Note from the Editor

By Liz Stanley, Managing Editor

crepepapertree

The editors and I all live in San Francisco and space is very valuable in this city, and often quite limited in our apartments. Christmas trees have a large footprint so right now we’re loving all kinds of alternative wall trees that are festive but still allow for plenty of livable space. They’re very fresh + modern, and creative. Calling to the inner crafters in all of us! Here are a few favorites I found around the web:

Crepe Paper tree (image above)

Trinkets tree

Chalkboard tree

Wood tree

Ribbon tree

Would you ever swap out your traditional tree for one of these?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Liz + the Julep editors

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Luke’s First Birthday

By Kelli Hall a member of the Minted Design Community

When it came time to plan my little boy’s birthday, most everyone I know assumed I’d go a little overboard. That I did, but with Minted’s amazing party decor, It was more about the special details than over-the-top scale. The look was inspired by Luke’s favorite things: a single red balloon, along with food themes and illustrative details reminiscent of Shel Silverstein story books. I had visions of understated white and fluffy textures, punctuated by bright, happy pops of red, and energetic scribbles. I tried to keep the busyness to a minimum and let the little details and punchy color palette take the spotlight.

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Put It All Together

By: Annie Clark, Creative Director

Today we thought it would fun to give you a little behind the scenes peek in to our Minted video. The team had been thinking about doing a stop-action of the Minted design community for a while now, so its fun to finally have it put together.

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Holiday Decorating Inspiration

By Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom

The Holiday Season is here and I couldn’t be more excited! I love the entire month of December, we have so much fun celebrating the different German traditions with my family. I really enjoy decorating my home for the holidays as well. I believe holiday decorating should be simple and enjoyable. If you feel like it is in anyway a chore or feel stressed out, you’ve gone too far!

I am so inspired by Swedish design, especially in Holiday decor, it is so classic and simple. I prefer to decorate with natural elements like greenery and straw ornaments. This year I want to mix green foliage with a lot of white accessories. Below are some inspiring decorating ideas that I will be implementing in my home.

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The Art of Layering

by Kelli Hall a member of the Minted Design Community

I spend so much time sifting through various snippets of design ideas, when I circle back, I realize that its most often an outfit or essential ‘feel’ pulled from a piece of clothing that becomes my jumping off point for a design. I’m a minimalist at heart, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t wish my designs were packed full of perfectly unperfected layers. This being the case, I thought it would be fun to spend a little more time exploring the art of layering in fashion and considering how this idea informs graphic design (or vice versa). For me, my aspirational definition of personal style is an un-matchy and varied unity; and capturing this in graphic design requires the same kind of touch.

History and Collection

Fashion styling that mixes texture, color, print and pattern is essential to achieving a look that is casual, composed and unforced. It also hints at a collected, curated look, suggesting history through acquired pieces.  The art of this style seems to be found in a kind of deliberate incongruence. A perfect mis-matchery with the goal of an effortless look.  Layering different pieces gives the collective whole a sense of history. The same principal applies in graphic design. That kind of “Oh, this? I just threw it together” look that implies an innate understanding of design principles rather than an outright “following of the rules” type of demonstration.

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Art curator celebs making inspiration boards.

Have you guys tried out our awesome new inspiration board builder yet? It lets you pull together various art prints or stationery from our site and see how all the designs look together. It’s really helpful for putting together a wall collage or even just narrowing down your favorites to make a decision easier! It’s not easy to pick just a few Minted designs, when there are so many beauties, am I right?!

This new landing page, pictured above, walks you through how some of our celebrity curators used our boards to create real world displays, as well as how to create boards yourself. So I highly recommend popping over and checking it out… it’s your turn to be the editor! And if enough people ‘like’ your boards, you just might be a famous editor soon enough, earning a spot on our featured boards page.

Happy Monday and Happy Pinning!!

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