Best of 2016: DIY

We had SO many fun DIY projects on OSBP this year! I tried to incorporate more printables into the mix, from notecards to printable art prints to Thanksgiving menus, along with plenty of projects involving watercolors, colorful pens, and iridescent materials. There were DIY googly eye classroom Valentines, DIY watercolor artworkHalloween projects, and my first ever DIY wreath tutorial. And we even learned how to make marbled paper! I have tons of new DIY ideas and projects up my sleeves for 2017 that I can’t wait to share with all of you! But in the meantime, here are a few of my absolute favorite DIY projects from 2016!

Best of 2016: DIY Hand Lettered Dinner Plates

DIY Hand Lettered Dinner Plates with printable templates – you could even make some of these for holiday dinners this weekend!

Best of 2016: DIY Colorful Watercolor Envelope Address Ideas

These DIY colorful watercolor envelopes will probably go down as one of my all time favorite projects!

Best of 2016: DIY Tropical Leaf Easter Eggs

I shared my first Easter egg tutorials this year! Three to be exact: printable tropical leaf Easter eggs (above), painterly gold and pink Easter eggs, and marbled Easter eggs using food coloring.

Best of 2016: Printable Vellum Favor Tags

These printable party favor tags are perfect for bridal showers and baby showers. I’m also planning more fun vellum projects in 2017!

Best of 2016: DIY Iridescent Favor Bags

DIY iridescent treat bags using old school label makers – how fun would these be for Valentine’s Day??

Best of 2016: DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats

DIY shibori-inspired watercolor placemats – they also make gorgeous table runners if you’re looking for options for your holiday dinner table!

Best of 2016: Iridescent Marbled Pumpkins

These marbled iridescent and hologram glitter Halloween pumpkins were soooooo much fun to make!

Best of 2016: Printable Thanksgiving Menu

Printable Thanksgiving dinner menus with illustrations by Swiss Cottage Designs

Best of 2016: Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

Okay, so this project is just from earlier this week, but it’s already one of my favorites! Gold, silver, and copper metallic leaf paired with iridescent mylar and colorful card stock – all turned into beautiful star shapes.

You can find all of our past DIY projects right here!

Best of 2016: Cocktails!

Next up in our Best of 2016 recap: cocktails! We had a LOT of fun with cocktail recipes this year. Infusions, plenty of smashes, shrubs, sparkling cocktails, beer cocktails, and more! Oh, and lots and lots of Tiki recipes, because the flavors are just the best. We’ve got at least one more punch recipe to share before the holiday break (and maaaaaybe another next week), but for now, let’s revisit the best cocktails of 2016!

Best Cocktails of 2016: Mock Tai

I really enjoyed our entire Mocktail series back in January – including this mock Mai Tai (aka Mock Tai)! We’ll be doing another round of mocktails next month, but you can also check out our other mocktail recipes: Apricot Tiki Mocktail, Winter Fruit Mocktail, and a Mocktail Mojito.

Best Cocktails of 2016: Chocolate-Fig Old Fashioned

The perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail: a Chocolate-Fig Old Fashioned

Best Cocktails of 2016: Pineapple-Coconut Rum Barrel

We loved all the bold tropical flavors in this Coconut-Pineapple Rum Barrel – one of our favorite cocktail infusion recipes!

Best Cocktails of 2016: St-Germain Margarita

I’m a fan of anything involving St-Germain – this Parisian Margarita is still one of my favorites!

Best Cocktails of 2016: Missionary's Downfall

Like mint? Try this fun frozen drink: the Missionary’s Downfall!

Best Cocktails of 2016: Ramos Aviation Fizz

This Ramos Aviation Fizz is for home bartenders at the intermediate-to-advanced level, but how gorgeous is that pale lavender color??

Best Cocktails of 2016: Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Blackberries are just SO good in cocktails. We made this Blackberry Whiskey Smash and this Blackberry Tequila Smash this year! We might need to try a rum version next year!

