Paper Rock Scissor Vendor Feature
Started in 2008, Paper Rock Scissor is a custom wedding invitation studio that specializes in wedding stationery and has long been a relied upon vendor of Style-Architects Weddings & Events. So, when we heard owner Kate was selling the business, we decided to reach out to new owner Liz to get the scope on her plan for the business. We quickly discovered that Liz is just as lovely and fabulous to work with (though, of course, Kate is missed). Check out what Liz had to say when we reached out for a chat.
Photographer: Cadence & Eli Photography
What types of services does Paper, Rock, Scissor offer?
We focus on Custom Wedding Stationery. So that includes save the date cards, invitation suites, envelope addressing, rehearsal dinner invitations, programs, table numbers, place cards, menus, address wraps/labels, guestbook signs, thank you notes, custom napkins, cigar wraps, popcorn bags, ice cream cups, drink stirrers, stickers, and pretty much any paper product you can think of! We work on other projects on a case by case basis, but our focus is on weddings.
Could you tell us why you decided to buy a stationery company and why Paper Rock Scissor specifically?
It really was something that was meant to be! I have always been involved in art and design. I went to school for Fashion Design and I started my design career creating clothing. I had my fashion business, Cocoon, here in the Twin Cities for 7 years. As life evolved, I grew more and more drawn to creating and designing in the graphic design medium. When I came back to Minnesota, after some time away in San Francisco, the opportunity to buy Paper Rock Scissor presented itself and I jumped at the chance. It was one of those Manifest Destiny moments. It really has been a dream of mine for a long time. Kate, the previous owner, and I always laugh and say how the Universe wanted this to happen. I feel very lucky.
What has been your favorite part so far on this new venture?
I have truly loved getting to know Kate, the previous owner, and the studio manager here Maggie, and seeing how they have really shaped such a warm and wonderful business. The customers feel welcome and taken care of, it has a great energy.
What direction are you hoping to take with this business and in what ways do you hope to see it grow?
I think there's a great opportunity to grow Paper Rock Scissor. I think there's such an amazing foundation to what makes PRS special. No matter what I just plan to continue with that wonderful tradition of great design, quality printing, and exceptional customer service.
With a background in the fashion industry, how did you end up in this industry?
As I mentioned, I have a strong background in art and design. It was a natural evolution from one medium to another. I had been doing the graphic design work for Cocoon as well as other side projects for many years. I had always had a passion for it, and this was a great way to transition. My roles between the two companies are very similar, business owner and principal designer.
What is your favorite part in the process of creating such beautiful and elaborate products?
I really love making a deep lasting impression on the couple and their guests when they open the envelope! That "Wow!" moment they have when they see what we've created for the first time. It sets the tone for the whole event.
What kind of experience should couples expect when working with you?
We are here to be on your team. It's a very collaborative experience, but we're also here to take care of you and handle it. We're extremely customer service focused. Like I said it's a warm environment with some fabulous ladies that are here to help!
What sets your business apart from other invitation vendors?
We’re not just a place on the internet where you can order invitations, we’re a group of women that are here to be on your team, and help however we can. From questions on etiquette, wording and addressing, to thinking through exactly what details will have the biggest impact, we bring our enthusiasm, passion and meticulous care to every invitation suite we work on. This is such a busy time for couples, and we know time is at a premium and want to make this process as easy and fun as possible!
What is your inspiration behind the creativity of each of your images?
Each and every event is different since we customize for every project. Sometimes the customers have greenery from their floral arrangements that they want to center the whole suite around, sometimes it's a color palette or a building. Some couples really have a blank slate, which is fun too. That's what makes it so exciting, every project is a new chance to be creative in a different way.
Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography