Hello there, my name is Paulene Cruse. Nicknamed by my best friends as leen machine, it all started with paper while laboring over our Save the Dates and pocketfold wedding invitations for our October wedding. Calligraphy 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 wedding calligraphy and invitations for the Modern Classic Bride. Serving South Carolina and Nationwide.

My work has been featured on 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. 



Meet my two beagles, see behind the scenes of the Leen Machine Studio, and be up to date with the latest happenings: @leenmachinecalligraphy