Sara Heilwagen

Sara Heilwagen. Based in Nashville, TN, US.

  • 27 awards won
  • 1035 comments made
  • 8391 votes cast

Awards

  • editor pick 27

About Sara Heilwagen

Sara is a Nashville, Tennessee designer who loves Southern style, Scandinavian crime fiction, her family and chocolate. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @sheilwagenpaper

designs by Sara Heilwagen


favorite artists

  • Carrie Eckert
  • Amanda Larsen Design
  • Lina Goldberg
  • Tickled Ink Paperie
  • Sara Heilwagen
  • Carrie ONeal

comments

Nikita Jariwala on Aug 21 2019
Nikita Jariwala
  • Minted Oct 19, 2017
  • 5 Awards
  • 506 Comments made
  • 5061 Votes cast

Thanks a lot for the like. Best wishes!

Jair on Apr 22 2019
Jair
  • Minted Jun 24, 2015
  • 2 Awards
  • 190 Comments made
  • 10522 Votes cast

Hi Sara, thank you so much for your like and support, best wishes! :)

Francois Carrara on Apr 19 2019
Francois Carrara
  • Minted May 17, 2017
  • 2 Awards
  • 143 Comments made
  • 1117 Votes cast

Hi Sara, thank you for your like on my holiday entry! Your joyful design is so bright. I'm getting red foil envy =)

Rebecca Rueth on Feb 20 2019
Rebecca Rueth
  • Minted Jun 19, 2016
  • 10 Awards
  • 3998 Comments made
  • 78892 Votes cast

Hi Sara, Thank you so much for your feedback in the critique group, it was such a great experience! I hope you like where the design ended up! Best wishes on all of lovely entries in the challenges! - Rebecca

PrintHappy Designs on Feb 18 2019
PrintHappy Designs
  • Minted Apr 21, 2016
  • 56 Comments made
  • 2680 Votes cast

Sara, thanks so much for the like on my entry - you made my day! Your "gilded black marble" entry is really lovely! Best of luck :)

Carol Fazio on Jan 28 2019
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 41 Awards
  • 6428 Comments made
  • 26805 Votes cast

Hi Sara! Thanks for all the likes on my wedding designs! I appreciate it very much! Love your Inkwell design! Watercolor is my fav too! Good luck in the challenges, xo, C

amanda lawrence on Jan 06 2019
amanda lawrence
  • Minted Jan 13, 2013
  • 10 Awards
  • 1494 Comments made
  • 28161 Votes cast

Hi Sara - many thanks for your wonderful support and A Very Happy New Year - best - lovely designs btw -Axx

frau brandt on Jan 05 2019
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 19 Awards
  • 2554 Comments made
  • 13645 Votes cast

Thank you for all the likes! Happy New Year!

frau brandt on Jan 22 2018
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 19 Awards
  • 2554 Comments made
  • 13645 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like on "Floral Love". Really appreciate it. Very nice to see your wonderful work. All the best.

Shannon on Nov 01 2017
Shannon
  • Minted May 20, 2013
  • 23 Awards
  • 2290 Comments made
  • 17366 Votes cast

Hello Sara, and thanks for the like on my "lined and framed" wedding invite! I'm liking the rugged mountain vibe of your cozy plaid invite – the cake that inspired it is crazy!! How would one even make a cake like that?!

Ana Sharpe on Jul 12 2017
Ana Sharpe
  • Minted Sep 26, 2013
  • 100 Awards
  • 1129 Comments made
  • 14984 Votes cast

Thank you for the likes on my new year entries, Sara! So much appreciated. You have such a beautiful collection of work! All the best! :)

aticnomar on Jul 11 2017
aticnomar
  • Minted Apr 10, 2011
  • 23 Awards
  • 980 Comments made
  • 14879 Votes cast

Hi Sara! Thank you for the help and comments, I appreciated it very much. I made poll, hope you can help again. Thank so much again!

