Bring joy to clients by celebrating what is most important to them through beautiful personal, event and brand identity focused modern heraldry designs; deliver with delight.

Design Values

Leverage traditional fine-art techniques (including seeking inspiration from historical calligraphy and typography based-designs) while embracing modern stylizing and graphic design technology.

The Story

Creating Joy with ART that CElebrates what’s most importanT. 

…As Barbara Cooney writes in the beloved children’s book Mrs. Rumphius:
“You must do something to make the world more beautIful”



As a life long fine art maker and appreciator, I fell in love with vintage postage stamps – they bring a tiny spark of art (and art history) to the receiver’s day. I wanted to start pairing those little pieces of artwork with beautiful calligraphy, so I took a six week copperplate calligraphy intensive at a local art studio. I inevitably started adding calligraphy to my illustrations, shared some of my practice pieces on social media, and friends began asking for commissioned pieces in my style – from stationery to commemorative artwork. I loved creating heraldry as a hobby so very much, that I decided to formalize it into a business. In 2016, Alison Hight joined me in a general partnership, helping ramp up our strategic vision into scalable operations and driving web dev, while re-branding from Lydia Slotten to Paper Phoenix Designs. Bringing unique set of experience and expertise in art history acumen (and eye for design), organization, and talented web dev skills, we couldn’t have founded without her. Since then, Alison moved to Austin, joining WP Engine where she could put her customer focus meets web dev skills to great use. In early 2018, I re-organized Paper Phoenix as an LLC (Limited Liability Company). We fondly go by Paper Phoenix Co for short.


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I live in Atlanta. While I love serving clients in the metro area, since it is such a pleasure to meet you in person, I also often work remotely! My goal is to make it a seamless process, regardless of your location.

Congrats on your engagement! I’d love to  create deeply custom invitations that speak to you and you as a couple and your wedding day vision. For a completely custom full wedding suite with all-the-things, aim to book in with me 9-11 months ahead of time so we can make sure everything you want is included (but still reach out if you have a rush order and/or just need components of a suite, like an invite design!). From Save-the-Dates, to Seating Place Cards I’m here to help;  more on that here.

All bespoke projects are….bespoke! If you would like a proposed estimate, send me an inquiry! We’ll chat details and then I’ll shoot a proposal through your very own portal with my secure client management and payment system, Honeybook.com. 

Thank you! I specialize in custom pieces, but around the holidays I create a crest for holiday cards. If you have a particular need, or see something I’ve made before that you love, please feel free to reach out!

I hand letter with ink but also think modern technology is great. So, I strike a happy medium. I love to address envelopes for that special touch, and for other pieces (or return address stamps or stickers!) we combine ink-based art with digital creativity for printing. To learn how bespoke commissions work, check out the custom process.




Drop Me a line –

I’d love to hear from you!