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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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  • Snapshots from NSS: Vol. 2 - New Designs from RPS Favorites

    Our time at the National Stationery Show (NSS) in New York meant that we had the chance to check out the best of the best in paper products, from across the country (and in some cases, the world!). While there were new vendors we were excited to meet, we also had the chance to visit some of our favorite artists we currently carry at Rock Paper Scissors, to say hello, catch up, and check out their new designs. ladyfingers letterpress card wall Hand-drawn and awesome? Damn straight! The Ladyfingers Letterpress booth was a sight to behold! There's nothing better than a wall full of hand drawn, letterpress printed cards (many with adorable illustrations and almost all with a clever quip or pun!). Not to mention that these ladies are some of the nicest people ever. ladyfingers letterpress constellation bday card We spent a solid amount of time swooning over Ladyfinger's new releases, including this birthday card featuring a constellation star guide. The piece has moving parts, so you can see how the night sky changes on each day of the year! Message reads: "Wishing You A Stellar Birthday!" ladyfingers letterpress emergency hangry snacks The number of booths with great new goods made for long days walking the NSS exhibit floor - and made cases of hangry a real possibility. (That's hungry + angry, for those who may not be familiar with the term, or rather, angry 'cause you're hungry. The Aretha Franklin / Liza Minnelli Snicker's Superbowl commercial is a great reference material regarding the hangry concept). Needless to say, we loved the adorable Emergency Hangry Snacks bags from Ladyfingers (pictured above). ladyfingers baby bump Speaking of adorable, how about this pregnancy card?!?! The lettering, the letterpress, the pop-out detail?! We're loving this new release from Ladyfingers Letterpress (pictured above). In fact, this card, and all the other new guys, are each headed to Rock Paper Scissors in Ann Arbor! two brides two grooms cards.jpg At NSS, we also got our first sneak peek of the newest cards from The Social Type, including the adorable union wedding cards above (two brides/grooms are better than one), and the "Forever + Ever" card below. Awesome lettering, gorgeous foil, and sweet sentiments, perfect for the big day! forever and ever social type.jpg poppin bottles for you card The Social Type's new, funky lettering style carried over onto additional new releases we loved, including the "poppin' bottles for you" card pictured above (perfect for a wedding, birthday, or really any sort of congratulations). With the graffiti type and the foil hologram, it's clear that the 90s are finally making their long awaited comeback. We were also fans of the "you make my heart go boom boom boom" card (pictured below), with its bright pink lettering against a white background. These, and many other new cards from The Social Type, are headed to Ann Arbor soon! you make my heart go boom boom Rifle Paper Co. is another current RPS vendor booth we enjoyed visiting with while checking out the new goods! We loved their gorgeous booth, as well as their new items, many of which had fun, bright color palettes, like this illustrated travel journal pictured below. bon voyage rifle notebook The bright colors of their pink and chartreuse gold foil floral journals are a breath of fresh air! We love the new take on Rifle's signature floral patterns in these notebooks, which come two per set. rifle notes notebook Rifle has also recently released these new swan and flamingo illustrated notebooks, just in time for warmer weather. rifle notebooks swans The bright, summery floral coaster set pictured below comes in a gorgeous patterned box. It's one of many new takes on the Rifle Paper signature floral style that we're gave two thumbs up. Stay tuned to see all the beautiful new cards and products heading our way from Rifle Paper Co. rifle floral coasters It was so fun getting to spend time chatting with the friendly duo behind Ink Meets Paper. They had plenty of new designs for us to discover (each so lovely that we had to order them all!) ink meets paper new cards The walls filled with new releases (one of many, pictured above) were just beaaaauuuutiful! you are so lovely via Rock Paper Scissors blog I was particularly fond of the pattern, color choices, and lettering on the "you are so lovely" card, as well as the adorable arrow "hello" card (pictured above). I'm also a sucker for paper airplane details (reminiscent one of my favorite previous Ink Meets Paper releases), so I had to snap a shot of the perfectly pressed "happy birthday" card below. Each of these new kids on the block are headed to Rock Paper Scissors! happy birthday airplane card Loving the new finds from our talented NSS friends? Be sure to follow Rock Paper Scissors on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to see when the new goods from NSS arrive in the store! Enjoying our snapshots from the National Stationery Show? You can check out our first post, featuring New York themed hand lettering, as well as featured cards and goods from Moglea, Bench Pressed, Linda & Harriet, and Compendium, by clicking here.

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  • National Stationery Show Mailer Favorites Round #2

    Before we head to the airport for NSS in NYC, we wanted to share some more of our favorite mailers! Chickity check out how much energy and detail went into these pieces! We truly appreciate them and are so excited to see these booths and artists in person! 1) Power & Light Press. We love a good peep show, especially if it involves letterpress! peepshow   peepshow2 2) Moglea. The patterns, the paper flower, the gold foil, our love for the thick museum board they print on, we can't get to Booth #2046 quick enough! moglea 3) Smock & Bella Figura. Two of our favorite wedding invitation brands took our breath away with the gold foil, the blind press, and the patterns! We're in love. metallicflower metallicflower3 4) 9th Letterpress. You guys, they have a PINEAPPLE wax seal. They pressed gold on dark paper. They provided us their favorite places to check out in the city. They gave us a coffee sleeve for a cup o' coffee.  Can't wait to catch up and see what's new with these lovely ladies! 9thletterpress19thletterpress 5) Oh Hello Friend.  Oh Hello Friend is new to us, but their mailer definitely got  us excited to get to know them better! We're loving the vellum envelope, the fun tags , the awesome temporary tattoo (be awesome today? heck yes!), but our hearts skipped a beat when we saw the show notepad to help us organize our NSS trip! Oh-Hello-Friend photo 2 Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who sent us some truly awesome mail over the past few weeks. For those we've known for a while, we can't wait to catch up and see your new releases - and for the new faces in the crowd, we're delighted that we'll be meeting you soon! If you love paper as much as we do at RPS, follow along with the NSS fun by following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, where we'll be sharing photos and asking opinions on new trends and soliciting advice on what we should add to the inventory at Rock Paper Scissors. (And be sure to visit the blog to see our favorites of the day!)

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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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  • Happy Earth Day!

    Happy Earth Day, friends! We love our big ol' Earth and pulled together some of our favorite nature focused and eco-friendly items in honor of today! Check out our round up below: RPS-Earth Day   1) Fruits & Veggies Gift Wrap & Art Print. A perfect representation of deliciousness from the Earth! This 20 x 28 inch print is a perfect addition to any kitchen or an adorable way to wrap a gift! This chart is printed on high quality, fine Italian paper. 2) EcoJot Antler & Woodgrain Journal. Perfect for that eco-friendly person in your life. This rosewood journal is made from 100% recycled paper and printed with vegetable based inks! 3) Rifle Paper Co. Homegrown Gardening Notecards. For the cook, gardener, vegetarian, or nature lover in your life, this charming assortment of cards are the perfect set of anytime stationery. The set features 4 garden inspired designs including assorted vegetables, garden tools, garden wellies, and assorted fresh herbs. Boxed set of 8 cards + envelopes, 4 designs (2 of each). 4) Warpaint Studios Terrarium Obsession Art Print. This 4 color, locally printed screenprint was inspired by one of our favorite local shops, Pot & Box, and is filled with earthly goodness! 5) Wild Ink Press Faux Bois Letterpress Stationery Set. We love these hand drawn woodgrain notecards. The cards are printed on 100% white cotton stock (made in the USA from reclaimed materials) and come with 100% recycled envelopes. Six cards and six envelopes. 6) Seedbombs Wildlife Habitat Kit. Ahh! We love seed bombs! Five gumball-sized balls are packed into each 3 x 4 1/2-inch pouch, ready for gift-giving. This is a seed mixture of wildflowers, grains, grasses and clovers, including oats, wheat, rye, red clover, crimson clover, cornflower, purple coneflower, lupine, and baby snapdragon. These plants will help support a sustainable wildlife habitat in your backyard for birds, butterflies, bees, and small mammals. 7) FieldNotes Shelterwood Notebook Set. We all know that paper is made from wood, but the “Shelterwood” Field Notes edition features covers made from actual American Cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability. Perfect size for your pocket or your purse. We love this limited edition Field Notes release! 8) Ruff House Letterpress Garden Seeds Collection Notecards. A greeting card that can grow veggies? Get out! Letterpress printed on Plantable Paper, these vintage seed packet inspired notecards are available in celery, carrots, lettuce, onion, tomatos & sweet peppers.  Feeel good about sending your paper out into the world! 9) Frausto Gardening Deck. These cards are FILLED with knowledge. Learn how to grow a a garden almost anywhere with basic container gardening, tips on planning and care for harvest. This deck is stacked (get it?) with buckets of information, helpful for both the beginner and and more experienced gardeners.

