Urbanic Faves| Boardwalk Bike Ride

 

Let’s milk every last drop of summer, shall we?!
Hello friends! It’s been a while since I posted on Nole’s blog and it’s great to be back. I’m bringing you some inspiration from one of my favorite recreational and nostalgic summer activities …. boardwalk bike rides!  Growing up on the East Coast I took many a’ rides down the Ocean City New Jersey Boardwalk.  Now, years later I somehow ended up in Venice, CA where the boardwalk is quite different but the thrill of the ride remains the same.  Today I rounded up some favorite things from around Urbanic that capture the essence of that boardwalk bike ride feeling.  (insert a teensy bit of ocean wind)

xo, Audrey

 

Urbancic Faves: Boardwalk Bike Ride Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Garance Doré

2. Salty Road

3. Lark Press

4. Flakes Paperie

5. Alee and Press

6. Bike Bells

7. Quill and Fox

8. Printable Quirks

9 Studio Oh

10. Wayne Pate

11. Thimble Press

12. Aquiesse

Quick Pick: Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards

These gorgeous copper foil cards from Katharine Watson were one of my favorite releases at this year’s National Stationery Show – and I’m so excited that the cards are now available in her Etsy shop! The cards feature Katharine’s signature block printed designs, with each floral design based on a based on a hand-carved linoleum print but printed in beautiful, glowing copper foil on kraft paper. So good!

Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Katharine Watson Copper Foil Cards / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These beautiful copper foil cards are available in Katharine’s shop right here!

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress

I had the pleasure of meeting Cara of Underwood Letterpress in person at The National Stationery Show this year. Though it was her first show, she is no printmaking or business rookie – she is (very quickly) taking over the California coast! Here’s the scoop on her business prowess, days at work, and design process. –Megan

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I learned to letterpress print about 10 years ago in a printmaking class during college, but then I took a detour from the world of design for a bit, got my masters in public policy and built a career in philanthropy working with some of the most talented and generous people that I know. I gained skills in management, planning and collaboration that have influenced the way I run my business today. I thrived in my career, but couldn’t be happier about the switch. I love working with my hands again, designing beautiful things and being my own boss. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m excited to have embraced this non-linear career path and am excited about where it may take me!

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I officially launched Underwood Letterpress in 2012. When we launched, our custom work took off really quickly and we were fortunate to get some great exposure through various prominent design blogs including Apartment Therapy, One King’s Lane and Design Love Fest. We spent two years building our custom work and with a leap of faith we decided to launch our own greeting card line this year at the National Stationery Show. We were a finalist for Best New Product and had a really great response to our card’s simple, modern designs and playful color palette.

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper underwood-38

Underwood Letterpress is located in the arts district in downtown Los Angeles in a shared workspace called The Unique Space. The building is a collective of designers, entrepreneurs, writers and bloggers, and also has a co-working space that brings different creative people to the building every day. While we are all hard at work running our own small business, we often find time to collaborate on projects or just bounce ideas off of one another. It’s a creative utopia!

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Our studio consists of our 12×18 Chandler and Price printing press from 1915 (yes, there’s a 100 year birthday in the house!!), our guillotine paper cutter, workspace, and as much shelving as we could fit to house our paper, inks, and other wares. We are lucky to have access to storage in the building’s basement which has allowed us to house a ton of inventory and grow our product line without crowding us out of the studio.
Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Our incredibly talented studio associate Mallory is running the show in L.A., while I work on expanding our business in the Bay Area. With a “minor” turn of events, my husband was recruited to northern California for a new job early this year, so I figured I would take on the challenge of bringing the business to another part of California that I love. I have set up a home studio and am fortunate to be printing at the San Francisco Center for the Book until I set up a permanent studio there. I travel to L.A. every other month for various projects and to meet with clients.Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Running a business in two locations means there is no “typical” day in the office. Each day is a unique combination of client consultations, emails, and designing. I am on the press about twice per week and spend the rest of the time building the business. I’ve found that I actually love working on the business side of things — finances, marketing, planning — all of it. This is an area I want to grow in and can’t wait to attend Business Boot Camp organized by the paper industry’s amazing professional network TSBC.

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Our greeting card line incorporates bold color, pattern, geometry and juxtaposition. I take a lot of cues from fashion, home and lifestyle trends and love Scandinavian design. When designing a new card, I focus on color and design first. The sentiment or occasion comes next and usually organically pops right out at me.
Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

All of the cards are hand drawn which means that I start the process with a trusty Sharpie pen. I like to lay out a large piece of paper on my workspace and cover it with doodles, to do lists and reminders. That way, I have access to a canvas all day long and can sketch my ideas as they come to me. From there, I convert the images to digital artwork, refine the designs in Illustrator and then determine the color palette.

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful PaperUnderwoodLetterpressStudioTour058-9UnderwoodLetterpressStudioTour069-11UnderwoodLetterpressStudioTour066-10

We specialize in letterpress printing, but offer foil printing, edge painting and embossing. We dip dye in house using a special technique that allows us to get really rich and textured color. We also work with handmade papers to create custom envelope liners and other special finishes. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they like to frame our cards and I love that! We work hard to make sure everything we touch turns in to a piece of art which I think makes our card line unique.

Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We also have a love affair with vintage postage and offer curated postage sets through our Etsy shop. We believe that the outside of our mail should be just as pretty as the inside. The U.S. Postal Service has been issuing beautiful stamps for the last 150+ years, so why not send them out in to the world so they can be enjoyed! We just started selling our curated postage through card shops all over the country this year, so definitely be on the lookout!Behind the Stationery: Underwood Letterpress / Oh So Beautiful Paper

All photos by Jen Emerling.

Interested in being featured on the Behind the Stationery column? Please contact Megan at megan@ohsobeautifulpaper.com.

Quick Pick: Sharp Tooth Studio

I’m in LOVE with these colorful fabric banners from Sharp Tooth Studio! Of course I love the “sisters” and “unicorn” banners for my girls’ room, but I wouldn’t mind having one of the larger banners for my office! So good.

Quick Pick: Sharp Tooth Studio Colorful Fabric Banners / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Sharp Tooth Studio Colorful Fabric Banners / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Sharp Tooth Studio Colorful Fabric Banners / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Sharp Tooth Studio Colorful Fabric Banners / Oh So Beautiful Paper

More over at Sharp Tooth Studio!

Natalia + Chris’s Wedding Announcement Postcards

These miiiiiight just be the prettiest wedding announcements I’ve ever seen. After their super intimate wedding, Natalia of Papel & Co. and her husband Chris decided to share the happy news with far away family and loved ones. Natalia combined a beautiful wedding photo with gold foil calligraphy to create these casual and celebratory wedding announcement postcards!

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From NataliaMy husband and I decided to have a really small wedding. We had 13 total guests and we got married on Valentine’s Day. Because a lot of the people we love were not at the wedding, we decided to make a little something for them – wedding announcement postcards.

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These postcards were digitally printed and foil pressed by Wynwood Letterpress in Miami. The beautiful picture was taken by Dillon Photography. I designed the card and addressed the envelopes. Most of my family lives in Colombia and my husband’s family lives here in the U.S., so we decided to have one version in Spanish and one in English.

Wedding Announcement Postcards by Papel & Co / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Natalia!

Design and Calligraphy: Papel & Co.

Printing: Wynwood Letterpress

Wedding Photo: Dillon Photo

Photo Credits: Papel & Co.