New Giveaway! Legion Paper Colorplan Paper!

Alright designers and stationers, this giveaway is for you! I’ve been so excited to see more and more colorful papers being used in stationery, from wedding invitations to greeting cards. There are so many great colorful paper options, but my absolute favorite is Colorplan. The colors are just SO GOOD. You might remember that we used Forest Green Colorplan paper and Candy Pink envelopes for our gorgeous Paper Party 2018 invitations, and we also used Colorplan Lavender paper for this fun hologram foil art print for Paper Party 2016! I’m a huge, huge fan of colorful paper and can’t wait to see more of it in the years to come. If you’re a designer interested in possibly using Colorplan papers for your own work, you’re in luck – we’re giving away a really fun and colorful Colorplan demo piece with nine printed sheets from the wonderful folks at Legion Paper!

Paper Party 2016 Art Print on Colorplan Lavender Paper

Paper Party 2018 Invitations on Colorplan Forest Green Paper

Paper Party 2018 Invitations on Colorplan Forest Green Paper

Paper Party 2018 Invitations on Colorplan Forest Green Paper

If you’re unfamiliar with Colorplan, it’s a paper range of 50 colors, 8 weights and 25 embossings, all made in the United Kingdom. The colors range from bright yellows to deep blues and greens to pastel pink and lavender, along with a beautiful range of colorful neutrals. Colorplan is obviously totally gorgeous paired with foil and letterpress printing, but there is also a brand new collection of digital Colorplan papers! Colorplan digital includes the most popular colors, including Azure Blue, Lockwood Green, and Pale Gray, treated specifically for the digital press in order to meet the demands of the growing market. You can check out the full Colorplan digital collection right here. I’m imagining greeting cards and wedding invitations with beautiful floral illustrations printed on these gorgeous colorful papers and I am TOTALLY here for it.

Colorplan Digital Papers

The Colorplan piece that we’re giving away today showcases all of the features that make Colorplan unique, including Colorplan’s intense color formula, innovative chemistry, environmental sustainability, and versatility. Colorplan’s 50 colors are a unique blend, mixed from more than 50 high-intensity dyes and pigments. The removal of natural acids from Colorplan’s range of white papers means they stay brighter and last longer, while innovations in papermaking are exemplified in Ebony, an intense carbon-free black that won’t rub against other surfaces or tarnish when foil printed. The impact of Colorplan’s production is measured and reduced at every possible opportunity – from forest management to energy use – making it a positive force toward a balanced environment. On press, Colorplan has been optimized for use with digital printing, letterpress, lithography, foil, and embossings, as well as packaging and envelopes. You can do pretty much anything with it!

Colorplan Digital Papers

To enter, just follow the options on the Rafflecopter below – there are three different ways to enter! You have until midnight EST on Friday, August 3 to enter!

Colorplan Digital Papers

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This post is sponsored by Legion Paper. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Friday Favorites

Ramona and Ruth

Image and card via Ramona & Ruth

We made it to Friday, yay! My family is heading to the beach on Monday – we’re just going for a couple of days, but it will be nice to get away from DC for a bit. It has been raining non stop this entire week, so fingers crossed for sunshine next week!

You should actually send that thank you note.

Just bought a copy of this beautiful book to read with my girls. They’ll be attending a new elementary school this coming school year, and it’s a designated school for hearing impaired students in DC. There are also a couple of students that are both deaf and blind, so I started this conversation with my girls about interacting with kids that might be a little bit different.

Totally OBSESSED with this rattan clutch in the yellow citron color. It’s on sale – with an extra 50% off the sale price!

I’ve been living in this lightweight chambray shirt dress this week.

Ladies – what’s your favorite makeup palette? I usually just stick to one or two eye shadow colors, but I’m looking to branch out a bit. I’ve heard so many good things about the Urban Decay Naked palette, but let me know if there’s another one you like better!

Apparently all I want from the Nordstrom anniversary kids sale is shoes! My kids both pretty much destroyed their shoes this summer and are kind of desperate for new sneakers, so it works out. Currently eyeing these unicorn sneakers, these pink high tops, and these glitter sneakers

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas

For many of us, summer vacation means spending at least a few long summer days on a beach somewhere. Well, if you can combine a beach vacation with a wedding – all the better! For those of you planning a beach wedding, here are some creative beach wedding escort card ideas and seating chart display ideas that will fit right in with your coastal setting. Think driftwood, sea glass, macramé details for a tropical location, or even oyster shells for a New England affair!

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Obsessed with the white calligraphy on driftwood! | Event Planning & Design: All Who Wander Events, Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete via I Do Y’all

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This macramé leaf escort card display adds a tropical vibe. | Photography: Jillian Mitchell, Event Design & Planning: Nicoella Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How cute are these tiny boats? | Photography: Wendy Laurel, Event Design & Planning: Maui’s Angels Destination Weddings & Events, Calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy via The Knot

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gold details add an elegant touch. | Photography: Harwell Photography, Event Design & Planning: Eva Williams Clark of Belle of the Ball via Style Me Pretty

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Love these colors. | Photography: Rebecca Fishman of Birds Of A Feather, Event Design & Planning: La Boheme Events, Paper Goods: Prim And Pixie via Style Me Pretty

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How can you resist a message in a bottle?! | (Left) Photography: Rodeo and Co. Photography, Event Design & Planning: Monica Johnson via Southern Weddings / (Right) Photography: The Ganeys, Event Planner at Carlouel: Kelley Williams via Trendy Bride

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This Italian marbled paper is gorgeous. | Photography: Cambria Grace Photography, Event Design & Planning: Foret Design Studio via Ruffled

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Who needs table numbers? Each seashell represents a different table! | Photography: Kate Osborne Photography via Brides

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Surfboard turned seating chart. | Photography: Natalie Schutt Photography, Event Coordinators & Stylists: Details, Darling via Wedding Chicks

Beach Wedding Escort Card Ideas / Oh So Beautiful Paper

White calligraphy and sea glass are a dreamy combination. | Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Event Design & Planning: Gray Harper Event Maker, Calligraphy: LowCountry Paper Co. via Green Wedding Shoes

Doesn’t a beach wedding sound dreamy? A beautiful wedding plus beach vacation? Yes, please!

p.s. Macramé wedding inspiration and citrus wedding inspiration!

Quick Pick: Page Stationery Love Her Wild Collection

Today I wanted to share another favorite from this year’s National Stationery Show: the gorgeous Love Her Wild collection from Page Stationery! The ladies of Page Stationery teamed up with Instagram poet Atticus to translate his words onto printed paper. The collection includes both single greeting cards and art prints, along with an enamel pin, some notebooks, and pencils, with Atticus’s powerful poems as the primary focus. Here are a few of my favorites!

Page Stationery x Atticus Love Her Wild Collection

That Was Her Magic Card

Rainy Sunday Art Print

Wild Thing Art Print

Good Stories Art Print

Adventures + Wild Notebook Duo

How She Fell Apart Card


So beautiful, right? Lots more right here!

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

For our next installment of Behind the Stationery, we’re headed to Vancouver to talk with Sarah and Tammy of Banquet Workshop! A mainstay in the stationery world for 8 years and counting, Banquet Workshop’s graphic illustrations are bright and bold (and never quiet) have been translated into everything from art prints and everyday stationery to clothing and jewelry. Sharing about their lives before Banquet Workshop, the strong influences in their work and the importance of staying flexible, here is Sarah and Tammy! —Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

Tammy: Before Sarah and I started working on Banquet Workshop together I was working in development for a television production company whose main focus was documentary and reality-type television. Think adventure cooking shows, family swaps, life a fighter pilot as well as documentaries that tackle issues around homelessness, political prisoners, civil rights cold cases and local food movements. It was definitely interesting and fun work, but once I had my first child I realized that a more flexible job would be in my family’s best interest. I also always loved being my friend’s hypewoman and had a love of stationery since I was young. It seemed like a natural jump to work with Sarah on Banquet where I can combine both these things!

