Our Laser Engraving Story

Allow us to introduce ourselves, we are Zeek & Nancy Pardo, the faces behind every project on this website. Together we make Z&N Creative.

And well, that’s right, you guessed it, THIS IS US on our wedding day. 

The event that started this all.

Zeek and I have always shared a common interest for creating.
So guess what? —WE DID JUST THAT!
In the months leading to our big day we dove right in and got busy creating all the big and small projects for our soon to be WEDDING.

Although back then we didn’t have all the tools necessary that we have now, we were so PROUD of every single prop and sign and tiny detail that we had created with our bare hands. To say that some were epic fails is an understatement but we still so proudly displayed all of our hard work throughout the venue and reception.

We did everything from printing, cutting, measuring, assembling, gluing, staining, and painting to intentionally adding the little logo (sun & moon) to all of our stationery. Even before Z&N Creative was a thing, we were slapping that logo on everything (maybe one day we’ll share why those two symbols are so precious to us)—is it cheesy? you bet it is.

We immediately knew we wanted to create more projects not only for ourselves but for others. Projects that would be meaningful to the person just as ours were to us. After doing our fair share of research to learn more and perfect this craft we decided to go for it.

And HERE WE ARE TODAY, extremely BLESSED to be able to do and share what we LOVE. Nevertheless, still learning and growing and experimenting as we go. 

This was a huge risk for us! We had saved enough to buy our first laser that we quickly outgrew. This was a good problem to have. At this point, we knew we had made the right decision to take the risk and start Z&N Creative.

If you are looking to buy a laser and are on the edge, we encourage you to jump in. The industry is so big and versatile that you are bound to find your place in the laser community where you will shine. Aeon Laser is a great place to get started.

We have since grown and now focus on weddings, gifts for first responders, and closing gifts for realtors. We never planned on some of these areas of focus. You can say they sort of fell on our laps. And that is the beauty of this industry.  

We are grateful to have our small idea grow into a thriving business. I previously worked in education as a full-time secretary for a local high school district. When we first purchased our first laser, I was soon able to go part-time because of the increasing demands of our business. As of January 2022, I was Z&N Creative's (our small business) first full-time employee. YAY!!! Our lives have changed for the better. Since having the opportunity to work from home we've been more intentional about building partnerships with other local small businesses. This has been a major key to our success. These partnerships have created a mutual benefit. On our end, we have locked in a consistent and steady source of sales. our partners receive priority service, fast turnaround times, reliability, and quality products.

We have formed our own business and, in the process, gained skills we never imagined. In addition to creating our products, we are now content creators, social media managers, marketers, designers, accountants, research and development, customer service reps, photographers, owners, assistants, engravers, packagers, CEOs, and COOs. In short, we are entrepreneurs. And those are our superpowers.  

Twenty-twenty-three will be an exciting new year full of growth, changes, and opportunities. To reflect these changes, we are rebranding to better represent us and encompass new product lines that are currently in the works.

We’ve said this once and will say it countless more, THANK YOU to every single one of you for your support and for being a part of our journey. We couldn’t do this without YOU.

Now let us make twenty-twenty-three another great year.

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