Stationery A-Z: Cactus-Themed Paper Goods

Hey guys! Ashley from Fine Day Press here. Ever since relocating from Brooklyn to the warmer, dryer climate of Austin two years ago, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with all things cacti and succulent related! We’ve been slowly growing our collection of prickly potted friends around the house and in our backyard, and I’ve added a few to our stationery collection too. I’m not the only one – check out all these super cute cactus-themed paper goods:

Cactus-Themed Paper Goods Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Banquet Workshop greeting card
2. Revel & Co. wrapping paper
3. Little Low birthday card
4. Fine Day Press art print
5. Meri Meri puffy cactus stickers via LEIF
6. August & Oak note set
7. Hello!Lucky letterpress card
8. Idlewild Co. gift tags

Wedding Invitation 101: Where to Start

Happy Monday everyone! I’ll be away for a couple of weeks to catch up on some personal things, but I’m leaving you in EXCELLENT hands while I’m away! Ashley from Fine Day Press graciously agreed to fill in for me this week, and we’re kicking things off with the first installment in a series of posts about wedding invitations! It’s a wonderful primer for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the world of wedding invitations and save the dates. Welcome Ashley!! –Nole

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Hey there! Ashley Austin from Fine Day Press here. Nole has kindly invited me to guest blog this week, and I’m super-duper excited to be here sharing some fun posts with you all! Today we’re kicking off a weekly series all about wedding invitations called Wedding Invitation 101. Invitations are a big part of what I do over at Fine Day Press, in addition to greeting cards, calendars and other paper goodies. Over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks to streamline the process, and I’m sharing them with you here.

WHERE TO START

Your wedding invitations are often the first thing your guests will see; it should represent the spirit of the day and set the tone. It’s never too early in the planning process to start envisioning your dream invitations!

Will your wedding be a formal affair or is it more of a barefoot-on-the-beach event? Think about your style as a couple – does gold foil on navy stock suit your style, or will you go for a more romantic vibe with something hand-illustrated?

Maybe you’ve determined your wedding location, chosen your dress, flowers or even selected your color palette… All of these details can inspire your invitation suite.  But even if you haven’t figured those biggies out, you can still start dreaming up your perfect paper pairing.

FIRST STOP: GET INSPIRED!

Collecting inspiration is a great way to kick off the process. This could be as simple as making a folder on your computer to save images as you’re browsing wedding blogs, clipping things out of magazines, or creating a Pinterest board specifically for invitation ideas (my personal favorite!). Below is an inspiration board I’ve created for example:

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Clockwise from top center: Bouquet via Southbound Bride; Hairstyle via Refinery29;  Soulmates painted sign Julie Song Ink; Invitation by Fine Day Press; Envelope & liner by Lana’s Shop; Naked cake via Wedding Sparrow; Milk & Cream type via Pinterest

Don’t just collect examples of invitations – think about colors, textures, ribbons, flowers, anything that might inspire you – like a throw pillow that’s the perfect shade of coral or the lace detail on the back of a dress.

Start researching stationery shops (whether brick & mortar or online) to identify a few you might like to work with. Found a stationer you like? Most stationery companies allow you to order a sample, so that you can see the paper and quality in person before committing to a bigger purchase. Local shops will have samples on hand for you to touch and feel.

CUSTOM OR READY-MADE?

There are as many ready-made invitation styles out there as there are brides-to-be, and finding an existing design can be a great option. Your selected design can often be customized with your colors and typography choice, among other details.

If you love being part of the creative process, or have a very specific design idea for your suite, a custom design may be for you. Crafting a custom design typically takes longer and may involve an initial meeting, moodboard development (this is where that inspiration you’ve collected comes in handy), and multiple rounds of design development. Budget will come into play here as well, as creating a from-scratch design requires significantly more hands-on time and pricing usually reflects this.

TO SAVE OR NOT TO SAVE

Sending out a Save the Date is a great way to give everyone on your list a heads up on your plans, and set the tone for the invitation to follow. Save the Dates are a great opportunity to do a less formal version of your invitation – for example, a magnet, a balloon or even a temporary tattoo are fun ideas! If you are having a destination wedding in a far-flung locale, a Save the Date is a must, in order to give your guests sufficient time to plan their travels.

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A beautiful printed Save the Date from Designer Rolodex member Sable & Gray

Are mailed Save the Dates a must-do? Not necessarily! If you are getting out your invitations super early, you could skip it. Or perhaps your wedding is small enough that word of mouth is sufficient until the invitations are sent. Some folks may prefer to send a digital Save the Date. This can also serve to direct guests to your wedding website. Keep in mind, though, that less digitally-savvy relatives (hi, Grams!) may feel left out with this option.

We’ll cover invitation timing in greater detail in a future installment of this series!

Friday Happy Hour: Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub

August is upon us, a sleepy month in DC. Congress goes on recess, the college kids go home, most everyone is off on vacation, and everyone here is generally wilted by the heat. So we thought we’d spend the month playing around with shrubs, those sweetened, flavored vinegars that were first popular before DC was DC, back in the 1700s. They take some time to make, which is ok, because there’s lots of time in August, and they pack a punch of flavor. We’re starting with – what else, because it’s August, after all – a Tiki spin on a shrub: a Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub. Andrew

Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub

2 oz Jamaican Rum
3/4 oz Lemon-Mint Shrub
3/4 oz Guava Nectar
1/2 oz Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice

Combine everything in a shaker filled two-thirds with crushed ice. Shake briefly to incorporate the ingredients, then pour everything, ice and all, into a tumbler or Tiki mug. Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy!

Tart, with citrus and mint and a vinegary acidity up front, then a long fruity finish, showing off the sweet, earthy guava. Wonderfully layered, as Tiki should be, throwing lots of flavors at you in sequence.

Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

We’ll be talking about making our own shrubs later this month, but for this one we wanted to use a shrub from one of our favorite cocktail-ingredient companies, Element Shrub. Not only is Element Shrub local to the DC area, and not only do they make beautifully fresh and clear shrubs, but they’re also very good people. Shrubs can be great to make fresh but, if you’re in a hurry, it’s getting easier to find a wide range of quality shrubs for sale.

Lemon-Mint Tiki Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Guava nectar is a fun ingredient to use in Tiki drinks and cocktails in general. It’s made from a sweetened guava puree and we pick it up from our local Hispanic grocer. It adds a thick, rich, and distinctly tropical fruitiness to your drinks.

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Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had an excellent first week of August! This week was a bit of a whirlwind for me, so I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) relaxing weekend. We went blackberry picking last weekend, but it was SO hot and the girls ran out of steam after about 15 minutes, so I’m thinking we’ll just hang poolside this weekend (if the weather cooperates). But in the meantime…

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Image by Rachelle Sartini Garner Calligraphy via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper – we were almost entirely dedicated to recaps from the 2016 National Stationery Show!

That’s it for me this week! We’ll be back later this afternoon with this week’s cocktail recipe – we have a brand new recipe theme for this month that I’m excited to share with all of you! Have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

The 2016 National Stationery Show, Part 15

WHEW. With a total of 115 booths over 15 posts, we’ve reached the final recap post from this year’s National Stationery Show! And for our final post we’re taking a look at a few booths that incorporated color into their booths in really beautiful ways. There’s a little something for everyone in this post, including colorful screen printed stationery of Meeschmosh and Gold Teeth Brooklyn, letterpress stationery of Noteworthy Paper & Press, illustrated stationery of Golden Fox Goods and Chic + Nawdie, and some seriously gorgeous notebooks from Hadron Epoch (there may or may not be a hologram planner involved). Enjoy!

NSS 2016: Meeschmosh / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Meeschmosh / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Meeschmosh / Oh So Beautiful Paper

NSS 2016: Meeschmosh / Oh So Beautiful Paper

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