Best Cocktails of 2016: Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash

A Watermelon-Basil Rum Smash (aka Summer in a glass)

Best Cocktails of 2016: Peach-Basil Shrub Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe

This Peach-Basil shrub is delicious as both a cocktail AND a mocktail!

Best Cocktails of 2016: An IPA Jungle Bird / Tiki Cocktail with Beer

An IPA Jungle Bird (aka Tiki + beer = yum!)

Best Cocktails of 2016: Planter's Punch Tiki Punch RecipeLooking for a slightly non-traditional holiday cocktail? Try Planter’s Punch (a Tiki punch recipe!)

If you’re looking for even more cocktail recipe ideas, you can check out our full archive right here! Have any of you made one of our cocktail recipes? If so, please share them on Instagram – and be sure to tag us (@beautifulpaper and @liquorary) and use #osbphappyhour!

Also, if you have any requests for specific types of cocktails that you’d like to see from us in 2017, please let us know in the comments below!

Seasonal Stationery: New Year’s Cards, Part 2

Love them or hate them, making a New Year’s resolution is a time-honored tradition (making or ignoring, up to you). I’m resolving to say yes more and make excuses less (however, keep in mind the only resolution I’ve ever kept was to wear more lipstick). I also want to be better about staying in touch and sharing positive thoughts with friends, family, acquaintances and the daily people that make my life easier, better and more fun (I’m looking at you, super friendly USPS mail carrier with the cool sunglasses). For those that I don’t see on a daily basis, using our esteemed mail service will have to suffice. There were so many great options for New Year’s cards that we broke this into two posts – if you missed Part 1 of our roundup, check it out here! Now on to Part 2! Shauna


From top left:

1. Not sure a pop-up card was ever more relevant for New Years than any other holiday (runner-up: 4th of July). Isn’t this so fun?! From The Museum of Modern Art.

2. Love the use of gold foil over muted tones in this abstract design from Antiquaira.

3. Cheers! ‘Champagne every day’ as my mother-in-law likes to say – a sentiment I hope is shared by Idlewild Co.

4. Hopefully, I’ll keep my resolutions longer than it takes to receive this People I’ve Loved card.

5. How’d she know?! That terribly witty Emily McDowell always knows just the right thing to say.

6. I’m 100% going to be the one snoring at 10:30. Are you telling me that people actually stay awake until midnight? From Farewell Paperie.

7. Simple streamers, gold foil, and casual type from The Good Twin.

8. You heard it here first. Make this new year count! Via A. Favorite

9. Tall and classy, just like the ladies behind perennial favorite Sugar Paper.

This is our last greeting card round up of 2016 – but we’ll be back the first week in January with a much-needed round up of thank you cards!

p.s. More New Year’s cards right here

Best of 2016: Wedding Invitations

We still have some fun posts planned for this week, but since my goal for next week is to truly relax and rest my brain (if such a thing is even possible with two small children), I’m sharing my annual “Best Of” recaps with you this week! First up, the best wedding invitations of 2016! After eight years of blogging, my mental timeline can get kind of fuzzy, so I love doing these round ups and looking back to see all of the amazing things that I had the opportunity to share with you over the past year. And truly, there was so much gorgeousness in 2016. Tropical motifs, watercolor, metallics (especially copper), elegant calligraphy, playful hand lettering, and a return to handmade paper and deckled edges in a MAJOR way in the second half of the year. What design trends do you think 2017 will bring to us? I can’t wait to see!

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Black and White Foil Printed Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Blue Eye Brown Eye

Black and white calligraphy invitations with white foil on black paper, black foil on white paper, and a marbled envelope liner by Blue Eye Brown Eye

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Camp Theme Fold Out Wedding Invitations by Jessica Roush

Camp-theme fold out invitations for a wedding in a Wisconsin state park by Jessica Roush

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Leather and Copper Leaf Wedding Invitations by Coral Pheasant

Leather and copper leaf wedding invitations with cranberry envelopes and floral details by Coral Pheasant

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: The Art of Opposites Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things

Elegant art-inspired wedding invitations with abstract watercolor patterns by Lovely Paper Things

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Informal Hand Lettered Wedding Invitations by Odd Daughter Co.

