{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I'm looking forward to some family time this weekend, and to hopefully wrapping up a couple of projects I feel like I've been working on forever.  I'm not looking forward to all the rain we're supposed to be getting here on the East Coast this weekend, but I suppose that's to be expected this month (and I'm definitely glad that it's raining instead of snowing!).  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend:

That does it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you here again on Monday!

{image credits: shutter sisters via mary ruffle}

Silhouettes and Papercuts by Joe

I really cannot resist a pretty papercut or silhouette, particularly on a Friday morning when I need something to help give me that extra push towards the weekend.  So when Joe Bagley sent over some of his work, I knew it would do just the trick:

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Joe takes custom requests through his shop, Papercuts by Joe, and you can check out a lot of behind-the-scenes tidbits on his blog.  Thanks Joe!

{image credits: joe bagley}

Floral Japanese Paper Journals

Today is the first day that truly feels like Spring – I can walk outside without having to wear a coat (yay!), little buds are popping up all over the place, and things suddenly feel more green, not brown and gray.  And judging by these brightly colored japanese paper journals and photo albums in the new Spring collection from Campbell Raw Press, I'm not the only one with a major case of Spring fever:

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Check out more of these beautiful journals – and some gorgeous spring letterpress stationery – right here!

{image credits: campbell raw press}

Melissa + George’s Vibrant Folk Art Wedding Invitations

Melissa and George were married last October in San Antonio, Texas.  Melissa works as a graphic designer, so naturally she decided to take on the task of designing her own wedding invitations.  With her bold pattern selections and color palette, Melissa infused her invitations with a folk art-inspired feel, while still maintaining a traditional layout that suited her semi-formal wedding:

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From MelissaI loved the idea of a square format invitation and a full-bleed (no white border) design, but knew I needed to include a lot of information and wanted a more formal look-and-feel, since our church wedding and reception was more on the traditional side.

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I sourced vector artwork from Shutterstock and colored and rearranged the pattern until I found one I liked. Our wedding colors were navy, cranberry and cream with a hint of turquoise, which I think was fully reflected in the final design.

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We had more than half of our guests traveling from out of town, so I needed to include hotel and transportation information and a map of the area, along with our web site url and RSVP postcard.  The three stacked cards were designed to look like one cohesive image, but staggered to fit all the necessary details.  The diagonal pocket folder and envelopes were from Paper Source.

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The invitations were digitally printed by Ginny’s Printing in Austin, Texas on 100# Classic Crest natural cover.  My mom, sisters, grandmother and bridesmaids helped assemble more than 200 invitations by affixing glue dots to the back of the navy blue card and attaching the cranberry belly bands.

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My mom hand-addressed each envelope — and she also calligraphed the guests’ names on small square cards attached to the belly band around the invitation.  She’s a champ!

Melissa is now offering her wedding invitation design and several other designs as printable invitations in her etsy shop — check out the full selection right here!

{image credits: invitation photos by Katie Shagman, assembly photos by Melissa}

Stephanie Kao Ceramics

Today I can't stop staring at these beautifully intricate and colorful ceramic pieces from illustrator Stephanie Kao:

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Stephanie also freelances as a calligrapher and henna artist, which makes total sense after seeing these delicate patterns and lovely detailing.  Sigh… so many more amazingly gorgeous pieces right here.
 
{image credits: stephanie kao, found via two paperdolls}