Salivating over paper

Kate Spade stationery

Couldn’t start this paper discussion without showing one of Kate Spade’s (for Crane) lovelies. This card is from the boxed-set collections.

Yesterday I went to look at wedding invitation ideas with my mother. She works in print design and I have inherited some of her paper fixations. We spent about an hour ogling the invites available at Paper Place in Austin. I plan to have my mom design our wedding invitations (despite my fiance’s mother’s insistence that the invitations be white with engraved script–“It’s got to be unreadable!” according to my fiance). So we looked at motif options (the small icon–a shell, an umbrella, etc) that can be embossed and we spent a long time contemplating whether my chosen colors (light blue and coral) were too garish and Howard Johnsons. My mom is an advocate of navy blue, white and coral in moderation. Here is a style we liked (sans the anchor):

Blue Moon

We both were trying to think of a way to tie in either ticking stripes or awning stripes and the shadow-striped paper seemed like a more subdued way to incorporate stripes.

Then, we stumbled across a letterpress company’s album. My mother loves letterpress, and I soon learned that I do too.  I later found this style online at the Carrot & Stick Press website:

Carrot & Stick Press

Do you think that the blue and cream above go with this color coral:


After paging through so many volumes of invitations, the afternoon devolved into my mother and I drawing pictures of lighthouses and shells and shorelines that we could print or emboss on invitations like the one with the anchor, in place of the anchor.  I told my mother that the Paper Place employees would probably say to each other, “I don’t know what they were doing, but those two ladies who were sitting in the back of the store at the custom invitation table were just drawing for the past 20 minutes!”

2 Responses to “Salivating over paper”

  1. jenn Says:

    HHAAA! One of my favorite printers from the twin cities…

  2. Goldie Says:

    Ooh, I love their website! And I love the word apiary! Thanks!

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