Behind the Design: “Abstract Union” Wedding Invitation

Minted designer Simona Cavallaro, who lives and works in San Jose, Calif., takes us through the creative process for her modern, brushstroke-patterned “Abstract Union” wedding invitation.

What was the inspiration behind this wedding invitation?
I love combining contrasting trends together in interesting ways. Here I wanted to create something that felt chic and sophisticated with a fresh and unexpected look. I think the result is classic with a twist.

Describe the couple that might choose this invitation for their wedding.
This design is for the couple that wants elegance but with an unexpected twist. Maybe the wedding venue is an old urban loft instead of a ballroom. Or the couple opted to use succulents instead of flowers at the event. I want my design to set the tone and hint to guests that there will be something special at the wedding.

What wedding trends do you love right now?
I feel like weddings are becoming less about tradition and more about what makes a couple unique. Personal touches are apparent all throughout the details of the ceremony and reception which makes weddings feel more bespoke, no matter the budget. I guess I would call this “the anything goes trend.” And I love it!

Abstract Union modern wedding invitation from Minted

Describe your design process, from initial idea to end result.
Here is my typical process: A fantastic idea pops into my head while I’m driving, sleeping, showering, or doing something else that prevents me from writing it down. I repeat the idea in my head until it no longer makes sense, then I forget it altogether. I finally get to my workspace, clear my mind, relax, and start playing with paint on a blank canvas. Usually I’ll get a totally unexpected result that will naturally spark a new—even better—idea. And I just go with it.

In this case, it was the combination of rough brushstrokes and organic dots that really spoke to me. Once I finish painting, I scan and start working with the art on my computer by pairing it with typography. I really believe that type can make or break my designs, so I probably spend way more time setting type than any other part of my design process. The final thing I do is get feedback to make sure I’m not completely off with what I’m trying to achieve.

What were some challenges you faced while designing this invitation?
The most challenging thing with this design, and probably most of my others, was narrowing down the color options. I love playing with color and being limiting to only six different palettes is really hard! But I tried my best to choose a broad range that will appeal to different couples.

Abstract Union modern wedding invitation from Minted

Tell us about your workspace.
I like to say that I have a mobile or traveling workspace. I have a designated space set up for working, but most of the time I find myself getting more work done if I’m open to moving around. Sometimes a coffee shop can be the most productive place in the world, other times my dinner table might become my painting studio. The couch, the floor, my patio, even a picnic table at a park have all been my workspaces at some point. The more open I am about how I work, the more opportunities I make for my creativity to build.

How did you start designing for Minted?
I was at a point in my life when I needed to nourish my creativity or I would burst. Minted allowed me to do just that. I was able to create and design based on my inspirations and talents, join an amazing network of designers, make new friends, and literally infuse my life with the creative fuel it was craving.


More from Simona Cavallaro:
Simona’s Minted Store
• Simona’s Website
Simona’s Instagram

More from Minted:
• Wedding Invitations
• Save the Date Cards
• Wedding Websites

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DIY: Modern Geometric Mobile

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I am loving all of the modern mobiles that have been popping up lately—the abstract shapes and bright colors are so whimsical and fun! I was so inspired by them that I tried my hand at making one myself using craft supplies I already had. The best part is that you can pretty much use any craft supply you like, just as long as it ties to a dowel rod! I used mostly plastic/styrofoam balls, straws, and paper. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of these to decorate for a party?

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Baby Shower Invitation Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes for our Great Expectations Baby Shower Invitation Challenge! Friends and family of expectant parents come to Minted seeking a baby shower invitation that not only sets the stage for this event, but is also special enough to serve as a cherished keepsake for the parents-to-be. We turned to you, our talented community, to shower us with the most unique baby shower invitation designs in the world! We were blown away with what you dreamed up for this challenge. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

For the most design-forward, innovative baby shower invitation
Fresh Feathers by Simona Cavallaro


Runners-up: Agave Bebe by Marabou Design | Nesting by Anne Holmquist
Bohemian Babe by Lorent and Leif


For the best design specifically created for one of the Minted’s unique shapes
Welcome to the World by Laura Bolter Design

Runners-up: Up Up and Away by Baumbirdy | Baby’s Breath by Susan Moyal


For the best design that celebrates both parents-to-be
Good Sport by Shari Margolin

