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  • Wedding Wednesday: Molly & Patrick's Sweet Farm Wedding

    The summer nuptials of Molly and Patrick were truly something special. Their celebration, held at Zingerman's Cornman Farms and planned by VLD Events, was absolutely beautiful, with sweet details that made the event all the more heartwarming. The team at Rock Paper Scissors created the pair's custom invitations and some extra fun day-of details, including a guest book, signage, menus, and incredible hand-lettered escort cards made from ears of corn! A big (albeit belated) congratulations to Molly and Patrick!  Thanks for having RPS be part of your special day! Below are some of our favorite photos from the event, shot by David Matthew Fiser. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding corn place settings and surround seating We LOVE the way Molly and Patrick were surrounded by friends and loved ones as they said their vows. After the ceremony, guests were directed to the table of corn, where they used their eyes to find the ears lettered with their name and table number. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn and Cornfield Cornman Farm Molly and Patrick's invitation was simple yet sweet, with a color scheme and details that carried over into the dinner menus and signage throughout the event. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Summer at Cornman Farm Seriously, how cute are they!? Molly and Patrick said "I do" against the backdrop of the farmhouse at Cornman Farms, with musicians on the porch and their guests surrounding them. Their gorgeous guest book / keepsake marriage certificate had hundreds of spaces for witnesses, so that all the guests could sign! (We also love the look of the gray wood frame against the green color choices.) Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn and Cornfield Cornman Farms Nothing says Midwest farm wedding like an ear of corn! The setting had plenty of corn to use as a gorgeous photo backdrop, which tied in perfectly to the ears of corn that served as escort cards for the dinner and reception. Each ear was hand lettered with love by RPS' in-house graphic designer and letterer extraordinaire, Kristen Drozdowski. Ann Arbor Michigan Wedding Ears of Corn Cornman Farm Can't get enough of this wedding design and adorable couple? Check out this wedding day video, also done by the talented David Matthew Fiser. Are you recently engaged? We'll be celebrating engagements on the blog next week, so be sure to tune in to get tips and timelines for wedding invitations, view roundups of our favorite engagement cards, engagement party etiquette, and more! Interested in learning more about custom wedding invitations and day-of details from RPS? Visit our website to book an appointment or drop us a line at info@rockpaperscissorsshop.com. In the meantime, check out our favorite wedding inspiration on our Pinterest board "Wedding, Engagement, and Invitations."

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  • Our Favorite Christmas Cards

    Still on the lookout for the perfect holiday card for friends and loved ones? Whether you're looking for a funny greeting or headed the more sweet and sincere route, we've got you covered, with a roundup of our favorite Christmas cards in stock right now at Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor. Our Favorite Holiday Cards Round Up Rock Paper Scissors Ann Arbor Michigan 1. These are a few of our favorite things! This gold foil letterpress card features a painted background and the message "Peace. Pie + Coffee + Joy to You" 2. We love this illustrated St. Nick card from Rifle Paper Co., featuring a painting of Santa Claus himself! 3. Raise a glass to getting red-nosed this holiday, with this letterpress card from Smock. 4. + 5. There's something so sweet about the gorgeous new holiday releases from Anna Bond - the "Joyeux Noel" and "Peace on Earth" cards strike the perfect balance between a beautiful color palette, painted scenes, and gold foil details. 6. The awkward holiday card from Emily McDowell is so on point! Perfect for friends who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other festivity! 7. Feliz Navidad! We can't get enough of the festive background design, with fun white lettering overlaid. 8. Drinking can be a key part of making it through the holidays in one piece. This card from Ladyfingers Letterpress, "The Holiday Bar Devises a Strategy" hits the nail on the head, with beer, wine, champagne, and whiskey conspiring together to manage unruly relatives. 9. Simple yet stunning, this "Merry" card from Sugar Paper features pretty brush lettering in shiny gold foil. We at Rock Paper Scissors wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy Everything! Stop by to grab your last minute Christmas and New Year cards, and make sure to check back on the blog later this week - we'll be highlighting our favorite items to help ring in the new year! Looking for more holiday inspiration? Check out our pinterest board for decorating ideas, DIY projects, and more.

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  • Foil, Fun & Memories: Custom "Highlights of the Year" Holiday Card

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! We at Rock Paper Scissors are recovering from Small Business Saturday (thanks SO much to everyone who came by!) and have been gearing up for tons of holiday fun. One of our favorite projects each year is creating custom holiday greetings - from letterpress to foil, illustrations to photo holders, the possibilities for holiday cards and letters are pretty much endless. Last year, RPS owner Lisa created "The Adventures of the Roberts" - a holiday letter that detailed month by month highlights of a year in the life of her family. Gold Foil Holiday Lettering Card The card featured detailed lettering, shiny gold foil, and adorable holly & berry illustrations. The intro message read: "We may not have 'passed through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, through the sea of swirly, twirly gumdrops' but we've had one hell of an adventure this year!"Letterpress Gold Foil and Ivy Letterpress Holiday Card Adventures of the Roberts The one-sided card features lettered months printed in gold foil, with matching icons for each. Highlights of the year included birthdays, airplane (mis)adventures, playdates, and new business ventures, to name a few! Letterpress Gold Foil and Ivy Letterpress Holiday Card Adventures Each card was mailed in a red envelope with a holly berry liner, complete with white calligraphy! Interested in creating a custom greeting for your holiday salutations this year? The team at Rock Paper Scissors can provide more information about custom holiday options - visit us on the web or shoot us an email at info@rockpaperscissorsshop.com.

