...Myndi! Myndi's entry: "I adore her calligraphy style! I am just learning calligraphy and this book would be the perfect guide as I begin! Thanks for such a great giveaway!"

Thank you, Myndi! Please email your shipping information to info@maemaepaperie.com. And thank you to everyone else who entered, we love hosting giveaways for products we find inspiring, and absolutely love that you all find them inspiring too!

Posted on 04/21/14 | Wedding |

Just dropping in to share some recent work now that we're entering wedding season! The suite above is a custom design with a super fun mix of modern and vintage details (and a fold-out map!). While the pieces below are based on our Marlowe suite from the MaeMae collection. LOVE the camp vibe and map liner (are you seeing a theme here?)....oh, and can't forget the rose gold. So. Good. 

Posted on 04/17/14 | Wedding |

Consider yourself a calligrapher (or wannabe calligrapher)? Then today's giveaway is right up your alley! The winner will receive a copy of Molly Suber Thorpe's (of Plurabelle Calligraphy) new Modern Calligraphy! This book is chock full of step-by-step instructions, templates, inspiration and even advanced projects for when you want to take your lettering to the next level. 

Molly is an award-wining designer and calligrapher known for her contemporary hand lettering styles and unique, non-traditional letterforms. She loves working with her clients to get their custom lettering just right and considers the thrill of helping other's visions come to life as one of the most rewarding feelings in the world (umm, we couldn't agree more!).

We asked Molly what she would be if she wasn't a calligrapher: "It's funny because until a couple years ago I would have said author. Creative writing always has been one of my primary passions, and I pursued it quite seriously for many years. Now, I am an author, albeit of non-fiction, so I feel like two of my dreams have come true!"

Enter to win Modern Calligraphy by commenting below and sharing how you would use your new calligraphy skills (ex: for my nephew's birthday invitations, just for fun, etc). One winner will be chosen randomly and announced on the blog Friday, April 18. U.S. entries only. 

While you're waiting to see if you've won, hop over to the Plurabelle blog and shop - so much gorgeous lettering inspiration! AND if her book isn't enough, Molly also has an amazing skillshare class available that shows how to make and digitize a logo in calligraphy. 

Thank you, Molly!

Posted on 04/15/14 | Wedding |

Last summer, Sarah Reeves, a realtor with Long and Foster in Richmond, Virginia approached us looking for refreshed branding for her business. Prior to selling real estate, Sarah worked on the interior of homes as a designer. Armed with a creative’s vocabulary, she approached us with so many great graphic ideas infused with a really cool collision of styles. We drew inspiration from Sarah’s love of retro Palm Beach, all things preppy, the occasional bridge game, and chinoiserie chic. We wanted to infuse Sarah’s brand with her energetic and and bright personality that reflect the personalized service and attention she gives her clients. We had such a wonderful time working with Sarah and creating a variety of unique pieces that will now help her stand out in the often over-saturated world of real estate.

Posted on 03/27/14 | Branding |

We’re so excited to introduce you to the newly redesigned BrideClick. BrideClick, the first and largest digital advertising platform in the bridal industry, came to us for a complete website overhaul. The company works with hundreds of bridal websites and publishers in building the advertising partnerships that make up the virtual wedding landscape as you know it. We jumped at the opportunity to dip our toes (or completely submerge ourselves) into a project with a more corporate appeal. BrideClick liked their existing logo, but wanted to improve the look and functionality of their site. They wanted something both bridal and tech-forward that spoke to publishers and advertisers alike. We achieved this with a combination of clean, bold typography, a modern color palette, tech-savvy info-graphics and hyper-stylized photography*. These elements were then designed into a streamlined and extremely user-friendly site. Through detail-minded concept development, we were able to breath a new ultra-feminine and sophisticated life into BrideClick’s visual identity.

*We’re especially pleased to present this example of one of the newest offerings from team MaeMae—photo styling. BrideClick is an awesome example of styled photography as a design element. It can play such a huge role in the visual branding of your company and we’re happy to offer styling services to all our clients. Wing Ta of Canary Grey shot these photos, making them extra amazing!

