Hello there, my name is Paulene Cruse. Nice to meet you.

Nicknamed by my best friends as leen machine, it all started with paper while laboring over our Save the Dates and DIY pocketfold wedding invitations for our October wedding. Calligraphy (originally a reward to myself for completing 30 days of Paleo) found me a few years later and we have not parted ever since. Having previously studied graphic design and marketing in college, starting a calligraphy and design business allowed me to combine my talents and skills into one creative outlet.

Leen Machine Calligraphy & Design is an online boutique and design studio based in Columbia, South Carolina, specializing in modern calligraphy and custom wedding invitations for the Modern Classic Bride. Serving South Carolina and Nationwide.

My work has been featured on online wedding blogs such as 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 Penman and Teachers of Handwriting - IAMPETH -  and have taken calligraphy classes from Master Penmen Michael Sull, Jake Weidmann and Barbara Calzolari. 


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Get a peek of what I'm working on and be up to date with the latest happenings: @leenmachinecalligraphy