Sunday, November 27, 2016

My Baby's Holographic Rainbow Foil Birth Announcements

I've been meaning to post about these for a while! I haven't because I wanted to wait until I could really dedicate time to sit down and be able to think about everything I needed to include- I didn't want to forget anything. And these days, I am so forgetful. (mom brain?) Either way- I am so pleased to share Ellis' birth announcements today! 
While I was pregnant, we went to Pittsburgh for a wedding. I really loved Pittsburgh and appreciated the opportunity to explore the city. One day while walking around, we came across this awesome old fish market, Wholey's. There were tons of old hand lettered and hand painted signs. I just fell in love with the lettering styles used throughout the market. That was the inspiration behind the lettering on the announcement. I had the style of lettering I wanted to use but I didn't yet have the photo. Yes newborn (which is 0-6 weeks to me) photos are darling but they never show much of a personality. I didn't have a set idea of what I wanted the photo to look like for her announcement, just that I'd know it when I saw it. On April 4th, when she was about a month and a half, I got the perfect photo!
For the lettering, I used a brush tip marker, scanned the file into photoshop, cleaned it up, and outlined the text with live trace, then did a little more cleanup once the letters were actual shapes I could play around with. I had the lettering, I had the photo- now I needed to find a printer. 
I wanted to work with a local printer and have them do it all- print the photo and the holographic foil over it. After a lot of research and a lot of back and forth, I finally found them. I used Gold Image Printing, right here in Los Angeles. It wasn't exactly a painless process (lots of back and forth and confusion over files/emailing with a lot of different people) but once we finally got on the same page I am so happy with how they turned out. It's a bit difficult to take a photo of the holographic foil, but it looks so awesome in action, check out this video on my instagram.
Now, for some details about the paper.
The Carpenters have been one of my favorite bands for as long as I could remember. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that my local library growing up had an elaborate shrine to them. I fought hard for one of the Carpenter's songs to be our first dance at our wedding but it didn't happen. (If you're interested, this:
was the song for our first dance) Since it didn't happen for our wedding, I knew I had to incorporate a Carpenter's song for our baby's announcements. An obvious choice I know, but also so perfect. If you care to take a listen-
I hand lettered the quote:
"on the day that you were born
the angels got together
and decided to create a
dream come true"
and made it into a rubber stamp for the back of the envelope. Now I really will never get that song out of my head.
A few years ago, I got stickers made out of Otto's head and loved them. I went a little nuts making sticker faces out of Ellis' face but cmon, how could I not? I used mystickerface.com They are so easy and really awesome. Plus there are tons of uses for stickers of your baby. (They are having a big sale until November 29th- if you want any get on it!)
I sealed each envelope with a holographic round sticker  and put a sticker face on top of it. 
I got a TON of these awesome planet postage stamps from my local post office but didn't they didn't have enough. I have quite a huge stamp collection so I picked some other favorites.
For the addressing of the envelopes I used the wink of stella brush pens in glitter white. I am obsessed with these! Ever since Rhea (Devoted Diarist) told me about them I have been hooked- I even got them for the shop! After I addressed them and put on the postage stamp I just felt something was missing. This added hours and hours but I had to decorate each one with a ton of rubber stamps. I just wanted the recipient of this announcement to get very excited when they saw this amongst their stack of bills and junk mail. I had to go all in!

For the envelopes I used a7 night envelopes from paper source, and this white ink pad.
I hope you guys enjoyed these, they were such a labor of love to get in the mail! My largest and most fun mailing to date- I sent more announcements then I had sent wedding invitations! If I forgot to include anything (and I most likely did) just let me know in the comments.
Recap of resources:



Baby's First Halloween

Tony carved her a pumpkin and let her play around in the mush, she loved it!
 See a resemblance? ;)
 She dressed as an elephant, we found the costume at Marshall's in Pasadena (the day before halloween)
 She seemed pretty pleased about it!
And then over it LOL

Nasty Woman Shopping Event

I shared this on instagram and the wheels are set in motion!
Know a woman owned small business in LA area? Let them know about this! I like to shop small and support (nasty) women owned businesses all year but especially during the holidays. I'm hosting a nasty woman shopping event at Paper Pastries December 10th and 11th. 
Save the date and tell your friends!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Halloween in the shop!

Have you visited our new online shop? We switched over to shopify because there's no limit on the amount of products. For the meantime we're still keeping our big cartel going but slowly transitioning away from it. Our Halloween cards are now in the shop!
Along with limited quantities of vintage mint postage. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Small Object Prints

I've been a fan of Sarah Neuburger for as long as I can remember! Her custom wedding cake toppers are just to die for and her rubber stamps were the first items I ordered for the shop. She just came out with prints and I'm having trouble picking a favorite. Here are a few-




All photos from The Small Object.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Paper Pastries at The Grove This Thursday!

We will have our favorite back to school supplies at the Madewell pop up shop this Thursday August 25, 6-8 pm. Take 20% off your Madewell purchase of $125 or more.
189 The Grove Drive, Suite #K-80, The Grove, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Self parking may be accessed from either Fairfax Ave. or The Grove Dr. between Beverly Blvd. and 3rd Street.
Self Parking Rates:
  • - FIRST HOUR FREE
  • - $4 for the 2nd hour / $5 for 3rd hour
  • - $1 each 15 minutes thereafter
  • - $24 daily max at 7th hour (420 min)
Rates include 10% city tax.
Validation offered at select retailers.
Only one validation accepted per visit.
Normal rates resume once validation period has ended.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Paper Pastries Grand Opening!

We are so excited to debut our new shop at our new location! Come see us tomorrow for our grand opening. We are located in the historic Seeley Building, at the end of Atwater Village in Glendale, California. We will be open on the weekends, or by appointment Monday-Friday.
 Our friend Sara of Matchbox Kitchen will have a pop up cake shop at our grand opening. Her delicious creations always sell out, so come early!
 We have sooooo many new products, including a send more mail reusable bag! This is our free gift if you spend $100, or can be purchased for $12.
 We also have new die cut shopping bags. 
 There is a pay parking lot, and free street parking in the neighborhood.
Enter suite 124 through the parking lot off brand boulevard. Hope to see you there!!
You can follow along with our sneak peeks here. All info about the grand opening here. 
You don't have to rsvp or print anything out, we just like event brite as a handy place to 

Monday, May 9, 2016

SO much news

BIG NEWS! Paper Pastries has found a new (bigger) home in Glendale, at the amazing Seeley Studios, walking distance to Atwater Village. We are so excited for this move! We'll have a kitchenette, our own bathroom, and DOUBLE the space. Before we start packing we are having a MEGA moving sale this upcoming weekend, May 14th and 15th.
Come see us and shop till you drop! The sale will happen this weekend
Saturday May 14th, from 12-6 and Sunday May 15th from 11-4.
Paper Pastries Atelier
453 S. Spring Street #804
Los Angeles CA 90013
 We also got a mention on Fox & Friends- check out the video here.
Saving the best for last- we had a baby girl in February! New parents, new studio, and a big moving sale- so much going on. On May 16th we will stop processing orders for a while so if you'd like to order anything please do so by May 15th. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

MATERNITY LEAVE

UPDATE-
Baby came almost two weeks past due date, maternity leave is extended.
Use the discount code OHBABY for 15% any order placed during maternity leave.
Estimated ship date of orders is March 31, 2016. 

 (1) Custom Stamps

How do I order a stamp?
Before you place your order, please check two things:
A) That you check the email associated with your paypal account, this is where I will send your proof.
B) That your shipping address in paypal is up to date.
When that is complete, you can add your favorite style to your cart and checkout.
Before checkout is processed, fill out the form with the information you'd like on your stamp. You will then check out with your credit card.

How long does it take?
Current turn around time for proofs is 7 business days. Once you receive your email proof, check over that the information is correct and let us know of any spelling errors. After approved, your stamp will arrive in about a week.
Can I send my order as a gift?
Absolutely! Just make sure the "ship to" address is the name and address of your gift recipient. We never include any price information in our packages, so don't worry about that. There's even a space for a gift message on the paypal checkout page.




(2) Shipping

How do you ship orders?
We ship once a week via the USPS. Sorry, we no longer ship outside of the US. All custom stamp orders ship USPS priority mail. Most lightweight items, like greetings cards or pencils, will ship first class. Heavier items, or large orders will ship priority. If you'd like your order to be shipped USPS priority (guaranteed within 3 days domestically) please let me know before you place your order. There is no signature required, but there is tracking. You will receive an email from paypal once your order has shipped with the tracking number.

(3) Misc.

What's your refund policy?
If a custom stamp proof has been made, but you no longer wish to continue with the order, a $25 fee will be deducted before an order refund is processed.

Custom stamps and other custom orders are nonrefundable once the stamp has been made.


Everything else in the shop is returnable/refunded if returned in it's original condition. Customer pays return shipping.


Can I use Paper Pastries stamps on items I intend to sell?
Sorry, no. All Paper Pastries designs and images are the intellectual property of Margaret Haas. We encourage the personal use of our products, however, the images/designs cannot be used for commercial purposes or digitally reproduced without the express written consent of Margaret Haas, designer and owner of Paper Pastries. 
The images and designs are for personal use only. Commercial use is strictly prohibited. 


I'm a shop and would like to carry Paper Pastries. How do I go about this?
Click on the wholesale link at the bottom of the page to get started.
More questions?
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Small Business Saturday

I hope you'll come see us tomorrow for Small Business Saturday. If you're not able to make it, or would just prefer to shop in your pjs, you can enter PUMPKIN for 30% off  your entire order at paperpastries.com
Code is valid today and expires December 1, 2015. Thank you for shopping small during the holidays and throughout the year! 
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