I love these playful hand lettered wedding invitations by Odd Daughter Paper Co. as a fantastic example of a modern, informal wedding invitation

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Pink Watercolor Floral Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Whimsical pink watercolor floral wedding invitations with hand painted envelopes by Bright Room Studio

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Modern Gemstone and Copper Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are

Copper foil and modern geometric gemstone shapes in shades of deep plum, slate gray, and navy blue by And Here We Are

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations with Deckled Edges by Poste and Co.

Romantic shipwreck-inspired calligraphy wedding invitations with deckled edges by Poste and Co.

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Tropical Garden and Copper Foil Wedding Invitations by The Distillery

Fun tropical garden party wedding invitations with copper foil by The Distillery

Best Wedding Invitations of 2016: Peach and Navy Blue Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

I love the understated elegance in these peach and navy hand lettered wedding invitations from Bright Room Studio

Looking for more inspiration? You can find all of our past wedding invitation and save the date features right here!

Seasonal Stationery: 2017 Calendars

As we get ready to wrap up the year, I wanted to share at least one round up of beautiful 2017 calendars! I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions, but I always look forward to the optimism of a new year. The promise of a fresh start. A new calendar on the wall and a new date in the top corner. And I don’t know about all of you, but I’m looking forward to waving goodbye to 2016 and welcoming 2017. So let’s get some fresh new calendars on those walls! I’m sharing twelve of my favorites below, but if you’re looking for even more calendar options, you can find 100+ more 2017 calendars in the Market List here!

2017 Calendar Round Up

1. If you’re like me and occasionally forget to turn the page of your monthly calendar, try this tear-away wildflower calendar from Hartland Brooklyn – which you can repurpose as an art print at the end of the year!

2. This amazing 2017 Collaborative Calendar features artwork and words from 14 mothers (and some of my favorite artists), including Liz Libre of Linda & Harriett, Erin Jang of The Indigo Bunting, Meg Gleason of Moglea, Lena Corwin, and Samantha Hahn. All proceeds from the calendar will benefit Room to Grow, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty, throughout their first three years of development.

3. I will always say yes to pie. This year’s calendar from Wild Ink Press features twelve illustrations of our favorite pie recipes!

4. I’m absolutely obsessed with this botanical calendar by Esther Clark. Each month features Esther’s calligraphy and beautiful seasonal botanical illustrations, including my beloved hellebores, anemones, peonies, clematis, and more!

5. Beautiful (and colorful!) abstract art prints plus plenty of space to keep track of appointments in this wall calendar from Fine Day Press

6. It really just doesn’t get more classic than this: black text on white paper and gold borders in this desk calendar from Sugar Paper

7. Rifle Paper Co. always produces an amazing selection of calendars – this constellation calendar is my favorite this year!

8. Idlewild Co.’s Ladies of Literature wall calendar features 12 hand painted portraits of notable literary ladies, including Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Emily Bronte, J.K. Rowling, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

9. A year of flowers sounds just about right to me, especially when paired with beautiful photographs by Whimsy and Spice.

10. Need a little extra motivation in your day? Try this copper foil Positivity Calendar from Fox & Fallow!

11. Loving this year’s travel-inspired calendar collaboration between Good on Paper and Jennifer Young Studio. Each page features a beautiful photograph inspired by Jennifer’s travels across the United States, with two months per page and space at the bottom for notes.  

12. With gold foil and a solid brass base, this desk calendar from Blushing Confetti is the perfect way to dress up your office!

p.s. 100+ more 2017 calendars in the Market List right here and twelve awesome 2017 planners and agendas here!