Behind the Scenes at Paper Source

We absolutely love hearing about your crafts, projects, and inspirational ideas. But, this time, we’re turning the camera on ourselves. Follow Paper Source Intern, Christina, as she takes you behind the scenes at the Paper Source home office…

Upon entering our front doors at our Chicago-based home office, a large paper wasp on a brightly colored wall greets visitors.

Why the name?

Founded in 1983 by Sue Lindstrom, Paper Source was created because of her love for the papermaking artistry of Japan. Sue opened the first Paper Source store in Chicago to showcase beautiful handcrafted papers from around the world, and since then Paper Source has grown to more than 60 locations around the country, with new stores opening every year!

Why a paper wasp?

It was Sue’s tribute to a fellow paper aficionado. Read more here.

As you walk down our halls, a wall of cards (a favorite of many) provides anything from a cry to a chuckle. And, if the cards aren’t enough to get you motivated, our open, loft-like office space is like a candy store of inspiration. (Our building is literally located across the street from a chocolate factory, but we feel like the real sweetness is here!)

The interior of Paper Source is designed with hints of vintage touches. We’re always bustling with new products, crafts, and designs, so it’s fun to walk around from department to department!

From rubber stamps to custom invitations, many products that you order pass through the skillful hands of someone here at our home office. Some orders, like a wedding invitation lined with Strawberry envelope liners, require a human eye and precision.

There is a real sense of a collective here. The heart of our company really thrives off the motto “Do Something Creative Every Day” and the sentiment is shared throughout our company, from our CEO Sally Pofcher to the newest intern (Me!).

I’ve only scratched the surface, but I hope you enjoyed this little spin through the Paper Source home office.

–Christina
PS colors: Clover, Pool, and Papaya
Latest fave: Custom Embosser

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