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Our story

Welcome! We're so glad you're here. Founded by Lindsay Henry, Inklings is based in Plymouth, Michigan. Our sustainably-produced paper goods embrace our love of the handwritten note with a dash of whimsy. We love to surprise and delight, and are committed to creating beautifully-made products that inspire kindness!

CREATIVE BEGINNINGS

The by-product of two hippies who met and fell in love at art college, my parents encouraged our creativity from a young age. Some of my earliest memories involve sketching with my mom at the kitchen table and drawing with my dad's Pantone markers until the ink ran dry. After receiving my Bachelor of Design Degree from York University in Toronto (Canada), I married my best friend and followed my heart to his hometown of Detroit, MI. There, I rolled up my sleeves, and got to work as a freelance designer.

INKLINGS IS BORN
In 2009, I was printing a large job for a client when I learned that the off-cuts from the printer’s press sheet were going to be thrown away. Not wanting to waste the paper, I designed little cards to be printed in the margins, and the heart of Inklings Paperie was born. It was a seed of an idea that would remain buried for about three years until I finally decided it was time to dedicate my heart and soul to a brand that I believed could make a difference in people's lives. We sold our first card in April of 2012, and haven't looked back since. One by one, we added products to our collection and began to create a brand around our little line of paper goods. 
GROWTH

In 2012, we were thrilled to be named finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Our paper goods were also featured in the celebrity swag bags at the Emmy Awards that same year. To add to the excitement, our family also grew by one in 2013! With two young boys underfoot, we grew the business out of our home before finally moving into our Plymouth, Michigan studio space in November of 2018. Our products are now carried in over 2,000 brick & mortar stores across the United States and internationally! We are grateful for the small businesses we partner with each day. We have also had the opportunity to collaborate with brands such as Anthropologie, Saks Off Fifth, Uncommon Goods and The Met. In 2018, we announced a line of products in collaboration with Starbucks, which rolled out in over 4,000 Starbucks stores across the United States and Canada.

OUR TEAM

It takes a village to do what we do! Our small all-woman team consists of a group of passionate paper lovers who are committed to crafting beautiful, meaningful products that inspire joy. From the quality of our materials to the care that goes into designing and packaging each and every item we make, we hand-inspect each card to ensure that no detail goes unnoticed, shipping them with care out of our studio in Plymouth, Michigan.

CORE VALUES

Our mission is to inspire kindness. To create fun, fresh and innovative products. To foster a creative workspace that values individuals and their families. To run a debt-free business with integrity, to live out our faith, and to embrace causes that create positive social change.

Inklings Paperie began as a seedling of an idea, and has grown into more than we could have imagined or dreamed of. We feel so deeply blessed that our little paper creations have somehow found a way into your lives; your little celebrations and your big announcements. Thank-you for the privilege of allowing us to do what we do!


Lindsay Henry, Founder & Creative Director

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