Hi there, I'm Paulene Cruse. Nice to meet you.
Nicknamed by my best friends since middle school as Leen Machine, it all started while laboring over my Save the Dates and DIY pocketfold wedding invitations for my October wedding. Calligraphy (originally a reward to myself for completing 30 days of Paleo aka Whole30) found me a few years later and completely took over my then stationery business. With a graphic design background and marketing degree from Winthrop University, having a small business allowed me to combine my talents and skills.
At Leen Machine Calligraphy, you can usually find me addressing wedding envelopes for brides and teaching calligraphy online. Although based in Columbia, South Carolina, I work with brides and aspiring calligraphers all over the United States from California, New York to Florida.
My work has been featured on online wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Once Wed, Magnolia Rouge, Cottage Hill Journal, Floridian Weddings, Grey Likes Weddings and Best Friends for Frosting.
I am a member of The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting - IAMPETH - and have taken calligraphy classes from Master Penmen Michael Sull, Jake Weidmann and Barbara Calzolari.
I live on Instagram, come on by.
Get a peek of what I'm working on and be up to date with the latest: @leenmachinecalligraphy