Calligraphy Inspiration: Kathryn Murray

Gone are the days when western calligraphy was synonymous with traditional and predictable handwriting.  Kathryn Murray consistently delivers amazing work with her fresh and elegant style.  You may have seen it before on greeting cards, prints, and in magazines.  Kathryn’s impressive portfolio of work has earned her a go-to standing in today’s world of wedding calligraphy.  Though, it may also have something to do with the fact that the only thing more delightful than her work, is working with her. – Julie

Kathryn Murray holiday envelopes

Kathryn Murray bride & groom buttons

Never one to be afraid of colour, Kathryn’s portfolio showcases an array of hues. (And this is not only visible in her work, but also in her styling!)

Kathryn Murray envelope detail

Kathryn Murray wood placecards

Words cannot express how much I adore these place cards. A lovely contrast of soft hand-written lines and rough, natural wood.

Kathryn Murray addressed envelopes

Kathryn Murray labels

She has mastered a wonderfully fanciful calligraphic style that is playful yet refined. A perfect balance!

Kathryn Murray edible calligraphy cookies

Kathryn has also launched a new product recently: edible calligraphy cookies to be used as customized favors or even place cards.  She noted that, “The calligraphy is printed on edible paper with edible ink as part of a delicious shortbread cookie, with just a hint of cinnamon.”  That’s quite a sweet touch for any special event, don’t you think?

Photo Credits: All photos by Matt Murray, except image(s) no.6 by Sweet Monday Photography

2012 Calendar Round Up, Part 8

Just when I think we’re nearly done with 2012 calendar round ups, a few more amazing designs pop up! (This happens to me every year, so I really shouldn’t be surprised)  This round up features new editions of some of my favorite 2011 calendars along with a couple of first-time calendars from some of my favorite designers, so let’s take a look!

The calendars from Michelle Armas are one of my annual favorites and feature prints of her amazing paintings (which you can keep and frame later!)

Gorgeous color and floral illustrations from The House That Lars Built


The first ever (yay!) calendar from Mae Mae Paperie was inspired by swimming – so fun!

A simple + modern black and white calendar from Pawling

Lots and lots of color (both back and front!) in the 2012 desk calendar from Delphine

A collection of mint-colored things in this calendar from Kate’s Papergoods (she has another based on salmon color things)

A 5-color letterpress southwestern calendar from Goosedown Press – the registration in the pattern is amazing!


A geometric letterpress calendar from Fourth Year Studio – inspired by traditional quilt patterns

This lovely calendar from Flora Douville incorporates her watercolor illustrations (via Frolic!)

A beautiful watercolor wash and hand lettering in this 2012 calendar from Oh My Deer

And just in case you missed them, check out the earlier calendar round ups right here!

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Inspired By: Kraft Paper

Kraft paper is one of my favorite materials any time of year, but even more so during the holiday season.  I love the combination of kraft paper (or even chipboard) and white lettering for party invitations and place cards.  You can also use kraft paper lunch bags as easy menus for holiday dinners or attach little flags to toothpicks or straws to help guests keep track of their drinks for a New Year’s Eve party.  Since Thanksgiving is next week (!!), I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite kraft paper details…

No. 1 Kraft paper + cobalt paper flowers Hey Look via The Sweetest Occasion; No. 2 Invitations Rebecca Hansen via Once Wed; No. 3 Kraft paper drink flags Michael and Anna Costa via Style Me Pretty; No. 4 Neither Snow via Design Sponge; No. 5 Kraft paper favor bags Tec Petaja via Once Wed; No. 6 Menu Karen Mordechai for Sunday Suppers; No. 7 Place card via Martha Stewart Weddings; No. 8 Table setting via Country Living

p.s. A few favorite kraft paper posts:

2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 5

As promised, I’m back with more holiday cards!  For this particular round up, I’m focusing in on some of the cards with beautiful illustrated and nature-inspired details.  Such a lovely way to help celebrate the holiday season.

Hannah Madden

Blackbird Letterpress


Kathryn Whyte

Satsuma Press


Linea Carta

Tad Carpenter

Erin Dollar


Studio SloMo

Moikka Paper

In case you missed them, check out the earlier holiday card round ups right here!

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*Studio SloMo are some of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

2011 Holiday Card Round Up, Part 4

Are you ready for more holiday cards?  In case you missed them, you can check out the previous round ups right here, but I’ve got a bunch more beautiful cards to share with you today – from sweet calligraphy cards to fun and sparkly gold foil holiday cards!

Emily Hogarth

Sugar Paper



In Haus Press

Tabletop Made


Sesame Letterpress

Winged Wheel

Love Citron


Flywheel Press

Printerette Press

I’ve got more holiday cards coming up in just a bit, so check back soon!

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