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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Family Photo Tips from Two Ellie.

Could this card be any lovelier? I think not! Here at Minted we think a great card begins with great design and ends with a sharp photo. Chica Design’s Be Merry design is so fresh! I love seeing a little bit of orange and blueberry in a holiday card. Paula, of Two Ellie, and Kellen, of Kellen Jacob Photography, are clearly two very hip parents with absolutely stunning children. I love how Dad is looking at son and Mom is looking at us like, ‘yep, this is my crazy gang!!’

Blogger extrordinaire Paula shared some tips from their family shoot on how to take a great family photo.

1) Dress in what you are comfortable in. You can wear complementing outfits without being too matchy matchy.
2) Keep it simple…especially when using a self timer like we did for the first image. If you try too hard it will show, and not necessarily in a good way.
3) Be yourself. Again this goes back to dressing in what you would normally wear and stay away from too many trends unless that is who you really are. People want to see the real you.
4) Have fun!!! So many people put too much pressure on having to get that perfect shot, but in the long run you will see the stress of it all on your faces. The in between moments are always our favorites anyways.
5) Using a self timer can be hard even for a photographer like my Mr. so asking a friend to help can be a life saver. It also gave us the chance to do something that comes completely natural to us…walking as a family.

Apparently, Paula and Kellen had such a hard time picking a card they chose to do two! (This is so something I would do.) Their other choice was Love, Peace & Joy by 175DesignStudio.

To add to Paula’s tips… I have a few of my own, just from looking at these great pics!

1) Accessories count! In a big way. Don’t you think the Panama hat and pom-pom scarf Mom and Dad are sporting add a lot of interest? And have you ever seen cuter little girl boots!?!

2) Contrary to what you may remember from your childhood family portraits in matching white button-downs and khakis, a little pattern is a good thing! The striped shirt really pops!

3) Action shots, like walking above, are not the enemy. They can work wonders in loosening everyone up and making the photo appear more natural.

4) Even if you’re at the boardwalk, you probably don’t want to include the ferris wheel in the shot, i.e. the simplest backgrounds… a grove of trees or a cement wall… are usually the best.

5) Finally, don’t crop too closely as you take the picture and you don’t have to center the shot–especially with the full-bleed cards featured above, you’ll actually want to leave some room for text to one side.

If you haven’t already, make sure to get out there and take your family picture this weekend! We have a friend in from out of town that I have already drafted to take ours.

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Calendars launch!!!

Very exciting news today around Minted parts… we are officially expanded outside of the stationery realm into a new vertical with the photo calendar.

Antico Noe by Carrie Eckert

The idea for the calendar originated from the fact that most drug store-type calendars are wonderful in that they showcase your family’s pictures, but are horrible to look at. We were never sure where to even hang them… the closet or a hidden corner seemed to be where they gravitated to. We wanted to elevate the calendar to the level of fine art and make it something that was a reflection of your personal style and aesthetic. And we’re pretty confident we’ve done just that with today’s launch.

Chic Poppies by Gakemi Art + Design

The designers we commissioned to participate in the calendar project reflect a sampling of designers who have contributed to the community in significant ways. We are always looking for ways to reward designers who participate consistently and at a high level and as you can tell from the results, this new format certainly got them all excited! The commissions originated from existing designs crowd-sourced through our usual challenge process. We chose designs that have been really popular or that from experience. we expect will sell well.

Boulders by Oscar + Emma

This is only the first phase of this year’ calendar launch; expect many more designs to launch soon! I can’t think of a better holiday gift than a Minted calendar!

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Coming of Age: No. 1

The moment we’ve all be waiting for… so sorry for the unexpected delay… the first prize in our first ever Coming of Age design challenge goes to: 16 in the City by The Social Type.
What teen wouldn’t love a fresh and even sweet take on the beloved TV series? There is something just so enchanting about a city skyline! Aren’t the little antennas on several of their buildings adorable? And I love the little stars in the sky, which coordinate so well with the little stars on either side of  ‘sixteen.’ The Social Type has taken the idea of a badge and blown it up and then overlaid it over an illustration… the party details support above and below for a very nice combined look. I also really love the chevron in the ribbon banner and the triple edging in the badge’s rick-racked edge–they’re traditionally girlie details with a modern edge! The Social Type has packed a ton of little details into this design, but manged to pull it all together very elegantly. Very impressive work ladies–channeling your inner sixteen-year-old is not easy! And congratulations on your gold medal!!!

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