January Advertising Special!

Good morning everyone! I have a big announcement for my stationer friends this morning! January can be a rough month, since we’re all just coming off all the holiday sparkle and heading back to reality after spending time with loved ones during the holiday break. So! I decided to make January a bit brighter by offering 30% off BOTH sidebar advertising and the first year of membership in our Designer Rolodex!

OSBP January Advertising Special

All new Designer Rolodex members will get 30% off their first year of membership from now until January 31. The application process is so easy, just fill out the form on this page! I can’t WAIT to hear from you! And while I was at it, I thought I might as well extend the same offer to anyone interested in sidebar advertising! And yes, this offer also applies to multi-month ads, so book up now and save big! You can get in touch with us for ad rates and more info right here.

If you aren’t already familiar with the Designer Rolodex, it’s our curated directory of wedding invitation designers and a fantastic resource for couples looking to find the perfect designer for their wedding stationery. When I got married in 2008 – back in the early days of blogging! – I had a tough time both finding unique and creative design inspiration for my wedding invitations and finding an independent stationer to work with. I spent countless hours searching the internet, browsing portfolios, and collecting images (pre-Pinterest!) from magazines and online. So I started OSBP later that year with the goal of showcasing amazing wedding invitations and helping connect readers with invitation designers. All Designer Rolodex members are hand selected by me, and every single member produces the most gorgeous invitations you’ll ever see. I won’t claim that the Rolodex is the largest directory of invitation designers, but I truly believe that the Rolodex membership represents the best of the best.

So! If you’ve had an invitation featured on OSBP in the past and you’re looking to make 2018 your best year in business yet – or if you’re a super talented new designer just starting out – join the Rolodex! Membership is normally just $300/year and will absolutely pay for itself if you book just ONE client through the Rolodex in the next year. Designer Rolodex members can display their portfolio, get discovered by location, style, and printing methods, share links to their social pages – and there’s even a link to past editorial features on OSBP. We’ll also be resuming our popular Meet the Rolodex posts (but on the blog this time!!) in 2018, so now’s the time to become a member!

Engaged couples, be sure to check out the Designer Rolodex to browse portfolios and find your perfect invitation designer!

And stationers, if you’re already a Rolodex member, now would be the perfect time to update your portfolio and present your newest, bestest work to all of our new visitors. Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

Invitation Photo: Athena Bludé Photography from these Romantic Blush and Gray Wedding Invitations (one of my faves!) by Designer Rolodex member Coral Pheasant

Best of 2017: My Favorite Projects!

Today I’m wrapping up our 2017 recap with a look back at some of my personal favorite posts from 2017! We’ve already covered fun DIY projects, favorite cocktails, sweet baby shower invitations and birth announcements, playful and colorful wedding invitations, and romantic and understated wedding invitations – all of which I absolutely love – but the posts below are a bit more personal in nature. I’m planning to write a bit more about my goals for 2018 next week, but one of those goals is to share more personal content, from conversations about motherhood and family to sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks to exploring more of DC. I used to share way more personal content, before Instagram became the thing it is today and before I had two kids (I honestly have no idea how any of you with 3+ kids manage to stay sane!), and I really miss it! I’ll also be doing a reader survey next week, but if there’s anything in particular that you’d like to see from me this year, please let me know in the comments!

Learn Watercolor Painting with Skillshare

One of my goals for 2017 was to get myself in front of the camera more often, which is DEFINITELY stepping outside of my comfort zone since I’m used to being the one behind the camera. But at the end of the day, it’s just me behind this mighty little blog, and it’s important to show my face more often. I teamed up with photographer Anna Meyer to visit some colorful walls in DC, and I can’t wait to do another installment in 2018!

The Best Walls in DC

Dallas Clayton’s #kindcomments wall at Union Market

The Best Walls in DC

The Best Walls in DC / Photo Credit: Anna Meyer for Oh So Beautiful Paper

2017 was a fairly big and transformative year – I celebrated my 9th blogging anniversary and introduced you to Common Room Studio! So far I’ve shared the design inspiration for Common Room Studio and we hosted our first set of workshops, but I still need to do a full reveal! Stay tuned in 2018. Oh, and if you’re in the DC area, you can sign up for our newsletter right here

Write Your Own Story / Frankie's Girl

9 Years of OSBP + Introducing Common Room Studio! / Image Credit: Frankie’s Girl via Instagram

Common Room Studio Style Board and Color Palette

Design Inspiration for Common Room Studio

On the home front, we shared our backyard makeover and talked about kitchen renovation inspiration! These days, my back yard looks more like a winter wasteland since everything has died back from the freezing temperatures, but I can’t wait until it looks like this again in the spring and summer! Oh, and we may have kickstarted our long-awaited kitchen renovation over the holiday break, so stay tuned for an update on that, too.

A Backyard Makeover in Washington, DC

OSBP at Home: Our Backyard Makeover / Photo Credit: Yetta Reid Photography

Qanuk Interiors Kitchen via House & Home / Photo Credit: Donna Griffith Photography

OSBP at Home: Kitchen Inspiration / Design: Qanūk Interiors / Photo Credit: Donna Griffith for House & Home Kitchens & Baths Fall 2013

That’s it for me this week! Have a wonderful weekend, stay warm, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Best of 2017: Cocktails

Ooooh, this was a tough one you guys! We develop all of our cocktail recipes in house, so it’s tough to pick favorites! We actually started posting cocktail recipes way back in 2011 after my husband returned home from a 6-month deployment in Iraq. We spent a couple of weeks making up for lost time by visiting the best bars and restaurants in DC, and we had a transformative experience at the Columbia Room during one evening. We loved the drinks, but also the incredible history behind them. My husband started reading everything he could about cocktails, experimenting with recipes at home, and eventually became our personal in-house bartender. He comes up with all of the recipes for our cocktail posts (and lots more over on Instagram), then I take the photos for the recipe blog post. They’re all my favorite! But I had to narrow it down to just a few, so here are a few cocktails that you should definitely try soon, including a couple cold weather cocktails to help keep you warm this winter!

Peach-Basil Whiskey Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Peach Basil Whiskey Cobbler // The perfect summer drink! Light and refreshing, with two of my favorite summer ingredients.

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hazelnut Bourbon Hot Chocolate // It’s colder than cold out there, so this is how I’ll be staying warm all winter

Mint and Lime Riesling Sangria Recipe

Mint and Lime Riesling Sangria // Effervescent and absolutely delicious – and makes an excellent brunch cocktail!

Blackberry Aperol Spritz

Blackberry Aperol Spritz // So easy, and so, so, so very good

The Stone Fence Cocktail Recipe

The Stone Fence // Rye whiskey paired with both apple cider and hard cider

Mezcal Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned // A fun spin on THE classic cocktail!

Scotch Whiskey Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Scotch Whiskey Coffee // Perfect for these cold winter nights!

If you need more cocktail recipe ideas and inspiration – for any time of year – check out our cocktail recipe archives from the last six years right here!

Best of 2017: Adorable Baby Announcements and Shower Invitations

Aaaah, babies! Even before I became a mom, I loved seeing festive and exuberant baby shower invitations, sweet birth announcements, and even fun birthday party invitations! Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite adorable baby announcements and shower invitations (and one first birthday party invitation!) from the year, from copper foil baby shower invitations to vellum first birthday party invitations!

Copper Foil Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Alana of Bourne Paper Co. sent two adorable baby stationery projects in 2017 – first, the invitations for her baby shower! The copper foil stars are the perfect complement to the crisp and clean modern design!

Copper Foil Star Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Bourne Paper Co.

Copper Foil Star Baby Shower Invitations

And a bit later in the year, Alana shared the sweet birth announcements for her daughter, Peyton – with beautiful calligraphy by Anne Robin and a fun batik-inspired envelope liner!

Sweet and Simple Calligraphy Baby Announcements by Bourne Paper Co. and Anne Robin Calligraphy

Sweet and Simple Calligraphy Baby Announcements by Bourne Paper Co. and Anne Robin Calligraphy

Sweet and Simple Calligraphy Baby Announcements

Can you imagine anything more fun than sprinkle-inspired baby shower invitations?? I love these festive baby shower invitations with a white foil sprinkle pattern from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress!

Festive Confetti-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Festive Baby Shower Invitations with Foil Sprinkles!

Vellum was one of the biggest trends of 2017 – and I’m expecting we’ll continue to see more of this translucent material in 2018! How lovely is this eucalyptus overlay on these first birthday party invitations from Mint for Hue??

Eucalyptus and Vellum Birthday Party Invitations by Mint for Hue

Eucalyptus and Vellum First Birthday Party Invitations

Looking for more adorable baby stationery? Check out our past baby shower invitation and baby announcement posts right here!

Best of 2017: DIY

For our next look back at favorite posts in 2017, I’m recapping some favorite DIY projects from the year! 2017 was a bit of a transition year for me; up until now I’ve always focused on smaller scale DIY projects since I photographed everything in my home office – which presented quite a few space and logistical challenges! Now that I have Common Room Studio, I’m excited to move towards larger party inspiration posts in addition to smaller DIY projects. Here are a few favorite projects from the year!

DIY Hologram Foil Ornaments

Photo Credit: Meghan Marie Photography

2017 was the year that I discovered the magic of nail transfer foils! I used them to make hologram Easter eggs back in March and hologram  Christmas ornaments just a few weeks ago. I have a few more ideas for ways to use these versatile little foils, so you’ll definitely see them pop up in a project or two in 2018!

DIY Hologram Foil Easter Eggs

DIY Hologram Foil Easter Eggs

DIY Hologram Foil Ornaments

DIY Hologram Foil Ornaments

These DIY galaxy Easter eggs are so sparkly! My girls absolutely LOVED them. Nail polish marbling FTW.

DIY Hologram Galaxy Easter Eggs

DIY Hologram Galaxy Easter Eggs

Matisse’s paper cuts inspired a few DIY projects throughout the year, and they ended up being some of my favorite projects to date! Our first Matisse-inspired project of the year involved a colorful paper garland to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors in September!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Paper Garland

DIY Matisse-Inspired Paper Garland

DIY Matisse-inspired Garland

And then I made Matisse-inspired pumpkins in October! They were so cute! I originally thought black and white pumpkins would work best, but that pink painted pumpkin was easily my favorite of the bunch.

DIY Matisse-Inspired Pumpkins

DIY Matisse-inspired Pumpkins

This next project is a personal fave – DIY iridescent paper prize ribbons that I made for my daughter’s preschool graduation! These ribbons are such a fun and easy way to celebrate a milestone event, or even to help cheer up a friend or co-worker. 

DIY Iridescent and Pastel Paper Prize Ribbons

DIY Iridescent Paper Prize Ribbons

Some of my favorite projects are also the most simple. These DIY watercolor and gold leaf gift tags involve just a quick stripe of watercolor paint and some gold leaf, but I love the understated beauty of the final result!

DIY Watercolor and Gold Leaf Gift Tags

DIY Watercolor and Gold Leaf Gift Tags

If you’re looking for more DIY ideas, you can check out our DIY archive right here!