Friday Faves

I’ve got a special Friday round up coming a little bit later this afternoon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few non-paper things that I’ve had my eye on this week! I mean, window shopping is fun, right? Especially when spring is just around the corner! Come along for the ride!

Friday Faves / Spring Style Round Up

1. I mean, is this not THE most perfect bag for spring and summer? That texture! Those pom poms! The fringe! The bag also comes in a couple other color options, including an all-white pom pom and fringe version.

2. I usually live in jeans and a t-shirt, but I’m going to make more of an effort to wear skirts and dresses when the weather warms up again. I’m absolutely in love with this pleated chiffon skirt in this cedar green and pale pink color. Wouldn’t this skirt be so great with Joy’s DIY sequin tutorial??

3. LOVING the bright colors in this belted shirt dress! This one might also need to make its way into my closet for summer…

4. How fun are the rainbow stripes on this sweater from Boden?? 

5. I actually have this necklace and I LOVE IT. It has an iridescent sheen and sparkles like opal!

6. These sleek leather flats have been on my wish list FOREVER, and I keep hearing so many great things about them. And they come in so many great colors! I’m basically just looking for any excuse to grab a pair for myself at this point.

7. I love everything about these shoes, from the gorgeous color to the cute little bow on the front!

Is there anything you’ve been eyeing lately? Please share in the comments below – I need to shake my wardrobe up a bit this season!

Ten Awesome Engagement Cards

Anyone have a friend or family member that recently became engaged? If so, this round up is for you! Before your friend kicks into high gear on planning the wedding, sit down with a pen and one of these ten awesome engagement cards, and write a note telling your friend just how happy you are for her (or him!). The cards below are all on the sweet and sentimental side – so you really can’t go wrong with any of the cards below! – and I’m thinking we’ll do a round up of funny and snarky engagement cards for our next round up!

Ten Awesome Engagement Cards

From top right:

1. Any Bachelor/Bachelorette fans out there?? Celebrate a recent engagement with this red rose card with gold foil text by illustrator Danielle Kroll for Red Cap Cards

2. The cutest illustrated engagement card with a pop of holographic foil for the engagement ring from Idlewild Co. !

3. A modern, colorblocked watercolor engagement card with playful gold foil dots from Antiquaria

4. Vibrant pink watercolor and a dash of gold foil for this sweet lobster engagement card by E. Frances Paper

5. Mint green and gold are a perfect combination! Loving the painterly design with gold foil text from Ramona & Ruth 

6. So stoked! Truer words have never been spoken in this multi-purpose congratulations card from Australian duo Fox & Fallow 

7. How cute is this pear shaped pop-up honeycomb engagement card from Inklings Paperie??

8. The perfect engagement congratulations card to send to the happy lovebirds from Our Heiday 

9. The sweetest message in beautiful calligraphy text from new stationer Little Well Paper Co. 

10.  I absolutely love the collage vibe of this modern abstract engagement card by Moglea

 

p.s. Ten more engagement congratulations cards and wedding congratulations cards

Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas

Any recently engaged couples out there?? Choosing a save the date is probably one of the first decisions you’ll make for your wedding! Save the dates can reveal a lot about your wedding, so it’s important to choose wisely. Will your wedding be casual or formal? Is it in the mountains or by the beach? Your save the dates should reflect the type of wedding you plan to have. And since there aren’t as many rules for save the dates as for the formal invitation, you have more freedom to play around with the design. So have fun and don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Here are a few modern and creative save the date ideas to get you started! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love the bright splash of color in these modern watercolor save the dates! | Photography: Philip Ficks, Stationery: Swiss Cottage Designs via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The photo booth strip and handwritten text add a personal touch. | Stationery: Bird and Banner via Brides

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Obsessed with these embroidered vintage postcards! | Embroidery: Sarah West Ervin via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Feel free to play around with unique wording! This infographic save the date makes me wish I was invited. | Stationery: Natalie Grosner via Natalie Grosner

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Feeling inspired by the geographic location of your wedding? Go with a map save the date! I’d hang this map save the date on my wall! | Photography: Phil Chester via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How fun is this pinwheel design?! | Photography: Christa-Taylor, Stationery: Tie That Binds via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

You can never go wrong with gold foil and bold type. | Photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography, Stationery: Allison Rhodes Designs via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The combination of wood and gold calligraphy is stunning. | Photography: KT Merry Photography, Stationery: Anticipate Invitations, Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Has anyone ever said no to chocolate? | via Un Beau Jour

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Give your guests a sneak peek at the wedding destination with postcards. You can even order a custom rubber stamp with your details to add all your information on the back. (And you’ll save money on stamps.) | Photography: Patricia Heal via Brides

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

All you need is a Polaroid camera to make these cute DIY save the dates! | Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete via 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Modern & Creative Save the Date Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The sheet of vellum adds an elegant touch to an already gorgeous save the date. | Photography: Jose Villa, Stationery: Amber Moon Designs, Calligraphy: Anne Robin via Martha Stewart Weddings

You can find more wedding invitation and save the date inspiration in our real invitations gallery right here!

