{happy weekend!}

Happy Weekend everyone!  Even though I’m still dragging a bit today, I had the best time in New York yesterday – getting to catch up with some of my favorite blog buddies and meeting so many new people at a blogger’s get-together organized by the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia team!  And even though it’s been a wonderful week, I’m beyond excited for this weekend to get started – my husband and I are going to see Arcade Fire tonight!  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

And in case you missed it, a few favorite posts from this week:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday – when I’ll announce the winner of the Envelopments giveaway!

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Paper Artwork – Leah Duncan

I’m feeling just a wee bit tired this morning after getting back into town late last night.  So I’m easing into Friday with these beautiful illustration prints from Leah Duncan:

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She also has really gorgeous textiles – like tea towels and scarves:

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Aren’t they pretty?  I can’t decide which I love more – the scarves or the prints!  Check out lots more over in Leah’s shop!

{image credits: leah duncan, found via you are my fave}

Letterpress Studio Tour – Ephemera Press

So I thought I’d do something a little different this afternoon and share a really cool tour of letterpress studio Ephemera Press as photographed by Ariel Nebeker.  Ariel’s images are absolutely beautiful – so I hope you enjoy this glimpse of a day in a letterpress design and print studio!

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{hand-setting the antique type}

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{hand-mixing the perfect shade of ink}

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{the press really gets moving – the wheel spins so fast!}

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{tara inspects each print as she takes it out of the press}

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You can read a bit more about Ariel’s visit to Ephemera Press over on Ariel’s blog – and of course you can check out more from Ephemera Press right here!

{image credits: ariel nay nebeker}

Art Deco + Sea Coral Wedding Invitations

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today is going to be a really fun day!  I’m heading up on a quick trip to New York – and although I’m coming back to DC later tonight it’s always great to visit the city, even if just for a few hours.  But before I run off to catch the train, I have some beautiful new wedding invitations from Zenadia Design to share with you!

First up, this lovely invitation suite inspired by beautiful coral reefs – with gorgeous tropical colors and beachy texture!

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The second invitation suite is a totally glammed out art deco design – perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding.  I’m loving the die cut detail on the main invitation:

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You can check out more from Zenadia Design over on their blog and website – and to make it even better, Heidi from Zenadia Design is also offering 10% off orders from the readymade wedding invitation collection through September 30 (just make sure you mention Oh So Beautiful Paper)!

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*Zenadia Design is one of my fabulous sponsors; for more on my editorial policy, please click here.

Jillian’s Elegant Wedding Invitations

Jillian from GIGI Press first contacted me a year ago as she was getting her studio up and running, and she’s had quite a year since then – including getting married this past March!  When it came to her own wedding invitations, Jillian worked with Passing Notes to create an invitation suite that matches her own design philosophy – simple, modern, yet timeless:

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From Jillian:  I worked with Abbie at Passing Notes on the wedding invitation suite.  She was a delight to work with, and we share a similar design philosophy.  Grace Connell did the calligraphy for the invitations, seating cards, and menus.  Kelly Meyer of Kelly Michelle Weddings was our wedding planner and Elizabeth Messina captured everything on film.

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I wanted everything about the wedding to compliment the beautiful setting at the Montage in Laguna Beach – not overpower or take away.  The colors all reflected what you will find in nature along the Laguna’s gorgeous coastline… many shades of blues, grays, whites.

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To add a warm natural element, we used square pieces of walnut wood, and engraved them with our logo and numbers to serve as our table numbers, to display our parting gifts, and small signs that read “please stay for a midnight snack” at the bars to ask that guests be sure to stick around for In-N-Out cheeseburgers that came out at midnight.

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Gorgeous!  Thanks Jillian – and congratulations!

{all images courtesy of Elizabeth Messina | kiss the groom}