Letterpress Studio Tour – Ephemera Press

So I thought I’d do something a little different this afternoon and share a really cool tour of letterpress studio Ephemera Press as photographed by Ariel Nebeker.  Ariel’s images are absolutely beautiful – so I hope you enjoy this glimpse of a day in a letterpress design and print studio!


{hand-setting the antique type}



{hand-mixing the perfect shade of ink}

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{the press really gets moving – the wheel spins so fast!}




{tara inspects each print as she takes it out of the press}




You can read a bit more about Ariel’s visit to Ephemera Press over on Ariel’s blog – and of course you can check out more from Ephemera Press right here!

{image credits: ariel nay nebeker}

Art Deco + Sea Coral Wedding Invitations

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today is going to be a really fun day!  I’m heading up on a quick trip to New York – and although I’m coming back to DC later tonight it’s always great to visit the city, even if just for a few hours.  But before I run off to catch the train, I have some beautiful new wedding invitations from Zenadia Design to share with you!

First up, this lovely invitation suite inspired by beautiful coral reefs – with gorgeous tropical colors and beachy texture!





The second invitation suite is a totally glammed out art deco design – perfect for a vintage-inspired wedding.  I’m loving the die cut detail on the main invitation:





You can check out more from Zenadia Design over on their blog and website – and to make it even better, Heidi from Zenadia Design is also offering 10% off orders from the readymade wedding invitation collection through September 30 (just make sure you mention Oh So Beautiful Paper)!

{image credits: zenadia design}

*Zenadia Design is one of my fabulous sponsors; for more on my editorial policy, please click here.

Jillian’s Elegant Wedding Invitations

Jillian from GIGI Press first contacted me a year ago as she was getting her studio up and running, and she’s had quite a year since then – including getting married this past March!  When it came to her own wedding invitations, Jillian worked with Passing Notes to create an invitation suite that matches her own design philosophy – simple, modern, yet timeless:

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From Jillian:  I worked with Abbie at Passing Notes on the wedding invitation suite.  She was a delight to work with, and we share a similar design philosophy.  Grace Connell did the calligraphy for the invitations, seating cards, and menus.  Kelly Meyer of Kelly Michelle Weddings was our wedding planner and Elizabeth Messina captured everything on film.

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I wanted everything about the wedding to compliment the beautiful setting at the Montage in Laguna Beach – not overpower or take away.  The colors all reflected what you will find in nature along the Laguna’s gorgeous coastline… many shades of blues, grays, whites.

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To add a warm natural element, we used square pieces of walnut wood, and engraved them with our logo and numbers to serve as our table numbers, to display our parting gifts, and small signs that read “please stay for a midnight snack” at the bars to ask that guests be sure to stick around for In-N-Out cheeseburgers that came out at midnight.

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Gorgeous!  Thanks Jillian – and congratulations!

{all images courtesy of Elizabeth Messina | kiss the groom}

Letterpress Calling Cards

I’m taking a quick break from wedding invitations this morning (not to worry, I have some beautiful real invitations coming up a bit later) to share this beautiful letterpress print from Brandi at Sweet Harvey:



Brandi kindly sent me one of these prints, which I now have up in my new home office and love it!  Isn’t it perfect for artists and freelancers?  Or even in a child’s bedroom?  Such a sweet print.  Brandi also let me know about some new letterpress calling card designs that she’s offering in the Sweet Harvey shop:




I’m loving all the bright colors and floral patterns – check it all out in the Sweet Harvey shop!

{image credits: sweet harvey}

*Sweet Harvey is one of my fantastic sponsors; for more on my editorial policy, please click here.

Wedding Invitations — Pistachio Press, Part 2

As I mentioned earlier, Pistachio Press recently added two new collections to the existing wedding portfolio, and I’m thrilled to be the first to share them with you!  Rachael has partnered with two amazing artists – Michelle Chassé and calligrapher Grace Edmands – with stunning results.  Scroll down for photos from each collection below, along with a short description of each collection from Pistachio Press.

The Finer Things Collection

Designed by Michelle Chassé, this intimate collection offers stunningly intricate designs inspired by textiles, teas, and sweets: some of the finer things in life!


{tea party}


{chocolate truffle}




{botanical lace}

The Calligraphy Collection

Pistachio Press and Grace Edmands have teamed up to develop an elegant line of calligraphed invitations.  Choose from several distinct hand lettered styles to be impeccably letterpress printed.









Sigh… aren’t they beautiful?  Congratulations on the new collections Rachael!

Rachael is generously offering a 20% discount to Oh So Beautiful Paper readers on all Pistachio Press wedding invitation orders placed by September 30th. This discount applies to all three collections, even the new custom Calligraphy Collection – just be sure to mention that you saw them here!

{image credits: pistachio press}