A girls night IN.

There’s no way I could survive a week without my girlfriends… it really is true that men just don’t need to talk as much as we do! While it’s fun to go out on the town, it’s not as easy to really catch up in a crowded bar. Nor is it that economical or productive, which is why I love having girls over for a night IN!

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Father’s Day business cards.

Father’s Day is around the corner… and wouldn’t it be nice to not have to scramble for a last-minute gift? Men are so difficult to shop for, but our business cards make perfect gifts. (Psst… we also have business stationery that make equally great gifts!) I asked a few Minted staffers what business cards they would choose for the fathers in their lives.

Mariam Naficy, CEO and founder’s dad chose Gallery Director by Andres Montano.
He picked them out himself! He painstakingly reviewed all the cards and picked this in blue as his favorite. We are printing some with the beautiful watercolor backer and some with a photo of my dad with my children.


‘Mint & Mauve’ baby shower invites.

One of my personal daily must-reads is Mrs. Lilien. Her fabulousness is just the perfect way to begin each day! Kelley Lilien also happens to be our holiday challenge guest judge. She just posted the following ‘Mint & Mauve’ post, which of course, being one-half our signature minted green got me thinking about Minted… and all of our ‘Mint & Mauve’ baby shower designs.


Is it Quince?

I saw this spread in an issue of House Beautiful from ages ago and it just felt like our beloved Minted green was perhaps exactly this shade of quince, so I couldn’t help but share it with you! I hope it brings a cheery start to your day.


Maeve’s birth announcement.

Karly Depew of much beloved Oscar & Emma recently gave birth to a daughter… and the birth announcement she created to announce Maeve’s arrival was so incredible we just had to share it with you!

Karly was inspired by 3 design styles… organic, elegant and precious.

“The organic part was brought in with the materials I used.   The announcement design was letterpress printed and foil stamped on Crane 100% cotton paper tucked inside a cotton muslin bag which was gocco printed with a special message and finished with a tiny gold “M” and heart charm tied to each one.  All of this was then mailed inside a kraft envelope.”

“Maeve’s birth announcement was a true labor of love.  I pride myself on always thinking of the little things and I didn’t want any detail to go unnoticed.  Although pink is customary for a baby girl I chose not to go that route.  Maeve is a unique little individual and I really wanted to reflect that with her birth announcement.”

“The elegance was achieved with the actual design of the announcement and by using a subtle gray ink and gold foil.  I asked Grace Edmands Calligraphy to hand address the envelopes.  Her work is gorgeous and she is such a lovely person, so I really wanted her elegant touch.”


Big pink ribbon cards.

Breast cancer affects way too many people, including many beloved by Minted employees, so we wanted to do a little something to give back.  Minted will be donating 15% of proceeds of these inspiring blank stationery cards to Big Pink Ribbon.
The story behind these inspirational cards is both novel and star-studded: 120 women draped themselves in pink SHEEX (a new high-performance line of bed sheets) and laid down on Krissy Field to get this shot last fall. The women included Pattie Sellers (chair of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit), Eva Sage-Gavin (EVP of Gap, Inc.), as well as our CEO & founder Mariam Naficy and CTO Niniane Wang.

This project was conceived by Asa Mathat, a renowned photographer who has shot everyone from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama. He was moved to help people affected by breast cancer see the beauty in themselves as they go through this life event/transition and conceived of the Big Pink Ribbon. The project’s aim is to unite the global community of breast cancer survivors and those who love them through large shoots that boost awareness and individual photographs of women that capture their stories.

Asa took the photograph from a crane with a “man basket.” The use of the crane was donated by Jim McPherson.

The idea for the Krissy Field shoot was born when Asa and a bunch of incredibly talented women met over dinner in New York last summer. The women included: Pattie Sellers, Joanne Bradford (Chief Revenue Officer, Demand Media), Desire Gruber (Producer, Project Runway), Christine Beauchamp (President, Ann Taylor Stores) and SHEEX founders and co-CEO’s Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius and Kathi Lutton (Global Head of Litigation for Fish & Richardson). Well done Asa and ladies! Your vision was certainly realized.

These cards would be an excellent gift for anyone, but especially for breast cancer survivors. They would also be great for writing holiday thank yous or could even work as a truly heart-felt Valentine. Show your support for this inspiring project today!


Planes Lions & Dinos inspired Baby Shower.

We really love how inspiring all of Minted’s designs are… our invitations can really set the tone for an event, as well as provide lots of fun jumping-off points for party themes and decor. This was certainly the case with this Details Details Assistant Baby Shower, inspired by Planes Dinos & Lions by Christie White. All of the photography is by Sebastian Ho.

Check out all of the fun ways they incorporated this shower into a super fun day!


Billboard Calendar in Martha Stewart.

We were beyond thrilled when Martha Stewart chose Emily Potts’s incredible Billboard Calendar to feature in her first ever holiday gift guide.

We loved so many things in the gift guide by the way…

Doesn’t her calendar look fantastic on the page?

You just cannot believe the labor of love this is! Check out the incredible hand drawn details on every page.

And not just the cover! You can go to the theater… Or take the subway!

Or how about a ball game?

And why not cozy up in a ski lodge at the end of the year?!

Emily this is truly a masterpiece… as soon as our team saw the first page we literally lost our minds! All of the little hand drawn details are just incredible. They bring us back to a bygone era and are an incredible way to showcase your family’s photos. Congratulations on the “Martha Seal of Approval” — a giant accomplishment.


Family Photo Tips from Two Ellie.

Could this card be any lovelier? I think not! Here at Minted we think a great card begins with great design and ends with a sharp photo. Chica Design’s Be Merry design is so fresh! I love seeing a little bit of orange and blueberry in a holiday card. Paula, of Two Ellie, and Kellen, of Kellen Jacob Photography, are clearly two very hip parents with absolutely stunning children. I love how Dad is looking at son and Mom is looking at us like, ‘yep, this is my crazy gang!!’

Blogger extrordinaire Paula shared some tips from their family shoot on how to take a great family photo.

1) Dress in what you are comfortable in. You can wear complementing outfits without being too matchy matchy.
2) Keep it simple…especially when using a self timer like we did for the first image. If you try too hard it will show, and not necessarily in a good way.
3) Be yourself. Again this goes back to dressing in what you would normally wear and stay away from too many trends unless that is who you really are. People want to see the real you.
4) Have fun!!! So many people put too much pressure on having to get that perfect shot, but in the long run you will see the stress of it all on your faces. The in between moments are always our favorites anyways.
5) Using a self timer can be hard even for a photographer like my Mr. so asking a friend to help can be a life saver. It also gave us the chance to do something that comes completely natural to us…walking as a family.

Apparently, Paula and Kellen had such a hard time picking a card they chose to do two! (This is so something I would do.) Their other choice was Love, Peace & Joy by 175DesignStudio.

To add to Paula’s tips… I have a few of my own, just from looking at these great pics!

1) Accessories count! In a big way. Don’t you think the Panama hat and pom-pom scarf Mom and Dad are sporting add a lot of interest? And have you ever seen cuter little girl boots!?!

2) Contrary to what you may remember from your childhood family portraits in matching white button-downs and khakis, a little pattern is a good thing! The striped shirt really pops!

3) Action shots, like walking above, are not the enemy. They can work wonders in loosening everyone up and making the photo appear more natural.

4) Even if you’re at the boardwalk, you probably don’t want to include the ferris wheel in the shot, i.e. the simplest backgrounds… a grove of trees or a cement wall… are usually the best.

5) Finally, don’t crop too closely as you take the picture and you don’t have to center the shot–especially with the full-bleed cards featured above, you’ll actually want to leave some room for text to one side.

If you haven’t already, make sure to get out there and take your family picture this weekend! We have a friend in from out of town that I have already drafted to take ours.