Runners-up: Brewing baby love by heythird | Baby Brews & BBQ by Sarah Brown


For the best design for an alternative to a traditional baby shower
Cool Little Reveal by Ashley Hegarty

Runners-up: Miles Apart by Sarah Brown | Box Reveal by Leah Bisch
Modern Sip & See by Hooray Creative

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for something for your lovely mama this Mother’s Day? My curated Mother’s Day gift guide has pretty presents for every personality, whether you’re shopping for your own mom, your best friend who just became one, or even yourself! Show the mom in your life how much you appreciate her with one of these thoughtful gifts. Happy Mother’s Day!

Resources:
1. Mother Love card, $5.50, Moglea
2. Grapefruit Oleander Laurel Glass, $41.50, Illume
3. Laguna necklace, $210, History + Industry
4. Zodiac foil-stamped wall art, $31, Annie Clark for Minted
5. Coco Rose Lip collection, $49, Herbivore
6. Bodum Chambord Copper French press, $50, Crate & Barrel
7. Geometric Emma clutch $104, Son Of A Sailor
8. Bronzing oil, $40, French Girl Organics
9. Olive Leaf cuff, $124, Mejuri
10. Coffee Snob coffee mug, $14.50, Waiting On Martha


More Mother’s Day Ideas:
• DIY: Rustic Wood Jewelry Dish
• Mother’s Day Breakfast Printables
• Printable: Personalized Flower Bouquet Wrap
• Printable: Mother’s Day Treat Box

More from Minted:
• Fabric
• Stickers and Labels
• Name Labels

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Printable: Mother’s Day Gift Tags and Wrap

I don’t ask for much for Mother’s Day—just the day to shirk my responsibilities and perhaps a little treat (bonus points if it’s packaged nicely!). Treat your mom (or yourself!) this Mother’s Day by printing these fun floral-patterned wraps and gift tags to accompany a sweet gift.

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Q&A: What advice would you give to your younger self?

Living fully in the moment helps spawn creativity, but a little reflection every now and again also prepares us for a bright future. Which is why we asked Minted artists Amy Lighthall and Kim Dietrich Elam to answer the question, “What advice would you give to your younger self?” These two artists have come a long way since their beginnings as artists — Kim actually started her working life as an engineer.

Amy Lighthall
Seattle
Amy’s Minted Artist Store

Trust that things will work out the way they should and at the right time. And, have patience in my art business.

This is a really tricky question for me to answer because I think all my experiences, both good and bad, have influenced me and my art business along the way. I have learned so much from creating, selling, and marketing my art over the years, and I’m still learning new things daily.

Magic Stones” limited edition print by Amy Lighthall

When I started my business, I remember getting discouraged by how much time and effort I put into my work compared to the sales I was getting. There were so many artists and art online. I would question how I could make a living from my art. In the second year of my business, in 2013, I decided to make my word for the year be “trust.” This single word had such a big impact on my outlook and was a constant reminder for me to trust that where I was in my art and business was where I was supposed to be.

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Roundup: Wedding Invitations & Matching Bouquets

Looking for some bridal bouquet inspiration? Take cues from your wedding invitation—the colors, featured flowers and greenery, and overall look and feel are the perfect reference points for your wedding-day florals. Check out three of our favorite wedding invitations paired with their beautiful bridal-bouquet counterparts.

Modern Greenery Bridal Bouquet

The Look: Simple Greenery
Invitation:
Laurel of Greens” by Jennifer Wick for Minted
Bouquet: Bay laurel leaves and astrantia, created by Coco Rose Design
For an elegant-yet-understated look, skip the showy blooms in favor of something simpler, like a cluster of tiny astrantia blooms surrounded by fresh, fragrant bay laurel leaves.


Pink Peonies Bridal Bouquet

The Look: Garden Romance
Invitation:
 “Garden” by Lori Wemple for Minted
Bouquet: Peonies and sweet peas, created by Southern Blooms
Lush deep-pink peonies and fluttery sweet peas make for an ethereal and utterly romantic combination.


Tropical Bouquet with Pink Proteas

The Look: Escape to the Tropics
Invitation:
 “Tropical Love” by Elly for Minted
Bouquet: King proteas, stock, ranunculuses, and tillandsia, created by Delovely Creative
Hosting a wedding in the tropics? Or perhaps you’re drawn to palm fronds and tropical flowers? Either way, incorporate modern, unexpected elements into your bouquet, like these striking king proteas and wispy air plants. 

Photos: Caroline Tran (simple greenery), Joey + Jessica Weddings (garden romance), and Blush Wedding Photography (escape to the tropics)


More Wedding Ideas:
Wedding Trend: Modern Maritime
Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Citrus Punch

More from Minted:
Wedding Invitations
Save the Dates
Wedding Websites 

 

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DIY: Mother’s Day Jewelry Dish

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Mother’s Day is next weekend, can you believe it? If you’re still stumped on what to get your mama, we have a ridiculously simple DIY gift we’re sure she’ll love. All you need is a simple natural-wood plate, which we turned into a modern jewelry dish or collection catch-all. To turn it into an even-more-special keepsake, paint your mom’s initials; I added a gold heart and the year on the bottom of the plate. Read on for the full tutorial to make this DIY Mother’s Day jewelry dish.

DIY Mother's Day Wood Jewelry Dish | alice & lois for minted

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Drawing & Sketching Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners from our first-ever drawing-focused art challenge! We were inspired by some of the beautiful sketches and drawings we’ve seen submitted to recent challenges, and we wanted to have more represented in the Minted collection. From Da Vinci and Van Gogh to contemporary artist David Hockney, drawings have played an integral part in their art processes. Armenian American painter Arshile Gorky said, “Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw. But one who draws well can always paint.” Congratulations to all the winners from our Drawing & Sketching Art Challenge!

Figure & Gesture Award
For the most beautiful figurative or gestural drawing
Drawing 369 – Standing Man by Derek Overfield


Intaglio Award
For the best piece created using one of the
printmaking techniques in the Intaglio family
North Carolina by Adelina Simenova


Relief Printing Award
For the best piece created using one of the printmaking
techniques in this family – woodcut, linocut, etc
New York Bridge by Viktoria Eperjesi

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How To: Throw a Baby Shower in Just One Week

I recently threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law and, while I knew about it for months, I procrastinated as usual and put it all together in just a week’s time. Amazingly, it turned out just how I wanted it to, so here are my tips and timeline advice on throwing a great shower when you find yourself short on time:

baby shower decorations

One Month Before the Shower:
• Mail the baby shower invitations (okay, so this is the only step that should be done more than a week out).

fresh floral garland hanging balloons eucalyptus garland

One Week Before the Shower:
• Order florals. I ordered bay leaf and seeded eucalyptus garlands and peonies from Flower Muse. Accessibility to great florals is limited in my area so ordering online was the way to go. The quality was great and all the guests commented on how nice the garlands smelled.
• Order cookie containers to pass out as favors.
• Order any other supplies that aren’t convenient for you to buy locally, like pretty paper plates and decorations.

baby shower printables

Three Days Before the Shower:
• Print “motherly advice” cards and cookie-favor labels and trim.

baby shower menu
pink ombre cake

Two Days Before the Shower:
• Purchase food and any final supplies. The menu for this shower included turkey/bacon/pesto sandwiches, pasta and green salads, guacamole and chips, smoothies, and chocolate cake.

baby shower decorations

One Day Before the Shower:
• Food prep, which included making cookies for the favors
• Hang balloons from ceiling with fishing line and tape
• Decorate

hanging upside down balloons
where to order fresh flowers

Day of the Shower:
• Finish food prep
• Arrange florals
• Set out party favors
• Celebrate!

party favors

Completely doable right?! Proof that a great party doesn’t have to take loads of time.

Resources:
• Baby banner, lanterns, and cake plates from Meri Meri
• Greenery garlands and peonies from Flower Muse
• Table linen fabric from Minted
• Pint containers (for cookies) on Amazon
• Letter board from Letterfolk


More How-To Guides:
• How To: Host the Prettiest Spring Brunch
• How To: Create an Art Gallery Wall at Home
• How To: Make Mini “Naked” Cakes

More from Minted:
• Fabric
• Stickers and Labels
• Name Labels

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