Friday, June 11, 2010

A Festive Fourth

Fourth of July is right around the corner & it is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate!! I love all of the festive colors & foods. It's SO easy to decorate for as well, one of my favorite centerpieces are mason jars filled with sand with either sparklers or firework sticks/straws in them as shown on the Martha Stewart site! So casual, beachy & fun!!

{Images via Martha Stewart,, Flikr, Country Living & AllRecipes}
Everybody loves a great 4th of July bash!! Spend the day outdoors with friends, food, fun & fireworks! What are your plans this year?
These Fourth of July invitations, along with others, can be found here on j&paper!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sweet Summertime

With summer in full swing, it's time for backyard BBQ's & outdoor living! One of the best things about the warm weather is that your living space can become much larger when expanded to the outdoor area.

Whether it be a small patio just a table & chairs or a large backyard lined in trees with lots of seating & string lights, any outdoor space can be perfect for a Summer Kickoff party!
Check out more party invitations for all of your summer entertaining needs at j&paper on Etsy. If you have a party in mind that you may need a custom invitation, I'd love to create something for you!

{Images via Pottery Barn & Coastal Living}

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Navy + Yellow Baby Showers

One of my FAVORITE color combos right now is Navy & Yellow... I love the contrast & how sophisticated it looks. If you're looking to throw a non-traditional baby shower, maybe a bit more fun & modern, try a color combo like this! Pastel blues & pinks are so 9 months ago! :)

Yellow Chicken Cake Pops via Bakerella (such AMAZING work!), Tablescape via InStyle Weddings, Floral Arrangement via Martha Stewart & Nursery via Project Nursery.

These summery, slightly nautical baby shower invitations use this stunning color combo to give a great first impression to your guests! Check them out here!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Who is j... & what is the paper?

Hi! I am EXTREMELY excited to start the j&paper Blog! Thank you so much for stopping by & I hope that you enjoy all of the future posts to come!

My name is Jessica & I am the creator of j&paper.
This is me. The one who is not wearing a rooster costume, of course.

I was born & raised in Iowa, moved to Florida after my college graduation & then married my high school sweetheart in 2008. We are loving the beautiful beaches & sunny skies but miss the seasons & our families in the Midwest.

I LOVE anything festive. And where does that all begin? With invitations! Whether it is custom stationery that is festive in itself, or an invitation to a birthday party, baby shower or wedding, I think it's important to make a great impression with paper!

After designing all of the paper products for my own wedding in 2008, I really discovered my passion for design & knew that it was time to follow my dreams.

In October of 2009... j&paper was born! In my etsy shop, you will find personalized stationery, invitations & all things paper!