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Loren Profit Smith  letterpress + handmade paper made with love + dyed with botanicals by us in our studio on our 7-acre farm in kansas city moving soon to n. california!

It’s the 11th hour but I have some blossom pink (like the menu sheet above 🌿✨), honey yellow and soft white sheets up in the shop - link in profile! More loveliness from @prairie_and_sage...the little illustrations in this are just 😍 and they’re for the most sweet/beautiful anniversary shoot in Ireland - honored that our paper got to be there! ❤️🙌🥰 📷 @__clairebrown__ .
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My sweet boys plucked these lovely blooms from the garden today while I worked on getting more orders packed up...the latter took a bit longer than expected so I’m going to hold off on listing new paper until Monday - thank you for your patience. ❤️ I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend! We’ve made @johnmarkmcmillan ‘s “Death in His Grave” our Holy Week anthem this year, and gosh the whole song is so good but I’ll sign off with the chorus:

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief
But woke with the keys
Of hell on that day
First born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid
Death in his grave

Stacks of our little cards that go with orders still make my heart flutter as we’re packing up a bunch of moving sale packages - thank you SO MUCH for your support so far! There are a few blues and grays left now and we’ll be listing some more paper tomorrow - planning on white, yellows and pinks. Yay!
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We have some more papers up in the moving sale at 40% off - link in profile! Blues, gray and a few super thick lace sheets! These are all we have in these color/size combos so if you like them, grab them!! :) I especially like the lovely shape of these 2x4s, which are dyed with lavender buds 😍 these ones are made with our older pulp blend which can be a little more fiber-y for the nib but we’ve heard that spraying with fixative helps keep everything in place. The storm clouds coming in right now are about this color and the thunder is rolling...time to close the windows and batten down the hatches! Hope you enjoy this batch of paper and we’ll have more up soon! ❤️
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Sketched florals are my favorite, and I love how @floraisondesignco incorporated them onto our mixed berry paper in the corner here! ✨ Thank you so much for your support of our moving sale - we sold out yesterday’s batch but will be adding some more up later today...we have a medium blue on the docket but let me know if you have strong feelings about what other color box I should get up next: yellows? more pinks? neutrals? :) I’ll let you know when they’re up!
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We have some new paper up in the shop at 40% off wholesale (😱) and more to come - link in profile! Here’s the story: We have a large amount of paper that was imperfectly sorted last year because of what seems to be the mix of misunderstanding and a well-meaning employee trying to reduce the amount of our paper that went into the “odds + ends” bin. When I went to get this paper ready to sell months ago I realized that most but not all of the paper was up to my standards, but the project of resorting allllll of it was too overwhelming! It would still take too long for us to re-sort everything before we move, so we’ve decided to keep the paper packed as-is and sell it at a deep discount to make up for the few off pieces here and there - it’s a bit of a learn by error kind of situation for us but an awesome opportunity for y’all to get your hands on some lovely paper for an amazing price!! Many of these colors and sizes have enough for wedding work so this could be a win for brides as well. :) Pretty much all of the paper would be beautiful letterpressed and most of it lovely digitally printed. I have a couple of colors listed and we’ll be adding more everyday in pretty much all of our standard colors plus some - once they sell out, they’re gone! We’re calling it our m o v i n g . s a l e and we hope you enjoy it!!❤️
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Levi and I saw this manzanita on a hike when we went on a “scouting out” trip to California - isn’t it beautiful? I’ve always always loved manzanitas and how the silvery foliage contrasts with the ruddy branches. Hoping to make time to sketch this guy soon...something about its shape reminds me of the burning bush and is so moving to me. 🌿 In other news, I’m taking pictures of paper as we speak and will be listing types one by one - I’ll let you know more details very soon!

Beautiful letterpressed place cards on our paper by @prairie_and_sage - individually printing names is a labor of love, but don’t you think it’s worth it? ✨
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Okay I look like a tired and frazzled newborn mama in this photo (hello @ergobaby!), but I just have to share this snap from Aisha’s last day with us last week. As we prepare to move, we’re focusing on listing the bunches of paper we have in our studio (they’ll be up starting next week - yay!), and because it’s something we only do ourselves, Aisha transitioned out of the studio and is looking to start working at a grocery store closer to her home. She has four kids and her husband is blind and almost completely deaf, and in spite of being forced from her home because of war and resettled in a place that is so very different from what was familiar to her, she maintains a happy attitude, sense of humor, generosity and tender heart that amazed me time and time again. I’d love to ask for your good thoughts and prayers for her as she transitions into a new work setting, that she would be well take care of and have what she needs for herself and her family.
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It was a year and a half for us of employing refugees here in Kansas City, and honestly the experience challenged me to the core. I ran into my own naïveté, idealism and smallness compared to massively complex dynamics, in addition to the practical challenges of major language barriers and cultural differences. I’m so grateful to have gotten to know these remarkable individuals and a bit of their stories, and for all that working with them has taught me. I’m not sure exactly what the “social good” element of our business will look like as we transition to a new place, but I’ll carry the lessons of my experience here always (and probably be processing it for years to come!).

Such pretty vow books we got to print for @thebrightlinestudio ...Levi and I are coming up on our 8-year (😱😍) anniversary and I so wish we had had something like this to keep our vows in! We did a mix with our vows, starting with some we had written ourselves that flowed into the very traditional set from the Book of Common Prayer. Levi did his vows first and then after I said mine he was so overcome that he interrupted the pastor to spontaneously add a few more of his own promises - everyone couldn’t help but laugh because it was so sweet and so him! I love how weddings can capture love so uniquely. What about you - write your own vows, or traditional, or both, or spontaneous additions? ;)
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Seriously swooning over the dried foliage paired with our earthy-colored business cards tucked into @katelindenise ‘s LOVELY wedding invites - so much interest and texture! It is seriously such a joy to see all the beautiful things you all make ❤️ we’re wrapping up a couple of projects and then will be focusing on listing some paper next week - it’s gonna be good! ✨ 📷 @katelindenise .
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Hey again y’all :) thank you so much for sweet well-wishes for our little Tilden - my heart is so warmed! ❤️ In the theme of season changes I want to share another big change: we are moving soon! After 11 years in Kansas City and five on our beloved farm, and after over a year of thinking, praying and exploring, Levi and I have decided to make the leap and trade our midwestern homestead for a new farmette out west, in my home state of California. Within the next few months we’ll be moving our family and the studio, too, and as we prepare we’ll be having some amazing sales on paper that won’t be moving with us, so get ready!
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I think moves are always bittersweet, but this one is especially so: though we are confident that this is best for our family, we have dear family and friends here that we are going to miss very much. I’m really sad to no longer work with our sweet Syrian refugee employee, Aisha. And it’s really hard to leave behind our beautiful little farm! (But we’re so happy for whoever will get to love it and be loved by it next...if you’re local and looking for a homestead with a super cute vintage farmhouse and so much more that’s 9 minutes from Target and 20ish minutes from downtown, let me know! ;)) Still, we’re so very excited and hopeful for all the future holds for us in this new season - thank you for following along!
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📷 is a summer sunset on the farm...not quite this lush yet, but the pasture is flushed with green already and it makes me so happy ✨🌱

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