Party invitation in Pregnancy & Newborn.

We are so excited that Tyler Tea’s Molecular Bond was featured in the June issue of Pregnancy & Newborn!

The editors did such a fun job of styling a scholarly themed party… it would be perfect for an early birthday or baby shower even.

We worked with their editors to re-purpose Tyler Tea’s design, which was originally a bridal shower invitation, and turned it into a birthday party invitation. Being able to customize anything you want is definitely one of the best things about minted… I always love to know no one will have exactly the same design!

By the way, if you’re like me and wondering where that awesome lightbulb candle came from: it’s from Pylones.

Pretty cool right?!


2012 Minted Baby & Kids Top Model Contest.

Kids are just too darn cute!! And boy did we have an overdose of cute when going through all of the submissions to the 2012 Minted Baby & Kids Top Model Contest. We are so thankful to everyone for sharing their loved ones with us and are thrilled to announce two winners who all perfectly capture the very best side of their too-cute-for-words kiddos. They will look smashing in any of our upcoming 2012 holiday cards or awesome birth announcements.

1. There’s no faking a real smile and these kids are clearly genuinely happy. We still love the idea of popping real furniture in an open field… the dried grass is rustic and homey, but the leopard chair is modern and unexpected. And of course, no family photo is complete without the “favored child”: your beloved pup! Congratulations to Tamika Garscia for submitting something so stunning!

2. Oh painted brick wall, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways: Your yellow is so bright and fresh, you are perfectly uneven, your uniform color makes any card design really pop, and you put the emphasis on what we really care about: our little ones. And those adorable little jeans, with that matching yellow tie, combined with a perfect look of interest and wonderment take this photo, submitted by Aubrey Hansen, of a very good looking young gentleman to another level.

There were so many great photos submitted, I just can’t help but share a few other favorites from the editor’s picks with you.

Editor’s Pick: How cute is this little baby all wrapped up in a knitted bundle? And how sweet are those little folded hands? Ooh and what about those pretty flowers? Submitted by Sangeeta H. Landau.

Editor’s Pick: What’s better than a baby in a basket? Two babies in a basket!! I will just never tire of the Moses basket shot. Submitted by Alison Danielson.

Editor’s Pick: A photo should really capture a moment… it’s very hard for a posed shot to compete with the serendipity of real life and the best kids photography gives a glimpse into your child’s personality! I love how natural her expression and hands are. And of course those pigtails don’t hurt the cuteness factor either. Submitted by: Rachael Boer Photography.

Editor’s Pick: I love this photo because it shows how matchy-matchy can look really good! It helps that the fleeces and hats couldn’t be any cooler. I love the background texture from the bright green grass and moss covered bench. Submitted by Casey Dué Hackney.

Editor’s Pick: This is just such a great, very natural family shot. The fact that the little girl isn’t staring right at the camera actually adds to the image’s charm. Everyone is perfectly accessorized without being over-styled. And the green of the grass is very fresh and relaxing. Submitted by: Betsy F. Chen.

Editor’s Pick: Anything can be a great back-drop… even a rusty ol’ truck! And, again, here we’re reminded that it’s more interesting if not everyone is staring straight at the lens. Doesn’t this family look both so real and so happy? Submitted by Heather Rasmussen.

Please note: There are many more winners! We will be in touch with all of you early next week. Thanks for your patience!


Party invitations guest judges’ awards.

Today we’re excited to announce our judges’ picks from the Party Invitations Design Challenge!!

Stephanie Brubaker is the culinary and aesthetic genius behind StephModo, a pretty blog with original recipes, valuable tips and a healthy dose of “pretty.” Steph chose Element of a 16 birthday party invitation by Eunice Kindred.

Says Steph: “Loving this age-appropriate, modern invitation that boasts just the right amount of “cool”.  It emits the right amount of sophistication without being overly so.  He is still technically a ‘kid’ after all!  What a top-notch option for a stylish, fun-loving teenager that isn’t into skulls or cross bones.”

Our judge Liz Stanley is the creative, DIY force behind ‘Say Yes to Hoboken‘, a style and crafts site, when she’s not camping under the Golden Gate Bridge with her husband and son or digging for treasures at local thrift stores.

Liz chose Science by Kristen Kern.

“This one really stood out to me for it’s solid design elements and unexpected color choices,” says Liz. “I want to throw a science party  just around these invites!”

She also really liked Sweet Treat by Natalie Peoples.

“The simplicity of the design, fantastic font choices and fun summer colors–I’m a sucker for all things turquoise made this one a winner for me,” says Liz.

And last, but certainly not least, balloon bear by kadie foppiano.

Liz says: “I love the nostalgic, vintage feel to this invite and the colors combined with the text are just perfect.”

A very big thank you to these lovely ladies, bloggers, and mums for taking the time to pick out party invites that both they and their children will love!


Snippet and Ink post: What type of bride are you?

Our creative team did such a brilliant job putting together inspiration boards for a recent sponsored post on Snippet & Ink, which by the way if you haven’t checked out this inspiring wedding blog, you simply must; Kathryn is beyond adorable and has the best eye! Her inspiration palettes are tops. The boards were a fun little series inspired by different types of brides: whimsical, rustic, classic, modern and elegant.

Clockwise from top left: ChalkboardElisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

The chalkboard theme is such a fun one and what I love about this design by Alethea & Ruth is that it’s a little more subtle than most… and there are so many fun ways you can incorporate chalkboards into the event’s decor: placecards (as pictured), menus, signage, even favors.

Clockwise from top left: Mr. LaurenceBrandon Witzel via Green Wedding Shoes, via Postcards & Pretties

Moglea’s design is a feast of pretty typefaces and the backer is the perfect rustic, fall color palette to work with. I love all the rich colors pulled out in the tabletop above right.

Clockwise from top left: Just My TypeMolly EganGrand LaceJessica Johnston via Merci New York

Ann Gardner’s invite is just so classy!! I love the idea of bringing in ivory and light peach florals with it. Adn isn’t that plaid backer just perfect?!

Clockwise from top left: Circle the DateGabriel Boone via BridalHoodMy SunshineSwoon by Katie via Wedding Chicks

I know you wouldn’t think of it at first, but circles, inspired by Kimberly Fitzsimons’ design, are actually a motif in and off themselves. I love billy ball flowers–the perfect little yellow balls above–in fact I had them at my wedding so I may be a little biased. I also love the idea of doing some circle banners.

Clockwise from top left: Charming Go LightlyRebecca Wedding Photography via 100 Layer Cake, via Flora Fetish

Again, I think it’s really nice to have a classy front to your invitation and then to have a more playful backer. Here, cheree berry’s chevron is pulled into a table runner and it’s just perfect!

I hope you enjoy these fun boards as much as the team enjoyed putting them together!

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Purple blue and green wedding inspiration.

Recently Annie Clark’s Winter Flourish wedding invitation was photographed for a shoot by Elisa B Photography that was featured on Once Wed.

I thought these pretty pictures might brighten your Monday morning!

Aren’t those flowers really just beyond lovely? They seem perfect for this time of year, too.

Cutest ring bearer ever!

I actually think that in various colors this invite is perfect for any time of year.

This bride is a real stunnah!

Vintage stamps, white calligraphy and lavender sprigs really take the suite to another level.

And isn’t the car just perfect?

Photography: Elisa B Photography // Floral Designer: Toast // Invitations: minted // Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal // Calligrapher: Plurabelle // Makeup Artist: LunaBella Make up and Hair // Men’s Attire: MeandMatilda // Bakery: Crushcakes // Paper props: The Paper Nickel Stamp Co.// Equipment Rentals: Chez Renee and Archive Vintage Rentals


Journals in Country Living’s May issue.

We were thrilled our journals were included in Country Living’s fresh picks in their May issue.

Wildflowers by j. bartyn design and  grey stripe notes by alethea and ruth were pictured.

And the timing couldn’t be better; our journals are such great gifts for Mother’s Day… did you see all of our adorable matching journal / stationery sets?

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Gender neutral baby shower.

A very sweet gender-neutral baby shower inspired by Moglea’s Simply Stork baby shower invitation was recently featured on On To Baby.

The event planning was quite a feat: Laurel Anderson of Esla Events: Planning + Design threw her big sister Lindsey a beautiful shower from across the country. She packed up twelve dessert platters, 150 cookies and brownies from Batter Bakery, 350 yards of ribbon, and one darling little baby hat and flew from San Francisco to Denver.

Aren’t the little blocks super cute?

Everyone always appreciates knowing what exactly they’re eating so these little tags are both cute and helpful!

I love how they pulled the little heart from the invite for this sandwich flag.

And aren’t these sweet little ribbon flags the perfect touch?

This is a very manageable little DIY detail project!

Write a little note for the ‘Mom & Baby’ is such a sweet activity. And I love how the birds were pulled into the paper on the table and the little silver card holder.

The favors had such a fancy matching box!

A happy presents-opening shot!!


Birth announcement photo tips.

Although we don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding an adorable birth announcement design (check out our assortment here!), we know photographing your wee one can be a wee bit overwhelming! So we’ve asked professional children’s photographers Moss & Isaac, whom I met at ALT back in January, to give us some pointers–whether you’re hiring a pro or doing it yourself, we’re sure you’ll find their very practical tips helpful.

All photos by New York City-based Moss & Isaac.

What is the ideal age to photograph a newborn?
We like to photograph newborns roughly between 7-10 days. We like to give mom and dad a week to get settled and comfortable. Shooting within the second week is great, because their skin is usually better and they sleep a lot, hopefully. A sleeping baby makes it much easier for us to move them around without disturbing them.

What do you recommend for various outfit changes for the little one?
Starting out nude is always best. We ask to start with a warm room so that the little one stays nice and cozy while naked. Gather some baby blankets and fabrics that you like, to swaddle the newborn for different looks. When choosing clothing, whether it is an heirloom gown or it’s a brand new outfit, make sure it is easy to change in and out of. From experience, we found out that babies don’t like being changed! We suggest no more than two outfit changes, unless you want a grumpy little one on your hands. Also, make sure the clothing colors are bright jewel tones or light pastels. That goes for the parent’s clothing too. Dark colors such as black, navy or dark brown tend to make a baby’s porcelain skin look pale.

How do you coordinate a date for the shoot when the due date isn’t known until after the child is born? Do you tentatively set it up with the parents before hand?
We are full time photographers, and this flexibility helps immensely when setting up a newborn shoot. We do prefer that a couple contact us prior to the delivery, as it gives us time to work around other shoots or meetings when needed. We like to keep in touch, that way as soon as we know the birth date, we can set our shoot date.

What are some of your favorite sets / motifs / locations / props for newborn shoots?
Personally, we don’t work with a lot of props. We always shoot in a room that has plenty of natural light, whether it is the nursery or another room in their home. Colored or wallpapered walls, dressers, blankets, hats, hairbows and baskets are always great to work with.

Some of our favorite items consist of family heirlooms, whether it be a quilt, an outfit, an antique rocker or crib…we think it makes the photographs more special when we can include items that are meaningful. Capturing the family in their home is so special to us, we love to create a story with our images. We want to photograph the parents, the favorite stuffed animal, the baby quilt, and even the family pet, so that when the family looks back on the photos, they will remember that time in their lives with affection and joy.

How long does a typical newborn shoot take?
Hours! If a baby is having a good day and sleeping soundly, then our job is easy and we can be done in one hour. We arrive at nap time, just after a feeding, so that our chances for a sleepy baby are strong. However, as any parent knows, a baby is sometimes unhappy no matter what. In that case, we stay until we feel we have captured the family successfully. Sometimes that takes a few hours. A good photographer can capture a serene and beautiful moment, even if it only lasts a few seconds! Preparation is key, we always send out a list of tips for parents to read before we show up for the shoot. A few items such as a white noise machine (or radio) and a heating pad can make the shoot go much smoother! Prepping for the shoot beforehand helps us do our job quickly and gives the parents peace of mind.

How does a flash affect a newborn? Do you try to shoot without one?
We love to shoot without a flash if possible. Natural light is our favorite, it is so soft and enveloping. If you are shooting in natural light and it still seems dark, go to your local drugstore and get a large white or matte silver piece of poster board. You can use it to reflect natural light on the baby and create a more pleasing photograph. Sometimes we do have to use artificial light, so we have both flash and constant light sources to work with. When we use flash, we integrate the natural or lamp light in the room. We never use our flash directly on our subjects, we bounce our light, so the newborn usually is not affected at all.

Are you often asked to involve an older sibling? What are the challenges of that situation? Any advice?
Sibling photos are great! They are part of the family story we want to capture. Certain ages can be tricky. If a child is too young, they don’t always hold a newborn the safest or the most attractive way. We utilize soft chairs or a couch to support them both. If that doesn’t work, lay the newborn down on it’s back, and have the older sibling lay down beside them. Stand directly above the children and shoot down. Encourage the older child to hold the baby’s hand, or whisper in it’s ear, you’ll get some really cute expressions and they will both be safe and sound. Make sure that the older sibling has something to look forward to after the shoot, so they don’t feel left out. Try to have someone or something to occupy them during the majority of the shoot so your attention can stay focused on the newborn.

Any other tips?!
Be sure to ask your photographer for any suggestions he/she has on how to prepare. If they have any experience with newborns, they will know exactly how you can get ready. Look around your home, and maybe other family member’s homes to find objects that are meaningful and precious to you and gather those items ahead of time. Make sure your home (at least the nursery) is clean and picked up. And if you are looking for unique items, has tons to choose from.

Thank you so much Moss & Isaac for all these helpful tips!! We appreciate your taking the time to enlighten us on some of the techniques behind your masterpieces.

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Engagement photo tips.

As you all know from last week’s post, we just wrapped up our 2012 Minted Top Model Engagement Photo Contest. So many beautiful photos were submitted and we really appreciate everyone sharing their special moments with us! We wanted to share a few engagement photo learnings from all the great contributions… so read on if you’re newly engaged or just looking to capture a few tender shots with your sweetie.

  • Although it sounds obvious it’s hard to remember when a camera is clicking away at you, but you don’t have to look at the camera! I think we’re all quite used to staring straight at the shutter and giving a big smile… but let’s be honest, most of us aren’t models, and that’s not usually our best angle. Plus, it’s most likely to look staged, because it is staged!

Jenni Olson’s photo (above) shot by angela & evan photography is a great example of looking at one another. After all, more than anything, everyone wants to see that special spark between you two love birds!

Equally adorable is when the Groom looks at Bride (lovingly, of course) and the Bride smiles at the camera. Jennifer Cardall Jacobson‘s shot (above) is a great example of this… while in motion!!

And lastly you don’t have to really be looking at anything at all — it’s enough to be in the same space sharing a moment together. Isn’t this a sweet candid moment captured by Katy Melling of this happy couple (Katiuska Flynn).

  • It’s definitely not the only way to do it, but if done right it can be just so sweet: get in close!

Natasha Uspensky and her fiance look stunning closely cropped. You see just enough of that special moment. The texture of his sweater works well here… especially when shooting black and white, keep not just color, but also the texture of what you’re wearing in mind.

  • Although you are obviously the center of attention, you don’t actually have to be in the center of the photo. And in fact, off-center shots work especially well with many of our save the date cards with left or right justified text.

Lauren Maxwell and her sweetheart stand to the right here.

Isn’t this just lovely? Ink roll by phoebe wong-oliveros.

And to the left we have Ashley Barker and her fiance.

Don’t they look great in Alex Elko’s love bop save the date?

  • Great photos are all about great light. A very sunny day can result in a slightly faded image… which is both very pretty and puts the emphasis on the date!

Kirsten Fox‘s engagement pic by Lauren Reynolds Photography looks great in jill means’s retro numbers save the date.

  • We’re definitely not all about being matchy-matchy, but sometimes one common color between the Bride and Groom can look quite sharp.

The deep red in her dress (Dana Hanegraaf) and his tie lie this effusive photo together.

  • If there is a place that holds sentimental meaning for you as a couple, definitely consider it as a back-drop for your shoot. Perhaps it’s where you met, where you got engaged, where you first knew they were ‘the one’!

This shot of Meagan JenningsAdam Berg in the Boston Public Library in Boston is just breathtaking. Photo courtesy of Heidi Vail | Photography.

  • Accessories count big time;  don’t forget about the shoes! Think carefully about shoes, hats, necklaces, bangle bracelets, ties, watches and of course don’t forget the ring!! Even if the ring doesn’t end up in your final pick for your save the date, you’ll want to have a few pictures documenting it for posterity’s sake. Or perhaps you can use it as an inset image on one of our signature photo backers?

In fact, that’s all you can see in our winner Katherine DeJulius’ photo. Even if you decide not to go with a shoe-only shot, accessories can really make or break a photo.

  • And last, but not least! Have fun and try your very best to relax… you’ll look your best when you’re comfortable and being yourself. Don’t try to overstage something if you’re already nervous or shoot in a super public area if you’re really a shy person at heart. While an awesome setting can be really awesome, you really don’t need anything more than a plot of grass or a colorful door.

Don’t Emma Metcalf and her sweetie look really stunning before this red backdrop?

And piggy backs are always fun!! Spencer Combs captured this playful moment between Kaylee Graham and her Groom-to-be.

Do y’all have any fun couple shot tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments below. Thanks!!

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