Calendars launch!!!

Very exciting news today around Minted parts… we are officially expanded outside of the stationery realm into a new vertical with the photo calendar.

Antico Noe by Carrie Eckert

The idea for the calendar originated from the fact that most drug store-type calendars are wonderful in that they showcase your family’s pictures, but are horrible to look at. We were never sure where to even hang them… the closet or a hidden corner seemed to be where they gravitated to. We wanted to elevate the calendar to the level of fine art and make it something that was a reflection of your personal style and aesthetic. And we’re pretty confident we’ve done just that with today’s launch.

Chic Poppies by Gakemi Art + Design

The designers we commissioned to participate in the calendar project reflect a sampling of designers who have contributed to the community in significant ways. We are always looking for ways to reward designers who participate consistently and at a high level and as you can tell from the results, this new format certainly got them all excited! The commissions originated from existing designs crowd-sourced through our usual challenge process. We chose designs that have been really popular or that from experience. we expect will sell well.

Boulders by Oscar + Emma

This is only the first phase of this year’ calendar launch; expect many more designs to launch soon! I can’t think of a better holiday gift than a Minted calendar!


Joy Photo Contest Finalists

All of us at Minted had a great time looking through all the entries in our Joy photo contest.  Every single photo brought a smile to our face, and definitely got us in the holiday spirit. Thank you to everyone who shared a photo with us or chimed in with a “like” or “comment” about which photo they thought best embodied the spirit of “joy.”

It was a difficult decision, but we have chosen the five finalists below based on a combination of Facebook comments and internal voting. Now we’re leaving it up to you to select the winner.

To vote for your favorite photo, simply leave a comment below letting us know which photo you think should win. (One comment per person, please.) The photo with the most number of comments posted during the “voting” period will win the top prize. Please leave your comment by 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, 10/14. We will announce the winning photo on Friday, 10/15.

The winning photo will win cash (up to $300) toward a professional photography session, as well as $250 credit towards our gorgeous holiday cards, designed by independent designers from around the world and printed on thick, luxurious paper. The remaining four finalists will each win $100 toward holiday cards.

On Friday, we will also be announcing guest judge Joy the Baker’s pick. The winner of the judge’s award will win $200 toward our holiday cards.

Presenting, the finalists of the Joy photo contest…

Finalist A -- "Joy is having a best friend who happens to be your twin"

Finalist B -- "Elvin II decides to jump for joy everytime Auntie 'E' comes over."

Finalist C -- "Joy is wondering what they are thinking about."

Finalist D -- "Joy is getting an unexpected hug from someone you KNOW loves you!"

Finalist E -- "joy is.. autumn walks with your most loyal and precious friend ♥"


Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 1 and Judge’s Picks

Without further ado, the First Place design on the Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge Countdown is The Womanly Type by Ann Gardner. You may recognize this design as the feminine half of Ann’s vintage-label-inspired “Type” series. The other half, appropriately called The Manly Type, placed 7th on this very countdown. For this First Place win, Ann will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Congratulations Ann!

The elegant combination of fonts are accentuated by delicate flourishes and bold graphics. The recipient’s name is set prominently in the design, making


Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 10

We had so much fun blogging about the Top-25 rated designs of the Holiday Spectacular that we thought we’d do it again for the Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge, Minted’s first ever greeting card challenge. We’ll be announcing one winner each business day until we reach the First Place design. Let’s kick it off with our 10th Place winner of $100, “Birthday Bloom” by Lena Barakat.

In her very first Minted design challenge, Lena snatched the 10th place with an endearing birthday greeting card that tugs at heart strings. Her flower illustration is sweet without a trace of saccharine, and her message brings to mind the mothers, fathers, grandmas and grampas in our lives who are embody the spirit of aging gracefully. It’s pretty darn impressive to nail a top-10 win in your first-ever design challenge, and we couldn’t think of a better way to welcome  a designer to the community. Congratulations Lena!


Giving to the neediest in our community

We really believe in giving back to our community and were honored to be able to donate the invitations to Hamilton Family Center‘s 25th Anniversary Celebration tomorrow night. Hamilton is the largest provider of shelter, eviction prevention assistance, and support services for homeless families in San Francisco. The event’s keynote is by the Academy of Art’s President Elisa Stephens and the Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi will also be given an award.

We repurposed Dauphine's Leyton wedding invitation for Hamilton's event

The full Hamilton Suite on our pearlescent paper

We used a folded card to accommodate all of the prestigious Honorary Chairs and the many dedicated Committee members

Hamilton thanks Minted!

