Stationery A-Z: Just Because Cards

Did you know that April is National Letter Writing month? I’m (obviously) in favor of writing letters all year long, but I’ll take any additional excuses I can get! Today I thought I’d round up a few cards that are perfect for just saying hello and letting someone know you’re thinking about them – whether they live around the corner or on the other side of the country:


1. Moglea

2. Meeschmosh

3. Sycamore Street Press

4. Ashkahn

5. Garance Doré for Rifle Paper Co.

6. Hello!Lucky (you can also find Hello!Lucky’s write_on letter writing kit – with 16 cards and envelopes! – at Paper Source here!)

7. Idlewild Co.

8. Ferme à Papier

9. Near Modern Disaster

10. Odd Daughter Co.

11. Ladyfingers Letterpress

12. Lilikoi Design + Letterpress


13. Hartland Brooklyn

14. Ink Meets Paper

15. Snow & Graham

16. Amy Heitman

17. 9th Letter Press

18. Yellow Owl Workshop

19. Fancy Seeing You Here

20. Hooray Today!

21. Wit + Whistle

22. Red Cap Cards


Urbanic Faves | California Dreaming

Good day sunshines!  When I was debating what to put up for my monthly guest post here on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I decided to pick something very close to home (okay well technically my present home) – Los Angeles!  As some of you might already know, I’m originally from the East Coast.  Believe me when I tell you that it definitely took a while to adapt to the lifestyle here on the West.  I’m proud to say that these days my affection for both sides of the country is equal and my heart has become bi-coastal. There really is so much to love here in L.A.  The colors, the optimism, the sunsets, and we cannot forget about the tacos!

Here’s a little collection of some things from around Urbanic and beyond that celebrate this golden city.

xo – Audrey


Urbanic Faves: California Dreaming via OSBP1.  Maptote

2. The Social Type

3. Sisters of Los Angeles

4. Sophie and Lili

5. The Social Type

6. Ashkahn

7. Cardtorial

8. Dear Hancock

9. Sophie and Lili

10. Pences

11. Cha Cha Covers

12. Fugu Fugu Press

13. Rifle Paper Co.

14. Parrot Design Studio

Hello Brick & Mortar: Real Customers, Merry & Bright

Ed Note: I can’t imagine a better way to sign off for the holidays than with this beautiful post from Emily – with real cards carefully picked out by very real people. I’ll be back next week with my annual “best of” round up and a couple of New Year’s posts, and with brand new content on January 5! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday! xoxo – Nole

It’s Christmas Eve! I love this day almost more than Christmas itself, all of the anticipation of tomorrow just bursts today. But I’ll be honest, this shop owner is also very, very ready to settle down for a long winter’s nap. I’ve had a wonderfully full and exciting year, due in large part to many of you who egg me on and share the best conversations and questions. This will my fifth holiday owning Clementine. I know that holiday magic waits behind so many tiny moments: sneaky emails, hiding presents, surreptitious returns to purchase that little gift a loved one adored.  I’m totally exhausted, but equally hooked on the bits of magic that flutter through this season, I hope wherever you are, a bit flutters to you. ~ Emily of Clementine.

OSBP-Hello-Brick-and-Mortar-Clementine-by-Emily-McDowell-IllustrationIllustration by Emily McDowell for Oh So Beautiful Paper

In the past, I have asked customers to hold their card up as they purchase it and tell me where the cards are headed. This year, we are all so rushed, I asked instead for a simple image of the card and story about it’s recipient.

From Nan: I used the box set of cards to send a little bit of Middlebury love to some of my best friends who go to other colleges who I haven’t seen in a while. It’s the perfect personalized note to let them know I’m thinking of them this Christmas season. 


{Merry Christmas With Love from Middlebury ~ Custom Designed cards by Parrot Design Studio}

From Susan: I’m sending this to my Manhattan friend. We have sort of a tongue in cheek “city mouse/country mouse” joke so I love sending her cards that remind me of her hustle and bustle neighborhood. She, in return, sends me cards of farm animals and generally bucolic images…


{Swiss Cottage Designs Christmas on Main Street}

From Chenoa: This card is going to one of our favorite people who cares for our daughter every day. We truly couldn’t live without her. 


{Rifle Paper Co. Snow Globe}

From John: I’m putting together a collection of cards from your store for my wife. She’ll love them all, these are especially beautiful. 


{Peace Wreath and Succulent Wreath by Hartland Brooklyn.}

From Sas: I sent this postcard to my dear friend in Brooklyn; she’s the only person I know who gets into the holidays the way I do! I love that the scene on the card feels like a snapshot of rural Vermont!


{Rifle Paper Co. Holiday Scene Post Card}

From Emily (that’s me!): I chose these diagramed snowmen for my son’s preschool teachers and friends because I love that they take the jolly holiday spirit of a snowman and break them down into their fun little bits. They remind me of all of the toddler activities his teachers so thoughtfully design – taking each craft piecemeal and creating something wonderful. OSBPEmilyGCT

{Girls Can Tell Snowman}

From Meg: My husband and I don’t give each other gifts for the holidays. Instead, on Christmas Day we leave notes for each other and treat ourselves to a delicious homemade chili.


{Pearl & Marmalade’s I want to hibernate with you!}

Sarah purchased a little stack of cards for her employees, a mix of holiday and thank you cards. Like many of you, Sarah is running a small business and knows that the greatest holiday sentiment at this exhausted holiday moment is thanks! From Sarah: This card, among the others, is for the amazing hard work my employees did this year. We would have never gotten here without every one of them. 


{Seriously Thank You Times a Million from Emily McDowell}

I’ll take a tiny breather here to say that this final story is a bit more tender. In other words, it makes me cry every time I read it. But in a good way, and I hope it hits you in a good way too. Stephanie and I have followed each others lives, without ever meeting, after becoming far-away friends on instagram almost three years ago. I tucked a card in to her order last year with no idea how it would follow their life story. This year has been momentous for Stephanie, I am lucky to be the tiniest snowflake in her story and to get to watch this family grow. From Stephanie: Last year I admired the Dear Santa stationary from afar. My husband and I didn’t have children, and at the time, weren’t planning to, but the idea of it was so sweet. I made an order from Emily’s shop and she slipped the Dear Santa card into my order. I squealed when I opened it. It was precious.

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{Dear Santa by Printerette photographed here with another favorite, Parrot Design’s From the Desk of Santa}

When we unexpectedly found out in January that I was pregnant I pulled the Dear Santa Letter out of the Christmas stuff. I wanted to have it for our baby girl’s first Christmas. We named her Wright. At 18 weeks she was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality that was terminal. We spent the next 6 weeks waiting to go into labor though we knew she wouldn’t be born alive.  For many reasons I never got around to putting the Dear Santa letter away. In late summer we had another unexpected event; a distant family member called, asking us to adopt her 2 year old son. We said yes.

On September 14th, C landed at JFK to the waiting arms of my husband. As we began Advent, I found the Dear Santa letter among Wright’s things, and with profound awareness of how complex and fantastic the year had been my husband, C, and I sat down to write our first letter to Santa as a family. Far more tearfully and joyfully than I expected – we mailed it from Macy’s on 34th Street – with our deep grief in our hearts and our overwhelming miracle in our arms.

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{Dear Santa, Printerette Press)

Wherever you are I hope your hearts are full and your holidays are bright. Even if you’re slogging through some of your days, I hope you catch a little bit of the magic too.  May you hug, laugh and create as much as possible. Merriest of holidays to you all and a Happy New Year! xoxo, Emily

DIY Tutorial: Vintage Map Save the Dates

As wedding season winds down, all of us here in wedding land are getting ready for engagement season! The first thing that comes to mind with an engagements is planning the save the dates. Save the dates are the first chance you get to show your guests what they get to look forward to on your big day. So whether you DIY it or find a designer to work with, make sure it represents you, your partner, and your theme! – Lauren

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I love the idea of using vintage maps for a destination wedding. It could work for couples that love to travel – or are just incorporating the idea as inspiration for their wedding decor. Here are the simple steps to creating your own map save the dates!

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper


Maps – vintage, reproduction, or current (these are from etsy)

Paint brush

Acrylic paint in your color of choice


Envelope and stamps

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1. Start by tracing and planning where you want all of your text to lay on the map. If you do it lightly with pencil you can paint over and you won’t have to do any erasing.

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 2. Go in with your paint brush and make your first pass over the pencil.

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 3. Add 2-3 more coats over the letters so that they are opaque and legible against the map lines and type.

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 4. Fold and fill all of your envelopes. I love these string & button envelopes. They are a little more interesting than your standard envelope.

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 5. Address and send off to your friends and family.

This idea would be especially great for a destination wedding as you will probably have a smaller guest count and hand painting would be much more manageable. Finding maps for the state or country you will be married in would make them even more memorable.

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Vintage Map Save the Dates by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I know we’ve received a few save the dates that were put away in a drawer after we marked the date on the calendar. These poster-style vintage map save the dates would be a fun work of art for your guests to enjoy and definitely wouldn’t be hidden!

Have you ever considered hand painting pieces like this for your wedding?

Guest Post: Erin Austen Abbott of Amelia + Cooking with Tom Otis

I’ve asked some of my favorite creative mamas to help out while I’m away with our new baby. Today, the wonderful Erin Austen Abbott from one of my most favorite shops – Amelia – is sharing a recipe from one of her favorite activities with her son Tom Otis: cooking! Thanks Erin! –Nole

When I was in the fourth grade, my mom had me start making my dinner for myself each night. I had cooked with her a little before that, but I was more or less thrown to the wolves to figure it out. She also dropped me off at the grocery store and I did my own shopping. While that was REALLY young, it taught me some valuable lessons. How to shop on a budget yet still get the most for your money, the beauty of fresh veggies, and it allowed me to not be scared to create my own recipes. –Erin



I’ve grown to love cooking… I cook breakfast each weekend for my family. I make dinner six nights a week and I’ve started cooking with my two year old. He gets out his stool and climbs up to sit where he can see. I talk to him about each step that goes into the dish. If I mince the onion, we talk about it. When I select a spice, we talk about it. I tell him about flavor of the spice and how they go with the other ingredients. We might talk about the country that the dish is from. I let him stir, pour and his favorite part, taste test. I hope that he will always want to cook with me, because everything is more fun with him around to help.

Below is a recipe, that is one of his favorites, that I created for him.


Veggie Pizza

Prep time, 10 mins

Cook time, 12-15 mins

Total 22-25 mins


One flour tortilla

Olive Oil


Garlic powder



Several Broccoli florets

One stem of Kale



Green Peppers


Spaghetti sauce



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay the tortilla on a cooking sheet.


Spread a light layer of olive oil on the tortilla.


Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper, and basil over the tortilla.

Add a spoonful of sauce onto of the spices.

In a blender or food processor, blend the raw broccoli and raw kale until finely minced.


Add a layer of the mixture over the sauce.


Sprinkle cheese to cover.


Add mushrooms, onion, green onion, chopped spinach.


Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.


*If your child is really picky about the veggies, you can blend them with the broccoli and kale and hide them under the sauce and cheese. None the wiser.