Printable Summer Bucket List

Can you believe it’s already mid-July?? This summer is flying by! We’ve been filling our summer with early evening swims at the neighborhood splash pad, walks around the monuments on the National Mall, and we’ve even stumbled upon a couple of free live concerts – including a performance by the U.S. Army Band on the steps of the Capitol building! But since my girls are now three and five, I really want to start creating some summer memories that we can all love and cherish as a family. I teamed up with Kim from Bright Room Studio to create an illustrated summer bucket list that I could fill with our plans for summer fun – and I’m sharing the printable summer bucket list so you can create your own summer memories!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

So yes, we’re pretty much halfway through summer here – but it’s never too late to create family traditions and memories that you’ll cherish forever. So go ahead and print out the bucket list, then add some of the things you’ve already done on the list just so you can cross them right off. It’s the best feeling! Use the rest of the spots to list all the other things you want to do this summer, whether it’s as simple as painting your nails in rainbow colors (a very specific request from my five year-old) or collecting seashells at the beach.

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

So far we’ve gone for a couple of evening swims, eaten pizza on the boardwalk, had a picnic on the 4th of July, visited the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to see the beautiful lotus blossoms, and fed the ducks at least half a dozen times. We’ve got plans for spending a weekend at the beach very soon and I think we’ll be heading to the movies this weekend since it’s supposed to rain. We’ve been wanting to see the Incredibles 2!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

And how cute are all of Kim‘s illustrations featuring all the little emblems of summer?? I absolutely adore them! A bucket with seashells, summer fruit, books, a suitcase, and a swimsuit – even a tiny ferris wheel! Can’t even handle the cuteness.

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

All you have to do is download the printable file below and print it at home or at your local copy & print shop. I recommend printing on a bright white card stock, ideally 80 lb weight or higher so it’s nice and sturdy for hanging up on your wall!

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Summer Bucket List by Bright Room Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Now tell me, what are you going to put on your summer bucket list?? You can see my bucket list items above, but I’d love more ideas and suggestions for fun summer traditions!

Download the printable summer bucket list right here!

p.s. Printable ice cream cone wrappers and printable tropical envelope liners

 

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here!

All artwork © 2018 Bright Room Studio created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the patterns you agree to the terms of use.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Seedlings

Seedlings was one of the many new exhibitors at this year’s National Stationery Show, and I absolutely fell in love with their beautiful collection of illustrated greeting cards, notebooks, and notepads! True to their name, Seedlings incorporated plantable seed paper throughout the collection – from envelopes to packaging. Here are a few faves!

Quick Pick: Seedlings

I’ll Always Pick You

Sending You So Much Love

You Get Me

May All Your Wishes Come True

I Love Doing Life With You

Shapes Notepad

Thank You Note Card Set

Seek Peace Notebook Set

So cute, right? Lots more available right here!

My Faves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So I’m curious. How many of you are Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shoppers? I have a couple of friends that literally buy their entire wardrobe during the Anniversary Sale each year, but I’m a fairly recent convert. I scooped up a gorgeous pair of shoes for nearly half off the regular retail price a couple of years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. This year’s sale kicked off late last week with the early access preview for cardholders and goes fully public this coming Friday. I spent quite a bit of time combing through the sale over the weekend to pick out my faves, so I thought I’d share them here today so you don’t miss out!

My Faves from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

You can just click the images above to go straight to the product page, but I thought I’d highlight a few very favorites below!

Boiled Wool Drape Coat – I think this coat is so chic and dreamy. I ordered it in blush pink (it also comes in black and gray) and can’t wait to see it in person! I’ve heard it runs large though, so size down!

Astoria Rain Jacket – quite possibly the most perfect rain jacket ever made, with the classic Pendleton stripes in the liner! That sunny yellow is so cheerful on gray and rainy days.

Striped Blouson Midi Dress – I love the earth tone rainbow stripes on this dress!

Exposed Seam Sweater – I practically live in slouchy sweaters in the late fall and winter, and I love the lilac and golden olive colorways!

