Annie + Jeremy’s Illustrated Portrait Save the Dates

Printerette Press was one of my favorites at this year’s National Stationery Show, so I was thrilled when Catherine from Printerette Press sent over these sweet and whimsical save the dates that she created for a recent couple.  Catherine incorporated the most adorable illustration of the bride and groom – even the bride’s sweet freckles!

From Catherine:  Annie & Jeremy might be the most down-to-Earth, funny, and sweet couple we’ve ever worked with.  Annie is a clothing designer and Jeremy is a librarian here in Minneapolis.  Both of them being from St. Louis, they planned a (hot) summer wedding in their hometown.

We love incorporating sweet, simple portraits into wedding stationery and we were delighted when Annie and Jeremy were on board with our idea!  I think my favorite element of the whole piece is Annie’s freckles.  The save the dates were printed on cotton paper with hand-mixed inks and lovingly hand-fed one at a time on our 100-year-old press.

Thanks Catherine!

Printerette Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Printerette Press

Katie + Alex’s Elegant Chicago Map Wedding Invitations

I love starting the week off with something pretty – and it really doesn’t get prettier than these Chicago map wedding invitations from Melissa and Amy of Atheneum Creative.  Katie and Alex wanted their home city of Chicago to serve as the focal point for their wedding invitations, so Melissa and Amy worked with an illustrator to create a custom map showcasing key landmarks for the couple and serving as an inner envelope.  Such a great idea!

From Melissa and AmyKaty and Alex were looking for a unique way to introduce and share their story—starting right with the invitation.  Chicago is home to both the bride and groom; it’s where their relationship began and it is where they will share their fist kiss as husband and wife.  The city means so much and holds so many memories for them, what better way to tell their story than with a custom illustrated map of their personal Chicago landmarks (such as their high rise apartment, the bench they got engaged on, the church and reception location, and many others).

Keeping with their yellow and gray color theme, we kept the cards simple and understated to let the map become the star.  We wanted the map to be the first thing you see when you open the envelope, so we shaped it to serve as the inner envelope—wrapping the whole package in yellow twine. It was really great to hear about all the details in the city that meant so much to the couple and we were really excited to bring that story to life for them.

Stunning!  You can see more from Atheneum Creative right here!

Concept and Design: Atheneum Creative
Map Illustration and Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Letterpress Printing: Side Show Press

Photo Credits: Atheneum Creative

{happy weekend!}

The week following a holiday weekend always flies by, doesn’t it?  I can’t believe it’s Friday already!  Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes, blog anniversary congratulations, and all around positive vibes this week!  We’ve had nonstop rain here in DC and much of the East Coast, so I’m planning to spend the weekend curled up indoors with a good book and maybe a movie or two.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Welcome to the newest Designer Rolodex members!

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and don’t forget to enter the wedding invitation giveaway with Paisley Quill (the contest ends tonight at midnight)!  I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

Photo Credits: Magic Spice Cake by Janet Hill Studio

Typography Metro System Map Posters

These posters from Trnsprtnation are so cool – they combine my love for maps with my husband’s obsession with public policy and transit planning (seriously, that’s one of his hobbies – and I love him for it).  They also remind me of a certain paper-loving transit planner who guest posted here a few weeks ago.  The subway lines for each city are comprised of text with the names of the stations along each line.  So far the collection includes Boston, Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and DC.  Metro maps have never been so beautiful!

Check out the full collection at Trnsprtnation!

Photo Credits: Trnsprtnation

Susie + Bradford’s Modern Chevron Stripe Wedding Invitations

The design world has been crazy for chevron stripes for a while now – and it’s easy to see why!  The zig zag pattern is clean, modern, and a lot of fun.  I love the way Richele from Richie Designs incorporated chevron stripes into these wedding invitations.  Richele used chevron stripes in the envelope liners and mailing labels, which pairs perfectly with the crisp green and white color palette and sans-serif type!


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Thanks Richele!

You can see more from Richie Designs in the Designer Rolodex right here!

Photo Credits: Richie Designs