The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitation

Hi everyone! Just a quick housekeeping note before we jump into today’s post: Registration for the Blueprint Model 2018 closes at 11:59 pm TONIGHT! Check out my blog post with all the details from earlier in the week, or go here to register!

We can all agree that The Little Prince is one of our all-time favorite children’s books, yes? I love that artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs used this beloved book as the inspiration for her son’s first birthday party invitation! If you’re familiar with Kristy’s work, then you know that she always goes the extra mile to create the most special and thoughtful invitations. You’ll just have to read below to see all the details she incoporated into this “The Little Prince” first birthday party invitation – it’s absolutely dreamy!

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

From KristyIzzy’s beautiful and unique first birthday invitations were a high art twist on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s story “The Little Prince.” All of the artwork for the stationery was developed in a more detailed and realistic style compared to the original book’s illustrations.

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

Perhaps the most special piece for the whole event was a calligraphy backdrop written by Sarah of Flourish Grace. We wrote a letter to Izzy and gave her the text, so all guests could share in our sentiments to him. Here is what we wrote:

“Dear Isaac our Izzy Wizzy baby guy,

You’ve shown us what it is to live, really live…to love bigger, to trust more, to make time for what matters, to pay attention, to put our phones down, to listen to God more, to love mornings, to marvel… to blow raspberries and let it be the best part of the day. 

Love, Mama and Papa”

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

For the invitation itself, we created a custom game board-style box inspired by the Little Prince. At 17 inches by 10 inches, it was even the size of a board game! A spinner asked guests “What will the Little Prince teach today?” and allowed them to indulge in a bit of play as the explored the invitation. Each box had specially sized compartments to hold a copy of the book, a sheet of custom watercolor stickers, and small trinkets inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved words.

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

And we could not send our guests home without special favors! We curated a case full of fun stuff, with the title “A Visual Map and How-to Guide to Seeing with Your Little Kid Eyes.” Each mini suitcase was stuffed with time-honored goodies guaranteed to turn back the hands of time, even just for one afternoon; candy cigarettes, garbage pail kids, balsa wood airplane, bazooka bubble gum, Lip Smackers lip balm, Pop Rocks and a Slinky!

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

In the lid a watercolor map was custom fitted, calling out the “steps” to revisiting your childhood fun! To name a few: “Pop some rocks and swig some soda if you’re brave”, and “Read The Little Prince, it’s weird and wonderful and witty, just read it…k?” We really wanted our guests not only to read the book, but to experience the lessons of this classic story in a fun and interactive way, and to take a child-like perspective on life, even just for a few minutes.

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

The Little Prince First Birthday Party Invitations by Momental Designs

Thanks so much Kristy! BTW – you can see Kristy’s whimsical adoption baby shower invitations right here!

Design: Momental Designs

Calligraphy: Flourish Grace

Momental Designs is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right hereor visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Dolci Momenti Photography

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations

It’s the first wedding invitations of 2018 – and we’re going glam! These glamorous mixed metals wedding invitations from Taryn of Twinkle & Toast bring an extra dose of sultry drama, with gorgeous gold foil on matte black and metallic gray paper. And can you believe these invitations were created for a wedding in Malibu, California?? We love that Taryn and her clients chose to deviate from a typical bright and cheery aesthetic for a darker, moodier aesthetic. To round out the look she included amazing custom stamps and a custom watercolor envelope liner she painted herself!

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

From TarynMelanie and Matt are both from the east coast, but currently reside in Southern California. Since many of their family and friends still live on the east coast, this was going to be a destination wedding for several of their guests, and they really wanted to create a special, effortless California evening. They found the most beautiful venue in Malibu: a working olive tree farm that overlooked the ocean in the rolling hills. It was romantic and charming with breathtaking views. Their wedding was in October, which called for lots of moody dark colors of burgundy, gray, and black with mixed metals and vintage flair. This couple had a laid-back attitude and a great eye for design (the groom is an art director himself).

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

The whole invitation suite featured custom oversized spot calligraphy throughout. The main invitation had a pale gold foil print on a super silky pitch-black noir paper. To incorporate some burgundy, we had custom painted deep florals featured on their RSVP card and insert card. The accompanying cards were printed on a smooth ivory paper to tie in their vintage touch. The main envelope was a metallic black and the RSVP envelope was metallic gray, which gave it a smoky dark feel. Both metallic envelopes had a pale gold foil stamp return address, with metallic gold pointed pen calligraphy ink for the guest address.

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

We also designed custom postage stamps with the burgundy floral design on both envelopes. One of my favorite features was the custom painted envelope liner on the main envelope. We wanted to showcase the Malibu setting, but do it in a dark and moody way. Instead of a bright and airy sunset, I painted a sunset with hues of purple, black and blue, showing both the ocean and mountain setting surrounding Malibu.

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Overall their vibe was moody, chic, sultry and romantic. The invite really set the tone for an intimate, elegant autumn evening for everyone meet in Malibu.

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Glamorous Mixed Metals Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Thanks Taryn!

Invitation Design: Twinkle & Toast
Florals: Catalina Neal 
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Styling Surface: Simply Rooted Surfaces
Postage: Zazzle (custom designed) 
Rings: Marrow Fine

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

Photo Credits: Jenna Joseph

The Blueprint Model 2018

Creative entrepreneur friends, this one is for you! Every business needs help along the way, whether you’re just starting out or you’re ready to scale up and expand. A couple summers ago, I was feeling really overworked and overwhelmed. I felt like I was at a breaking point in my business where I either needed to expand and diversify my business or basically close up shop, but I didn’t know how to take my next steps. I heard about Shanna Skidmore’s Blueprint Model program from a friend, so I signed up for the program! Shanna JUST reopened registration for this year’s class, so I thought I’d share a little about my experience with the program!

The Blueprint Model

The Blueprint Model is like an MBA for creatives: a 12-week business program designed specifically for creative entrepreneurs, with 10+ hours of coaching and advice from other creative entrepreneurs, more than 25 ready to use templates, a 60-page workbook, and tons of other extras. Over those twelve weeks, Shanna covers everything you need to start, grow, and eventually scale a thriving creative business – from figuring out how YOU personally define success (which was totally eye opening) to pricing and spending plans, including how to pay yourself a salary and set up a cash flow that will help cover slow months. I won’t pretend to have everything figured out, but Shanna and the Blueprint Model taught me SO much, both about what I want for my future AND how to run a sustainable business for the long haul. The Blueprint Model was absolutely invaluable in helping me figure out the direction I want to pursue and in identifying some of the key ingredients that were missing from my business model. I really can’t say enough good things about this program! Fellow alums include fine artist Britt Bass, flower farmer Erin Benzakein Floret Flower, creative director Megan Gonzalez of Mae Mae Co., and lots more.

Henry David Thoreau / The Blueprint Model

Registration for the Blueprint Model is only open ONCE per year, and that’s right now! So if you’re feeling stressed and overworked or if you’re just starting out and want to get your business off the ground in a sustainable way, I’d really encourage you to look into the program. Plus, you get lifetime access to the course materials, so you can continue to revisit the program as your business grows and develops. As a Blueprint Model Alum, I’m planning to go through the course materials again this quarter (while things are a bit quiet!) to help refocus my energy and business priorities. Registration closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 11, so don’t wait!

The Blueprint Model 

Stationers and other creative friends, you can sign up for the program here. There are also programs geared specifically to fine artists, floral designers, or event planners. Go claim your seat now!

Photos via The Blueprint Model

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

Happy 2018! We’re kicking off the new year with the duo Baltic Club based in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Montreal, Canada! Melanie and Brice transitioned from advertising into the stationery world and, since they began in 2014, they’re now to be the only fully vertically integrated stationery design studio in Eastern Canada. Their colorful studio is split into 3 areas: a workshop, retail shop, and back studio. Here to share their behind the stationery story is Brice! — Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

From Brice: Melanie and I met in 2013 in Montreal, Canada, in an advertising agency where she was Art Director and me, the Production Manager. We instantly connected because we share the exact same universe deep in our souls, plus Melanie is the funniest and talented person I’ve ever met in my life. Even in the first few weeks, we already shared about creating something but at this time, it was a more around a puff cream specialty gourmet bakery. A couple of months later, I had to quit my job and left Canada for personal reasons and, in a total upsurge of YOLO, Melanie quit her job too in order to join me and travel across Europe.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

When we came back in Montreal, we had no job and no money so we founded our own design agency named Glasgow Studio, in which we had a lot of fun. Baltic Club was only a side project at this time but we enjoyed the freedom it brought us compared to the branding deadlined projects of the agency. We gave ourselves 12 months to turn Baltic Club into our main activity and stop all the rest. We succeeded in a bit less than 12 months and learned so much along the way.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

We’re based in Montreal — a beautiful laid back metropole of Eastern Canada and our workshop is located in the heart of a very trendy area named the “Mile-End”. Since the time when we worked from the living room table of our apartment, we’ve moved 5 times in 3 years until we found the beautiful space where we are today. A vast back-store allows us to stock paper and host our homemade photoshoot studio.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

The front part is divided into 2 open spaces: the workshop itself and the shop where the public can visit and interact with us and purchase our freshest products 7 days a week. We chose to sell our products almost exclusively with complementary items like pens or paper clips. The selection is made in a way that we have a unique selection of items that you can’t see anywhere else in town. Of course, Melanie did all the setup and the decoration, making this place gorgeous and so pleasant to work in.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

Our approach has always been to grow by ourselves so we began to buy our own equipment early on in our history. For instance, we recently had the opportunity to acquire a Risograph to explore new countries in terms of printing processes along with inkjet, numeric or offset printing we already use on a daily basis. “Charlene”, our hot foil stamping machine, “Billy” the corner cutter, or “Gordon”, our industrial blades are fantastic additions that allow us to create with even more fun, inspiration and flexibility. Oh, yes, we give names to our machines because we believe that they all have their own personality. Some of them even have eyes drawn on. Today, a lot of design companies, even stationery ones, come and see us in order to make their production. We are proud to be the the only stationery company in Eastern Canada capable of designing, printing, binding, packaging, selling our own products…at the same place!

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

Melanie and I are both as much into production methods as we are in design, hence we just can’t prevent ourselves from trying new printing or binding techniques as well as design orientations with the care of keeping an harmonious unicity.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

We work a lot. We don’t feel like it’s really “working”, but we work from early in the morning to late at night. It’s more like living the life we always wanted to dream, enjoying each moment with excitement and dedication. In the morning, we concentrate more on the global picture and marketing moves before we reach the workshop for the opening to take care of our employees and support them in their tasks. We also pretend to be productive (ha!) but we need to be a bit more isolated for that. Phone calls, emails, basic design tasks, production follow ups are our 9 to 5 occupations. When everything turns calmer at the end of the day, we dive into administrative work and the most important design matters, sometimes until 10 or 11 without even noticing it. And, as a “mind purifier,” we fantasize about new projects we could invest our passion in, all along the way.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

Nature documentaries are an infinite source of inspiration. We find them so interesting and always mind blowing! We also found out that when we add a touch of edginess and humour to the roughness and sincerity of what surrounds us, we usually obtain poetry, softness and strength at the same time. Our creative process often begins with a concept, emerged from this massive source of wonder that Melanie turns into something magical in just a couple of hours.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

It is very rare that we come back on a design because we don’t like it and, for the vast majority of them, we use them on multiple supports. The most complicated things we face today is definitely the lack of focus due to multitasking and the cash flow management to support our self-generated growth. Having employees is a huge challenge too but since last summer, we are lucky to have a legendary team with us, relieving us from a significant pain.

If we had to sum up the meaning of Baltic Club’s sprit, we could say that our plan is to create even more each day and try to inspire with the willingness to becoming better humans at the same time.

Behind the Stationery: Baltic Club

All photos courtesy of Baltic Club.

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

2018 Reader Survey!

Let the Beauty of What You Love Be What You Do / Rumi

It’s that time of year again! Before we get too far into 2018, I want to hear from you! I know, I know – everyone is doing reader surveys this time of year. But with my 10 year blog anniversary coming up, I’m kind of feeling like shaking things up a bit this year. So I really need your feedback!

So if you have a couple of minutes to take the survey HERE, it would really help so much. I’ll be reading each and every survey response and using them to come up with our content for the year. I can’t wait to read what you have to say!

In the survey you’ll find a bunch of multiple choice and open ended questions about what kind of content you like on Oh So Beautiful Paper: what you’d like to see more of, what we can do to improve, and a few other topics. You can even ask me questions (business or personal) and I’ll do my best to answer them in later posts! The survey is 100% anonymous, so please feel free to be completely honest. I want your thoughtful opinions and constructive criticism!

And as a special thank you to being the world’s most amazing readers, I have a special gift (that may or may not involve some stationery from my personal collection) for one or two readers. So once you’ve filled out the survey, just leave a comment (any comment!) below and I’ll pick a couple of you to receive a little package from me!

Thank you! I’m looking forward to a really great year!