Laser cut Eiffel Tower on display at Clampitt Paper

Oct 31, 2010

Clampitt Paper is a major paper distributor with a branch here in Dallas. To facilitate customers finding the right paper for a particular job, they stock a sample room with literally thousands of shelves of paper samples and swatch books. They also have some finishing equipment the staff can use to mock up designs for you.

Ever the engineers, we have been getting samples of a variety of different papers and running a standard test design on the laser to see how they react, then collecting the results in a book for future reference. (More on this in a future post.) We have found several interesting papers that we have used on internal as well as client projects.

One of the papers we found was Plike and it’s the paper we used to make our Eiffel Tower model. I recently shared that project with Collette Pelletier, the midwest sales manager of Gruppo Cordenons, the company that manufactures Plike, and it received rave reviews from her and the staff there.

Another feature Clampitt Paper offers is their Creative Center, a room where customers can meet with local paper representatives, relax while in town for press checks on a job they’re having printed, or to find inspiration for future work. On shelves around the room are samples of work from local printers and designers. We thought it might be good to donate copies of some of our recent projects, both as a form of marketing as well as to repay the company for their wonderful amenities. As a young company, we didn’t have a lot of paper projects to offer, but took the wedding invitation and the Eiffel Tower.

As luck would have it, this month, one of the two manufacturer displays was featuring Plike paper. So the Creative Center manager Marge added our piece to the display, including some business cards at the base of it. By the next day, apparently all the cards were gone and people were asking for more! As a result, Clampitt has put together a meet and greet to introduce us to local printers and designers. Even before that, the calls have already begun to come in which is exciting! (and a bit scary to be honest :-)

UPDATE:  We’d like to thank Marge and everyone at Clampitt paper for being such wonderful hosts, as well as everyone who came out to see us on Monday.  It was a very successful event, and we enjoyed it immensely.