Lisa Travis on May 08 2017
Lisa Travis
  • Minted May 1, 2009
  • 10 Awards
  • 810 Comments made
  • 10678 Votes cast

Sare, thank you so much for the like on my entry "Darkness and Stars", very much appreciated!

Gail Schechter on Jan 27 2017
Gail Schechter
  • Minted May 13, 2011
  • 8 Awards
  • 204 Comments made
  • 4029 Votes cast

thanks for the LIKE! Much appreciated Gail :)

Benita Crandall on Nov 03 2016
Benita Crandall
  • Minted Jan 7, 2016
  • 16 Awards
  • 954 Comments made
  • 13197 Votes cast

Thank you so much again Sara for your like! You have the cutest designs! Love the penguin! Xo benita

Benita Crandall on Sep 26 2016
Benita Crandall
  • Minted Jan 7, 2016
  • 16 Awards
  • 954 Comments made
  • 13197 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like Sara! Love your textile designs!:-)

Tatiana Nogueiras on Aug 03 2016
Tatiana Nogueiras
  • Minted Jun 15, 2015
  • 10 Awards
  • 305 Comments made
  • 23851 Votes cast

Hi Sara, thank you so much for the like!

Playground Prints on Aug 01 2016
Playground Prints
  • Minted Nov 9, 2015
  • 32 Awards
  • 188 Comments made
  • 12471 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like, Sara!! :)

Corinne Aelbers on Jul 04 2016
Corinne Aelbers
  • Minted Jan 1, 2016
  • 4 Awards
  • 933 Comments made
  • 3456 Votes cast

thanks for the heads up for the stationery for the San Fran challenge . . I wasn't sure they used the word personal in the submission guidelines and the example link was to personalized stationery. I will take the personalized name off, minted can always let winners know if they want to personalize I guess . . . Good luck with the challenges - Corinne

Jackie Crawford on Jul 03 2016
Jackie Crawford
  • Minted Nov 10, 2011
  • 79 Awards
  • 1469 Comments made
  • 11739 Votes cast

Hi Sara, thank you for the like on my Dapper Sea Lion entry. You have some really great submissions for the SF challenge--especially the bridge with the trolley car. Best of luck int he challenge!

Alison Jerry Designs on Jun 28 2016
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 57 Awards
  • 2057 Comments made
  • 3241 Votes cast

Hello there! Thanks for the like on my work for the San Fran challenge! All the best to you and appreciate the encouragement!

Deborah Chou on Jun 28 2016
Deborah Chou
  • Minted Dec 23, 2015
  • 4 Awards
  • 621 Comments made
  • 12694 Votes cast

Thanks so much for all the likes. Positive feedback is wonderful. Best of luck to you in the challenges!

Simona Camp on Dec 29 2015
Simona Camp
  • Minted Oct 19, 2014
  • 135 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 15395 Votes cast

Hi Sara, I just noticed I submitted a really similar design to yours. I sent you a private FB message about it. Let me know if you don't get it, I don't know if they go through if we are not fb friends.

Ashlee Townsend on Dec 29 2015
Ashlee Townsend
  • Minted Oct 29, 2015
  • 46 Awards
  • 577 Comments made
  • 14921 Votes cast

Thank you so much for liking my "Young and Wild" announcement. It really means a lot!!

Alison Jerry Designs on Oct 10 2015
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 57 Awards
  • 2057 Comments made
  • 3241 Votes cast

Hey Sara, thanks for tint info, I can't find it anywhere- where it says we can't use tints........do you think it was posted somewhere? Facebook? Thanks

Robin L. Andrews on Sep 07 2015
Robin L. Andrews
  • Minted Mar 21, 2013
  • 5 Awards
  • 2487 Comments made
  • 59086 Votes cast

Hi Sarah, thank you for taking the time to make constructive comments on my Brilliant Calligraphy save the date design. I was trying to use rounded corners as the trim but the template was not looking correct so I went to straight edges and I changed the typography.