Lafayette Bucket Bag – I love the shape, the color, just everything about this bag.

Shearwater Water Resistant Boot – Ballet pink snow boots! Yes, please.

Casper Bootie – These black leather booties remind me of my beloved Rachel Comey booties that I wore in this post, but like a third of the price. A classic!

Happy shopping everyone! 

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations

Oh, hello gorgeous floral envelope liner! These moody and glam romantic wedding invitations from Amy of Smitten on Paper had me at those beautiful bold florals, but it was true love when I saw the matte gold foil, hand dyed silk ribbon, and seed paper in the rest of the invitation suite! The floral pattern on the envelope liner and plantable seed paper speaks to the couple’s love of the outdoors, while the dark and moody tones and matte gold foil are pure elegance and romance!

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

From Amy: How do you choose wedding invitations when you have all of the options at your fingertips? Kathryn, our custom production manager and strategic planning lead, had a vision for her wedding but was overwhelmed with choices when it came to her wedding invitations.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

Kathryn and her fiancé Terry planned their wedding in their hometown of Branson, Missouri. The festivities included a week of activities with multiple locations and events and coordinating family and friends from near and far. Naturally, their invitation needed to capture the feeling of their event and provide all of the necessary information for guests.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

They settled on a square folded invitation with a silk ribbon pocket to keep all of the important information in one place. They added matte gold foil stamping for a touch of luxe. The end result is a stunning suite that touches on their dark romance wedding theme, their love for the outdoors and their personality as a couple.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

The full invitation suite features matte gold foil stamping, letterpress printing and digital accent pieces. Hand dyed silk ribbon and a monogramed tag hold it all together. The dark grey folder opens up to the invite mounted on the right and cards neatly tucked under the ribbon on the left.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

The reply card and small enclosure card were letterpress printed on handmade seed paper, a nod to Kathryn and Terry’s love for the outdoors and their naturally beautifully hometown in the Ozark mountain region. The reply envelope was foiled stamped with matte gold foil on wine envelopes for a touch of elegance.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

All of the details for the week were included in a small booklet, meant to reflect the larger invite booklet. It was also a great place to bring in the dark romance florals from the envelope liner to tie the collection together. Guests were encouraged to plant their small enclosure card printed on seed paper as a memory of this special wedding. The whole suite was finished inside a gorgeous envelope liner customized with florals that pulled from their wedding colors. Addresses were hand written in gold ink for a personalized touch.

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

Moody and Glam Romantic Wedding Invitations by Smitten on Paper

Thank you so much Amy!

 

Design and Printing: Smitten on Paper

Seed Paper and Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon: Of The Earth

 

Smitten on Paper is one of our fabulously talented Designer Rolodex members – you can see more of their beautiful work right here! Or visit our wedding invitations archive for more custom wedding invitation ideas!

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

We’re bringing you a sister act on today’s installment of Behind the Stationery! Alice and Doris of ilootpaperie recently moved into a dedicated space this year in Pasadena, California (congrats!) and their greeting card and pin designs are full of vibrant colors and puns galore. They’re here to share their story—from their experience in finding a local printer to outsource their printing needs to the different methods they use to sketch and render designs—take it away, ladies! —Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

From Alice: Our foray into the stationery world had its beginnings, funnily enough, in wedding invitations for some of our close friends. We found quickly that the part of the process that we were drawn to the most was designing the accompanying thank you cards we included with the invitations as part of our gift to the couple. This realization shaped the beginnings of Ilootpaperie when we launched in December of 2010 as a passion project with just six designs on Etsy. This all took place before the advent of the phenomenal of the side hustle, so we simply thought of it as taking steps to get an idea Doris and I had daydreamed about off the ground in case she moved to London for a position she had been applying for at her day job in the finance industry.

During this time, I was working in marketing and design for a shoe design company. After making it through several rounds of layoffs due to company restructures, at the end of August 2013, I was laid off and this set off an unexpected course of events in which we eventually decided I would apply my full effort to help grow the company.

