Martha Stewart Paper Rose Craft

Martha Stewart Paper Rose Craft

I never would’ve guessed that these beautiful paper roses are actually made of coffee filters. Cassie Chappell, the creator of these lovelies, demonstrated how to make the roses on the Martha Stewart show recently, and I was just fascinated by the entire process. You can watch the two part coffee filter rose how to video and see written instructions and downloadable rose templates at MarthaStewart.com.

If you prefer to buy ready made roses, check out Cassie’s website, Mommy Makes Roses. They’re having a 25% off Easter sale right now, too!

image from MarthaStewart.com

Finding a Custom Calligraphy Studio

Custom calligraphy is a beautiful way of personalizing wedding invitations, invitation envelopes, and place cards. I’ve received a few emails recently about custom calligraphy and what to look for in a calligrapher and have come up with a few general tips about what to look for if you’re looking into custom calligraphy.

Look Around – Before you do anything, you should first do a little research to get a better idea about what you like. Check out online galleries, online calligraphy studios, and calligraphy / hand lettering books to figure out what type of calligraphy fonts you like.

As you’re doing research, you’ll quickly find that you’re attracted to certain styles and sites. Be sure to jot down or bookmark any custom calligraphy / calligrapher sites that stand out to you.

Reputation and Samples – Once you have your calligraphy “wishlist”, you’ll want to find out more. Wedding message boards are great places to get recommendations from those who have experience with specific calligraphy studios and to find out more about the reputation of specific calligraphers that you may have on your wishlist.

Portfolios are an excellent way to see samples of a calligrapher’s work, and most calligraphers’ sites do have a portfolio section. Some calligraphers will also send out physical samples for a small price.

Pricing – Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have an unlimited budget, so pricing will be a factor in determining which calligraphy studio you’ll be working with. Some studios have pricing listed on their websites. This type of pricing is usually done on a cost per unit basis. If pricing is not listed, you’ll want to contact the studio to get an idea about what they will charge for your product. Be sure to give as many specifics as you can when you make contact, as this type of custom project pricing can vary widely. Specifics can include things like what items you’ll need (envelopes, invitations, place cards, etc.) and how many of each you’ll need.

Ask Questions – Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make contact with calligraphy artists and studios. The vast majority will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have, and in doing so you’ll be able to get a better idea about the calligrapher’s personality and work process.

Recommendations

Though I haven’t used any of the following calligraphy studios personally, I’ve read and heard good things about all of them. Their portfolios are a testament to their wonderful work and range.

images from May + Belle, Tara Jones Calligraphy, and Pretty Pen Jen

Rag & Bone Handmade Guest Books and Photo Albums – Exclusive Paper Crave Discount

Rag & Bone Handmade Guest Book

Rag & Bone Bindery has some lovely handmade guest books. The wonderful album pictured above looks just like a beautifully wrapped gift. Available in a variety of custom options to fit your wedding.

Rag & Bone Bindery Paper Photo Album

And, of course, you’re going to need someplace to keep your cherished wedding photos. I’m loving Rag & Bone’s Paper Page Albums — so elegant and pretty. They’re available in a variety of sizes with amazing cover options to fit every taste.

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FOR PAPER CRAVE READERS: Save 20% off all items! Use code newcovers to receive this discount. Offer expires 3/30/07.

images from Rag & Bone Bindery

Dauphine Press Save the Date Cards

I love these unique letterpress save the date designs from Dauphine Press. Not only are the letterpress designs gorgeous, but I find the concept of turning the save the date cards into their own little booklets or packages so appealing. What a special touch for guests.

Dauphine Press allows you to customize your save the date cards with any number of options, from fonts and colors to your choice of embellishments like wax seals and ribbons.

Dauphine has also created these cute letterpressed pyramid favor boxes, which would be perfect for mints or chocolates. $15.00 per design for a set of six.

Dauphine Letterpress Pyramid Favor Boxes

images from Dauphine Press

Veer Umbrella Type Collection

I’m hopelessly addicted to fonts, so anytime I visit a site that sells fonts I know how it’s going to go. I initially intend on spending a few minutes checking out new and interesting fonts, and I end up looking around for hours with a list of 100 new fonts added to my wishlist. So, it’s no surprise that this is exactly what happened when I visited Veer’s Type section the other day.

I’m a complete fangirl when it comes to script, calligraphy, and handwriting fonts, and Veer’s Umbrella Type collection has me in full on drool mode. The Umbrella collection is a group of typefaces hand picked by Veer to give larger exposure to fonts created by small foundries and independent designers. I couldn’t just choose two or three to feature, so here’s a whole bunch that would be perfect for wedding and other invitations, graphic design projects, and general font collecting:

Veer Umbrella Type Collection