Watercolor Pattern Notebooks by Sonia Cavallini

Watercolor Pattern Notebooks by Sonia Cavallini (A6 Size)

Mother Nature finally seems to be allowing us some beautiful, warm weather days here and there, which has me feeling energized and looking forward to the late spring and summer months to come, and these wonderful notebooks by Sonia Cavallini evoke the same warm weather yearnings.

Each A6 size notebook features a print of one of Sonia’s original watercolor patterns, with covers that feature everything from ice cream cones to pineapples, florals, and cute little crabs skittering across the paper. These sweet notebooks would be perfect for tucking into a purse or messenger bag, and they would also make great gifts for paper lovin’ friends and family!

Watercolor Pattern Notebooks by Sonia Cavallini (A6 Size)

images from Sonia Cavallini

Quick Picks : 3.24.16

DIY Scratch & Sniff Stickers + Free Printable Stickers from Damask Love

DIY Scratch & Sniff Stickers + Free Printable Stickers
(my latest project in collaboration with Damask Love)

This Week’s Picks

♥ Ooh, pretty, pretty soap packaging designed by Stitch Design Co.

♥ National Card and Letter Writing Month starts next week! I’ve been stocking my stationery stash and hope, hope, hope that my local post office still has some of the beautiful, quilled heart postage stamps by Yulia Brodskaya.

♥ These awesome, hand cut paper sculptures by Clare Pentlow are a must see for any paper lover.

♥ Lovin’ the “Happy Thoughts” hand lettered phrases coloring book from Hester & Cook!

♥ Looking for some last minute Easter decorations for the annual egg hunt? Check out these cuties from Tinyme.

image from Damask Love

Abraham’s Hand Lettered Blue Foil & Lime Green Letterpress Birth Announcements

Abraham's Hand Lettered Letterpress Birth Announcements // Smudge Designs, Bella Figura Letterpress, with Lettering and Calligraphy by Patricia Mumau of Primele

What happens when a visionary mommy gets together with some of the raddest stationers around? We get one of the most inspired stationery collaborations that I’ve seen in some time, not to mention hand lettered birth announcements that are out of this world awesome!

Here’s the story behind little Abraham’s birth announcements, complete with twists and turns and so many examples of the openness and collaborative nature that makes the stationery world so wonderful:

It all started when Abraham’s mommy had an idea. She envisioned a birth announcement that was as happy and hearty as her bouncy baby boy. Jo imagined a design with the seamless integration of multiple typefaces, including calligraphy and handwritten block-printing, which would in itself create the design.

This vision led to the exciting collaboration of the stationer Smudge Designs, Bella Figura Letterpress, and calligrapher/illustrator Patricia Mumau of Primele.

Jo, Abraham’s mother, began by talking with Julie and Joanna, the innovative mother-daughter duo of Smudge Designs. Smudge has a reputation for embracing a fresh and personal approach, specializing in the creation of custom personal stationery. Needless to say, Jo came to the right place. Smudge is passionate about tailoring to their customer’s exact style using only the finest materials and printing methods.

Wanting a birth announcement that was both hearty and playful, Julie and Joanna suggested working with the New York’s finest letterpress printer, Bella Figura. Nothing beats the luxurious chunky stock that can only be printed on using an Original Heidelberg machine. Jo was also imagining a design that was uniquely handwritten just for her: a design that couldn’t be put together by just anybody. Bella Figura, having connections to stationery designers and calligraphers all over the United States, was just the ticket.

Because the single design had to flawlessly incorporate multiple handwriting styles, there really was no better option then to bring into the project a professional hand-lettering illustrator. Bell Figura connected with Patricia Mumau, a contemporary calligrapher and illustrator. Patricia has been one of their wedding suite designers since 2010, creating their first design that was entirely custom hand calligraphy. Since then, Patricia has launched her own illustrated stationery line, Fawnsberg, which made its debut in 2011 and features the full-color illustration side of her work.

For this birth announcement, Patricia played with several types of hand writing styles, from her original Harrison Calligraphy, to creating a new, bold serif font with curls. The final product was a beautifully printed, entirely hand-drawn design finished in metallic blue foil and bright lime ink.

As you can see, all of the love and care that went into this project paid off. Jo had a birth announcement that was as bouncy, lively, fresh and playful as her son.

Story Credit : Rachel Mumau
Design Credit : Smudge Designs, Bella Figura & Patricia Mumau of Primele

image from Patricia Mumau

4 Fab Easter Paper Craft Project Ideas

Easter is less than a week away! How did that happen? If you’re looking for some super fun, last minute ideas to add a little hippity hop to your holiday festivities, then look no further because this roundup of  Easter paper craft ideas features a little bit of everything, from egg-cellent embellishments to playful place settings.

4 Fab Easter Paper Craft Project Ideas

Above, clockwise from top left : Super Duper Easy Paper Easter Baskets from Damask Love // Easter Egg Decorating with an Unexpected Twist from Motte // Clever, Sunny-Side Up Egg Decorations from Handmade Charlotte // Free Printable Egg Puns from Design Is Yay

images from their respective sources