{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s a glorious day here in DC, so I’m taking advantage of the slightly cooler air to run a few errands and enjoy the sunshine (while it lasts!).  It’s also apple season, which feels incredibly sudden since I feel like I was just out picking blackberries a few weekends ago, but I’m hoping to find some time to go apple picking over the next couple of weeks.  Hooray for Fall!  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

…and in case you missed it, a round-up of this week’s posts:

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!

{photo via truly smitten}


Hitched Hitched!

Okay West Coasters, this one’s for you!  I’m sure you’ve already heard about Hitched, a fantastic curated wedding event taking place on September 23 at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City, California.  Well, my friend Audrey (of the amazing stationery store Urbanic) is one of the organizers, and she’s letting me give away a pair of tickets to this fabulous event!

Since Hitched is just around the corner, we’re going to make this a quick one – you’ll have until midnight EST on Sunday to leave a comment below, and then I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Bonne chance!

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Carissa, the Hitched giveaway winner!  The ladies from Hitched will be in touch with you shortly!

Simple + Whimsical Wedding Invitations

How cute are these illustrated and hand lettered wedding invitations?  The invitations were created by designer Andrea Berretta (aka Pepper) for the wedding of one of Andrea’s childhood friends later this year.  Simple yet whimsical – I particularly love the banner details:

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Andrea also has some fantastic commercial lettering and illustration work in his portfolio:

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Check out more right here!

You can also find more wedding invitations in the real invitations gallery!

{image credits: andrea berretta | pepper}

Colorful Edge Painting

I absolutely adore the technique of edge painting – it’s such a wonderful way to add a subtle pop of color and personality to a business card or wedding invitation.

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Adrienne from Dingbat Press sent me a note to let me know that she’s now providing edge painting for invitations and business cards, and – just for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers – she’s offering FREE edge painting on orders placed in the month of September!  Just make sure to mention Oh So Beautiful Paper when you contact Dingbat Press to request an estimate!

{image credits: dingbat press}

Tiger Theme Baby Shower Invitations

With quirky font choices and a bold color palette, these tiger-themed baby shower invitations are seriously cool.  Designed by Jason Gomez from Turnstyle Studio for his brother and sister-in-law, Jason drew inspiration from the nursery theme while also keeping in mind that both men and women would attend the baby shower (and taking it easy on the cuteness factor).  The result?  Crisp, modern, and totally fabulous!

From Jason: This was an a unique baby shower invitation as it was purely inspired by the baby’s nursery, which was itself designed and put together by my brother (who is also a graphic designer).

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A lot of the character, color, and playfulness from the invitation was pulled from the tiger themed nursery that was created for the baby.

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“Why the tiger?” you may wonder?  Well, the baby is going to be born during the year of the Tiger!

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Since the baby shower was going to be a co-ed event, I wanted to keep a good balance of cuteness while also maintaining somewhat of a masculine feel to the invitation.

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The invitation came together nicely, infusing a simple palette , a pop of color, and playful type selections.  It really conveyed the theme and overall aesthetic my brother Johann and his wife Jamee have set for the baby’s room.

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Thanks so much Jason!  And a big congratulations to Johann and Jamee on the new baby!

{image credits: invitation photography by jason gomez, room photography by johann gomez}