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  • Damn it Feels Good to Be Michigangsters

    Growing up in a family that moved every 2-4 years, I’ve lived all over the country, and I can say with confidence that no one (I mean NO ONE) has the state pride that Michigan does. Maybe it’s the rich history of automotive industry, maybe it’s the amazing lakes (there are more than 11,500 of them in Michigan), or hell, maybe it’s just the pride of being the home to such greats as Madonna, Eminem, Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, Vernor’s, Derek Jeter, and Little Caesars. Regardless, the great people of Michigan love this state, and we’re with them! This spring we’ve found and collaborated with some amazing artists to bring to you fun custom Michigan items, perfect to show that state pride!  Take a peek! Michigan Mugs.  Start your morning out right with your coffee in an adorable Ann Arbor or Michigan custom mug. These items are new this spring, and I’m telling you, your coffee and/or desk will never be the same! RPS-AnnArborMug Smitten with the Mitten Print.  This print is a Rock Paper Scissors exclusive, illustrated and pressed by the UH.MAZING Ladyfingers Letterpress. The design first made its debut in the Rock Paper Scissors Christmas card by Ladyfingers and is now available online & in stores, as both a print and a postcard. We can’t get enough of the cute details—the lettering, the adorable “Cheeseland” and “Canada, eh?” illustrations, I mean come on! RPS-SmittenPrint Damn it Feels Good to Be A Michigangster. These exclusive T-shirts (available in sizes S-XXL) were created at RPS and were screenprinted in Ypsilanti at one of our favorite print shops, VG Kids. Inspired by the state of Michigan crest, every Michigangster needs one of these bad boys! db_file_img_29019_380xauto The Michigan State Fair Journals from Belle & Union are the perfect notebook to tote around and show your state pride. Each journal comes with a magnetic button of your choice — keep it on your journal, on your fridge, or even as clothing or tote bag accessory. Not a journal keeper? No big deal- the custom magnets/buttons will be available on their own in Ann Arbor starting this week! RPS-Notebooks Someone in Michigan Misses You letterpress postcard. Save the handwritten note with this exclusive RPS postcard, printed by hand on an antique letterpress! This is the perfect way to let a friend know you miss them, all for the cost of a cute lil’ postcard stamp! RPS-Michigan Postcard Michigan Letterpress Coaster Set. A perfect hostess gift for those summertime lake visits, this set of 100 coasters is letterpress printed and features 4 designs in each box—Smitten with the Mitten, I Heart Michigan, an Illustrated Michigan Map and Michigan-The Great Lakes State. Custom set is an RPS exclusive, made in collaboration with Belle & Union. RPS-Coasters Michigan State Bird and Flower Art Print. We're the first retail store to have this original art print from Kristen Drozdowski highlighting our great state of Michigan! This adorable design is screenprinted on an 8 x 10 print or A2 greeting card! RPS-Michigan Print  

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