Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Forget boring menus! The menu is a key element of any wedding reception, from informal picnic-inspired fêtes to formal black tie affairs. Today we’re rounding up a few creative wedding menu ideas, from glamorous mirrors to tropical leaves! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

White calligraphy on a mirror adds instant glamour. | Photography: Mi Belle Photographers, Event Planning: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. via Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

How amazing is this combination of acrylic and moss?! | Photography: Dani Stephenson, Floral & Event Design: Jennifer Joyce Design, Calligraphy: Saffron Avenue via Dani Stephenson

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Love these cheerful illustrations. | Photography: Ned Jackson Photography, Menus: Happy Menocal via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Play with texture. | Photography: Erin McGinn, Floral & Event Design: Greenlion Design, Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

This wooden menu doubles as decor. | Photography: Onelove Photography, Floral & Event Design: JL Designs, Calligraphy: Tessa Shane via Hey Wedding Lady

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Draw inspiration from your surroundings. Gold calligraphy on tropical leaves, anyone? | Photography: Brandon Kidd Photography, Wedding Planner: LVL Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Wildheart, Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Keep it classic with elegant calligraphy and textured paper. | Photography:Christina Lilly, Paper Goods: Claire Hudson with Pennys & Stamps via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Love the mix of illustrations and calligraphy. | Photography: Sposto Photography,  Coordination: Green Apple Event Co, Calligraphy: Luminous Lines via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Doing double duty as a menu and bread bag. | Photography:Pat Furey via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Add color with watercolor frames. | Photography: Jen Huang, Florals & Styling: Poppies & Posies, Menus: Paperfinger via Paperfinger

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

Who needs dozens of menus when you can have one giant menu (with gorgeous calligraphy, might I add)? | Photography: Katie Stoops Photography, Event Planning: Bash, Please, Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete via Studio DIY

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Creative Wedding Menu Ideas

No flying menus here! | Photography: Plum & Oak, Venue & Coordination: Quail Haven Farm, Calligraphy: Elli via Ruffled

p.s. More wedding menu inspiration right here!

Stationery A-Z: Father’s Day Cards

With the recent celebration of Mother’s Day (did you see our round ups here and here?), it’s high time to start planning Father’s Day. Whether you are celebrating your grandpa, the father of your children or your own dad, there is a bevy of options to honor their love and dedication. While everyone loves a homemade meal, the gift options for men are often limited to sports, business attire or drinking. If the men in your life aren’t golfers or whiskey drinkers, we’ve collected a range of Father’s Day greeting cards that don’t feature either – just thoughtful messages of appreciation. Add your own handwritten note of affection and it will surely be a day that dad won’t forget. – Shauna

Father's Day Cards

From top right:

1. Perfect for the father who loves puns, but hates that you never took your job of mowing the lawn quite as seriously as he would have liked. From Wild Hart Paper.

2. For the dad who can’t keep his wanted (and unwanted) advice to himself (see: ’emails yet another newspaper article’). From Egg Press .

3. For the rebel dad (and MJ fan) comes this sheep illustration from Lark & Raven.

4. For the pop you’ve always looked up to (this E. Frances Paper design is also a good choice for your husband or partner if your kids are too little to write their own greeting).

5. For the father who loved the 80’s (and still has the fanny pack to prove it) from Parrot Design Studio.

6. For any papa who deserves a little extra appreciation this father’s day. From Moglea.

7. For a brand new father who needs a little extra love to make up for those sleepless nights. From Smock Paper.

8. For your number one paternal figure (who appreciates the finer things). From Sugar Paper.

9. For your ever-youthful, cool pops who refuses to part with his leather jacket or combat boots. From Noteworthy Paper & Press.

10. For the master of #dadjokes. From Snow & Graham.

Behind the Stationery: Bunny Bear Press

On our next installment of Behind the Stationery, we’re bringing you to Bunny Bear Press in the great state of Washington! For Adina, taking great strides to pivot her stationery business came from a rediscovery of herself and her business. From discontinuing her greeting card line to dyeing her hair purple, Adina divulges us in the ways she has changed her business perspective, time management, and even the way she decides what to design. Here to share about her journey, design process, and favorite resources, here’s Adina! –Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Bunny Bear Press

From Adina: Here is the long-short version of how my first line came to be and why I decided to kill it. I fell in love with letterpress printing back in college. After the job market crash in 2008 and the birth of my first daughter in 2009, I decided I wanted to work from home and become a letterpress printer. I bought a tiny toy press and did a ton of playing.

In 2013 my husband, my parents, and I drove my (then) 2 kids down to Portland to buy my first big ass letterpress machine. Six short months later, I had signed up to do the 2014 National Stationery Show in a HUGE group booth with the Ladies of Letterpress.

Left: Penny, my 45 pound Kelsey 3×5 printing press, Right: Ruby, my 1,800 pound Chandler & Price 10 x 15 printing press

My professional background had been in print design, but I had only ever worked for other brands. While creating work for my debut launch I was exploring and trying finding my style and visual voice for the first time. Looking back, I think I ultimately played it safe with generic wording on my cards, beautiful found clip artwork, mixed with some minimal original illustrations.

I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t really know much about how to define my target market, or really which direction I wanted to take my brand in. It was very much a trial by fire and I dove in head first. I found Tradeshow Bootcamp, created a huge amount of work in 6 short months, and headed off to NYC for the first time to the National Stationery Show. I wrote some orders, made some contacts, learned a TON, went to the incredible OSBP Paper Party, and came home pregnant with baby #3.

During the next 2 years I went through a transformation. My business wasn’t growing, my son wasn’t sleeping, I was becoming more and more sleep deprived and feeling more and more lost about what to do about my business.

Everything changed for me when I found podcasts and rediscovered a desire to create hand lettering. I was big into the seanwes podcast, and Confessions of a Female Entrepreneur. I was introduced to marketing and business strategies, I learned about target markets, crafting stories, and finding my WHY. Through all the brand soul searching I found something I didn’t expect. I realized that not only was my brand middle of the road, so was I. I had played it safe (in life and in business) and in doing so, not only was I not turning people off, I wasn’t turning people on either. My few close true friends knew the real me, but to everyone else I felt as though I was a hollow facade.

So I did what anyone would do while going through an existential crisis: I dyed my hair purple, pulled away the barriers between myself and the way I present myself to others, pursued my consuming desire to draw letters, and began to express my inner monologue through my card line and blog.

Photo by Belathée

It was during these 2 years that I determined that my “safe designs” weren’t serving me OR the people I was trying to help. So I killed them all.

I took on a 365 lettering challenge to force myself to create and not to become so attached to each of my drawings. In doing this I helped to push aside my perfectionism and instead focus on creating a large body of work. The natural result of doing so many was that I improved my technique. And in letting go of a little bit of my perfectionism, I had so many lettering pieces that I felt were good enough as opposed to 1 or 2 that I could never finish because they were never quite right. I know looking into the future I will be a better letterer for it, and with the work I am making now I can help my target audience today and not in some imaginary distant future.

I didn’t make 365 lettering pieces but I did do well over 80 and that was 80 more than I had ever done before. I learned that, in the doing, my creation process is very cyclical. I work in batches like on a production line. So first I sketch a ton to pieces, then I ink them all, scan them into the computer and send away for a large volume of plates at once. (This also helps me save on shipping costs and I never sit on designs waiting to fill up an order.) Once my plates arrive I can now print them in batches.

In letterpress printing you can only print one color at a time so I will print all the cards with pink, for example, before moving on to the next. This allows me to maximize my press time and to minimize the number of times I switch colors.

My original line was a whopping 27 core colors and some cards were as many as 6 colors all on their own. I learned really fast that when you needed to print a ton of cards that were similar colors it is easier to get a large volume of them done, but when having to reprint just one card in those 6 colors suddenly you had a huge problem. The amount of labor required no longer justified the cost of that $5 card (retail and even less for wholesale).

Right now my typical day is all over the place, and I wouldn’t recommend my schedule to anyone. Once all of my 3 kids are old enough to be in all day school, I am hopeful things will get more consistent. I wake up between 5 and 6am before my kids get up to write for my blog. This is the time of day where I am my most focused. On the days I start with writing I find that I feel more productive overall than on the days that I don’t.

At 7 am, my husband and I work on getting my kids out the door and to their various schools and daycare. On the 3 days a week my son goes to daycare, I have 2 and a half hours to work before I need to pick my middle daughter up from preschool. It’s in these hours that I will draw, print, or send emails to my list of stores and buyers I would love to work with.

The end of my work day is after the kids go to bed around 8:30pm. During this time I try to finish up on the tasks that didn’t get done during the day. Like I said, I wouldn’t recommend this schedule to anyone. There is always too much to do and not enough time to do it.

In order to figure out what to focus on in my limited hours, I look at my balance finding worksheet that I filled out for myself (you can read more about this worksheet here). I look at what I goals I set for myself and then try to only focus on the tasks that will get me there. This really helps me cut through the noise of ALL THE THINGS that are screaming for my attention. Right now my team consists of myself and a friend who occasionally helps me with packaging cards. Delegating the packaging production was a huge relief and I don’t know why I waited as long as I did to bring in help there.

If I had to give any advice to my younger self starting this company, it would be to focus on the people you are trying to help. Create something that they will love and be drawn to. In order to create that desire you are also going to turn other people off and that is OK. Don’t try to please everyone because in the end you please no one, not even yourself.