Salina Mack on Aug 14 2015
Salina Mack
  • Minted Oct 13, 2014
  • 2 Awards
  • 436 Comments made
  • 9030 Votes cast

Hello Sarah, Thank you so much for the LIKE! I had much fun designing that and it feels nice that you and other minties like it too:) Good luck with the challenges!

Kanika Mathur on Aug 11 2015
Kanika Mathur
  • Minted Jan 15, 2014
  • 58 Awards
  • 2441 Comments made
  • 13688 Votes cast

Thanks so much for the like on my 'Japanese Quince" submission for the Stationery Challenge! Really appreciate it, Sarah!:)

Sarah Johnson on Aug 11 2015
Sarah Johnson
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 3 Awards
  • 288 Comments made
  • 10894 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the "like" Sara! I very much appreciate it :)

Chelsey Scott on Feb 03 2015
Chelsey Scott
  • Minted Nov 29, 2012
  • 71 Awards
  • 678 Comments made
  • 13052 Votes cast

Thank you for all your likes! I appreciate the support and I love all your work :)

Lindsay Ferraris Photography on Jan 25 2015
Lindsay Ferraris Photography
  • Minted Mar 19, 2012
  • 18 Awards
  • 89 Comments made
  • 8478 Votes cast

Thank you for your "like" Sara! Your photography is really nice, I have been a fan of "Willow" for a while!

Sara Hicks Malone on Jan 10 2015
Sara Hicks Malone
  • Minted Sep 18, 2011
  • 284 Awards
  • 1140 Comments made
  • 17371 Votes cast

Hi Sara! I hope you are well. A new Nashville-area Mintie (Rachel Schendel) reached out to me to see if we all wanted together... I think it's just four of us (you, me, Jessica & Rachael) the week of February 9th. If you are interested will you send me your email address? You can send it to saramalone@me.com. Thanks! -S

peetie design on Nov 25 2014
peetie design
  • Minted Nov 27, 2011
  • 96 Awards
  • 468 Comments made
  • 13165 Votes cast

Hi Sara! Did you get my email? I know it's a busy time, I just wanted to make sure it didn't go to spam. x lisa

Giselle Zimmerman on Aug 16 2014
Giselle Zimmerman
  • Minted Apr 3, 2010
  • 17 Awards
  • 1908 Comments made
  • 17172 Votes cast

Hi Sara! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! You made my weekend! No, off course not! I was thinking about printing some for me too ;) Have a beautiful rest of your weekend, God bless you.

Beth Schneider on May 28 2014
Beth Schneider
  • Minted Sep 17, 2010
  • 97 Awards
  • 1472 Comments made
  • 26556 Votes cast

Hey Sara. Thanks for the heads up on my H-squared card. Can you lead me to the one you're referring to in non-photo? I can't seem to find it! Thanks!!! ~Beth

Anupama on Jul 26 2013
Anupama
  • Minted Jan 26, 2012
  • 112 Awards
  • 3007 Comments made
  • 19402 Votes cast

Hi Sara the layout of my stationery submission " my guitar" is similar to your "Fiddler" ...I didn't see it before submitting mine...please let me know if you feel the same too...I will take it out ..thanks :)

LollieJ on Jul 15 2013
LollieJ
  • Minted May 15, 2011
  • 6 Awards
  • 8 Comments made
  • 17881 Votes cast

Thanks Sara for your comments on my minibook design! I hope it looks a little cleaner now (and minus the guidelines I forgot to hide!). Thanks again and have a good day!

