Paper Crafting

I’m a Fan Of: Minted

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Oh, Minted. I am such a devoted fan of Minted.com. There are a lot of fantastic stationery options online right now, but me I always select Minted. From Valentines to your own business cards, Minted has a paper offering for the occasion. Here are some of my recent purchases from them.

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The very first purchase I made on Minted was actually last year! I bought these adorable school-ready Valentines that I gave to my co-workers at the museum. Part retro, part plain silly, these were perfect to surprise my colleagues with.

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Minted artwork proudly hangs in our home. I love their collaboration with independent artists in their artist marketplace. I’ve been turned onto so many new individuals this way. And there’s great representation from Michigan makers, too!

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My business cards are from Minted, too. Recipients of these cards always have fantastic things to say about them, which is a-ok by me.

The Minted team reached out to me and asked if I’d share my thoughts on their offering of save-the-date cards. Of course, I was happy to oblige. As someone who had a VERY DIY wedding, finding just the right save the date is a huge first step in showing off your wedding to your guests. If you’re hosting a DIY event in the future, take my advice – make as much of the goods as you can, but save a few items to purchase, like these save-the-date cards. You’ll still be representing your DIY spirit, but saving a little bit of your sanity, too.

Minted offers more than 700 options/variations when it comes to save-the-date cards. While that might seem overwhelming, you can filter your search by format, price, style, etc. You’ll find that once you know the look you’re going for, the card will come to you quickly.

Your save the date doesn’t have to be just a flat card. Minted offers postcards, magnets… you name it. And the color palettes available can match just about any event color scheme. They’re fresh and modern.

Once again, Minted has done a great job offering state pride options for folks looking to plan a destination wedding or use a hometown theme for their event. This California-themed save the date is not only reflective of a couple’s love for their home, it also doubles as oversized hang tag. Great idea!

Gold foil is HOT right now! I’m seeing everywhere, from my favorite craft shops to big-box retailers. Minted knows a good thing and has a whole selection of foil-pressed save-the-date cards, like this one. The gold is subtle and perfect – just a hint of shine to add to your finished product. (For us Michigan lovers out there, check out this amazing foil-pressed Michigan mitten print!)

A save the date doesn’t HAVE to have a photo on it. Mine didn’t and I loved it. This watercolor-inspired save “our” date doesn’t have a photo on the front and it’s totally elegant.

Here are a few more of my favorites to help you with your search:

Give yourself lots of time to search Minted’s website so that you can find the save-the-date card that’s perfect for your event. There’s nothing more exciting than the feeling of knowing you’ve picked the most perfect card possible for you!

Make sure to keep an eye on Minted’s blog, Julep. (I’ve even written about the blog for The Henry Ford magazine!) It’s one of my favorite and always provides with so much inspiration. Example? These fill-in-the-blank Valentine’s Day cards!

Are you a fan of Minted? If so, tell me what you love about it!

Lish’s Note: Minted asked me to review their products for my blog. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Make Your Printable Calendar Long-Lasting

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I love calendars! I love mini calendars and big calendars. I love desk calendars and pocket calendars. If it’s a calendar, I’ll probably love it. I have three calendars in my office at any given time. Why so many?

  • One is a desk calendar that I keep close to my computer.
  • One is a pretty monthly calendar, like this paint chip calendar from Paper Source, that’s currently on display behind my desk.
  • And one is a printable calendar that shows all the months of the year at once for quick glances.

My all-year calendar is always a printable calendar from a blogger or Etsy seller I admire. It’s a tough choice picking THE calendar for the year, but this design from Sacred and Profane is the 2015 printable winner for me.

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To make my calendar friendly for constant use all year long, I do a few things to ensure it’s long-lasting. If you’ve found a printable calendar you love, try these ideas to make it ready for daily use.

  • Mount it: I printed my calendar on regular copier paper, so I mounted it to a cover-weight sheet of paper to give it more strength. This year’s calendar is mounted on Paper Source’s Antique Gold 8.5 x 11″ cover weight paper. I trimmed it a bit to better fit within the gold paper and rounded the corners.
  • Laminate it: I laminate my calendars so that they’re ready for action. I’m frequently grabbing my calendar and poring over dates as I work on editorial plans. Having a covering like this keeps the calendar safe and looking great. I have a Scotch Thermal Laminator in my craft studio and it’s perfect for a task like this.
  • Punch it: With a screw punch or hole punch, add holes to the laminated calendar for easy display. I offset the actual calendar on the gold paper so that the holes wouldn’t interfere with actual dates on the calendar.
  • Dress it up: I added a piece of satin black ribbon as the finishing touch so that it can hang gracefully on my office wall.

Still on the hunt for a printable calendar to call your own? Here are some of my favorites for 2015 that are available for free to download.

How-To: New Year’s Greeting Card

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If you’re still hoping to send out some holiday cards before 2015 arrives, you can do it! Because I sure as heck am! I’ve waited until the last minute (AGAIN) to make my handmade New Year’s card this year. But I’ve got a cute card you can make, too, to present just before the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31.

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SUPPLY LIST and CUT GUIDE

CARD ASSEMBLY

  1. Start out by attaching the pink rectangles to the front and back of the A2 card.
  2. Next, make multiple punches with the smallest attachment in the screw punch to create a confetti look.
  3. Place the cup and drink stirrer on the front of the card to get an idea of placement. Remove the paper backing from the wooden drink stirrer shape and position onto the card. Add double-stick tape to the back of the cup shape and place on top of the drink stirrer.
  4. Stamp or write “2015” on the pink drink label. (I stamped mine with a Prima Press and embossed with black glitter.) Attach the label to the front of the drink cup.
  5. Punch a pennant shape from the black glitter scrapbook paper. Attach to the end of the drink stirrer with a Glue Dot.
  6. To finish the card add your message, or stamp it, on the back of the card.

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I finished my card with this “Wishing You Joy & Cheer & A Happy New Year!” stamp to the back. No matter how you finish it, your card is good to go!

Paper Source Holiday Contest Card Entry

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Today’s the big day! Today’s the last day you can enter Paper Source’s Holiday Contest for a chance to win one of several prizes. Of course, I’m entering right at the last minute because this year’s crafty season has been BUSY.

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For the contest, all the card-making supplies need to have been purchased at Paper Source. Considering my craft studio looks like a mini Paper Source these days, that was no problem for me! My entry has a holiday paper chain theme. I made small, individual paper chains to mimic the wrapping paper design. While I wouldn’t mail this card, given the dimensional chains, I would put it an oversized envelope to present to the recipient in person, which is what I did. I made an envelope one size larger (A7 for and A6 card) so as not to crush the decorations.

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Here’s what I used to construct my card.

You’ve got until 11:59 pm CST this evening to enter your masterpiece. Look for #PaperSourceHolidayContest to see this year’s entries online. And don’t forget to keep an eye on upcoming workshops at your local Paper Source. Why? BECAUSE VALENTINE’S DAY IS ON THE WAY!

OliveBox Cat Lovers Box Giveaway and Glitzy Cat Card How-To

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Over the years I’ve signed up for a variety of subscription boxes, from nail polish samples to monthly sock deliveries. The boxes that always make me the happiest, and feel like the best fit for me, are the crafty boxes. At the top of that list is OliveBox.

Not only do I receive the monthly lifestyle box, which features a variety of paper and lifestyle goods, I’m a proud recipient of the card-only boxes that ship several times a year. I appreciate that each OliveBox comes with a list describing that month’s products and makers. I’ve been turned onto some amazing crafters, makers and artists thanks to OliveBox. (more…)