Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Okay, show of hands: who gets just as excited about finding the perfect wrapping paper during the holiday season? Or really, any time of year! My color palette changes from year to year, but I always enjoy mixing traditional holiday patterns with non-traditional (aka year-round) gift wrap patterns. So today I thought I’d show you how I’m wrapping my holiday gifts this season and how I’m mixing and matching my holiday gift wrap pairings to create an eclectic holiday vibe. Oh, and the ribbons! That might actually be my favorite part. Plus, I’ve got a fun DIY gift tag coming up tomorrow that adds just the perfect amount of sparkle to your holiday gifts. Let’s jump right in!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Each year, I start with a color palette. In past years I’ve done kraft paper gift wrap with red and white accents, I’ve done all metallics, and last year I went with pink and green in honor of my daughter’s favorite colors. I’m normally not a traditional red-and-green-Christmas kind of girl, but this year I was definitely feeling it – so I decided to just roll with it! My color palette for this year ended up being red, white, and black mixed with pops of green, gold, and silver. I’m loving it!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Once I have my color palette established, I pick out 1-2 patterns in the following categories: traditional, modern, and non-traditional. This year, my traditional patterns were plaid and tiny polka dots, my modern pattern was large painterly dots, and my non-traditional patterns were iridescent white and green marbled gift wrap. I find it’s easiest to mix linear patterns (like stripes and plaids), polka dot patterns (large and small), solids, and one organic or abstract pattern like marbling or hand painted patterns. You can definitely mix illustrated gift wrap patterns, but make sure you pick different pattern sizes (not all large scale illustrations or all small scale illustrations) and keep them in the same color palette to avoid clashing.

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Let’s start with the traditional patterns! I can’t resist a good buffalo check, and I went all in with a plaid ribbon, too! It looks so pretty with a bit of greenery tucked into the ribbon! I also love the plaid ribbon layered over white iridescent gift wrap from the Target birthday party supply aisle.

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Buffalo Check Gift Wrap | White Iridescent Gift Wrap | Plaid Grosgrain Ribbon | Glitter Wire Ribbon | Gold Metallic Line Ribbon

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

You can’t go wrong with polka dots! I love the contrast between the tiny red and gold polka dots (from this year’s Sugar Paper for Target collection) and the larger multicolor hand painted dots from Our Heiday. And those new Drittofilo cotton ribbons from Angela Liguori? An instant favorite!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Red and Gold Dot Gift Wrap | Hand Painted Dot Gift Wrap | Drittofilo Cotton Ribbons (in Natural with Black, Red, and Gold edges)

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Don’t they look so pretty all mixed together? When wrapping a set of gifts (these are Star Wars books for our nephew) with multiple patterns, I like to keep the ribbon fairly simple. This gold tinsel ribbon is simple but very festive!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Hand Painted Dot Gift Wrap | Red and Gold Dot Gift Wrap | Buffalo Check Gift Wrap | Gold Tinsel Ribbon

This iridescent white gift wrap is pretty much my favorite thing ever. That shimmer! And I love the way it can look surprisingly traditional or completely modern depending on the trim!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

White Iridescent Gift Wrap | Plaid Grosgrain Ribbon | Wood Spool Stripe Ribbon (in Natural/Black) | Silver Tinsel Ribbon | Mint Color Twist Wool Ribbon

I’m completely obsessed with this green marbled gift wrap. The color is just perfect for the holiday season! This particular design is from Katie Leamon in the UK, but this fair trade handmade paper is also really pretty and can be found at Paper Source if you want it in time for Christmas.

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Green Marbled Gift Wrap | Hand Painted Dot Gift Wrap | Green Grosgrain Ribbon | Black and Gold Bow

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

Beautiful Holiday Gift Wrap Pairings

So that’s what I picked this year! What’s your holiday gift wrap style? Do you go more traditional or modern? Tell me tell me!

Gift Tag Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy

p.s. DIY gold and copper leaf hexagon gift tags!

