Jessie + Spencer’s Storybook-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

These adorable baby shower invitations come to us from Jessie and Jen of Shipwright & Co. – and they’re for Jessie’s own baby shower! The shower doubled as a co-ed pool party and barbeque, so Jessie and Jen wanted to avoid anything traditionally “baby” for the design. They drew inspiration from antique storybooks, incorporating whimsical illustrations and hand lettering. Beautiful!


From Jessie (and Jen): These invitations were created for a co-ed baby shower doubling as a pool party and barbecue for an expecting mom (me!) who wanted something a little different for her shower. We set out to create an invitation that would be child-like without being overly cutesy. Our inspiration came from storybooks from the 1930s and ’40s, whose beautiful and whimsical illustrations conveyed the sense of childhood that we sought.

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 We printed the moon and animals in a light gray, set against irregular bubbles of overlapping color, to play around with the lovely way in which the translucent inks interact with each other on the lush cotton paper. The details of the party sit within each bubble in hand-drawn text. We loved the way the text pops against the background color and how the pressure of the press raises it up slightly, giving the whole piece that lovely tactile quality you get from letterpress.



Lastly, we printed the envelopes in the same light green color as the invitations with more hand-drawn text and a different illustration of woodland creatures — this time a happy pair of dancing frogs. This project was hand printed on our 1911 Chandler & Price letterpress on Crane’s Lettra pearl white paper.


Thanks Jessie & Jen!

Photo Credits: Shipwright & Co.

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you all have fun plans for this beautiful fall weekend? We’re heading to upstate New York to visit my husband’s family for a few pre-Halloween festivities. It’s a long drive, but I know Sophie will be happy to see her grandparents and cousins! I’m heading out to make our final preparations for the trip, but in the meantime…


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…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Finally, I made a little announcement on Instagram last week that I thought I’d share here as well. I’m looking to add some DIY contributors to the OSBP team! If you’re interested in contributing, click here for more details on how to apply!

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Krista + Josh’s Whimsical Woodland Wedding Invitations

High school sweethearts Krista and Josh love nature, so it made total sense for Krista to draw her inspiration from the great outdoors while designing the invitations for her wedding last summer. Krista incorporated a tree, clouds, and a whimsical script font into the design, which was enclosed in a woodgrain pocket folder. Ironically, Krista and Josh had to cancel their southern New Jersey reception at the last minute due to the derecho that pummeled the East Coast last summer – you’ll definitely want to click the link below for the incredible story!


From KristaMy husband Josh and I love the great outdoors. We camp. We hike. We got engaged on a mountain. We basically grew up in the woods, in the same small square-mile town in New Jersey: Tree City USA aka Wenonah. So naturally, the first thing that came to mind was: a tree. Little did we know that our reception would be cancelled due to a power outage from downed trees of a high wind derecho storm the night before, but that’s a whole other story.

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I started with the tree and then incorporated the butterflies, hearts, clouds, and little frog prince… and a lot of color. Next came the very important part of finding a hand-script font to match, which in the end, really made our little fairytale-land come to life. Once the actual invitation design was complete, I was able to carry the look and feel to the rest of the suite: the directions, accommodations, reception and reply cards, and envelopes.



I knew from the start that I would use a natural white linen card stock, since it’s my favorite paper and has that rustic vibe. But then, I had my O-M-G moment when I found the most perfect pocket fold card stock – textured woodgrain! The final touch was tying it off with a natural green raffia ribbon and a pink paper butterfly.


Beautiful! Thanks Krista!

Invitation Design: Kake Stationery

Script Font: Bookeyed Suzanne

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Kake Stationery

{happy weekend!}

Sigh. Week two of this ridiculous government shutdown. And the more I listen to the news, the angrier I get. So! Time for distractions! Last weekend, we hopped into the car for a spontaneous trip to the mountains. We were only gone for a couple of days, but it was nice to get away from DC – and even more nice to see some real fall foliage. And this weekend, Paper Camp is in DC! I’m so excited to see some of my fellow panelists and meet the new students! But in the meantime…


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…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

James + Molly’s Cozy Woodland Toile Wedding Invitations

Last week I had the pleasure of featuring these awesome interactive invitations for a destination 40th birthday party, and today the ladies of Ladyfingers Letterpress are back with some equally stunning autumn wedding invitations! Inspired by the Lake Placid Lodge where the wedding took place, Arley-Rose and Morgan incorporated an illustrated woodland toile pattern into the design complete with a loon and an elk!

Woodland Toile Wedding Invitations by Ladyfingers Letterpress

From Arley-Rose and Morgan: When we were approached by Molly and James who were planning their autumnal wedding, they said they wanted their invitations to “feel like you’re wrapped in a cashmere blanket.” Little did we know that we would be incorporating cashmere into their suite!


Molly sent us some cashmere and wool samples which we individually cut and attached as envelope liners. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any leftovers for the photo shoot, but I can assure you, it was utterly luxurious!


Molly sent us an incredible Pinterest board that painted a gorgeous picture of the feeling she and James wanted. They mentioned that they were in love with the idea of having a “woodland toile” somehow integrated into their suite, so we made drawings of a loon, an elk, and scenes from the Lake Placid Lodge where they tied the knot.



The suite was letterpress printed in two colors on thick, 220lb Crane’s Lettra; with a copper interior envelope (lined with cashmere which is not shown) and Crane’s outer envelope.



Thank you so much ladies!

Ladyfingers Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress