Watercolor Note Cards from Social Proper

Elizabeth from Social Proper sent me a note introducing me to her brand new stationery collection – and I’m completely smitten.  The collection features Elizabeth’s hand painted designs, printed on textured paper.  The current collection features watercolor illustrations inspired by late summer days.  So sweet!

Thanks Elizabeth!

Photo Credits: Social Proper

Julianne + Philip’s Whimsical Letterpress Wedding Invitations

The folks down at Mama’s Sauce are really on a roll lately!  First they create some seriously cool business cards, and now these awesome wedding invitations.  Nick from Mama’s Sauce came up with the concept of basing the invitation design around an illustration of the couples’ shoes by Itchy Illustration, then incorporated the design into a horizontal tri-fold layout with a sunny yellow wax seal.  Love it!

From NickThe couple wanted their printed materials to be a balance of playful & classic.  When it came time to design the wedding invitations months after our first consultation, Julianne’s love affair with her shoes was still stuck in my mind.  I quickly sketched a scene of the couple standing side by side with a bright popping yellow, highlighting Jewel’s shoes.  Not your typical wedding invitation, but typical isn’t what the couple wanted.

I am especially in love with the tri-fold wrap.  110# Pearl White Lettra Duplexed to French Paper Lemon Drop, we experimented with a type of die cut that allowed the wrap to fold and expose the yellow paper underneath creating a tri-colored edge.  A subtle detail that the most aesthetically sensitive recipients will surely appreciate.  Add a wax seal and the wrap is complete.

A collaboration with our friend & officemate, the talented Brian Boesch of Itchy Illustration, Julianne & Phil’s save the date and wedding suite are amongst our favorites that we’ve designed and printed this year.

Very cool – I love the layered effect with the yellow tri-fold die cut wrap, and of course that wax seal!  Thank you so much Nick!


Concept and Letterpress Printing: Mama’s Sauce
Illustration: Itchy Illustration


Photo Credits: Mama’s Sauce

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m still trying to figure out how the week went by so quickly, but I’m glad to be back home in DC after spending a few days in New York and New Jersey.  Right now I’m looking forward to a night out with friends this evening followed by a lazy weekend.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

And a big thanks to Jan from Poppytalk for asking me to stop by today with a recap from the Gift Fair!  That does it for me this week – I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Photo Credit: Beth Retro via Design is Mine

NYIGF August 2011, Part 4

Woah, how is it Friday already?!  This week has just flown by, but before you all start running off for the weekend I have a few more booths from NYIGF to share with you!  First up, the adorable booth from Copenhagen-based Ferm Living.  I’m loving the geometric designs, from wallpaper to throws, the gold star wall decals, and giant knit poufs and pillows.

Ferm Living

I’m continuing the international theme with two more overseas booths – London-based SCP and Amsterdam-based Kidsonroof.  Kidsonroof has some seriously adorable cardboard mobiles, toys, and playhouses.  SCP drew me in with the Rob Ryan growth chart (I’m a serious sucker for anything involving Rob Ryan!).



K Studio is one of my NYIGF regular favorites – I just love the whimsical embroidered wall art and pillows.  They also just introduced some beautiful lavender sachets; they smell amazing!

K Studio

Lots of beautiful patterned textiles from Christen Maxwell, from tote bags to dopp kits to pillows.  Christen also collaborated with Pistachio Press on the new collection of patterned notebooks that I featured yesterday!

Christen Maxwell

The Artecnica booth is always full of some seriously amazing eye candy, particularly the Tord Boontje lights, vases, and wall panels.  This year they’ve introduced a new collection of globe lights featuring Tord Boontje’s garland light – and it’s sooo pretty.  Love!


That’s it for me from NYIGF this summer!  Friday links coming up next!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey and Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper

NYIGF August 2011, Part 3

I’m back with more from NYIGF!  This time we’re focusing on all of the awesome stationery exhibitors at the Gift Fair, starting with some pretty notebooks, holiday cards, calendars, and gift wrap from Snow & Graham.

Snow & Graham

I’m loving the Valentine’s Day cards and gift wrap from Smudge Ink:

Smudge Ink

I had so much fun checking out the whimsical notebooks, planners, and cards at the Poketo booth:


I always love the kid-friendly stationery and letterpress cards from the ladies of 9SpotMonk:


Such a pretty booth and funny letterpress cards from Oblation Papers and Press:

I thought this card was so funny!

Oblation Papers + Press

Lots of brightly colored letterpress greeting cards, gift wrap and boxes, and wedding invitations from Smock:


The ladies from Albertine Press, May Day Studio, and Carta, Inc. were back at NYIGF with a shared booth displaying their lovely cards, ribbons, and paper ephemera.

May Day Studio

Cute holiday cards from Albertine Press

Carta, Inc.

And finally for today, the Aesthetic Movement booth, which was full of pretty paper from Yellow Owl Workshop, Beau Ideal, and many others (along with lots of other pretty things!).

Yellow Owl Workshop

Gorgeous embossed velvet wedding albums, guest books, and die cut cards from Velvet Raptor

Beau Ideal

Austin Press (you can check out more from the Stationery Show right here) and Set Editions

Aesthetic Movement

I’ll be back with more from NYIGF tomor­row!  You can check out past year cov­er­age from NYIGF right here.

Photo Cred­its: Stephen Michael Garey for Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper