…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!

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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!

Using a random number generator, we determined the winner of the personalized Cait Courneya illustration is Tricia! Congratulations! Tricia’s wedding dress makes her feel most fabulous, and we totally understand why. According to Tricia, “Cafe-colored silk charmeuse lining was overlaid with a floral lace appliqué, patterned with embroidery and crystals” – sounds amazing! Tricia, please email us at info(at)maemaepaperie(dot)com with the subject line “Cait Courneya Giveaway” and we’ll put you in touch with Cait!

Didn’t win, but still want an illustration? You can order your own custom illustration from Cait’s Etsy shop, or one of her cute prints.

Thanks everyone for participating!

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I’m thrilled to introduce you all to a new column today, Ladies Who MaeMae! Ladies Who MaeMae are special gals who embody the MaeMae lifestyle – passionate, creative women who work to better the world using their unique views and talents.

Our first Lady Who MaeMae’s is bridal and fashion illustrator, Cait Courneya. Cait recently moved back to Minnesota and is not only crazy talented, but incredibly kind. All of the illustrations above are hers and check out this sneak peek of the illustration she made of my wedding gown – love! According to Cait, she believes in creating beautiful treasures for her clients, whether it be a custom illustration or a beautiful card for a friend – that’s a mission we can get behind!

Now, for a little Q&A with Cait: 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, what you do, etc:
I am a midwestern girly-girl at heart. Born and raised in Minneapolis, I grew up watching old movies and wishing I could live in a glamorous world. My life is decidedly less glamorous than an old movie, but it is the perfect life for me. I have an amazing husband who supports me in everything I do, and the sweetest dog in the world. My days are spent sketching and working on my business, and my evenings are spent with friends, family or snuggled up on the couch with my hubby and pup. I love the beauty of the snow in the winter, and lazy days at the cabin in the summer. I am one blessed gal.

How did you get into fashion illustration?
I have been dreaming in fashion since I was a child. I have memories of drawing dresses when I as little as 6 years old. I did a little illustrating before college, but I really fell in love with it when I was studying fashion design in Los Angeles. As a child I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. As a fashion illustrator I get to combine my two passions: Art and Fashion!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I wake up every day and can’t believe that I am fortunate enough to be an artist! I love the fact that I get to create something personal and special for my clients. The idea that my art can touch people’s lives inspires me every day.

What outfit or piece of clothing makes you feel most fabulous and why?
I have this Monique Lhuillier splatter-print cocktail dress that I want to wear every day! It has this amazing pouffy skirt (which is a nod to my obsession with 50’s musicals), and the black and white print looks like someone threw white paint on it. Its fabulous and whenever I wear it I feel like a movie star. 

Thanks so much Cait! Now it’s your turn! Enter to win a custom illustration by Cait – valued at $195 – by commenting below and telling us what outfit or piece of clothing makes you feel most fabulous. The winner will receive a bridal illustration of her own gown, or a fashion illustration of her favorite outfit (could be a  dream outfit, too!). Enter by Wednesday, November 20 at midnight, and check back on Thursday, November 21 for the winner! (Restricted to U.S. entries only). 

And in the mean time, make sure to check out Cait’s blog and Etsy shop!


We first blogged about The Venue Report when it was featured alongside our flamingo print in the August issue of Rue Mag (see a few of the gorgeous photos from the shoot above, taken by Jose Villa). We’re thrilled to have a reason to bring up this innovative company again because MaeMae Paperie is participating in The Venue Report’s amazing “Where will you celebrate?” Sweepstakes (where one lucky winner is going to receive a wedding goodies package worth over $2,000)!

Included in the prize is a cake topper, succulent bridal halos, ring bearer bowl, wedding gown and a MaeMae invitation suite (worth $920)! The winner will receive 75 flat printed formal invitations with blank envelopes, as well as 75 flat printed reply cards (both with matching blank envelopes) from one of the seven customizable Collection Suites – like the Marlowe seen below. Read up on the details and enter to win over on The Venue Report blog, you have until Nov. 21.!


According to our random number generator, the lucky winner of the personalized zebra notecards and envelopes is…comment #3, Gracie! Congratulations! Gracie is currently obsessed with polka dot everything – nice choice! Gracie, please email your contact information (and the initials you want on the cards) to info(at)maemaepaperie(dot)com with the subject line, “Zebra Giveaway” and we’ll mail you your prize asap!

Thanks everyone for participating! We’re really excited to host a few more giveaways over the next few months, so check back!

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Katie, our Studio Manager is pretty serious about her obsessions. They’ve ranged from an intense love for hearts and lips to pineapples and now zebra! (Which MaeMae fully supports, as zebras are cousins of the pony) Even though Katie’s husband won’t let her decorate their entire house with the print, she gets to indulge in daily conversations about zebras with her twenty-month old son since it’s his favorite animal. And because Katie just returned to Minnesota after a 12-year hiatus, she’s really looking forward to sporting that gorgeous coat seen below for her first winter back.

While digging through past MaeMae work, Katie found the cute zebra illustration (#5 above and seen in the notecard on top). We liked it so much we used it to create new notecards and envelopes, and we want to share them with you! Enter to win this zebra set (personalized with your initials) by leaving a comment below and telling us what you’re currently obsessing over. We’ll pick an entry randomly and announce the winner on the blog, Thursday, Oct. 17! We’ll be giving away more personalized notecards and envelopes over the next few months, so stay tuned!

And for even more animal print love, check out Katie’s Animal Planet and MaeMae’s I’m a Zoo Pinterest boards, we seriously can’t get enough!

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Last summer (which seems so far away now!) I worked with
Caroline Joy
Nancy Ray to create branding for their photography workshop: Branches & Light. The workshop aims to assist other female photographers take their love for photography and create small business. They outline the topics they will be addressing at both the Dallas + Raleigh workshops on their
My favorite of the topics is “overcoming fear and embracing freedom in business.” Beautifully put!

I also created Caroline’s branding which I will showcase before their second workshop in a few weeks!

I am sponsoring a giveaway of my
initial stamps for all of you and the lovely followers of
Branches & Light.  Anyone can enter! All you have to do is….

1. Leave a comment on both the MaeMae blog as well as the Branches and Light blog, listing a New Year’s Resolution for your business – something you want to do differently in 2011.  (you can leave the same comment in both places)

2. Update your twitter and facebook status with ‘I love @maemaepaperie and @branches_light workshop!’

YAY! The winner will be announced between the two workshops (end of next week.)

Good luck. xx


Thank you to everyone who participated!! The winner is Krystal Nicole Photography! WOO! Krystal please send me your mailing address and which initial you want and I will pop that in the mail.