Favorite Website Features

This past fall, Mint for Hue got a much needed brand update & refresh, everything from my logo and brand colors to a complete overhaul on my website. There were so many features missing on my previous website, and it was really limiting my portfolio and my services. With my new website, I analyzed every page and category being intentional with the content, the imagery, and the resources necessary for my clients & visitors. While every single aspect of my website was a labor of love, here are my top five favorite features:

1. Accessible Blog Posts

On my new website, blog posts are now accessible through not only the top navigation but also on the homepage. I love that this keeps my homepage updated frequently, always current & fresh.

 

 

2. Portfolio Categories

My previous website didn’t have the capability of splitting up the three different services I have always offered: custom wedding stationery, branding & design, and event stationery & design. My new portfolio does just that, letting potential clients access the very information that they truly care about.

 

 

3. Services in Detail

With three different categories of work, I wanted to be able to go in-depth into each service, providing essential details for my potential clients that matters most to them. Each service is broken out into a description of the service, price points, and the entire process for that specific project.

 

 

 

4. Featured Press Page

I have worked hard to get where I am at over the past four years with Mint for Hue. I loved the idea of including a Featured Page, a place where all of my featured work in the press is housed. It allows my clients to see that I am serious about what I do, that I strive for the best, and that I have had the honor to be featured in some huge publications.

 

 

5. Custom Contact Form

I was able to create a custom contact form including several required fields so I could acquire necessary information from potential clients right away. This cuts to the chase and allows me to understand upfront what my clients are needing right off the bat.

 

Beyond these favorite features on my new website, I love all of the updated imagery that you see throughout my entire site. I spent countless hours taking photos for my website and pulling images from styled shoots so my entire site has a unified, cohesive look & brand. I wanted my website to really capture my current style and aesthetic, and show how my style has evolved over the past four years. I am still loving my new site, and I am so proud of where Mint for Hue is at. Thanks again to all of my family & friends for all of your love & support <3

Please stay tuned for some exciting news in the next few weeks!

 

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  • Megan - I just love how your site turned out! Congratulations…it’s beautiful!

Decorate your Desktop | February 2018

And somehow it’s February and another Decorate your Desktop is at your fingertips! Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t complaining one bit that winter seems to be flying by. BUT, February to me always feels like the longest month even though it’s the shortest. January flies by with the holidays still underway, trying to get back on schedule & into a routine, and with our kiddo’s birthday smack dab in the middle, the first few weeks of January are a blur. In March, we usually get a few warmer days where we can get outside quite a bit more, making February cold, long, and brutal.

With that being said, for this month’s Decorate your Desktop wallpaper background, I chose to go with a moody floral background to hint at the year’s longest month 😉 but also a salute to Valentine’s Day. I ain’t one for Valentine’s Day, either, but it’s hard to ignore the “holiday.” Scroll to the bottom of this post to get your free downloads.

Free Wallpaper Background

Desktop Wallpaper | iPad Wallpaper | iPhone Wallpaper

As always, sharing is caring! Be sure to send this page to all your friends, co-workers, or family members who you think would enjoy these <3

A Midwest Fairytale Wedding | A Summer Wedding Styled Shoot

Last Spring, Brittany of Simply Gypsy Events reached out to me and wanted to know if I would want to contribute to a styled shoot at The Barn on Stoney Hill. This particular styled shoot for me was a bit out of my comfort zone, a bit more glamorous & “princess-y” (for lack of a better word), but when Brittany told me I would be working with Kelsey from Availeth Photography & Jennifer from Jennifer Joyce Designs, a rockstar local florist, I had to say “yes.”

We received news last month that this styled shoot was going to be featured on A Princess Inspired, an online wedding inspiration website. It is always so exciting to see my work outside of my own website, among so many other talented wedding experts, where potential brides could see my work & become inspired. I am so excited to share this feature with you all; click here to see A Midwest Fairytale Wedding on A Princess Inspired.

Glass Box Wedding Stationery

Be sure to check out and follow all of the amazing vendors who made this shoot happen.

Availeth Photography
Simply Gypsy Events
Stoney Hill
Jennifer Joyce Design
Dessert First Bakery
Linyage
Casual Ore Formal
The Black Tux
Live Great Food
Saxy Salon
Mint For Hue
Cinderella Carriage

Decorate your Desktop | January 2018

Back by popular demand, the Decorate your Desktop series is back for 2018! I have had so many people reach out to me over the past several months asking about the Decorate your Desktop wallpaper background series. At the end of last year, I created a poll on Facebook to see if people were still interested in these free wallpapers. After not much interest, (maybe it’s because of Facebook’s algorithms and nobody really saw the poll itself), I decided to save my time & energy. These backgrounds are quite a bit of work, not only coming up with unique, pretty designs themselves, but then to also save them out as three separate formats for the different devices. I didn’t really think people were using them, until I stopped creating them. That’s when I received so many inquiries about the free backgrounds, seeing activity and downloads on past wallpapers, and even private messages wanting to know if I was going to ever create more.

So now that the series is back, let me know what you want to see! Do you like motivational quotes, pretty backgrounds without sayings, maybe even seeing the actual monthly calendar? Please let me know! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for the links to the Downloadable Wallpapers. Enjoy!

Wallpaper Backgrounds

Desktop Wallpaper  |  iPad Wallpaper  |  iPhone Wallpaper

As always, sharing is caring! Be sure to send this page to all your friends, co-workers, or family members who you think would enjoy these <3

Eucalyptus and Vellum Birthday Party Invitations | Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper

Weeks after Everly’s first birthday, I submitted her first birthday invitation to Oh So Beautiful Paper, a leading lifestyle and design blog whose readers value beauty and fantastic design, in high hopes to it getting published. It always has been a goal of mine, but has always seemed so far fetched. After all, their blog reaches an audience of more than 100,000 unique monthly viewers and is a daily read for creative people around the world. Their blog highlights insanely talented creatives that I admire in a million ways, all the “big leaguers” that have thousands of followers on Instagram, and something I never thought was attainable for little ol’ me.

So it’s completely MIND-BLOWING to share with you all that my girl’s first birthday invitation has been FEATURED on Oh So Beautiful Paper a few weeks back and I’m BEYOND GIDDY to share it with you all!!! Read all about it & see more pictures of sweet Everly’s first birthday invitation here at Oh So Beautiful Paper. Eeeeeeek, somebody pinch me! What a way to end 2017! <3

A Moody & Unconventional Wedding Collection | Featured in Lake Bride Magazine

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

 

 

Winter Floral Birthday Party | Everly’s First Birthday

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! 🙂

 

Sources:

Paper Plates | Shop Jollity

Napkins | Shop Jollity

Cups | Shop Jollity

Placements | DIY

Eucalyptus | Sam’s Club

Fabric Banner | DIY

Cupcakes & Smash Cake | Dessert First

Vintage Candlestick Holders | Etsy

Streamer Backdrop | DIY

Highchair Skirt | DIY

Highchair Banner | DIY

 

Thanksgiving Placesetting Printables, Plus a Holiday Gift List Checklist

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.

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

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.

thanksgivingplacesetting

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.

Elegant Botanical Wedding Stationery | Beth + Jacob

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.

The New Brand Redesign of Mint for Hue

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

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