Photo Credits: Meghan Marie Photography and Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations

When your best friend is a stationer you can be certain that your baby shower invitations will be simply amazing! All of this is true (and more!) of these adorable pink floral unicorn baby shower invitations designed by Lana’s Shop. The festive skirt wearing unicorn is adorable and a perfect motif for these invitations. Floral printed vellum and copper wax seals are the perfect finishing touch!

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

From Lana: Nancy and I have been best friends for 25 years, so when it was time to throw her baby shower, I knew I had to go ALL OUT! My BFF is a girly girl at heart, which made it easy to decide on a direction for the party. From the adorable custom illustrated unicorn, to the milkshake stamps, to the wax seals, we definitely went with all things feminine and sweet to welcome Nancy’s baby girl.

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

When designing the invitations, I wanted to make sure to strike a balance between cute and sophisticated. Our floral skirt-wearing unicorn gal shared the spotlight with an elegant hand-lettered elegant script for the standout words on the invitation and insert.

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Inspired by Baby B’s nursery wallpaper, the floral pattern I illustrated was featured as a border on the insert card as well as on the luxe vellum wrap around that we sealed with a custom gold wax seal. On the insert, we included a message asking guests to bring a book instead of a card. Even though we obviously love cards, we loved this idea so that Nancy and Baby B could get a whole book collection from their loved ones.

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

For the day of the shower, we rented floral linens from La Tavola to match our vellum wrap. I also designed coordinating game cards and menus for Nancy’s guests and included a packet of seeds at each person’s seat that read, “Life plants the seed… Love makes it grow. Thank you for celebration Baby B.” To tie everything together, we made custom unicorn straw toppers and bought custom “It’s a girl!” pencils from Etsy in pink, of course!

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

It’s always such a treat to design paper goodies for friends and this shower was SO much fun to put together! Hope it can bring lots of inspiration to others for their own shower sets.

Pink Floral Unicorn Baby Shower Invitations by Lana's Shop

Thanks Lana!

Design: Lana’s Shop

Lana’s Shop is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of her beautiful work right here

Photo Credits: Laura Murray Photography

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Hello friends! Today feels like a good day to cozy in for a peek at a really beautiful collection of calligraphy. The work you see here is by Sarah Erickson of Sarah Ann Design. She’s sharing some favorite lettering projects and a bit about her work, too. Alrighty, let’s take a look! – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Photo Credits: Leah Golter Photography

Sarah is both a designer and calligrapher and shares that she’s had a “long-term love affair” with calligraphy. “Few things speak to my soul like a gorgeous ink flourish, but antique churches certainly come close,” says Sarah. “I love spaces and objects that hold stories.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Sarah’s calligraphy design mixes organic detail with a loose lettering style. “I often incorporate delicate botanical illustrations and hand-drawn venue sketches for a custom touch, ensuring an invitation suite is unique to  you alone.”

p.s. The hand-drawn locations in her wedding examples are my favorite!

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Photo Credits: Le Vie Photography

A typical day in the life for this calligrapher? Sarah shares: “On most days, you can find me nestled in my home office…surrounded by my plants, holding a calligraphy pen, a hot cup of tea forever within reach.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

“I am forever inspired by the idea of an heirloom..your wedding invitations become a tangible legacy of your distinctive love story — an heirloom to be treasured,” says Sarah.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Photo Credits: Gray Door Photography

The first element of design is knowing who you’re designing for. Sarah notes: “I design for the romantic couple who doesn’t want to forget a single aspect of their special day — the couple who will treasure every keepsake from their wedding for years to come.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Sarah Ann Design

Why is it more than just lettering work on paper? Sarah says of wedding calligraphy: “Ultimately, I believe wedding invitations can become cherished keepsakes from your most treasured celebration — reminders of true romance, a lifelong commitment, and vows for eternity.”