Sarah: I had worked as an artist and in both commercial and not-for-profit galleries, but had always done design and hand-work on the side. Banquet started with our Sea Animals of the Pacific Northwest screen print, and from there it was a natural segue to partner with Tammy and move into stationery.

We met through a friend when Tammy moved back to Vancouver from living in Montreal and Sarah was working at an artist run centre. We had many (too many!) ideas that we wanted to work on including sun suits for kids, becoming hand bag designers, making kid’s craft kits (which we did do!), but Sarah had already been making prints and cards. We realized quickly that we could build something bigger with making paper products that could potentially support our families. That said, we still freelanced for the first four years or so of starting our business – Sarah doing design and Tammy working in TV.

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

We are located in beautiful Vancouver on the west coast of Canada where we are surrounded by oceans and mountains. Our location definitely informs our work. When you are 20 minutes to the beach and forest there is definitely no way to avoid the influence. We also have a strong community of creative women that are forever discussing business, art, fashion, colour theory as well as the politics of the day, and they really motivate us as mothers, creatives, and entrepreneurs.

We have a good sized studio with a view of a luxury car dealership and the mountains, where we pack and ship our orders. Tammy works here mainly with our awesome employees. A lot of the magic happens at Sarah’s house in her home-based studio where she can focus on the creative inspired by her garden, a vast collection of vintage books and textiles, and fueled by too much coffee.

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

We print a few different methods: screen printing for posters and yardage, offset printing for cards, and letterpress for our garlands/ gift tags. All of our printers are truly passionate about what they do and we love the collaborative production process.

If we had to say what makes us unique (such a hard question for two humble Canadians to answer!) it would be our flair for colour and a distinct graphic style. We are also able to charge ahead when inspiration hits and are not often tied to trends. We really do what we want to do and are always looking to make our business more sustainable and interesting. We have now been in business for over 8 years and haven’t run out of new ideas that we want to do! The list grows longer by the day.

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

Every day is different for each of us but the main things that need to happen always are new products and sales!!! All the other tasks lead back to this—whether it’s reaching out to new retailers or making sketches for new products. We are always trying to figure out if what we want to make fits into the brand. At the heart of everything we do is a desire to put quality goods into the world that are useful, bring happiness, and make people feel good.

We do not really have a daily/weekly schedule but we talk about it all the time! We do need to have Christmas cards ready in May and are tied to the yearly holiday and tradeshow schedule but I think having variety and fluidity is the key for us being able to be flexible.

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

Part of the creative process is always looking and being open to inspiration no matter where we are. Some of our best sellers have come from a hand-lettered sign spotted at the mechanics, a hilarious anecdote from one of our kids, or an amazing new-to-us houseplant at a friend’s house. Getting outdoors is everything, but then actual libraries are of course our happy place, and colour is always a favourite. It’s amazing what a hit of neon pink can do!

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

Then it’s a lot of drawing: because we work mostly with vector-graphics, we draw a lot by hand as the initial process and to try and keep things warm. Even with the computer we try to keep that loose feel, quirks and all. All of our type is hand drawn too, with fonts kept as libraries within Illustrator. Colour is where we really get to play, with a specific palette we go back to again and again, dropping in new favourites as we see fit.

Behind the Stationery: Banquet Workshop

Jumping around is an important part of the process too. Sometimes we need to focus on finding a new way to say happy birthday (not so easy!), where at other times we get to work on repeat patterns and styling an entire table setting with our linens, or doing special projects like a recent 4 x 22 metre banner for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation featuring eight specific water-birds spotted in False Creek, a central Vancouver waterway. Variety is what keeps the design process interesting.

Photos courtesy of Banquet Workshop.

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