Handwriting holds a special kind of allure.  It would be a tough call to decide between using a beautiful font or handwritten calligraphy.  I think I would opt for the latter more times than not.  Nole has certainly featured the very most beautiful calligraphy on paper on this blog.  But, the warmth of the handwritten word is often taken beyond paper too.

I’ve long loved this rug from architect and designer, Joaquim Ruiz Millet who is also a writer, filmmaker and gallery director.  His Manuscrit Rug (2003) is an expression of all of his passions, and features a romantic poem that he wrote in his native Catalan.

Manuscrit Rug from Design Within Reach

There are many more examples of handwriting being transferred to household objects, jewelry and even clothing. Here are a few of my favourites:

1. Human Heart Decoupage by John Derian
2. Jeanine Payer, Edmond necklace from Moondance Jewelry
3. Black Script Large Fabric Thumbtacks by Fabricfarrago
4. Flourish Folio Cushion from Natural History
5. Mr. Darcy Proposal Dish Towel by Brookish
6. Postcup(TM) by Bailey Doesn’t Bark

“Handwritten” is a guest post by Jane Flanagan of Ill Seen, Ill Said.

Kate + Nick: Wedding Invitations

Skeleton Key Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Kate Gabriel

Hello there!  It’s Kate from Wit + Delight, filling in with Jane while Nole takes a well deserved blogging break.  Nole featured our Save the Dates almost a year ago, and I thought it’d be fun to share our wedding invitations with you all.

Skeleton Key Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Kate Gabriel

We knew that we wanted the invitations to be simple and classic, with a vintage twist.  We decided on a somewhat unconventional format, using a blind hit with letterpress for most of the typography, emphasizing our names.  The vellum sheet served as a place to put additional information.  We added subtle details, such as gold edges, vellum wraps, and guests were asked to tear the perforated edge of the rsvp card to return.

Skeleton Key Wedding Ceremony Programs by Kate Gabriel

Our programs integrated some design elements from our save the dates, but still felt classic and refined.  We printed the entire piece digitally, punched holes along the center fold, and tied the piece together with twine.  They turned out beautifully!

{image credits: kate gabriel}

Paper-Inspired Pairings

Hello there!  Jane here from Ill Seen, Ill Said.  For the next five days lovely Nole has given me free rein of her blog.  And although she was open to me blogging whatever my heart desires, I thought it would be fun to try to stay within the “paper” theme Nole’s blog name suggests, but take some playful little liberties.  Today, I decided to come up with some pairings inspired by some of my favourite items from the Oh So Beautiful Paper archives.

1. Dress by Erdem
2. Invitation by Ma Joie Press, originally blogged here

1. Envelope Clutch by Jessica Jensen
2. Invitations by Hello!Lucky, originally blogged here

1. Sailor’s knot belt by Jennifer Behr
2. Invitation by Faye & Co., originally blogged here

1. Earrings by Joanna Rutter
2. Invitations by Oh Louise!, originally blogged here

1. Dress by Shabd
2. Business cards by Jordan Ferney, originally blogged here

1. Side table by Oly
2. Business cards by Dingbat Press, originally blogged here

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

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Next week I’ll be taking a little blog break, but I have two of my favorite bloggers filling in with some fabulous guest posts – Jane from Ill Seen, Ill Said and Kate from Wit + Delight!  You’ll have to wait until next week to see what they have planned for you, but I know you’re going to love it all!  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 wonderful weekend!

{image credit: mayu}

A few more 2011 calendars…

Just in case you’re still looking for a 2011 calendar (and haven’t already found one in my calendar round-ups last year), here are a few more pretty calendars to consider:

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{egg press}


{oh my deer}


{jolie jolie}

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{nate duval}

And of course you can still check out the other calendar round-ups right here!

{images from their respective sources}