R. Nichols creates custom illustrations and designs for clients as well as custom product merchandise. Please contact us at to discuss custom work.

R. Nichols illustration projects range from note cards to book illustrations to corporate projects and product merchandise. Shown below are examples of some recent illustration projects.

Be Thankful Everyday With The R. Nichols Grati-Collection

As blessed Americans, we’re constantly reminded to be thankful for the small blessings in life. We even have a holiday dedicated to it. (And let’s admit, it’s easy to be thankful on that fourth Thursday in November when you’re sitting around a bountiful table with family and friends). The real challenge is the first Monday of February. Or the third Wednesday in September. And every other day of the year.

Here at R. Nichols, we believe in bringing joy and sophistication to everyday life through creative, happy designs. And we’re also big on spreading gratitude. Through our Grati-Collection, you can show your appreciation and love for others or use them yourself to stay thankful on any given day. So here are our favorite Grati-products, all ready for you to fill with gratefulness…





Lemon Tree Gratipad

When life gives you lemons...well, you know the saying. With 100 pages worth of giving thanks, every day will be a blessing with the notepad that keeps giving.





Flowers Grati Place Cards

Setting your dinner party table with place cards for your guests adds class, but noting why you’re grateful for their presence makes it truly heartwarming. Grati Place Cards show your appreciation of sharing an evening with family and friends.





Vacuum Graticard Mother’s Day Card

Let’s face it, moms have the toughest job around. So instead of just showing your appreciation for the Queen of the household with a simple card, this R. Nichols Graticard gives you the opportunity to list why your mom is simply the best!

Share your thankfulness, appreciation or love all year round! Check out our entire Grati Collection.

Scissors, Glue, Paper and Lots of Imagination: The R. Nichols Process

The seed for R. Nichols was planted in founder Nick Hanzlik at the impressionable age of 12. As a 6th grader in Mrs. Dater’s class, Nick began creating unique art projects made from cut paper and glue that surprised and delighted his teacher. When he received a hard-earned ‘A’, he knew he was onto something special.

Ever since that time, Nick has continuously worked on perfecting his craft, and today his creations are truly one of a kind. Like most hand-crafted pieces, there are several steps to the finished product. So from Nick’s imagination to your mailbox, here’s the R. Nichols process:  

1. Sketch

Each unique design begins with Nick simply sitting down at his desk with scissors, glue, and lots of paper, often with an idea in his head. Suddenly, inspiration just flows out effortlessly when his pencil hits the paper. Nick often draws upon his own life experiences, travels, and observations to fuel his creativity. For example, the “lawnmower guy” is inspired by memories of his father, and his iconic Paris designs come from his time living in the city and soaking up its unique culture.


2. Cut

R. Nichols Process

With the initial sketches done, Nick transforms the idea into a layered design by cutting out individual elements from various sheets of colored construction paper. The key word here is precision, as some layers may have thin, intricate lines or curves. In fact, some of Nick’s designs have as many as 100 individually cut pieces!


3. Placement 

R. Nichols Process

With all the layered elements, sketched and cut out, Nick then places the layers in order to ensure that each individual piece is up to his standards before the all-important next step.


4. Glue

R. Nichols Process

Next, It’s time for Nick to finalize the design by gluing each individual element into place. When it comes to the smaller or intricate pieces, Nick uses his X-acto precision knife to carefully adhere the glue, then place on the paper. Once this step is complete, it’s ready to be digitized.


5. Digitize for Product Line & Production 

R. Nichols Process

All elements are glued into place and are ready to be digitized. The artwork is scanned and if need be, further adjustments are made to the design for application on specific products. Finally, the designs are printed throughout the R. Nichols product line.


Here it is, the finished product. Our ‘Madame Cake Greeting Card’.

Add a Bit of Fun To Your Journey with New Luggage Tag Sets

Traveling, no matter what time of the year can be stressful. From remembering to pack everything (and staying underweight), to rushing to the airport (again), to frantically filling out luggage tags while you balance your belongings in line. That is unless your luggage is adorned with R. Nichols’ adorable and fun luggage tags.

At R. Nichols we love to feature the beauty and humor of everyday life in our designs, and our Luggage Tag Collection is certainly no exception. Spruce up your whole set of suitcases (and carry-on bag!) with one of our stylish luggage tag sets. Our tags are unique and vibrant, making it easy to identify your luggage on the carousel. They also make the perfect gift for avid travelers and anyone who loves to add a bit of color and fun to their journeys.




The World Traveler Luggage Tag Set

Featuring iconic symbols from Paris, London, Tokyo and New York, this luggage tag set is perfect for jet-setters who are always embarking on a new adventure.




Tropical Paradise Luggage Tag Set

Featuring iconic vacay imagery, our tropical luggage tags should be strapped onto suitcases headed for all fun-in-the-sun destinations! And the set makes a great gift for leisure travelers who love the tropical island lifestyle.




Just Married Luggage Tag Set

Not only do our “Just Married” luggage tags commemorate your special day, but what better keepsake to remember your honeymoon, every time you travel together?


In love with these luggage tags? Check out our entire Luggage Tag Collection.