Program Challenge: Winners Announced!

Remember just how excited we were about our new wedding programs? Well, we were equally excited about all of the great DIY wedding program entries. Now we know just how hard it is for all of our guest judges to choose their favorites! Thank goodness we do crowdsource almost all of our designs because the pressure is just too much for one person to handle. While we polled much of our office to come up with our final winners, you should definitely check out the other submissions for more wedding program ideas and inspiration! If you’re thinking of doing something fun and personal with your programs, be sure to check out our step by step DIY wedding program guide and download our wedding program templates.

So without further ado, our grand prize goes to Moglea, who also happens to be a minted designer (although that had no influence on her winning.) Congratulations Meg Gleason! We can’t wait to hear what you do with your $1,000 prize!

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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.

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Meet a Mintie: Coco Paperie

I know everyone is probably either exhausted from the holiday challenge or needs a break from voting for all of the amazing designs, but luckily we have Deb from Coco Paperie to take you back from December to June! Read on for amazing Pinterest boards, straight-forward advice on how to design, a suitcase inspired by a holiday card, and “incredibly sexy” typefaces!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
Ever since I was kid I gravitated toward art: watercolors, clay, macrame, painting, you name it. I didn’t have label for what I loved until high school. There was a teacher at Pittsford Mendon H.S. who really encouraged me to follow my dreams. Back then it was called “commercial art”. Does that date me? LOL.

I would spend hours redecorating my room: rearranging furniture, painting the walls… I spent a lot of time expressing my creativity with my clothing. My poor mother put up with crazy combinations from the ’80s and ‘90s.

Really though, the icing on the cupcake was a trip to NYC to visit my cousin Helen while she was in school at Parsons. She took me around to her classes and allowed me to tag along while she finished a catalog design. I was hooked. Check out one of her gorgeous bridal shower invitations available on sale at Minted!

Deco Lights Bridal Shower Invitations by Coco Paperie

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‘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.

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Special Awards from the International Celebration Challenge

Dear Readers,

I am writing this post from the Gansevoort Hotel, where a few of us are staying as we attend the National Stationery Show in New York.  The Gansevoort’s location in the Meatpacking District, by the way, is spectacular – right across from Pastis, where I plan to have breakfast every morning, and around the corner from too-tempting shops like Scoop.  I have yet to try the rooftop club at the Gansevoort, but I hear good things from the Minties who have scouted the place out and several us are planning on hitting that tonight to celebrate a successful trip (join us if you are in town!).

Alright, now down to business on the International Celebration Challenge.  I was really moved by this challenge, and here is why:  The Minted design community threw themselves into learning about other cultures with dedication, and they were willing to take risk in submitting designs around holidays that they were not necessarily familiar with.  Designers like Lena Barakat and Sheila Sunaryo, and many others tried to help other designers out with language and cultural expertise.  I am continually astounded and thrilled by how helpful this community is to each other.

Here are the winners of the Special Awards, and Runners Up:

Customer Favorite and Best Rosh Hashanah Design: The Matisse by Jess Taich

Jess Taich’s “The Matisse” was the favorite design as voted by customers in this challenge and Minted Editors wholeheartedly agree!

Customer Favorite and Best Rosh Hashanah Design - The Matisse by Jess Taich

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