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Announcing our 2014 Do Good Contest Winner: Jocelyn Smith!

We’re pleased to announce the grand prize winner of our 3rd annual Do Good Contest: Jocelyn Smith! Jocelyn volunteers every week with an amazing organization called God’s Love We Deliver, which provides 4,600 meals daily to folks suffering from life-altering illnesses in the New York City area. In addition to nutritious, home-delivered meals, the organization also provides groceries, nutrition counseling and more. Visit their website to read about the organization’s history and to learn how you can get involved today!

Jocelyn Smith is the 2014 winner of Bella Figura's Do Good Contest! Jocelyn volunteers weekly at NYC's God's Love We Deliver food service, which helps deliver 4,600 meals daily to folks with severe illnesses in the NYC area!

Check out some of the other entries from this year’s contest! Thanks to everyone who took the time to submit an entry!

letterpress invitations for NYC graduation celebration

We welcomed illustrator Courtney Jentzen to the Bella Figura family last year and boy are we glad we did – her fun, whimsical style has been a welcome addition to our lineup of designs. Courtney’s Bright Lights invitation design is an ode to all things New York, featuring hand-illustrated landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island Ferry and a Brooklyn brownstone – seen here on the invitations for Jocelyn’s big city graduation celebration.

letterpress invitations for NYC graduation celebration | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: black | fonts: declan + streamline | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | customization #22346 | Sweet Paper

Vintage Real Wedding in Malibu Featuring Custom Letterpress Invitations

We loved seeing Denise and Giampiero’s chic real wedding on Carats and Cake recently! The couple set the tone for their Malibu celebration with custom wedding invitations in a cool combination of pewter, charcoal and black inks, with a fun pop of papaya for their envelope liners. The celebration was held at Saddlerock Ranch, complete with twinkling lights, romantic flower arrangements and an amazing dessert table. Head over to Carats & Cake to see more photos!

Real Bella Figura Wedding featured on Carats & Cake featuring the Overlook invitation suite

Invitations: Bella Figura via Urbanic Paper | Photography: Heather Kincaid | Venue: Saddlerock Ranch | Florist: Krista Jon | Event Planning: Gather Events | Hair & Makeup: Fiore Beauty | Attire: J.Crew | Bakery: Sweet and Saucy Cake Shop | Catering: Whoa Nelly Catering | Videographer: Tower Films

Monochromatic herringbone letterpress invitations

Our Sweet Lorna invitation design really captures the beauty of letterpress printing with its modern rendition of a traditional herringbone pattern. Shown here in the monochromatic hues of pale gray and charcoal, its a fresh yet sophisticated invitation for a bridesmaids luncheon.

Monochromatic herringbone letterpress invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: pale gray + charcoal | fonts: marilyn + streamline | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | customization #23414 | Jenny’s Paper, Ink

Rustic Thicket Wedding Invitation Inspiration from Chelsea Petaja

Chelsea Petaja’s invitation inspiration behind her chic Rustic Thicket design includes natural earthy elements, lush greenery and modern flowy dresses. Hand calligraphy accents from Maybelle add an extra element of personalization to this new design from Chelsea – which is on sale (along with the rest of her collection) through the end of July!

Rustic Thicket letterpress wedding inspiration from Chelsea Petaja for Bella Figura

Rustic Thicket  | ceremony location | dress | small bouquet | table bouquet and tablescape

Jazz club foil + letterpress wedding invitations

Emogene and Kai came to us to print the invitation suite for their Minneapolis Jazz club wedding. The bold, modern fonts, symmetrical layout and shiny gold foil capture the architectural inspiration typical of art deco design.

foil + letterpress wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: vine + black | foil stamping: gold shine | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | envelope: bella cotton white | pocketfold: black | envelope liner: metallic gold leaf | customization #22046

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Modern art wedding invitation inspiration

This contemporary customization of Modern Swash is as eye catching as they come. It’s the perfect invitation to set the mood for any art loving couple’s hip, stylish soiree. Love this design? All of designer Chelsea Petaja’s inspired designs are on sale through July 31st!

modern swash customization | letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: copper shine | fonts: chloe + danube | paper: white | invite size: S-8 | liner: classic color pattern in charcoal | original design by Chelsea Petaja |customization by in-house designer Jessica Tierney

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Sarah Hanna Travels – Adventures in Morocco

We’re back with another round of our designer travels series. This week Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna is sharing her photos and stories from a recent, impromptu trip to Marrakech, Morocco. We’ll let Sarah take it from here!

Moroccan lanters seen during Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna's travels to Marrakech

Hand-made lanterns in Morocco One of the great things about Europe is how easy it is to country-hop. In the US, you might treat yourself to a weekend trip to New York, or tailgate two states over. Similarly, if you are in France, you could hop over to Marrakech, Morocco for the weekend. A carry-on and an hour and a half later, you could be strolling through a spice market…. Artisans and patterns abound in Marrakech, Morocco | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna

….or watching artisans make leather bags, or carve stone in the traditional way that has been passed down for generations. Patterns abound. And the calligraphic influence in the stonework is something to behold.

On the streets of Marrakech, Morocco | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna

Scenes from the streets of Marrakech. 

Cafe inside the gardens of Yves Saint Laurent

Coffee break at the YSL gardens in Morocco The gardens of Yves Saint Laurent are in Marrakech. A perfect rest from the bustle of the city and place to be inspired by nature and YSL’s own artwork.  At the Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna In the Gardens of Yves Saint Laurent | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna

Henna artist in Marrakech | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna
Henna artist in Marrakech I definitely did not ask this henna tattoo artist in the square to paint a bracelet on my wrist. But she worked so quickly, she was done before I could say ‘no thank you.’ Instead, I thought, “Wow. I wish I could work that quickly to fill my Bella orders. Then it wouldn’t matter from WHICH time zone I was working.” 
Little sorority girl tip: Nail polish remover can take anything off. 
Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna hiking in Marrakech, Morocco
Climbing a waterfall…in flip flops. The trip was a surprise. I did not know where we were going until we arrived at the airport. I packed for Italy. Oops. C’est la vie!
Waterfall in Marrakech, Morocco | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna
Natural fridge in Marrakech, Morocco - the waterfall pours cold water over the bottles to keep everything cool
A brilliant natural fridge The waterfall pours cold water over the bottles and keeps everything cool. This is at one of the many cafes built into the mountain on the climb up the waterfall.
A restaurant built into a mountain in Marrakech | Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna
A restaurant built into a mountain in Marrakech grilled meats and vegetables at a rooftop lunch in Marrakech + Coke bottles with Arabic calligraphy
Rooftop lunch in Marrakech – grilled meats and vegetables. Tap water is not a great idea, but a coke with beautiful Arabic calligraphy is!