DIY: Personalized Pencil Pouches

This year, make the back-to-school transition a bit more fun for your little ones by personalizing the items on their school-supply lists with iron-on letters or stickers. Adding some flair to their pencil pouches only took a few minutes and your kids will love it (Bonus: Personalizing their stuff will ensure their supplies won’t get mixed up with their classmates’).

diy pencil pouch
diy pencil pouches

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DIY: Watercolor Flower-Bouquet Wraps

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Summer is the perfect time to cut some fresh flowers and deliver a bouquet of pretty blooms to a friend. We’ve created a simple way to add a splash of color and whimsy to a bouquet of blooms with these DIY watercolor wraps. All you need: a watercolor set and some basic shapes painted on paper. Who knew your doodles could look so pretty?

Make these simple hand painted watercolor flower bouquet wraps.
Make these sweet DIY watercolor flower bouquet wraps to add a special touch.

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Minted Artists Connect Over Art and Community in Seattle

Photos by Lela Wulson

On August 11, Minted artists from around the Seattle area and as far away as Vancouver, Canada (Kelly Schmidt) met with CEO Mariam Naficy to connect in person with the people they’ve come to know well in the global creative online community.

Organized by Jan Kessel, the Minted Artist Seattle Meetup was one of Minted’s largest to date, bringing together nearly 20 artists. The artists met in the early evening at General Porpoise Doughnuts, a Capitol Hill coffee and doughnuts shop that moonlights by evening as an event space. Over conversation ranging from Minted Design Challenges to creative passion, they enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Bar Melusine, part of the Renee Erickson collection of restaurants.

Pictured from left: Catherine Hubert, Melanie Biehle, Minted CEO Mariam Naficy, Kelly Schmidt, Bri Davey, Sara Johnson, Allison Kincaid, Kelly Johnston, and Rachel Nanfelt of Alethea and Ruth. Rachel gave birth to a baby boy a few days after the meetup!

Jan said that although some of the artists were a bit nervous upon arrival, that feeling quickly evaporated. “Everyone shared details about their lives, both inside and outside of art and Minted,” the Bellingham, Washington, photographer said. “It was really interesting to hear everyone’s stories, what else they did in life, work, motherhood, and how participating in Minted was a priority.”

From left: Maria Estigoy of Arden Reed, Candice Leigh, and Jan Kessel

Jan said Mariam shared interesting stats about how Minted’s community critiquing system helps everyone achieve better designs and scores. The recent Spaces and Places Art Challenge was the first in which Jan actively participated in critiquing, both in asking for others’ help, and in offering my help to those who ask. “I found it deeply rewarding to help and be helped, and I really think my work is better for it. I learned from others who may see something slightly differently that I do,” she said.

“As the artist, you stare at something so long that it’s easy to lose perspective. The critique helps with fresh eyes, and a fresh point of view.”

Brandy Brown of Marabou Design and Melanie Biehle

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DIY: Champagne Coupe Place Cards

Written by Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop & Co

I recently discovered a cake-decorating store in my neighborhood and I can’t get enough of all the adorable cake toppers they have in stock! I saw these mini champagne coupes and immediately bought them all—they came in both clear and gold, but I love the look of the gold ones filled with pink cotton candy. At 20 cents each, they are a super affordable way to dress up your table for an upcoming bridal shower, bachelorette party, or birthday party. Cheers!

Champagne Coupe Place Cards | Julep Champagne Coupe Place Cards | Julep

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Printable: Back-to-School Lunchbox Notes

Add an extra dash of love to your kiddo’s school lunch by tucking a handwritten note into their lunchbox. We asked two Minted designers (Baumbirdy and Alethea & Ruth) to design these (free!) printable lunchbox notes. Just print ‘em out, trim the edges, and write an encouraging note letting your little scholar know you’re thinking of them throughout the day!