A beautiful sentiment — and why I think so many of us are drawn to finding calligraphy that speaks to us, especially for a big event like your wedding. Many thanks to Sarah for sharing a look inside her work! And she’s on Instagram if you want to follow!

All images via Sarah Ann Design except where noted

Beautiful Hanukkah Cards

You’re getting a double dose of holiday from me today – because Hanukkah starts tonight! I grew up celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah in observance of both sides of my heritage, and I’m excited to continue that tradition with my own children. We’ll be lighting candles, making latkes with sour cream and applesauce, eating chocolate Hanukkah gelt, and indulging in sufganiyot (we get ours locally from District Doughnuts). For those of you looking for the perfect card to celebrate the festival of lights (or even buying ahead for next year), here are twelve beautiful Hanukkah cards!

Beautiful Hanukkah Cards

From top right:

1. Such a beautiful illustrated Hanukkah card by Wild Hart Paper

2. Even I have trouble keeping it straight! Send some laughs with this Near Modern Disaster card, which also makes the perfect slightly belated Hanukkah card. 

3. Shout-out to all the folks in a joint Hanukkah-Christmas household by Dahlia Press

4. Send holiday wishes in classic, elegant style with this card from Sugar Paper

5. The perfect Hanukkah card for your millennial cousins/nieces/nephews from Party Sally

6. This card from Mr. Boddington’s Studio just cracks me up. I’m totally sending this card to my dad this year.

7. This Hanukkah card from Hello!Lucky was one of my favorites at the National Stationery Show back in May – and it has shiny copper foil details!

8. Latkes of love! This card from Meeschmosh is totally speaking my language.

9. I never really mastered the art of spinning a dreidel, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating this card by Egg Press

10. I always appreciate cards that incorporate music lyrics from the 1980s (from ilootpaperie – the masters of puns!) 

11. Cats celebrate Hanukkah, too! Illustrated card by The Dancing Cat, naturally.

12. You can’t go wrong with a gold foil menorah from Red Cap Cards

 

p.s. Twelve beautiful Christmas cards for those of you celebrating both holidays!

Twelve Beautiful Christmas Cards

Only two weeks to go before Christmas! So, I’m curious: how do you handle holiday cards? Do you send out custom family photo cards, or do you buy box sets of non-custom holiday cards and personalize them with a hand written message? Do you include a hand written card when you exchange gifts? Before I had children, I went with non-custom box sets for our holiday cards and hand wrote a message to each recipient inside. Once I became a parent, I switched over to custom photo cards, but we typically wait until New Year’s or even Valentine’s Day to send them out. I like to think of it as kind of a fun post-holiday surprise! But I miss the fun of picking out the most beautiful holiday cards each year, so this year I thought I’d switch things up a bit! Here are twelve beautiful Christmas cards that I’m totally in love with this year:

Beautiful Christmas Cards

From top right:

1. The prettiest hand painted holiday cards from Moglea. Each one is individually hand painted, so they’re all unique!

2. Fun graphic lettering and bright pops of color from Egg Press

3. I’m such a fan of this color dot series from Mr. Boddington’s Studio – the color names are always so creative!

4. Classic holiday beauty from Sugar Paper

5. Vibrant red and neon pink in this illustrated card from And Here We Are!

6. This chipmunk holiday card from Dear Hancock just cracks me up. Those cheeks!

7. This embroidered dove design from Hello!Lucky has a wonderful folk art vibe about it that I’m really loving this year! If you’re embracing hygge and Scandinavian vibes this holiday season, this card would be a perfect fit! 

8. Loving this full color letterpress printed design from Lucky Horse Press

9. This delicate design from Ramona & Ruth is just seriously stunning (and how pretty are those gold foil accents on blush pink paper?)

10. I mean, I couldn’t resist a cat holiday card! From The Good Twin, who totally gets my crazy cat lady vibes. 

11. Colorful shapes and a non-traditional modern design by Kate Pugsley for Red Cap Cards

12. Wishing all of you peace and joy this holiday season and in 2018, from One Canoe Two