Olivia’s Floral and Gold Polka Dot Baby Announcements

Um, yeah. Gold foil polka dots and the most beautiful baby floral crown? These baby announcements from Lauren Chism might just be the sweetest announcements I’ve EVER seen!

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From Lauren: When wedding industry friends and photographers, Matt and Julie Norine, welcomed their sweet daughter, Olivia, I was so excited to work with them on their announcements. What stationer doesn’t love working with beautiful photography!? Their weddings are stunning, so I thought the photos would be good, but they really blew me away. They photographed Olivia with the sweetest flowers arranged around her and a tiny floral crown. They were so precious and we had so much trouble picking the best one for the announcement. I am glad the final decision wasn’t mine!

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When I saw how they used the flowers, I knew that the simple style of letterpress would go beautifully with them. Julie picked this simple polka dot design in gold foil and I love how the florals and polka dots complement each other, without competing. Julie picked some soft mint envelopes to pair with the cotton paper and gold foil. I am obsessed with mint right now and love something different than pink for a baby girl. From the photos, to the design, to the printing and envelopes – everything together turned out to be so sweet and feminine. I couldn’t love them more!

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

As I was attaching the photos, I thought how perfectly these could be as mini birth announcements, so I photographed them both ways. I love a classic announcement, but also like getting something surprising in the mail, and I think these cards, while tiny, would certainly stand out in your mailbox! I also love the idea of friends and family getting to frame the photo or you also could include multiple photos if you couldn’t just pick one. You could tie them together with twine or connect them with a little paper clip – just some more fun ideas to make your birth announcements special.

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Printing: Elefant Press
Baby Photography: Matt & Julie Weddings

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I can’t believe it’s the last week of June already! This summer is flying by – but all I want to do is just slow things down and enjoy summer as much as possible. Sophie starts preschool at the end of this summer, so these weeks feel even more precious. I’m off to chase after an energetic toddler and a crawling infant, but in the meantime…

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Photo Credit: Mon Voir Calligraphy via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back this afternoon for this week’s cocktail recipe! Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

9th Letter Press Wedding Invitation Collection

The ladies of 9th Letter Press just came out with a  fun new wedding invitation collection – with printing options ranging from flat printing to letterpress (naturally) to foil! They’re all so pretty! Here are a few of my favorite designs:

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More on 9th Letter Press here!

9th Letter Press is also a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: 9th Letter Press

Anne + Casey’s Modern Fireworks Wedding Invitations

I love this modern approach to fireworks-inspired wedding invitations from Brooke at Paper & Parcel for a 4th of July weekend wedding! Brooke mixed classic colors (navy and red) and beautiful typography with a modern firework motif to get the light hearted vibe that the bride and groom wanted. And those vintage stamps?? Perfect for this holiday weekend wedding!

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From BrookeAnne and Casey came to me with a very specific vision. They were married on July 3rd at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York. Their wedding was fun, light-hearted and a true celebration of this special moment in their lives. They envisioned an urban rustic feel to their invitations with a nod to the holiday but without the flags and presidents. Together we came up with the idea of an abstract, modern firework motif with elegant typography.

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The invitation was letterpress printed on thick 220# Crane Lettra Ecru cotton paper in navy and red ink. We carried the firework motif and typography into the reply card which was flat printed on 110# Cane Lettra Ecru. A cross-hatch liner complimented the kraft paper envelopes. It was so much fun designing this simple, elegant but whimsical invitation suite for a fabulous couple!  

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Thanks Brooke!

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

Photo Credits: Paper & Parcel

Behind the Stationery: Papillon Press

We’re going up north into Canada for today’s post from Chantal at Papillon Press! Transitioning their wedding line into something for everyone, this duo of illustrators started wholesaling their greeting cards a few years into their business. –Megan
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I’m Chantal Bennett, owner and founder behind Papillon Press, a letterpress stationery studio based out of the village of Westport, Ontario, Canada. Papillon Press began in 2009 when I saw an ad on Kijiji (the Canadian Craigslist) selling a 10×15 new style Chandler & Price letterpress, along with 110 typecases, cabinets, and shop supplies. My co-founder/husband Joel Kimmel and I picked it up and moved it 7 hours north to our first studio, which was then located in our home in Sudbury, Ontario. Papillon Press, the illustrated press, was born.

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Joel and I both studied illustration in art school. I attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York while Joel attended Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. We use our drawing skills to create greeting cards with a sprightly sense of humour, told in an illustrative manner but without hitting you over the head with a punchline. We hope our approach to life, which is to not take ourselves too seriously, is reflected in our cards and passed on to the person who buys that card.

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Letterpress printing was a natural extension of our drawing styles. Both Joel and I excel at pen and ink drawings, and we discovered that our line works and prints very well with letterpress. For the first few years of the business we focused mostly on wedding invitations, then we began focusing more on selling our collection of greeting cards in 2012. We felt that greeting cards afforded us more creative freedom to draw the things we wanted to draw, like a gorilla high-fiving a kitten, rather than just decorative borders.  Our cards often feature animals (including extinct ones like dinosaurs) in ridiculous situations – most often wearing party hats – and most of our wedding clients weren’t down with animals in party hats on their invitations (except for a select, awesome few).

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We moved our studio, home, and beagle to Westport in 2013. Our studio building is behind our circa 1877 house on our property, located in the village. I love being able to walk 50 feet from my house and I’m at work. I also love that our studio is two stories, 1000 square feet on each level (right?!) so I have room for all my printing equipment, inventory, drafting tables, and even a little showroom area with a sofa for all those much needed workday naps (ok, sometimes). My computer desk faces a window where I frequently get distracted watching birds land on the birdfeeder.

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Joel shared the Papillon Press workload for the first two years of the business, but now contributes only to the illustration portion of the design process because he’s too busy working for clients like TIME, Nike, and the Royal Canadian Mint (They pay better than I do. Shocker!). The majority of illustration & design duties, as well as the printing and managing of the business fall to me, which makes Papillion Press mostly a one-woman-show, save for the packaging and packing of orders which is the job of my studio assistant, Lynda. This year we introduced offset printed cards into our collection making use of the four-colour process to add more colours to our designs, but without adding to my workload.

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I always knew I would be an entrepreneur of some kind, whether it be an illustrator or something else involving drawing, so I’m very glad I’ve managed to make this my full-time job. Papillon Press has been steadily growing over the years and I hope to keep expanding our current list of 50+ retailers in Canada and the USA.

All photos by Papillon Press

Interested in participating in the Behind the Stationery column? Reach out to Megan at [email protected]