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This post is sponsored by The Incredible Egg. All content and opinions are my own. Visit The Incredible Egg for Easter recipes and inspiration!

Easter is such a fun holiday, don’t you think?? I’m partial to any holiday that involves decorating – and eggs are the cutest little canvases that can be decorated in so many fun and colorful ways. And now that my kids are old enough to join in on the Easter egg decorating fun, it’s even better! I love coming up with new Easter egg decorating ideas each year, and this year I’m really feeling inspired to experiment with new color palettes and color combinations. So today I’m partnering with The Incredible Egg to share these fun DIY modern, color-blocked Easter eggs!

My family looks forward to decorating Easter eggs all year long. We typically spend the holiday with my husband’s family, so we gather everyone around the kitchen table on Easter morning to dye eggs together. I love seeing the colors (and color combinations!) everyone chooses for their eggs and all the ways they express themselves creatively. Plus my kids absolutely love both getting to decorate eggs and then hunt for them with their cousins several times in the afternoon!

I’ve been feeling really inspired by earthy tones and neutral pastels this year – from bold burgundy and yellow tones to soft pinks and sage green hues. I am especially loving terra cotta paired with navy blue and soft pink paired with mustard yellow. I knew these color pairings would be a beautiful and unexpected application on Easter eggs, especially with a modern, color-blocked dip-dye treatment.

Another exciting development? As you may have noticed, I’m using both white and brown eggs this year! I’ve always dyed white eggs in the past, but brown eggs work so beautifully with the deeper earth tones that I just couldn’t resist. Aren’t they just absolutely DREAMY with the color blocked dip dye?? I also loved the idea of creating different colors and tones using the same color dyes on both brown and white eggs. The lighter pastel tones produced a beautiful color wash effect on the brown eggs, while the deeper hues produced rich jewel tones by leaving the eggs in the dye bath for a longer period of time.

Here’s the color palette that I used as my starting point, along with the food coloring dye formulas that I used to dye the eggs:

A quick note: The color formulas above achieved *slightly* different results in person – but it’s pretty close to my original color palette objectives! When you make these color formulas at home, always test the colors with a napkin or paper towel before dyeing your eggs!

There are a million ways to decorate Easter eggs – from soft painterly pink and gold eggs to tissue paper eggs – and I love putting a modern twist on traditional decorating techniques. All you need is traditional food coloring dye to achieve the gorgeous colors in these DIY modern, color-blocked Easter eggs! Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies

White and Brown Hardboiled Eggs

Liquid Food Coloring

Muffin pan or small bowls for dyeing the eggs (note: the food coloring can leave permanent stains, so don’t use anything too precious!)

Vinegar

Tooth picks or wood chopsticks for stirring

Paper Towels

Disposable Gloves (optional)

To make the DIY modern color-blocked Easter eggs:

Step 1. Boil two cups of water, then add two tablespoons of vinegar to the hot water. Fill the cups of a muffin pan or a small bowl with about half an inch of the hot water. Add liquid food coloring based on the color formulas above or to achieve your own desired color palette. I used a variety of store-bought food coloring to create my dye colors, including standard red, yellow, green, and blue liquid food coloring, pastel gel food coloring, and bright magenta, teal, and orange gel food coloring. Use a toothpick or spoon to stir the food coloring together until completely blended, then give it another quick stir before dipping your egg into the dye bath.

Tip: Test the dye color with a paper towel before submerging your eggs, but keep in mind that a paper towel will absorb the dye much faster than an egg, so you’ll need to leave the egg in the dye bath for a minute or two if you’re hoping to achieve brighter/more saturated colors.

Step 2. Wearing disposable gloves, pick up your egg and gently dip one side of the egg into the dye bath. The dye should not cover the entire egg and you should continue to hold the egg in place while it’s in the dye bath so it doesn’t roll over. Hold the egg in place for several seconds for lighter colors or around a minute for deeper/more saturated colors.

Step 3. Remove from the dye bath and pat dry with a paper towel.

Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with a second and third dye color (if desired), covering a different portion of the egg with each new dye color.

I just can’t stop staring at these colors! I love all the subtle color variations between the white and brown eggs and the different overlapping tones. The non-traditional color combinations are so special and unique!

Neutral pastels! Earth tones! Jewel tones! Gah, I just love these eggs SO much! Do you love this color palette as much as I do? Will you be making color-blocked eggs this year?? Let us know if you do! And don’t forget to head over to The Incredible Egg for more Easter inspiration and recipe ideas!

This post was created in partnership with The Incredible Egg. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

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Happy Monday everyone! Since I’m browsing all the new stationery up at the National Stationery Show, it seemed only fitting to start the week with a greeting card round up. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s take a look at some love cards! You can even stock up on a bunch of these cards to send sweet love notes to your significant other throughout the year!

1. Worthwhile Paper celebrates a love written in the stars

2. This card from Dahlia Press is such a pretty Valentine’s Day card, but you can also use it to send a sweet note to a friend or loved one any time of year

3. Such a sweet and sentimental card from Our Heiday

4. Life is one crazy adventure. Love this card from Odd Daughter Paper!

5. This card from Ramona and Ruth is perfect for so many occasions!

6. Is your love written in the stars? Give this sweet illustrated card from Pencil Joy

7. February 14 and all the other days from Ink Meets Paper

8. A vibrant and colorful love card from Happy Go Lucky

9. Anyone else prefer a card to a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day? Now there’s a die cut card for that from Idlewild Co.!

10. One of my favorite designs from Heartswell

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Now that we’ve got our Christmas shopping mostly under control, it’s time to move onto gift wrap! I put just as much time into thinking about the wrapping paper and ribbon as I do the actual gift inside, and I tend to switch my color palette from year to year. I’ve definitely been feeling more of a subdued holiday color palette this year – mostly deep greens paired with neutrals (including blush, cream, white, and black) and pops of gold and red. So today I thought I’d share some green and neutral holiday gift wrap inspiration and resources!

The Sugar Paper for Target holiday collection has become one of my go-to wrapping paper resources the last couple of years – the patterns are just so cute! I particularly loved the gold foil snow dots, pale pink with gold dots, and cream and black Santa lettering patterns. I also incorporated a few plaid and striped patterns from Copper Paper Co. and an abstract pattern from Our Heiday! I’ll put all the sources at the bottom of the post for you.

It can be tricky to know which size ribbon to choose – but I generally go by the size of the box: a larger gift (and larger box) requires a wider ribbon, while a smaller box requires a smaller ribbon. You can also try combining a few thinner ribbons to create the illusion of a wider ribbon. I also love wrapping a thin ribbon (like the 1/8″ metallic braided ribbon) around a box several times to create added texture and interest. 

I also normally try to incorporate a wired ribbon into my collection for wrapping larger boxes, but I just couldn’t find anything I really loved this year! So I picked up this blush pink velvet ribbon from the Sugar Paper for Target collection, which I’m saving for a special shared present that my husband and I are planning to give to our daughters for Christmas. I also really love the velvet ribbon colors in this shop. Velvet is so dreamy this time of year!

So that’s my deep green and neutral gift wrap for this year! What colors did you choose this year? Do you pick specific colors or patterns for each recipient, or use the same pattern for the whole family? Tell me, tell me!

Creative Direction and Styling: Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper

Gift Wrap Styling: Kelsey Bethune of Tart Event Co. 

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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We’re about to jump head first into calendar and holiday card round ups, but first – some really cute greeting cards from And Here We Are! I love the way Meghan uses color in her greeting card designs – from ombré and letterpress overprinting to black and white illustrations with a pop of color – and the way she expresses emotion in her designs. I need like five each of the UGH and fingers crossed cards below to send for a whole range of situations, and the little baby hand is my go-to card for new mamas. Take a look!

Fingers Crossed

Literally the Best Feeling

Heart You

Woah Mama

Ugh

Hearts and Hands

To Have and To Hold

You Are Magic

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Lots more from And Here We Are right here! And if you’re looking for more card round ups, you can find all of our past card round ups here!

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DIY Colorful Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween is so close you guys! As much as I LOVE decorating for Halloween, I’ve surprisingly never hosted a Halloween party. But my girls have two days off from school at the end of this week, so I’m hoping to pull together a little celebration with some of their school friends. Which means it’s time to track down some cute and quirky Halloween party supplies! This year, I’m definitely feeling classic black and white with the occasional pop of color – or something shiny like copper and hologram foil! And since my girls are still pretty young, we tend to stick to “cute” Halloween décor: black cats, bats, and pumpkins. But I’m sloooooowly introducing “scarier” motifs like skeletons and ghosts into our holiday decorations. Here are a few of my favorites!

From top right:

1. Honeycombs are my go-to party decorations for every occasion. I love these black and white two-toned honeycomb diamonds – a small cluster would look so great hung above a kitchen table!

2. Have a wall to decorate? These are the cutest party fans from My Mind’s Eye!

3. These rose gold hanging skeletons are the perfect match for the two-toned black and white honeycombs

4. 3D bat wall stickers for a quick and easy way to decorate pretty much any surface in your home!

5. Loving these black tissue paper spiderweb fans

6. Daydream Society has the CUTEST Halloween party plates, napkins, and cups – not to mention equally adorable matching temporary tattoos!

7. Okay, these are a bit of a departure from the cute and quirky theme, but I found these faux IV bag drink pouches and couldn’t resist sharing

8. Halloween cheese picks. Enough said.

9. Black cat party plates

10. Adorable black and white glassine treat bags from Knot & Bow

11. These die cut skull placemats trend more towards the scary end, but they’re so versatile! Use them as table décor or as wall decorations – or even on a front door!

12. Hester & Cook always makes the prettiest table runners – loving this spiderweb design!

13. It isn’t a party without a party banner! Loving this black cat banner, along with this hologram spiderweb banner and this adorable mini skull garland!

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I’ve had calendars on the brain the last couple of weeks, so I thought we’d start the week with a round up of thirteen beautiful 2019 calendars! We’ve got everything from food puns and an animal swimsuit calendar (!!) to delicate floral illustrations and colorful abstract shapes. In many ways, this round up is a reflection of some of the major design trends we’ve seen over this past year. Oh, and I feel like stationers finally heard everyone begging for more space to write appointments on their calendars, since there are more appointment calendars this year than ever before – let’s take a look!

1. Love, love, LOVE the colors in this abstract shapes wall calendar from Worthwhile Paper. You can even order it with the wood frame kit!

2. Loving the delicate illustrations on this botanical calendar from Esther Clark Co.

3. A colorful monthly wall calendar from Katharine Watson featuring a different gouache painting inspired by her traditional block print work and stationery designs

4. Loving the simplicity of the floral line drawings in this year’s calendar from Our Heiday – and plenty of space for notes and appointments!

5. Each year, Dear Hancock produces the cutest calendar featuring illustrations of their signature bunny. This year, bunny is arranging flowers! So cute.

6. Add an extra dose of positivity to your day with this Positivity wall calendar from Fox & Fallow! Rose gold foil on alternating pink and black pages. They also have a more traditional floral appointment calendar!

7. Rifle Paper Co. is always a safe bet for beautiful calendars. I’m particularly fond of this garden party floral appointment calendar.

8. I cannot resist a birth month floral calendar, and this beauty from Juliet Meeks is no exception! Each month features a unique floral pattern hand painted by Juliet and representative of that month’s birth flower.

9. If you prefer your calendar to double as wall art, look no further than this XL calendar from One Canoe Two! They also have a beautiful appointment calendar and illustrated desk calendar.

10. Food puns from ilootpaperie! I mean, can you think of a more perfect calendar to hang in your kitchen?? I think not.

11. This animal swimsuit calendar from Paper Wilderness CRACKS ME UP. Each month features a different watercolor illustration with an animal wearing a swimsuit, from a bikini-wearing shark to a bear hanging out in a swan pool float. Ha!

12. This big write-in calendar from Wild Ink Press makes my mom heart so happy. Two months at a glance, with plenty of space for notes, chore charts, special events, and more! Available in black (just use a white gel pen or paint marker) or kraft paper. 

13. A beautiful desk calendar from Page Stationery x Atticus – each month features one of his poems in a different lettering style!

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I’m always on the hunt for cute illustrated greeting cards. So I thought I’d share a few favorites from a somewhat new-to-me designer, Slightly Stationery, in case you’re looking to stock up! In addition to the hand painted illustrations, you’ll find bright pops of color, plenty of puns, and a sassy sense of humor. The perfect combination!

You Got This

Encourage-mint

Awwww Yeah

Magical Unicorn Birthday

I’ve Seen Your Houseplants

It’s Okay to Just Breathe

Lots more from Slightly Stationery right here! And if you’re looking for more card round ups, you can find all of our past card round ups here!

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I’ve always had a soft spot for bold brush strokes and illustrations. Add in a few sweet sentiments, and you’ve basically created my ideal greeting card. I’m loving these sweet and simple cards from new-to-me line Butter Paper Co. – some of them even feature hand painted details! The cat birthday card below was basically made for me, and how pretty is the floral birthday card below? So many great options!

Happy Purrthday

Bouquet Birthday Card

Well Done

Tropical Birthday Card

Lifesaver Thank You Card

Congratulations

Lots more from Butter Paper Co. right here!

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I love companies that create well-made products for everyday life. And when those companies team up with some of my very favorite designers? EVEN BETTER. If you don’t already know about Mixbook, they make beautiful custom products that are easy to create, completely customizable, and of course rooted in beautiful design! Need photo books and calendars? Wedding invitations and custom stationery? Home décor and photo prints? Yep, you can get all of those with Mixbook, customized with your photos, graphics, and text!

I first fell in love with Mixbook for their fabulous photo books, which make the absolute BEST holiday gifts for grandparents and far-away family members. I love that they offer cover designs for a range of purposes, including wedding photo bookstravel photo books, and year-in-review photo books. They also offer custom photo home décor, including canvas wrapped prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, and poster prints – we collaborated with Mixbook to create a gorgeous gallery wall at the Paper Party back in May!

Okay, so now let’s focus on the design. Mixbook has collaborated with some of the very best designers and illustrators – including 1canoe2, Hello!Lucky, Lily & Val, Amy Tangerine, and Black Lamb Studio – to offer on-trend handmade wedding and stationery designs, custom calendars, and photo book themes. You’ll find beautiful tropical foliage, colorful watercolor washes, vibrant colors and patterns, romantic floral illustrations, and whimsical hand lettering.

 

Here are a few favorites from the Mixbook designer collections – but you should totally check them out for yourself, I had so much trouble narrowing it down to just a few choices!

Fun Times Calendar by Black Lamb Studio

Go Get ‘Em Tiger Graduation Announcements by Hello!Lucky

Rainbow Stationery Address Labels by Black Lamb Studio

Winter Florals Wedding Save the Date by Hello!Lucky

Girl Power Cards by Hello!Lucky

Everyday Memories Photo Book by 1canoe2

Holiday Happy Happy Joy Joy Photo Cards by Amy Tangerine

Illustrated Frame Holiday Photo Cards by Lily & Val

Hand Drawn Wedding Florals Save the Date by Lily & Val

Love is Love Friendship Cards by Hello! Lucky

So cute, right? I love those rainbow address labels and I’m definitely bookmarking a few graduation announcements for the future! Check out more of the Mixbook Designer Collections right here!

This post was created in partnership with Mixbook. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

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Today I wanted to share another favorite from this year’s National Stationery Show: the gorgeous Love Her Wild collection from Page Stationery! The ladies of Page Stationery teamed up with Instagram poet Atticus to translate his words onto printed paper. The collection includes both single greeting cards and art prints, along with an enamel pin, some notebooks, and pencils, with Atticus’s powerful poems as the primary focus. Here are a few of my favorites!

That Was Her Magic Card

Rainy Sunday Art Print

Wild Thing Art Print

Good Stories Art Print

Adventures + Wild Notebook Duo

How She Fell Apart Card

So beautiful, right? Lots more right here!

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