Modern Calligraphy Summit Holiday Registration!

A few months ago I posted about an awesome opportunity for any aspiring calligraphers out there: The Modern Calligraphy Summit! You can read all about it here, but basically it’s the opportunity to learn the art of calligraphy from nine amazing calligraphers from the comfort of your home!

Wildfield Paper Co. / Modern Calligraphy Summit via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Wildfield Paper Co. / Modern Calligraphy Summit via Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Modern Calligraphy Summit will take place February 22 – March 5, 2016 and offers over 7 hours of video lessons. Summit courses include Beginning Calligraphy, Brush Lettering, Envelope Layouts, Flourishing, Floral Embellishments, Digitizing, and more! The early bird registration period ended back in August, but you have another chance to sign up from November 27 through December 1!

Wildfield Paper Co. / Modern Calligraphy Summit via Oh So Beautiful Paper

For those of you who sign up during these dates, the team over at the Modern Calligraphy Summit has put together a free video series that will help you create unique hand lettered holiday correspondence. The videos are available right now, and if there’s ever a time to improve your hand lettering skills the holidays are certainly it! Click here to sign up to get the free video series and a special holiday price when enrollment for the Summit opens later this week!

Photo Credits: Annie Mertlich of Wildfield Paper Co. for the Modern Calligraphy Summit

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Seasonal Stationery: 2016 Calendars, Part 3

Since we’re all getting ready to head off for the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought it would be fun to have a little food theme for our latest 2016 calendar round up! From food photos to cocktails to illustrated produce – there’s even a DIY embroidery kit calendar and a tea towel calendar to hang in the kitchen! Let your inner foodie shine with any of these beautiful food themed 2016 calendars!

Food Themed 2016 Calendars / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. One Canoe Two homegrown goodness wall calendar

2. Heather Lins fruit of the month embroidery calendar

3. Whimsy & Spice a year in food calendar

4. Fox & Fallow cocktails calendar

5. Little Low 13-month World Tables calendar – it even comes with a market list!

6. Keephouse tea towel calendar

7. Redcruiser seasonal beer pairings calendar

8. Santiago Sunbird seasonal produce and botanicals calendar

You can also find more 2016 calendars in the Market List right here!

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone – and welcome to a short week! We’ll be wrapping up a bit early this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but before we go I have a couple of beautiful wedding invitations and a super fun DIY project that I know you won’t want to miss. First up this week, these gorgeous calligraphy wedding invitations by Melissa Esplineach of which was written entirely by hand. Yep, Melissa hand calligraphed each and every invitation for this intimate wedding, most of which were in turn hand delivered to family and friends. These are the kind of wedding invitations that make my heart beat just a little bit faster!

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MelissaEvery once in a while I have a dream client that lets me do my thing. I was thrilled to work with this bride on a very last-minute invitation for her rustic wedding just outside of Park City, Utah.

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The calligrapher hired through the event planner fell through, so I was left with 14 days until the wedding to design and calligraph 30 wedding invitations and envelopes and 42 place cards. It came down to the wire; but because the bride kept it an intimate affair, most invitations were hand-delivered. Family and close friends already had the date saved.

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I came across some issues with the felt-finish paper. It has a rough surface so gliding the pen across the top adds texture to the line. I would prefer a finer line, but considering the wedding took place at High West in Wanship, Utah; it fits.

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The design itself is simple and classic. A flourished running hand for the text body and a flourished shaded script for the bride and groom.

Classic Hand Calligraphed Wedding Invitations by Melissa Esplin / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Melissa!

Design and Calligraphy: Melissa Esplin

Paper: Natural White Felt Finish

Ink: Old World Iron Gall Ink

Nib: Nikko G

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Melissa Esplin

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe next week is Thanksgiving already?? I don’t even want to think about the fact that December is only just about a week away. It’s all going by too fast! A HUGE thanks to Kim from Bright Room Studio for helping out this week – I was solo parenting all week and wouldn’t have made it through the week without her! I’m looking forward to a very relaxed weekend and finally having my husband back at home. But in the meantime…

Paris / Idlewild Co via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paris Illustration by Idlewild Co. via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week! We’re saving this week’s cocktail recipe for next week – so check back just before we all head off for the Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly

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The holidays are all about tradition. Both the old traditions we grew up with and the new traditions we establish as we marry and grow our own families, like sending beautiful holiday cards with a thoughtful handwritten note to family and friends! Laura is a recent newlywed, longtime OSBP reader, and a stationery enthusiast. Laura and her husband Jeremy eloped earlier this summer, but celebrated their marriage a few weeks ago with a big, epic, DIY wedding for all of their family and friends. This will be Laura and Jeremy’s first time sending holiday photo cards as a married couple and we were super excited to work with Shutterfly to start this new tradition!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy's DIY Backyard Wedding with Flower Crowns / Photo by Emily Wren / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and Jeremy did everything for their wedding by hand – enlisting the help of their very talented friends to hand dye lanterns, wrap favors, create flower crowns and bouquets, and so much more. The gorgeous wedding photos by Emily Wren were just begging to make an appearance on her holiday cards! Shutterfly’s beautiful foil-stamped holiday photo cards were the perfect way to share a favorite wedding photo with friends and family. Laura was immediately drawn to Shutterfly’s Susurration of Snow design with rounded edges and a simple holiday message in gold foil, which paired beautifully with a photo from Laura and Jeremy’s first dance.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Laura: This is our first time sending holiday photo cards! I love all things paper, so I was really excited to start the tradition of sending holiday cards as a married couple. I’m the kind of person that likes to do things myself and our wedding was an epic DIY affair, so it was important to me that our holiday cards included calligraphy elements and had a space for a handwritten message.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I fell for the Susurration of Snow design because it reminded me of all the things I love about the holidays. I was really attracted to the gold foil and the handwritten calligraphy elements, which made the card feel extra special. When we paired our first dance photo with that particular design I felt like the snow flakes really warmed up the photo visually – like a cozy hug. I also loved how the snowflakes and snow dust blended seamlessly with the sparklers in the background. The cheerful envelope liners were also a big bonus! The liners make the holiday cards feel extra special for everyone receiving them and bring a sense of importance to our holiday cards. The overall design feels very warm and inviting – and will remind our families of what a happy year 2015 has been for us.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The gold foil with a black and white wedding photo? So gorgeous. When it comes to holiday photo cards, I prefer a matte photo printed directly onto the paper. It just feels so much more luxe and special. Also, I’m completely obsessed with Laura’s flower crown, and the fact that Laura and Jeremy are positively glowing made it the perfect choice for her holiday photo cards.

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We left the back of the card blank to allow for a handwritten message to friends and family and picked out an adorable envelope liner to complement the design. White envelopes addressed in shimmery gold ink by Meant To Be Calligraphy and paired with songbird postage stamps were the perfect finishing details!

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Handwritten Holiday Traditions with Shutterfly Holiday Photo Cards with Gold Foil / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Laura and I are both thrilled with how her holiday photo cards turned out, and I know her friends and family will love receiving a card that represents such a joyful moment in their life together!

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Photo Credits: Laura’s wedding photos by Emily Wren, all other photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper