Became a designer at the age of 5 when my mom commissioned me to draw a banana tree for her. A few years later I graduated from Brigham Young University in Graphic Design. Currently obsessed with typography, natural light photography, and simplicity in design and life. My husband, Scott and I have 5 children ages 7, 11, 13, 15, 16 and live in Lodi, California.
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Thank You! I am honored you selected one of my designs. I hope it will be something that will reflect joy in your home! Sincerely, Jill
Jill, thanks so much for your feedback on my deer design,i really appreciate your advice..i was playing with that design all day trying to get it to feel right. I like your idea of making it two separate designs! I think that is a great idea...less is more will probably help a lot.
Thanks for your advice on my Neon Strokes design. I changed over to Futura and also tightened up the line spacing. I think it helped a bit!
Hi Jill, thanks so much for your thoughtful comment on my vintage mill invite. I really appreciate it. I lightened the green slightly and went with Penelope Poppies suggestion of making both elements gold. What do you think of the new green (better)? If you have a free moment. http://www.minted.com/design-rating/126127
Thanks so much for the feedback on my Gilt design, Jill- I really appreciate it!
Hi Jill! Love your Play Ball submission! Just wanted to let you know I am working on something along the same lines and didn't want you to think I'm copying! :) Just purchased a font (from my FB post) for this very idea. It may not come to fruition but wanted to give you a heads up. ;)
Great suggestion on my "doubled love" submission. . I needed a fresh pair of eyes to review it. Appreciate your advice Jill, thanks!
"understated genius" may be my best Minted compliment ever :) Thanks!
Thanks Jill for coming back and I will definitely take your advice about the wording :)
Hey Jill! Thanks so much for your comment on my Sail Away design. I really value your opinion as I love your work. I've made some changes and would love to know what you think if you have a moment :)
Thank you so much for your comment, Jill -- made my day!
I'm so glad you mentioned that! When I looked at that design again with fresh eyes, I felt that it needed some of the letters to break through the grid, so I'm glad you thought the same way. Not that you need it, with the beautiful selection of holiday designs you've submitted, but best of luck in this challenge!
Thanks for the note, Jill! Yes, I do feel the same way, but I still wanted to be sensitive to you and your design so I figured I'd check with you directly just to make sure.
Oops ... wanted to check in with you to make sure it didn't seem like I was copying.
Hi Jill! I just realized that I had a somewhat similar concept to your Naughty plus Nice design (my Calm And Bright design), but with a different saying/take on the photos and with a layout more similar to one of my existing graduation announcements. I just wanted to check in with you to make sure it didn't seem like I wasn't copying your concept or anything. I definitely don't want to be "that" designer. :)
Hi Jill, thanks so much for your feedback on my invite. Would love your thoughts on the changes! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/90678?filter=all&sort=createat
Hello Jill! Thank you so much for your feedback. I totally agree the ribbon should add a pop of color so I tested both suggestions and the blue option ended up great! Please let me know what you think now: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/88407
I have also made the decoration flags for it so if you want to take a look, here it is: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/88059
Thanks for your comment and suggestion. I took your advice and modified the wording :)
Jill, thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it. Faith
Hi Jill, thanks for all your feedback. Much appreciated from someone I admire a lot! I was wondering if you had some time to look at the Cupcake design again and let me know what you think.
Thanks again. Smeeta
Jeez…thanks so much for catching those mistakes and for your comments!
Thank you for catching my spelling error!!! I am notorious for spelling something wrong and not seeing it, even after proofreading :)
Thanks so much, Jill - it has been such a big surprise, I have hardly been able to catch my breath! I'll probably be on cloud 9 for the next month :)
Thanks Jill! All great ideas. I've been hitting a wall this challenge. Hopefully will tune up the design before the deadline. Really really appreciate your very helpful feedback!
Hi Jill, I prefer the version with the save the date too... thanks for the suggestion. I worked on the type a bit and posted two more options... if you get a chance, please let me know which you prefer. Thanks! :) http://www.minted.com/design-rating/76045
Hey Jill! Thanks so much for the feedback on my amelia floral design. I posted a couple more options based on your feedback. If you get a chance, let me know if you think either option is better than the one you commented on. Open to other suggestions as well. :) Thanks Jill! Monica http://www.minted.com/design-rating/76045
Jill, I really appreciate your feedback on my vintage ampersand! If you have a chance, can you check the design I uploaded below the main one to see if that is what you meant by centering the names with the ampersand? Thanks so much! ~ Jen
Hi Jill, Thanks for the feedback on my storybook design. I've posted two alternate monogram treatments. If you have time, I'd love your input. Thanks. S
Hi Jill! Thank you so, so much for your comment on my design "The Tree Line." I'm not sure exactly what you mean with your suggestion about the colors - would you mind elaborating?
Thanks for the sweet comment on "Orange You Glad It's Christmas". I was really happy with it - picked or not picked. But the fact that you took notice meant a lot, Jill!
you are so nice and no! I'm betting you don't either...love your entries. ready for this challenge to be over so life can return to normal. Just dropped a pot of boiling water on my legs and stomach so after I submit the next and last design I am done!!! yikes- obviously need some sleep.
thanks for your help with the spelling- that was embarrassing!
Thank you Jill for your help on "heart noel" - I will tinker with it tonight!
Thanks, Jill, for your feedback on my design. I enlarged the photo so, hopefully, it looks better! I appreciate your comments!
Hi Jill! Thanks for the suggestion on my t-shirt design. Do you think it would be too much info if I add the countries stat?
Hi Jill! Thank you very much for the beautiful card you send, god bless your family always.
Hi Jill - just wanted to thank you for the beautiful card!!! It's such a treat to get mail like that in February - made my day! :)
Jill, I just got your card – what a lovely surprise! Such a beautiful design and a beautiful family as well. How on earth do you get anything done with 5 kids??? I'm barely limping along with one, haha. Thanks again.
Thank you Jill for your beautiful Valentine's card :) It was great to learn more about you and your family. Love your designs!
Jill! Thank you so much for your gorgeous card.. The type is perfection! And such a nice lovely family you have.. beautiful daughters too.. Please do wait my holiday card this coming december.. It's great to know you @minted!
thanks so much for the beautiful valentine's card! it was great to find out more about you and your family. hope today is a happy one for you guys too!
Got your sweet Valentines Day card in the mail today. Such a lovely suprise and such a beautiful family! Thank you so very much. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day too!
Hi Jill! What a nice surprise it was to find your Valentine's Day card in the mail today! Beautiful card and beautiful family and I love your new profile pic from that photo session! Thank you so much and Happy Valentine's Day to you, too :-) xoxo
thanks jill for your comment on my smartphone journal. i love all of your designs!
Hi, Jill! I've been meaning to stop by and tell you that I love your new profile pic...and, then, today, I received your Valentine card in the mail - what a great looking family you all are! I love your striped card and matching label, and that pearl paper is so perfect for it. Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
Thank you so much Jill!! Coming from an AMAZING designer like you that means a lot. Congrats on your wins as well. I'm such a fan of your work!!
Hey Jill, email me when you get a chance firstname.lastname@example.org. I've got a non-design related question for you :)
Loving your new profile pic!!!!
Jill, I love your new profile photo! :)
I owe one you Jill :) Best wishes!
Hey Jill, thanks! Total oversight. I'll see what I can do :)
Right back at ya Jill! I appreciate all your helpful feedback and admire your work :)
Jill, your designs for the art challenge are some of the best! Great work!
Thanks so much Jill! I can't wait to see what prizes you snag for the Something Old challenge. Hopefully, it's soon!
Thank you so much for your comment, Jill! It means so much coming from you! I love your work!! You're such a talented and versatile designer! Thanks again - you made my day!! :)
Jill...I had to share that I truly admire your work. Your design style is so very striking. I could totally see my circle of friends sending me a design from your collection. What I am trying to say...I am a Jill Means fan!!
Congrats on your special award win!
Congrats on your special prize, Jill! Love the pinwheels!
Jill, congratulations on your many Ed's Picks for Head over Heals!
Jill, thank you so much for your observations! and compliment... i'm really trying to get this right! i love designing cards for minted... but it is so much better when you actually have them chosen...
thanks again. and always welcome your comments.
