Thank you for all of the love and support this little corner of the internet has received over the past several years. As friends and family members were getting married, their weddings fueled the inspiration for this blog. But as seasons of life change, my focus, along with those nearest and dearest, shifted away from the wedding planning stage and I began to neglect this blog.

I have decided to indefinitely retire Calligraphy by Shannon in an effort to pour my attention into my lifestyle blog The Scribble Pad where I will be merging past and future inspiration boards and parties. You will still be able to place orders for calligraphy, custom invitations, and hand stamped items through my etsy shop. And as always, you can stay in touch with me under my moniker, The Scribble Pad on my blog, etsy shop, facebook, and even twitter! I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you.

Guest Blogger: Carly and Bobby

You remember Carly and Bobby right?  We voted for them, they won, and then had an adorable engagement photo shoot?  Well, Carly is going to be sharing a bit of her wedding process here with us!  We are so excited to have her blogging and cannot wait to hear what she has to say.

When Shannon asked me to write a few guest blogs about my upcoming wedding, I was thrilled! My fiancé and I got engaged in October of last year, and are getting married this August in my hometown. Which happens to be about nine hours away from where we currently live. Oy. So needless to say, the planning process has been a little tricky, but at the same time, a total blast. We’re DIYing as much as we can and shopping for lots of good deals (I consider bargain shopping one of my hobbies anyway, so it’s really no different than my everyday life), all while trying to not get overwhelmed with the pressure to have a “perfect day”. Let’s be real, we all know nothing is perfect, weddings included. We just want our wedding to be us; classic, casual, and fun, both for us and our guests. We don’t have a wedding theme, our guys aren’t wearing tuxes, and we’re doing our own flowers instead of hiring a florist (brilliant idea or disaster waiting to happen? Time will tell).

Fortunately we’ve had a lot of help along the way. I’m very thankful for my super creative and crafty mother, who is probably making crepe-paper flowers as we speak (or hacking pretty curly branches out of a neighbor’s tree. But that’s a story for another day). I am equally appreciative of my future mother-in-law, who is a coupon champion and has happily taken on a few projects that involve hunting down the best bargains possible. Combine that with my dad who makes a mean Excel spreadsheet, my future sister in law who sends me regular emails with various price comparisons from different websites, and my darling fiancé who is great at reminding me what matters and what doesn’t (aka- no one will care if the invitations are printed on “white” or “pure white” cardstock), I am one lucky lady.

Of course, I’ve also taken a lot of help from various blogs. Google “wedding blog” and you will get a zillion results, but I’ve found a few favorites along the way. I prefer blogs that offer inspiring pictures of real weddings, lots of doable DIY projects, and words of wisdom to keep this whole wedding thing in check. I try to stay away from blogs that insist I must wear a tiara, have a 7 tier cake, and dictate my bridesmaids’ outfits, down to their nail polish color. No thanks. My top favs are four blogs that are regularly recommended right here on Calligraphy by Shannon:

I hope these can be of some help to the future brides (and grooms!) out there. If Shannon allows, I will continue to write some updates throughout the next five months or so until our wedding. If you’re lucky, I might even tell the story of my mom, a saw, and an SUV full of tree branches. Happy planning ☺

{Carly, we totally want you back!  Write more, please.  And do tell about your mom.  What I am picturing is not very wedding related...}
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DIY Moss Monogram

Remember our past DIY floral monograms here and here?  Well, another blogger has lister her own how to, so I decided to share this simple craft that can add so much class to your wedding.

Life. Love. Larson. shared this fabulously simple diy moss monogram.

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Giveaway Hosted on The Scribble Pad

...so glad you came over to enter the giveaway.  Here are the details just to remind you:

The winner will have a choice between two options:

$50 off Addressing Envelopes 
{project must be at least $100, standard rates apply}

~ or ~

Custom Idea Board
{view idea board samples here}

let me craft a vision for your event
provide images and inspirations to guide your planning
and show you how your own style can shine through on your special day

to enter:

leave a comment telling us about which prize you would select and why

follow this blog
(and leave a comment saying you did so)

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retweet this giveaway
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like The Calligraphy Pad on Facebook
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maximum of 6 entries (comments) per person
be sure to leave a comment letting me know for each additional entry.
and don't forget your email address in at least one of the comments!

Don't forget to check The Scribble Pad each and every day for a new giveaway this week.  
Closes March 31.
{US residents only}
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MFB: Airmail Obsessed

Happy Spring! Goodness knows, it has not come to Washington, DC a minute too soon. 75 and gorgeous. And Friday. Sigh. Life doesn't get better than this.

So, our Save the Dates are in the mail, and hopefully have been received by many of our guests. Of course, since there is no rest for the weary, it's on to the next thing: invitations!

I've know for a long while that we were going to go the "airmail" route for the invites, and I am enthralled by the sheer number of wonderful airmail related paraphernalia in the interwebs.

Here are a few of my favorites, so you can get a sense of my direction. There are a good number of invites, but also a few other bits of ephemera as well.





This picture is from Etsy seller Huntershideaway, but I actually found these same envelopes much cheaper on Amazon, for $2.15 / box of 40 (free shipping, too)! We'll be using those.




{courtesy of dafont, Postage Stamps by Dixie's Delight -- Mr. Washington is the letter "G"}


{I wish I could recall where this was from besides my archives!}



You'll note that these are no longer available...hmm...I wonder why...?

If you see any inspiration, feel free to leave it in the comments!

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Costco Wedding Dresses

Did you watch Good Morning America today?  If you missed it check this out:

Would you go to costco to look for your wedding dress?

I think I would be willing to give it a shot!
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MFB: Save the Dates Revealed (Finally)!

It is a happy MFB Friday for me indeed, since I get to finally reveal our finished Save the Date (100 printed at Vistaprint for the low low price of $19.95, including expedited shipping)!

As my MOH, Christie, can testify, these have been a real labor of love. It was really difficult for me to figure out how best to get our information on the front of the card. Luckily, I got some very cute inspiration from the (fully customizable and FREE!) biplane STD featured over at the Wedding Chicks.


I loved the look of these so much, I almost just went with them, full stop and abandoned my previous plans. But, my poor little DC vintage postcard cried out to me, "don't forget me! Use me! Waaaah!" and so I couldn't just leave it out in the cold. But how to combine the two?

It finally clicked in my brain that having a biplane "sky-write" our information would be an excellent way to combine the vintage postcard that I wanted to use with the cute airmail theme we'll be using for the rest of the stationery. A perfect solution! So here it is, without further ado!

The front:


and the back:


The quality is a bit fuzzier in my upload than in the final product, but what do you think? And have you taken on crafting your Save the Dates yourself?

Anyway, I hope you love these as much as I do!

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