Stationery Show Sneak Peek – Yellow Owl Workshop

Have I mentioned that the National Stationery Show is next week?  Yeah, I’m just a teensy bit excited – it’s my favorite week of the year!  It’s been fun to see some of my favorite stationers gearing up for the show this week.  I always look forward to the new colorful and creative designs from Yellow Owl Workshop, and today Evan and Christine are sharing a sneak peek at some of the new cards making their official debut at the show!


In addition to the Stationery Show, Christine will be participating in a fun event at West Elm for her book Print Workshop!  So if you’ll be in the New York area this Saturday, stop by West Elm Broadway (at Broadway and 62nd Street) from 5 – 7 p.m. for a printmaking workshop and book signing.  Check out the full details right here!

Photo Credits: Yellow Owl Workshop

Jackie + Tyler’s Gray and Gold Baby Shower Invitations

Okay, prepare yourself for some serious cuteness.  Jackie from 42 Pressed and her husband Tyler are expecting a baby girl in just a few weeks, and today Jackie is here to share her baby shower invitations!  Jackie was inspired by the gray and gold nursery color palette and crib bedding – resulting in a baby shower invitation that is both modern and super adorable.


From Jackie:  At first we were going to wait to find out if it was going to be a boy or a girl but for obvious reasons we just couldn’t stand waiting, but before we knew it was a girl we basically chose to go with a grey and gold color palette, with pops of color and various other textures.


I fell in love with Oh Joy’s Petal Pusher wallpaper from Hygge & West, so we put that up on the main wall.  We also put up all the wainscoting to break up the grey walls a bit and to give it a little bit more light.


For the shower invitations, we wanted them to be fun and playful, her name will be “Riley Magnolia Robinson” so my sister came up with the saying “Let’s shower our flower” and then I basically designed around that.  There are lots of giraffes in the nursery and I am so in love my crib bedding by Dwell Studio, we basically drew from that inspiration.


I thought that it would be fun to incorporate our nursery colors within the belly band, that way people could buy décor if they wanted or make things, I have some pretty crafty friends so I was sure that would come in handy!

So cute Jackie!  Congratulations on your newest addition!  For more from 42 Pressed, check out their custom portfolio right here!

Photo Credits: 42 Pressed

*42 Pressed is a sponsor of Oh So Beautiful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

International Biscuit Festival Invitations

Now this sounds like a fun party!  Sarah from The Happy Envelope sent over these invitations that she printed for the upcoming International Biscuit Festival (who knew?) over Memorial Day Weekend in Knoxville.  Sarah combined multiple typefaces and letterpress printing in chocolate and chartreuse inks for a southern-meets-swanky invitation to the festival’s fundraising brunch.  Any Top Chef fans out there?  You might recognize the name of the festival’s guest chef

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From SarahEverybody loves biscuits! The International Biscuit Festival is a huge weekend event held in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.  This year, Guest Chef Michelle Bernstein will be participating in a special fundraising event to raise money for Share Our Strength, so the hosts of the event wanted to send out invitations that were luxurious and swanky while still maintaining the casual, laid-back mood of the Biscuit Festival.


The invitation and reply postcard are letterpress printed in chocolate ink on ultra-thick 220 lb board.  The reverse side picnic pattern on the invitation is letterpress in a chartreuse ink.  All pieces were wrapped up together with mocha and white threaded baker’s twine in multiple wrap with knot.  The Biscuit Benefit Dinner pieces was printed on standard 110# letterpress stock and matted with chocolate brown stock to create a dark border on the white paper.  Khaki envelopes were flat printed with chocolate ink reply card.


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Thank you so much Sarah!

Photo Credits: John Black Photography

Stationery Show Sneak Peek – Paper Mill Designs

The National Stationery Show is coming up in just a few days and I’m starting to get really excited for this year’s show.  It almost feels like Stationery Christmas – putting together my walking list of exhibitor booths and checking it twice!  Katrina from Paper Mill Designs sent over a quick sneak peek at some of the new designs that she’ll be exhibiting at the show (in booth #1966).  I can’t wait to see them in person!


Cute business card size thank you cards

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Calligraphy by Erica Hammer Calligraphy



Photo Credit: Paper Mill Designs




Rebecca + Nick’s Rocky Mountain Colorado Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  We’re starting the week off with a fabulous set of Colorado mountain wedding invitations from Samantha and Whitney at Gus & Ruby Letterpress in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Sam and Whit created this invitation suite for a wedding that took place last year on Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains.  When it came to the design, Sam and Whit were inspired by the wedding’s rustic lodge venue and the beauty of the Colorado mountain landscape.


From Sam and Whit: The suite was designed for a lovely couple getting married on Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The couple adored the beautiful rustic lodge where they were getting married and really wanted to play up the venue in their stationery.  From the save the date to the thank you notes, we focused on the beauty of Pikes Peak, the Colorado landscape and details from the gorgeous hotel where they were to be wed.


We started with the beautiful blind impression save the dates.  There were big antlers hung all over the venue, so the blind impression antlers were a little nod to the lodge decor and hinted at the mountain top theme.



The invitation itself is a die-cut silhouette of Pikes Peak mountain that we then adhered to a navy backing paper (as we did on the save-the-date).  We loved the depth and interesting shape that the die-cut gave the invitation and that the silhouette was actually the real silhouette of the mountain where the couple would be married.  On the reply card, we featured illustration of an aspen tree – the type of tree most prominent on the mountain.



For the suite, we found inspiration for the color palate and envelope liner pattern in the rug design and pattern found inside the lodge.  The envelope liner pattern is a direct imitation of the rug on site at the lodge!



Colors and fonts tied everything together and we really loved the mix of pattern, shape and illustration – it gave the whole suite a funky, mountain-y feeling without being too theme-y.  Of course, all the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful 100% cotton paper.


Absolutely stunning work, as always.  A big thanks to Samantha and Whitney for sharing these invitations – and you can check out more of their custom design work over on their blog!

Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography