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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

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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...

simple virtues... 23 Oct 2012



One of my favorite illustrators, Erin Jang, recently created a print of Simple Virtues to benefit cancer research. So many important people in my life have been affected by cancer or have loved ones who have, so I'm a big advocate of doing whatever we can to help in the battle. You can read more about Erin's mission and donate right here.

notes... 23 Aug 2012


I used to be so good at writing thank you notes, birthday cards, and just sending out lots of mail to those I care about. Sometime in the last few years, I slowly got worse and worse at it...and now I find myself feeling pretty guilty when I sent out cards late. Or not at all. So, I'm trying to revive my note-writing spirit by stocking up on some cute cards that I can't let go to waste. Fingers crossed...we'll see if that helps! — Joy

{Photo by Oh Joy. Notes by Fig. 2 and Rifle Paper Co.}

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}

giant balloon lollies... 8 Aug 2012




You may have seen Geronimo's amazing giant balloons here in the past, and I'm thrilled to share Jihan's newest creation—balloon lollies! Since launching her company last year, Jihan's balloons have brought floating cheer to weddings, birthdays, and so many amazing events. The newest collection includes these helium-free balloons which are intended to be a more environmentally conscious option and help offset our shrinking helium supply. These new helium-free balloons would be so fun for walking down the aisle or standing ground at an entrance way to welcome guests. 

How crazy cute are Jihan and her real life Balloon Trooper assistants, Dru and Kate?!? You can contact Jihan directly for more info. on these custom creations. Also, since Jihan is committed to all things gold and shiny {that's my kinda girl!}, she's even hosting a gold-themed workshop called Golden Hour in LA in honor of the precious metal that looks beyond fun. — Joy

{photos by Miha Matei}

a stack of happiness... 14 Jun 2012


Remember these colorful note cards by Tokketok? Well, now they come in a notepad version, and they are gorgeous and so fun! — Joy

love these... 7 Jun 2012


...gold and solid color geometric notesbooks by Brown Paper...— Joy

a {round} themed 2nd birthday... 2 May 2012


My friend Lisa Wong Jackson from Good on Paper recently threw the cutest round themed birthday party for her 2-year-old son, Lucas. She always creates the best family Christmas cards and is the best at the sweet, yet graphic, details to the parties she throws. So, I had to share Luca's recent birthday because I loved the simplicity of the theme and how she made it perfectly fit a young child's birthday while also being fun for the adults too...





Held in a local park, Luca's birthday was complete with all round foods that kids love, balls and toys a plenty, as well as a snow cone truck {um, I want that at MY party!}. He had a ton of fun running and playing and even managed to lose his pants by the end of the day...now that's a good party if you ask me! — Joy

{photos by Lisa Wong Jackson}

paper love... 6 Apr 2012


Having had my own stationery line, I used to be so into the world of paper and knew first-hand how many talented stationery designers there are. And, MaeMae Paperie is simply one of my favorite stationery companies right now and doing so many things so well.





From wedding to ready made cards and stamps, I'm loving the mix of classic and retro done sweet and smart. Those business card stamps are seriously so great... — Joy


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