2012 Calendar Round Up, Part 8

Just when I think we’re nearly done with 2012 calendar round ups, a few more amazing designs pop up! (This happens to me every year, so I really shouldn’t be surprised)  This round up features new editions of some of my favorite 2011 calendars along with a couple of first-time calendars from some of my favorite designers, so let’s take a look!

The calendars from Michelle Armas are one of my annual favorites and feature prints of her amazing paintings (which you can keep and frame later!)

Gorgeous color and floral illustrations from The House That Lars Built


The first ever (yay!) calendar from Mae Mae Paperie was inspired by swimming – so fun!

A simple + modern black and white calendar from Pawling

Lots and lots of color (both back and front!) in the 2012 desk calendar from Delphine

A collection of mint-colored things in this calendar from Kate’s Papergoods (she has another based on salmon color things)

A 5-color letterpress southwestern calendar from Goosedown Press – the registration in the pattern is amazing!


A geometric letterpress calendar from Fourth Year Studio – inspired by traditional quilt patterns

This lovely calendar from Flora Douville incorporates her watercolor illustrations (via Frolic!)

A beautiful watercolor wash and hand lettering in this 2012 calendar from Oh My Deer

And just in case you missed them, check out the earlier calendar round ups right here!

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Inspired By: Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is one of my favorite materials any time of year, but even more so during the holiday season.  I love the combination of kraft paper (or even chipboard) and white lettering for party invitations and place cards.  You can also use kraft paper lunch bags as easy menus for holiday dinners or attach little flags to toothpicks or straws to help guests keep track of their drinks for a New Year’s Eve party.  Since Thanksgiving is next week (!!), I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite kraft paper details…

No. 1 Kraft paper + cobalt paper flowers Hey Look via The Sweetest Occasion; No. 2 Invitations Rebecca Hansen via Once Wed; No. 3 Kraft paper drink flags Michael and Anna Costa via Style Me Pretty; No. 4 Neither Snow via Design Sponge; No. 5 Kraft paper favor bags Tec Petaja via Once Wed; No. 6 Menu Karen Mordechai for Sunday Suppers; No. 7 Place card via Martha Stewart Weddings; No. 8 Table setting via Country Living

p.s. A few favorite kraft paper posts:

2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 5

As promised, I’m back with more holiday cards!  For this particular round up, I’m focusing in on some of the cards with beautiful illustrated and nature-inspired details.  Such a lovely way to help celebrate the holiday season.

Hannah Madden

Blackbird Letterpress


Kathryn Whyte

Satsuma Press


Linea Carta

Tad Carpenter

Erin Dollar


Studio SloMo

Moikka Paper

In case you missed them, check out the earlier holiday card round ups right here!

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*Studio SloMo are some of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 4

Are you ready for more holiday cards?  In case you missed them, you can check out the previous round ups right here, but I’ve got a bunch more beautiful cards to share with you today – from sweet calligraphy cards to fun and sparkly gold foil holiday cards!

Emily Hogarth

Sugar Paper



In Haus Press

Tabletop Made


Sesame Letterpress

Winged Wheel

Love Citron


Flywheel Press

Printerette Press

I’ve got more holiday cards coming up in just a bit, so check back soon!

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New Giveaway! Custom Map from Swiss Cottage Designs!

I’m still trying to wrap my head around holiday cards, much less gift ideas – but whenever possible I always try to come up with unique and personal holiday gift ideas for close friends and family.  Today, Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a completely personal holiday gift: one of her gorgeous custom illustrated maps!

Courtney is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a custom 8 x 10″ black and white map print – just like the three pictured here!  The map design can include up to 8 custom locations, tailored to the winner’s specifications.

To enter, just leave a comment below with a destination that you would love to visit someday.  We’ll chose a winner randomly, and you’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, November 18 to enter – bonne chance!

Photo Credits: Swiss Cottage Designs