Hannah Palasinski


Design & Lifestyle Insights of a Yankee Designer Living in the South

A Love Affair with French Paper

It's time for me to tell you about one of my many other love affairs, this time with French Paper. French Paper Company has been manufacturing paper for more than 140 years in the same community of Niles, Michigan. I love any opportunity to support a local business. I was born and raised in Michigan, so I will continue to support Michigan businesses, as well as any of the other cities and states that I reside in. 

The paper industry is known for corporate acquisitions and shutdowns, French Paper has persevered, emerging as one of the strongest, smartest, and most consistent paper brands around. They remain one of the last, small, independent mills in America.

They have a fun, bright and down right funky brand, which I just love. They have dramatic paper colors that are perfect for any occasion! I had the honor to co-design, with my boyfriend Alex,  the wedding stationary of our two dearest friends and roommates. She is an interior designer and he an illustrator. The theme of their wedding was a lemonade stand. So this posed an interesting design challenge. Alex and I wanted their invites to stand out, as well as pieces that people would want to keep. We knew immediately we wanted to use the French Paper company. They have an entire line of paper colors called "Pop Tones".  The line of 24 bright, candy-colored papers that have "tasty" names give designs an extra flavor.


Always keeping in mind the theme of Lemonade, it was a given that we chose, Lemon Drop, a bright citrus yellow. Using my hand-drawn illustrations and Alex's wood carving & printing skills we crafted the perfect, authentic save the dates and invitations. 

If you want to learn more about their paper you can order their paper guide, it's only $2! The French Paper Utility Guide is comprehensive and concise. It includes printed swatches of French's eight paper grades, visual descriptions of envelope sizes, French Paper Sample Packs, and decorative Pop Ink products. I'm about to order one myself to have on hand for my next design project. They really bring any project to life.

I also really appreciate companies who have blogs. French Paper is no exception. They showcase work that has been completed using their product. It is broken down by the paper colors, designer, printer and printing process. It is a great way for people who are contemplating purchasing some of their paper to see how limitless their product is. Check out their blog here and see below a few of my favorite projects that I came across.

And last but not least, the breath-taking packaging of Wondermade Marshmallows. You can also read my blog post about Wondermade Marshmallows here.

Always remember how paper can enhance your projects, and call up French Paper next time you really want your design to impress the world!