Thanks, Jill for suggesting that I take down the size of the flower for my Will & Kate entry. You have such a good eye!
Thank you Jill for the helpful feedback! Love your work :)
Hi Jill, thanks for taking the time to comment on Mediterranean Stucco, much appreciated--I had considered eliminating the doorway but needed the little push :-)--your work is beautiful!
Love the feeling I have when I look at your fun and precise work!
hey jill! i thought it was you, good to hear that you are designing your work is beautiful!!
Thanks for the comments, Jill! Much appreciated! I have to laugh at the comment from Three Kisses below...I'm with you both!
Congrats on your win Jill!
Congrats on your notebook win, Jill!
Thanks Jill! I agree too on the printer thing. Those who want to print from home are crazy! I spent 7 hours on printing 350 wedding invites (via Etsy and printed at home to save a buck) and couldn't stand up straight for two days! Swore I'd never print from home again. I find if you have a good relationship with a printer, quality will be good so you can drop ship. If something goes wrong with order, the printer will usually redo at no cost (assuming it was their error). Thanks again and love your work!
I am a big fan of your work - your comment made my day!
Hi Jill! Thank you so much for the nice compliment on "have a blast"! You're such a talented designer so your feedback really means a lot to me! Thanks again - I look forward to seeing more of your fantastic work! :)
Thank you, Jill, for your comments on my "ahoy, baby." I made the edits you suggestion - I think they helped! Thanks!
Thanks for the message. I'm new to minted so it's nice to hear from another designer. You're style is great as well. And yay you for having so many designs on minted!! Nicely done, TJ :)
Jill - your comment on my Lovely Laurel made my night! It's exciting to have someone so talented notice my design. Thanks!
Aw, thanks Jill! I'm loving your classy cards :)
Jill--your new website looks terrific! How do you do it all?
Hi Jill! Thank you for taking the time to critique my "Wreath of Love" - because of all the great comments I received I think it's so much better! I appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your critique of my Bloom design - I value your opinion! I've made some edits per your comments. If you have time, please check it out! Thanks, again!
Thanks Jill. All digital, using Photoshop paint brushes/watercolor. You are correct, simplicity's the key here at Minted... although I wasn't sure, so I took a chance in hopes someone like you would take notice. Thanks again.
Your message made my day! Thank you so much!
Thanks Jill! That was definitely a nice surprise!
you deserve some sort of award for your helpfulness in the forum. I thought your comments to makelemonade were spot on. :)
Jill, you are too sweet! Thanks for all your help and encouragement. You are always so willing to share good advice - your kindness really shows!
hi jill! thx so much for your rec on so last year! will look at the ribbon type color tonite -- sure you are right! ;) thx agn!
Jill, thank you for your comment on my Soft Snowflakes!
Hi Jill, I've updated my Merry Trees design as per your suggestions. Do you mind taking a look and letting me know what you think? Thanks a bunch!
new version is up. I think I like it! what do you think?
I fixed the paisley reindeer. Thanks for the suggestion!
Thanks for the feedback I'll try that! Thanks Linda
Hi Jill. Thanks for catching my terrible grammatical error -- how embarrassing! I love Weathered Street Sign and am looking forward to seeing more of your submission in the holiday challenge. Thanks again!
Hi Jill, thank you for your thoughtful design comments. It was nice chatting with you :)
thanks for your feedback! Lori
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my Star Photo design - I really appreciate it! Best of luck to you!
Thanks so much for your comment on my Tree of Life entry, I appreciate it so much!
Thanks so much Jill for suggesting that I move the fish lantern in my Chinese New Year submission. I followed your advice, and think it looks much better now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my Runneth Over design - I appreciate it! I adjusted the tracking a little - hopefully the spacing looks better, now!
I changed my cauldren design quite a bit, would you mind taking a look at it? Thanks so much!
thanks for your comments! ok. i will take the yellow lines out.
Jill, thank you for your kind comment. It means a lot! It's nice to see another BYU fan here at Minted!
Thanks Jill, for your note :) You had a great designer name from the start, whereas I wasn't sure what to go by?! :) I always love your work, it's consistently great!
ok. thanks for your feedback. i really appreciate it! i will try that!
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