Kim Dietrich Elam

based in Cincinnati, OH, US.

  • 63 awards won
  • 9534 comments made
  • 37859 votes cast
  • Minted on Feb 10 2011
  • www.knotesllc.com
  • https://www.minted.com/creative/kimdietrichelam

Awards

  • winner 4
  • editor pick 59

About Kim Dietrich Elam

Kim Dietrich Elam is the "k" in k notes LLC, a wife, mommy, traffic engineer, and lover of Tex-Mex, fine chocolates, palmistry and all things Elvis.

designs by Kim Dietrich Elam


favorite artists

  • The Social Type
  • Alex Elko Design
  • annie clark
  • Andres Montaño
  • Guess What Design Studio
  • Design Lotus

comments

Cindy Reynolds on Apr 09 2019
Cindy Reynolds
  • Minted Oct 31, 2017
  • 14 Awards
  • 323 Comments made
  • 17120 Votes cast

Hey Kim! Thanks for your comment on my Swirly wedding invite submission. Love your letterpress submissions. Parquet is such a beautiful and fresh design!

Neeta Sawhney on Apr 03 2019
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 11 Awards
  • 3251 Comments made
  • 18858 Votes cast

thanks a lot Kim this is such a nice surprise after a long time thanks again

Deborah Chou on Apr 03 2019
Deborah Chou
  • Minted Dec 23, 2015
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Thank you for the feedback, Kim. The bamboo is black here, but I am loving your suggestion about green!

Kimberly Morgan on Feb 18 2019
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
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Thanks for responding to my poll, Kim - I appreciate getting your opinion!

Justine Elliott on Feb 13 2019
Justine Elliott
  • Minted Apr 28, 2016
  • 4 Awards
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  • 14508 Votes cast

Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your feedback on my falling leaf design. I lowered it down straight away and it looks better. I appreciate your time in writing to me. All the best.

Carol Fazio on Jan 29 2019
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 41 Awards
  • 6474 Comments made
  • 26983 Votes cast

Kim, thanks for all the liking on my wedding invitations! Love what you did with type this challenge! Pas de deux and woven designs are my favs! Good luck!

Chris Griffith on Jan 20 2019
Chris Griffith
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 168 Awards
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  • 55755 Votes cast

Kim thanks for the feedback and I will try a white size between

Sejal Banker on Jan 18 2019
Sejal Banker
  • Minted Sep 21, 2018
  • 3 Awards
  • 553 Comments made
  • 2430 Votes cast

Thank you so much for your like on my submission!good luck!

Akweley Creative on Nov 28 2018
Akweley Creative
  • Minted Jul 27, 2017
  • 3 Awards
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  • 9314 Votes cast

Thank you for the congrats on my special prize, Kim! Really appreciate your feedback during the polling for that challenge :)

Dreaming Inspirations on Aug 25 2018
Dreaming Inspirations
  • Minted Feb 13, 2011
  • 15 Awards
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  • 78176 Votes cast

Thanks for the nice message! <3

Debb W on May 25 2018
Debb W
  • Minted Jul 14, 2011
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  • 104923 Votes cast

Hi Kim, Thanks for the detailed feedback, I deeply appreciate you taking the time to help! :)

Akweley Creative on May 15 2018
Akweley Creative
  • Minted Jul 27, 2017
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Thanks for your feedback! I didn't realize the logo disappeared like that. Will update!

frau brandt on May 09 2018
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
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  • 15667 Votes cast

Thank you so much for your input! Yes, I think it looks much better with a shorter text on top. Started a poll to compare, but it is obvious, I think. So great to get support!!

Vani Gupta on Apr 14 2018
Vani Gupta
  • Minted Nov 8, 2017
  • 101 Comments made
  • 952 Votes cast

Hi Kim, thanks again for another great feedback on the 'Happy Holly-days!' submission. I removed the exclamation - I agree it was looking like an 'i' :). For the layout, I loved both the one with the picture on the side and also the one based on your feedback. It was a tough choice, and I finally just went with the polls. Thanks once again! Really appreciate you taking the time to give feedback. All the very best in the challenges! Your work is lovely!

Vani Gupta on Apr 07 2018
Vani Gupta
  • Minted Nov 8, 2017
  • 101 Comments made
  • 952 Votes cast

Hi Kim, thank you so much for taking the time to give me feedback on my 'Happy Holly-days' submission. I have been thinking about the layout of this one myself - will try out your thoughtful suggestions for sure!

Kate Ross on Mar 27 2018
Kate Ross
  • Minted May 6, 2013
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Thank you for the feedback! I was actually just going to edit for a full bleed cuz the cross in the T extends beyond the photo and I had to outline/modify it so it didn’t. So it wouldn’t be very flexible for custom type. Great minds think alike! Thank you for confirming my thoughts. Sounds like a good plan!

Stephani Mrozinski on Mar 04 2018
Stephani Mrozinski
  • Minted Apr 20, 2016
  • 39 Comments made

Hi Kim! Thank you so much for your like on my Orange you Sweet entry! Best of luck in the challenges! <3

frau brandt on Feb 28 2018
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
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Thank you for the like on "cell love". The copy is just great, so it was easy to make something out of it.

Vani Gupta on Feb 02 2018
Vani Gupta
  • Minted Nov 8, 2017
  • 101 Comments made
  • 952 Votes cast

Hi Kim, thanks so much for your suggestion on my 'Heart Magnet' submission. I think the larger font highlights the newborn's name and works well! All the best,Vani

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Oct 21 2017
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
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Oh that's strange! I just loooked at your submitted designs. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your pirouette invite. It's so clean and fresh! And the billowy monogram is just the perfect touch!

Griffinbell Paper Co. on Oct 20 2017
Griffinbell Paper Co.
  • Minted May 7, 2009
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Yeesh! Thanks for noticing that, Kim!

CaroleeXpressions on Oct 18 2017
CaroleeXpressions
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Kim thanks for the help and critique! I really appreciate it! Wishing you best of luck!

Neeta Sawhney on Sep 20 2017
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 11 Awards
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  • 18858 Votes cast

okay no problem I still have to get rolling pen as well it is very expensive

chocomocacino on Jul 03 2017
chocomocacino
  • Minted Feb 23, 2010
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  • 47159 Votes cast

Thank you Kim!! <3 <3 =D

Four Wet Feet Studio on Jun 29 2017
Four Wet Feet Studio
  • Minted May 25, 2010
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  • 9346 Votes cast

Hi Kim, Thank you!! You are so sweet! <3

Elky Ink on Mar 26 2017
Elky Ink
  • Minted Oct 30, 2016
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  • 45840 Votes cast

Hi Kim, I hate to pick one you, but you are the only one who gave feedback for my design. https://www.minted.com/design-rating/760843 I simplified it quite a bit. Too much?

Elky Ink on Mar 25 2017
Elky Ink
  • Minted Oct 30, 2016
  • 9 Awards
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  • 45840 Votes cast

Hi Kim! I appreciate your comments on my Barn Party. You mentioned simplifying the fonts. The large letters are handmade...should I ditch them and go with a real font?

Fraser Lane on Feb 15 2017
Fraser Lane
  • Minted Nov 28, 2012
  • 6 Awards
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  • 11750 Votes cast

Kim, Thanks so much for the like on "sweet daisies." I really appreciate it. Love your work! It's lovely.....btw, love Cincinnati. I use to live there years ago. Now we are in Massachusetts but still get Graeter's ice cream delivered every Christmas:)

Pine Street Creative on Jan 31 2017
Pine Street Creative
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Thanks for the suggestion, Kim on my Our design - I'll do a proof without the separator to compare tomorrow ;)

Faith Dorn on Jan 31 2017
Faith Dorn
  • Minted Jan 19, 2014
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  • 28176 Votes cast

Hi Kim. Thank you so much for the like..really appreciate the support :) Best of luck to you in the challenge!

Christina Vargas on Dec 03 2016
Christina Vargas
  • Minted Apr 9, 2014
  • 7 Comments made
  • 508 Votes cast

Hi Kim, Thank you so much for your comments!! I did what you suggested, however I feel like I lost the balance of the white space that was created by the top left side and the bottom right side. Nonetheless to address the issue of not distracting from the quote I tried a couple of other options. One option that is exactly what you asked, one that brings the copy under celebration, another that tries to blend the Avenir next copy with the emmascript. I am going to create a poll to see what people think.

Susan Brown on Nov 06 2016
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
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  • 116029 Votes cast

HI Kim, I've been missing you so always nice to get your feedback. Ir took forever to get ideas and just now sort of looking at them anew and trying to improve them. Pretty much what we're all doing this weekend. Hope all is well. Sue

Samantha Venator on Nov 04 2016
Samantha Venator
  • Minted Oct 14, 2009
  • 21 Awards
  • 556 Comments made
  • 11216 Votes cast

Hi Kim, Thanks so much for your feedback on my whimsical ampersand design. I know it's panic day and every one is busy getting their last minute entry's and revisions done so I really appreciate you taking the time.

Nazia Hyder on Oct 22 2016
Nazia Hyder
  • Minted May 8, 2012
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  • 17321 Votes cast

Thankyou so much Kim for your helpful & great constructive feedback on my "Flutter" design. I really appreciate it, I worked on this intermittently & lost my tempos I'm literally stuck on this point... I think the foil is too much as well. You know what I mean, but thanks a lot once again. :)

Kimberly Morgan on Oct 22 2016
Kimberly Morgan
  • Minted Aug 2, 2009
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  • 87485 Votes cast

Well, I don't recall the past one, but I think this one looks fabulous!

Lisa Guerrero on Oct 21 2016
Lisa Guerrero
  • Minted Mar 3, 2014
  • 23 Awards
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  • 30139 Votes cast

Thank you, Kim for your comment on my Caress wedding invitation design. In my design explorations, I did try the centering of they type but I decided I liked the offset type better. I appreciate your suggestion!

Lea Delaveris on Jun 15 2016
Lea Delaveris
  • Minted Jun 17, 2010
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Love the new pic, Kim!

Tracy Ann on May 31 2016
Tracy Ann
  • Minted Apr 12, 2015
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Thank you, Kim.

Susan Brown on May 06 2016
Susan Brown
  • Minted May 18, 2011
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Hi Kim, I've tried every which way to tell you how much I enjoyed your interview and those great photos. Nice job. Congrats and Merry Christmas.

Susan Moyal on May 05 2016
Susan Moyal
  • Minted Jan 18, 2014
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Hi Kim thank you very much!! It was a very exciting day yesterday!! Congratulations to you also :)

Playground Prints on May 03 2016
Playground Prints
  • Minted Nov 9, 2015
  • 32 Awards
  • 188 Comments made
  • 13087 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like Kim!

Carrie ONeal on May 02 2016
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
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Thanks for your sweet comment Kim!!! You know I'm not a handlettering-gal...so that design took me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to do. Glad it doesn't look overworked! Here's to the holiday challenge being over soon and life returning to normal. Hugs!!

Shannon on Apr 29 2016
Shannon
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Hi Kim, thanks a bunch for the like :) Whew …only a few days left on this challenge – hope I get a few more in. Hope you've still got some left in you too!

Corinne Aelbers on Apr 25 2016
Corinne Aelbers
  • Minted Jan 1, 2016
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Kim, thanks for much for your info on the formatting required when submitting artwork. I am thinking I need to find and to ask a Corel expert . . . I seem to remember from my graphic artist days some years ago before I retired that you can save a Corel file as an ai illustrator file but I am not sure if the layers remain intact making it possible to edit the text layer(s). Maybe I can find a Corel geek on google somewhere who can tell me.

Salina Mack on Apr 22 2016
Salina Mack
  • Minted Oct 13, 2014
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  • 9152 Votes cast

Hello Kim, Your LIKE on my "holly jolly snowman" entry is very much appreciated; Thank you so much!

Susan Asbill on Apr 12 2016
Susan Asbill
  • Minted Jun 6, 2011
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Thank you, friend! :)

Neeta Sawhney on Apr 12 2016
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 11 Awards
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  • 18858 Votes cast

thanks so much Kim really means alot. Looks like you have some winners very nice work.

Susan Moyal on Apr 08 2016
Susan Moyal
  • Minted Jan 18, 2014
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Hi Kim thank you very much for the like! I love all 3 of your latest entries they are just beautiful :)

Nazia Hyder on Apr 06 2016
Nazia Hyder
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Oh I loved all your entries! I skipped this past challenge as we were out for Spring Break & couldn't make it in time... Getting ready for the Holiday Challenges now. Good luck & let's celebrate winter in Spring!

Coco and Ellie on Apr 01 2016
Coco and Ellie
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Hi Kim, I got my name changed just before Christmas season. I wanted to rebrand but moving like a snail. Best of luck and hope to see you at NSS .

Tatiana Nogueiras on Mar 29 2016
Tatiana Nogueiras
  • Minted Jun 15, 2015
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Hi Kim, thank you so much for the like!!

Kimberly Morgan on Mar 27 2016
Kimberly Morgan
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Sorry I missed your poll, Kim. I like how you have it before, but they way the J flows into the supporting text is really lovely!

Dawn Jasper on Mar 26 2016
Dawn Jasper
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Trust your gut Kim! You're a great designer :) thanks for listening to my picky critiques. I tend to nitpick those I love. Lol.

PIXELIMPRESS on Mar 26 2016
PIXELIMPRESS
  • Minted May 31, 2011
  • 40 Comments made
  • 90 Votes cast

Hi Kim, thanks for taking the time to help me understand the christmas card challenge guidelines (merry christmas as main greeting vs not). Much appreciated! Pam

Neeta Sawhney on Mar 23 2016
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
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  • 18858 Votes cast

thanks Kim Should I take it down then

Design Lotus on Mar 23 2016
Design Lotus
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You're so welcome chica! xo

Chris Griffith on Mar 08 2016
Chris Griffith
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Kim, that is so nice of you to say. Hey did I miss out on a contribution to your Girl Scout trip this year? I would like to send a check again but forget the address. xox

Lauren Chism on Mar 07 2016
Lauren Chism
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Thanks for your sweet comments Kim! xo

Sarah York on Feb 25 2016
Sarah York
  • Minted Feb 16, 2016
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Thanks so much for the comment and the welcome Kim!!

Susan Moyal on Feb 21 2016
Susan Moyal