Wendy McClure on May 29 2013
Wendy McClure
  • Minted Dec 9, 2011
  • 4 Awards
  • 569 Comments made
  • 1837 Votes cast

Sara - thank you for your suggestion for my Comin'Down the Mountain card. Do you mind taking another look and let me know what you think? Thank you!! :o) http://www.minted.com/design-rating/93043

Monica Schafer on Mar 23 2013
Monica Schafer
  • Minted Oct 25, 2010
  • 53 Awards
  • 2453 Comments made
  • 25545 Votes cast

Hi Sara! Thanks so much for the feedback on my design. Switched to business pen font... do you think this looks better? Thank you!!! http://www.minted.com/design-rating/85471

Kim Dietrich Elam on Oct 12 2012
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
  • 63 Awards
  • 9455 Comments made
  • 37713 Votes cast

Hey, Sara! Are you on Facebook?

Kim Dietrich Elam on Aug 30 2012
Kim Dietrich Elam
  • Minted Feb 10, 2011
  • 63 Awards
  • 9455 Comments made
  • 37713 Votes cast

Congrats on being the homepage featured designer this week, Sara! How exciting! I really adore your Simply Sweet Watercolor. Can't wait to see what you think up for the next wedding challenge!

Heather Francisco on Aug 15 2012
Heather Francisco
  • Minted Sep 6, 2011
  • 52 Awards
  • 1517 Comments made
  • 68924 Votes cast

Thank you for the suggestion on my "spirited" banner Sara! I tried out a little orange and really liking it. take a peek when you have a sec and let me know what you think :D

Susie Allen on May 21 2012
Susie Allen
  • Minted Jan 25, 2011
  • 86 Awards
  • 1339 Comments made
  • 18989 Votes cast

Thanks so for the comment, Sara! You're outdoing me with Parks references. I actually had to look that one up! LOL ;)

Kampai Designs on Apr 08 2012
Kampai Designs
  • Minted Feb 25, 2012
  • 92 Awards
  • 1491 Comments made
  • 29617 Votes cast

Sara, thanks for your comment but I have not shown different colorways. I have shown 2 different designs; this one a female bicycle and the other designed for a male. I am sure that if I do the wrong thing the site administrators will let me know.

Laura Hankins on Jan 30 2012
Laura Hankins
  • Minted Aug 13, 2008
  • 185 Awards
  • 2774 Comments made
  • 10815 Votes cast

I was just voting and noticed you used Champaign, IL as a location...I'm an Illinois alum too :) Made me smile for sure, great entries this challenge- best of luck!

Smeeta Sharma on Dec 13 2011
Smeeta Sharma
  • Minted Oct 28, 2010
  • 6 Awards
  • 997 Comments made
  • 10897 Votes cast

Sara, I really like your designs, but especially love New Year. New Life. Together. The typography is stunning!

Karen Robert on Sep 23 2011
Karen Robert
  • Minted Oct 26, 2009
  • 173 Comments made
  • 2172 Votes cast

Sara, thanks for your feedback on my design you are so right, the square works so much better and changing the font worked as well. I so appreciate it and updated the new design, hope you approve. Karen

Courtney Michelle Designs on Sep 23 2011
Courtney Michelle Designs
  • Minted Nov 12, 2010
  • 3 Comments made
  • 90 Votes cast

Hi Sara, I thanks so much for the feedback on my design! I kind of felt the same way, but was having a hard time picking something out. Because the pattern isn't a true paisley (like on bandanas) I wanted to convey that western feel. Any other thoughts on how to convey this or a different font to use? Thanks again!

Sandy Pons on Jun 22 2011
Sandy Pons
  • Minted Sep 10, 2008
  • 14 Awards
  • 1015 Comments made
  • 28692 Votes cast

Hi Sara-Thanks so much for leaving me a message. So happy for you! One door closes and another opens :) I need to remember that.

Betta on Mar 17 2011
Betta
  • Minted Sep 9, 2009
  • 27 Awards
  • 282 Comments made
  • 9812 Votes cast

Sara, a belated congrats on your win! I remember that we joined minted at around the same time; it's wonderful that you haven't stayed away for too long.

