Heather’s Modern Graduation Announcements

In addition to flowers and warm weather, spring also means that it’s graduation time!  Heather is preparing to graduate from Portland State University and designed an announcement to help commemorate the big day.  Heather worked with Chelsea from Field Trip Studio for letterpress printing in two colors – resulting in a fun and spring-fresh announcement inspired by Heather’s love of print design.


From HeatherThe inspiration for the design of my announcements were my love of print design, as well as the chance to nerd-out over my favorite design things.  I wanted to do some hand-drawn type, but didn’t want to draw out the entire piece and so settled on just my name, to really make it pop!


A few super nerdy details: all sides have rules on them—the left and right sides have inches, while the top and bottom are in picas.  Also included are my favorite tools from the Adobe Design Suite, a command + n to symbolize the new chapter I’m starting, and some great little circles (including the ellipse tool cursor in the center) on the corners.  Nerd alert!




Thanks so much Heather – congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Photo Credits: Heather Noddings

Black + White Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Neither Snow

I have a deep love for calligraphy, and the romantic calligraphy from Mara of Neither Snow always seems to take my breath away.  These wedding invitations featuring Mara’s beautiful script and a sweet asterisk illustration are no exception.  And the combination of calligraphy and letterpress printing?  Be still my heart…



Photo Credits: Daniel Arnold via Neither Snow

Seasonal Stationery: Mother’s Day Cards

Having been away the last couple of weeks, I’m definitely a bit behind on this year’s Mother’s Day round-up.  But better late than never, right?  For those of you still looking for a last minute (or slightly belated) card for Mother’s Day (this Sunday!), here is a quick round-up of cards that would be perfect for the moms in your life.

Lots of lovely cards from Mr. Boddington’s Studio


Wild Ink Press

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Ink & Iron


Cotton Flower Press (left); and Hammerpress (right)

Sass & Peril

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Egg Press

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Fugu Fugu Press

Plantable wildflower seed card from Whit and Whistle

Tallu-la (left), and Avie Designs (right)

Campbell Raw Press

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{images from their respective sources}

*Wild Ink Press and Smock are spon­sors of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

First Birthday Party Invitations for Baby Lucas!

Hi again everyone!  I’m back!  I’m still trying to process the last couple of weeks in my head, much less go through all of the photos from the trip, so a trip recap will have to wait a few days.  Before I get to anything else, a huge thanks to Carina and Ellie for their fabulous guest posts while I was away – not to mention all of the fantastic printers who contributed posts for the printing process series.  The printing process series isn’t quite finished, so stay tuned for future posts on a few other printing methods a bit later this summer…


First up this week – invitations for a first birthday party!  Lisa from Good on Paper created these adorable circus-inspired invitations for her son’s first birthday celebration last month.  You can also check out Lucas’s awesome birth announcements right here.  I love the way Lisa uses different typefaces in her designs, particularly the cool ligatures on Lucas’s name and party date.  So fun!


Thanks Lisa!

Photo Credits: Good on Paper


I miss the days when my to-do lists and calendar were jotted in a little notebook, instead of stored virtually!  These colorful planners and notebooks from Hach would be just the thing.

“Hach” is a guest post by Ellie Snow of Mint and Hello Tenfold.