Minted Review (& Giveaway!)
Updated: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Heidi, who wrote, "I’m loving the Winter Brush Christmas cards! It’s so classy." Heidi, I'll be sending you an email with your credit details. Have you heard of Minted? While on the surface it looks like another online stationary and holiday card store, it goes far beyond that.Minted was founded in 2007 with the idea that there was under-represented creative talent all around the world and that the Internet could help connect these artists with customers. The company holds “design challenges” that draw entries from more than 48 countries. The public votes on their favorites and Minted produces and sells the winning designs, returning a commission to the designer on every sale.Minted contacted me recently to ask if I wanted to review their products and tell you about them. I was impressed with the look of their designs, but when I dug in and read about their business model I got really excited. They aren’t just selling pretty Christmas cards and wedding invitations, they are actually helping independent artists to flourish through crowdsourcing. That’s the kind of company I can get behind.Disclosure: Minted sponsored this post by providing me with shop credit and use of their images. All words and opinions about their products are my own. But back to the holiday cards, because if you do holiday cards, this is a good place to look for them. Gorgeous photo cards, post cards, stunning foil-pressed designs, and even options without traditional holiday greetings (those are hard to find!). Each design can be customized to make your holiday cards unique to your taste.I have skipped sending holiday cards for the last few years, but I’m intrigued by the Minibook and Booklette options. I think some grandparents in our lives would appreciate these!If you are looking for wedding invitations, Minted’s selection is extensive. From invitations with fresh designs, save the date cards and magnets, to programs, menus and beautiful party decor. You can sign up here to have a sample kit sent to you.Speaking of party decor, be sure to check out the seasonal and themed decor available. You can select individual items (I love the personalized bunting banners!), select pre-made party bundles, or put together your own package of fun for a discount price.But this has to be my favorite group of products right here: Personalized day planners, address books, and notebooks. Pick your cover, choose your interior notebook (blank journal with lined, blank or graph paper, address book, or perpetual monthly or weekly planner), choose your binding, and optionally customize the cover with your name or photos. They also invite special requests by email.Custom notebooks? That’s my love language right there.Are you a fan of old-fashioned correspondence? Minted also sells custom stationary with designs for him, for her, and for kids. One of my sisters gave my daughter a box of gift cards for her birthday last year and Bean loves to draw a picture on a card to send to someone she's thinking about. I'm pretty sure my sister is stoked too, because she's been the recipient of a card more than once! A set of beautiful cards make a great gift.In addition to stationary, Minted also sells limited edition and custom art prints, framed or unframed, in a range of sizes. I found this stunning landscape by Emily Jeffords, an oil painter I’ve recently been following on Instagram.I think the state-shaped custom prints would make a really fun wedding gift, and I love the name and letter prints for a new baby. These designs are fresh and modern and would look great hanging in a nursery. I’m thinking about ordering this “S” print with a photo of my girl.But wait, there’s more! Minted isn’t just about paper goods. They’ve also just launched printed fabric! Minted is working with artists around the world to reproduce patterns that customers can buy in cotton or cotton-linen blend by the yard. How cute is this whale print? Or these veggies? A yard of custom-print fabric isn’t cheap at $32-34 a yard, but for a small project like a baby quilt or contrast fabric for a special outfit, you can have a beautiful one-of-a-kind look.The only real problem with the breadth of Minted’s products is figuring out what to order! But I can help with that, a little. Because Minted has offered a $50 credit to one Nurtured Mama reader.To enter, leave a comment describing your favorite Minted product. For an additional chance to win, sign up for the Nurtured Mama newsletter here and leave me a comment that you have so that I can confirm your subscription went through. If you are already a subscriber, just leave a comment saying so.At 9AM PST on Wednesday November 19 I’ll draw a winner for the giveaway using Random.org and will notify the winner by email. Good luck!To keep up with what’s new at Minted, check out their beautiful blog, Julep. There you’ll find company news as well as sweet craft ideas and inspiration. Want to participate? Go here to submit designs or to vote on current contests.