the wheels on the bus

A wise man named Robert Fulghum wrote an essay entitled “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” showcasing the simple life skills we all learn our first year of elementary school and how they carry us through our adult life.

As we’re approaching the half-way point of my oldest child’s first full week of his Kindergarten year, I’m swiftly finding out that Mr. Fulghum was on to something. And, yes, while my son is learning all of those basic rules that still apply, I’m finding that I, too, am learning alot in my “kindergarten” year. If this past week is an indication of the year to come, I’m thinking that we’ll all end up a little bit wiser, a lot more patient, most likely more tolerant, and it turns out, able to get up and function before 8am.

Here’s to new beginnings and a great school year…



we heart valentine’s day

It’s no secret around here, Valentine’s Day is the holiday of choice. Not for all the lovey-dovey reasons, but give me pink + red + stripes + hearts almost any day of the year and my heart goes pitter-patter and I get a little weak in the knees. Sad, but true. Here are some of my recent finds that are making me swoon, and a few creations of our own…

stella & dot love bracelet  //  c.wonder elephant plate  // red velvet whoopi pies via pinterest  //   bobbi brown valentine polish  // tory burch coin case

To see more of our valentine creations, take a peek at our holiday gallery here. All cards shown are small sized, flat printed cards. $1.25 each sold in sets of 5 with a minimum order of 10. Square cards are $1.40 each sold in sets of 5 with a minimum order of 10. 

holiday gift guide

Hello, December! Are you wondering what would be the perfect gift to give this holiday?
You can’t go wrong when you make it personal…

Now that you have the perfect gift, are you ready to wrap it up and put a bow on it?

for the chef // glass cutting board // $40
for the hostess // cocktail tray // $48
for the listmaker // grocery list // $28
for the little artist // placemat // $16
for him // flat stationery // $48 for 20

cheer gift tag // $14 for 12
santa gift sticker // $14 for 24
herringbone gift tag // $14 for 12

To view our entire line click here, or browse the Gallery.

Orders must be placed by December 5th to ensure holiday delivery with ground shipping.

it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas…

Everywhere we go… Can you believe the Halloween candy isn’t even gone yet, turkey has yet to be eaten and there are already Christmas trees for sale? Live Christmas trees?! Holiday 2012 is officially here! We have been in the spirit for a few months now designing several lines of holiday cards for our great new partners Candic Chic Photography and Kady Dunlap Photography and finally for ourselves. We are proud to show off our new line and to introduce our newly expanded offering of personalized gifts and monogrammed treats! The options are great for hostess gifts, teacher gifts, holiday gifts or maybe just a treat for yourself! You can view the current Fall 2012 Beyond Paper catalog here and the full catalog of the Holiday line here. Of course, the cards are featured in the Gallery, too. Until then, a peek at some of our favorites—

feeling campy

It’s hard to believe that summertime is here and along with pool-time splashing and backyard fun, alot of our little ones are headed off to camp! When you are packing their bags, don’t forget to pack a stack of stationery so they can write home to family and friends and fill you in on their campy adventures. And don’t forget to pre-address and stamp the envelopes, that way you’re sure to get a note in your mailbox before they come home! Happy Summer!

oh boy!

It’s no secret, we love when our invitations inspire hostesses in their party planning! That’s why we were thrilled when the girls in Dallas came to us with the darling idea of using the invitation for Katy’s baby shower as inspiration for flower stakes to be used in the centerpieces at the event! What a cute idea! We tied in the oh boy! theme, the preppy plaid, the bright colors, and it all came full circle. It’s all in the details!

Wittig OhBoy! Baby Shower Invite

Oh Boy! Flower Stakes

let the good times roll

Just a few quick pics to reminisce about our dear friends J. Brown and Allison’s New Orleans wedding last March. Not only did we have the pleasure of going to the big event, I was lucky enough to be involved in every aspect of the wedding paper—from save-the-dates to invitations to the engagement party we hosted for them Mardi Gras-style. Here are a couple of especially Mardi Gras-inspired invitations that still top my *favorites* list. I’m still disappointed that the good times were on such a roll at the engagement party that I forgot to snap some pics of the decor—think beads hanging from the chandelier and tall peacock feathers in bead-filled vases…  Happy Mardi Gras!

earn your stripes

There’s something to be said for the classic stripe pattern. Pinstripes, rep stripes, horizontals, seersucker—they stand the test of time and can be bold, subtle, classic, modern, fresh… The options are endless.

Here are a few instances where striking stripes make my heart skip a beat (or two):

Clockwise from top: Kate Spade New York showroom interior, striped sheet set from West Elm, doubled-up on stripes in a sweater & scarf as seen on prettystuff, stripey straws cute enough to make any party fun.

Are you wild about stripes, too? Get in line…

charlotte   |   stripes + hanging lanterns

mac   |   bowling

rep stripe  |  william

spencer + ben  |  save the date

 

 

monster mash, birthday bash

October is here and that means a whole month of pumpkins, cooler weather (hopefully) and spooky Halloween fever! Last year my nephew requested a spooky party to celebrate his late October birthday. We set the tone with the invitation, shown here.

There are lots of suggestions out there for Halloween food, but honestly, alot of them are pretty unappealing looking. Leave it to Disney to balance gruesome with clever just enough to keep it cute. Here are a few ideas for what to serve to your hungry little goblins:

Clockwise, from top left: apple smiles, witches cauldron with severed fingers, your mummy’s best snack mix, spooky cupcakes seen as peppersandpollywogs.com.

Happy Haunting!