Heading into Winter I am trying to be really organized- last year everything including the Little's holiday photos were super last minute. This year I am determined to be ahead of the game and have my Christmas cards in the mail by late November- which means I have to start designing and ordering them now! This year I am teaming up with a fantastic paper company Minted- they really make the most lovely of products- I am super excited about their selection of photo Holiday cards this year!
I went onto the Minted site and created my own inspiration board combining my own images with images I loved off Pinterest and that cute little Minted cardinal- I want to create a feel for Winter 2013 at the Kuehnel house. To me a West Coast Winter is all about staying cozy and dry, baking and being together with the folks we love- this is what I want our Holiday cards to translate and now I have a focus for my Holiday card design. Using the Style Board on Minted was easy and really fun- create your own Style Board or browse boards by others to get inspired!
Of course Minted has products other than Holiday cards- everything from personalized signage, business cards, birth announcements to party decor with co-ordinating stickers. While I do love the plethora of choices at Minted I am trying to focus my attention on the Holiday Cards- the photo cards are specifically what I am keen on right now- personalize your own family photos using templates selected from Minted Holiday page. Using Minted could not be easier- easy step by step instructions walk you through designing the perfect Holiday keepsake.
As an artist what appeals to me about Minted is the fresh design and unique features- like rounded or scalloped edges on the cards- it's these little details that catch my eye and I know will make our Holiday card stand out from the stack come December. As an artist I can also appreciate the impetus behind Minted- the designers behind the products are from all around the world- folks educated in graphic design and folks who have a great eye but no formal training- the designers could be and are anyone! As a Mom what appeals to me- aside from how easy the site is to use- are features like pre-addressed envelopes which is included with all Holiday, birth announcement, and save the date orders- anything that saves me time is a bonus!
Along the same time saving train of thought a look through the party supplies and decor at Minted offers up plenty of Holiday decorating ideas- I love the photo collages of product that show how easy it is to pull together a fun and modern Holiday. On my personal wish list are those paper straws with adorable flags and the Nordic snowflake stickers- which will look great on kraft paper wrapping but also on our Holiday cards.
Minted also offers up a variety of fine art prints and some really interesting ways to print and display photos- I fell in love with this heart shaped collage! One of my biggest issues is how to display the large amount of family photos we have hanging around- all wonderful memories- this would be a great way to showcase those photos in one place.
Thanks to Mintage I feel like I am really ahead of the game going into winter- my goal is to kick back with multiple mugs of spiked coffee and just enjoy this Christmas with my family and friends- I don't want to be worrying or scrambling to finish projects at all this December. I am already feeling relaxed and excited about Christmas 2013!
*while I did receive compensation for this post all thoughts and opinions are my own