{happy weekend!}

I’m super excited about this weekend for a couple of reasons.  First, my husband’s 30th birthday is this weekend!  Second, the second seasons of both The Killing and Game of Thrones premiere on Sunday – yay!  Yes, I’m a giant nerd and have read all five books of the Song of Ice & Fire series, so I’m excited to see the way the producers translate the second book to the screen.  But in the meantime…

Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake via The Sophisticated Gourmet

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

As usual, we have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

Satsuma Press Spring Collection

Spring has always been my favorite season, and even more so since moving to DC nearly ten years ago – it makes me so happy to watch flowers bloom and see color return to the neighborhood after a long gray winter.  Lynn from Satsuma Press recently released her spring card collection and I love the way she captured the delicate beauty of spring in the new designs.

Each card is letterpress printed in four of my favorite colors – pale pink, ochre yellow, mist, and charcoal gray.  Check out the complete collection right here!

Photo Credits: Satsuma Press

Fresh Love Wedding Invitations from Yours Is The Earth

I’ve enjoyed the foodie-inspired art prints, cards, and tote bags from Allie and Jamie of Yours Is The Earth over the last year, and I’m so excited to see that they’ve launched a new wedding invitation collection called “Fresh Love.”  The designs are inspired by their affinity for local and organic foods, as well as the beauty of nature – combined with fun details like bright color palettes, unique illustrations, and hand-lettering.

So cute!  Check out the full collection right here – Allie and Jamie have also created an adorable stop-motion video showcasing the new collection, which you can view here.  Thanks Allie and Jamie!

Photo Credits: Yours Is The Earth

Rifle Paper Co. Spring Collection

Do you remember all the amazing new products that Rifle Paper Co. debuted back at NYIGF in January?  I was completely smitten with all of the beautiful floral and gold foil details on the new collection.  The Spring 2012 collection is available starting today, and I’m still just as in love as ever with the magnetic market notepads, floral journals, post cards, and pocket notebooks!

These pocket notebooks might be my favorite.  They come in sets of two, and I love the combination of floral motifs with gold foil!

 

These beautiful floral journals have a soft linen cover, smythe sewn binding, and are lined with metallic gold printing on the interior

You can check out the full collection right here!  Anna is generously offering 15% off all items in the Rifle Paper Co. ‘featured’ section (including all these new products!) with the code ‘PAPER12′ through April 4.  Thanks Anna!

Photo Credits: Rifle Paper Co.

Shelby + Mike’s Modern Illustrated Boston Wedding Invitations

Today I’m thrilled to feature these wedding invitations by the talented ladies at Gus & Ruby Letterpress!  Samantha and Whitney worked with the bride and groom to create invitations and day-of wedding stationery inspired by one of my favorite cities, Boston!  I love the illustrations of local landmarks combined with fun details like subway map envelope liners.  So great!

From Samantha and Whitney:  The suite was designed for a sweet couple getting married in downtown Boston.  They wanted their stationery to reflect their love of the city while combining both the contemporary, urban sides of Boston with the rich history of the city.  We played off photographs that Whitney turned into line-illustrations of the Boston Common and Zakim bridge (blending a Boston historical landmark with modern engineering).

We then used bold jewel-tone and autumn colors, color backing papers, and contemporary fonts to punch up the look.  Each invitation had blind-printed cobblestone patterning on the back side, which paid homage to the city’s oldest streets, while a custom MBTA subway map envelope liner spoke to the modern transportation of Boston.

The beautiful envelopes were calligraphed by the uber-talented Jenna of Love, Jenna Calligraphy.  Of course, all the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press (c. 1896) on beautiful, textural, super thick 220# 100% cotton paper.

 

The couple named each table after a T stop, so day-of pieces featured MBTA sub-way stop inspired graphics, more cobblestone and the Zakim bridge graphic to tie it all together.

Thanks Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Calligraphy: Love, Jenna Calligraphy

Gus & Ruby Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress