Quick Pick: Belle & Union

I’ve been going through all my summer photos and trying to decide which ones to print; my parents and in-laws are always asking for more photos of my girls, and it’s fun to display some of our favorite memories around the house. I’m loving these new vintage-inspired photo card frames from Meg at Belle & Union! After traveling abroad this past spring, Meg wanted a way to share her memories outside of her phone screen, so she created these beautiful letterpress printed die cut photo cards to share her favorite memories!

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

The die cut photo cards reveal a hidden message underneath the photo, which stays in place through pre-cut slits (no tape or adhesive is needed). Just slide your photo in and mail the card to its recipient! Reminiscent of vintage matted photography, these cards are meant to be kept and treasured – perfect for sharing memories with family!

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

Also, how gorgeous is this hand-carved, maple hardwood letter opener?? It has the phrase “any way you slice it” engraved on it, which makes opening bills a little bit better and opening happy mail even happier! 

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

In addition to the photo cards and letter opener, Belle & Union just released a brand new ceramic Windmill vase. So classic!

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

Lots more over at Belle & Union!

Stationery A-Z: Anniversary Cards

Paper is the official gift of a first wedding anniversary, but we think it’s the perfect gift for however many years (or months for that matter) you’ve been together for. Good relationships require consistent attention, excellent communication, and strong motivation – as well as a constant reminding of the love the brought you together in the first place. Whether your relationship is built on romance, humor or sincerity, there’s sure to be something in round-up below that’s perfect for whichever anniversary you are celebrating. XOXO! –Shauna

Anniversary CardsFrom top right:

1. Keep in simple with this brush painted lettering from Chicago based stationer Evermore Paper Co.

2. Foodie couple? This pastel cake design from Hart Paper Co. is reminiscent of a Wayne Thiebaud painting. Yum!

3. Ha! Whether your friends refer to you as the Bickersons or you hold the record for longest period between fights, being able to laugh it off is a sure sign of a marriage that’s meant to last. From Farewell Paperie.

4. Let’s be honest – monogamy has the possibility of getting a little stale. Spice things up with this um, rather direct message from Frog & Toad Press.

5. Yes, two CAN! Strength comes in numbers as proven by this elegantly painted greeting from Sagebrushed.

6. Post-it messages have gotten a bad wrap (thanks for nothing SATC!), but this simple message from Gold Teeth Brooklyn is about to change that.

7. Celebrating a friend or family members anniversary? Send this colorful Mr. Boddington’s Studio design to the most adventurous couple you know.

8. This die cut Egg Press design is guaranteed to make your main squeeze smile.

9. In a world as big and diverse as ours, isn’t it a miracle you found each other? This sweet greeting comes courtesy of Idlewild Press.

10. This McBittersons design really takes that ‘til death do us part bit to the next level.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

These invitations totally had me at that gorgeous floral envelope liner! These romantic burgundy and gold foil wedding invitations were designed by Lauren of Charm & Fig for a destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico. I love the way Lauren incorporated subtle nods to traditional Mexican design while maintaining the couple’s unique vibe. Those deep burgundy envelopes are absolute perfection paired with the crisp gold foil and tones of green and yellow! 

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

From Lauren: Brooke and Don were hosting their wedding weekend in Tulum, Mexico and wanted their invitations to be sophisticated, romantic, and bohemian, with hints of traditional Mexican design. I’ve found that couples often struggle with how to make their destination wedding invitations not overly contrived or thematic, so we avoided “festival colors” and found inspiration in nature for our lush color scheme.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

For the invitation, we created a full gold foil printed suite on Crane’s Lettra double-thick 100% cotton paper, using minimalist typography and romantic scripts to set a loose, but luxe tone. To add an organic touch, I hand-illustrated a mini floral wreath to frame their monogram and used it throughout the design of the suite.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

For a dramatic first impression, we selected deep burgundy envelopes that were hand addressed in gold ink by artist Jaymie Eaton. I still can’t get over how precise her brush lettering is for the guest addresses! The return address and floral illustration was foil printed in gold on the back, and our vintage stamps showcased beautifully in high-contrast against the dark envelope.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

The laser printed postcard and envelope liner was a great opportunity to inject color and lush tropical botanicals into the suite. We found a John James Audubon print with rich tones that served as a color source for the yellow Welcome Party Card and tropical green Details card. On each of these pieces, we incorporated graphic details inspired by Mexican folk embroidery with delicate lines of diamond “stitching” and tiny decorative designs to highlight important text.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

The entire suite was wrapped up with a thin, olive green belly band that was laser-printed in charcoal with our hand-illustrated florals. The end result was full of color but true to the sophisticated palette that was inspired by the lush tropics of Central America.

Romantic Burgundy and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations with Floral Envelope Liner by Charm and Fig

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Charm & Fig
Gold Foil Printing: Gold Leaf Embossing 
Laser-Printing: Crest Printing Company 
Address Lettering: Jaymie Eaton Lettering 

Charm & Fig is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Charm & Fig

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Hello everyone! September feels even more like a happy beginning and a new rhythm now that I’m a mama to school-age kiddos. So I thought I’d start here with this pretty print by a favorite calligrapher who’s new to the scene — and full of fresh inspiration. Here’s a peek into the work of Los Angeles-based calligrapher Nikki Ornopia. Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Nikki is a self-taught calligrapher and she’s also ambidextrous! So all the work she’s shared here was done with her right hand, yet she’s a true lefty. How amazing is that! Nikki said, “I found in the beginning how difficult it was to letter with my left hand. I wanted to control the brush. I then thought, hey I’ve written with my right hand before let’s try that! The rest was history. Using my right hand for lettering allowed me the freedom of being more relaxed when I letter, and I noticed the letters were coming out SO much better.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

I love how Nikki incorporates watercolor into her calligraphy! Those watercolor garlands above are so sweet and these place cards have such a dreamy vibe to them. Nikki shares that her lettering style mixes simple and modern bouncy cursive and handwritten letters.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Look at how adorable these baby milestone cards are that Nikki created! So fun and unique.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Here’s a peek at Nikki’s favorite project that she’s worked on so far — a first day of school sign! This canvas piece was done for a kiddo who had just begun kindergarten. Nikki shares, “It took about 3 hours to finish with waiting for the watercolor to dry in between, but it was just an overall amazing project.” What a sweet keepsake!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Nikki works on traditional wedding calligraphy projects, too. (Of course!) I’m always a fan of the white lettering on brown paper look.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

What are her favorite calligraphy tools? Nikki shares: “My main tools that I use are fine tip brushes. I also love using fine tip brushes for painting leaves. I love the precision details I can create with those types of brushes.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Nikki Ornopia

Many thanks to Nikki for sharing her work with us! I hope your September is off to a happy start!

Photo Credits: Nikki Ornopia

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations

If you aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to summer, we’ve got some wedding invitations for you! Designer Rolodex member Amanda of Wide Eyes Paper Co. designed these stunning illustrated honeysuckle vine wedding invitations with a custom hand painted envelope liner as the main focal point. Along with the custom envelope liner, the invitation suite features an earthy green and kraft color palette and subtle rustic touches to honor their outdoor wedding venue. So pretty!

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

From Amanda: This sweet little three piece letterpress invitation suite is surely going to make it hard to say goodbye to summer. Rebecca and William wanted a simple two color invitation that captured the elegant beauty of their outdoor wedding in New Jersey. We created a whimsical design focused around illustrated honeysuckle vines and subtle rustic details. The letterpress cotton card stock added the perfect texture to the earthy color palette.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

We loved working with the couple to create the RSVP card, details card, and adorable “good morning” card to make sure that every important detail was covered in style for the lucky guests of this rustic wedding.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Did we forget to mention the custom watercolor map? There is no better way to give your guests a lay of the land than highlighting all of the spots that are close to your heart. We included many landmarks that are special to the couple such as the location of their first kiss and first sailing adventure to the iconic Normandy Hotel.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

The custom floral watercolor liner and wood engraved tags were the perfect finishing touches to this whimsical invitation suite, with the wood engraved tags and natural twine adding a dose of rustic texture. We chose vintage-inspired floral postage stamps to enhance the natural feel of the invitation set.

Illustrated Honeysuckle Vine Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Thanks Amanda!

Design: Wide Eyes Paper Co. 
Letterpress Printing: Clove St. Press

Wide Eyes Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Kelly Wild