Warmest Wishes

By Annie Clark, Creative Director

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry holiday season and happy new year!

xo the Julep team

 

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Perfect Cocktail Party Playlist

By Brandy Brown of Marabou, a member of the Minted Design Community

In most, if not all, types of merrymaking, entertainment usually plays a big part. If you are organizing an event and your plans do not include hiring a DJ, and the thought of adding tasks to an  already packed schedule borders on the ridiculous? Don’t fret!  You can set the tone and provide a magical atmosphere with this all-purpose musical selection. Compiled is a variety of mingle ready melodies guaranteed to pull even the shyest of wallflowers out of their shell! Just remember, in order to encourage & maintain conversation between guests set the volume at a festive level. The Perfect Party Playlist is both crowd pleasing and danceable! Enjoy!

Total Time: 1 hr
Listen to it here

top image via here

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Luke’s First Birthday

By Kelli Hall a member of the Minted Design Community

When it came time to plan my little boy’s birthday, most everyone I know assumed I’d go a little overboard. That I did, but with Minted’s amazing party decor, It was more about the special details than over-the-top scale. The look was inspired by Luke’s favorite things: a single red balloon, along with food themes and illustrative details reminiscent of Shel Silverstein story books. I had visions of understated white and fluffy textures, punctuated by bright, happy pops of red, and energetic scribbles. I tried to keep the busyness to a minimum and let the little details and punchy color palette take the spotlight.

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Put It All Together

By: Annie Clark, Creative Director

Today we thought it would fun to give you a little behind the scenes peek in to our Minted video. The team had been thinking about doing a stop-action of the Minted design community for a while now, so its fun to finally have it put together.

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Interview with Type Designer Debi Sementelli

By Lauren Chism a member of the Minted design community

I am continuously in awe of hand lettering talent and feel so lucky that we are able to use gorgeous fonts created by best of the best. One of these talents is Debi Sementelli of Correspondence Ink. She was kind of enough to answer a few of my questions for Julep.

Q: I am a huge fan of Belluccia. How does it feel to see your work in so many designs?

A: Thanks so much. Belluccia was my first so she’ll always be special. Plus she was named after my mother, aunt and uncle (all Bellucci’s) who were the biggest encouragers of my art. They all passed away many years ago so it felt good to create something in their honor. It feels fabulous to see how someone has used my font! It’s like watching your child succeed in the real world! I’m always surprised and delighted at the creativity of the designers that use it. They are so talented!

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Type Style: Futura

by Annie Clark, Creative Director

I think it’s fair to say that I’m a font obsessed gal. So much so that I started imagining my favorite typefaces as people, giving them a personality and wondering what they would wear. So with that admission  I bring you Type Style, first up Futura. Equal parts modern and retro, and always completely cool.

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The Art of Layering

by Kelli Hall a member of the Minted Design Community

I spend so much time sifting through various snippets of design ideas, when I circle back, I realize that its most often an outfit or essential ‘feel’ pulled from a piece of clothing that becomes my jumping off point for a design. I’m a minimalist at heart, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish my designs were packed full of perfectly unperfected layers. This being the case, I thought it would be fun to spend a little more time exploring the art of layering in fashion and considering how this idea informs graphic design (or vice versa). For me, my aspirational definition of personal style is an un-matchy and varied unity; and capturing this in graphic design requires the same kind of touch.

History and Collection

Fashion styling that mixes texture, color, print and pattern is essential to achieving a look that is casual, composed and unforced. It also hints at a collected, curated look, suggesting history through acquired pieces.  The art of this style seems to be found in a kind of deliberate incongruence. A perfect mis-matchery with the goal of an effortless look.  Layering different pieces gives the collective whole a sense of history. The same principal applies in graphic design. That kind of “Oh, this? I just threw it together” look that implies an innate understanding of design principles rather than an outright “following of the rules” type of demonstration.

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2012 Minted Top Model Engagement Photo Contest

We were thrilled to receive so many fantastic photos in our Facebook Top Model Engagement Photo Contest!  The look of true love is quite heart-warming, so we’re very excited to feature the winning couples in our new product assortment, including our newly-launched Save-the-Dates!

Congratulations to our lovely winners  who all exhibit how to take a great engagement photo.

1. Engagement photos should be a representation of the couple’s personality, which is why we love the quirky details in our winner Katherine DeJulius’ photo. Two pairs of well-worn cowboy boots and a custom made wooden ampersand perfectly capture the spirit of the couple. And the lo-fi quality of the photo taken on a vintage medium format camera gives the images a timeless feel that will surely become a special keepsake for the newlyweds.

2. A candid moment captured by photographer Katy Melling, shows the genuine affection between these two lovebirds (Katiuska Flynn). The sun dappled lighting and soft focus gives the photograph a dream like feel and transforms the everyday setting into a romantic hideaway.

3. The soaring arches and grandeur of the Boston Public Library offers a fantastic stage, where despite the very public setting, the focus is on the happy couple, Meagan Jennings & Adam Berg.  Choosing a location with sentimental value is the perfect way to put your stamp on your engagement photo.

We had so many great submissions that we couldn’t help but hand out runners’-up prizes to several lucky people, as well: Kirsten Fox, Danny Cuellar, Jenni Olson, Lauren Maxwell, Eliza Brown, Kristin Line, Dana Hanegraaf, Kaylee Graham, Ashley Barker, Sabrina Lemoine Brant, Natasha Uspensky, Monique Nguyen, Andrew Keller-Bradshaw, Ashley Kantro, Emma Metcalf, Katie Wakayama, Jennifer Cardall Jacobson, Charlene Echague, Donna Rucci, Ali Streim, Christina Sylvester, Sarah Knutson, and Jennifer Fotenhauer,

If you haven’t already, make sure to friend us on Facebook. We will keep up to date on top model contests and other chances to win Minted products!

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Origami Easter Egg Cups

To celebrate the launch of our new Easter assortment we have a special gift with purchase. Included with every Easter order and any journals, personal stationery, birth announcements or skinny wraps, you’ll receive an Easter Craft Kit that includes 10 origami sheets and instructions for making  a bunny box and egg stand.

Check out the video tutorial below featuring resident office origami expert Tiffany to help you put together the perfect egg stand.

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Minted Goes to Alt

Minted is so happy to be a sponsor of the Alt. conference this year. Mariam asked the creative team to come up with a unique and seriously cute take away to be included in the gift bags for the attendants. We decided on a mini gallery kit, the perfect introduction to Minted’s new art prints. We hand stamped 550 muslin bags, included a collection of 3 art prints, and added mini clothes pins and twine so that people could create their own displays.


It was a lot of fun to see our lovely art prints in person and we couldn’t resist coming up with a few more creative options to display the pieces:

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