Sponsor Introduction – Lilah Paper + Bell’Invito

Today I’m thrilled to welcome two invitation design studios as my newest sponsors!  First up, Lilah Paper – I’ve admired the work of Lilah Paper founder Kalyn Denno since I first saw her own wedding invitation suite a few years ago.  Since then, Kalyn has been busy creating some truly stunning wedding invitations and save the dates:

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Next up, Bell’Invito, a couture letterpress and engraving studio with a portfolio that includes everything from wedding invitations to elegant personal stationery to modern bar and bat mitzvah invitations.  I love the attention to detail over at Bell’Invito, from the super-thick Italian paper to edge painting to envelope liners:

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Eleanor + Armin’s Chipboard Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations come to us from Eleanor, a graphic designer and recent bride whose father happens to be a letterpress printer (lucky girl!).  Eleanor knew that she wanted the invitations to reflect her wedding’s outdoor garden party theme, but chose to print on chipboard for a more relaxed feel.  Eleanor and her fiancé spent two days with her Dad in the print shop creating her three-color wedding invitation, and fortunately for us she documented the entire process!

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From Eleanor: My parents live on a 5 acre property in Sebastopol, which is not quite a backyard but not quite a farm, and I wanted the invitations to reflect the feeling of an outdoor, mid-summer, evening garden party.  I knew white string party lights would be a key element in our wedding reception décor and decided to make them a featured part of our invitation design.

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The overall feel of the wedding was homemade and DIY with some of the print shop elements that I grew up with – butcher paper from my Dad’s shop for the table runners, chipboard for the invitations, and old wood type table numbers that we painted to go along with our color scheme.

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I intentionally did not try to match everything perfectly, there was an overall look that tied everything together.

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My dad is an longtime letterpress printer and is somewhat of a curmudgeon (he doesn’t even have a website!) – he makes a big point of refusing to print items such as wedding invitations.  He wanted me to see how much work goes into making the invitations I designed.

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If I had known how difficult it is to get white to read on chip board I would have never designed them that way!  It was indeed a good education.  I’m  very happy with how the invitations came out, but mostly what makes them so special is they are infused with so much love – as my dad, my husband and I bonded over those two days while his Heidelberg press huffed, puffed and clanked away in his shop.

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Eleanor has a ton more photos from the printing process, which you can find on her flickr page, and you can see more from Eleanor’s wedding over on her blog.  Eleanor has also created a printable version of her wedding invitation suite, which you can find available for purchase on her website right here!  Thanks so much Eleanor!

{image credits: Eleanor | E.M. Papers}

Alicia + Ryan’s Victorian Library Wedding Invitations

Today’s wedding invitations come to us from Alicia at Akimbo, based all the way over in Adelaide, Australia!  Alicia was also inspired by her wedding venue, a beautiful historic library, and set out to create a gorgeous fold-out wedding invitation with lovely Victorian design elements:

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From Alicia: Our wedding venue is a beautiful historic library, one of the first buildings built here in Adelaide, Australia.

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Taking inspiration from the original street lamps nearby, I based the design on highly ornamental and typographical advertising of the Victorian age, which lent itself to a poster-style invitation.

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We also had a few guests who were only attending the ceremony (children and such), so we also produced a smaller, type-only version to still extend a formal invitation but without all the bells and whistles.  These ceremony-only invitations featured a simple mailing label, rather than the time-consuming hand calligraphy of the main invitations.

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The vintage book page envelope liners are a nod to the literary theme. To keep all the bits and pieces together, I made some belly bands as my debut screenprinting project.

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During my research, I was browsing through the state’s image archives (which are coincidentally housed at the Library itself) and stumbled across this wonderful etching of the building just after its construction.  It proved the perfect cover shot for the RSVP postcards.

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I left space on the postcards for guests to write us a message, so we’ve been looking forward to getting the mail each day and getting another sweet note from a loved one… although quite a number of guests called to say they liked it so much they couldn’t bear to part with any of it!

Alicia also shared DIY tutorials on the wedding invitation calligraphy and envelope liners, which you can find here and here.  You can also find the printable labels used on the ceremony-only invitations right here.  Fantastic Alicia – thank you so much!

{image credits: Alicia/Akimbo}

New Giveaway! Save the Dates from 42 Pressed!

Dear readers, Oh So Beautiful Paper turns two years old today!  It’s been a truly wonderful two years – thank you all so much for your comments, e-mails, and just for stopping by each day.  I feel so incredibly lucky to share gorgeous paperwares with you every day!  As a special thank you, and to help celebrate our 2nd blog anniversary, 42 Pressed is generously offering one lucky reader the chance to win 100 one-color letterpress Save the Dates!

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So here are the rules: Head on over to 42 Pressed to browse the wedding collection and select a favorite design.  Then come back here and leave a comment with your wedding date, choice of favorite invitation suite, and a quick explanation of how that design will fit in with your wedding day vision!

You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, September 12 to enter — then we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday!  Bonne chance!

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Birthday Treasures

I mentioned on twitter that, instead of new things, my Mom sends me little family heirlooms and treasures for my birthday each year.  Past gifts include some of my grandmother’s jewelry and my grandfather’s Army Air Corps pilot’s wings.  I never knew either of my grandparents on my mother’s side, so it’s nice to keep a tiny bit of family history with me.  This year, my Mom sent some family photos, and I thought I’d share a few:

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{my grandparents on their wedding day – my grandmother made her own dress!}

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{my mom, my grandmother Margaret, and my great-grandmother Hazel}

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{my Mom and grandmother – the first baby of the family!}

{all photos by me}