That’s a Wrap! Personalizable Holiday Gift Wrap Challenge Special Prize Winners

By Madeline Paymer, Minted Community Team

Last holiday season was the first time Minted offered customizable wrapping paper, and customers loved it! So we asked the Minted Community to help grow our assortment of custom holiday gift wrap by dreaming up the freshest, most original designs that incorporate a customer’s photos and/or custom text. We asked the Community to think out of – and around – the box, and the results blew us away! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Out of the Box Award for a holiday gift wrap design that incorporates personalized photos in a highly creative way

Santa’s Wrap” by Sarah Brown

We’re expecting to see a big order of this adorable gift wrap come in from the North Pole this holiday season! We love how Sarah dresses up your little one as an elf, Santa, a snowman, and a reindeer (and the last two even come complete with nose!). The sprinkle of snow and irregular positioning and angles of the holiday illustrations give “Santa’s Wrap” an extra-festive feel.


Printable Cookie Packaging Labels

By Melanie of  You Are My Fave
printable cookie labels
I can’t think of anyone who would turn down freshly baked cookies delivered to their doorstep, especially if they’re packaged with one of these sweet labels. They’re so cute, they won’t even noticed the slightly burnt edges! Get the free cookie-label download below.


Meet a Mintie: Cadence Paige Design

Name: Paige Rothhaar
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Years with Minted: 4
Expertise: Layers of detail and inspired whimsy.
Occupation: Graphic Design Professional at Fahlgren Mortine, Mintie, Mother to two.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I went into college with the notion of becoming a nutritionist but as soon as I realized how much chemistry was involved, I quickly changed my major to art education. It wasn’t until I had finished a study abroad in Italy that I realized that my future might be in graphic design. We had to keep a sketchbook/journal to receive credit for the course. We were expected to do studies of famous architecture and works by the great masters, but I was more fascinated by the details that usually go unnoticed in the art history world. I sketched intricate patterns that were hammered into Roman armor, geometric shapes on Etruscan vases, even patterns found on the coffins of Egyptian mummies. I also drew various coats of arms you’d see on buildings around Florence, which were basically an early form of branding for wealthy families. When I turned in my sketchbook at the end of the trip, my professor thought that I might really enjoy graphic arts and suggested I make it my concentration. Her instincts were right and that’s exactly what I did the following semester.  


10 Fresh Ideas for a Tropical Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding Decor

Whether you spend your time browsing Pinterest or Instagram for wedding inspiration, you probably have tons of tropical imagery taking over your feed right now. Everything from the striking tropical foliage to crystal-clear blue waters can be a jumping-off point for your wedding decor. So if you’re planning a destination wedding or a laid-back beach bash, here are a few of my recent favorites that have me itching to renew our vows (after just two years—it’s been long enough right?).


DIY Lemonade Stand (With Printables!)

By Melissa of  Alice & Lois

kids diy lemonade stand

My daughter has been talking about doing a lemonade stand all summer—it’s pretty much the perfect activity for the kiddos on a hot summer day. To make your own lemonade stand, all you need to do is whip up some homemade lemonade because we’ve got the rest covered with these cute lemonade-stand decorations: posters, colorful pennant flags, fun table-tent signs, and a sign for the kids to fill out to let everyone know what they are raising money for.

Find the step-by-step instructions and printables after the jump…

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Design to Dish: Garlic-Cheddar Biscuits

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

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A few years ago, we threw a big birthday party for a friend on some property we own (which we’re finally building a house on—hooray!). She had always wanted a big dinner out in the middle of an open field, so we set up long tables and strung globe lights across our empty acreage. We had a traditional East Coast-style seafood boil, and they’ve become something of a family tradition ever since. Whether you go high end with lobster and king crab legs, or down-home with crawdads and shrimp, the beautiful nautical-inspired details below will make for a whale of a dinner party (terrible seafood pun intended)!

To go along with our seafood boil theme, I made some restaurant copycat Garlic-Cheddar Biscuits. They’re so flavorful and buttery, and are the perfect addition to this utensil-free feast. Keep reading for the recipe!

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Rebecca Minkoff’s Baby Shower

We were honored to get to style and decorate designer Rebecca Minkoff’s baby shower for her second little one on the way. Any great event starts with a great venue. And even though it’s a bit off the beaten track, Fitzarraldo in Brooklyn was rustic, chic perfection. After you’ve secured a date and venue, what’s next? Why, the invitations, of course! The great thing about planning an event for a designer is I could simply pull up her site and ended up finding inspiration in the ‘tortora’ color of this bag

Keep reading to see more beautiful details from Rebecca’s baby shower.

Shower date: June 7th, 2014
Location: Fitzcarraldo
Minted baby shower invitation: Simply Baby by Penelope Poppy
Minted party decor: Simply Baby by Penelope Poppy
Photographer: Sara Wight Photography
Florist: Cristina Lozito
Event planning: Minted and Rock Paper Scissors Events

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DIY Baby Memory Box and Printable Keepsake Tags

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

Our baby girl is turning two in October and this upcoming milestone has got me itching to finally buckle down and gather together her baby mementos in a fun and cute way. I decided to create a memory box filled with meaningful items and added hand-written tags to each piece that listed sweet memories and details. Read on for the downloadable keepsake tags and the baby memory box instructions.


Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Emily Jeffords

Today, in the latest installment of domino magazine’s At Home With a Minted Artist series, we’re given a behind-the-scenes tour of Minted artist Emily Jeffords‘ beautiful, light-filled home and painting studio in Greenville, South Carolina.

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