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Black and white is a classic combination any time of year – but the high contrast feels especially dramatic in the winter, don’t you think? Victoria of Design House of Moira sent over these black and white calligraphy and watercolor wedding invitations, with flourished calligraphy text in stunning platinum foil on vellum, monochromatic watercolor floral details in the envelope liners, and a super dramatic 2 inch black wax seal. Just gorgeous for a black tie winter wedding!

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

From Victoria: Winter weddings are often a palette cleanser after the spring and summer filled with pale blushes and French blues. I loved working with Rebecca on her winter wedding, which was held at the New York City Public Library. With hopes for snow on her wedding day, along with the neutral backdrop of the library, she chose a monochromatic palette of black and white with an accent of platinum foil for her wedding day. A true black tie wedding, her bridesmaids were in black gowns and the groomsmen in custom tuxedos.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

With each bride we work with, the paper selection is such an important step in our creative process. For Rebecca, we suggested using a heavy weight vellum for her main invitation to reflect the semi-transparency of the snow she loves so much and her engagement ring of onyx and diamonds. Her entire suite was hand calligraphed and printed in platinum and black foil with some serious flourishing and formality throughout. All the calligraphy was designed diagonally across each piece.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The bride really loved all the artwork we create here at Design House of Moira, but was concerned that she would have to forgo watercolor details for her suite due to her limited color range. We suggested a monochromatic watercolor piece created entirely in black for her and we lined her mailing envelopes with the pattern. Her reply envelopes were lined with a heavy foil pattern created from the positive and negative space of her floral artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The final suite included her invitation printed on vellum, the reply card printed in black foil on cotton paper, and her small reception card, printed in platinum foil on vellum and tucked into a tiny envelope for an added detail. The smaller pieces of the suite were bound in a remarkably smooth paper in the blackest of blacks, tied with metallic thread, and sealed with a custom 2″ black wax seal.

Her envelopes were all lined in her pattern, the back bore her return address in calligraphy and a wax seal sealed the envelope. Each envelope was hand addressed with matching calligraphy in black ink. The suite was finished off with two custom postage stamps designed with her artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Thanks Victoria!

Design & Calligraphy: Design House of Moira
Foil Printing: Viking Printing 

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

Photo Credits: Design House of Moira

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations

With these beautiful deep blue tones, these stunning Mediterranean-inspired watercolor wedding invitations could be for an al fresco dinner party in Tuscany or an exotic getaway to the Greek Isles! Instead, we’re bringing the Mediterranean a bit closer to home, for a wedding in Houston, Texas! Sarah McKeon of Bluebonnet Press designed these stunning invitations with blue letterpress printed text on white handmade paper. The watercolor tile-inspired envelope liners are the perfect bold touch!

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

From Sarah: This was one of my favorite custom designs! I love that inspiration can come from anywhere and I’m only limited by my imagination. The inspiration for this invitation suite was the beautiful venue, The Gallery in Houston, which has lots of Mediterranean style architecture and Spanish vibes with all the gorgeous terra cotta tiles. I knew I wanted to use blue because there was going to be blue glassware used in the table settings. I painted a watercolor piece mimicking patterns used in old Spanish tiles, which I then digitized and turned into custom liners for the suite.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

I kept the design of the invitations simple with some beautiful typography to not have it compete with the busy liners. To add texture and give the suite that old world feel we were going for, I letterpress printed them on gorgeous handmade paper. The natural feathery edges of handmade paper get my heart every single time! The finishing touches were the blue vintage stamps that pulled everything together.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

To continue the theme, the place cards were brush lettered, with the same blue watercolor used in the liners. To save on cost we ended up digitally printing the menus, but gave them a rough deckled edge along with the place cards to echo that detail used in the invitations suite.

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

As a stationer, when designing wedding invitations I am often one of the first pieces of the puzzle and get to brainstorm and create with brides as everything starts to fall in place. However, sometimes I wish I could be a fly on the wall at the weddings to see how everything came together. Which is why I absolutely love getting photos, it’s such an honor to work with other creative vendors and see how each of our talents play off each other to create a fabulous event!

Mediterranean Inspired Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bluebonnet Press

Thanks Sarah!

Design: Bluebonnet Press
Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants
Vintage stamps: Verde Studio

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

Photo Credits: Nicole Young