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.


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.


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!!


A pretty green tabletop + art print cookie favors.

While all of the art from our art launch was still hanging up in our CEO and founder Mariam’s home, we decided to host a dinner for some key influencers to show off our new art collection. I had a lot of fun putting together the tabletop and thought  I’d share my six, easy tips to putting together a really inspiring tabletop.

1. Long tables are awesome. I am just a huge fan of one, big long table whenever possible. Even if it’s so big you are likely having multiple conversations, it still makes everyone feel united to be seated together. And you avoid the ‘A-list’ vs. ‘B-list’ issue entirely.

2. Pick a color and stick to it. Given that our logo is a really pretty green, I decided to stick to green and yet liven things up a bit by working with a few different shades of green.

3. Paper table runners are awesome and affordable. Here I took five sheets of wrapping paper and cut them in half to create a runner the length of the table. Then on the sideboard, I used a whole sheet of paper to do a candle cluster display.

4. Lots of little arrangements are better than one or two big arrangements that you can’t see over. Little vases also make a few flowers go a long way so they’re much easier on the budget. Flowers by the insanely talented Hunt Littlefield.

5. Placecards make everyone think you thought ahead to include them and also help you introduce friends. It’s a lot of fun to matchmake! Plus we have some really cute placecards!

6. Lastly, let your favors be both gifts and decor. I asked Sugar Mama Cookies SF to make cookies with our art print images on them. Using edible image paper, she happily obliged. Here we have Tami Bohn’s Zou Bisou Bisou… I’m personally obsessed with Megan from Mad Men so I love this one!

If  you want to try this at home, keep in mind that not only do you need to buy edible image paper, but edible ink for your printer as well. If you’ve ever wondered how supermarkets are able to print cartoons onto cakes… this is how they do it. And here we have Heirloom Pear by Alexandra Stafford.

What was so fun is that we were able to show the three color ways our art prints are offered in. Lucky Girl by Krista Messer would be perfect for any little princess’s room!

Part of the reason they look so good is that Sugar Mama Cookies SF actually hand piped the black frames around the image paper for a really finished look. From left to right: All in the Details by Courtney Wilburn, Those Stylish Madmen by Dana Beckwith, Wood Grain Hearts by Max and Bunny.

In the end, whenever you’re doing anything, but especially when entertaining… remember to Keep it Simple, by j. bartyn!


‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model awards.

We are pleased to announce most of the awards from our ‘Become the Face of Minted’ top model challenge.

Without further ado, the grand prize goes to Carrie, whose ‘Red Wagon for Two’ entry garnered 1553 “likes” making it the most “liked” photo submitted. Carrie will receive $750 in cash + $200 Minted gift certificate… not too shabby!

It’s not tough to see why this photo took the cake; we’re all very familiar with sibling play bordering on patty-cake bordering on quarreling… and this image captures that tender exploration perfectly. The red wagon is also just such a nostalgic, childhood touchstone. And the colors are lovely… the hats are fresh and neutral while the red wagon, red tee, floral dress, and the field flowers have just the right amount of light to be the nicest hue of pink/red.

The other Grand Prize, for the “Editors’ Award for best photo of a single child”, will be announced in the near future, along with additional editor’s picks. Our editors are still poring over all the entries making a few additional selections for our 2012 holiday ads.

The ‘Best photo of a family’ award goes to Kristy for ‘Our Family.’ Kristy will take home a $250 minted gift certificate.

We’ve talked before on this blog about how nice it is when a photographer is able to capture a half-staged, half-candid moment; it is so refreshing how Dad is looking straight at the shutter, but Mom is clearly smiling about something and Daughter is looking up admiringly at Mom. It’s easier to get a window into the heart of a family when they’re not overly posed. And of course we never tire of that iconic New York skyline.

The ‘Best photo of newborn twins’ goes to Trisha for ‘Newborn Twins.’ Trisha will receive a $250 minted gift certificate.

Ahh! There is nothing like a tiny, little newborn… the only thing better, really, is two (2!) tiny, little newborns! You really are a grump if this super sweet photo doesn’t make you warm and fuzzy inside.

The ‘Best photo of grandparents with grandchildren’ goes to Erin for ‘POP!’ Erin wins a $250 minted gift certificate.

Talk about capturing a moment!! That expression is too much. And the shutter-speed was just right; the bubbles are crystal clear.

The ‘Best photo of family with teenagers’ goes to Marcy for the ‘Kellen Family.’ Marcy will receive a $250 gift certificate.

Who knew a human dog pile could result in such expression! The unique personality of every kid really shines through here.

The ‘Best Set of Photos’ award goes to Heather for her series of family shots. Heather will take home a $250 minted gift certificate.

It’s really pretty amazing that Dena Mullen managed to capture so many different, yet all amazing shots of one, very sweet family. Love the girls in ruffled dresses with floral headbands. And they really do seem just as relaxed and content in one creative set to the next… This really is one happy family!

A big thank you to everyone who entered and look for additional awards in several weeks! Have a great weekend everyone… maybe even stop for a quick second to capture a few fun moments like those above! It’s never too early to get a jump-start on that holiday pic.

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Minted sweeps the Louies!

Another fun thing about the National Stationery Show was sweeeeeping and I mean sweeping the awards.

We were really honored to be nominated for three Louies!

And in fact we went on to win three Louies! We are SO proud of our designers.

The greeting card association put on a very fun circus-themed night at the National Stationery Show to announce the winners.

It was pretty much the Oscars of the stationery world.

Alison & Jen proudly represented Minted!

Alston B. Wise won for ‘Best Custom Invitation or Announcement, $2.50 and below’ for her ‘Perfect Match‘ save the date.

The Louies had a nice exhibit of all the nominees at the entrance to the show.

The Perfect Match really is such a clever design; I’m not at all surprised it won!

Here Alston is with her award in the Minted booth.

Cambria Evans of J.Bartyn Design won for ‘Personalized Photo Card, $2.50 and below, for ‘Year in Review.’

And here is Cambria with her award–doesn’t she look amazing in red?!

Rachel Nanfelt (previously Simonsen) of Alethea and Ruth won for ‘Best Invitation Suite, $7 and below, for ‘Banner and Branches.’

Unfortunately Rachel wasn’t at the show, but we did mail her trophy to her!

But not before gracing our mantle for a few days of the show! A huge congratulations to Alston, Cambria and Rachel!! You couldn’t be more deserving of this tremendous accolade.


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!


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!


How to frame your Minted art.

Framing your art can be a bit overwhelming and it can also cost you a fortune if you’re not careful. Here are some resources and things to keep in mind to keep the process simple and straightforward.
Image: Decor8

You will NEED:
  • FRAMES. Your local frame shop is always an option although it will likely be more expensive than purchasing your frames readymade. Smaller frames are considerably less expensive than larger frames.
  • MATS. One great idea is to buy your frames readymade (some online options are listed below)  and then get custom mats cut for them. This gets you the best of both worlds; a custom look at a reasonable price.
    • We are partial to white mats because it really lets your art shine and it gives a collage a unified look.
    • We also love beveled mats–they’re just so sigh-worthy elegant!
    • Archival mats will make sure your piece lasts forever and won’t yellow, but they also will add to cost.
    • Michael’s is a great option for custom mat cutting. See here for store locations.
  • GLASS OR GLASS REPLACEMENT. Plexiglass or acrylics instead of glass are great options for several reasons; they’re light so they’re much easier to hang and they’re shatter-proof so they’re safer in the event of an earthquake.
    • We especially recommend avoiding glass above beds, couches and in nurseries. Tap Plastics custom cuts plexiglass and Frame Destination offers a wide range of sizes and options.
    • A UV-coating is recommended for especially sunny areas to protect the colors in your print for bleaching. It does add significantly to the cost so we recommend it mostly for directly-exposed areas.


Pottery Barn.

One of the advantages of Pottery Barn is that they sell frames with pre-cut, beveled, archival quality mats and with plexiglass. They are a great option if you want a classy, really unified look. They also sell one large square frame.

They offer nice wood gallery frames in white, wood, or black  with mats sized for 5×7 ($20) and 8×10 ($23) art prints. Why not mix in a few of your personal photos in their 4×6 size ($16) to complete the wall? Their oversized frame for an 8×10 print measures 25×25 ($55). We love that this gives you three different sizes to work with, which is a great number.

Image: Minted art in Pottery Barn frames

Their Lee Gallery collection is a nice silver option.

This is a nice example of hanging art in an off-set arrangement with lots of movements. It’s very light handed and pretty! Image credit: Pottery Barn.

The Lee Gallery collection also offers oversized mat editions, which are pretty awesome, the total dimensions are 25×25 and it’s sized for an 8×10 print.

Image: Minted Art in a Pottery Barn frame

Pottery Barn also sells a 48″x48″ oversized, black square frame ($159) which will accommodate our 30″x40″ size and ALL of our square sizes with custom mats.


So one revelatory thought is that you don’t actually need a frame; instead mount your art onto a piece of wood. We love this option because A. it’s green B. you don’t have to leave your house! C. they offer almost every size Minted carries. D. it’s super chic!

Plywerks will mail you a blank piece of wood. They offer three thicknesses: 1/2″ maple, 3/4″ bamboo and 1.5″ bamboo. Select the ‘with adhesive’ option and you will be able to mount your print right onto the board. The boards are just slightly smaller than the size of the print so you’ll use an exacto knife to trim it to a perfect edge.

They offer the following sizes in portrait / landscape: 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, 30×40. (So all but our largest size: 44×60. They also sell the following non-photographic square sizes: 8×8, 30×30. Prices in these size from $10-$229.

Image: Minted art on Plywerk.

West Elm.

West Elm is a great option for frames with mats for our small to medium size art.

West Elm offers a nice selection of gallery frames in black, white lacquer and silver. Although, you can always do custom mats, their frames come with mats. Their 13″sq. frame holds a 5″ x 7″ photo with mat, their 14″ x 17″ frame holds a 8″ x 10″ photo with mat, their 16″ x 20″ frame holds 8″ x 10″ photo with mat. Although their 18″ sq. frame comes with a smaller mat, you could easily custom cut a mat for Minted’s 8″x8″ or 11″x11″ or 16″x16″ sizes. Their 18″ x 24″ frame with a custom mat could accomodate Minted’s 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″, and 16″x20″ sizes. Prices range from $19-54. They also carry a larger line of frames in black and available in 8″x10″ ($19), 16″x20″ ($39), and 30″x40″ ($149) sizes. With custom mats, these frames are great for our: 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″, and 16″x20″ prints.


The budget option, Ikea has an unbeatable price point for our smaller prints, starting at just $9.99 per frame, although you will need a custom mat. Make sure to ‘reinforce’ larger Ikea frames to avoid them coming apart. You can do this by using eyelet screws and wire (from your local hardware store) to hold the sides together. Although not actually available online, check out their Ribba collection.

Make sure to also check out our posts on how to select Minted art and how to hang Minted art.