Posted on 03/19/14 | Branding |

We recently designed a stationery suite for Munster Rose, a floral design company based out of Minneapolis. Jackie Reisenauer, the florist, stylist, and designer behind MR came to us with a clean, contemporary logo and website. Our goal was to create paper collateral with textures and layers of depth that worked alongside the preexisting logo to visually represent the essence of Munster Rose. The thing about Jackie’s floral and design sensibility is that it’s just cool. Effortlessly cool. Her work is both organic and graphic, which makes it simultaneously modern and timeless. Playing off this idea, we created a series of hyper-geometric custom patterns and elements loosely based on organic shapes and paired them with a palette of warm neutrals. Mixing the graphic elements with letterpress and flat printing on cotton papers with gold foil detailing resulted in a layered and highly textured final result. We’re really loving the way that it all came together—almost as much as we love working with Jackie. pssst….we’ve been collaborating with Munster Rose on a beyond  beautiful project and can’t wait to debut our next Munster + MaeMae collaboration!

Posted on 03/06/14 | Branding |

Together with the incredibly talented storyteller, Maribeth Romslo, of Hello Sunshine Films, we are creating the MaeMae Movie!! It's all about our process of sourcing and cataloging inspiration to apply to our client's projects as well as some in-house experiments (and in the future: products!). Here are a few behind the scenes moments Katie took. You can see more on instagram here.

Posted on 03/03/14 | Inspiration, Studio |

We’re so excited to share the recently launched Ever After Honeymoons branding today! Last year, Katie Frederick, owner of EAH came to MaeMae looking for a brand refresh. After five years of providing boutique honeymoon travel planning, EAH no longer represented Katie’s, or her current clientele’s, style. Like many of our branding clients, Katie wanted her company to encompass several different styles that at first can seem at odds with one another. She envisioned the new EAH as eclectic, international, simple and not too girly (in order to avoid alienating her largely male-based clientele!). 

Enter MaeMae! We love a good “mixing styles” challenge and had so much fun pulling eclectic images from around the world for inspiration. Pulling together rich textures, lush illustrations and modern hand-lettering, we developed a cohesive brand that oozes contemporary, luxurious travel. Our favorite part was designing all of the custom patterns. We wanted to use prints as a vehicle for establishing visual contrast throughout the brand - but using a varied, vibrant color palette would have been too distracting and was therefore not an option. Instead, we relied on creating contrast via tone-on-tone patterns with varried textures. The resulting prints set the mood for the site, while ultimately hinting at the lavish visuals EAH's clients soak in while globetrotting. 

And just for fun, we asked Katie to provide some honeymoon planning advice:

“I think it is best to start with thinking about the experience you want to have. What do you want to do each day? What would be an ideal day on your honeymoon? What are your favorite things to do together? Then pick destinations that offer those experiences. And make sure to check weather first!”

Thanks, Katie, it was such a pleasure to work with you (and we look forward to living vicariously through you and your travels)!

Posted on 01/16/14 | Branding |

Teaming up with New Hampshire-based letterpress studio, Gus & Ruby  (one of our 30 retailers around the country) is always a treat, and this project was no exception! The bride and groom, Ashlee and Sean wanted a sophisticated suite that was also appropriate for a destination wedding - enter our Roxy suite! We amped up Roxy’s tropical vibe with punchy lime and peach tones, while the full-color letterpress adds a luxe touch. Now excuse us as we go Google images of San Juan and pretend it's warmer than 11 degrees in Minnesota.

This sutie was recently featured on Grey Likes Weddings | Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey

Posted on 01/15/14 | Wedding |

When we create project proposals we always include a style board to show our prospective client our vision behind the general mood and tone for the project. While visuals alone absolutely cannot lead the project they are a fabulous entry point into setting the stage for what's to come.

We are starting this new series to show a peek into our creative process over here and we are kicking it off with a really exciting rebrand for a sweet and fabulously talented videographer here in town. The mood for the brand is joyful, lighthearted, welcoming + celebratory while grounded with modern typography and a palette of black, grey, yellow and gold. All of the illustrated elements allude to an artisan touch and some wit throughout the brand.

Working on something this cheery is refreshing as we exit out -20 weather from this week! Full disclosure - I haven't left my place in over a week. Thank goodness for full service buildings (and curriers... and husbands who go out into the tundra for you :)

Have a wonderful weekend! xx, Mae

ps see what other projects we are concepting out on our Pintrest board. We are refreshing our Muriel suite and I am obsessing over where it is going.

Posted on 01/10/14 | Inspiration |