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From Left: Java, Zoe, We make 20 boxes per time/design.


Let me introduce myself! My name is Myunghye Han (MH for short), and I started Paper Russells in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002, along with my two Jack Russells, Java and Zoe. We wanted to send a congratulations gift to a friend who’s Poodle just had an adorable litter of pups, but we couldn’t find anything fitting to send. This was the inspiration behind creating stationery and gifts for pet lovers. In 2012 we moved to Ogden, Utah, and in the summer of 2022, we relocated in Portland, Oregon, the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


We chose to remain a small, focused company, producing top quality cards and gifts that our customers won't find anywhere else. Rather than striving for expansion and volume, our passion is offering the best products, made in small batches from local sources here in the USA.

Paper Russells carries over 1,000 products, based on over 500 original illustrations of pets, other animals, and natural scenes. To keep all the products readily available for every order was a massive challenge in the beginning, but we resolved the issue by using high-quality, high-tech, and skilled digital press to create small batches. For example, we only create 20 Grrreen Box Note sets of specific design at a time and then assemble by hand in our Portland studio.

Our greeting cards and Grrreen Box Notes are made from premium 100% recycled (PCW), heavyweight (100LB) cover stock which is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Additionally they are manufactured using 100% renewable green energy and Processed Chlorine Free (PCF). Our DogPride and NatureCollection Cards are printed on premium recycled paper which is 30% and 100% PCW content, 80LB cover, acid-free, and produced with electricity offset with certified wind power certificates.