Three Years

Three years ago I married my best friend.  We stood up in front of our closest family and friends, broke some glass, and had a fabulous celebration that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.  Three years later I feel incredibly grateful to have this amazing man in my life – someone who sends me love letters, tells me how proud he is of me, supported me as I ventured off on an entirely new and uncertain career path, and who loves me more than I ever thought possible.

This year’s anniversary is a little bittersweet as it’s the first time that we’re unable to celebrate the occasion together.  Right now I’m just looking forward to the day that he’s safely back home and I feel like a complete person again.  Only 70 or so days to go!

I love you and miss you my darling, and I can’t wait until you’re home with me.  Happy anniversary.

Photo Credit: Kate Headley Photography

National Stationery Show 2011 – Part 10

It’s time for another installment of our National Stationery Show coverage!  First up for today, Kathryn from Blackbird Letterpress, with more of her beautiful die cut greeting cards – including a new bee design for this year and a “missing u” note card that would be perfect for anyone with a far-away loved one.

Blackbird Letterpress

Allison from Igloo Letterpress is always coming up with new and creative applications for her designs – from pull out letterpress greeting cards to fun die cut cards.   This year Allison debuted a set of notebooks inspired by brownstone architecture – line up each design for your own little neighborhood!

Igloo Letterpress

So many pretty things over at the Wiley Valentine booth!  From new greeting card designs to wedding invitation albums and baby stationery, these ladies have been keeping busy!

Wiley Valentine

Tina from Joie Studio made her Stationery Show debut this year, with a booth full of letterpress greeting cards, wedding invitations, and pinwheel party accessories.  I’m loving the fruit note cards below – so cute!

Joie Studio

Brad from Maginating always has the best collection of greeting cards – the bacon and egg card below is still one of my all-time favorites, but I’m loving the new perfect match and cheer up cards, too.

Maginating

The ladies from Sugarcube Press had an adorable and ruffle-filled booth with tons of pretty stationery – calendars, greeting cards, coasters, bookplates, oh my!

Sugarcube Press

Color made a return to the Stationery Show in a big way this year and was very much in effect at the Smudge Ink booth, with bold patterned gift wrap and calendars, brightly colored note cards, and imprintable party invitations.

Smudge Ink

Speaking of color – the ladies of Two Trick Pony are known for their colorful screen printed note cards, wedding invitations, and calendars.  I love the deep, saturated color of screen printing!

Two Trick Pony

Of course, no trip to the Stationery Show would be complete without a trip to the Old Tom Foolery booth.  Lauren and Joel are guaranteed to put a smile on your face with these hilarious cards.

Old Tom Foolery

Only a couple more posts from the National Stationery Show to go!  I’ll be back tomorrow with more coverage from the show.

Photo Credits: Brian Tropiano Photography for Oh So Beautiful Paper; please ask permission before reposting.

*Wiley Valentine is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper.  For more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies, please click here.

Deanna + Ben’s London Skyline Wedding Invitations

I love the balance of nature and city in these wedding invitations from Kate at Ruby & Willow – Kate combined the London skyline with pretty floral details for an invitation that is simultaneously delicate, feminine, and modern.  Plus the design was inspired by another of Kate’s invitations that the bride saw here a couple of months ago – yay!

From Kate: I had already started working on this design when Deanna saw the Auckland pocketfold invitation and decided she wanted something similar based on London.  Deanna’s colours were such a pretty salmon and a mink brown, which helped soften the bolder graphics of the London skyline.  As the wedding is going to held in summer they also wanted to incorporate flowers so I layered florals with a repeating pattern and used some very iconic images of London landmarks.

So pretty Kate!  For more from Ruby & Willow, check out the Ruby & Willow Etsy shop here!

Photo Credits: Ruby & Willow

*Ruby & Willow is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper.  For more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies, please click here.

National Stationery Show 2011 – Part 9

Today we’re all about weddings – or at least wedding invitations – from the National Stationery Show.  Several designers had booths either wholly or largely devoted to wedding invitations and albums, and of course I was like a kid in a candy store gawking at such lovely wedding stationery.  After making her NSS debut last year, Meredith from Regas was back with a booth dedicated entirely to her new wedding invitation album.  I’m loving all of the little design details throughout the collection, from literary-inspired details to crisp blind emboss patterns and bright pops of color.