To learn more about Hamilton or to make a donation please visit their new website.

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Last pics from the NSS

I had a few additional pics from the National Stationery Show I thought those that weren’t able to go might enjoy…

The ladies walking the floor.

A cute Father’s Day card from Fugu Fugu Press. (By the way, Minted’s men’s personal stationery also makes a great Father’s Day gift!)

And if you have to say you’re sorry, isn’t this the sweetest way to do it? (Also from the talented Fugu folks.)

I loved these great greeting cards from Minted brand Twig & Fig over the bridge in Berkeley.

They are printed on this thick, wood-like paper that is very different!

Another really fun company I just loved discovering is Old Tom Foolery.

I really want to give this print to my Dad for Father’s Day–he had a stache until just a few years ago so it couldn’t be more perfect.

And this is a great witty holiday card to get you in the mood for our current Holiday Design Challenge–just nine (9!!!) days left to submit!

It is graduation season and this is a pretty funny thank you note. Minted’s personal stationery is a great gift for grads and we also have some kicking grad announcements, fyi.

And I can’t help but sharing this great birthday card.

Finally, I also got the chance to meet Liz  from Linda & Harriet. She makes the sweetest calendars that I’ve been sending as Christmas gifts for years. She also now has a permanent birthday calendar that I also love.

My last find was Rifle Paper Co. I love their hand painted graphics and calligraphy–it’s just so unusual.

And one final piece of eye candy to start this short week with… their stunning, hand carved recipe boxes.


Every day is Mother’s Day… or should be!

For several weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, we sponsored a giveaway with The Juicebox. The Juicebox is is a free weekly email for moms who want to simplify their lives and get more done. It was founded by Carley Knobloch, a life coach for moms and productivity expert. The grand prize was a mint Green Kodak digital camera and Minted photo personal stationery.

To enter, moms answered a question a day with a photo posted on the Juicebox’s Facebook page. Questions ranged from a photo from life B.K. (Before Kids) to a messy moment that was so over the top you had to catch in on camera to your favorite picture of your mom. It was so fun to see the entries come in–it’s really an honor to get to share in these special moments–and it does really made you feel like every day should be Mother’s Day!

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Wedding bells are ringing: Minted’s crowd-sourced invitations are now launched!

Today it’s official! We are up and running… and away we go with over 140 flat printed wedding invitations mainly sourced from our design competitions.

In celebration of our launch we’re running an incredible promotion for the rest of the month: 15% Off All Minted Wedding Invitations and Stationery. Code: LAUNCH15

Some of our newest designs include:

Aquarelle by Sarah Lenger

Frolic by Design Lotus

Cross Your Heart by Unless Someone Like You

Classic Affair by Dish & Spoon


A Minted Manifesto – Celebrating our First 2 Years

As Minted celebrates our progress since our launch in April 2008, I thought it would be a good time to answer a question that one of Minted’s community of designers posted in the Minted forum: “I would love to know how the company has evolved over the past two years.”

I started Minted in 2007 when my daughter was 3 months old, with the desire to bring the best in design on paper to consumers.  I had taken my daughter to the stationery store with me to order holiday cards and the process ended up taking several hours by the time the designs were chosen, priced, and purchased.  Minted could make ordering beautiful paper more convenient.  At first, Minted only sold only letterpressed invitations from gorgeous brands such as Dauphine, Oblation, Wiley Valentine, and Elum.  At the same time, though, I was excited about Threadless, the online business that held T-shirt design competitions.  I felt that they had the best T-shirt selection I’d ever seen, and this came from allowing a community of users to provide their opinions.  I had also observed over the years that some talented people, including the artists in my own family, had a hard time getting their designs to market.  Minted could provide open competitions where designers could have fun, express their creative vision, gain exposure, and have the chance to sell their stationery designs; consumers would have the chance to tell us what they wanted to buy, and together we could use the Internet to create as pure a meritocracy as was possible.  (Here is where I will admit to you that a) I am somewhat rebellious, b) I enjoy up-ending industries, and c) I have a personal, emotional attachment to level playing fields and the American dream.)

So we started our own crowd-sourcing experiment.  Our first design challenge was held in April 2008 and was a save-the-date card challenge with 66 entries.  We were pretty surprised by the high quality of the designs submitted.  Here’s the very first design challenge winner, “Bird Lover’s” save-the-date cards by The Happy Envelope.  The design received a score of 3.64 out of 5.