Paige + Adam’s Vintage Equestrian Wedding Invitations

Last year, I featured the cutest Texas cactus wedding invitations for then-bride Emma James.  Well, I wasn’t the only one that admired Emma’s handiwork with her wedding invitations, because Emma sent over a new set of wedding invitations that she designed for a fellow Texas bride!  Paige and Adam’s wedding will take place later this spring at a horse farm, and Paige knew that she wanted an equestrian theme wedding invitation that reflected her lifelong love for horses.

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From the bride, Paige:  Our wedding is taking place at a horse farm just outside of Austin.  Having ridden horses my whole life, I wanted an equestrian theme throughout the wedding.   Having seen Emma’s vintage cactus wedding invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I knew I wanted to collaborate with her for my invitations.

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The invitation itself was letterpress printed with a quirky map motif that led from downtown Austin to the horse farm, Kali Kate.  I loved adding the vintage postcard as a reply card.  It added a beautiful splash of color and helped keep cost down.

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The calligraphy, vintage postage, and DIY packaging tied everything together.  For the packaging, I cut and assembled the kraft paper, ribbon, and burlap insert.  The kraft paper was stamped with a monogram logo that Emma designed for us and made into a rubber stamp.

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Overall, I love the way our invitations came out!  The invitations are informal, but also pretty, and embody the rustic vintage feel I had envisioned for our outdoor hill country wedding.

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So beautiful!  And the calligraphy by Bailey Amon is the perfect complement for the rustic equestrian wedding invitation design.  Thanks Emma and Paige!

{image credits: Emma James for Inviting Affairs}

Romantic Handmade Valentines

The last couple of years I’ve been totally enamored with the beautiful valentines from Hello Handmade Paperie – a collaboration between artist Shanna Murray and calligrapher Betsy Dunlap.  Last year’s valentine featured a regency-style letter (gorgeous!) with one of Shanna’s illustrations and text by Betsy.  Sadly, this will be the last project for Hello Handmade as Shanna and Betsy pursue their own projects, but their final Valentine’s Day project is every bit as romantic as the last two.

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Each valentine is printed with Shanna’s lovely ribboned laurel illustration on the front and a customized note penned by Betsy on the inside.  These personalized, customizable valentines are available for purchase through February 4th, and all valentines will be shipped out on February 7th to arrive in time for Valentines Day!

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Available for purchase right here.

{image credits: hello handmade paperie}

Simple + Sweet Valentines

Lately I find myself attracted to simple things – minimalist design, delicate patterns, and clean typography – particularly when it comes to Valentine’s Day cards and love notes.  Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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Letterpress Valentine's Day Card

{satsuma press}

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{in haus press}

Letterpress Valentine's Day Card

{BDR studio}

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{bailey doesn’t bark}

{images via their respective sources}

{happy monday!}

Hi everyone!  I’m back!  A huge thanks to Jane and Kate for guest blogging while I was away – weren’t their posts awesome??  I’m incredibly grateful to the both of them for filling in, considering last week was just a wee bit on the hectic side.  On Tuesday evening, my husband left for a six month work assignment in Iraq.  Approximately six hours later on Wednesday morning (with no sleep in between), I jumped on a plane and headed out to Salt Lake City for Alt.  It’s been a stressful few weeks as my husband and I prepared for his departure and it was wonderful to spend a few days in SLC with an instant support group of wonderful friends and bloggers.

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I’m slooowly easing back into my routine and trying to turn all of the fabulous inspiration from Alt into coherent thoughts and ideas to apply here.  Since I didn’t get to do my usual Friday post, I thought I’d start the week off with a quick round-up of some favorite links from last week:

Back with more soon!

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More Paper-Inspired Pairings

It’s been such a pleasure to blog here for the last five days.  A huge thanks to Nole for letting me take over her blog this last week. I hope it’s been a fun and relaxing break for her.  I thought I would leave you with much as I began, with a few more pairings inspired by some of my favourite items from the Oh So Beautiful Paper archives.  Have a great weekend!

1. Oilcloth fabric by Cath Kidston
2. Invitations by Mitchell & Dent, originally blogged here

1. Chevron pillow by Madeline Weinrib
2. Calling cards by Sweetbeaker, originally blogged here

1. Coral decoupage by John Derian
2. Invitations by Zenadia Design, originally blogged here

1. Butterfly cushion by Bev Hisey
2. Escort cards by Wren Handmade, originally blogged here

1. Tabletop linens by DwellStudio
2. Note cards by Satsuma Press, originally blogged here

1. Aurora fabric from Rapture & Wright
2. Wedding invitations by Postal Press, originally blogged here

“More Paper-inspired Pairings” is a guest post by Jane Flanagan of Ill Seen, Ill Said.