Paper Artwork: Optimism + Love

I’m always on the hunt for beautiful prints and artwork – and I’m particularly partial to anything with an optimistic or happy sentiment.  These are a couple of recent prints that have caught my eye…

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“Everything’s Alright Forever” by Enormous Champion (in gold foil on navy and silver foil on brown)

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“If you knew how much I love you, you’d faint” by Love Maki (in french and english)

Now I only need to choose my favorite color and language combinations!

{images via their respective sources}

Red + Turquoise Circus Theme Baby Shower Invitations

How cute are these letterpress baby shower invitations?  Jason from Missing Q Press created these invitations for a circus theme baby shower this past weekend.  From the bright red and turquoise color palette, to the stripes and fun circus-inspired fonts, to the vintage animal illustrations, I’m loving the entire design!

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From Jason:  The baby shower is for Sara Fay and Merrick (baby due this summer) and will be hosted by Todd Fiscus, owner of Todd. Event Design.  Todd wanted to do a circus themed party, so I incorporated some stripes, vintage animals, and circus fonts.  The invitation suite includes a striped envelope liner and we used vintage stamps on the outer envelope.

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For a gift, I designed and printed a one-of-a-kind poster for Sara Fay where she can have the baby’s name and birthdate calligraphed once the baby is born.  Sara Fay’s last name is Egan so an “E for Elephant” was the perfect choice for my print.

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Thanks so much Jason!

Photo Credits: Missing Q Press

Maia + Chad’s Red and Silver Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  Our first set of invitations this week comes to us from longtime reader Maia.  Maia and her fiancé Chad are getting married next month and created a fantastic set of DIY invitations on a super-tight budget – and she’s here to tell us all about it!  I’m loving the red and gray color palette and the custom ampersand that Maia created just for her invitations…

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From MaiaOur wedding is small and with a super tight budget of under $2,000 in total cost.  We ended up creating, designing, and making the invitations completely ourselves.  It was a long process, and with many sweat, tears, curses, and everything in between, but we’re both thrilled with the outcome!

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The following day after our marriage in Chicago, we are packing up and moving ourselves across the Country to sunny Los Angeles to continue our creative passions.  Our concept for the invitations was to keep them upbeat, fun, and lovely as a celebration of our union, as well as a huge goodbye bash, and at the same time, clean, for my minimalist loving heart.

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I started out by creating a hand drawn custom map of our reception location and staple landmarks of Chicago for our out-o-town guests.  I left the back of the map blank for the fella to design with a list of directions and things to see and places to eat. The main invitations were designed by my fiancé using an ampersand that I created. The RSVPs were with designed with a illustrated flag along with our wedding website information.

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For the invitation belly band, we purchased an embossing stamp with our initials.  I also made a flag garland stamp to dress up the belly band and envelopes.  I paired the garland stamp with silver embossing powder.

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Check out Maia’s blog, Little Dwell, for lots more details.  Thanks Maia!

Photo Credits: Maia and Chad

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Do you have anything fun planned for your weekend?  Despite my enthusiasm for the cherry blossoms, it’s still pretty cold and wintery here, so I have a feeling I’ll be spending most of the weekend bundled up as I try to check things off my to-do list.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Photo Credit: Cassia

{today I love…}

…spring!  It may have been cold and overcast yesterday here in DC, but it’s officially spring and I couldn’t be happier to finally say goodbye to winter.  Also excited for the official start of spring?  The cherry blossom trees!  They literally burst into bloom overnight a couple days ago, just in time for the official Cherry Blossom Festival that starts next week.  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to bask in the glow of my favorite pale pink blossoms before the huge tourist crowds get here, so my mom and I went down for quick a walk around the the Tidal Basin.

It’s amazing how these tiny little blossoms can make me so happy, and this even before the lilacs and peonies start to bloom!  Can you tell that spring is my favorite season of the year?

{all photos by me}