Larkspur Paperie on Mar 16 2011
Larkspur Paperie
  • Minted Dec 9, 2010
  • 13 Awards
  • 330 Comments made
  • 7727 Votes cast

thanks for the feedback. i will try that.

Smudge Design on Mar 16 2011
Smudge Design
  • Minted Dec 8, 2010
  • 86 Awards
  • 1748 Comments made
  • 27329 Votes cast

Hi Sara, thanks for the feedback. I made an update.

Sarah Knies on Mar 15 2011
Sarah Knies
  • Minted Aug 10, 2010
  • 38 Comments made
  • 1027 Votes cast

Hi Sara! I'm a fellow Nashvillian, just stopping by to say hello :)

Carrie ONeal on Feb 24 2011
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
  • 248 Awards
  • 1742 Comments made
  • 20432 Votes cast

Sara!!! Congrats on your win!

Tickled Ink Paperie on Feb 19 2011
Tickled Ink Paperie
  • Minted Jul 22, 2009
  • 1 Award
  • 277 Comments made
  • 4586 Votes cast

Hi Sara! I just wanted to congratulate you on your win!!! I missed the last challenge, but I went through to see some of the designs- loved your entries! Congrats again!

Carrie ONeal on Jul 06 2010
Carrie ONeal
  • Minted Jan 17, 2010
  • 248 Awards
  • 1742 Comments made
  • 20432 Votes cast

Hey Sara. I just sent you an email at your aol account...just giving you a head ups. :)

Karen Hurley on Jun 08 2010
Karen Hurley
  • Minted Jun 1, 2010
  • 1 Comment made

Yes, I'm new. I looked everywhere and the directions suggested that you could use the photos but didn't say you had too. I'm bummed. No time to go back and re-do them. Love your work.

Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary on Jun 03 2010
Pranshu Kumar Chaudhary
  • Minted May 18, 2010
  • 12 Comments made
  • 48 Votes cast

thanks for the feedback i will correct my mistake

Design Lotus on May 04 2010
Design Lotus
  • Minted May 9, 2008
  • 234 Awards
  • 4279 Comments made
  • 40063 Votes cast

Thanks Sara. I created the balloon dog for the current bday challenge but I plan on using it on personal stationery. I don't really have a store as of current though. =D

Bella Expressions-Linda Birtel on Apr 27 2010
Bella Expressions-Linda Birtel
  • Minted Jun 3, 2009
  • 2 Awards
  • 137 Comments made
  • 258 Votes cast

Thanks for the tips. I made changes. Minted is great!

Laura Coggins on Feb 21 2010
Laura Coggins
  • Minted Feb 1, 2009
  • 4 Awards
  • 38 Comments made
  • 1020 Votes cast

thanks for the feedback...

Three Kisses Studio on Feb 18 2010
Three Kisses Studio
  • Minted Nov 4, 2008
  • 43 Awards
  • 1405 Comments made
  • 18520 Votes cast

Thanks for the tip on going from AI into PS. It was weird, only one of the four blue colors I chose shifted color. I'll try this technique.

Betta on Jan 16 2010
Betta
  • Minted Sep 9, 2009
  • 27 Awards
  • 282 Comments made
  • 9812 Votes cast

Keep up the good work Sara! I like your use of repetitive elements in "Retro Flavor" and "Pop Kitties".

Betta on Dec 15 2009
Betta
  • Minted Sep 9, 2009
  • 27 Awards
  • 282 Comments made
  • 9812 Votes cast

I am happy to hear that you like the floral pattern. My illustrations are usually created in Illustrator. The floral pattern was an inspiration from an ornate mirror frame in my mother's home. I took a picture of it and traced it in Photoshop. I do try my best to create and use original elements and encourage you to keep doing same. I must say that it's sometimes a lot of work (I often run into creative blocks) but it's very rewarding! P.S. If I was in Grade 2 I'd get my parents to buy me the "choo choo choose me" valentine to hand out to my classmates! :)