Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations

It’s both incredibly exciting AND super high pressure for a stationery designer to create their own wedding invitation! Inspired by her love of geometric shapes and hand lettering, Eliza of Anchors & Ampersands designed these modern gold and black geometric wedding invitations for her own wedding day. I absolutely adore the transparent vellum envelopes with gold calligraphy over black paint. Even the wax seal on the interior envelope features a geometric design!

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

From Eliza: I have waited for this day ever since I became a designer: designing my own wedding invitations. Our invitations and wedding décor were inspired by my love for hand lettering and geometric shapes. We incorporated a geometric theme throughout the wedding, starting with the invitations.

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Our escort cards were acrylic hexagons and our ceremony backdrop was homemade from hexagon shelves. We also had some fun with accordion programs, and a die-cut menu. I was able to create an angular monogram using our first initials E + C to use on multiple printed pieces and our wax seal. My favorite quote from a guest was that they had “never seen a wedding so well executed and branded throughout the entire event.”

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

I had an amazing experience designing the invitations.The insert cards were printed on 110# paper, while the jacket was printed on 120# dual-side paper and the main invitation was printed on 130# paper. Each piece had custom hand lettering mixed with modern type. With a black, white, and gold color palette, I knew these had to be printed with some gold foil! I added die-cut shapes to some of the insert cards to create more geometric elements. The pattern on the interior envelope was inspired by all the angles created from geometric shapes. It was printed on a dual-side black and white paper.

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Looking for a special and unique way to hold all the insert cards together, I came across gold elastic hair bands which I repurposed for this occasion. After filling each jacket with the invitation and insert cards, we sealed it shut with a gold wax seal. We finished the suites off in a vellum envelope with calligraphy and some vintage stamps representing our relationship (New York, and our love for soccer and baseball).

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Modern Gold and Black Geometric Wedding Invitations by Anchors & Ampersands

Thanks Eliza!

Design: Anchors & Ampersands

Printing: Publicide

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Photo Credits: Eliza Hack

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Hello! This month I’ve personally felt a mound of emotional heaviness, so I was looking for this illustration installment to add some lightness. For me, flowers — and really anything botanical — are always a natural way of lifting my spirits. And I’m a huge fan of wildflowers — Maine wildflowers were, in fact, the makeup of my wedding bouquet. So when I stumbled on the work of illustrator/artist Katie Daisy through a search for botanical illustrations, I knew this was where I wanted to stay for a while. Her illustrated field guide book, How to Be a Wildflower, is now high on my wish list, and her work is something I’d also like to share with my 5-year-old daughter — another big fan of wildflowers. Let’s forage through the lovely botanical illustrations by Katie Daisy and her colorful uplifting quotes to capture some positive sunshine. Jen

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Here’s a peek into her New York Times bestselling book, How to Be a Wildflower, which includes activities to do that get you out amongst the trees and flowers:

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Katie Daisy must undoubtedly be inspired by her location, as she lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon — a place chock full of trails to hike and wildflowers to pick (or so I’ve seen in photos on my Instagram! Oregon is on my travel wishlist.)

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

I love the way Katie combines typography with illustration. It’s easy for quotes to go the “cheesy” route or feel overplayed, but her illustrations with words simply feel happy and modern. I could see hanging one of these prints in a kitchen or bathroom just as easily as art in my kiddos’ bedroom.

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

The World of Illustration: Watercolor Illustration by Katie Daisy

What also struck me as I checked out Katie’s website and Etsy shop is the extensive body of work she’s created! This is a tiny glimpse of her illustrated art prints and there’s even a whole collection of gifts — from illustrated tote bags to pencil pouches. What would be on the top of your list? I can say at the moment, this art print with the trees and that meaningful proverb is what I’d like to hang up in my entry as a gentle reminder.

The World of Illustration: Botanical Illustrations by Katie Daisy

Thanks for following along this installment of the World of Illustration. Be back here again soon!

Photo Credits: Katie Daisy

DC Guide: Fall Foliage Destinations

This month I’m partnering with Capital One’s new Auto Navigator® site to share some of my favorite spots in the DC area. Earlier this month I shared three of my favorite independent boutiques, and today I’m excited to share three of my favorite destinations for gorgeous fall foliage! I tend to plan our family adventures based on the season, finding the best places to see cherry blossoms, peonies, and lilacs in the spring and going to a nearby farm to pick in-season fruits and berries in the summer. We’re currently experiencing peak fall foliage in DC, so it’s the perfect time to head outside and enjoy this beautiful season while it lasts!

