Top 10: Calligraphy

I’ve discovered so many great calligraphers over the years…here are just a few of my favs!

1st row: Crystal Kluge, Betsy Dunlap, Primele
2nd row: Kristine Lombardi, Neither Snow
3rd row: Paperfinger, Kathryn Murray, Linea Carta
4th row: love*jenna, May+Belle

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Studio tour: Paperfinger

Name: Bryn Chernoff
Location: DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) | Brooklyn | New York City
Company: PaperfingerModern Calligraphy & Hand-Drawn Design

What is your aesthetic? Organized | Tasty | Comfortable | Contemporary | Natural | Spacious

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? A place for everything and everything in its place. It’s important to me that when I walk into my studio each morning that it is the kind of space that makes me excited to sit down and start working.  On a clean wooden desk, whatever is spread out while I work looks good in the process. I work mostly to natural light thanks to the large windows. And I get immense pleasure from the organized drawers stocked with pens, inks, paper samples. My studio has pops of color here and there but still has a quiet, graceful feel to it.

Favorite part of your studio? My tackle-box of nibs. It’s my version of a candy store.

Where do you go for inspiration? Children’s books. A photo of myself at age 7 that I keep on my desk. Plants. World wide web.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? Harvest, my bookkeeping and invoicing software. I love everything about it. It makes invoicing fun.

I have to give a shout-out to my geeky device that helps me keep straight lines on opaque envelopes, the Phantom Liner.  Oh and one more must-have! My wireless Sennheiser headphones that I wear all day and keep on my head all the way across the office and at the sink while I’m washing nibs.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? A giant studio where I could explore larger format work, host events, work with friends, run around.

Anything else we should know? I used to have a radio show called “Plus Size Soul” featuring women vocalists from the first generation of jazz, blues and soul. I relive those days by posting a song to my blog, Paper Tastebuds, every Friday. The music is diverse and is always a song that I’ve been listening to that week in the studio.Via my blog, I also continually add ideas to a wedding gift guide if you’re looking for unique presents. Come visit and listen in on Fridays!

[images from Emily Gilbert]

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 11]

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post No.5 Maps

As many of you already know, a map enclosure is often a necessary part of your wedding invitation set. The best advice I give brides when we are at this point is “do not compromise”. There is nothing worse then being completely wow-ed by an amazing invitation and then having an ugly or technical map fall out. This breaks the flow of the whole look and feel you worked so hard to create. It is always great to order them with your invitation designer but if you are over budget, there are many ways to achieve this on your own. These days there are many online tools to assist you. Be careful to choose fonts and inks to compliment your invitations and be sure to get rid of all access information. The cleaner the better. If you feel intimidated by the process of D.I.Y, hit up a friend that is design savvy and ask them for the favor. You are after all, the bride! Your maps should tie in with the overall theme and appearance of your wedding invitation. Below are some of my favorite map designers…

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Megan from Mae Mae Paperie

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Kristine Lombardi

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Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Check back at 1pm for an extra special post from Audrey!

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Parcel Post for Brooklyn Bride [no. 07]

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Hey everyone…I’m in Vegas this week livin it up poker style, so the fabulous Audrey from Parcel Post will be taking over with some fabulous inspirational posts!

Hello everyone at Brooklyn Bride! In case you haven’t read my guest posts here in the past, my name is Audrey and I have a blog called Parcel Post and a paper boutique in CA called Urbanic. At the shop, I work with many brides to help them find the perfect wedding invitations for their big day. One of the first things I go over with them in our initial meeting is identifying the look and feel of their wedding. Since your save the dates and wedding invitations are usually the first glimpse your guests have into the event, it’s important to get this figured out early on … and this is always the really fun part! I love helping couples conceptualize different looks and ideas based on their style and taste. Over the next couple days while our beloved Vané is out of town, I will share some fresh ideas with you and would love to hear yours as well. The inspiration is everywhere!

post No. 1 Vintage Glamour

• In this lineup, deep dusty pinks, bold swirly fonts, & touches of black for detail •

I have no idea where the adorable photo booth came from… but how cute is this bridesmaids dress?!! The makeup imprintables would make perfect invitations for a shower or bachelorette party. Flower options are many, but should definitely be a little dramatic and a tad sultry. I would love to see some antique golds mixed into this equation.

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bride’s maid dress by Ouma • letterpress RSVP set and hanging escort tags by Mika 78 • flower photo by Lori Hildebrandt • makeup imprintable by Snow and Graham • save the date postcard by Mae Mae Paperie

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Hello Handmade giveaway

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could send one of these darling cards from Hello Handmade to someone you love? And wouldn’t it be even better if it were free? Well then this is the contest for you! Betsy and Shanna are being total dolls and giving away a personalized Lace and Fox Valentine to one lucky reader! Leave a comment below with what your favorite part of Valentine’s Day is, and you could win! This is a quickie contest so don’t wait…the winner will be announced on Thursday!

[image from hello handmade]

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