I'm Alaina and I'm the creative director, designer and jack of all trades at Cheer Up Press, an invitation and letterpress printing studio in the amazing city of Columbus, Ohio. While I love design and spend most days in front of a Mac screen or running my printing press, you can also find me tending to my garden and spending time with my growing family.
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Hi Alaina - thank you. I love all your entries! especially the "Frolic" design! I'm obsessed with the leaves around it! Good luck to us!
thank you so much. what a absolute joy to see your comment on my design. i really appreciate it, Alaina!
Hi Alaina - I just saw your comment on my letterpress design and it was so sweet, it means so much to me coming from you - you are one of my all-time favorite designers! <3
A big contras on your WIN Alaina :) Hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather today!!!
Thankyou for your kind words & likes on my designs, I rea appreciate all of it coming from someone so talented. Your portfolio is so fresh & each piece so distinctive. Thanks once again & good luck! :)
I'm honored Alaina! :)
Congrats for making it to Cyan status!!!
Congrats on making CMYK, Alaina! Love your designs!
Thanks for the sweet comment on the cat stationery! It put a smile on my face. I love your work!
I just saw your comment for my flapper dress art prints. Thank you so much, you are so sweet : ) i love your work!
Aww thanks for your extremely sweet comment on Baby Sloth, means a lot!! I'm a bit sad too to be honest... this little sloth is 0/2 now (not picked for the stationery gifts challenge either). I've tried to use it one last time in the baby announcement challenge... though I think it's a long shot, fingers still crossed for some sloth love :) !
Love the backer on your Shalom card!!!
Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my state stamp save the date! You made my morning!
Thanks so much for the lovely comments on my minibooks, Alaina. Made my day! : )
Thanks so much Alaina! Love your work!
thnks so much Alaina, I really appreciate you taking the time to msg me :)
I finally see the other Bold Buzz option (internet issues!). LOVE the green. But I do like the ones w/ the texture. VERY unique.
Thanks so much Alaina for the wonderful comment.
Thanks so much for the screenshot tip- that is way easier. I'll try it next time!
Thanks for commenting on my holly berry pop design.
I think I saved the jpg incorrectly because all the designs I submitted look a bit pixelated. I followed the instructions and tried doing it from illustrator and Indesign and they still ended up all pixelated. Any tips?
Hey Alaina! Thanks so much for the sweet comment on my inspiration board! LOVE your new profile pic!! :)
Alaina, Thanks so much for your sweet comment :)
Hi Alaina, thanks for your sweet note on my frosty stripes ...that font is Jacques and Gilles ..and I am glad that you like it ..:)
Ｈi Alaina, Thank you for your sweet comment. I've been trying to come up with something new for my designs. I am glad that you like them!
hi Alaina, thanks for your thoughtful comments on my mix and mingle design. I will give your suggestions more thought for the corporate challenge or upcoming photo challenge. Thanks much, Carol
hey Alaina, Just realized our designs have some similarities - just the gingham/plaid - but not too similar? I love yours. Here's mine... http://www.minted.com/design-rating/84937 :)
hey, Alaina! I just sent you a facebook message and wanted to make sure you read it tonight. I don't always notice new facebook messages, but get email notifications of messages here, so I thought I'd message you here, too! Have a great night!
Just noticed that you are the highest rated active designer for the year so far - congrats, Alaina!! It was so nice to meet you today. And while I do picture your apple-on-head image when I think of you, I wanted to add that I love your design work - too many great designs to think of at once! ;)
Thank you, Alaina, and congrats to you, too! I've been staring at your winning design for so long now, since it was a permanent feature at the top of the leaderboard! :)
Thank you Alaina. I so appreciate your help. Chris
Thank you so much for the comment about kerning Herman. I will work on changing this and resubmit. Chris Griffith
Alaina, Thank you so much for your note. It was especially meaningful because I was just admiring YOUR new site yesterday too! I've loved your work for quite a while and it's so good to see in such a classy context, styled so beautifully (very nice touch on the moss :) And yay for Ohio! (except of course, when it's election year) Would love to meet up sometime!
Alaina, seriously, right back at you. Your work for this challenge is gorgeous and right in line with all your other amazing work! THANKS :)
Thanks for the sweet words! It encourages my newb-ness to keep going! Good luck to you too!
Hey Alaina! Thanks for your super-sweet comment - I couldn't let you get away with it though!!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I admire your work - it's so effortlessly creative, unique and strong. Your work could NEVER be put to shame!! You even top yourself constantly ;)
Hi Alaina! thanks so much for your lovely comment on my Elegance Illustrated invite! such a compliment from you! phrosné
Congratulations Alaina! Christmas Dingbats, is one of my favorite designs of the 2012 holiday challenge! It's a festive masterpiece! x Brandy
I love your work sooo much!
Hey Alaina, thanks so much for your input on my fruitstripe design. I took your advise and removed the monogram and kept just the name. I think it is much stronger now.
Hey Alaina, Thanks for your feedback. I uploaded a couple other options for my fruitstripe design and would love your feedback. Thanks.
Thank you so much Alaina for you sweet words on my Holidoodle design. I love seeing all your submissions. You always create such amazing work. Thanks again!
