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Entries in paper (39)


lacy floral invitations

An amazingly pretty invitation suite to share with you. Remember these Save the Date's? The bride has such a sweet feminine style—and I think her invitations turned out beautifully.

They were a lot of fun to work on (and of course it doesn't hurt when the results are super great). The lovely calligraphy was done by the talented Rachel Carl & Co. I love weddings in small doses, how about you?


giveaway! {from night owl paper goods}

So excited to offer you this awesome Memorial Day Giveaway! As you know from my Christmas card, I'm a huge fan of the talent and skill that is Night Owl Paper Goods. Today they have graciously agreed to give away a free journal (or item of equal value) to one lucky reader!

Started in 2004 by a team of two, this little business has grown into a brand widely recognized on the web and among all stationery gurus. With a passion for fine craftsmanship, detail and the environment, they're totally devoted to creating handmade letterpress cards and eco-chic wooden goodies in a style they like to call "modern yet folksy." Which describes their look to a T.

Both Alan and Jennifer illustrated the entire line of greeting cards, journals, jotters and gifts by intermixing their critter and pattern design styles. Recently they launched a whole bunch of new products, to follow up their new wedding line, and stuffed critters.

And, if you love the idea of wood for an upcoming project, they even offer custom printing. My biggest rave of them though—is honestly their customer service. My order had a small hiccup, and they went over and above to smooth everything out.

Sounds like a great way to start out the week to me! Thanks so much to Night Owl Paper Goods for making this giveaway possible!

::::::::::::::::::::::::: how to enter :::::::::::::::::::::::::


// Tell me about your favoriet Night Owl Paper Goods product


1 // Follow me and NOPG and tweet about the giveaway (please tag @joy_ever_after).
2 // Become a fan of me and NOPG
3 // Blog about the giveaway
Then leave a comment with the link for each of the above.

Giveaway ends Monday, June 6 at 12 noon, cst
// Winner announced Tuesday afternoon //


book postcard calendar journal

A fun little project to share with you today!

Remember when this amazing calendar journal that was posted on Design*Sponge? Well I've always loved the idea, and recently needed a bridal shower gift.

Because I wanted to cater it slightly to the couple, I chose to make the index cards resemble library checkout cards and replaced the vintage postcard for book cover postcards (from Anthropologie). The couple loves reading, so this was perfect! Another kicker—the bridal shower was hosted/attended by our book club group!

What do you think? Do you like the small change?


wallpaper and a creative rut

I am loving wallpaper lately. Do these images not make you want it in every room?

On the note of fabulous images that generate all kinds of envy—it may not yet be apparent to you, but I am stuck (creatively speaking). We've all been there, and who knows all the many contributing factors to a creative rut. Monday's post (or lack of) was a craft project that I totally botched, and I'm feeling that way about most of life. I want my blog content to be 90% my projects/images, and lately this has not been the case.

To cope this week, I plan to post pretty things I've found elsewhere. Next week I hope to have a set plan for my own creative projects. Additional coping mechanisms are to stop thinking negative thoughts. Sometimes I just feel bombarded with all the amazingly talented people out there, not to mention the onslaught of absolutely stunning images and brilliance we encounter daily (thanks to blogs!). Every once in a while I feel like I just don't measure up, that these people have it all together and my creativity is so so. This is when I gotta step back and say "I just need to do what I love and stop worrying". What I'm going to do is write down MY own goals/passions, to develop a strategy and re-focus. Crossing the fingers next week is a better week!

How about you? Can anyone relate? What are some helpful tips to kick the creative rut? I've bolded mine above, but would appreciate your input.

Images Sources:
1 // Graham & Brown (via Pinterest)
2 // Cole & Son Paper (via Design*Sponge, first image by Elisabeth Dunker)
3 // Printed Space (via Pinterest)
4 // Image styled by Miles Redd for Domino Mag (via Pinterest)


sweet lacy save the date

Happy Friday! For your weekend eye candy I wanted to share these Save The Date cards.

I think they turned out so sweet! Love the double side and purple envelopes. Now I can't wait to work on the rest of the invitation suite.

Wishing you a splendid weekend of fun!


stamp it up

Check this. So, I got really tired of those goofy mailing labels that come in the mail (the free ones with cartoons and no stickiness) and wanted a little more spunk and chunk for my snail mail. Hence, I've had a stamp made.

It may not be revolutionary, but it is fun. Although I did get a little carried away with the chunk. Even when the numbers aren't blackened, in the font is hard to read.

Happy Friday to you! Hopefully you have some fun weekend plans, mine includes visiting family in Wyoming. Let the long road trip begin!


flower hair pins

Hello! Check out these lovely flowers that I turned into hair ornaments.

I found the paper flower embellishments at the craft store (from this collection), and used hot glue to attach them to bobby pins. Even added a little lace for extra fun.

They are so pretty! I still have four left that still need a job, any suggestions?


holiday styling

Another fun project to share with you. I styled the Christmas decor for the counseling center at my church, and the details came together so well. Take a look!

The tree needs a bit of explanation. I saw this blessing tree from Jeanne Winters, and loved the idea. The waiting room environment was a perfect candidate to house the tree.

Basically there are paper tag ornaments with blessings like "peace, laughter, grace, etc" for visitors to either take or just read a few. The goal is to give lots of warm fuzzies, and a few smiles.

So there you have it! Using cheap items like old books, fabric, and pinecones, all the decor was around $60 (excluding the tree). Perhaps it is obvious that I had free rein, as everything looks real similar to my holiday home decor. *Apparently my personal taste trumps all when there are no boundaries.*


paper ornament diy

Did I mention I'm participating in the Freshly Blended Ornament Swap? Anticipating the packages is fun (and some ornaments are slightly entertaining). This is my second year, and I wanted to share my ornament with you. Follow along below:

Use a glass or round object to trace a circle onto desired paper. Cut them out (I cut out multiples at a time), and then stack about 12 together.

Sew a straight line down the center. I'm not sure another solution if you don't have a machine (besides borrowing like I did).

Now add a smidgen of glue and paper clip two leaves together, alternating one centered and two outside. Continue this all around the ornament until all pages are glued.

To finish, I used a paper hole punch and then tied on a small metal ring for the hook. This step is optional and hardly noticable, but I thought it added a nice polish.

I love the final! You could also spiff it up like this one, or use colored paper to create interest. Any other great ornament tutorials you are using this year? Do share!

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