Notions and snapshots that shape our day to day.

Rachael: “My little sister, Lauren Johnson’s, invitation is my favorite from this past year. We were able to surprise her with each of her stationery pieces, making the process so fun and exciting! The color palate was different than the norm: deep grey, deep purple, and a pop of orange. I explored a new format for this special project, creating an invitation booklet with all the weekend information in one piece. The cover crest was foil stamped into the deep grey paper, and we were able to incorporate this crest throughout her wedding day stationery. The reply card tucked nicely into one panel of the invite—I love how concise this is! Even the stamps were a nice touch, wildflowers with pops of color, reminiscent of a summer in Colorado.”


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As we are preparing for a full and wonderful 2014, we are looking back to our favorite wedding invitations and save the dates from 2013. We have had the opportunity to work with awesome clients, who have allowed us to design invitations with new formats, new printing styles, new fonts, new drawings. Here is the beginning of our favorites list! 

Amanda Claire: “The above invitation is my favorite from the year. I felt like the bride and I had a similar style, so working on her set was so fun for me! Her set was simple, one color letterpress in antique gold on a pearl white paper. We used Elizabeth Porcher Jones‘ calligraphy and created a monogram on her invitation card and envelope. All of the floral accents are hand-drawn and add such uniqueness to the set. I also loved how her wedding menu, program, and signage evolved. Above is a shot of the bride’s simple program, that incorporated more of her hand-drawn florals!”

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Best of 2013

December 19, 2013 in Holiday and tagged ,

This past year at Studio R has been full to say the least! Above we’ve chosen our favorite Instagrams from this past year to share with you snippets from our every day. Photo shoots, foil stamping, parties, career day, laser cuts, New York for the Stationery Show, doodles, engagements, kiddos, and many ribbons tied have brought us to this point, ready to take on 2014 with a bang. Thank you to everyone who has been such a big part of our day to day. Happy New Year!!

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Wish List – Megan and AC

December 5, 2013 in Holiday and tagged ,

More wish list magic!


1) We are certain Megan will have the most festive home this holiday, especially with this red table cloth. Apparently, it’s an important design rule to have red in every room in your home…who knew?

2) This maroon-dipped tote bag to grace her shoulder each day at work!

3) A beautiful wreath from Terrain.

Amanda Claire

1) Print’s regional graphic design annual to peruse at home in front of the fire.

2) Awesome print from Brainstorm…she’s building a collection for her new home!

3) Drawing pens for use in doodling, especially for her wedding invitation!

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For the next couple of days, we are mustering up our holiday wish lists and posting for all to see! As we decide what we will purchase for our friends and family, we can’t help but think of what we’d like for ourselves.

First up: Rachael. 

1) A beautiful throw blanket, made by mom? Yes, please! 

2) A cruiser to ride around Charleston streets at all times of year, delivering stationery to our friends…dreamy! 

3) Book ends…not much better than a beautiful book end. 


Stay tuned for more lists this week! 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2013 in Holiday and tagged

We hope everyone enjoys a break and time with family this week! We are so thankful for each person we get to work with throughout our year. We are lucky girls to have such a fun job and work with great people. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Labor Day

August 30, 2013 in Holiday

We are excited to enjoy a long weekend of relaxing, friend time, a little football, and maybe a day on the beach. We hope you are in gear to do the same!

Cheers to three days!

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A few years ago, I created the above map of St. John for the destination wedding of our friend Ellen Robinson of WED. Ever since, I’ve wanted to go to the island and experience everything Ellen and her husband love about that place. That time came this past February. All the Johnson side of my family packed up and flew to the islands for a week and a half of beach, snorkeling, pool time, and relaxation. As you can see, the kids loved the sun, crystal blue water, and spending time with their cousins. For me, the time off was much needed and much appreciated…it took place of that maternity leave with the above one-year-old I missed last spring! Now back from the beach and into spring wedding season!

- Rachael

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Thank You

January 2, 2013 in Holiday

Post-holiday, we realize how much we have to be thankful for. In our opinion, a thank-you note is never uncalled for and never too late. Here are some of our favorite accessories to writing the perfect thank-you:

1) Le Pen pens. Our favorite writing utensils available in all sorts of colors. Available at Artist and Craftsman on Calhoun.

2) Vintage Stamps. They simply make mail that much more exciting! We recently ordered some from Etsy shop Verde Studio.

3) Personalized Stationery by Studio R. Order some pretty papers and colored envelopes to ring in a new year!

4) Twine. Wrap up your card with a photo in colored twine. Available on Cannon Street at Mac & Murphy.

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Foodie Friday

December 21, 2012 in Foodie Friday, Holiday

Today is our last day in the office until January, and we are dreaming of festive drinks and new patterns! We look forward to enjoying some down time and sweet celebration, while brainstorming new ideas for new paper goods in the new year!

Recipes from Martha Stewart for the above cocktails available  here:  peppermint hot chocolate  /  pear and sparkling cider  /  cranberry martini

Enjoy your holiday!

(middle pattern – inspiration from

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