Alaina! Your submissions are always simply incredible! Your recent holiday designs are no exception--I love them all
yes that does help, I had an idea but not sure I executed it well, but yeah maybe I should have left out the green. Thanks again for your feedback!
Congrats on your party win, Alaina! Beautiful work as always!
I love all your designs, congrats to your wins! Keep up the good work and thanks for being motivation to do inspiring fun work like yours. :)
Thanks for the comment! It means a lot. :)
wow - your work is really amazing!!
Congrats on your moving wins! so lovely :)
great work! good job!
Hi Alaina! I'm a big fan of your work and was so excited to see your 3(!!!) top-20 wins. Congrats!
Congrats on all your much deserved wins!!!
Alaina! Way to go!! You rocked this challenge. Congratulations on THREE wins.
Congrats on your 3 TOP TWENTY! You killed it.
WOW - 3 in the top twenty!! You rock! Congrats!
Thanks back at ya, Alaina! Hope to meet ya someday...
"such beautiful" - I think Minted needs spellcheck...
Hi, Alaina! Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful holiday card - great design and colors! It was so nice getting suh beutiful cards in the mail this past holiday season. Best of luck to you in 2012 - looks like you've got some winners to me!
Hi Alaina! Sorry this is so belated! I just wanted to thank you for your gorgeous holiday card! Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope this New Year finds you all happy, healthy + blessed! Hopefully, I'll get to meet you in person, one day, but until then - see ya around Minted! Can't wait to see what gorgeous designs you come up with next! :)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on Black Tied- made my day!
Hi Alaina, your work is so beautiful, you certainly don't need any help from me, but glad you thought my comments gave you a nudge. Please feel free to comment on any of my designs. You start second guessing every stroke when no one says anything. Thanks so much.
Alaina.. thanks for your card.. It was beautiful! Sorry I wasnt able to send you card this year.. But next year for sure!! => Please do wait.. And have a wonderful holiday celebration to you and your family...
Alaina- Thanks so much for your wonderful card. Gorgeous!
Congrats on your award!!! Amazing card. love that tape!!!!
Congrats on the special prize, Alaina! "Love Mix" is great!
Thanks, Alaina! I appreciate your kind words. And you'll be happy to know that I didn't include black and red on my Vegas invite alternate colorways either! ;)
I got your card in the mail today and love it! It's got such a great retro vibe and I'm a sucker for the square shape. Thanks for sending and happy holidays!
Thanks so much for your comments on my design! It means so much to me coming from a great designer whose work I admire!
Thanks for the chuckle on my Vegas invite! Black and red definitely dominates that category :)
Thanks for the sweet comment on Clover. I pretty much worship all your submissions in this challenge, I can't even pick a fav because they are all fantastic. I won't even wish you good luck because you don't need it! :)
Thank you so much for your comment. I think the design still needs work - ie, not sure if the gray should be flat, and if the pinstripes should be there. I love your work, so I'm totally flattered by your comment, thanks :)
Thanks for your comment on my bilingual invite! I admire all your work so your feedback means a lot! I actually did three bilingual invites so hopefully those show up in your voting: I would love to hear what you think of those. I struggled a lot with the text layout so that's why you'll see it used twice: because it cost me a lot of brain cells! I just have to say, though, that I love love love your "Glam Burst" invite. I'm not sure I've seen any invite that is art-deco inspired (only literal takes on the style) and you certainly put a very fresh modern spin on it. Cheers!
Hey Alaina!! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my invite designs. I am a big fan of your work - your feedback means a lot! I actually meant to tell you... I was voting, and every time I came across one of your designs - they just immediately stood out - you have so many awesome entries!! Also, on my dragonflies design... I knew it felt like something familiar... and that's exactly it: Little Mermaid!!
I love the color palettes that you choose :)
Hi Alaina, thanks so much for your nice comment about my merry wishes on wood grain - coming from such a super designer, it really made my day! :)
thx so much alaina for your comment on all the stops -- we really appreciate your positive feedback! :)
Hi Alaina, your work is great. I always look forward to seeing it! About "beaming," the bottom bar is showing up more gray for me, although it's a warm gray. I would cool it down, but am on vacation now, on a slow computer without my files or illustrator, so i'm powerless!
Thanks for your comment! I embroidered it & scanned it. Did you have a booth at the NSS? If so, I should have stopped in and introduced myself!
Thank you! :) You're such an amazing designer! You've certainly inspired me to follow my passion. I made the connection between you and your sister just the other day and was like oh geeze I've seen Alaina's stuff before! Too funny how small of a world it is! Thanks again :) -kayte
Congratulations on your two wins! I really love your design style and always enjoy seeing your submissions!
Thanks so much for your your comment on my design and for pointing out that I missed the time. Ooops! Love your work and your blog!
Just wanted to say hi to a fellow Columbus designer! Love your work!
Thanks for the checking out the design and commment!
Thanks for the comment! I'm in love with Memoriam - it's playful and elegant at the same time, hope Minted will accept this font choice. BTW you got an amazing collection in this challenge, best of luck!
hello! i really love your design style!!
Hello neighbor! :) I'm trying to organize an OH mintie meet-up, possibly Oct. 3rd but still TBD. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post in the forum if you're interested. I thought it would be fun to get together with other stationery fanatics and talk shop. :) Love your etsy shop and blog by the way! You do great work!
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