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  • Celebrate Everything: National Donut Day!

    Today is National Donut Day! In honor of this delicious holiday, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite donut inspired DIYs, recipes, and images for your crafting/reading/drooling pleasure. Enjoy! National Donut Day Collage Rock Paper Scissors Blog (Photos, clockwise starting from upper left: Maki Strunc Photography, Studio DIY, Sugar and Charm, Studio DIY)

    The first droolworthy image, from Minnesota-based Maki Strunc Photography, has been making the rounds on Pinterest and has been singlehandedly fueling my donut cravings.

    Not into dessert? Skip the sweets (but not the fun) by creating your own giant donut piñata!

    Sweet notes aren’t just for Valentine’s Day! Surprise the one you love with a delicious donut and an adorable message with this printable DIY from Sugar and Charm.

    Kelly of Studio DIY seems to have a thing for donuts! Compliment your oversized piñata craft with a bunch of donut balloons! (I’m sensing the makings of a theme party here.)

    Donut Day Collage Rock Paper Scissors Blog (Photos, clockwise starting from upper left: House That Lars Built, Paper & Stitch, Studio DIY, Cooking Classy)

    I’m loving the color combination of this DIY donut doormat project.

    Pretty up your plate with this lovely ombre and color block donut DIY from Paper & Stitch.

    Indulge your mischievous side with this DIY donut tire prank from Studio DIY.

    These vanilla bean donuts, from Cooking Classy, look absolutely ahhhhmazing.

    You can find donuts near you at www.donutdayusa.com, and if you buy one beverage at Dunkin Donuts, they’ll give you a donut for free (Krispy Kreme does one better – free donut, no purchase. OR you could take our advice and hit up some of Team RPS’ favorites, like Ann Arbor’s Washtenaw Dairy, or Lev's in Tecumseh. Happy National Donut Day!!
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  • Snapshots from NSS 2014: Vol. 1

    If you've been following RPS on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, than you've likely noticed that we spent part of this past week in fabulous New York City, attending the National Stationery Show! NSS gives us a front row seat to the latest and greatest of the stationery world. From wrap and wedding suites, to letterpress calendars and cards, this event showcases it all. The talented vendors and exhibitors spend the year creating new designs and products, and it all comes together in the beautiful booth displays at NSS. Over the next few  days, we'll be sharing some of our favorite snapshots, products, and booth displays from the event on the blog. Feel free to let us know what your favorites are in the comments, and stay tuned online - we'll keep you posted on FB, Insta, and Twitter when our newly ordered goods arrive in the store! We kicked off the trip with a quote from Jay-Z 's Empire State of Mind (of course!), lettered by RPS' in-house designer, the talented Kristen Drozdowski: newwww yorrrrkkkkk cropped ...and this (pictured below) is where the stationery magic happens each year - the Javits Center in Manhattan. Through that doorway lies aisles upon aisles of rows upon rows of paper goodness. javits Linda & Harriet had both a beautifully painted booth and gorgeous letterpress goods. We swooned over their calendar, displayed with other paintings in their gorgeous, black and white booth with pops of color. Linda Harriet We also could not get enough of their boxed notecards. It's a seasonal set, with 4 different illustrated cards for each season! Spring has rainbows, kites, pineapples, and leaves, summer features anchors, fish, sailboats, and waves, fall is all about pinecones, ferns, fig leaves, and mums, and winter features snow, hearts, trees, and holly. It's basically a rainbow of adorable. Each card is paired with light gray envelopes and packaged in a turquoise plaid keepsake box. Yes, please.  (Not to fret, both items are heading to Ann Arbor soon!) linda harriet cropped To put it simply, Moglea's booth was a STUNNER. Meg Gleason, the woman behind the brand, really outdid herself with gorgeous hand painted walls and a bunch of new items! We LOVED the envelope liner on this handlettered bride to be loveliness. MOGLEA BRIDE Copper foil and dip dye? Don't mind if we do! moglea mix We love the gorgeous, painterly backgrounds featured in some of Moglea's recent releases, like this parent-to-be card! We've got some great Moglea goods in stock already, and can't wait to add to our collection in Ann Arbor! MOGLEA PARENT We LOVE these journals, available in almost every color of the rainbow! With various sayings printed in small, simple, clean gold foil, you can choose whatever sentiment speaks to you! journalssssss Bench Pressed, another RPS favorite, understands our love of expletives, as evidenced in this "Shit F*ck Damn Sorry" card. bench pressed   They also created some hilarious birthday greetings, such as this "Dead in Dog Years" card and the "Congrats on Being the Oldest You've Ever Been!" We just had to order both. bench pressed dead dog years crop benchpressed oldest crop Stay tuned, as there's tons more favorites from the National Stationery Show that we can't wait to share with you! We'll be posting more soon, and are bringing these bad boys home to Michigan!

