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happy friday + ruby's 1st birthday party! 30 Nov 2012

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Last month, we celebrated Ruby's 1st birthday! Even though no one really remembers her first birthday, we still wanted to celebrate with a big party, as it gave us an excuse to see our friends and celebrate our first year as parents, too (we're still in one piece)!

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

Ruby's 1st Bday on Oh Joy | photos by Bonnie Tsang

We held Ruby's party at Grand Park,—a new park that opened up in downtown LA this summer. It's so pretty and clean and new and we knew it was the perfect place to have the party. And the icing on the cake? The amazing hot pink tables and chairs that are set up all over the park. You can move them to wherever you want, so we had instant seating and tables! We showed up bright and early to set up and claim an area for Ruby's day.

(Pssst...this is a long post with lots of photos, so click below if you want to see more...)

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pop-up place cards... 28 Nov 2012

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Ever since I was a kid, I've loved pop-up books. Maybe it's because I was always meant to be a graphic designer, or maybe it's because I just love seeing something flat go from two dimensions to three dimensions with a couple cuts and folds. As we head into the holiday season, I've got some fun posts coming up with ideas for bringing cheer to your dinner table this holiday and year-round, and for the first one, I wanted to apply my love of pop-ups to some fun placecards for your holiday table.

Oh Joy | Pop-Up Placecards

Here's how to make them...

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spotty paper perfection... 30 Oct 2012


When I saw this wrapping paper at Anthropologie, my eyes nearly popped out of my skull. Amazing paper + the most beautiful and simple packaging (those die cut letters!)...gah...! A gift wrapped in this would be seriously so fun to open...

sustainable suds... 27 Aug 2012


Last year, I created the branding and packaging for a line of soap called Hand in Hand. For every bar of soap purchased, another bar is donated to a child in need. We've been working on some brand new packaging to incorporate their new scents, and I'm thrilled to share some of my recent design work with you.




I art directed and designed the new packaging and worked with illustrator Emma Block to make our vision come to life with the help of her beautiful drawings. The soaps are available on Hand in Hand's website and will soon be at Anthropologie stores nationwide! — Joy

{photos by Hand in Hand}

my go-to gift wrap... 16 Aug 2012



I remember when I first heard about washi tape. I was crazy excited and amassed rolls by the dozen because it was something I could keep around that was just crafty enough for me without requiring too much time to make something look cool. I'm sure you've seen all kinds of washi tapes around the web over the last couple years, but I still love using it as my go-to for wrapping gifts because I never seem to have any real wrapping paper lying around. Last week, I bought these limited edition washi tapes with these amazing patterns and colors {hello gold foil and neon!} from Crafty Japan, and it was perfect for a friend's upcoming birthday gift. I usually stick to two or three different colors or patterns and simply cross them in both directions until you cover as much of the paper as you want! — Joy

{photo by Oh Joy}

you smell {again}... 14 May 2012


A few years ago, I posted a school project turned real project by Megan Cummins called You Smell. It's so fun to hear from Megan again and see how much her line and company has grown since then...

You Smell is now in a ton of amazing stores and is available in additional scents and products {like paper soap}. I still love the beautiful packaging and the quirky message, and I'm so happy to see that something that started off as a student's idea turn into a real business! — Joy

striped snaps... 7 May 2012


Um, how cute are these La Sardina Beach cameras by Lomo? Maybe the cutest toy film camera ever. They remind me of these Swell cameras I helped design back in the day... — Joy

hand in hand in haiti... 1 Mar 2012





Last year, I shared a new branding and packaging project I worked on for Hand in Hand—a company who's passionate about preventing illness in children from contagious diseases due to lack of soap and poor quality water. For every bar of soap purchased, another bar is donated to a child in need. And thanks to so many people over the last few months, they recently made a trip to Haiti to donate 5,000 bars to children in need. You can read more about the cause and the orange blossom soap bars right here! They're also now being carried online at Anthropologie. We're working on some new packaging for new scents, and I'm proud to have helped grow this product and cause even more... — Joy

{photos by Hand in Hand}

marbled merriment... 22 Dec 2011


...a special holiday wrapper of Chocolate Edition's salted dark chocolate bar...the colors are seriously amazing! — Joy

{via Bird & Banner. photos by Chocolate Editions}

oh yum... 18 Aug 2011


How fun is the packaging of Justin's Nut Butter? The flavors look delicious and would be perfect as a sweet, creamy, and protein-packed snack...must try asap... — Joy

{available for purchase right here}


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