April! Tis the Time to Recycle!

There are a lot of things to like about April. For one, the weather gets nicer and winter blues go away. Even when April showers do come along, you know they will bring May flowers. You get to start out the month playing clever pranks on people. (Didn’t you love Google’s clever play with Helvetica?) It is the month to gorge yourself with Peeps and chocolate bunnies (and participate in a Peeps diorama contest if you’re so inclined). April is also the month Minted celebrates its anniversary! Just when you thought April couldn’t get more awesome, we’re reminded that April is also Earth Month!

We are all paper lovers here at Minted, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be eco-friendly. Minted offers the option to print all your favorite invitation and stationery designs on 100% recycled paper, so you never have to sacrifice on style. Are you a bride to be? Shop Minted’s eco-friendly wedding invitations for a wide ranging assortment of unique designs. Are you expecting a newborn soon? Show off your new arrival with eco-friendly baby announcements or baby shower invitations.

Select from a wide range of eco-friendly wedding invitations. Pictured here: Olive Branch Wedding Invitations by R Studio.

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Special Editor’s Picks of The February Showers Challenge

Imaginative? Check.  Unique? Check. Gorgeous? Check! The February Showers Design Challenge assortment put forth by Minted designers was simply unparalleled. Congratulations all! Here are the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners Up in each design category: “Customer Favorite”, “Best Over-The-Top-Pretty-While-Still-Modern Design”, “Best Couple’s Wedding Shower Design”, “Best Couple’s Baby Shower Design” and “Best Design from a Minted Newbie”. See what Mariam (Minted Founder & CEO) and the Minted design staff have to say about all these stunning designs!

Customer Favorite:

Prairie Tale by Moglea

Congratulations to Moglea – this design, Prairie Tale, was voted #1 by Minted customers!  We agree wholeheartedly.  This is a beautiful modern interpretation of sweet animals welcoming a new arrival, with composition and color making this design unusual and unforgettable.

Here are two other designs that were in the ‘top 10’ of what Minted customers loved:

Customer Favorite Runners Up

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Special Editor’s Picks of The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge

The Stay In Touch Business Card Challenge is Minted’s first challenge in the business card category and all of us here at Minted have been itching to see what Minted designers come up with. Minted designers have always pushed the envelope when it comes to original design and this challenge proved to be no exception.  We were so impressed with all of the designs! As with every challenge, Mariam (Minted’s Founder & CEO) and a group of Minted design staff came together to pick out the Special Editor’s Picks and the Runners Up in each design category. For this challenge, the categories are “Best Business Service”, “Best Personalized Calling Card”, “Best Business Card or Calling Card that incorporates a photo”, “Best Creative Professional”, “Best Food”, “Best Service” and “Best Home & Garden”. In addition to the Special Editor’s Picks, we are also proud to announce the “Customer Favorite” as voted by Minted customers!

Best Business Service:

Fileshare by Maddy Nye. We absolutely love the use of bold colors and the half-tone dot pattern to create the stacked file folders in this design.

Fileshare by Maddy Nye

Runners up for Best Business Service

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Photographer Interview: Kate Harrison

No one seems to capture joy and blissful happiness as well as wedding photographer, Kate Harrison. We’ve tracked her down and had her spill the beans about how she got into wedding photography and where she finds inspiration for all her stunning wedding photos. Kate Harrison is a Minted partner photographer.


How and when did you first get into photography?
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager. My family still talks about how I burst into tears on my 16th birthday when I opened up an incredibly thoughtful and generous present: my first 35mm. I had coveted my sister’s for years.


Why did you choose to focus on wedding photography?
I didn’t know what to do with my camera for a long time. I worked in news, on landscapes, still life but none of it filled my soul. Years later I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding and brought my camera. That day was one huge ah-ha moment. Weddings! I never thought I’d be interested in photographing weddings but I loved it! Wedding photography had always seemed so cheesy and staged to me, but I realized it didn’t have to be formulaic. Weddings are full of organic beauty, glamour, laughter, originality, art and the full range of our beautiful emotions. Weekly exposure to all that human goodness is such a gift and being able to capture it in my camera always astounds me.

Do you prefer traditional film photography or digital photography?
I shoot digitally but I love the look of film. I fiddle with my camera and lenses to give my images a film-eque quality.
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