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  • It's That Time- National Stationery Show Preview

    It's the most WONDERFUL time of the spring! It's the National Stationery Show! A time where our favorite RPS vendors and the most talented of the talented printers, letterers and makers showcase their product lines and retailers (like us) get to ooh and ahh over the amazingness that is their months and months of hard work. In the weeks leading up to the National Stationery Show (often referred to as NSS), vendors put together the most beautiful mailers to introduce themselves or their new product offerings and provide their booth numbers or show specials. This year, the mailers were unbelievable. From pom poms and balloons, to calendars and even full US maps, we were smitten with the hard work and amazingness that came pre-show!  Just as our store manifesto says, 'the best things are meant to be shared,' so we've compiled some of our favorites to share with you! 1.) Ladyfingers Letterpress. Get out of here with this adorable hot air balloon and hand lettered booth invite. So clever AND impressive. ladyfingers3 If only an hour handlettering demo by the wonderful Ladyfingers Letterpress would make me an expert-- but we'll be there, mouths open wide in awe of such talent! ladyfingers1 ladyfingers2 Guys, it says "Stick it to Me" where you're supposed to adhere the hot air balloon. Details at their finest! Love! ladyfingers 2.) Belle & Union. Their illustrative style, adorable creativity and color palette makes us SO happy and allegedly, our favorite lil' vintage truck will be available on tea towels. We can't wait to see what Meg has in store for us! map2 map Our location was stamped to show us our trek to NY! Talk about taking customized to the next level. We can't wait to visit Booth #1856! What an adorable map and pre-show mailer concept! Great job guys!map1 3.) A favorite maker of ours (THOSE CONFETTI PUSH POPS!), Thimblepress made their NSS debut last year. This year, we received this adorable tea towel, spoon and recipe card, ready to be filled in with the ingredients for a successful NSS. We can't wait to see what Kristen has planned for her 2nd NSS, and we're so excited to reorder her beautiful goodies! teatowel2 What creative presentation! A tea towel, kitchen utensil, and recipe card! Love the letterpressed hot pink and love the hand lettering! SO lovely. teatowel4 teatowel3 4.) Fancing Seeing You Here combined two of our favorite things-- beer & letterpress. This koozie is adorable and the die cut, letterpress printed beer bottle (Paper Lover's Pale Ale, no less) makes our hearts skip a beat! We can't wait to stop by Booth #2157 to see more! beerbottle2   beerbottle 5.) Emily McDowell. Oh Emily McDowell. Her style, her humor, and this fold out calendar have our hearts! photo 3 The front of the calendar is shown above. The inside of the perfectly detailed, spot-on  fold-out calendar "The Life and Times of a Shop Owner" is shown below. brochure-12x18-halffold-then half-inside   We LOVED getting mail from so many vendors all over the country (and a few international!). We can't wait to see the years and months of hard work come to fruition at the Javitz Center this weekend/next week. If you love paper as much as we do and are excited to see the fun finds and trends we'll be adding to the RPS inventory, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Also, make sure you check back in on the blog, as we'll be updating our favorites and trends every day!

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  • Floral & Foil- Our Favorite Mother's Day Cards

    Still looking for a perfect card for mom? We've got you covered with our favorite foil and floral releases, just in time for Mother's Day! RPS-Mother's Day 1) World's Greatest Mom. We're smitten with this letterpress card from Sugar Paper. Featuring a ribbon shaped die cut and gold foil details, this gem of a card reads "World's Best Mom - Happy Mother's Day" in gold foil and coral ink, with an adorable tiny heart. Make sure your mom know's she's the world's greatest! 2) Pretty in Pink.  This perfect shade of pink. The beautiful Rifle Paper Co. signature lettering. The gold foil and envelope. We're swooning over this beautiful Mother's Day card! The blank inside is the perfect place to write your love note to your mama! 3) Foil AND floral? What's not to love about the World's Greatest Mom card from Rifle Paper? Trophy cup is printed in gorgeous shimmery gold foil, with lovely, loopy lettering and a beautiful bouquet of flowers, all set against a pale pink background. 4) Whether sending love from you and your siblings, you're teaming up with dad to tell her she's tops, or any other combination, the We Love Mom gold foil card from Sugar Paper is the perfect way to let mom know she's adored by the whole gang! Printed with gold foil and pink ink, this sweet card comes is a salmon envelope, lined with a white and gold foil dot pattern. 5) We love mom and we love Moglea! A new release from one of our favorite designers, the Mother I Love You card by Moglea features a printed watercolor and crayon inspired background pattern. Hand lettered message is letterpress printed in gold foil, and inside is blank to leave room for your own personal message. Also great as a birthday or thinking of you card for mom. 6) M is for Mother! This card certainly stands tall above the rest! Printed with gold foil, this standup card by Meri Meri is a standout way to say happy Mother's Day. 7) This card is just SO pretty! Gorgeous flowers cover the Happy Mother's Day Blooming Floral card from Rifle Paper Co. Card reads "Happy Mother's Day" in small, all caps hand-lettering, printed in a lovely dark green. 8) SWOON. This lettering on the Best Mom and Friend card from The Social Type? We're in love. Card reads "the best mom and friend a girl could ask for" printed in gold foil against a light lavender background. 9) We're loving the new take on floral that's incorporated in the Happiest Mother's Day card by Smock. We can't get enough of the big, romantic yellow roses - and the fancy lettering printed in gold foil ain't bad either! We wish you and yours a very happy Mother's Day! You can find the cards above (and many more) at Rock Paper Scissors!  

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  • RPS Weddings- A Summer Floral Soiree!

    This week we're giving you a closer look at one of our favorite custom invite suites ever, created for one of our favorite weddings ever (ignore that it was made for two of my very favorite people in the whole world and that I may have been the Matron of Honor). Held at the amazing Felt Estate in Holland, Michigan, this summer wedding was seriously the MOST fun!  From the save the dates, the complete invite suite (with that adorable floral liner!) to the custom day-of details (napkins, table numbers, menus, escort cards, and more) this wedding was bright, floral and just full of happy! MMredflower The cheerful floral pattern was a focus throughout the entire suite, and we loved how it carried through on the back of the invitations and in the envelope liners. For a finishing touch, we created a 1" monogrammed m&m tag and tied the suite components together with solid grey baker's twine.   The programs were our favorite thing to create, hands down. The cover was a fun infographic highlighting fun facts about the crazy couple, from their sports statistics to favorite cocktails (the bride's: crown & Coke, the groom's: crown & anything). Inside the program was the itinerary, fun notes about the wedding party, and thank you messages. The back, sigh, was the best, featuring the history of the unique Felt Estate and the ghost stories affiliated with the allegedly haunted venue. So much fun to create, even more fun to read! 999997_233763426772840_690577613_n Other day-of details included the couples monogram logo and custom floral design. We loved the use of the tags & bakers twine on the favors, the deep raspberry of the menus, and the bright floral of the escort cards. 1236395_233765450105971_1630886478_n   1235214_233763200106196_1623024566_n   1238372_233763450106171_534087267_n Another one of our favorite details were the Mr. & Mrs. tags. We loved the hand-lettering, created in-house at Rock Paper Scissors on our favorite Sugarpaper letterpress gift tags, then tied onto our favorite Southern Charm Mason Jar Wine Glasses. What better way to cheers to a lifetime of happiness together? 1003922_233764540106062_839177719_n A big thanks to Megan & Mike for giving us the opportunity to create their paper details for their big day! What a special celebration! Do you love the details in this summer wedding? Are you looking for a custom suite to carry through your entire day? Head over to our website and make an appointment today! We'd love to help you! Photos by Rock Paper Scissors and Steven F. Fox Photography.