Free Lunchbox Notes | Printables

Download #1: “Sweet + Studious” Lunchbox Note Printables by Baumbirdy

Download #2: “Brightly Inspired” Lunchbox Note Printables by Alethea & Ruth

Download #3: “Academic Adventures” Lunchbox Note Printables by Baumbirdy

Free Printable Lunchbox Notes from Minted

Photos: @LunchboxDad (top) and @lindseyleeandtheboys (bottom)


More Back-to-School Ideas:
DIY: Back-to-School Pencil Holders (made with duct tape!) 
DIY: Make Your Own Clipboard Frames
DIY: Summer Memories Textbook Covers

More from Minted:
Lunchbox Notes
Notebooks
Clothing & Name Labels

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Printable: Treat of the Month Club

This might be my most favorite gift idea, ever: a subscription to a “treat of the month” club! How it works: Each month, you make or buy a yummy treat your recipient will enjoy and deliver it to their doorstep. Who wouldn’t love that? Download the printable treat-of-the-month gift tags below and start scheming up what you’ll be putting in the first box.

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Minted CEO Mariam Naficy Hosts Artist Meetup in London

Photos by Jess Henderson of Jess-on-Thames

Pictured above from left: Gwen Bédat, Annie Montgomery, Zhi Ling Lee, Mariam Naficy, Bethan Lumb, Viktoria Rodek, Pooja Pittie, and Jan Shepherd.

What was it like to attend a London meetup with Minted Founder and CEO Mariam Naficy? In the words of Minted Artist Pooja Pittie, “It was like an evening out with your girlfriends — if they were all artists! We sipped rosè, alfresco, in an historic bar in London. Everyone was so warm and friendly — I didn’t feel like I was meeting them for the first time.”

Pooja traveled a long way from her hometown of Chicago to visit family in London and attend the first U.K. meetup for Minted artists on July 27 at The American Bar inside the Stafford Hotel. Mariam was on holiday in the U.K. with her family, and as always, was thrilled to talk with some of Minted’s global community of artists.

“It was an honor to meet the CEO of Minted — a lovely lady with a calm aura,” said Jan Shepherd, pictured above left. Pooja Pittie, seated at right, organized an artist meetup in her hometown of Chicago in April 2016.

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DIY: Simple Lace Crowns

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

This pretty lace crown is the perfect summer craft for all the ladies in your life. They’d be great for a summer garden party with your girlfriends or your daughter’s birthday celebration. All you need are a few supplies—lace trim and fabric stiffener—and you’re ready to make a pretty crown. We kept ours white but you could also use gold or silver paint to add some shimmer. Another idea: a craft station at your next gathering where guests can customize their own lace crowns with ribbon, flowers, and paint!

DIY Lace Crown | alice & lois for minted
DIY Lace Crown | alice & lois for minted

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DIY: Easy Etched Drinking Glasses

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

I love to entertain and have tons of glassware, and sometimes I put my own spin on my drinking glasses by etching patterns to make them more interesting. It’s a super-simple project but really goes a long way to make plain glasses much more fun—you could even gift a set as a housewarming or wedding present.

DIY etched glasses

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Minted Real Wedding: Melanie and Dien in Glen Ellen, CA

After a surprise proposal in the Bahamas, Seattle-based couple Melanie and Dien held a colorful, whimsical wedding at the B.R. Cohn winery in Glen Ellen. They chose “Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth as their wedding invitation and the talented bride made the ceremony programs, menus, and table-number signs herself. Keep reading for more from their alfresco celebration (you have to see the fun poufs at the reception!).

BR Cohn Winery Wedding | Melanie & Dien

Bride and groom: Melanie Apuyan & Dien Nguyen
Occupations: Mortgage industry (Melanie) and software sales (Dien)
Based in: Seattle, Washington
Wedding date: August 14, 2015
Venue: B.R. Cohn, Glen Ellen, CA
Number of guests:  110
Minted wedding invitation: ”Dahlia Bouquet” by Alethea and Ruth (in the “Sherbet” color palette)
Wedding planner: Sugar Rush Events
Florist: The Monkey Flower Group
Cake designer: Crisp Bake Shop
Photographer: Margaret Austin Photography

How did you and Dien meet?
Through a mutual friend.

Tell us about the proposal…
The proposal happened on a trip to the Bahamas. It came as complete surprise! And he picked the ring out all by himself, I love it.

How did you find your wedding venue?
We researched wedding venues online first, then took a trip out to Napa and Sonoma to visit sites in person.

Who made your wedding dress?  
Claire Pettibone

What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was surprisingly easy—it was one of only four dresses I tried.

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