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  • RPS Wedding Wednesday- Becky & Ben

    From the moment we saw this couple’s Pinterest board, we were so excited to help create the invitations & day of stationery for this Lovett Hall wedding. Their impeccable taste in colors (gold, champagne, & blush– be still our hearts), their love of the gold scalloped paper (a handmade paper from India), and their wish to incorporate hand lettering into their invitations and event sent us over the moon.

    We first met Becky and Ben through Alison, event planner extraordinaire at Viva La Diva who brought the couple to RPS in search of the perfect invitation. We partnered with Alison and one of our RPS designers, Laura Joseph (head over to Paper & Honey and check out her amazing work) to create Becky & Ben’s perfectly lettered invitation.

    The invitation was flat printed on a 2 ply Savoy stock, and the envelope was lined in the handmade Indian scalloped paper, with guest addresses done in lovely calligraphy by Laura.  At the wedding itself, the escort cards, bar menus, dinner menus, favor tags and event signage all carried through Laura’s unique hand lettering and beautiful touches of gold, champagne, and blush.  Check out some of our favorite shots of the invitations and day of stationery thanks to photography by the fabulous Jess + Nate Studios.

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    We’re so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful event (as all Viva La Diva events are) and wish Becky and Ben all of the happiness in the world!

    Big thanks to Jess + Nate Studios for letting us borrow their pics of the day, and big round of applause to Viva la Diva for creating such a beautifully designed event.

    [caption id="attachment_458" align="aligncenter" width="750"]RPS-BeckyBen Becky & Ben!
    All photos courtesy of Jess + Nate Studios.[/caption]

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  • The Team Tries Calligraphy

    The Team Tries Calligraphy [caption id="attachment_446" align="alignnone" width="900"]Calligraphy_Script_R R is for Rock Paper Scissors[/caption] Whether it’s envelopes for wedding invitations or other special projects, Team Rock Paper Scissors routinely swoons over the gorgeous calligraphy that comes in and out of the store. No longer content to just admire the handscripted loveliness, we decided to learn some tricks of the trade from some majorly talented artists. The time had come to try our hand(s) at calligraphy. DUM DUM DUM. Lisa and Tori took the plunge first, with Michigan talent (and nationwide phenomenon) Molly Jacques. Perhaps you’ve seen Molly’s work for Martha Stewart Weddings, Anthology, Sugar Paper LAMacaroni Grill,  and Rachael Ray magazine – although our personal favorite is the signage that’s sittin’ pretty at our Main Street location in Ann Arbor. The workshop at Pot & Box was a total hit, and you can read about Lisa’s experience here. [caption id="attachment_445" align="alignnone" width="900"]calligraphy_alphabet Practice makes perfect-- practicing the alphabet at Molly Jacques workshop![/caption] Inspired by their experience and unwilling to let the Michiganders have all the fun, my first order of business upon arriving in San Francisco was to sign up for a class. (Seriously though. I simultaneously was researching calligraphy classes while hunting for a place to live. #Priorities?) I found just what I was looking for in Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls’ two session workshop at Makeshift Society, an awesome co-working spot in adorable Hayes Valley. [caption id="attachment_447" align="alignnone" width="900"]Table_top_calligraphy Materials and goodies from Maybelle’s “Calligraphy in the 21st Century” class.[/caption] My main takeaways from the class (besides “calligraphy is hard” and “I do not have a natural talent for this whatsoever”) was that practice makes perfect, and to not be defeated if my work starting out, well, sucks. Maybelle (who, by the way, was super modest about her mad calligraphy skills) began her class by showing us a binder that contained samples of her work. While the contents were both beautiful and impressive, what struck with me most was the binder cover – a piece of paper with her first attempts at calligraphy – which looked nothing like her amazing work today. In the weeks since the class, it’s been nice to remember that if I practice I will (hopefully?!?!) improve, and that great things can come from humble beginnings. [caption id="attachment_448" align="alignnone" width="900"]Workshop_group_shot 21 students hard at work during Maybelle’s “Calligraphy in the 21st Century” class. (Photo courtesy of Maybelle  Imasa-Stukuls)[/caption] Have questions for us about our experiences, or have a favorite calligraphy story to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section. ___________________________________________________________ Interested in learning more about calligraphy? Well, have we got some goods and inspiration for you! Mastering the Art of Calligraphy is the definitive new guide for serious calligraphers and budding enthusiasts! 700+ photos, instructions, artist profiles and an awesome resource section. Need materials? Look no further than The Calligraphy Starter Kit! Ink, wooden dip pen, nib, lettering chart and tricks and tips, all tied up in an adorable muslin bag. Swoon. Molly Jacques shares lettering and calligraphy skillz that just won’t quit via her blog and Instagram posts. Check out Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls' killer calligraphy on her blog and Instagram. For more inspiration, check out the RPS Pinterest board “Handwritten & Letter Love.” Yeah. We’re kinda obsessed.    

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  • Wedding Wednesdays- Meet Fig. 2 Design!

    We've loved Fig. 2 Design since we opened our doors in Ann Arbor! From the cards to the gift wrap, we routinely swoon over Fig. 2's clean design paired with fun colors (hello neon!). This summer, we took our love of Fig. 2 Design to the next level and jumped feet first into their full wedding collection. Both albums, Felicity and Fresh, contain 16 suites each, with printing options including offset, flat, and letterpress, to fit any aesthetic or budget. Their most recent collaboration with Lindsay Letters has us over the moon for Fig. 2 Design. The collection, part of a challenge from Brides Magazine, features gorgeous lettering and themes including rustic garden, spring fling and nautical knots, each able to be customized by color. The suites include Lindsay Letters' unique calligraphy offered by the line, which means that you're able to have just your names in the signature calligraphy, or the whole suite, part of a suite, really whatever you wish! The possibilities are endless, and so are the amazing designs coming from Fig. 2 Design, and lead lady in charge Claudia. Take a second and check out how this amazing stationery studio got its name, and how Claudia thinks she'd beat us in a game of rock, paper, scissors! fig_2_layout 1.       How’d you name your brand/company? Fig. 2 is named after the way pictures are captioned in books and catalogs, something I used to design a lot of. 2.       What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on? That's a tough one! I really do love everything I do but lately I've loved our Letters For Love line where we collaborate with calligraphers who generously donate the word "love" or something love related and I take care of the design, production and marketing. In turn we donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. I've always had a passion for calligraphy so to be working with such talented people is very rewarding. 3.       If you had to tattoo one word on your body, what word would you choose? I'm way too scared of that type of pain but if I weren't I think I might pick supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. How can you not smile when you see and hear that word? 4.       What’s your signature cocktail? Bellinis because I LOVE peaches and a little bubbly never hurt. 5.       Stripes or polka dots? That's like asking a mother who her favorite child is! I probably have more polka dot items than stripe. 6.       What song is on repeat on your iTunes right now? Holy Grail (Jay Z and Justin Timberlake). 7.       If you had to describe your work/style in three words, what would those words be? Clean, crisp, and colorful. 8.       If you could have a weird Freaky Friday experience for a day, which designer would you want to switch bodies with and why? Probably someone who has taken their business to the next level so I can understand how they do it all! 9.       What advice would you give to 20 year old you? Listen to your dad... take some business classes. 10.     If we challenged you to a game of rock, paper, scissors, which would you choose? Why? Paper of course! But to be specific, double thick, bright white, letterpressed type and gold foil. From Claudia's choice in tattoos (does it get any better than a Mary Poppins reference?!) to her amazing designs, to how her paper would clearly reign supreme in a game of rock, paper, scissors, we're head over heels for Fig. 2 Design! Do you LOVE the look of Fig. 2? Is the Lindsay Letters calligraphy look screaming your name for your perfectly unique wedding suite? Visit us at www.rockpaperscissorsshop.com/weddings and make an appointment today! We'd love to show you all of the amazing options RPS has for your wedding stationery!   Photos above:

    1. "Just Me & You" wedding invitation suite from Fig 2. Design, available at Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor & Tecumseh. 2. Claudia, Designer and Proprietress of Fig. 2 Design, in her studio. 3. "Spring Fling" wedding invitation suite, part of the Fig 2. Design and Lindsay Letters collaboration, available at Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor & Tecumseh. 4. Hilarious (and oh so accurate) bridesmaid card from Fig 2. (With neon and letterpress, no less). Available at Rock Paper Scissors' Ann Arbor location.5. "Over the Moon" wedding invitation suite, part of the Fig 2. Design and Lindsay Letters collaboration, available at Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor & Tecumseh. 6. Adorable "Thank You Bunches" card from Fig. 2 Design.

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