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  • Get Happy Spring Party

    This week, from 4/21-4/26, join us for the Coton Colors “Get Happy Spring Party” at our Ann Arbor and Tecumseh locations! We’ll be celebrating (what we hope is) the end of any and all snow here in the Mitten State, and getting our kitchens and tableware ready for spring entertaining! We’ll be offering 20% off all Happy Everything merchandise (excluding soap pumps), and when you buy one Happy Everything base, we’ll throw in a limited edition flip-flop attachment for free! Wanna know our current Happy Everything favorites? A roundup of our top wishlist items is below: RPS-GetHappy   1) Mini Neutral Cookie Jar-This lil’ jar is the perfect container for cookies, dog treats or even your favorite candies! We love the mini attachments and can’t get enough of the polka dots. This bad boy comes in multi-dot, black & white dot and neutral dot! Dots on dots on dots… (shown with the mini watermelon attachment – perfect for spring and summer celebrations!) 2) Large Black Dot Cookie Jar- The lil’ guy’s big brother, the large cookie jar is our favorite hider & holder of K-cups! The seal tight lid makes this a perfect candidate for bigger cookies, coffee, and all of the treats your mind can imagine. It also doubles as a great vase! The larger attachments fit these jars, which are available in neutral dot, black & white dot and multi-dot patters. (Shown with large sailboat attachment) 3) Large Bright Happy Everything Plate- The original of the Happy Everything collection, this plate is the perfect starter in the collection! It’s available in bright dot and neutral dot patterns and is sure to fill your home with happiness! The large attachments fit this platter and it comes with an adorable birthday cake to start your collection! (Shown with large daisy attachment) 4) Large Neutral Entertaining Platter- The newest addition to the Happy Everything collection, these entertaining platters come without the “Happy Everything” message and include the “Now Serving” large attachment. These are perfect as serving trays, for chips & dips, cake plates and as centerpieces! 5) Mini Bright Happy Everything Plate- Another original Happy Everything platter, this mini plate is our favorite kitchen display piece or birthday plate. It’s just the right size for that morning birthday donut and fits the mini attachments! This platter comes in the multi dot and the black & white dot patterns, and is shown here with the mini house & mailbox attachment. 6) Mini White Dot Entertaining Platter- We LOVE this new white dot entertaining platter. This super clean rectangular platter has a subtle dot patterns, comes with the “Now Serving” attachment and is available in the multi-dot and neutral dot colors. The deeper lip on this plate makes it a perfect summer appetizer serving tray! 7) Black Stripe Canister- This striped canister is our EVERYTHING. Although it makes a perfect container for sugar, flour, coffee or tea (especially with the matching attachments), we think it’s a great champagne & wine ice bucket and is another solution for those oddly shaped pesky K-cups! Also available in neutral stripe pattern. The mini attachments are a perfect fit for this lovely addition for any kitchen. There’s tons more of Happy Everything items available at RPS, with almost any attachment you could dream of, perfect for celebrating holidays, special occasions, and the exciting changing of the seasons! See you everyday this week through Saturday, April 26th!

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