Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We started with that amazing eclipse on Monday, and as of today we officially made it through our first week of school here in DC. Yay! Next week, Oh So Beautiful Paper will be on our annual summer hiatus – so we’ll be back with fresh new posts after Labor Day. Plus, I have some REALLY exciting news that I can’t wait to share with all of you! But you’ll just have to wait until September 5 to find out what it is! But in the meantime…

Envelopes by Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy

Envelopes by Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy via #dailydoseofpaper

…a few links for your weekend!

Grab this free printable editorial calendar to organize your blog and social schedule!

This is fascinating: the slave that taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey

100% adding this sweater to my fall closet

Feeling inspired by these colors and shapes

After years of searching, I finally found my dream raincoat! And it’s pale pink! (It also comes in mint green here.)

How cute is this pom pom tank?

A new online calligraphy class with Bailey of Antiquaria Design!

Card of the week! (by the always hilarious Emily McDowell)

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Fifteen awesome 2017-2018 planners and agendas

We wrapped up our coverage from the 2017 National Stationery Show with two final posts: a party goods round up and a few final favorite products from the show!

Go Behind the Stationery with Egg Press

Make this fun DIY watercolor floral pencil pouch!

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

From the PNW, Kara and Tess are here to share their story Behind the Stationery at Egg Press! As partners in leading a growing company in Portland, collaborating on all fronts is a key part to their success. Beyond greeting cards, Egg Press partners with local companies, started the Write_On campaign to promote written correspondence, and actively gives back in their new GOODS FOR GOOD collection. Take a look inside their day to day! Megan Soh

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

From Kara and Tess of Egg Press: In 1999, Tess left her job as a graphic and surface designer for Nike so that she could be in her letterpress studio more. Her intent was to print custom work for the local design community, but when she took a handful of card designs to a trade show in SF on a whim, Egg Press was born.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Our studio is located in beautiful NW Portland, Oregon on the third floor of the Schoolhouse Electric building, a 1910 brick factory and warehouse. We love coming to this inspiring space every day and of being part of a long tradition of American manufacturing. It’s gratifying to use these old machines (the basic design of some of our presses goes back to the 1800’s) to make wholly new things. We have 12 presses including Heidelberg windmills and Chandler and Price clamshells. They all have different personalities which have garnered nicknames. One of our Heidelbergs may be one of the oldest of its kind still in use. We also have sewing machines, a screen printing set up, as well as old-school gadgets for corner rounding, paper jogging, and notebook padding.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Kara and Tess work in the back office near the train tracks. Conversations are occasionally brought to a stop as loudly whistling train pass by. It’s all part of the charm. Tess and Kara work side by side every day – Tess on the left, Kara on the right collaborating on most everything that leaves the studio.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

On a typical day Tess and Kara can be found working on design deadlines, collecting inspiration, creating illustrations for a local grocery chain, taking meetings and thinking about what’s next. The print room comes in early and creates their to-do list, juggling custom printing needs, inventory needs, and R&D for new products or formats. The folks in the office make sure all is running smoothly with accounts, customer service, and orders, while the shippers hustle to get boxes picked, packed and ready for the postman by 3:00pm.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Photo by Micah Fischer

We are still a small enough company to be nimble. While each person has a set of responsibilities and things to do each day, we all wear many hats and are able to come together to accomplish a lot as a team. This means we can respond to exciting opportunities as well as bumps in the road in a timely fashion.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

First and foremost, we are inspired by the letterpress process and the technical constraints of designing for it. We love Japanese and Scandinavian design and are also inspired by vintage ephemera, Bauhaus typography, interesting color combinations and word play.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

We start by collecting inspiration and with our marketing and sales team, considering needs in the marketplace. Once we have solid ideas that get us juiced up and a design direction established we begin to sketch, draw, paint and compose on the computer. When we have enough contenders we review the designs to narrow down the offerings.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

At this point plates are ordered, colors are specified and the cards move to the printing process. This is where the real magic happens. There is nothing better to see the cards come to life fresh off the press.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Usually new formats start with what inspires us. For example, we love textiles, so within our SPK line (Social Preparedness Kit) we offer small batch soft goods, designed, printed, and constructed from start to finish in our studio. SPK also includes stationery products for the desk and other goods that help make letter writing easy.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

Another big initiative we design and produce for is Write_On, our annual letter writing campaign. This was born from founder Tess Darrow’s desire to get in the habit of writing more letters. It’s fun to brainstorm products that will inspire folks to write. We’ve created letter writing advent style calendars, totes to carry your materials, and enamel pins to show your support for the cause.

We don’t typically produce a lot of postcards but are excited to heed recent requests for political postcards while raising money for some of our favorite causes. Along with totes and screen printed t-shirts, they’re part of our recently launched GOODS FOR GOOD line in which all proceeds are donated to organizations that are working to better the lives of all people.

Behind the Stationery: Egg Press

All photos by Christa Fowles except where noted.

Interested in being featured in this column? Reach out to Megan at megan [at] ohsobeautifulpaper.com for details.

Fifteen Awesome 2017-2018 Planners and Agendas!

Since it’s back-to-school week here in DC, I figured this would be an excellent time to share our annual round up of beautiful planners and agendas! And we’ve got a seriously good crop of them this year! Today we’re sharing FIFTEEN awesome 2017-2018 planners and agendas. Fifteen! Some of the planners below stick to a traditional yearly calendar, but many of them follow the academic calendar – so you can start using them RIGHT NOW. Yay! Ready??

Fifteen Awesome 2017-2018 Planners and Agendas

1. Ban.do always has the cutest agendas, and this year is no exception! Plenty of pink, hologram foil, playful phrases, sticker pages, and so much more. Oh, and if your favorite Ban.do agenda is sold out on their website, check their list of stockists to see if you can track one down there! Nordstrom has a bunch of options still in stock!

2. This Egyptian Rose weekly planner (January – December 2018) from Fox & Fallow features shiny rose foil on a pink book cloth cover on the outside. Inside, you’ll find weekly views on each spread and a monthly view at the beginning of each month.

3. Available in three different cover options – and in both 17-month and 12-month formats! – this Wise Words planner from One Canoe Two includes monthly and weekly spreads, with plenty of room to write, doodle, or dream in big open squares (no cramming a full day into a few tiny lines!). Each month includes hand lettered inspirational quotes, along with sections for notes, contacts, and keeping track of important dates and holidays.

4 – 6. I couldn’t resist including an example of each of the three planner formats offered by Rifle Paper Co. this year: A full-size 17-month planner, a compact 17-month planner, and a twelve-month weekly agenda. How will you ever choose just one??

7. How gorgeous is the cover for this 17-month (August 2017 – December 2018) Aurora planner from Hadron Epoch?? Even more beautiful cover options here!

8. For those of you who want to get a head start on 2018 planning, try this 14-month (December 2017 – January 2019!) agenda from Blushing Confetti with weekly views and a gorgeous green floral cover!

9. The Day Designer always comes in a bazillion gorgeous cover options, but I particularly adore the illustrations in this “desk bliss” cover! Choose a midyear (June 2017 – May 2018) planner if you want to start using it now, or wait for a traditional January – December 2018 version!

10. Sleek and modern minimalist planners with beautiful linen book cloth covers from Appointed Co. Choose between 17-month (August 2017 – December 2018) and twelve month (January – December 2018) options, and you can even add gold foil monogramming!

11. How cute is this floral cover on the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley? The twelve month academic planner (August 2017 – July 2018) is available now, and the twelve month 2018 planner will be available for purchase on September 6!

12. I have a long love affair with anything constellation-inspired – loving this cover option on this 17-month agenda (August 2017 – December 2018) from My Mind’s Eye!

13. Brand new planners from Idlewild Co.! These annual planners (January – December 2018) include 220 interior pages with sections for daily, weekly, and monthly planning, along with year-at-a-glance, goal-tracking, and notes sections. Plus, plenty of hand lettered inspirational quotes and colorful stickers! I’m partial to this color blocked cover option, but here are also tropical banana leaves, prickly pear cacti, and a papaya print!

14. The Get to Work Book (July 2017 – June 2018) is a daily planner and goal setting workbook specifically for creative professionals and entrepreneurs designed to help you make progress on your big goals by taking things one day at a time. Features include 246 interior pages with 12 motivational text prints, Monday – Sunday week-at-a-glance spreads, space for notes and brainstorming, a “year-at-a-glance” spread with space to write plans, 14 “project breakdown” pages to help you complete large tasks, 13 “reflect and goal-set” pages to celebrate past successes and come up with action items for the next month, and a pocket on inside back cover.

15. This twelve month agenda from Adam JK is undated, so you can start using it at any time! I love all the creative prompts for reflection and inspiration that Adam included throughout the agenda.

p.s. Some of our favorite organizational stationery goodies from this year’s National Stationery Show.

NSS 2017: Let’s Get Organized

Last week I did a little round up of my favorite pencil pouches – including a couple that I found in person at this year’s National Stationery Show – in honor of back-to-school season. There’s always something about the start of a new school year that inspires us to get organized, don’t you think? So it just felt right that my next NSS 2017 round up focus on some of the organizational goodies at this year’s show. Now, I’m not talking about calendars and yearly planners (I’ll be covering those in separate round up posts soon), but instead on some of the other stationery that we use to keep ourselves organized: file folders, notebooks, notepads, and specialty planners. These are always popular categories at the show – and for good reason! I mean, just look at these dressage unicorns on this notebook from Baltic Club:

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

Baltic Club (see the full booth here!)

So let’s kick things off with the notebook category! Iron Curtain Press has been killing it in this category for a while, with their beautiful, minimalist notebooks in a variety of sizes and candy coated colors. They just added a small reporter-size notebook, which was a very popular size at this year’s show, along with a larger task pad notebook. I’m also loving the hand painted reporter-size notebooks from Moglea, and the gold foil notebooks from Wild Ink Press and Smitten on Paper.

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

Iron Curtain Press (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Moglea

Moglea (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

Baltic Club (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Wild Ink Press

Wild Ink Press (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper (see the full booth here!)

Yay for beautiful file folders! I’m loving these designs from Good Juju Ink, Graphique de France, and Rifle Paper Co.:

NSS 2017: Good JuJu Ink

Good Juju Ink (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Graphique de France

Graphique de France (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. (see the full booth here!)

Moving on to the notepad category, we’ve got a beautiful large version from Fox & Fallow that comes with it’s own clipboard and pencil, and fun illustrated desktop notepads from Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Our Heiday. Also, I somehow neglected to get a photo of these at the show, but these hologram foil-edged notepads from Parrott Design Studio are just beyond amazing!

NSS 2017: Fox & Fallow Clipboard Pack

Fox & Fallow (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Mr. Boddington's Studio

Mr. Boddington’s Studio (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

Our Heiday (see the full booth here!)

I’m a BIG fan of the weekly planner. As a visual person, I love being able to see a week’s worth of activities all together – and even better if I can see two weeks side by side! We’ve got shiny gold foil from Smitten on Paper, painterly illustrations from Our Heiday, and minimalism from Iron Curtain Press.

NSS 2017: Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

Our Heiday (see the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

Iron Curtain Press (see the full booth here!)

 

A brand new address book cover design from Rifle Paper Co.:

NSS 2017: Rifle Paper Co.

Rifle Paper Co. (see the full booth here!)

I wish I could show you every page of this cocktail recipe binder from Moglea! It comes in gray and white cover options, with copper foil interior tabs organized by season:

NSS 2017: Moglea Cocktail Recipe Notebook

Moglea (see the full booth here!)

This packing planner from Lionheart Prints is genius! I currently use the Notes app on my phone to plan everything I need to pack for a family trip, so this planner notepad would be a BIG improvement.

NSS 2017: Lionheart Prints Packing Planner

Lionheart Prints (see the full booth here!)

I love, love, love the minimalist design of this meal planner from Ramona & Ruth. And it’s the perfect size to drop into your purse or a tote bag and bring it with you to the grocery store!

NSS 2017: Ramona and Ruth

Ramona & Ruth (see the full booth here!)

If you’re still reading down here – thank you! Also, I’d love to hear what other product or theme round ups you want to see from the National Stationery Show! I have a few more still to come, but please let me know in the comments if there’s anything in particular you’re hoping to see!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! This was a fairly quiet week for me, so I don’t have much to report this week. Sending lots of love and positive vibes to you all for a happy three-day weekend! But in the meantime…

Image by Soil and Stem via Instagram

Image by Soil and Stem via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper: