{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  This weekend I’m up in New Jersey helping to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday.  Our family is scattered all over the country, so we’ve all been trickling into town over the last couple days and totally surprising my dad.  Fun!  And after a couple of really stressful weeks it’s nice to unwind, focus on a happy celebration, and relish in the company of my wonderful family.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

Photo Credit: charxlotte

Crane & Co. Wedding Album Launch Party

Last week I attended a party celebrating the launch of Crane & Co.‘s newest wedding invitation album.  I got a sneak peek at some of the album designs during my tour last September (which you can see here, here, here, and here), so I was really excited to see the designs in their final, printed form.  The Crane & Co. design team has worked on some cool new designs, including some more modern pieces alongside Crane’s more traditional and refined invitations.  Here are a few photos of the new collection that I took at the party:

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{the envelope liner above is a gorgeous and vivid yellow in person – so pretty!}

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{this invitation suite features modern san-serif engraved text – quite a departure from Crane’s traditional look}

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Crane-and-Co-Classic-Silver-Edge-Painting-Wedding-Invitation

{it’s hard to see in the photo, but this invitation has beautiful silver edge painting!}

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You can check out a few more photos from the party on the Crane & Co. facebook page.  There’s a lot more where this came from, so if you’d like to see the album in person, you can find a list of Crane & Co. retailers right here!

{all photos by Oh So Beautiful Paper}

Clara’s Modern Christening Invitations

My friend Carolynn from Two Brunettes recently welcomed her first child, a beautiful baby girl named Clara.  When it came time to choose Clara’s christening invitations, Carolynn couldn’t find anything with the right balance of tradition and fun, modern design – so she decided to create her own invitations!

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From Carolynn:  Clara will be baptised at the church I was raised in.  Everything I was seeing was very religious looking, not cutesy or fun.  I wanted a mix of both, in a fun design for the modern couple that would also be appropriate for a baptism.

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So lovely!  Fabulous work Carolynn!

{image credits: two brunettes}

Adorable Birth Announcement Ideas

I love it when new parents get creative with birth announcements – the arrival of a new child seems like the perfect time to be totally whimsical and let your imagination run free.  I’ve been seeing lots of cute and creative baby announcements lately, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites!

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{paper airplane birth announcements – so cute! – from Bird and Banner}

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{Sapling Press announcements for Audrey’s adorable son Ian}

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{illustrated goats in these letterpress birth announcements from Truly Smitten}

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{I can’t get over the awesomeness of these 3D baby announcements from The Mandate Press}

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{I love everything about these amazing birth announcements – from the postal theme to the striped envelope liner}

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{a cool retro-ish birth announcement by Jamie Tallerico and printed by Sycamore Street Press}

Which ones are your favorites??

{image credits: bird and banneraudrey woolen | parcel post; truly smitten; the mandate pressbrooke reynolds | inchmark; sycamore street press}

Caitlan + Andrew’s Black Heavy Metal Wedding Invitations

You might remember these awesome book wedding invitations that Lyndsay from It’s A Date Design created last year, and today Lyndsay is back with wedding invitations that are just as fabulous – and definitely different from anything I’ve featured here before!  This time, Lyndsay drew her inspiration from the groom’s love of heavy metal music.

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From LyndsayWhen I first spoke to Caitlan, her request for the design was that it celebrate her future husband Andrew’s interests – which were predominantly related to a love of heavy metal music.  One of their first dates was to a concert which she referred to as a “sea of fading black t-shirts!”

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My first thought was, “this couple is destined for a fantastic life together” – because it is so rare that a bride will pursue something so unconventional for her wedding stationery in order to respect the groom’s passion!  We talked a lot about having some subtle references to his favourite bands (as well as hers, which included Regina Spektor and Ani DiFranco), but I also decided this would be a challenge: to make skulls cute!

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The result is somewhere between Slipknot and Florence and The Machine: a compilation of the couple’s important wedding information, folded like a mini-accordion, with a reply postcard that could be detached via perforation and sent back to the couple, all packaged within their own “LP.”  I modeled their monogram, which is used several times throughout the design, loosely on the Rolling Stone magazine masthead.

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Another sweet featured: their request as a “gift” was for guests to write a little note to them in provided cards (decorated with flags of all the countries they plan to visit as a married couple) for them to keep as a memento of their day, which I pre-affixed inside each invitation with little cardboard photo corners inside vellum envelopes.  Each invitation was hand-trimmed, folded and assembled with love.

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We also made little button badges out of favourite design elements from the suite for an extra rock-concert reference.  Whilst these invitations don’t scream “wedding”, they are a reflection of a young, unconventional and fun couple who have a very bright future ahead of them.

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So cool, Lyndsay!  I love the entire invitation, from the concept to the color palette.  Thanks so much for sharing these with us!

{image credits: it’s a date design}