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  • Wedding Wednesday: Dots, Letterpress & Lettering for a Lovely Michigan Farm Wedding

    Meghan and David were an absolutely blast to work with. They opted for shades of matte gold and blush pink in the invitation suite for their gorgeous wedding, held at Zingerman's Cornman Farms in August. We jumped at the opportunity to create custom designs, featuring sweet dots, letterpress printing, and hand lettered details from Kristen Drozdowski. blush and tan lettered wedding suite with swiss dots The wedding suite was, in our humble opinion, absolutely swoon-worthy. It was a joy working with the couple to create a truly unique look - from the "night before" and "brunch" information cards, to the extra special piece with their two first names in extra large lettering. Wedding Menu Place Setting and Custom Welcome to Michigan Info Packet The suite's theme was carried through in various day-of details, including the reception menu and welcome packets for guests traveling to Michigan for the weekend! Custom Wedding Lettered Beer Koozies Custom koozies for guests added something extra special, with sweet swiss dots and the event's signature hand-lettered styling. Custom Wedding Invitation Lettering Process and Letterpress Details We loved seeing the project go from concept to completion - the two snapshots above, from the Instgram account of our in-house designer and letterer @KristenDroz, made it easy and fun to follow along with the lettering process! lettered wedding chalkboard sign and green garland for head table chairs We couldn’t resist sharing a few shots from the actual event, taken by Abby Rose Photo. We love how she captured the signage at the dreamy venue, and this photo of Meghan and David is one of the sweetest things we’ve seen all wedding season. You can see more photos of this seriously gorgeous Michigan farm wedding on Abby Rose Photo’s blog. Congratulations to the happy couple! Thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of your celebration! Photos of menu, chalkboard signage, and the happy couple via Abby Rose Photo, Welcome to Michigan packet via @katyelizs, lettering close ups via @kristendroz - all others via Rock Paper Scissors.  

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  • Back to School from Team Rock Paper Scissors!

    Students are back in town and there's a slight chill in the air - fall in Ann Arbor is upon us! Whether you're a student starting a new year or you've long since graduated, these school inspired goodies are just the ticket to get you pumped for a fresh start this fall. Stop in to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor to browse the items below. Have questions or looking to order online? Drop us a line at info@rockpaperscissorsshop.com. Back to School Rock Paper Scissors Michigan 1. These Michigan themed pencil (custom creations from Rock Paper Scissors) are a great way to start the school year off right. The perfect gift for your favorite student, this set is also a great opportunity to treat 'yo self and ward off writer's block! Choose one of the following messages:

    - 4 out of 5 Great Lakes Prefer Michigan (forest green) - Ypsilanti? More Like Hipsilanti! (warm yellow) - I'd Rather Be in Ann Arbor (navy blue) - It's Called Pop Not Soda (red) - Smitten With the Mitten (pale blue) - Hail to the Victors (navy blue) - I Love Ann Arbor (medium blue) - I Love Michigan (natural wood) - Michigangster (white) - Go Blue (maize yellow)

    2. Hey good lookin'! Let a loved one know they're looking F-I-N-E with this letterpress card with the message "Lookin' Sharp." Design features a #2 pencil labeled "You - You - You." 3. We love a good sheet wrap design - it's great for creating one of a kind packaging for presents, lining drawers, making your own stationery, or framing as art on your wall. Perfect for back to school, our selections above feature an illustrated block alphabet and chalkboard inspired handwriting penmanship lesson. 4. A bag for all reasons! Whether you use it to carry books, wine, or both, this tote features gorgeous hand lettering and tells it like it is. Design has "Book* Bag" in large script, with a small footnote that reads "*wine." Perfect for your favorite wine lover and/or college student. . 5. Love good 'ol college ruled notebooks? This mug's for you! Made of sturdy ceramic, this lined memo mug is a perfect addition to any kitchen, and is a particularly great fit for students and teachers. Love the design? There's a lined memo serving tray available as well! 6. Keep track of your schedule in style with this bookshelf themed 17 month 2015 agenda planner - featuring laminated tabs and gold foil accents. 7. & 8. Rifle Paper Co. does it again! These school inspired notepads are perfect for notes at home, lists for school, or reminders at the office! Grab the school inspired white and blue notepad, or the yellow legal pad inspired version (or both) - the choice is yours! 9. This swoonworthy hand lettered, screenprinted card (from local artist Kristen Drozdowski!) features adorable pencil illustrations with the messages: stay in touch, write back, yours truly, send a letter, keep writing, forever yours. Grab these goodies (and more) at RPS in downtown Ann Arbor! Happy back to school season from the team at Rock Paper Scissors!  

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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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