2012 Minted Top Model Engagement Photo Contest

We were thrilled to receive so many fantastic photos in our Facebook Top Model Engagement Photo Contest!  The look of true love is quite heart-warming, so we’re very excited to feature the winning couples in our new product assortment, including our newly-launched Save-the-Dates!

Congratulations to our lovely winners  who all exhibit how to take a great engagement photo.

1. Engagement photos should be a representation of the couple’s personality, which is why we love the quirky details in our winner Katherine DeJulius’ photo. Two pairs of well-worn cowboy boots and a custom made wooden ampersand perfectly capture the spirit of the couple. And the lo-fi quality of the photo taken on a vintage medium format camera gives the images a timeless feel that will surely become a special keepsake for the newlyweds.

2. A candid moment captured by photographer Katy Melling, shows the genuine affection between these two lovebirds (Katiuska Flynn). The sun dappled lighting and soft focus gives the photograph a dream like feel and transforms the everyday setting into a romantic hideaway.

3. The soaring arches and grandeur of the Boston Public Library offers a fantastic stage, where despite the very public setting, the focus is on the happy couple, Meagan Jennings & Adam Berg.  Choosing a location with sentimental value is the perfect way to put your stamp on your engagement photo.

We had so many great submissions that we couldn’t help but hand out runners’-up prizes to several lucky people, as well: Kirsten Fox, Danny Cuellar, Jenni Olson, Lauren Maxwell, Eliza Brown, Kristin Line, Dana Hanegraaf, Kaylee Graham, Ashley Barker, Sabrina Lemoine Brant, Natasha Uspensky, Monique Nguyen, Andrew Keller-Bradshaw, Ashley Kantro, Emma Metcalf, Katie Wakayama, Jennifer Cardall Jacobson, Charlene Echague, Donna Rucci, Ali Streim, Christina Sylvester, Sarah Knutson, and Jennifer Fotenhauer,

If you haven’t already, make sure to friend us on Facebook. We will keep up to date on top model contests and other chances to win Minted products!


Origami Easter Egg Cups

To celebrate the launch of our new Easter assortment we have a special gift with purchase. Included with every Easter order and any journals, personal stationery, birth announcements or skinny wraps, you’ll receive an Easter Craft Kit that includes 10 origami sheets and instructions for making  a bunny box and egg stand.

Check out the video tutorial below featuring resident office origami expert Tiffany to help you put together the perfect egg stand.

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Minted Goes to Alt

Minted is so happy to be a sponsor of the Alt. conference this year. Mariam asked the creative team to come up with a unique and seriously cute take away to be included in the gift bags for the attendants. We decided on a mini gallery kit, the perfect introduction to Minted’s new art prints. We hand stamped 550 muslin bags, included a collection of 3 art prints, and added mini clothes pins and twine so that people could create their own displays.

It was a lot of fun to see our lovely art prints in person and we couldn’t resist coming up with a few more creative options to display the pieces:


A Few of my Favorite (Type-Related) Things

My love for typography is no secret. I like to impress (torture) my friends and loved ones by identifying fonts in movie credits, billboards and print ads. Did you know Woody Allen always uses EF Windsor for his film credits and that the new Tonight Show With Conan O’brien opted for Neutra Face for their logo? Admit it, you’re pretty impressed. I know I’m not alone here so I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite type things:
The Rather Difficult Font Game

The Rather Difficult Font Game

Some people play solitaire on their computer, I play the Rather Difficult Font Game on ilovetypography.com. And they’re not lying — it’s really hard. Can you name a typeface by only an ampersand? I’ve challenged Koshi several times to a font identification challenge but he has yet to accept.


This documentary is a typophile’s dream. Massimo Vignelli, David Carson, Stefan Sagmeister and Paula Scher are all in this film – what more could a design obsessed gal want? It more than a movie about a font, it’s about the history of graphic design.


Ampersand T-Shirt by House Industries
Not only does the team at House Industries produce amazing typefaces (who isn’t obsessed with Neutra Face right now?) but they make t-shirts to outfit every type obsessed boy and girl.


Upper Case “R” in Hellenic Wide

Favorite font? Pssshhh, true connoisseurs of type have favorite letters. For me the R in Hellenic Wide does it for me. The slab serif, the perfect curve in the leg. This letter makes me wish my name started with an R.

I know the Minted community is equally type obsessed. What are your favorite letters, any current font crushes, and Koshi if you’re ever up for a font identification challenge, well you know where I sit.


Design Trends: Hand Drawn

First off, let me say that I absolutely adore hand drawn elements in design. Much to the chagrin of my family I made them stop every three buildings on a trip to France to take pictures of hand painted signs.

Look at that! Art is all around you! Don’t you see how beautiful the curve in that “S” is??!?!

With my love for all things handmade, it’s been wonderful to see our amazingly talented Minted community incorporating hand drawn elements into their work.

Carved Tree by pottsdesign
carved tree Save the Date Cards

Emily Potts of pottsdesign beautifully married a rustic illustration of a tree with clean, classic typography. And all the variable elements that our customers can change right down to the initial carved into the tree are a font — which makes the designers at Minted very happy.

Line Blur by Lili Meng
Line Blur Personal Stationery

Who knew scribbles could feel so modern? Lili Meng’s stationery design is colorful, energetic, unique and hand drawn!

Dry Petals by Gleaux
Dry Petals Personal Stationery

Erika of Gleaux certainly has a knack for layering modern graphics with hand drawn illustration and Dry Petals is a perfect example. Overlaying organic line art brings depth and warmth to her design.

Foggy Holiday by Kimberly Schwede
Foggy Holiday Holiday Photo Cards

Our Last Call Holiday Challenge has just begun we’re already amazed by what our design community is creating. It’s hard not be charmed by Kimberly’s whimsical illustrations of San Francisco. By eschewing clip art Kimberly’s hand drawn elements give this design personality and a truly unique flair all its own.


Minted in InStyle Wedding

At Minted we love the idea that invitations can capture the spirit and personality of an event. And we’re not alone, in their Summer 2009 issue InStyle Weddings featured invitations for the modern bride that eschews outdated ideas that wedding invitations must be stuffy and boring. The article highlighted designers that are pushing the envelope with bold use of color, strong graphic patterns, and creative use of typography. Among those mentioned was Minted’s own Deco Lights wedding invitation by the talented Deb Pang Davis of Cococello. Allison, one of our talented design associates, is also quoted, “Strong patterns, bright colors and clean font help set the tone for a modern wedding, says Allison Wheeler, a designer at stationery boutique Minted.com. To find your inspiration, Wheeler suggest looking at fabric patterns, modern design and art deco-era typography.”

Minted in Instyle Summer 09