Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge Special Prize Winners

From the chic grommets and unique tabs to the pages of customizable text and photos, our Minibook cards have to be one of the most beautiful, most personalizable ways to share stories, events, and memories. In the Life Stages Minibook Card Challenge, we gave the Minted Community the chance to put their own twist on this very unique format. We asked for fresh, modern designs that would let each customer’s personality shine through. We just love the result! Now we’re happy to announce the winners of our Special Prizes below. Congratulations, everyone!

Big Picture Award for the best Minibook featuring a full-bleed photo on the cover

Forever Timeless” by Maison Yellow

Kaydi’s neat, elegant design makes for the perfect full-bleed card. Keeping it simple with a casual, but chic line of  text on the cover, “Forever Timeless” allows customers to showcase their photographs beautifully. The clean layout and large photos create a perfect blend of romantic minimalism.

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Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

Even though it’s still May for one last day, it’s really starting to feel like summer now that my son is done with school for the year. Like many parents, I’m racking my brain to figure out how to entertain him all. summer. long. Luckily for us, the internet has a bazillion genius + cheap ideas to keep little hands and legs busy outside.

Here’s a roundup of some fun outdoor activities to try with your kids this summer:

A water party for those hot summer afternoons

Make an obstacle course in the yard or park with easy stuff around the house (image above)

Help them tie dye their bed sheets!

Butterfly catching at the park

A beach scavenger hunt

Make a delicious and fun giant banana split for all the neighborhood kids to join in on


Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors


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Gatsby Inspired Glasses

Gatsby Wine Glass DIY

If you want to add a little 1920s glam to your wedding or your next dinner party, these gorgeous glasses will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into a scene from The Great Gatsby in no time.

Pearls, sequins and glittery jewels are all you need to make your glasses sparkle…


Kids Paper Strip Monogram Art

This paper strip monogram artwork is sure to be a keepsake with the help of your little one’s handiwork. Not only will they love identifying with their own initial, but they’ll love that they made this with their own hands.

To make this you will need…


DIY Wedding Envelope Addressing Tips

By Joelle of A Charming Occasion

I am so excited to be here today to share some wedding envelope addressing tips for you. As someone who has addressed my fair share of envelopes (I offer hand lettering services through my etsy shop), I have learned a lot about this seemingly simple process.

Depending on the type of wedding you’re having, you may evaluate whether or not you want to hire a calligrapher to address your envelopes for you. This cost can get pretty high up there, so don’t worry if it isn’t in your budget! I am a firm believer that anyone can master the art of handwriting, if you just practice. Here are a few tips to take into consideration when addressing your own invitation envelopes…


Call for Entries – Special Picks Part II

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Here in the Bay Area, the weather is starting to get warmer, the days are growing long, and we are spending more time outdoors when not looking at Minted Art. A number of the special picks from our recent Call for Entries challenge remind us that inspiration can be found all around – whether from a retro style Ferris wheel or a monochromatic study of peppers, perhaps ready to be grilled on a light-filled evening.

Best Photograph

California Dreams by Alexandra Nazari

Los Angeles, CA

This photograph exemplifies the nature of its given title by presenting a leisurely activity against a cloudless California sky. The lack of horizon offers the viewer an unusual perspective that is simultaneously seductive as well as a bit disorienting – mimicking the experience of the ride on a Ferris wheel.  An iconic row of palm trees creates a lower border for the photograph while the bright orange cars on the wheel reach up and out to the sky.


Note from the Editor

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We’re all about dusting off the BBQ and ushering in summer in simplistic style while honoring our troops with family and friends. Celebrations in either the backyard, the beach, or at a cozy campsite. Here’s to a carefree start to summer!

Here are a few fun Memorial Day ideas:

Patriotic printables for your BBQ

A grill themed party with mini grill cake pops!

Medallions to hang from your porch

Taking hot dogs to the next level with a full service hot dog stand


Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + The Julep Editors

(image above)


Getaway Dresses

playful and mod getaway dress by kate spade One of my favorite wedding traditions is definitely the getaway dress. While I’m not a huge fan of swapping dresses mid-celebration, I love the idea of donning a short shift for a couple’s big exit. Historically, the custom arose from necessity, as newlyweds would leave for a honeymoon immediately following the reception. Now, its less about tradition and more about a celebratory spirit and a stylish send-off.


Wedding Confetti Launchers

If you are looking for fun ways to encourage guests to say a festive good-bye at your wedding these push-up confetti launchers are the perfect fit. They are fun to use and simple to make with the use of old fashion ice cream pop-ups. Plus, they will leave behind great treats to enjoy all summer long.


Designer to Know: Eva Black

I always really love the clean and whimsical designs by LA based graphic designer Eva Black. Eva clearly spends a lot of time getting to know her clients because each project looks so organic and effortless, which as a designer I know is not easy to do. She also incorporates a lot of handmade details like hand-drawn type or watercolor backgrounds, which always gives a more personal feel to a design. Her work is a good example of how just a few simple elements are all you need for good design, so next time you need a little inspiration take a peek at her site or blog.