This past summer, Lake Bride Magazine reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to contribute to their Fall/Winter Issue, featuring unconventional wedding materials. Of course I said “yes!” It’s always a dream to see my work featured in a publication; with so many talented creatives out there killing it, it’s humbling to have my work alongside them.
I want to give a shout out to my insanely talented photographer friend, Christy Janeczko Photography, who captured this stunning collection for the publication. Anyone who has an upcoming wedding, be sure to reach out to her—she was just nominated for Best Wedding Photographer in the Chippewa Valley!
The excerpt from my feature in Lake Bride Magazine is below, but you will definitely want to pick up a copy to see all of the gorgeous unconventional wedding inspiration. Get your copy of the Fall/Winter Lake Bride Magazine here. Be sure to scroll on down to see a lot more photos from this lovely collection!
“Now more than ever, wedding stationery designers and brides alike are thinking outside of the box and pushing the limits with paper items and their overall wedding theme. By using a variety of techniques, mediums, and treasured heirlooms, paper elements are being transformed into timeless keepsakes.
Designers are creating pieces with raw edges, organic calligraphy, and are not afraid to manipulate the actual papers themselves. As seen here, gold leaf pieces are meticulously applied throughout the collection for a rich “wow” factor. Beyond the calligraphy and the paper themselves, the use of non-traditional items is becoming prevalent, such as acrylic or glass. Here, the invitation is pressed between a thick glass floating fram preserving this moment forever.
Another unconventional part of the invitation collection is the idea of including two separate response cards, a “gladly accepts” RSVP card and a “sadly declines” RSVP card. Brides especially love this idea since it makes organizing their RSVPs much more streamlined.
To complete the intimate celebration, couples are choosing a farm-to-table experience for their guests. Carefully selecting entrees and desserts creates a perfectly coordinated theme. As shown, fresh assorted berries are beautifully displayed on each plate showcasing the charm of farm-to-table. Not only does this make for a pretty place setting, but it also keeps guests content to sip and bible while their main dish is being served.
Finally, there has been a shift from light, air palettes to dark, bold wedding themes. Brides are embracing rich, mood color schemes that are full of romantic ambience with industrial flair. Pops of bright blooms, soft calligraphy, and linen textures lighten the edgy mood for a perfect balance between the two. The play between the dark tones and the accents of mixed metallics come together to create a striking and dramatic experience.”
Spot Calligraphy + Custom Wedding Stationery Design | Mint for Hue
Photography | Christy Janeczko Photography
It’s true what they say, the days are long but the years are short. I blinked and my girl turned 1 just under a month ago. It is absolutely crazy to think that now she is considered a toddler yet I still see her as my sweet baby girl.
With a November 3rd birthday, it’s not quite winter but fall is just about over. I knew I wanted to stay away from fall colors. (I’ve never been into fall colors.) I decided to go with a winter floral birthday party theme, with peachy-pink tones accented with deep purples, bright whites, lots of greenery, and gold accents.
I bought the tableware first, and I coordinated everything with that. Looking back, I should have chose a true pink color since the peachy-gold tableware was so hard to color match. I had to special order peach tissue paper and streamers in order for them to match the napkins and cups.
For the tables, I wanted to keep them simple so I chose eucalyptus runners accented with vintage brass candlestick holders, which we already had. I designed floral placemats to go under the tableware, and also included a “thoughts, wishes, and predictions” section in the corner as a spin off of the time capsule idea where we can read these predictions on her 18th birthday. I loved how the tables turned out. Understated but so beautiful, I just wish we didn’t have to have it a dingy hotel conference room with horrible lighting!
As for the highchair decorations, I created a highchair tulle skirt out of leftover tulle from her Halloween Costume. I clipped a few snippets of eucalyptus and stuck them in the top for some depth. I designed a simple “ONE” banner attaching it to the highchair skirt with mini clothespins. For the streamer backdrop, I bought a wooden dowel and taped floor-length streamers to it. I used two command hooks to hold the entire backdrop up and it worked wonderfully. I tried everything possible to brighten up the dim conference room; it’s pretty much impossible to disguise the wallpapered walls, horrible carpet, and not-so-cute chairs. But in the end, it didn’t look horrendous.
I wanted to do something different beyond the usual first birthday charts you see regularly so I created a fabric birthday banner. Instead of writing out facts & lists, I made her big accomplishments into a short story (that I’m totally obsessed with!) I love this idea & look so much I might just start offering fabric printed banners in my Etsy shop, so stay tuned for that!
Lastly, I had to have her
monthly bi-monthly picture chart up because those are always fun to look at. Poor girl has the 2nd child syndrome and this momma totally slacked at taking pictures every month. If I’m being completely honest, these might not be every 2 months, either.
For the cupcakes and smash cake, I hired Dessert First out of Eau Claire. I have known Jess and Duane for awhile now and they truly have the best cake in town. I sent Jess pictures of what I had in mind for a naked smash cake and she totally nailed it. I was even pretty particular about the peachy-pink color to match the tableware, and it was spot on. The cupcakes were a hit, and it was a tie as to which was better, the vanilla with raspberry frosting or the pumpkin with cream cheese. Everly clearly loved her smash cake, too.
We had a great day celebrating sweet Miss Everly. Everly took the whole day in like a champ, carefree & easy. For being pretty limited due to the timing of the year and the venue, it was a hit and I’m happy with how everything turned out. The thing about having babies with winter birthdays, it makes the start of winter go by fast.
Be sure to check back in a week or so when I blog all about her first birthday party invitations, which may be my favorite party invitation to date! 🙂
Placements | DIY
Fabric Banner | DIY
Streamer Backdrop | DIY
Highchair Skirt | DIY
Highchair Banner | DIY
Thanksgiving sure snuck up on me this year! With Halloween and Everly’s first birthday party days later, and the launch of my new website (yay! read all about that here), it was a week or two of playing catch-up and now here we are, a day away from Thanksgiving.
I had to bring back these pretty Thanksgiving placesetting printables from last year. They are simple, yet pretty to add to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Also, I have to admit, I tend to get a bit “sappy” around the holidays, too. I enjoy a few small organized activities with complete family participation, such as going around the room sharing what we are most thankful for this time of year. Since we don’t have room for a Thankful Tree, (and knowing this annual activity is unavoidable with my mother-in-law), these hand-lettered thankful printables are something the whole family can enjoy—pretty enough for the adults, yet lines far enough apart for the kiddos 😉 Also included with these thanksgiving printables are grateful hang tags. These hang tags are so versatile, you can tie them around utensils, stick them in a few Thanksgiving decorations, or even turn them into gift tags.
So go ahead, add some pretty calligraphy to your Thanksgiving decor this year. Download these FREE placesetting printables here. (Please be patient, the file is a bit large.) All you have to do is click, print, and cut! Easy Peasy! And don’t forget, sharing is caring…send this page to a friend!
Pssssssst! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, don’t miss out on my Holiday Gift List Checklist Printable as well. Although I have about a million notes in my phone, I think it is so much easier to have an old school paper list for shopping. You can download the Holiday Gift List Checklist Printable here. Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Stay safe & warm.
Yesterday marked Beth and Jacob’s one year wedding anniversary, and I cannot believe I haven’t blogged their beautiful botanical wedding stationery collection yet.
I first met Beth at a Bridal Fair in Eau Claire, and I could tell immediately that she was my ideal client. I was so comfortable talking to her and we meshed so well right away. When you feel like you are talking to a friend, I feel like that’s when you know it’s going to be the start of a great collaboration. When you know, you know!
They wanted an elegant, intimate wedding celebration full of greenery and big blooms. The lace detailing and cap sleeves on her wedding dress was exquisite, and I knew that I had to create something just as beautiful. Hydrangea blooms were the focal point on the soft ivory linen paper that Beth had selected. It was the perfect balance of simplicity, yet a statement of elegance. For their wedding programs, we created a square booklet program that I still adore to this day. Not many brides go beyond the standard double-sided flat wedding program and I was elated when Beth suggested a booklet, which you can see below.