DC Guide: Fall Foliage Destinations

There are so many wonderful attractions, historic sites, gardens, and museums in the DC area – and while we can get to most of the museums via public transportation, some of our favorite destinations are best reached by car. Our car is a pretty important part of our family weekend adventures! When my husband and I bought our first (used) car a few years ago, we had a 6 month-old baby and a brand new mortgage payment, and we were feeling really overwhelmed by life in general. We were also focusing more on our short-term financial situation and didn’t really think about the longer term added cost of maintaining an already 10-year old car used for both daily commuting and longer trips to visit family out of state. If I could go back and give my first-time car buying self a piece of advice, I’d tell myself to think more about our long term needs and the emotional security of having a reliable car that you can trust to carry your family wherever it needs to go. I know I feel so, so, so much better putting my money into a payment for a new car with a maintenance package and warranty than I ever felt fixing up our old car!

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We’ve been taking advantage of the mild Fall weather to get out and enjoy some of our favorite outdoor destinations. All three should be on your must-visit list!

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks

Situated on several acres at the highest point of DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks is probably my favorite outdoor destination in all of Washington, DC. Designed over the course of 30 years by landscape architects Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand, the gardens feature multiple garden terraces with everything from roses and peonies to chrysanthemums and Japanese anemones, an indoor orangerie, beautifully landscaped flower beds, winding walkways along gently rolling hills, ponds and fountains, and so much more. My girls love exploring the meandering paths, while of course I love taking in all the gorgeous flowers and foliage. And since Dumbarton Oaks is located at one of the highest points in DC, there are also some pretty spectacular views of the foliage in neighboring Rock Creek Park.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

The National Arboretum

One of the things that I love most about living in DC is that so many of our public attractions offer free admission – including the National Arboretum! And it’s only 10 minutes from my house! With more than 15 garden collections and displays on 446 acres in Northeast DC, the National Arboretum is the perfect place to run around and explore any time of year. I love visiting the Asian Collection, Dogwood Collection, Conifer Collection, and Herb Garden in the fall, but you really can’t go wrong in any section of the park. You can also see the original columns from the U.S. Capitol Building, which were transferred to the Arboretum when the Capitol underwent an expansion in 1958.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

Whenever we feel the need to escape DC for an hour or two, we jump in the car and head to Mount Vernon. George Washington’s estate is located only 30 minutes outside of DC, but feels like an entirely different planet. You can tour the Mansion, stroll around the Estate gardens, walk down to the wharf on the edge of the Potomac River, visit the Pioneer Farm – or even visit the distillery and gristmill! We love to just sit on the lawn behind the mansion and gaze out at the Potomac River (OMG that VIEW), or visit some of the many farm animals on the grounds, including sheep, pigs, and oxen. It’s pretty much the perfect afternoon excursion.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

All photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette

Fall weddings are my favorite. From earthy textures and moody fall hues, there are so many natural elements to draw inspiration from. And when it comes to color combinations, the options are endless: jewel tones, rusty neutrals and metallics, deep berry tones and shades of red, dark greens, deep indigo blue, and so much more. I hope you get some ideas from these fall color palettes! –Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

White calligraphy pops against a red leaf. | Photography: KariMe Photographer, Planning & Design: Chelsea Porter, Stationery: Sandpiper & Co. via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A neutral ribbon ties this bouquet together perfectly. | Styling & Design: Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold calligraphy on textured black cards look oh so elegant. | Photography: Whiskers and Willow Photography, Planning & Design: Layered Vintage, Calligraphy: Type and Title via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Guests won’t miss this berry dip-dyed menu. | Photography: Studio Castillero, Event Design & Planning: Bride + Lace & Likes via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold and deep purple place cards add a rich element. | Photography: Jose Villa Photography, Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Indigo type on white paper stands out against the neutral table. | Photography: Lolo & Noa Photography, Event Design: Simply Sisters via Junebug Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Black leather menus with white calligraphy add subtle texture to the table. | Photography: Yasmin Sarai, Leather Signage & Leather Names: Tia Joy Kim via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Leaf place cards in shades of red and burgundy. | Photography: KariMe Photographer, Planning & Design: Chelsea Porter, Stationery: Sandpiper & Co. via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Peach ribbon tied around burlap bags bring natural color. | Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography, Event Design: Westcott Weddings via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Fall Color Palette / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love the addition of emerald green. | Photography: Marina Mauletkali Photography, Event Styling & Florals: Petals by the Shore, Calligraphy: LoweLove Calligraphy via Junebug Weddings

Anyone out there planning a fall wedding? What colors are you bringing into your celebration??

