I was involved in everything as a kid. I loved art, math, sports, choir – you name it, I did it. It wasn’t until high school that I knew I wanted to pursue a creative career. I left my tiny cornfield hometown in Illinois for sunny Arizona to study graphic design at ASU. (Go Devils!) Upon graduating, I gained experience at ad agencies, non-profits, universities and most recently Senior Web Designer with San Francisco based retailers Williams-Sonoma and Janie and Jack. It wasn’t until I spent many years in digital design that I realized my true passion for print and paper. A little old-school at heart, I love the feel of running my fingers over beautifully letterpressed typography on thick, cotton paper. Fast forward to 2014, and Paper by the Bay was born out of my small apartment in Pac Heights. Since then, I have relocated to Napa, where I currently live with my amazing husband, our three little girls (3-years and 1-year old twins) and our sweet rescue dog.
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Press & Recognition
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Photo by Carlie Statsky
I wanted to thank you again for absolutely everything and going above and beyond creating all of our paper for our wedding weekend. From beginning to end, everything was perfect and so stunning. Your hard work and attention to detail made each piece flawless and guests could not stop complimenting everything. I’ve loved working with you and will find excuses to continue doing projects with you in the future.
- Kathryn & Mike
"Each piece was flawless and guests could not stop complimenting everything"
Photo by Jenn Emerling
Hi Kelly, We received our invite in the mail last night and got a flood of texts and calls from friends who did as well. I can't thank you enough for your beautiful work. We absolutely love how the invites came together. As a bonus, I truly enjoyed working with you along the way. Thank you so much for your collaboration and commitment to our vision!
- Olivia & Kevin
"As a bonus, I truly enjoyed working with you along the way"
Kelly was such a dream to work with! My fiance and I had some ideas of what we wanted our invitation suite to look like but we were overwhelmed by the possibilities. Kelly really helped guide us and we LOVED our final suite so much! She was really responsive and everything was shared and delivered ahead of time.
- Emily & Lennart
"kelly really helped guide us and we loved our final invitation suite so much!"
Photo by Jihan Cerda
Kelly was an absolute pleasure to work with. She listened to our vision and she created a beautiful invitation and accompanying paper details. Her fonts, monogram, custom stamps for the invitation were beautiful. Many of our guests commented they had never received such a lovely wedding invitation. Kelly was always quick to respond to any question. Highly recommend her!
- Betsy, Mother of Bride
"She listened to our vision and created a beautiful invitation and accompanying paper details."
Kelly is an absolute pleasure to work with! Whether it was typefaces, style of calligraphy, the color shade of ribbon or the size of a favor tag, she had an expert eye to put everything together in the most beautiful way possible. She helped us with everything from our save the dates and invitation suite to programs, menus, escort cards and assorted wedding day pieces all the way through to thank you notes. I would highly recommend Paper by the Bay to anyone!
- Nicole & Nick
"She had an expert eye to put everything together in the most beautiful way possible"
Julia Jane Studios