Featured: The Knot New England

Happy Friday, friends! We're super stoked to share a recent feature from The Knot Magazine's New England issue. We collaborated with the lovely ladies at True Event to bring Molly & Ned's gorgeous hand calligraphed, letterpress invitation suite to reality. The soft silver ink & silver painted edges added a touch of whimsy to a traditional suite. It's so fun to see how their wedding day came together- it's every bit as gorgeous as we could have imagined!! Photographer, Ned Jackson captured their day just perfectly. Take a look!!


With Ned Jackson Photography capturing the whole thing

Painting Florals

How is everyone fairing after the blizzard yesterday?? In Boston, the entire city was forced to stay indoors on Tuesday, working from home to beat any potential power outages! Luckily, the power stayed on.

Snow days like yesterday always remind me of rainy days. Growing up in California, we didn't get snow, but we would get torrential downpour, forcing us kids to play inside. Those days meant craft days; sewing, painting, collaging! Anything to keep us preoccupied until the sun came out and we could go outside. As an adult, I normally stick to painting.

Designing, to me, means so much more than text on a computer, laid out perfectly with enough white space and balance. It also means having the knowledge to break out of borders and recreate structures. This is why I love painting. I posted a little while ago about working on watercolors (if you missed it, check it out here), and have been lucky enough to get to continue to incorporate watercolor and other paint mediums i.e.: Gouache!

Since our last post, we have created patterns for holidays cards for some amazing vendors, entered a Minted design challenge using watercolor floral designs, and so much more. It is so rewarding to incorporate different techniques into designing. We are loving it at Paper Moss.

So stay tuned and see what we come up with next!

Thinking warm thoughts

Even if you're not a New Englander, I'm sure that you have heard by now that the northwest is expecting "The Blizzard of 2015". It's all over the news and we're all waiting in anticipation to see if it's actually going to be as "bad" as they're saying. In all honesty, us ladies don't mind being bundled up inside on a cold snowy day... or heading out for some cold crisp air in our white washed neighborhoods. Working in a creative field, we derive inspiration from a multitude of things... even from blizzards!! Here's to thinking warm & cozy thoughts for the days ahead. 

Hang in there, fellow New Englanders!

Featured: Engaged!

It's always fun to head into the weekend with some good news and a little bit of pretty inspiration! Today, we're excited to share that our stationery was featured in the most recent issue of Rhode Island's Engaged! magazine! We couldn't be more excited. Without further adieu, here is the inside scoop...

Mariel & Joe's mixed metallic letterpress suite is on the bottom, right side!

Mariel & Joe's mixed metallic letterpress suite is on the bottom, right side!

Cindy & Cris's purple floral suite is on the top, middle | Karen & Phillip's green garden suite is on the bottom, center

Cindy & Cris's purple floral suite is on the top, middle | Karen & Phillip's green garden suite is on the bottom, center

Laura & Chris' navy & white suite is on the top left | Emily & Charley's Save the Date is on the bottom left | Ashley & Fred's Save the Date is on the bottom, center

Laura & Chris' navy & white suite is on the top left | Emily & Charley's Save the Date is on the bottom left | Ashley & Fred's Save the Date is on the bottom, center

Erin & Christian's brown letterpress suite is on the bottom right

Erin & Christian's brown letterpress suite is on the bottom right

Thanks for sharing in our excitement! Have a fantastic weekend!! 

The difference a font can make

We're still incredibly giddy about the recent release of The Collection, our new ready to order line! One of my favorite parts about the ordering process is how much designs can take on their own style based on the ink color and the script font choice. Have you seen our Formal Calligraphy suite?

This is my absolute favorite example of what a difference a font can make. Being able to choose from 48 different fonts {many of which were created from hand calligraphy} gives a plethora of different looks for this suite. For instance...

I'm holding my breath for the moment someone orders this suite letterpress printed in mint, light blue or sage ink!! Can you imagine the soft elegance?!

A long cold weekend

Happy Friday, friends! We're busy tackling our to-do lists today in the office but are excited to get headed into the long weekend. What kind of adventures do you have planned?! I'm especially excited to soak up some inspiration in the mountains in Vermont. Not only are we getting quality time with friends but we're planning to hit the slopes, have long dinners, do some beer tasting & also planning to stop by & tour the Ben & Jerry's factory! Yes, that last one is on my bucket list and I couldn't be more giddy about it!!!

Wishing you a safe, warm & inspiring long weekend!!

Featured: Boston Weddings

The recent issue of Boston Weddings Magazine highlighted some gorgeous floral inspired invitation suites, tastefully paired with arrangements. We're so flattered to have one of our custom letterpress suites included in the round up!! We're completely swooning over this partial barrel full of blooms designed by Blooms of Hope! It almost makes us wonder which came first- the invitation or the floral arrangement?! :)

Check out the feature here and get ready to be inspired!! 