I want to congratulate Beth and Jacob on their first wedding anniversary. I hope the first year was full of love, laughter, and a million memories. They recently added to their family, a little golden retriever puppy named Ozzie and I’m positive that will make for a wild second year together 🙂
I’m thinking my brand new website will make writing blog posts on a consistent basis much more attainable & enjoyable, considering this is my second blog post in a week! 😀 If you missed last week’s blog post, be sure to read all about my new branding & website here.
It has been 4 years since I officially launched Mint for Hue and I think it’s perfect timing to announce that special
little project I have been working on for months now—my new brand redesign + website! It has been a long time coming to do a complete overhaul, from my logo, submarks, and brand patterns, to completely redoing my website to make it more user friendly. Not only did I want to make my site easier to navigate, but my design aesthetics has changed drastically over the years. I have evolved as a designer over the years & it’s imperative that my current style is reflected in my own brand.
I knew immediately that I wanted a calligraphy style logo, since that has become such a big part of my design work. I wanted the overall look and feel to be timeless, chic, and effortless, yet modern with some flair. As you look through my website, you will see that I have finally updated my portfolio, which I think is a much better portrayal of who I am as a designer. The work that I chose to showcase is much cleaner, more modern, and ageless compared to what I have done since launching Mint for Hue in 2013.
I want to thank you all for your continued support. Without your support and your fabulous reviews & referrals, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. I value each and every single comment, “like,” and email you send my way. While I know their is still room for improvement, it is so neat & rewarding to see how I have grown in the past few years. Lastly, I want to thank my husband from the bottom of my heart. He has supported me through every single phase of this journey. And while he may not totally see “the point” to some of my personal projects and understand why I am so obsessed with pretty paper, he knows that this fulfills that little void within myself <3
Please look through my website and let me know what you think in the comments below! And if you catch a spelling error, send it my way. It’s so hard to notice mistakes after hours and hours of staring at something over and over again 🙂 I cannot thank you all enough for being my biggest fans and supporters through the past few years. I absolutely love what I do and I hope that’s evident in my work and customer service. XX
I feel like I keep saying this, but how has another month just completely flown by??! It is already December, and in just a few weeks, we will be celebrating Christmas and an exciting New Year.
Life has been beyond crazy over here with a newborn and a rambunctious (almost) 2 year old. Emerson is so great with baby sister Everly, always checking in on her, sharing his blanket, and asking where she is the minute he wakes up every morning. I shouldn’t wish away these days, but I cannot wait until she is old enough and begins to interact with him. He already adores her and my hurt could literally burst just thinking about them growing up together.
Okay, let’s get back on track! I created this FREE Christmas Wallpaper download to add a little holiday cheer to your tech devices. As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t sure if I was going to continue free wallpapers each month and I’ve come to realization that I just don’t have time for them, and all the work I put into creating them, to keep them going monthly. I may offer more generic wallpapers each season, or switch it up with some giveaways, when (and if!) I have the time. Maybe life with two littles will get easier come spring and I can bring back the monthly wallpapers, but at this point, the Decorate Your Desktop wallpapers will be put on hiatus.
With that being said, scroll on down and get your last FREE wallpaper background for the year. And have a great month spreading cheer!!!
The past month I have been getting things in order to keep myself somewhat “present” on social media making it look like I have it all together, when realistically, I’m currently running around like a crazy person, wrangling a cooped up toddler, being a crazed sleep-deprived zombie, and drinking waaaay too much coffee as I figure out “balancing” two kiddos and running a small business all together. (Is there really such a thing as balance?!???!)
Knowing we were going to be tied down to the house with a toddler and a newborn, and hosting Thanksgiving for both sides of the family, I wanted to create something easy, yet pretty, for this cozy (and chaotic) holiday we have ahead of ourselves. I thought something simple and universal would be some holiday hang tags, effortlessly hand-lettered on a simple plain background. Whether you want to tie them around utensils, stick them in a few pinecones, or tie some around a few centerpieces, I think they give the ordinary a bit of extra charm to the table, or even entryway decorations. Also, I have to admit, I tend to get a bit “sappy” around the holidays, too. I enjoy a few small organized activities with complete family participation, such as going around the room sharing what we are most thankful for this time of year. Since we don’t have room for a Thankful Tree, (and knowing this annual activity is unavoidable with my mother-in-law), I hand-lettered these placesetting lists—pretty enough for adults, but also lines far enough apart for the kiddos 😉
So go ahead, add some pretty lettering to your Thanksgiving Table. Download these FREE placesetting printables here. (Please be patient, the file is a bit large.) All you have to do is click, print, and cut! Easy Peasy! And don’t forget, sharing is caring…send this page to a friend!
Pssssssst…if you want to get extra fancy, print them out onto kraft paper to give it some rustic flair.
As this time of year approaches, every single one of us are counting our blessings and being so thankful for everything we have in our lives. I know for me I am extremely blessed with a super caring and loving husband, the sweetest (and most stubborn) kiddo, a baby girl on the way, and truly the best family and friends a girl could ask for.
In keeping with this holiday theme, I created November’s Wallpaper Desktop with the words “there are so many things to be grateful for.” Because it’s true. I’m grateful for the cozy warm bed I’m sitting in right now typing this. I’m thankful for the warm cup of Chai Latte waiting for me in the morning. I’m ever-so grateful to have a slow-paced morning with my babe every morning. Don’t get me wrong, life is hard and some days (some weeks), I’m ready to throw in the towel. But really there are so so many things to be grateful for.
Get this free desktop wallpaper, hand-lettered by yours truly, below.
PS. I still haven’t decided on what to “Freebie” to offer for 2017 in place of these Decorate your Desktop Wallpapers. To be honest, there wasn’t the response I was hoping for when I suggested something new on October’s Decorate Your Desktop. I only received a few suggestions and if only a few people are taking advantage of these freebies, I don’t feel like it is worth allllll the time I put into them. We’ll see how the next 2 months of 2 kiddos under 2 go 🙂
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We are a few days away from October and this weather is proving it to be true. Brrrr! It is definitely time to bring out the fall scarves, jackets, and boots!
As I mentioned in my Facebook post, I am thinking about switching things up for 2017 and possibly offering something new, in place of the Decorate your Desktops. With another little babe on the way, I want to make sure that my time is spent wisely. That being said, if people simply aren’t downloading and swapping out their desktop/mobile backgrounds, I don’t feel like it’s worth my time to continue doing them.
I have a few other options in mind that I thought maybe people may find more useful and inspiring. The first are Monthly Wall Prints. I’m thinking 5×7 and 8×10 hand-lettered wall prints with an inspirational quote or seasonal phrase of some type. For these wall prints, I would charge a small fee ($3-$5) to download + purchase through my Etsy shop. Once the small purchase is made, you then will be emailed a link to download the print and use to decorate your home, office, or give as a gift.
The second option would be a Monthly Greeting Card. These would lean more generic such as a “Just Because” card making it easy to give + use no matter your current situation. My thoughts behind a simple greeting card is that there is just so much hate and sadness in the world today, if I could somehow spread even a little bit of love and kindness, I want to. No matter how small it may seem. This option would be as easy as downloading, printing, and cutting the card…perfect little lunch-time break! Something so simple could really change a friend’s, neighbor’s, spouse’s, co-worker’s day around 🙂
The last option is to simply continue on with the Decorate Your Desktops. These would run exactly as they have, offering three wallpaper options for your desktop, mobile device, and/or iPad/Tablet.
Again, I want this to be beneficial for the both of us. I spend quite a bit of time each month on these free wallpapers (coming up with a phrase, dozens of lettering + design revisions, uploading the design, plugging them into the different sizing formats, creating several social media graphics, uploading them to my website, etc.) and if people aren’t using them, I can easily allocate all this time differently. I am more than willing to give out other “freebies,” but if those won’t be taken advantage of either, I would love to spend more time on other Mint for Hue projects or with my babies 🙂 So let me know–head to my Facebook page, comment on this post, and let me know what YOU want!
As always, this month’s FREE desktop wallpapers are below.