Minibooks!

We know it’s been a little while… things got a little crazy with the wedding challenge and the general insanity that is the holiday around here, but we wanted to take a minute to stop and acknowledge how awesome our Minibook challenge was. This was the first time we’ve opened up this incredible and exclusive to designers and they certainly didn’t disappoint! We loved how they used the unique format, for example, all of the details they created on the tabbed pages and the unique monograms that overlapped two pages.
Unfortunately do to the major holiday crunch, we were only able to launch a couple of the Minibooks in time for this year’s holiday, but not to worry the rest will absolutely be up for next year. And all of the wedding designs will be launching this winter when we launch our 2011 wedding collection.
We were delighted when Anne agreed to guest judge. Anne is a force to be reckoned with; she is the founder of City Sage as well as the brand new and incredibly fabulous new magazine Rue. If you haven’t checked it out yet — head over to their second issue now.
I would be remiss not to point out how incredible Marabou‘s Visage performed in this challenge. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen such a sweep before! It was the First Place winner, the top wedding design, as well as…. wait for it… our guest judge Anne Sage’s Judge’s selection. Anne chose
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The Wedding Channel’s Judge’s Pick

It’s fair to say we’ve never had a guest judge in this much agony over having to chose just one design to receive their prize, but we can’t say we’re all that surprised given how many incredible entries we received in this challenge. Since Amy had such a hard time picking, she asked us to list her top five. Of course, only her number one will receive a prize, and all of her other favorites have already been awarded judge’s prizes.

Amy loves that her first choice is a square shape. She found it to be both hip and elegant at the same time. She also really likes that it is a softer design, but stops just short of being feminine. We were really honored to have Amy and the Wedding Channel as guest judges in this challenge and we thank Amy very much for her time and great insight. You can follow Amy and all of her creative ideas regularly on her blog My DIY Wedding Day–she just did a fabulous post about book inspired centerpieces!

Her judge’s prize goes to Cherry Blossom Bliss by Jenifer Martino.

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Special Winners of the Happily Ever After Wedding Challenge

You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth saying again. The submissions to the Happily Ever After wedding challenge gave us a tough challenge ourselves – it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners of our special awards.  Hence, we decided to show you not only the winner, but the runners up for each award.  Each winner will receive a $300 cash award, plus 5% commission on all net sales…

Best Whimsical Design

Stache + Kiss” by Penelope Poppy pays homage to the quirky chivalry of mustaches and a pouty lip – perfect for a couple who takes fun very seriously. We’ve seen the moustache trend invoked in a variety of ways, but this particular design struck us as particularly playful and well-composed.

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Meet a Mintie: Moglea

Meg Gleason of Moglea is as you would expect after looking at her designs — warm, charming, down-to-earth and infinitely creative.  She combines a whimsical, craft-and-nature-inspired illustrative style with an instinctive sensibility for typography and color selection. She first caught our eye about a year ago, in the Be Mine Valentine Challenge. Her design, “Message from the Birds,” announced that a new designer with a decidely unique point of view had entered the scene. Since then, it’s been a pleasure to watch her designs unfold and evolve. Let’s get to know Meg a bit better in today’s Meet a Mintie.

Meg of Moglea

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.

My whole childhood I felt destined and determined to become an orthodontist—I really liked my orthodontist and I wanted to improve people’s lives in someway—so I started out in Biology in school. The funny thing is,

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Minted Selects Final Wedding Collection Winners

Dear Designers,

As you know, the designs we received in the “Happily Ever After” wedding challenge were spectacular.  What a body of work to congratulate the entire Minted community on!  The designs were romantic and touching, and made many of us dream of marrying or re-living our wedding day just to use your designs!  So many designs conjured up gorgeous wedding styling thoughts in our heads.

We agonized as a company for days and have had a terribly difficult time choosing the Editor’s Pick wedding collection winners and special award winners.  There were about 10 other designers who were very close to being chosen, and each will be receiving a separate, special communication from us by Monday.

Having said that, we are thrilled to announce the winners, who will be invited to join Laura Hankins in launching wedding collections

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Laura Hankins wins big

Hawaii-based designer Laura Hankins has been racking up design challenge wins in recent months, and as of today, she has one more huge prize to add to her awards case.

Thanks to three designs that were voted into the top 20 of the recent Happily Ever After Wedding Challenge with Wedding Channel.com, Laura has won the coveted

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Planes Lions & Dinos inspired Baby Shower.

We really love how inspiring all of Minted’s designs are… our invitations can really set the tone for an event, as well as provide lots of fun jumping-off points for party themes and decor. This was certainly the case with this Details Details Assistant Baby Shower, inspired by Planes Dinos & Lions by Christie White. All of the photography is by Sebastian Ho.

Check out all of the fun ways they incorporated this shower into a super fun day!

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Meet a Mintie: Karen Glenn

Since joining the Minted design community in July of 2009, Utah-based designer Karen Glenn has been a humorous, thoughtful, and warm pillar of the design community.  She combines a clean and friendly design aesthetic with a passion for helping others. When she’s not running her newly launched design business or trading design tips with designers in the forum, she’s designing for (and oftentimes winning) minted design challenges.  It’s my pleasure to present this week’s Meet a Mintie.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got your start as a designer.

I quite literally fell into life as a designer, and have bumped my way along ever since! While I was in college (studying theater), my boyfriend of the time was working at a small studio building stained glass windows.

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Billboard Calendar in Martha Stewart.

We were beyond thrilled when Martha Stewart chose Emily Potts’s incredible Billboard Calendar to feature in her first ever holiday gift guide.

We loved so many things in the gift guide by the way…

Doesn’t her calendar look fantastic on the page?

You just cannot believe the labor of love this is! Check out the incredible hand drawn details on every page.

And not just the cover! You can go to the theater…Or take the subway!

Or how about a ball game?

And why not cozy up in a ski lodge at the end of the year?!

Emily this is truly a masterpiece… as soon as our team saw the first page we literally lost our minds! All of the little hand drawn details are just incredible. They bring us back to a bygone era and are an incredible way to showcase your family’s photos. Congratulations on the “Martha Seal of Approval” — a giant accomplishment.

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Wedding Invites in Elle Sposa.

Our wedding invitations made it across the globe and alll the way into Italian Elle!

Of the samples we sent over to their editor, she selected Block Print Waves by Bumble Ink…

… and Destination Wedding Invitations by Unless Someone Like You.

But we’re not all that surprised… the Italians have a record of good taste in stationery that’s centuries long!

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