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

For this installment of Behind the Stationery, I’m thrilled to bring you a former fellow Brooklynite, Katie Gastley of Idlewild Co. on the blog sharing about her first wholesale order, what prompted a transition to a Florida office, and how she hand paints every design (!) that Idlewild produces. Cheers and take it away, Katie! –Megan

katie_painting

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved making things. Anything. Be it paintings, jewelry, ceramics, recipes, I’m in my prime when I’m creating. I moved from Pennsylvania to Brooklyn in 2002 to attend Pratt Institute, an Art and Architecture school focused on building a core fine art foundation; quite literally the perfect school for me! While refining all of my technical design skills that I use today to manufacture Idlewild Co.’s various products, I was also able to keep painting; something I found as more of a necessity to how I function rather than a hobby.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

Upon graduation, I worked in various print and web design fields and built a small Etsy business on the side selling prints of my original paintings. I exhibited in my free time, selling my art prints in cafes and at various NYC craft festivals. One of my friends from college invited me to see her booth at the National Stationery Show; when I walked into the Javits Center and saw rows and rows of mega-creative-talent, and they were predominantly women-owned business… I was hyped! I knew I had found something special, and all of a sudden the direction of my side-business became a very focused goal. I was going to form a small collection of greeting cards, and apply for next year’s show.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

At the time, I was working as a designer at Martha Stewart, another business run by smart and creative women (there’s a theme here…) and my nights were spent painting, printing, and packaging a small range of greeting cards and hand-bound notebooks to debut at the show. I knew a bit about selling through my experience at the local shows in New York, but figuring out my pricing and policies took quite a lot of work at the beginning.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

I started the first batch of production with the only savings I had, and away I went to my first National Stationery Show booth built with the help of family and friends. My literal first sale was almost a disaster as I unknowingly applied NY State sales tax to a wholesale order. (Disclaimer: That is NOT how it works, but I was so thoroughly traumatized by the process of applying for a State Tax ID and wrapping my brain around its rules and guidelines, I was more than willing to hand over more than my fair share of taxes. Well, times have changed on that matter, my friend!) My buyer looked at me like I was an idiot and shared words that will probably forever echo in my mind: “Um, wholesale orders DO NOT pay tax.” Yeah, ok. Very shaky, but I had made my first sale, and it was quite a large one. Thankfully she looked past my rookie mistake – and they are still a current reseller of ours!

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

Running my business during the weekends out of my Brooklyn apartment became more and more difficult to manage during my already 50-hour long work week. I knew a change was in sight. It wasn’t possible to manage quitting my full-time job and running a hardly-profitable small business in the most expensive/greatest city in America, so my fiancé and I moved to the next-best place: the beach. He grew up in a small town on the Atlantic coast in Florida, and I was able to focus entirely on building my business.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

Progress was slow but steady and I was eventually able to afford a separate studio, then part time employees, and finally a full-time manager to oversee our wholesale partnerships, and studio manager to oversee our order fulfillment and inventory. With each step of growth I was able to allocate a little bit of the day-to-day “business” responsibilities to my employees, and devote more of my own time to creating new designs and prototyping new product categories.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

All of the designs at Idlewild Co. are created using my hand-painted artwork. Beginning with a sketch idea, I paint the final artwork and hand-lettering before scanning everything into the computer where any necessary tweaks are made, from color correcting to layout revising. After dropping the final artwork into specified mechanical files, they’re passed onto our local print partners for production. Most of our products contain a lot of color, so we use offset printing methods for the majority of our line. This gives us unlimited color options on press, which is important when replicating paintings.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

We don’t have the bandwidth or physical space to print our products in-house, so it’s absolutely necessary (and invaluable) for us to have a local printer we can work hand-in-hand with on our particular method of production. After the items have been printed and trimmed to their respective specifications, the final pieces are returned to our studio for packaging and finishing – and eventually fulfillment via our retail website or wholesale distributions.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

Currently, we’ve been expanding our line to include gift and accessory items; still based on our hand painted art. We’ve recently debuted our pen collections and enamel keychains, and are enjoying the challenge of working out the tricky details of manufacturing once you move to a 3-dimensional model. We’re currently in the process of planning a suite of notebooks that will debut at NYNOW in January.

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

It has now been 3 years since I moved from Brooklyn, and I’m thrilled at the company Idlewild has become. A never-ending creative outlet for my maker-focused mind, haven, and collaborative hub for local artists, and perhaps what I’m most proud of: a woman-owned and women-operated small business. The team of “Idle-Ladies” I have the pleasure of working with keep our engines running smoothly, wholesale orders processed efficiently, products packaged beautifully, and orders shipped timely. We’ll keep making cards for as long as people enjoy sending them!

Behind the Stationery: Idlewild Co.

All photos by Idlewild Co.