Christine + Ian’s DIY Lasercut Woodland Wedding Invitations

After a week away from my computer, I’m jumping right back into the swing of things. I’m spending a few days in New York for the New York International Gift Fair – I’ll have a couple of recaps from the show later this week! But first, Christine sent over her amazing DIY wedding invitations last week, and I just couldn’t wait to share them! Christine and Ian were inspired by the woodland setting of their wedding venue, creating an incredibly cool lasercut invitation with pop-up cut out details!


From Christine: Our wedding will be in the woods on Ian’s parent’s home. From the first day of brainstorming, we both agreed that we wanted our wedding to take place amongst the trees. For the past few months we’ve spent nearly every weekend at the property, building and landscaping to make what we hope will be an incredibly beautiful wedding location.



We wanted the invitations to give our guests a sneak peek into our wedding, without revealing too much.  We used a laser cutting machine to create a pop-up forest that surrounds the headline message on our invitations – Join Us in the Woods.  The laser cut cover stock was then sewn to laser cut kraft paper for a cool multidimensional effect.


Within the full invitation suite we included a perforated RSVP card and a field guide with sketches of local wildlife.


We completed the invitation package with handmade buttons cut from branches found on our property.  The invitation suite was wrapped in red and white butcher’s twine around a paper bag belly band.


The perforated response card leaves guest with helpful information and local map.  Food is selected by drawing a line from “Yes” to the corresponding food selection.  Names were hand-stamped using a Japanese stamp-kit, while the card was printed on kraft paper using our home printer.



The final enclosure was an accordion style, fold-out booklet with illustrations of area wildlife.


So cool!  For more on the invitation production process, you can check out Christine’s blog right here.  Thanks Christine and Ian!

Photo Credits: Christine and Ian

Monday Giveaway with Moontree Letterpress!

Happy Mon­day every­one!  I’m so happy to be back after a wonderful week of rest and relaxation – and I’m incredibly grateful to Mag­gie and Melanie for holding down the fort while I was away!  First things first, we’re start­ing the week off with our Monday sum­mer con­test series with Moon­tree Let­ter­press!  In case you missed it the first time, here’s a bit of back­ground on the con­test and how to enter.  The win­ner with the best six word story will receive 50 per­son­al­ized let­ter­press note­cards!  This week’s theme is “Prom Night” – feel free to leave mul­ti­ple comments/entries, and don’t be afraid to get creative!


You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tues­day to leave your entry in the com­ments below, then Rebecca will announce the win­ner on her blog on Wednes­day!  And just in case you need some inspi­ra­tion, you can check out these six word auto­bi­ogra­phies.  Bonne chance!

Photo Credit: Moon­tree Letterpress

Gallery Walls I’ve Met and Liked

My husband and I are close to buying our first home.  While he goes into a showing thinking of all the logistical aspects, I go in picturing where I’ll put built-in bookshelves, a nice gallery wall and my party supplies.  I’ve already told him that he doesn’t need to worry about the decorating one bit.  That’s the way it should be, right?

Here are some recent gallery walls I’ve come across and bookmarked for that fateful day we’re handed the keys.


Photo Credits: Angie Hranowsky, Design Sponge: Jo Metson, Lonny Magazine, Bolaget, Vogue: Minnie Mortimer

Gardening Paper Love

Yesterday I featured some great local food art, so for my final guest post I thought I’d bring my thematic paper journey home… to our own backyards!  My husband and I just bought our house this spring and were too overwhelmed to do much gardening this summer, but you can bet that I’m gearing up for next summer in a big way.  There’s something so wonderful about growing things… it just feeds the soul, I think.

I can’t even count all the ways I love this letterpress poster from Starshaped Press.  Pure perfection on paper!

Every gardener needs a stash of adorable garden tool letterpress stationery (these are from Paper Lovely Press), don’t you think?

This Old School Stationers letterpress print gorgeously captures the spirit of fresh-cut flowers on the table.

…whereas this charming rooftop tomatoes illustrated notecard from Tella Press captures the charm of picking dinner right outside.

I adore the simplicity of this watering can print from Miss Pettigrew’s Prints.  Perfect for hanging inside a gardening shed or back porch (that I don’t have).

Speaking of things I don’t have… this beautiful “Zen Garden” painting from Once Upon A Paper is major inspiration for the lush garden I’d love to have one day.  A girl can dream!

Thanks for indulging me all week long, everyone!  It’s been a blast hanging out at Nole’s perch.  If you’ve decided that geeky geography/transit/food topics are right up your alley, come find me at my usual hangout The Freckled Citizen for more.  Have a wonderful weekend, folks! – Maggie

{images via their respective sources}

Beaded Necklaces From Not Tuesday

Do you ever look at something lovely and handmade and think that it looks simple enough to make yourself but then you give yourself a reality check and just fork over the cash instead?  Yeah, me too.

I want every single one of the colorful clay beaded necklaces from Etsy shop Not Tuesday.  Cleaning out my Paypal balance right now…


Photo Credits: Not Tuesday