Winter White on the Red Carpet

Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? Did you catch the Golden Globes last night?! I caught the first half (getting too old to stay up that late!!) and thought that it was amazingly fun to see what stars were sporting for the first big awards show this year! Along with a LOT of cleavage, we saw loads of embellishments, high slits, draping and more high-to-low hemlines. I was surprised at the number of white & winter white gowns and it got me wondering if the red carpet style is any indication of wedding gown designs that will be coming this year. Either way, what do you think of white gowns becoming a norm for formal occasions other than the big day?!

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Getting Vintage

We often meet with couples who want to have a unique & playful Save the Date. If you're not keen on going the card + envelope route, one of our all time favorite things is incorporating a vintage postcard, whether from the venue itself (if it's old enough) or from the city/ state that the wedding is taking place. Ali & Will's vintage Ocean House postcard Save the Date achieved the playful elegance they were aiming for! We popped these postcards in clear plastic mailer sleeves to protect against the weather and add a chic finish! What do you think?

Photos courtesy of Erin McGinn Photography

Photos courtesy of Erin McGinn Photography

Have a lovely weekend, friends!!

It's been awhile!!

Hey friends! It's been awhile but we hope that you had an incredible holiday season and rang in the new year in style! I'm still in the process of "goal setting" for 2015 and am looking forward to carving out some time in the evenings this week to reflect on what I'm hoping to achieve this year. My husband always says that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable and relevant so I'm trying to keep those principles in mind as I map things out... and make a plan of attack! Are you making resolutions this year? Which one are you most looking forward to achieving?

The perfect place card holder

Happy Monday! We almost have our ducks in a row for Christmas, but one of the last things to do is figuring out the table setting for Christmas dinner. This has always been one of my favorite parts of prepping for the holidays! Anticipating sharing a meal with family that is scattered all around the US is pretty stinkin' special and certainly calls for a thoughtful table scape. I'm currently loving these sweet place cards from Pottery Barn- wouldn't they be the cutest addition to a holiday table?

If you prefer going the hand made route, there are plenty of snow globe DIYs out there! Check out this one from The Sweetest Occasion and think about scaling it down to a mini version!!

Happy holiday planning!!

Playlist: Merry & Bright

It's the last official weekend before Christmas! How are you fairing?! We still have a million things to do and are determined not to spend the remainder of this festive season stressed out of our minds. Here's a little playlist that we put together to help things stay merry & bright in the midst of the madness. :) Just click the play button and get ready for some merriment! 

Happy weekending, loves!

 

Classic With a Twist

When it comes to wedding palettes, you can't go wrong with keeping a neutral palette- it's timeless! Inspired by the warm tones of blush, white, taupe and gold, we put together this board to showcase one of our new designs from The Collection. Our "Classic with a Twist" suite can be customized with wording, fonts, ink & envelope liner colors and printing method. We love how elegant & versatile it is!!

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Sweet & Saucy Cake toppers

For years now, I have had a little crush on Sweet & Saucy Supply. If you're a baker.... or a bride, you'll probably find something in their shop to fall in love with too! Aside from the numerous cute & character-filled cake stands, bowls & platters, they have a killer selection of cake toppers for weddings, birthdays and more! We're absolutely in love with some of these customizable options...

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There are also serif & sans serif options if you want to include your initials! Thank you, Sweet & Saucy Supply for offering more pretty things for our wedding day desserts & beyond!!!



We're hooked

Happy Friday to you! Today we wanted to spotlight a little 2-color letterpress number that we designed for now newlyweds, Rachel & Colin. They wanted to set the tone for a laid back seaside wedding. We were charged to stay away from anchors, sail boats & ropes... while we love drawing inspiration from ALL of those, landing on their fish hook monogram was the perfect balance. We hope you enjoy!

Photo courtesy of Erin McGinn Photography

Photo courtesy of Erin McGinn Photography

Watercolor Galore!

As a graphic designer working with computers and screens day after day, the one thing that I miss is using my hands to get dirty and create something tangible. Luckily, my longings for that creative outlet have recently been fulfilled. As of late, we have had some fun working with our clients to incorporate hand painted watercolor art. We have painted watercolor wash backgrounds, icons reading from vegetables to flowers, patterns, and even holiday themes!

We are so excited to continue to work these hand painted pieces of love into future designs with future clients. 

Take a peek!

Hey Monday!

Weekends during the holiday season are the best, don't you agree? Well, maybe second to the summer... playing in the sun sounds amazing any day! But what we love most is the chance to get caught up with friends, to get dressed in festive attire, be surrounded by sparkling lights... to be cozy at home. This past weekend was phenomenal, which always makes Mondays that much harder. Here's to jump starting the week and taking the bull by the horns...

Now let's carpe diem! Happy Monday, lovelies!

This calls for Bubbly

Happy Friday! I'm especially excited for this weekend, since my man and I are attending the first holiday party of the season tonight! But the fun doesn't stop there. We're also having a few of our close friends over on Saturday for some festivities & bubbly. Are you planning to drop by... or host any holiday soirees?! Consider adding this brilliant & beautiful drink to the menu. I love the idea to freeze the cranberry wands the night before, so they're ready to keep the glasses of sparkling wine cold while people sip & mingle! 

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The season of non-stop celebrations starts.... NOW!