Chris + Sally’s Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards

Sally from La Happy sent over her personal holiday cards – and I just couldn’t resist sharing them! In addition to the adorable photo, I’m loving the bright and cheerful color palette, quirky calligraphy, and the ikat envelope liners (wrapping paper from Mr. Boddington’s Studio!) are just the perfect finishing touch!

Red Ikat Letterpress Custom Holiday Photo Card La Happy4 550x366 Chris + Sallys Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards

From Sally: These are the Christmas cards that my husband and I sent out to friends and family this year. The cards were letterpress printed on heavyweight cotton Savoy 236lb brilliant white paper in cherry red ink. I mounted a photo of my husband and myself from a tree farm photo shoot onto the front of the cards. The envelopes are soft cotton brilliant white, addressed with cherry red calligraphy and lined with red ikat wrapping paper.

Red Ikat Letterpress Custom Holiday Photo Card La Happy2 550x366 Chris + Sallys Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards

Red Ikat Letterpress Custom Holiday Photo Card La Happy5 300x450 Chris + Sallys Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards Red Ikat Letterpress Custom Holiday Photo Card La Happy6 300x450 Chris + Sallys Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards

Red Ikat Letterpress Custom Holiday Photo Card La Happy 550x366 Chris + Sallys Ikat Letterpress Holiday Cards

Thanks Sally!

Design + Calligraphy: La Happy

Letterpress Printing: Ilfant Press

Portrait Photo: Kate Price Photography

Envelope Liners: Mr. Boddington’s Studio Ikat Wrapping Paper

Photo Credits: La Happy

Camden’s Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

I’m a big fan of Year in Review cards – particularly for families that have undergone major changes that year, from big moves to welcoming a new family member. Camden from Studio Ephemera recently relocated her family to the Bay Area in California, so she combined her annual holiday card with a moving announcement and big update on her family’s recent changes. For the design, Camden chose a mix of fun typefaces with a few graphic icons scattered throughout to help anchor the text.

Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma2 550x409 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

From Camden: Our family has had a really busy year. We went through a long period of transition from the East Coast to the West Coast, as well as to new careers, so there was a lot to catch people up on. I decided to make our card two sided: the front a recap of the past year and hints for what awaits us next year, and the back an apology for falling out of touch and a summary of our new address and contact information.

Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma 550x530 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

I used lyrics from the Bob Dylan song “The Times They Are A ‘Changin'” to tie both sides together thematically. Because there was so much information to convey, I decided to keep the card typographic in nature, using graphic icons and symbols to create visual interest and break up/balance the text.

Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma4 550x365 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

For the type, I wanted something lighthearted but easy to read with a bit of a retro feel, so I used a combination of typefaces that I felt complemented one another (albeit in a quirky/non traditional way): KG Two is Better than One and KG All Things New, by Kimberly Geswein, Carton by Nick McCosker, and VAG Rounded by Gerry Barney.

Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma6 300x451 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma5 300x451 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

For the color, I chose a deep teal on white to keep things streamlined, clean and fresh – a good way to recap the old and welcome the new! Matching envelopes kept everything tied together. Because I really wanted the cards to convey a handmade, quality feel, I letterpress printed them onto Rives BFK using a Vandercook (special thanks to Peter of Peter Koch Printers for letting me use his press!)

Teal Graphic Moving Announcement Holiday Cards Studio Epherma3 550x382 Camdens Typographic Year In Review Holiday Cards

Thanks Camden!

Photo Credits: Studio Ephemera

DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

As prepared as I think I am for Christmas each year, it always manages to sneak up on me and now we are in the final stretch! If you’ve finished purchasing your gifts, you’re already ahead of me and it’s certainly time to get to wrapping them. Gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season and I always try to get my DIY on with creative toppers, tags and wrapping solutions. Whether you’re a simple, kraft paper type or a glitzy glam gifter, here are a few crafty ways to package those presents that you can whip up at the very last minute. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! — Kelly

Dark Christmas Tags Funkytime 550x302 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Free Printable Gift Tags via Funkytime

DIY Wreath Gift Wrap Odessa May Society 300x451 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas Duct Tape Gift Wrap The Sweetest Occasion 300x451 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Mini Wreath Gift Wrap via Odessa May Society (left), DIY Duct Tape Gift Wrap via The Sweetest Occasion (right)

Stitched Gift Tags Shim Tokk 550x400 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Stitched Gift Tags via Shim Tokk

Yellow Owl Workshop Stamp Wrapping Paper 300x375 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas Martha Stewart Dip Dye Wrapping Paper 300x375 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Rubber stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop make wonderful DIY gift wrap (left); Dip dye gift wrap via Martha Stewart (right)

DIY Kraft Gift Wrap Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Kraft Gift Wrap via Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding

Nashville Wraps Chalkboard DIY Gift Wrap 550x346 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Chalkboard gift wrap via Nashville Wraps

Donut Gift Topper Icing Designs 300x450 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas DIY Surprise Stocking Stuffers Sugar and Cloth 300x450 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Donut Gift Tag via Icing Designs (left), DIY Mystery Stocking Stuffers via Sugar & Cloth (right)

DIY Wooden Treat Boxes You Are My Fave 550x366 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Painted Treat Boxes via You Are My Fave

Glitter Pom Pom Gift Toppers Sugar and Cloth 300x349 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas DIY Metallic Cupcake Wrapper Toppers Hey Look 300x360 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Pom Pom Gift Toppers via Sugar & Cloth (left), DIY Cupcake Wrapper Toppers via Hey Look (right)

 DIY Confetti Surprise Secret Santa Jars Studio DIY 550x366 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Confetti Surprise Gift Jars via Studio DIY

Sequin Tassle Gift Wrap Mae Mae Paperie T H Photography 550x366 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Glitzy Gift Wrap via Grey Likes Weddings, Photo by T&H Photography

DIY Tinsel Gift Wrap Whimseybox 550x366 DIY Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Tinsel Gift Wrap via Whimseybox

Happy wrapping everyone!

{images via their respective sources}

Seasonal Stationery: 2012 Holiday Cards, Part 6

With only two weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve got time for just one more peek into the 2012 holiday card round up! If you haven’t already, now is the time to finalize your address lists, place your orders, and start addressing and stamping. Happy mailing!

2012 Holiday Cards Part10 Seasonal Stationery: 2012 Holiday Cards, Part 6

1. Satsuma Press; 2. Scout’s Honor Co.; 3. Hartland Brooklyn; 4. Yours Is The Earth; 5. Shanna Murray; 6. Farewell Paperie

2012 Holiday Cards Part11 Seasonal Stationery: 2012 Holiday Cards, Part 6

7. Prickle Press; 8. Inclosed Studio; 9. Julie Song Ink; 10. Thimble Press; 11. Sarah + Bendrix; 12. Banquet Atelier and Workshop

Check out the full holiday card round up right here!

{images via their respective sources}

Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Wrapping Paper + Gift Tags

I loooove pretty gift wrap. I delight in picking out the perfect wrapping paper and embellishments as much as I enjoy finding the gift itself, and I’ve been known to hoard a roll of gift wrap or two once I find something I really love. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite wrapping paper, gift tags, and ribbons, and today I thought I’d share a few highlights!

2012 Holiday Gift Wrap Part1 Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Wrapping Paper + Gift Tags

1. Sugar Paper; 2. Smudge Ink; 3. Sugar Paper; 4. Studio Carta; 5. Smock; 6. Daily Sip Studios

2012 Holiday Gift Wrap Part2 Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Wrapping Paper + Gift Tags

7. Chewing the Cud; 8 + 9. Rifle Paper Co.; 10. Mr. Boddington’s Studio; 11. Darling Clementine; 12. Spoon & Sailor

2012 Holiday Gift Wrap Part3 Seasonal Stationery: Holiday Wrapping Paper + Gift Tags

13. Foglio Press; 14. Rifle Paper Co.; 15. Anthropologie; 16. Kate & Birdie; 17. Kate’s Paperie; 18. Herriott Grace; 19. Snow and Graham

Check out the full wrapping paper + gift tag round up right here!

{images via their respective sources}