Have fun, be curious and let that curiosity and the fear you feel about doing something unknown be your guiding compass. Fear is something to be embraced because on the other side of that fear are your dreams and if you want them you need to go and get them.

Pushing through my fear and following my curiosity has renewed my passion for paper and making greeting cards. I feel good when I am creating the designs and feel excited once I see them come out of my printing press. Before I began lettering my cards the task of design felt more like a chore, but now I have lists and lists of cards I want to create.

I am really excited about my newest release! Here are some photos from my newest release. The new cards are available wholesale now and will be shipping to my website customers starting June 15th.

All photos courtesy of Bunny Bear Press except where noted.

Want to be featured? Reach out to Megan at megan[at] for details.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

We love love love watching our Designer Rolodex friends celebrate milestones, like adding to their families! And today is truly a special day, because we get to share the baby announcements that Jackie of Sincerely, Jackie designed for her little guy Richie’s welcome into the world! Jackie is known for her elegant invitation design, so it’s no surprise that she created these stunning and refined powder blue and vellum baby announcements for her own sweet boy. Congrats to the happy, and adorable, family!

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

From Jackie: We wanted these announcements to be a simple declaration of both Richie’s birth and his coming home, over three months later. When I was first hospitalized with HELLP Syndrome, my husband and I made the decision to be public with our journey. Many, many people kept us in their thoughts and prayers after our son was born 14 weeks early. We ended up mailing several hundred birth announcements, and I never shared the sentimental story behind them.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

They may be overly simple, but they’re more meaningful than they appear. I purposefully kept the typography clean, and the colors subtle because I did not want to detract from the three most important things: Richie’s announcement, our two favorite photos, and the song that planted itself in my heart.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

The announcements were digitally printed in a soft blue-grey on cotton paper, and contained two cards, each with a photo on one side, and typography on the other. The first, smaller card was our actual announcement containing both the date Richie was born (May 26, 2016, weighing 2lbs 2oz, and only 13.75″ long), and the day he came home from the NICU, 99 days later (September 1, 2016, weighting 7bs 6oz, and 20.25″ long) . The second card contained the lyrics from “Amazing Grace.”

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

When you go through something as life-changing as what my little family endured, you find peace anywhere it is offered. For me, I found that peace driving to the NICU one morning when “Amazing Grace” was playing on the radio. I hadn’t really cried before that. Not like, cried cried, if you know what I mean. But in the car that day, I had to pull over to the side of the highway to catch my breath. I felt an overwhelming sense that we’d be alright. Nearly every day after that, I would listen to any version of “Amazing Grace” that I could find on YouTube. About halfway through our NICU stay, little Richie was transferred from an isolette (incubator) to an open crib. A nurse, Patti, found a mobile in a storage room and felt compelled to get it to start working again. She stayed late that day to fiddle with the mobile, and proudly announced the next day that she had gotten it to work. The first song it played was “Amazing Grace.” I remember just standing there, in awe, as my little miracle baby slept peacefully under the mobile in his crib.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

After Richie came home, I sang “Amazing Grace” every single night while I rocked him to sleep. It’s become the melody of our journey, and I felt it was important to include that in Richie’s birth announcement, although not many people knew the story behind it.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

In addition to the two birth announcement cards, we added the invitation to our son’s baptism, which was sent to a select few family members. The baptism invitation featured a verse on one side, and the baptism details on the other, neatly slipped into a vellum envelope.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

Thanks Jackie!

Design: Sincerely, Jackie

Styling: Kristen Poissant

Sincerely, Jackie is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Charlie Juliet Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m on the train to New York as I write this, making my way towards the 2017 National Stationery Show! If you don’t already, follow me over on Instagram for some real-time updates from the show, and of course I’ll be back here next week to share recaps and highlights from the show – along with some of our regularly-scheduled content. But in the meantime…

 Azalea-Inspired Envelope by Mary Kate Moon

Photo by Mary Kate Moon via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

How gorgeous is this skirt?? I want one in every color!

Loving the new Parachute tabletop linen collection

Such great embroidered t-shirts from Anne Robin Calligraphy – the proceeds all go to Planned Parenthood! I especially love this Make America Kind Again kid’s shirt.

NEED these hologram envelope sets from The Social Type!

Thinking I might need this for future trade shows – it’s the perfect way to store business cards!

Make: Thai iced tea ice cream

Card of the week!


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Playful floral pinwheel wedding invitations

Beautiful blue agate-inspired watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitations

Fun cards to congratulate friends and family on a new home!

Super fun neon acrylic birthday party invitations

NSS 2017 Sneak Peeks: Wild Ink Press, Inclosed, Amy Heitman, and Egg Press

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned cocktail recipe