January 2011 NYIGF, Part 1

I’m up in New York this week helping to judge this year’s LOUIE Awards, and on Tuesday I ran through most of the New York International Gift Fair in an all-day marathon session.  The NYIGF is held twice a year, in August and January, and you can see my coverage of the August show (and other past shows) right here.  The NYIGF is a huuuge show, so I only managed to photograph a tiny portion of the show this time around, but of course I made a special effort to visit my stationery friends exhibiting at the show!

First up, 9SpotMonk had some really cool new letterpress coloring books and letterpress color-in clocks – both perfect for kids!



Shelley from Albertine Press has been busy adding new designs and patterns to her letterpress library collection – I’m particularly fond of the hand drawn fabric patterns and city sets:

{albertine press}

Lots of cool letterpress zigzag guest books, gift wrap sheets, and prints from May Day Studio:

{may day studio}

Over in the handmade section of NYIGF, I stopped by the Figs and Ginger booth for a preview of their gorgeous line of custom silhouette wood veneer cake toppers and wedding banners, all coming very soon!

{figs + ginger}

And my girl Laurel from Laurel Denise had some beautiful new jewelry in her booth.  These necklaces are so delicate and lovely in person:

{laurel denise}

I also stopped by the DaisyD and Friends booth to check out some of the new goodies from Night Owl Paper Goods, including some super-cute Valentine’s Day cards:

{night owl paper goods}

After making their NYIGF debut back in August, Pistachio Press was back at the January show with a super-cute booth:

{pistachio press}

I also stopped by the Maptote booth to check out their newest tote bags.  They also have some new screen printed alphabet prints, with each letter illustrated by a different country (so awesome!):


I’ve got more from the January 2011 NYIGF to share with all of you, so check back soon!

{all photos by me}

Ashley + Matt’s Elegant Apple Green and Black Wedding Invitations

Ashley and Matt were married last July in a super-stylish wedding in Baltimore, Maryland.  When it came time for her own wedding invitations, Ashley knew exactly what she wanted, so she set about designing elegant black and white wedding invitations, with pops of green to fit the wedding’s overall rustic theme.


From AshleyApple green, black and white were the prominent colors for our wedding.  I wanted our invitations to be classic and elegant, with just a hint of artistic flair.  I designed the invitations myself and had them letterpress printed in black.


Simple fonts and bold flourishes drove the design, and we tied everything together with baker’s twine in keeping with our rustic wedding theme.  To add a bit of the green, I cut envelope liners from apple green paper and glued them into the envelopes when they returned from the printer.


I created a wedding logo and had it made into a custom rubber stamp.  I then used the stamp to imprint the design onto small muslin bags, into which I inserted the reply cards.  I loved the texture and interest that the muslin bag added to the invitations.



Thanks Ashley!  You can check out more from Ashley’s lovely wedding here and here!

{image credits: ashley sullivan}

Rob Ryan Valentines

Every year, papercut artist (and my personal favorite) Rob Ryan creates a gorgeous lasercut valentine art piece.  You can see last year’s lasercut valentine right here.  I actually have last year’s lasercut, and the photos just don’t do these beauties justice!  Here is this year’s edition:


I’m soooo tempted.  Available in Rob’s etsy shop right here!

{image credits: rob ryan}

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 2

Happy February everyone!  Today I’m up in New York checking out the January International Gift Fair – and although this year I only have one day to walk the show, I’m hoping to share some images from the fair a bit later this week.  But first, as promised yesterday, I have a few more Valentine’s Day cards to share with you!


{Bread + Butter}


{Paper Lovely}

Hammerpress-Valentines-Day-Card Hammerpress-I-Love-You-Valentines-Day-Card




{Studio SloMo}

Maginating-Letterpress-Love-Valentines-Day-Card Maginating-Letterpress-Love-Bug-Valentines-Day-Card



{Igloo Letterpress}

Fugu-Fugu-Love-Valentines-Day-Card Fugu-Fugu-Love-You-Monkey-Valentines-Day-Card

{Fugu Fugu Press}




{Snap + Tumble}

Dee-La-La-xoxo-valentines-day-card Dee-La-La-i-love-you-valentines-day-card

{Dee & LaLa}


{Cartoules Letterpress}

Wit-Whistle-XOXO-Valentines-Day-Cards Wit-Whistle-3D-Valentines-Day-Cards

{Wit + Whistle}


{Wild Ink Press}

For more Valentine’s Day card ideas, check out the posts here, herehere, and here!

{images from their respective sources}

*Wild Ink Press, Delphine, and Paper Lovely are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper.  For more on my editorial policies, please click here.

Elizabeth and David’s Hand Illustrated Farm Wedding Invitations

I know we’re barely out of January, but I can already tell that these wedding invitations are going to end up as one of my favorites from 2011.  Samantha and Whitney, the talented ladies behind Gus & Ruby in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, teamed up with illustrator Nate Duval to create a truly custom wedding invitation designed around the wedding venue – the groom’s family farm!


From Samantha and Whitney: Elizabeth and David came to us looking for a completely original wedding invitation design. After much discussion and many sketches, we hired illustrator Nate Duval to bring our vision to life.  With our direction, Nate illustrated the farm that David’s family owns in Madison, New Hampshire (and the wedding venue!).



Their color palette was a mix of bright colors: yellow, orange, green, and blue and they gave us complete free reign to be as creative as we wanted.  Nate did an awesome, graphic illustration of the house, barn, and hills and even incorporated geometric patterns to fill in shaded areas.

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Nate did a singular illustration of a day lily (they are abundant on the property) as well as a ridiculously awesome illustration one of the cows (a very specific breed) that graze on the farm fields.  One of our favorite moments with this couple was when the groom’s mother saw the suite for the first time and exclaimed “Oh, it’s Fiona!” upon seeing the cow.  She recognized the specific cow immediately!  Too cute.



Instead of pairing a refined font with Nate’s rad illustrations, we decided to opt for hand lettering.  Whitney set out and hand wrote every piece of information – from the invitation text to the wording for the rehearsal dinner card – it was a labor-intensive process, but we couldn’t have been more thrilled with the results.


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Our favorite part of the suite, which Whitney dreamed up just as she was preparing the final files, was to create barn doors as a vehicle to hold the invitation.  When guests pulled the suite out of the envelope they were faced with the doors and had to untie the rustic twine to reveal the invitation.  The additional pieces (reply card + envelope and rehearsal dinner invitation) were tucked underneath the twine on the backside of the doors.


Are these not the most adorable farm wedding invitations ever?  The entire suite is absolutely stunning, from the save the dates to the illustrated RSVP card.  Thanks Samantha and Whitney!

Illustration: Nate Duval
Hand Lettering and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby

Invitation Styling by Meagan Gilpatrick of Maine Season Events; Photography by Brea McDonald