Seasonal Stationery: Easter Cards

Easter is just around the corner – in, um, like a couple of weeks – so today I thought I’d round up a few Easter cards for those of you celebrating the holiday. In addition to the favorites below, you can find lots more over in the Market List here!

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1. Thimblepress

2. Sugar Paper

3. 9th Letter Press

4. Paper Source

5. Egg Press

6. Hennel Paper Co.

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7. Lydia & Pugs

8. Noteworthy Paper & Press

9. Kiss & Punch

10. Hartford Prints

11. Hennel Paper Co.

12. Grey Moggie

p.s. More fabulous Easter cards in last year’s round up right here – and even more in the Market List here!

Behind the Stationery: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Morgan and Arley-Rose are the incredible team that is Ladyfingers Letterpress. They have such a dear history with Nole and this blog, so I am especially honored to share their story with you today. The combined effort in their designs and production make for some of the most innovative custom invitations that will, no doubt, rock your world. Read on about their creative processes and how downsizing their business was right for them!Megan

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Our dreams all came true when we got married in 2011, not only because it was the year we tied the knot, but also because it was the year that photos of our wedding invitations were discovered by Nole Garey, who you all know as the editor of this amazing blog! Our unique poster-sized, hand-lettered and neon letterpress-printed invitations were featured right here and from that moment on, we’ve been totally inundated with requests for custom one-of-a-kind invitations. Our business began as we worked personally with each couple to design a totally unique wedding invitation and we soon had people returning asking if we had any greeting cards to celebrate a new baby, birthdays, holidays, and more. So we said, “why not?”.

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In 2013, we launched our greeting card line at the National Stationery Show in New York with about 70 products which included cards, booze bags, art prints, drink tags, and a line of custom hand-lettered rubber stamps. When we returned in 2014, we edited down our line and added a bunch of cool new stuff — including a line of Deluxe cards which feature moving parts, fun pop-outs, and 3D paper magic!

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Since all our design and production is done in house, we use many tools to create our work! It all begins with a Micron pen and a sheet of paper, where Arley-Rose creates her hand-lettered and illustrated designs. She then scans her drawings and digitizes them so we can produce films from her black and white PDFs. With those films, we create our polymer plates and when those plates are dry, we mount them to a type-high printing base and lock them onto the printing beds of either our 10” x 15” Chandler and Price, Vandercook 219, or Miehle v40 letterpresses. We mix all of our own inks, cut and score every sheet of paper, and hand pack each box with the same love and care that was put into creating each piece.

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People ask us all the time, “You’re married? How do you guys work together without killing each other?”. Luckily we are very different people with different talents and we don’t try to do the other persons job. Each piece that we create – whether it is a custom wedding invitation or a new holiday card – begins with a brainstorming and planning session by the two of us so we’re both on the same page about what will be created. Finding inspiration in a good pair of headphones and a fleeting melody, Arley often finds that the rhythm of a song and the way a pen dances on paper are not too different from each other. She then gets to work with the lettering and illustration and calls Morgan in during the final stages to help tweak the design to perfection. Between piloting a hot air balloon that she built herself as a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design and thinking about the ways that uncommon materials come together to make something new and beautiful, Morgan handles the printing, production, and project management. Together, we keep a journal next to the bed so that when an idea strikes (usually right before we’re about to nod off) we can scribble it out, often finding in the morning that we are totally nuts. And what the heck is that drawing of a cat with cucumbers over its eyes supposed to mean?

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We recently relocated from Rhode Island to Colorado to be closer to family and in the process re-evaluated the size of our studio and number of jobs that we take on. Back in Rhode Island, our team consisted of seven amazing folks who we were thrilled to work with every day. Once we made it out to Colorado, we realized that for us success wasn’t measured by how big our studio was or how many people worked with us, but rather by how happy our work made us. We realized that we preferred working with each other in a smaller environment, similar to how we got started. We now take on fewer custom clients, which allows us to work with people who are excited to give us a lot of creative freedom and are also looking to redefine what it means to invite their loved ones to a special event.

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We now basically operate two branches of Ladyfingers: our custom invitation service, which we still create on a one-on-one basis with a select number of clients per year, and our greeting card line which can be found in over 200 stores worldwide and in our online store. Of our custom invitations, we’ve had a terrific response to our own wedding invitations, Sophie’s Constellation Starfinder Birth Announcements, as well as Kate and Alex’s Elegant Rustic Wedding Invites and Shelley’s Destination 40th Birthday Party Invitations. Of our greeting card line, we’ve had the best responses to our Deluxe line where the card is often the gift (our Baby Bump Surprise! for example!) as well as some other punny letterpress cards such our Dog/Cat Love Card.

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Photo by Arley-Rose Torsone

 Interested in participating in the Behind the Stationery column? Reach out to Megan at megan@ohsobeautifulpaper.com

Party Paper: Pot(Luck) of Gold

St. Patrick’s Day never gets as much attention as some of the other holidays (especially when Easter is just around the corner!), but I think it’s always worth celebrating. With a potluck (of gold), that is! Throw a little gilded gathering at work, with friends or with the kids and celebrate that pot of gold we’re all searching for at the end of the rainbow. —Kelly

Party Paper: Potluck of Gold via Oh So Beautiful Paper1. DIY Pot of Gold Printables from Sugar & Cloth

2. Gold Letter Balloons from The TomKat Studio (Full alphabet available here.)

3. Gold Party Decor from Oh Happy Day

4. Gold Cocktail Napkins from Paper Source

5. Gold Scalloped Candy Cups from Shop Sweet Lulu

6. Gold Paper Rosettes from Paper Source

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone – and happy almost-Valentine’s Day! We don’t have any special plans for this weekend; with two small children I’m usually just happy to have made it through another week! So it’s a low key weekend at home for us – and if we’re extra special lucky maybe the girls will sleep in a bit so we can catch up on some sleep? But in the meantime…

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Image by The Hive Studio via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! I hope you all have a wonderful long holiday weekend – and a wonderful Valentine’s Day – and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday! xoxo

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Invitations

I’m not a huge fan of the traditional chocolate and roses approach to Valentine’s Day (a pretty card is more than enough for me, please and thank you) – but a Valentine’s Day dinner party with friends? I can totally get behind that idea! Luckily for us, Lana from Lana’s Shop sent over some beautiful hand lettered and illustrated paper goods that she created to help inspire a Valentine’s Day soirée!

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From Lana: Valentine’s Day is typically a holiday reserved for two. But who says that it has to be? Instead of celebrating just with your special someone, why not invite invite other couples and make it a party?

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To set the whimsical and intimate tone of the celebration, I hand-lettered each invitation. The wording formed the shape of a heart and was painted directly onto luxe 130lb arches watercolor paper. I paired the invitations with a playful illustrated arrow envelope liner. Each envelope was then sealed with coordinating custom address labels.

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Each guest was given a mini ‘I Love you card’ to share with someone special. Other paper items included hand lettered and illustrated menus, straw flags and a love quote chalk board sign. We loved this one of a kind, personal soirée!

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Thanks Lana!

Paper goods and hand lettering: Lana’s Shop

Florals: Violet Floral Design

Styling: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals

Lana’s Shop is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of her beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography