Paper + Stationery

Birthday Candle Party Invitations

Birthday Candle Party Invitations

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Sometimes the simplest ideas are the very best ones of all. Take these first birthday party invitations for instance. Letterpress printed and paired with a single birthday candle and fabulous packaging, they’re about as charming as they get. Created by Chelsea of Sugar Paper for her son Owen’s first birthday celebration, these invitations are a new favorite.

{Photo by Chelsea Shukov of Sugar Paper via Hip Hip Hooray via Darling Design Studio.}

Celebration Greeting Cards

Celebration Greeting Cards

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Good morning, friends! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I am so excited for this week because I’ll be traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida for a long weekend to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. A little sun and fun are just what I need right now. With celebration on my mind, I’m loving these pretty greeting cards from Sam Dubeau to start the week. The playful use of streamers, cupcake liners, confetti and brightly colored papers just make me happy. …

Loving Calligraphy

Loving Calligraphy

Hello, friends, and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I’m going to jump right into the week with a batch of truly beautiful calligraphy inspiration. Calligraphy adds such a special, personalized touch to invitations and party paper goods. From favor bags and tags to menus, maps, place cards and envelopes, nothing makes the same lasting impression as really great calligraphy. From the classically traditional to the hip and modern, I love calligraphy of all shapes and sizes.

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Colorful Paper Cranes

Colorful Paper Cranes

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I think paper cranes are officially becoming a new love of mine. In general I am in awe of all varieties of paper crafts and I’ve grown really fond of the symbolism of love and peace that origami cranes are said to represent in Japanese culture. Particularly fitting given recent events in Japan, don’t you think? According to legend, those who fold one thousand paper cranes will be granted their heart’s desire. I love that. And I adore these paper …

Lovely Letterpress + Kraft Baby Announcements

Lovely Letterpress + Kraft Baby Announcements

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When I first spied these amazing letterpress baby announcements on Oh So Beautiful Paper I seriously fell instantly in love. They may just be the most beautiful baby announcements I’ve ever seen. (And given my line of “real job” work, trust me when I say – I have seen a lot of baby announcements in my day.) Designed by Karly of Oscar + Emma in celebration of her little baby girl Maeve, they feature some of my favorite things – …

Handpainted Valentines

Handpainted Valentines

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I love every opportunity I get to share the work of Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs. It’s always inspired, unique and sweetly modern. These colorful Valentines feature hand-painted typography with perfect detailing. I love the idea of a really special Valentine tucked inside a envelope filled with heart-shaped confetti. Aren’t these the prettiest?

Thank you for sharing, Courtney!

{Photos from Swiss Cottage Designs.}

Sweet Love Note Valentines from Emmy Lu

Sweet Love Note Valentines from Emmy Lu

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I’ve long been a fan of Emmy Lu Design Studio. Cool, well-designed and budget-friendly stationery that you can print yourself? Genius. Bethany’s latest Creature Affections and Love Notes collections are perfect for Valentines Day. And, because you don’t have to worry about having left enough time for shipping, you can still print these sweet cards for a loved one this Valentines Day. A little something sweet for your sweet.

{Photos from Emmy Lu Design Studio.}

Favorite Valentines Day Cards

Favorite Valentines Day Cards

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Can you believe Valentines Day is just a couple of weeks off? It always surprises me when the holidays meld away to the excitement of the new year and straight into Valentines Day. I mean, this is the same order of things every year so I’m not sure why it surprises me, but somehow it always does. I think a great card is even more special than usual at Valentines Day. Nothing is quite as sweet as a pretty card …

Loving Watercolors

Loving Watercolors

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I’m loving the watercolor trend emerging in design and stationery right now and had to share a few favorites. There is something so quietly beautiful about the sheer colors of watercolor paint that lends a wonderfully special touch to invitations, envelopes, save the dates, business cards and whatever assorted paper ephemera might be your flavor of the day. A soft wash of color and a great textured paper are my latest stationery obsession.

{A watercolor study from Parrott Design Studio.} …

Watercolor Save the Dates

Watercolor Save the Dates

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I’ve been a paper junkie my whole life and I take no shame in the fact that I spend more time than most people I know obsessing about gorgeous stationery. These stunning watercolor save the dates from Swiss Cottage Designs featuring calligraphy from Love Jenna are my  latest obsession. An original water color painting created by the client’s grandmother is showcased as an unexpectedly beautiful envelope liner – the grandmother’s signature can even be seen in the bottom right corner …

Valentines Day Giveaway with Two Brunettes

Valentines Day Giveaway with Two Brunettes

I’m pretty excited (read: completely thrilled) to have the cutest Valentines Day giveaway today from my lovely friend Carolynn of Two Brunettes! Carolynn is always my go-to girl for great graphic design (including the recent site design for The Sweetest Occasion) and she does the most amazing customized illustrations. Today she is giving away an 11×17 poster perfect for giving your beloved on Valentines Day! Styled after her gorgeous custom Valentines Day cards, it will feature the likeness of you, …

Printable Scribbles Gift Tags

Printable Scribbles Gift Tags

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Sweet and simple modern design is always a fan favorite with me and I love the look and feel of the Scribbles printable gift tags from Emmy Lu. Affordable and adorable, these gift tags and coordinating packaging strips are purchased and downloaded right away so you can start packing up wedding favors, sweet treats or wrapping gifts on the spot. Brilliant! I am a sucker of sweet details like these.

{Photos by Emmy Lu Design Studio.}