Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper

Happy Monday everyone! We’re going to kick off the week with a serious stunner of an invitation suite: minimalist type-driven wedding invitations on handmade paper by Nicole of Every Little Letter! When I first saw this invitation suite, I was captivated by the combination of a minimalist type-driven design and handmade paper with super soft deckle edges. I love calligraphy, but the minimalist serif type feels so classic and beautiful! Add in a gorgeous vellum overlay with blackberry botanical illustration on the menus and a few silk ribbons, and you’ve got one seriously romantic wedding invitation!

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

From Nicole: I created this invitation suite for a styled shoot with photographer Erin Tetterton. I was so excited to see lots of beautiful blackberries and a moody disposition in the mood board. My idea was to create a clean, type driven invitation that played off the tones of Fall (one of my favorite seasons and I am so excited it’s on its way!).

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

I wanted to use a mix of papers to show texture, Pressed Paper was perfect both for the tone and subtle deckle. I used Frou Frou Chic ribbon to offset the strong black type and layout. I wanted to create an invitation that was very clean and simple with only emphasis being the typeface and justification – I love the use of this white space and justified paragraph of details. One of my favorite details is always use of vintage postage, so I was careful to pick tones that complimented the suites soft blush tones and mid-green accents.

Minimalist Type-Driven Wedding Invitations on Handmade Paper by Every Little Letter

To continue the mix of materials, I chose handmade paper for the menus but decided to use soft transparent vellum with a printed botanical illustration as the cover, wrapped with fine paper twine to keep the two pieces together.

Wedding Menu with Vellum Overlay by Every Little Letter

For each suite I design, it’s important to me to create a cohesive look that’s unique and timeless but also how to incorporate color and texture, this minimalist type-driven wedding invitation suite hit all the fun sweet spots! When designing for a styled shoot, it’s also important for me to be able to create a suite that a real bride would be able to recreate – so many times a bride reaches out with a suite she’s found and loves, but would be way too expensive to reproduce for a larger guest list. This suite has the makings of a unique layout that could be remade for a real wedding very easily!

Minimalist Type-Driven Deckle Edge Wedding Invitations by Every Little Letter

Thanks Nicole!

Design and Printing: Every Little Letter

Handmade Paper: Pressed Paper

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration? Visit our wedding invitations archive for more custom wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Every Little Letter

Friday Faves

Secret Holiday Co. "The Magic is In You" Banner / Common Room Studio

Banner by Secret Holiday Co. / Photo by me at Common Room Studio

Happy Friday everyone – we made it through the week! I’m on a quick fun day trip up to New York City with my friend Janice today; we’re planning to visit Color Factory and just do a few other touristy things that I never get to do when I’m up for trade shows and meetings. Yay! We’re expecting a rainy weekend in DC, so I’m planning to take advantage of the weather to do some tidying at home, and maybe get a head start on some fall shopping. Madewell has so many gorgeous fall pieces! I picked out a few of my faves below – I particularly want this dress, this sweater, and this long sleeve striped tee for fall.

Speaking of sweaters, I love this long duster cardigan from Old Navy for fall – and it’s currently 25% off!

How cute is this llama sweater for little girls??

The prettiest bundles of paper I ever did see

I’m in the process of redesigning our bedroom, and I’m thinking about adding a faux tree in the corner. It’s between this faux fiddle leaf fig and this faux olive tree – but I need something tall and skinny, so I think the fiddle leaf might be the answer!

LOVING these pale lavender linen shams (also currently on sale!)

Don’t forget to download our printable fall bucket list from Ampersand Design Studio if you haven’t already! And new September wallpapers from Copper Paper Co. and In The Daylight!

Finally – anyone have any quick and easy family dinner recipes that you love and want to share? I’m looking to expand our dinner repertoire and would love your suggestions!!

xoxo

Printable Fall Bucket List!

Labor Day is behind us, which means it’s time to bring on ALL THE FALL THINGS! Pumpkins! Apples! Plaid! Now that my kids are back in school, I’m definitely looking forward to sweater weather, colorful leaves, and fall harvest festivals. I teamed up with the super talented ladies of Ampersand Design Studio to create this printable fall bucket list that we can all fill with our favorite fall activities. Let the fall festivities begin!

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

It’s funny to me now, but I used to not be a huge fan of fall! Winter is my least favorite season, and I always felt this impending sense of doom and gloom when fall rolled around. But fall has definitely grown on me over the last few years! Maybe it’s having kids and seeing the joy of changing leaves and Halloween and hay mazes through their eyes? I’m not really sure! But I do definitely love the cool and crisp fall air and zero humidity. More of that, please.

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I’m absolutely LOVING this colorful design from Ampersand Design Studio – you may be seeing some of these fun shapes on a pumpkin in the not-too-distant future! And how fun is the non-traditional color palette? It’s perfect for the transition from summer into fall. And of course there are plenty of spots to fill with all the things you love doing in the fall, from roasting s’mores to fall foliage nature hikes!

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

I have a whole bunch of activities that I’ve been saving for the cooler weather, from taking our kids to watch airplanes take off and land at a park near the airport to visiting my favorite flower gardens when they’re bursting with fall colors. I can’t wait!!

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Ready to make your fall bucket list? Just download the printable file below and print it at home or at your local copy and print shop. I recommend printing on a bright white card stock so you get all the true colors in the design, ideally 80 lb paper weight or higher so it’s sturdy enough to hang on your wall!

Printable Fall Bucket List / Ampersand Design Studio for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Do you have any favorite fall traditions to suggest? Our fall traditions usually involve colorful leaves and baking, but I’d love to hear how your family celebrates this fabulous season!

Download the printable fall bucket list right here!

p.s. DIY colorful Halloween treat bags and DIY Matisse-inspired pumpkins!

All artwork © 2018 Ampersand Design 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

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

Jenna from Paper Wilderness joins us on this installment of Behind the Stationery from Long Beach, California. Her stationery collections bring together lively watercolor illustrations and puns galore, and she makes it work all right out of her living room apartment! She’s here to share how her artwork went from a side hustle to her full-time job and how she maintains that handmade feel in her line. —Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

From Jenna: I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I could pick up a pencil and always knew I’d be some kind of artist. In 2010, the question of what exactly I’d be doing was definitely on my mind as I was about to graduate from CSU Long Beach with a BFA in Illustration. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for actually putting a paintbrush to paper, traditional art methods where you really have to commit to every brushstroke, and for me that was watercolor painting specifically. Yet in an increasingly technological society, where a large portion of art is created digitally, I was uncertain if my work would have any place in today’s art world.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

Meanwhile, I’d been hand painting greeting cards for friends and family for years, and usually customized them with their favorite animal and a punny phrase. Everyone loved the cards and I discovered that they’d often get framed. Shortly after I graduated college, I got the opportunity to have a table at a small local art walk. While brainstorming ideas of what to sell at my table, I realized that my greeting cards were always well received and would be the perfect, affordable piece of art to sell. So I drew ten animals wearing party hats, traced each drawing onto cards, and hand painted every one! The cards sold out and I was addicted to the feeling that people actually wanted to buy my art. (Fun fact: a few cards from this first Party Animals series are still in my line to this day!) This little hand-painted side hustle continued for a while where I sold framed paintings, brooches, cards, and anything I wanted to experiment with at the occasional art walk, just as an artist with a hobby and not a business.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

Eventually I realized that my unique watercolor greeting cards were the obvious draw and that I wanted to make an actual business out of it, and Paper Wilderness was born in 2014. Hand painting each card was not a sustainable option anymore (ha!) so after printing in-house for a few years I recently found a couple amazing printers who digitally print our goods now. Having inventory on hand to pull from has been amazing.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

I run the business out of the dining room of my apartment in Long Beach, California and space is a little tight but I make it work. Paper Wilderness revolves around my lifelong love of animals, so every design is animal and nature based. I feel like animals and the natural world are a universal love language, symbols of purity that every human can appreciate and admire. That’s why they’re the perfect subjects for my work and goal of uniting people and encouraging communication and togetherness.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

My cards usually involve some kind of pun too because I will always appreciate a good dad joke. Working from home while my bunny Lou Lou hops around is a constant source of cute inspiration so she’s got me covered on that front. The rest of the inspiration I get is from zoo trips, National Park visits, old illustrated textbooks, animal encyclopedias, and nature shows like Blue Planet. I love featuring obscure animals in my designs! The Notes app on my phone is full of snippets of funny conversations, cool animals to draw, and ideas for future cards.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

All my work begins as a pencil sketch in my favorite mixed media sketchbook. Once I’m happy with the sketch, I ink it with waterproof Micron pens and watercolor paint over that inked illustration. Next I’ll experiment with hand lettering until I find a style that feels right for the card or product I’m designing, and that gets lettered in my sketchbook or piece of tracing paper. Then I scan everything into Photoshop, clean them up a little, lay it out, and it’s ready for production!

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

I just love how every single product exists on an actual piece of paper somewhere in my studio. I think this handmade process lends a certain intimate feeling or emotion to my work, which is definitely what I’m going for. I want my customers to feel like my own friends and family did when I first started, like I made this card just for them.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

Paper Wilderness is a one-woman-show so every day is different. Whatever needs to happen gets tackled one task at a time, whether that’s packing up retail and wholesale orders, painting new illustrations, answering emails, checking inventory, bookkeeping, updating websites, or prepping for craft and trade shows. I just debuted my line at the National Stationery Show back in May and it was amazing! My business has slowly evolved into the hand painted, hand lettered watercolor paper goods studio it is today and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Behind the Stationery: Paper Wilderness

All photos courtesy of Paper Wilderness.

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

September 2018 Wallpapers!

Well hello there! Happy September everyone! Did you have a restful Labor Day weekend? I’m personally wishing it could have been just ONE day longer, but it was still a lovely weekend. Anyway, after our August hiatus, I’m excited to jump back into things with some brand new wallpapers! Oh, and guess what?? Starting this month, we’re introducing iPad wallpaper sizes! I’m admittedly a bit late to the iPad train, but we finally got one before traveling to Iceland and I realized how badly I needed a cute wallpaper for the home screen. So here you go! We’ve got three beautiful designs from Copper Paper Co. and Australian stationer In the Daylight – pick your favorite below, or download a couple options for different devices!

September Rainbow Wallpaper / In The Daylight for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | iPad | Desktop

September Floral Wallpaper / Copper Paper Co. for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | iPad | Desktop

September Rose Wallpaper / Copper Paper Co. for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | iPad | Desktop

For personal use only. All illustrations by In the Daylight and Copper Paper Co. for Oh So Beautiful Paper

p.s. If you’re interested in walking down memory lane a bit, here are the wallpaper designs from September 2017, September 2016, and September 2015!

If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to hello(at)ohsobeautifulpaper.com with the subject line “desktop downloads” and image files in both desktop and iPhone retina screen sizes. If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!