2009 Holiday Cards, Part 3

I hope you've all been enjoying the holiday cards so far!  I've got a whole lot more to share, so here are just a few more for today.  First up, these super-cute letterpress holiday cards from Lucky Bee Press:

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{lucky bee press}

Hello!Lucky has a huge collection of holiday cards — from photo cards to letterpress to offset printing   here are a few of my favorites:

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{hello!lucky is offering 10% off orders of $99 or more – enter coupon code OHSOHOL09 at checkout!}

For those of you with a preference for kraft paper in your stationery selections, these holiday cards from Yee Haw should be right up your alley:

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 {Yee Haw}

These aren't exactly holiday cards, but these beautiful letterpress gift tags from Duet Letterpress will certainly help dress up any gifts during the holiday season:

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{duet letterpress}

I also really love the dove in these letterpress holiday cards from Anemone Letterpress:

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{anemone letterpress}

For past holiday card coverage, just click here!

{all images from their respective sources}

A Paper Chandelier!

I came across this fantastic chandelier while browsing through the Pottery Barn catalog last night and thought you might love it as much as I do:

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It’s made with paper!  With three tiers and 35 clips, that’s a lot of space to display love letters, travel post cards, holiday cards — pretty much whatever you want.  This is clearly Pottery Barn’s (much more affordable) take on the Ingo Maurer Zettl’z chandelier:

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As much as I love the Zettl’z, I think I actually prefer the rustic look of the Pottery Barn chandelier.  I’m definitely putting it on my wish list… even if I have to wait a little while before we actually have the space to properly hang and display it!

{image credits: top photos via pottery barn, bottom photos via house beautiful and illums bolighus}

Real Invitations – Cynthia + Michael, Part 2

Cyd’s wedding ceremony programs were a true labor of love — with a beautiful result! — deserving of a post all their own.  Plus they were inspired in part by my own wedding ceremony programs, so I just had to give Cyd’s lovely blue and kraft paper programs a bit of extra love!

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From Cyd: For our ceremony programs, I was inspired by your cute pocket-sized ceremony programs and the lovely programs you featured by Erin Jang which had kraft paper pages and gocco’d covers.

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These were easily the most time consuming of my DIY projects – I designed them and laid them out myself in InDesign.  Every cover was individually cut, scored, lined on the inside with the same paper as our envelope liners, and then hand bound (we’re talking old school book binding with a needle and thread here) with blue and white striped baker’s twine.

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The pages were kraft paper, which was a material I introduced with the envelopes of our Bookmark the Dates (DIY bookmarks as I’m a literature buff and my husband is an English teacher) and later incorporated in several areas throughout our event.

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I gocco’d both the front and back covers, picking up on the flourish from our invitations, and used Paper Source cardstock in Lake for the actual covers.

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They were immensely time-consuming, but guests loved them and very few were left behind. I can’t say I’ll be making any more miniature books anytime soon, but I sure did love the way these turned out!

Beautiful!  Don’t you all just love the mix of craft paper and that gorgeous lake blue?  You can read more about Cyd’s wedding over on The Sweetest Occassion or on her column on Elizabeth Anne Designs.  Oh, and for those of you curious about the script font used in Cyd’s programs, it’s called Burgues and can be found at Veer.  Thanks so much, Cyd, for sharing your lovely programs and gorgeous wedding invitations with us!

{all photos by Oh So Beautiful Paper}

Cyd + Michael’s Classic Elegant Wedding Invitations

I’m absolutely thrilled to be featuring these real invitations today – they’re the invitations of my friend Cynthia (aka Cyd) from her wedding this past summer!  In addition to writing her own blog, The Sweetest Occasion, Cyd also works for Bella Figura, so it’s no surprise that she chose to go with a Bella Figura design for her invitations.  And in keeping with her personal style and personality, Cyd also made sure to adjust certain elements of the design to suit her wedding style.

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From Cyd:  As soon as we started planning our wedding, I knew I wanted to do things a little differently.  One thing led to another and eventually we ended up planning a two day event with a semi-private ceremony on Friday evening followed by a cocktail party and a much larger formal black-tie-meets-dance-party reception for 150 on Saturday evening.

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This resulted in a few special considerations when planning and designing our invitations.  We needed separate reply cards and an additional piece inviting guests to the ceremony where applicable and I wanted it all to in some way reflect the mood of our casual but formal wedding on the water in the Thousand Islands region where I grew up.

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After far more debate than I can even admit to, we decided on the Keswick design.  I had wanted something modern and my then fiancé was pretty set on something quite traditional so the Keswick was a great compromise for us — the design is rather traditional but the flourishes and the square size made the design a bit more contemporary.  I then worked with our designer, Beth Ann Seal, to play with the colors and fonts and the layout of the design to make it feel more like us.

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I personally hand-lined the envelopes in a custom patterned paper that matched the ink color of the invitations.  Our wedding color palette could best be described as layers of soft muted neutrals (dove gray, champagne and ivory) with the occasional smudge of water-inspired blue so I knew I wanted to work those colors into our paper pieces, although it took some time to figure out the exact colors.

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In the end, our Bella Figura ink colors Mediterranean and Pale Gray were the perfect combination.  Our calligrapher, Debi Zeinert of The Blooming Quill, then hand-mixed the ink for our outer envelopes to a near perfect match to the blue of our invitations.

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I loved how all of the elements came together and think they were the perfect modern-meets-traditional look I was going for with our invitations.

Isn’t that calligraphy just so beautiful?  The blue ink is even more gorgeous in person and fits perfectly together with the rest of the invitation suite.  Coming up next, Cyd’s wedding programs — so check back soon!

{all photos by Oh So Beautiful Paper}