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  • Elegant Italian Inspired Wedding at San Ysidro Ranch

    Thoughtful, elegant details from old world wax seals to tall white tapered candles and a lavish floral chandelier of roses and greenery created a truly unique and memorable wedding day celebration. Inspired by the rustic beauty of the Italian countryside, all the elements came together creating ... View Post
  • Intimate Reception Dinner with Astier de Villatte Tableware

    A stack of iron moons, black terra cotta rolled, pressed, cut, fired. Milky white dessert cups arranged in a still life with melon. Sensual and somatic - a poignant balance of refinement and imperfection was present in each detail of this intimate wedding and reception dinner. Guests gathered f... View Post
  • Late Summer Wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho

    Sun Valley, Idaho is a bit of heaven and one of my favorite places in the world. What a delight to see one of Honey Paper's recent couples and their stationery featured on Style Me Pretty highlighting the rustic, unfettered charm of this wild landscape through the lens of a late summer wedding. ... View Post
  • Wine Country Wedding at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery

    Between the San Rafael and Santa Ynez Mountains the summers are warm and rainless. The land is dense with wildflowers, shrub and stippled in gray pine, wild cotton and a long list of oaks. The narrow, steep ranges are considered young at five million years old. Alluvial soils of the valley bear t... View Post
  • Wreaths and Leaves In The Details

    Perhaps no other object conveys so perfectly the spirit of unity, joy and friendliness like the wreath. Couples often incorporate wreaths, greenery and leaves into their wedding stationery to encircle their initials. Laurel, olive leaves, lavender and wildflowers are wreath favorites and are a be... View Post
  • Letterpress Suite with Custom Watercolor Map of Santa Barbara

    Every map tells a story. They are studies in time; snapshots of a neighborhood, city, country or kingdom whose characters and gestures are embodied in the roads, land and architecture. Maps weave complex tales and capture the world for a day. The earliest known maps are records of the night sky; ... View Post
  • Blush and Rose Wedding Invitation with Elegant Monogram

    Love, weddings, snowflakes and fingerprints - each one is unique and tells its story through shape, song, color and grace. What began with our client's love of blush and roses ended beautifully with a suite that sets the perfect mood for a wedding in one of  Santa Barbara's oldest churches. Sinc... View Post
  • Romantic Vintage Wine Country Wedding

    The dreamy landscape of the vineyards of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo have long been a destination for weddings and loved creating the stationery and dinner menus for this gorgeous, romantic vintage winery wedding. Photography: Mike Larson |  Styling: LaFleur W... View Post

Welcome to The Giving Ink's Blog

The Giving Ink is a store and brand by Michelle Castle, with a vision to guide customers toward a richer, more fulfilled lifestyle through goods that encourage both the growing and sustaining connections we make with each other. The shop reflects her desire to connect the hearts of people through handwriting, illustrations, and a renewed interest in incorporating a more analog lifestyle through slower, more thoughtful forms of communication such as letter writing and journaling.