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Meant To Be Calligraphy Workshop at Karson Butler Design Studio

Meant To Be Calligraphy

We’re so pleased to share that new dates have been posted for our popular calligraphy workshops. We’ll once again be holding our Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy classes at the gorgeous space that is the Karson Butler Design Studio (shown above!) in the heart of Washington, D.C., and, new this fall, we’ll be hosting our follow-up workshop, Continuing with Contemporary Pointed Pen Calligraphy, at our very own mid-century modern home/studio, which is located just outside of the Del Ray area of Alexandria, Virginia.

Also new this fall, we’re excited to invite those who have previously taken part in one of our workshops to join us for a new adventure: Calligraphy Study Table. These new weeknight sessions will be less formal than our typical workshops, consisting of a short lecture and demonstration followed by time to practice, play and ask questions. Some will have a theme (holiday card design, anyone?) and others will be more technique-driven. And in all cases, they will be fun! We’ll be holding them in Michele’s home/studio and the wine and music will flow freely.

We hope that you will be able to join us for a workshop (or two!). As always, we’ll be keeping the class size intimate, so if you are interested in taking part this fall, please don’t wait too long to snag your spot. You can find more details and register here.

New Summer Classes Posted!

New Workshop Offerings by Meant To Be Calligraphy


Just in time for summer, we are excited to announce new dates and a new location for our popular calligraphy workshops! We’ll be offering our Introduction to Pointed Pen Calligraphy class three times (June 15, July 20, and August 17), and our follow-up class, Continuing with Pointed Pen Calligraphy on July 13, and all of the workshops will take place in the gorgeous, airy, light-filled space that is the Karson Butler Events Design Studio, located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C.

To find out more and to register, please click here. We hope to see you this summer as we share our love for creating beautiful lettering and playing with pens and ink!


Four Candles

Four years ago today, we officially launched Meant To Be Calligraphy.

As Jennifer and I reflect back over the past year, we are so grateful both to our amazing clients and to the other creative professionals – event planners and stylists, stationers, photographers, caterers and florists – with whom we have had the pleasure to work. With that in mind, we wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged us over the past year by entrusting their calligraphy needs to us; we considered it an honor to work with each of you!

Here’s to four happy years filled with beautiful lettering, with hopefully many more to come!

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Meant To Be Calligraphy's Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamp

Meant To Be Calligraphy

This week, The Stationery Place very kindly included our Custom Calligraphy Return Address Stamps in its 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Stationery Lovers. As blogger Lyndsey noted: “if you love pretty paper, you probably love office supplies too.” Um, yes! Her guide includes several fantastic ideas for the packaging geeks among us. Personally, the kraft labels she spotlighted from Martha Stewart’s new line at Staples are calling my name. Pop over to see all of Lyndsey’s fab picks!

An Inviting Invitation

Rich Little Bird Invitation

Rich Little Bird

We recently had the opportunity to work with Shelli Martinez of Rich Little Bird for the first time when she asked us to address wedding invitation envelopes in our Flint lettering style for a couple who will tie the knot in December. She shared a couple of glimpses of the invitation suite over on the Rich Little Bird web site and we were wowed – what a pretty, wintery confection!

Rich Little Bird Invitation with Envelopes by Meant To Be Calligraphy

Rich Little Bird

Real Wedding: Andrea and Dan

Andrea and Dan by Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Is there anything more classic than a black-and-white wedding? Andrea and Dan’s wedding was a gorgeous affair which took place earlier this month and we were truly honored to collaborate on the Day-Of paper goods with the girls at Little Bit Heart and have our handiwork included amidst all of the beautiful details planned and styled by the lovelies at Karson Butler Events. Over the course of the couple’s wedding preparations, they entrusted us with addressing the envelopes for both their wedding and their rehearsal dinner, plus signage and place cards for both events. Our absolute favorite detail, however, were the white-ink-on-black-paper escort cards in our Edwards lettering style that were “passed” on silver trays by tuxedo-clad servers. A-maz-ing and so clever! Jodi Miller Photography captured all of the prettiness of the day. We are including just a few photos here, but the entire day is a must-see, so pop over to Jodi’s site and prepare to get lost in the loveliness!

Meant To Be Calligraphy seating cards, image by Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography

Jodi Miller Photography


Feeling Gifty?

Black Friday has come and gone. If you haven’t yet found the perfect gift for someone dear to you, let us make something special just for them! We offer custom hand-lettered return address stamps and custom hand-lettered stationery letterhead stamps that would be perfect for anyone who loves all-things-paper. The stamps are available separately or as a set and they are sure to delight.

Meant To Be Calligraphy's Custom Calligraphy Rubber Stamp Set

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Or have us create a gift for the giver in your life – we offer small hand-lettered gift tag stamps with phrases such as “from the garden of …” and “from the kitchen of …” – ideal for someone who takes thoughtfulness to heart.

Meant To Be Calligraphy Small Gift Tag Stamp

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Other ideas for a truly personal gift: we can hand-letter a poem, saying, verse, vows or even a love letter for you.

Vows by Meant To Be Calligraphy

Meant To Be Calligraphy

Alternately, if your shopping is already complete, you might want to consider one of our large custom holiday gift tag stamps – they put the finishing touch on pretty packages.

Meant To Be Calligraphy Large Gift Tag Stamps

Meant To Be Calligraphy

All of our stamps can be ordered via our Etsy shop. For custom hand-lettered poems, verses, vows, etc., send us a note via our Contact page and we’ll be in touch to discuss how we can bring your idea to the page. Please note that all orders for delivery by Christmas must be placed by December 10.

Real Wedding: Emily and Charlie

Jan Michele Photography

Emily and Charlie got married at the ever-lovely River Farm in October and we were delighted to create a few pretty details for their big day. Our handiwork included two large chalkboards written out in our McConnell lettering style – one that conveyed the order of the ceremony and another that displayed the seriously delicious menu they chose for their guests – plus several smaller chalkboard signs for the dessert table (Pies! Yum!). We also hand-lettered purple seating cards with silver ink. Such a pretty color combination! Laura Ritchie of Events in the City helped the happy couple plan and style the day and Jan Michele Photography captured all of its beauty. Excited to be able to share peeks at the hand-lettered details below!

Chalk Work by Meant To Be Calligraphy with photo by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Chalk Menu - photo by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Seating Cards by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

Meant To Be Calligraphy Chalkboad Program by Jan Michele Photography

Jan Michele Photography

A is for Apple

Meant To Be Calligraphy for DC NACE Capital Style Gala

Evelyn Alas

Here’s a peek at “poisoned apple” seating cards we created for the Capital Style Gala held recently by the Greater Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives. Love the way they were displayed! More photos from the storybook-themed evening can be found on BizBash.