Our Team

We all have one thing in common: a love of paper. Whether we came to this passion early or late, we adore paper – touching it and seeing all the beautiful ways it’s transformed in the act of communication. We’re here to help you make the most out of all the resources PaperSpecs has to offer. So you can create your most engaging print design ever. Nice to meet you!

Sabine, Paper Queen

You know her as PaperSpecs’ founder, president and CEO, but let’s talk about the important stuff. Sabine hails from Germany, where she started as a designer. She moved to Australia where her penchant for paper drew her to actually making paper at Creative Paper Tasmania (“a messy, but very empowering and eye-opening experience”).

As a current U.S. resident and tea connoisseur, there’s always a large variety of loose black tea on hand – no green tea in her cupboard … way too healthy. Helpful tip: it’s best not to call her before she’s had her first cup in the morning.

She says she loves doing anything artsy from going to museums to seeing independent films, but given the amount of work she accomplishes in any given day, we’re not sure when she finds the time for this. Her favorite color is yellow, the warm nearly orangey kind, because it reflects her nearly never-ending optimism.

Aaron, THE Man (literally)

When not cobbling together the latest PaperTalks newsletter, Aaron can be found guzzling Arrowhead Sparkling Water and further proving his devotion to paper by doodling through at least a ream or two annually and ordering books from Amazon (and berating himself for it later). The author of several books, he is currently trying to wrap his head around the fact that he can actually wait for someone else to write a book about his current cinematic or televisual obsession rather than writing it himself. (He needs help but refuses the chocolate.)

Susie, Concierge

Drawing on years of experience planning fundraising events for Chicago cultural institutions and streamlining processes for small businesses, Susie ensures that our members get the swatchbooks, answers and professional reassurance they need to make their own work the very best it can be. When not seeing to it that the Good Ship PaperSpecs is running smoothly, she enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors, and pouring her creativity into her calligraphy. (A gal after our own heart.)

Lea Ann, Worker of Web Miracles

Lea Ann keeps PaperSpecs humming along by taming the pixels we all rely on to bring you the latest information and inspiration. In previous lives she has been an ad agency Creative Director, an in-house Corporate Marketing Director, a mom blogger, and an artist. (Well, she’s still an artist.) She’s racked up 25 years of brand building expertise in advertising, content marketing, social media, graphic design, and copywriting. Her favorite career print design piece was a fold-it-yourself origami cruise ship brochure for 7UP; her favorite thing to do on press is lay gloss varnish next to dull varnish. In between projects, she draws, paints and plays Yacht Rock records from her fabulous vintage vinyl collection.

Katherine, Guiding Hand

A natural born helper, Katherine tackles a wide variety of challenges behind the scenes at PaperSpecs. (She’s clocked significant time in TV, film and recording studios over the years, so she knows what she’s doing.) A crafty person at heart, she loves creating unique pieces from paper, be it through origami, zentangle art drawing, and crafting 3D paper snowflakes around the holidays. When a spare moment presents itself, you will find her composing spoken word poetry, working on portraiture and fashion photography, or boxing – the punching kind, that is. (Though she’d probably be a dab hand at the paper variety, too.)

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