Love those pops of (almost-neon) peach!

The suite above was inspired by Victorian-era literature – so library chic!

Regas

The ladies over at The Lettered Olive also had a brand new and absolutely stunning wedding invitation album, with their signature blend of classic southern style and charm.

In addition to a gorgeous wedding album, they also had one of the coziest booths at the show… well, it was really more like a tent – look at that roof!

And please forgive my terrible photo, but I just can’t get over how cool this is – the entire wedding album comes on an iPad along with samples of the actual invitations contained in the album.  The ladies gave me a demonstration at the booth and it’s clear they’ve put a lot of thought, time, and effort into creating an album app that is both easy to navigate and contains a ton of beautiful invitation eye candy.  Well done ladies!

The Lettered Olive

Avis from Avie Designs also premiered a brand new wedding invitation album, along with holiday cards, calendars, party accessories, and imprintable invitations perfect for a low key or last minute party.  My favorite invitation is the papel picado-inspired design based on the invitation from Avis’s own wedding a couple of years ago.

Avie Designs

The team over at Twig + Fig are the masters of unique wedding and party invitations, including some awesome Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations, incorporating non-traditional materials – from acrylic invitations to cork with gold foil.  So cool!

A license plate Save the Date!

Beautiful calligraphy from Betsy Dunlap

Twig + Fig

Amber from Flywheel Press had a beautiful booth – all chalkboard paint and hand drawn chalk decorations!  Seriously pretty – and full of lots of pretty paper, from wedding invitations to note cards.

Love the split fountain wedding invitations!

Flywheel Press

Jodi from Paisley Tree Press had a booth full of letterpress goodies – from note cards to calendars to coasters, but of course I was particularly smitten with the wedding invitations.  Red accents with a blind impression and letterpress calligraphy?  Yes, please!

Paisley Tree Press

Katrina from Paper Mill Designs sent over a sneak peek of the greeting cards making their debut at the show, but she also exhibited some fun and modern wedding invitations in her booth!

Paper Mill Designs

Of course you’ll remember the gorgeous new Dauphine Press wedding invitation album from the sneak peek last week – it was so great to see the full collection in person at the show!

Dauphine Press

The Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress booth was also full of pretty wedding invitations, along with a brand new Bar/Bat Mitzvah album!

 

 

Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress

 

Finally (at least for today), Robin from Meant to be Sent, with a collection of patterned and travel-inspired invitations and imprintables!

Meant to Be Sent

I’ll be back with more coverage from the National Stationery Show tomorrow!

Photo Credits: Flywheel Press, Paisley Tree Press, Paper Mill Designs, Dauphine Press, Gwyneth Paige, and Meant to be Sent by Brian Tropiano Photography for Oh So Beautiful Paper, all others by me.  Please ask permission prior to re-posting.

Seasonal Stationery: Father’s Day Cards

I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather and longer days, or just my post-NSS haze, but this is the time of year when the days just start flying by.  Case and point – it’s already time to start thinking about Father’s Day, coming up on June 19th!  If you’re still looking around for the perfect Father’s Day card, here are a few options to consider!

Smock

Steel Petal Press

Hammerpress

Wiley-Valentine-Fathers-Day-Card

Wiley Valentine

Night-Owl-Paper-Goods-Fathers-Day-Tie-Card

Doodle Love (left), wood veneer cards from Night Owl Paper Goods (right)

Old-Tom-Foolery-Fathers-Day-Card

Old Tom Foolery

Dear-Hancock-Fathers-Day-Card

Dear Hancock (left); Rifle Paper Co. (right)

Monkey Mind Design

Monkey Mind Design


Sugarcube Press

Fine Day Press

Hello!Lucky

Gilah-Press-Design-Fathers-Day-Card

Gilah Press + Design

Egg Press

Red Bird Ink

Wit and Whistle

Mr. Boddington’s Studio

Heather Kintner (left); Studio Wicked (right)

Two Trick Pony

{images via their respective sources}

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