skill that requires the utmost control. Rachel Anne is an Atlanta-based calligrapher whose work captures that magical light hand in calligraphy. Her lettering looks so modern and airy. Let’s take a look! – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Four Corners Photography

Rachel shares how she had not dreamed about working in the paper world. “I definitely wasn’t the girl who grew up loving paper or drawing letters, and I didn’t really care for writing that much either, so it’s kind of funny that I would end up where I am today!”

So how did she stumble on calligraphy? “In 2014 I was working as a wedding photographer which was something that I absolutely loved, though I felt like I needed a creative outlet that wasn’t a job and I didn’t have to please anyone with, I could just learn and create what brought me joy personally. I had been eyeing calligraphy for a while (and being in the wedding industry was always in awe of the pretty wedding stationery) and decided to take an online course because it was so pretty and everyone on Instagram made it look so easy,” adds Rachel.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Four Corners Photography

The story doesn’t end there! At first, she didn’t click with calligraphy. “One week in I gave up because I thought it was just too hard!” says Rachel. “Over the next few months I completely put it out of my mind, but then as a New Year resolution decided to finally stick to it and actually make myself learn (mostly because I didn’t want to be a quitter). For some reason that time around it just clicked and I became obsessed with learning and practicing!” Persistence for the win!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Tulle & Grace Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Hannah Forsberg

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rachel calls her style “modern, romantic and effortless while still having a polished feel.” And she adds, “I like to gather inspiration from lots of different sources and keep an ever growing style board of images that inspire and speak to me. These images can be anything from fabric textures and surface patterns to color schemes in flower arrangements.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: Rachel Anne Design / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo Credit: Rachel Anne

Thanks for sharing your work Rachel Anne and for the inspiration to keep trying at something you really love to do!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 – Enrollment Opens Today!

If you’re anything like me, you love all things calligraphy and hand lettering. Brush lettered envelopes, delicate place cards, even tropical leaves and wood boards covered with gorgeous writing. And now you have the chance to learn this beautiful art form from some of the most talented folks in the business. The Modern Calligraphy Summit is bringing all of the best calligraphers together to share their best tips and tricks with all of you– right from the comfort of your own home! Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 covered everything from beginning calligraphy and developing your own style to envelope layouts and brush lettering. Now the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 is just around the corner, and enrollment is open starting today!

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / Wildfield Paper Co

Image by Wildfield Paper Co.

Enrollment for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 will be open for five days only, from February 9 – 13. Once MCS 2.0 kicks off next week, you’ll get two and a half weeks of online (and fun!) calligraphy classes with over 7 hours of video lessons from some super talented instructors, including Katherine Ross of Script Merchant, Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete, Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir, Karla Lim of Written Word Calligraphy, Sharisse DeLeon of Pieces Calligraphy, Younghae Chung of Logos Calligraphy, and Molly Knabel of Poppy and Mint Design. Topics include digitizing watercolor illustrations, invitation design, brush calligraphy, classic copperplate, writing on non-paper surfaces, and more! The Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 also includes handy templates and handouts, a private Facebook community to support you as you learn, and LIFETIME ACCESS to all the amazing content.

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 / A Fabulous Fete

Image by A Fabulous Fete

Enrollment for Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 is now open! Don’t miss this chance to join in the fun – click here for more!

p.s. If you missed Modern Calligraphy Summit 1.0 last year – don’t worry, you can still sign up for lifetime access to all the original video instruction, worksheets, and templates right here!

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations

Black paper and gold foil were just MEANT for gorgeous 1920s-inspired designs! Alison of One + Only Paper created these black and gold foil Art Deco birthday party invitations for a surprise (!!!) 50th birthday party. Alison channeled Baz Luhrmann’s edition of The Great Gatsby with Art Deco-inspired monograms, wax seals, and festive watercolor illustrations. So fun!

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

From Alison: I was so excited to be contacted for the most fabulous surprise birthday party, taking place over the course of a weekend at a mansion in North Carolina. The theme was the Great Gatsby, the Baz Luhrmann edition, and no corner was to be cut in creating a weekend of surprise and delight. Guests were to be transported back in time with this fun weekend, and we knew that the invitation would have to be the first indication that this was going to be the party of the century.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

The standout piece of the suite was the invitation, we went with a thick black card stock, and gold foil printing, to ensure that guests knew that this was going to be a party unlike any other. For the design, I wanted it to feel like a jazz era invitation, without going too cliche, so I created a feminine and Art Deco inspired line drawing, and kept the typography simpler, in order to not feel too cartoonish.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

The secondary pieces were flat printed on cream paper, and we kept everything small, reminiscent of smaller ‘calling cards’ that people who lived in the 1920s may have used. I created watercolor illustrations to help guests know what the dress code may be, and used pieces from the invitation drawing to carry the intricate design throughout the suite.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

We finished the suite by wrapping it in a smooth vellum belly band, and sealing it with an oversize wax seal. It added the perfect touch of red, and was another old school accent.

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Overall, this suite was fun and gave a vintage feel, while keeping one foot in the 21st century. I loved creating an over the top invitation for such a fun surprise party; it was different from my usual wedding fare, and gave me a chance to flex some creative muscles!

Black and Gold Foil Art Deco Birthday Party Invitations by One and Only Paper

Thanks Alison!

Design: One and Only Paper

Planning: Kelley Ann Ward

Calligraphy: Quietude Co.

One and Only Paper is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their work right here!

Photo Credits: Mikkel Paige