I am Sarajoy, but you can call me SJ. I am Sydney born and bred, but my heart is always travelling the world. After graduating from Sydney’s College of Fine Arts, I worked in fashion for many years, but always dreamed of having my own business. After plenty of travelling, dreaming, planning and some help from family and friends, Papette was born…
In the early days I worked in the living room of my tiny one-bedroom apartment, making all the cards on my home printer and invitation designs on my laptop. When my first retail orders rolled in, I had to call on my best friends, to come over for a working bee. We crammed into my living room, made a production line and produced thousands of cards in two weeks! This is when I realised Papette, my dream, was a reality.
Fast forward a couple of years and things are a little less chaotic, but still just as busy. I have a beautiful warehouse converted studio, in the creative hub of Surry Hills (Sydney). With the help of a small team and better equipment, everything runs a lot smoother now. Although, I still call on the help of family and friends from time to time and my amazing Mum hand embosses all our Papette envelopes! Thanks Mum.
I am one of the lucky ones, doing what I love every day. I’m inspired by celebrations of any kind, beautiful paper, typography, textures, love-stories, happiness, travel and family. When I’m not designing ranges, packing orders or working on wedding invitations, you’ll usually find me at home with my amazing hubby and adorable pup, planning my next overseas adventure!
Here at Papette Boutique, we love beautiful paper, great design and celebrating life’s special moments. We are stationery lovers through and through. We are a boutique design studio specialising in wedding invitations, greeting cards and designer stationery, but it doesn’t end there! We love working on new and exciting projects, so if you have an interesting, fun, paper project that you need to get off the ground, get in touch, we’d love to work with you.
We spend our days creating cute, quirky and unique designs, inspired by love, mother nature and travel. We use the best quality materials and we ensure that every card, invitation, tag, menu, business card we make is something we are proud of.
There are a few things that make us, Papette, a little different to our competitors…
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: We are very proud to be Australian made. Most of our products are made right here, in our buzzing Surry Hills design studio. However, even the bits we can’t do in-house, we try to source as close to home as possible. We are passionate about keeping things local, all Papette products are 100% Australian made, and we think that’s pretty fabulous!
Mother Nature: We also are a huge fan of our beautiful earth, so we take every measure we can to ensure we are reducing our carbon footprint every step of the way. Our paper cards are printed on recycled and carbon neutral stocks. Our wooden cards use 30% less tree than a paper card of the same size. The mahogany wood is from a sustainable source and milled in a solar power plant. No bleach, chemicals, water or non-renewable energy is used during production. And… our printer has a plant a tree program, ensuring a tree is planted for every order placed. Cool huh? Also, by keeping things local we are further reducing our carbon footprint.
Custom Jobs: We have printers, guillotines, paper creasers, embossers, paper drills, corner rounders and almost every other kind of fabulous crafty tool you can think of, right here in our studio. So we are pretty flexible with what we can offer. Whilst we love a big project, sometimes the little jobs are the most interesting and fun! We love working on jobs of any scale, big or small, and are very happy to have very low minimum order quantities.
You can buy all our products right here, on our online store!
If you prefer shopping the old fashioned way, we are fortunate enough to be stocked in over 100 retail stores Australia wide. Ranging from small rural boutique’s, inner city book stores to beach side gift shops. If you’d like to find your nearest store, please get in touch and we can let you know where to go. If you own a beautiful retail store, or you’ve seen one that would suit Papette products, we’d love to hear from you! We are always on the lookout for fabulous new stockists.
You’ll also regularly find us at various Sydney markets. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.
Our office is in Surry Hills, Sydney. We are open Monday – Friday, by appointment only. Please contact us, if you’d like to organise a visit. We can discuss your invitations or custom jobs, show you paper samples and we also have stock of all our beautiful products for you to buy!