A few weeks ago, Michael Schwartz of Czar Press in Irvine graciously allowed some Socal Minties to invade his printing studio for a tour and letterpress demo. Usually, Mintie meetups are already awesome, but this was double-the-awesomeness because we got to meet at this amazing place! Let's just say there was a lot of designer drool happening, and not just because of the rose-shaped chocolate pumpkin bread Eric's wife made, or the tasty cheese gougeres Christine brought. I'm sure we all left wishing our next projects would have unlimited budgets for letterpress, foil printing, die cuts and edge painting (yes, Czar Press offers all this AND digital flat printing as well!).
The Group, from the left: Eric Beckett (GeekInk Design), Christine Loo (Heritage and Joy), Aspacia Kusulas, Me, Becky Nimoy, Meghann Quirante, Dally, Lynn Knipe (Griffenbell Paper Co.), and Michael Schwartz (Czar Press)
This save-the-date minibook was inspired by vintage book spines and suites the minibook format down to a T. Have fun customizing with your own titles, and enjoy this inspiration board I created for it (don't you just love that boutonniere? they were designed by friend Hannah Koo of Milieu Florals)
Holiday collections have launched for both Frooted Design and Peng & Paper! Below are some updates, but feel free to bypass and go straight to the "Shop" Menu :)
Frooted Design at Minted
"Warmest Wishes" (above) placed top 40 out of 2,658 entries in this year's Joy to the World Holiday Challenge! Check out this blog post on the Minted, where two of my designs are featured for special awards, one a winner and one a runner-up! Other noteworthy additions to the 2012 Holiday Collection include some New Year's Photo Cards for those of you who are a little slower at getting those cards out.
While you're at the site, feel free to check out the other items for sale that would make great gifts (journals, art prints, etc.). Items that are in the process of being launched for this holiday season include four great journal designs, a personal stationery card set, and a typographic art print (previews below).
This year, I'll also be to self-launch non-customizable items at Minted like stationery and art prints. I'm adding to this section slowly, but the "Rejoice-O-Matic" Non-Photo Card to the right is an example of a retro-inspired Christmas card that features lyrics from "Joy to the World" and a spot to fill in a personal, hand-written message and signatures. Please contact me if you have any custom requests you would like fulfilled in this way (same great Minted quality and service!).
Frooted Design at Snapfish
The collection was updated with holiday as well as some non-holiday stationery goods (birthday, bridal shower, thank you).
If you like a Snapfish design but would like some sort of customization (i.e. # of photos, colors, fonts, etc.), please contact me directly and I can provide some alternative options.
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Peng & Paper at MyPublisher (NEW!)
This year, I was very excited to launch a new holiday stationery collection under the name "Peng & Paper" with MyPublisher. There are custom backer options available with each design. Not all my cards have launched, but I thought I'd give you a sneak peek.
The results for the minted "Deck the Halls" business holiday card challenge are in, and I'm happy to announce that Frooted Design has one winner and two editor's picks in the bunch. There were some amazing designs, so this is a huge honor! Below are the designs that will soon be available this holiday season.
Beginning today through August 26th, you can enter for the chance to WIN $250 in credit towards Minted's Baby + Kids Collection. This includes everything from luxe birth announcements, to customizable journals for the whole family to the new limited edition art prints. The winner will be notified by email.
Check out what Frooted Design has to offer on minted.com:
Children's personalizable art prints, men's and women's journals, and women's stationery now available exclusively at minted.com! An updated website and branding for Frooted Design is in the works, along with a new line of paper goods "Peng & Paper" and an Etsy shop I'm launching with my good friend Denise. For now, though, I'm enjoying a beautiful sunny day in Manhattan (I'm in town for the National Stationery Show).