Colleen + Paul’s Illustrated Cartography-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I couldn’t end the week without featuring these beautiful cartography-inspired wedding invitations, designed by the bride and groom and printed by the lovely Colleen Ellse.  You might remember Paul and Colleen’s silhouette save the dates from a few months back, and the wedding invitations continued the illustrated feel along with the gray and green color palette.  I’m loving the cartography border on the information card and the anchor illustration on the hand drawn map.  The bride also did the calligraphy – isn’t it so pretty??




Get the full details over on Colleen‘s blog, Craft Lovely.

Photo Credits: Colleen Ellse | Craft Lovely

*Colleen Ellse is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors, but she had no idea I was going to write this post today; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Arabic Wood Greeting Cards from Natoof

Mariam from Natoof, a creative studio based in Dubai, sent over these lovely cards that she designed for the month of Ramadan.  The flat note cards feature Miriam’s botanical illustrations with Arabic calligraphy, all printed on eco-friendly birch.  The intricate designs are so beautiful!

From Mariam: It’s always exciting to find a new material for our artwork.  Though we love paper and we love wood laser engraving, these flat birch eco-friendly wood cards are absolutely fabulous.  We thought of trying it for our season’s greeting cards and it turned out great.  Having colors printed on wood is a blast, the card is printed with beautiful flowery illustrations in the shades of dark purple, blue, yellow, green and with Arabic typography.

Thanks Mariam!

Photo Credits: Natoof

Jason’s Modern Nursery Alphabet Blocks

We’re starting today off with something a little different – this very cool alphabet installation that designer Jason Gomez created for his daughter’s nursery.  Jason and his wife didn’t know the gender of their baby, Jason wanted to keep the color palette neutral while incorporating lots of pattern and interesting letter shapes.  The result is very cool – and something that his baby girl will enjoy for years to come!

From JasonThis is somewhat a big project for a small person that is now the love of our lives in our new family.  I decided to create a custom alphabet painting for our first baby girl Alena to hang in her room.  Since we didn’t want to know the gender of our baby until she was born I wanted to keep the colors neutral to work for either a boy or a girl but to keep it bright and fun.

Since I love typography I wanted to showcase various type styles for each letter form along with some simple colorful shapes and patterns.  It was a labor of love for me, incorporating various sizes of wood canvases and various types of mediums from house paint to acrylic and paint pens.  In the end the overall piece measured up to 67″ wide to 32″ high, a big bold colorful piece for our beautiful little girl.

Thanks Jason!

Photo Credits: Jason Gomez

Simple and Elegant Letterpress Moving Announcements

Lauren Chism Fine Papers sent over these beautiful moving announcements that she created to help her best friend celebrate the purchase of her first home.  I’m loving the classic design and feminine border detail – such a sweet and simple way to help spread the happy news to family and friends!


From LaurenMy best friend and her husband recently purchased their first home, and I wanted to create a moving announcement for her that was feminine, clean and impeccably printed.  The frame paired with a beautiful script address achieved the simple elegance I was going for.  They were printed by Spark Letterpress on thick 100% cotton paper.  I also created a coordinating address stamp, in the same script font for her to use long after the announcements are sent out.




So pretty!  Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Letterpress Printing: Spark Letterpress

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Wedding Invitations with Color + Pattern from Page Stationery

I’m already a fan of Page Stationery’s letterpress wedding invitations – I love the “simple is better” approach to design.  Page Stationery just released a brand new collection of digitally printed wedding invitations and save the dates, and I’m thrilled to be sharing the first peek at the collection today!  I love the way designer Sue Corral has incorporated new design elements into the collection, from tons of bright color to bold stripes and patterns, all while maintaining her signature “classic with a twist” design style.  Here are a few of my favorite designs.


Congratulations Sue!  You can check out the full collection over at Page Stationery right here!

Photo Credits: Page Stationery