{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone — and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating this weekend!  And what a glorious weekend it's turning out to be!  I'm looking forward to catching up with some blog friends in person, trying to find some time to enjoy the cherry blossoms without getting trampled by tourists (seriously, there are a gazillion of them in DC right now), and hopefully painting a couple of rooms back in the apartment.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend reading pleasure:

That's it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

{image credits: anna bond via riflemade}

Smock Everyday Stationery

It's been a wedding-filled week over here, so I thought I'd help end the week with some gorgeous new stationery from Smock.  These town, country and isle lettersheets are blind deboss printed on the front with beautiful offset patterns on the back, all on Smock's environmentally-friendly bamboo paper:

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Smock also recently released a collection of equally beautiful gift tags, also with a blind deboss on the front and patterned back:

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On a slightly different note — do you recognize the calligraphy text from the first set of photos?  The "Dearest Fanny" letter is from poet John Keats to Fanny Brawne, which some of you might remember from the movie Bright Star.  I finally saw the movie a few weeks ago and it was everything I had expected it to be — beautiful scenery and cinematography, amazing costumes, and utterly romantic in every sense of the word.  Even my husband, who usually teases me about my penchant for sappy period romances, loved Bright Star.  Definitely worth adding to your netflix queue if you haven't already seen it…

{image credits: Smock}

*Smock is a sponsor on Oh So Beautiful Paper, but this is not a sponsored post.  For more on my editorial policy, please click here.

Balloon Save the Dates!

This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen in a long time – using a big red balloon as a wedding Save the Date!  What a great way to share some happy news with friends and family:

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Created by designers Jen and Kevin for their upcoming wedding, they screen printed the text onto the balloons and letterpress printed the accompanying details on a 5″ x 7″ card.  Check out more details over on FPO!

{iamge credits: l’office optimiste via FPO}

Sarah + Brian’s Art Nouveau Wedding Invitations

It’s been a while since I featured some of Kathleen’s lovely work, so I was thrilled when she sent over these green and white art nouveau wedding invitations that she recently created for her close friend Sarah!

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From Kathleen:  I was absolutely thrilled when my long-time friend asked me to design her invitations.  My friend loves all things beautiful and organic and in general has an earthy aesthetic.  So I decided to utilize art nouveau shapes but make it a little modern with scale and typography.

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Because she was on a super tight budget we decided to do a single double-sided invitation in two colors. We printed on a textured, but inexpensive, paper to elevate the look and feel of the piece.

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Thanks so much Kathleen!

{image credits: j + k}

Raechel + Alex’s Crafty Doily and Kraft Paper Wedding Invitations

Raechel and Alex’s DIY wedding invitations are all about two of my favorite things – music and kraft paper!  Raechel worked with her cousin Marion to design the invitations, incorporating Raechel and Alex’s shared love of music throughout the wedding stationery while using a typewriter font and copper brads for a slight vintage vibe:

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Raechel then carried the kraft paper elements from the invitation and rsvp envelopes through to the ceremony programs and a slam book for the reception:

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Raechel has a bunch of other photos and some additional background on her blog, which you can check out right here.  Thanks Raechel!

{image credits: Raechel Tejidor}