The Pressroom and Co.

I love it when designers and printers collaborate, so I’m super excited about a new collaborative letterpress wedding invitation venture called The Pressroom & Company.   Spark Letterpress has partnered up with a group of fabulous designers all over the world, including Good on Paper, Mitchell and Dent, Ruby & Willow, Float Paperie, Brown Sugar Design, and many, many others to offer a diverse collection of wedding invitations, all letterpress printed by Spark.  I’m including a few of my favorite invitations below, but you can check out more images on the Pressroom & Co. blog and flickr page.

Jane Austen Silhouettes Flourish Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Banner and Stars Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Green Ribbon Banner Letterpress Wedding Invitation Tree Love Initials Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Vintage Airmail Letterpress Wedding Invitation

For a full list of designers, check out The Pressroom & Co. right here.

{image credits: The Pressroom & Co.}

*Spark Letterpress, The Pressroom & Co., and Ruby & Willow are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper, but this is not a sponsored post.  For more on my editorial policies, please click here.

Julian’s Red White and Blue Birth Announcements

It’s been a while since we’ve had any birth announcements here, so I was thrilled when Miguel Castro from Heavy Metal Letterpress sent over these fun red, white, and blue fold-out letterpress birth announcements that he printed in collaboration with designer Jorge Fino for Jorge’s son Julian!

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From Jorge:  The process initially began with a specific visual design style –mid-century modern design – in mind.  Thankfully, Miguel was extremely up for pushing the production level to as high as I saw fit.  I finally settled on detailing a whimsical story of how a baby is made and to depict specific stages in a couples’ life that lead up to the creation.

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I decided to visualize this all in infographic style, which lends itself well to the design style of the mid-century era.  I was inspired heavily by Ty Mattson’s wonderful piece (also a birth announcement).  The original design was vertical, but it didn’t include an area to display the birth announcement info.  I considered a double-sided piece, but ultimately it felt like a piece that didn’t have a clearly defined front and back, so I decided on a fold-out horizontal format.  This turned out much better because the reveal of the announcement information on the last panel enhanced the overall concept.

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Red-White-Blue-Baby-Boy-Birth-Announcement

Fabulous work!  Thanks so much Miguel and Jorge!

{image credits: heavy metal letterpress}

Bella Figura 2011 Wedding Invitation Collection

Bella Figura recently released the new designs for their 2011 wedding invitation collection, and I’m thrilled to once again participate as a Bella Figura trendsetter!  Here are a few of my favorites from the newest collection, and you can check out all of the new designs right here.

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bella-figura-letterpress-wedding-invitation-trendsetter-pick-peacock

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bella-figura-letterpress-wedding-invitation-trendsetter-pick-joie-de-vivre

You can see the rest of my favorites, including a few designs from last year, right here.  You can also purchase a sample pack of my favorite picks, and 100% of the profits will be donated to the Conservation Fund!

{image credits: bella figura}

*Bella Figura is a sponsor of Oh So Beautiful Paper, but this is not a sponsored post.  For more on my editorial policies, please click here.

Pink Silhouette Wedding Invitations

I can’t help it, I just love silhouettes.  Make those silhouettes pink, combine them with gorgeous calligraphy by Tara Jones, and put it all together with the stunning design sensibility of Mr. Boddington’s Studio and I’m totally sold.  So pretty!

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{image credits: mr. boddington’s studio}

Paige + Adam’s Vintage Equestrian Wedding Invitations

Last year, I featured the cutest Texas cactus wedding invitations for then-bride Emma James.  Well, I wasn’t the only one that admired Emma’s handiwork with her wedding invitations, because Emma sent over a new set of wedding invitations that she designed for a fellow Texas bride!  Paige and Adam’s wedding will take place later this spring at a horse farm, and Paige knew that she wanted an equestrian theme wedding invitation that reflected her lifelong love for horses.

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From the bride, Paige:  Our wedding is taking place at a horse farm just outside of Austin.  Having ridden horses my whole life, I wanted an equestrian theme throughout the wedding.   Having seen Emma’s vintage cactus wedding invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her for my invitations.

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The invitation itself was letterpress printed with a quirky map motif that led from downtown Austin to the horse farm, Kali Kate.  I loved adding the vintage postcard as a reply card.  It added a beautiful splash of color and helped keep cost down.

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The calligraphy, vintage postage, and DIY packaging tied everything together.  For the packaging, I cut and assembled the kraft paper, ribbon, and burlap insert.  The kraft paper was stamped with a monogram logo that Emma designed for us and made into a rubber stamp.

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Overall, I love the way our invitations came out!  The invitations are informal, but also pretty, and embody the rustic vintage feel I had envisioned for our outdoor hill country wedding.

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So beautiful!  And the calligraphy by Bailey Amon is the perfect complement for the rustic equestrian wedding invitation design.  Thanks Emma and Paige!

{image credits: Emma James for Inviting Affairs}