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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First photo / Upper left / Upper right / Lower left / Lower right

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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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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!

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‘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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