The Great Ideas Notebook Challenge Special Prize Winners

It would be an understatement to say that the whole Minted team has been notebook crazy for the past couple months. It was so exciting to give our designers a whole new task and to see where you went with it! We were so impressed with the beautiful, modern, and completely unique designs that were the result. Take note of our Special Prize winners below!


Best design that can be given as a gift:

“Crosby Street” by Toast & Laurel

Megan of Toast & Laurel expertly blends classic and modern in this notebook design. We love the combination of preppy stripes with a fresh and bold color palette, which would surely please anyone who received this delightful design as a gift.

Runner Ups (from left): “Wildflowers” by j.bartyn | “Haberdashery” by Toast & Laurel | “decorous” by Design Lotus | “These Things” by Ann Gardner

Best over-the-top pretty design:

“Fresh Flowers” by Three Kisses Studio

The details in Amy Fontes’ design are truly stunning. The intricate line work within the floral illustration lends an ethnic and organic quality to the illustration, while the bold colors keep it feeling modern.

Runner Ups: “Wedding Day Thank Yous” by Kristen Smith | “Le Jardin” by j. bartyn

Best design that incorporates a photo:

“Seasonal Stripes” by robin ott design

Designing with photos is no easy task, but Robin’s design makes it seem effortless. The tone on tone stripe pattern helps to frame the photo while a subtle overlayed texture blends it all together.

Runner Ups: “Thoughtful” by Betta | “Milestones” by Ana Gonzalez

Best design for a guy:

“Solar System” by Tyler Tea

Bold colors and minimalism are executed perfectly in this design—and we love the nod to the Swiss Style of the 1950’s.



Runner Ups: “Etc.” by Two Ninjas | “City Blocks” by Kimberly Nicole | “Tipsy” by BelieveNotes

Best design for kids:


It’s hard to not be charmed by ERAY’s whimsical and retro inspired illustrations. The combination of the red and blue with a subtle texture gives this design a hand screen printed feel.

Runner Ups (from top left): “Sweet Baby Animal Pairs” by Alethea & Ruth | “Robots!” by Dawn Jasper | “Planets” by Tyler Tea | “Wisdom” by Griffinbell Studios | “Jonathan’s Funny Animals” by Tereza Šašinková Lukášová | “Boldly Noted” by Mandy Gordon

Best family notebook design:

“Quotable Kid” by Cheer Up Cherup

This design is perfect for recording family memories. The type feels bold and playful while a fresh color palette and clean layout keep the design modern.

Runner Ups: “Initial and Note” by Toast & Laurel | “Industrial Name Plate” by Jill Means | “Oh the Places” by Jennifer Wick | “City Blocks” by Kimberly Nicole

Congratulations to all our winners! Check back for more winners to come in the next couple weeks…

  1. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Great picks – congrats to all the winners!

  2. Jen Wick

    These are all gorgeous and so derserving to be special picks!

  3. Cecile

    Gorgeous special picks ! Congrats everyone !

  4. Courtnie

    Congrats everyone! These are amazing–each so unique.

  5. Olivia

    Gorgeous work, everyone! Great pics and great overall contest. Feeling very inspired.

  6. Hailey M

    Congrats everyone!! Well-deserving picks and runners up!!

  7. Susie

    Seriously WOW. Great job, everyone!

  8. Ana

    WOW! I am in love with all of the kid’s notebooks. AMAZING work!

  9. Jessica Y

    lovely picks – all so chic!