About Papallama

A letter is a hug stuffed in an envelope. Papallama paper goods are designed and printed either in-house with our letterpress machine or digitally/ offset printed in San Francisco. Our sleeves are 100% biodegradable!

a letter can change your day

You're shuffling through the mail...

You see a colorful corner peaking out from the pile of junk mail and bills. It's a letter, addressed to you from your dear friend that you haven't seen in what now feels like forever. 

You tear the envelope in excitement.

You see your friend’s handwriting. Maybe it has deep conversations written, or maybe it's something silly, or even a little doodle. Or all of the above. Isn't that what the best friendships are like? All of the above? You read the sign off and snap back into reality. You close it and leave it somewhere you can see. Your fridge, your desk, tacked up on a wall, or even left on a corner of the table because seeing that card serves as a reminder. You are loved.

A letter feels like a hug for the heart, stuffed into an envelope, from someone you love far (or not so far) away.

That's why I create these cards. That’s why I write. I believe in the power of letters.

PapaLlama donates monthly to the following organizations: Michael J Fox Foundation, Black Lives Matter, & Planned Parenthood.

Meet Our Team:

We may be small, but we're mighty!


When she’s not wearing all the hats in the business, she’s chasing rainbows and planing her next craft adventure. She's the one cranking up the tunes, singing to your cards to make sure each card is infused with good vibes. Current obsession? Making ceramic dishware with breakfast food shapes. Check out her personal IG page: @RisaCulbertson


Resident grump. He may be made out of fabric and ping pong balls, but he somehow continues to inspire the team daily. His pastimes include: sighing, eyerolling, and complaining about coffee prices.


She’s the 1949 Heidelberg Windmill that prints all our letterpressed goods. Her former and only other owner, Francis, was an SF native who took care of her until he passed away in his 90s. When fellow printer friends went to get her, Francis’ last print was still in the chase, “Thank you for being you.” *tears*

Read more about Babs here.


Magician. When she’s not wrangling spreadsheets, packing up orders, and making sure all the ducks are in a row, she’s working hard getting a joint Master’s Degree in Public Policy and MBA. Jill also happens to make the best pies.