Lone Star State Save the Dates

Texas Vintage Music Poster Inspired Save the Dates

Texas Vintage Music Poster Inspired Save the Dates


Thanks to Jennifer James, a designer and illustrator at Two Paperdolls, for letting me know about these fantastic, custom save the dates that she created for her sister and future brother-in-law. The design blends Texan-inspired shabby chic with the groom’s love of vintage music posters, and I love the palette of yellow linen, papaya, chocolate, and a dark sage-y green, perfect choices for a retro look with a slightly western feel.

My favorite part about the save the dates is that they tell the story of Kelly + Clayton, high school sweethearts who reunited after college. Knowing the bride and groom to be personally allowed Jennifer to design something unique for the couple and to share a story that certainly warmed the hearts of everyone who received a save the date.


Texas Vintage Music Poster Inspired Save the Dates

Texas Vintage Music Poster Inspired Save the Dates


Clever, removable hangtags continue the vintage theme and allow invitees to keep a reminder about the wedding in an easy to see place, and wraparound address labels are just plain cool.

images from Jennifer James

The Paper Crave Newsletters

I am so jazzed to be able to announce the launch of something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. Allow me to introduce the Paper Crave Newsletters!

The first newsletter is for all of the paper lovers out there, which includes most, if not all, of you who are regular Paper Crave readers. Every month, you’ll receive an eye-candy filled menagerie of everything a paper lover covets. See a summary of what you may have missed on Paper Crave recently, and feast your eyes on bonus paper goodies, as well as sales, specials, giveaways, and new product launches from your favorite paper shops. I love the idea of having a place where I can not only give you a look at what’s been going on on the site, but also a place where I can share goodies and information that are beyond what I’ve been talking about here. Sign up for the Paper Crave Goodies List now!

I’m just as excited about the second newsletter, the Biz List. I’ve been working on the web as a designer, programmer, search engine marketing figure-r outer, and online business owner for about a decade now (man, that makes me feel old). During that time, I’ve picked up heaps of information about what it means to run a business on the web and, during the past almost four years of running Paper Crave, what it means, specifically, to run a paper goods business online. This newsletter is my place to open up a dialogue with you, the stationers, invitation designers, and other paper goods creators. Find out more and sign up for the Biz List (scroll down to the second entry form area for Biz List details).

I’ve also spruced up my contact page, including more details and guidelines about what I like to see in paper goods submissions.

And, if you have a shop/website and have an upcoming product launch, sale, discount, or special that you’d like for me to share in an upcoming Paper Goodies newsletter, please email me at biznewsletter@papercrave.com with details and dates. The first newsletter should be going out around mid-July, so anything that’s going on from mid-July to mid-August is something I want to hear about!

The Eco-Friendly Wedding Collection from Up Up Creative

Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative


I’m super stoked about the newly launched Eco Friendly Wedding Invitation + Save the Date collection from Up Up Creative. The new line features clean, classic, modern invites available in all sorts of vibrant colors, with bold typography and stylized illustrative elements throughout. I’m rather partial to the navy and pink design above (yep, that navy + pink/magenta obsession’s not going anywhere anytime soon). I also love the story behind the collection, which you can check out here.

You can see the entire collection, purchase sample kits, and check out the available colors — I always love to see colors + the fun color names that designers come up with — at Up Up Creative. All paper used is either 100% cotton or contains 100% post consumer recycled content.

Here’s a peek at some of my favorites:


Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative

Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative

Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative

Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative

Eco Friendly Wedding Invitations Up Up Creative

images from Up Up Creative