2011 Calendar Round-Up, Part 4

There have been a ton of amazing calendars released in the couple of weeks since my last calendar round-up, so it’s time for the next installment!  Like the other round-ups, this is going to be a long-ish post, so let’s get right to it.

Tara from Ink + Wit just released her 2011 letterpress calendar, and of course it’s absolutely beautiful!  The designs are inspired by animals at play:



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You saw the poster-style calendar from Pistachio Press in my last round-up, but Rachael also just released a monthly calendar inspired by midcentury modern design!



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The 2011 letterpress calendar from These Are Things totally brings out my inner wanderlust:



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A cool typography-inspired calendar on wood veneer from Heather Lins:


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A super-cute illustrated write-on calendar from sadlyharmless:



This calendar from English Muffin was inspired by weekend farmer’s markets and features an original illustration for each month of the year.  And it’s available in both English and French!


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Illustrator Julianna Bright has created a beautiful screen printed calendar in both a tea towel and wall version:

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Caitlin Keegan‘s 2011 illustrated calendar features a small writing space below each month, and you can rotate the entire design through each season!


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The design geek in me totally loves these color-inspired poster-size calendars (there are four available design options) from Melissa Design

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…this awesome typography calendar from Studio Hinrichs (via Design Crush)…

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…and this simple (yet hilarious) calendar from Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar (one of my faves from 2010):


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I’ve got even more calendars to share, so check back a bit later for Part 5!  And if you missed parts 1, 2, or 3, you can find them right here.  Oh, and I have a fun little surprise for all of you this afternoon, too – but more details on that later!

{all images from their respective sources}

Owl Birthday Party Invitations

When it comes to party invitations, I don’t think it gets much cuter than a first birthday party invitation.  Brandi from Sweet Harvey created these invitations for the first birthday of her adorable baby niece Zoey, and the resulting owl theme strikes the perfect balance between modern and whimsical design.


From Brandi: Jennifer wanted something cute and fun for baby Zoey.  Jennifer had decided on a giraffe for Zoey’s baby announcements a year ago and decided to keep with the animal character theme.  We choose brown for the owl and added the strawberry for a girly touch.



So cute!  Thanks so much Brandi – and happy first birthday to Zoey!

{image credits: Sweet Harvey}

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Wedding Invitations – Page Stationery

Sue from Page Stationery has a wonderful approach to design – “less is more, God is in the details, and  you can never have enough good, clean, white space.”  Sue has been obsessed with typography, letterpress printing and beautiful paper since her early days as a design student.  Prior to starting Page Stationery in 1999, she was an art director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, and today is based out of Richmond, VA.  She’s here today to share some of the clean and modern designs from her collection of letterpress wedding invitations – including four brand new designs!


















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Thanks so much Sue!  You can find more from Page Stationery – including other wedding invitations, holiday cards, and personal stationery – right here!

Looking for a wedding invitation designer?  You can find Page Stationery and lots of other wedding invitation designers in our Designer Rolodex!

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Lena and Derek’s California Wedding Invitations

The second set of real wedding invitations today come to us from Sarah at Foglio Press.  Sarah recently created a beautiful letterpress wedding invitation suite for an upcoming wedding near Half Moon Bay, California.  Sarah went with a modern color palette and clean overall design to complement the beautiful wedding venue.


From SarahLena’s wedding will be taking place at the beautiful Chateau La Joye near Half Moon Bay, California.  We were looking to create a suite that would incorporate a blend of clean and simple design elements with whimsical details and gorgeous cotton paper.

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We used Crane Lettra in flourescent white, letterpress printed in a fresh and modern color palette of pool blue and warm gray inks.  From there we chose a combination of typefaces and let them come together with a simple and beautiful border.



The reply postcard and custom map were bundled together with the invitation and tied with citrus-toned twine for a pop of color.  Another shot of cheery color came from the Papaya envelope liners peeking out from sleek gray euro-flap envelopes.

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For the ceremony programs, we decided to go even more whimsical.  Instead of a booklet, we chose a long and skinny accordion format that were fun for guests to open and read but folded nicely into a sweet 4.25″ x 5.5″ package.


Once again we mixed fun typography with lots of swoops and swirls to draw the eye down each portion of the program.  On the back, we printed the lyrics to Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” so that guests would be able to participate in a recessional singalong.

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So pretty!  For more from Sarah and Foglio Press, you can check out her website and etsy shop.  Thanks Sarah!

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration? Don’t for­get to check out the real invi­ta­tions gallery for even more wed­ding invi­ta­tion inspiration!

{image credits: foglio press}

Constance + Russell’s Silhouette Gatefold Wedding Invitations

The first set of real wedding invitations come to us from Tina at Joie Studio, a custom letterpress studio in Los Angeles, California.  Tina recently printed the wedding invitations for actress Constance Zimmer‘s October wedding.  Designed by art director Eliza Kenan, the invitation features a gatefold layout with custom silhouettes and other personal details in a navy blue color palette, as well as a double-sided rsvp postcard:


Constance and Russell chose to have their daughter host the wedding for the invitation wording – too cute!


Constance even used vintage stamps on the outer envelopes – do actresses read wedding blogs, too?



Constance loved the invitations so much, she also had Tina screen print a few vintage handkerchiefs to give to her bridesmaids as gifts.  Aren’t they pretty?


Too cute!  Thanks so much for sending these over Tina!

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration? Don’t for­get to check out the real invi­ta­tions gallery for even more wed­ding invi­ta­tion inspiration!

{image credits: joie studio}