With the advice of our fellow entrepreneurial creatives in mind — that few part-time projects can take off without full-time attention applied to it — we embarked on this ever-challenging but also ever-fulfilling endeavor. We have found ourselves to be a small part of a very special industry filled with fantastically talented kindred spirits that we have the honor of working amongst and calling our friends. Doris continues to work at her day job, so we often joke there is 1 and 1/4 of us getting things done!

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

We are based out of Pasadena, California and just moved into a new place this past January. This move was a huge deal for us because for the first time since Ilootpaperie sprung into existence, our little endeavor finally has its own dedicated space. We converted the master bedroom into our working studio and there are two tall windows that let in a flood of beautiful natural light during the day—oh! and we installed an extensive shelving system along one of the walls to hold our inventory, something we’ve dreamt of for years.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Our first real card shelves were handmade by Joel Kvernmo of the awesome Iron Curtain Press (it was their previous shelving) and it was a milestone we hold dear because those shelves made us feel like a legit card company. Rosanna’s encouraging words when we met her to pick up the shelves from their beautiful shop Shorthand stayed in our minds as we prepped for our first trade show. Those first shelves dominated the living room of Doris’ tiny studio apartment.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

So the idea of this converted studio space has been quite thrilling as we’ve always been about scrappily making it work (card inventory thoroughly infiltrated both our living rooms by time we had moved) and we can’t wait to unpack in the next couple months to create a more centralized studio area with the goal of finding more opportunities to streamline our day-to-day processes. We’ve had to put unpacking on hold to focus on prepping for the National Stationery Show (which took place at the end of May), fulfilling NSS orders, and then NSS show unpacking! As you can see, we’re in a bit of a transitional state. It can be challenging and frustrating at times, but we are learning to be patient with ourselves, to stay focused on current tasks and look to new possibilities just on the horizon to stay motivated as we settle into the new space.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

From Doris: In 2015, when we started to seriously consider attending the National Stationery Show in New York, we began researching to outsource the printing and production of our designs. We wanted to educate ourselves on the how-to’s of scaling up should the need arise following the trade show — it was a process of reaching out and learning about the various printing capabilities of printing companies near and far from us, and this definitely took some persistence. We’ve always had a subtle linen texture in the paper stock we used for the line even when we were printing in-house so we wanted to be able to carry that textural brand element forward. In the end, one of the local Pasadena printers (top notch!) with diligent effort was finally able to source a premium linen paper stock that we loved, and the pop of the colors they were able to achieve for the samples we printed for NSS sealed the deal, so voilà! Here we are.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Due to the colorful nature of our designs, our collection is printed on an HP Indigo digital press on the beautiful premium linen stock in white or natural white depending on the design. Certain designs will then go to our second printer, who is also located in Pasadena and specializes in die cutting, foil printing, embossing and debossing. We love being able to build concepts around new design elements we are excited to incorporate be it a new foil color or a technique new to the line (i.e. embossing, debossing). From the printers, everything comes back full circle to us for packing, packaging, finishing and fulfillment.

Being able to work closely with our local printers in Pasadena has been integral to our growth and we feel these strong working relationships with our printing partners have helped us to be able to sustain the order volumes and levels that we had dreamed to achieve when we began attending the National Stationery Show.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Doris: We believe what really shines through in our cards and sets us apart is how much fun we have when we are coming up with our card designs. There are lots of laughs involved behind the concepts that are full of humor and heart. Even the vetoed concepts tend to make at least one of us giggle while we try to sell it to the other person. We aim to have a good time with it and believe that that’s what makes our products memorable; and that this shared laughter and connection extends beyond just the two of us is a gift.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Doris: Each day is different depending on the deadlines that we’re working on so there isn’t really a typical work day—our days are generally filled with pulling items and packing them up for retail and wholesale orders, working with our various printers/vendors to submit new orders for new designs and restocking orders to keep our inventory stocked! Concepts for new cards, pins, and products is an ongoing conversation that happens throughout all of this.

Like many other small business owners, we struggle to find enough time in the day to get everything that we would like to get done completed as there’s an ever-growing list of to-dos that need to be balanced with the fun we’d like to have, the art we’d like to create, and other life obligations that can’t be ignored for long. Moving into the new space has definitely helped us move toward achieving efficiencies in our processes to move quicker and be able to do more. In talking with other creatives in the industry, there are definitely more opportunities and workflow tools that we can continue to explore when we have a little more time on our hands (the irony!). It’s definitely a work in progress.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Alice: Our concepts are the sparks that set off our design process. We aren’t always able to set aside a specific time aside to concept so that has always been a constant on-the-flow process for us, even from the beginning. Ideas come about through every day conversations and text conversations back and forth when we aren’t together (inspiration really is everywhere!) and often times in the car on the way to drop off post or while running errands. Things that we feel deeply about also contribute to this flow of inspiration.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

We keep a running list via email / phone notes /sketchbook list of our half-baked concepts and taglines, and we review the list prior to a print job or placing a pin/ notebook / button order to see which ones we should fully explore and execute. Admittedly there are times when I will take a 4am detour in the midst of designing at night and there will be a surprise concept when Doris wakes up in the morning (I tend to be a night owl when it comes to the creative side of things). We like to keep the design and brainstorming loose and open to playful impulses to keep things lively!

Once a concept has been moved into the “Let’s Execute” list, I often find myself researching lots of images of animals doing funny things (usually for the concept, but sometimes to procrastinate because it is always a little nerve-wrecking to begin a design). When we first started, Doris and I had throughly discussed and agreed we wanted to allow the brand’s visual voice to come into its own. So, especially in the beginning, I incorporated different mediums like watercolor, pencil sketches mixed with vector and text elements, and even thumbprint art when executing the designs.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

As of late, all designs have begun with a hand sketch but then fall into two main methods of execution. Our enamel pins now all tend to be vectored in detail (meaning point by point by mouse) to give me more control over the small details. For certain card concepts we like the flat clean graphic quality of vectored lines as well, so they are also rendered point by point after the initial sketch like our enamel pins. My second method of execution starts with an ink pen sketch usually on tracing paper or in my sketch book, which I snap a photo of with my phone to take into Photoshop where I then composite my favorite parts of the sketches and clean up the lines. I like the hand-drawn feel that is preserved in these designs. From there these sketches get taken into Illustrator to be vectored using the software’s tools and then I start put together the colors and the composition with the text.
Sometimes your initial instinct is spot on, other days there’s a lot of nudging, and tweaking and pushing to get to the final design. The first test print is always very exciting—we get an idea of where the colors/ tones fall and check the spacing and composition as it lives on the physical space of the card. Then comes more tweaking. When the designs are finalized, they go to our printer and next comes the proofs! At this crucial point, I check to see if we need to make any corrections / notes for printing. Ideally we don’t, and it moves into production.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Our overall design process is very much about shaping the physical lines I’m able to achieve toward the idea I have in my head. I never went to proper art school, so what I do is a mishmash of techniques and tricks I learned on the job and in classes I took after work while I was still in marketing.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

With everything we do for Ilootpaperie, from our product and packaging design to shop window and craft show display designs (and even painting our first mural at our first NSS booths), there is a strong element of improvisation and constant problem solving. We take what we know and mix in a whole lot of research, trial and error, terror and gumption to keep going—it is often terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

Thanks so much for allowing us to share our little piece of our cheeky universe with everyone, Nole and Megan. We cannot fully express what a thrill it is, to be a small part of OSBP as it has inspired us so much always. We pinch ourselves every time!

You can shop all of our cheeky paper, pins and more at ilootpaperie.com and follow along in our day to day shenanigans on IG @ilootpaperie.

Behind the Stationery: ilootpaperie

Photos by Michelle Nicole Photography.

Want to be featured in the Behind the Stationery column? Reach out to Megan at megan [at] ohsobeautifulpaper [dot] com for more details.