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You guys, I have definitely fallen into the new mommy trap of being totally behind. Shortly after T was born, we had some absolutely gorgeous newborn photos taken by Chelse with EIEIO Photography, which I will be sharing later this week. We knew all along that we wanted to send out birth announcements, just like we did with A. But it’s taken me a hot minute to get on top of them. As in they just got mailed this morning (I know, I’m the worst!).
I was right in the midst of trying to decide where to have our birth announcements made when Minted reached out to me with the idea to collaborate. So the first thing I did was a happy dance, because I have been obsessed with Minted for so long. Funny thing is, I’ve spent so many hours getting lost in their incredible art section that I never even looked at the beautiful stationary they have available!
Minted is a community of independent artists from all over the world. In addition to offering gorgeous art to decorate your home, they feature other great home and party decor items and many stunning suites of stationary ranging from wedding, to baby, to holiday and everything in between! They actually source their art through ongoing competitions, which I think is brilliant because you know they’re only offering the best of the best.
There is seriously something for everyone and with so many beautiful items to see, it’s very easy to spend hours perusing and come out with an endless list of items that you’re dying to get (I may or may not have an extensive list created- hint, hint family…I do have a birthday coming up!).
So once I finished my happy dance, I immediately emailed them back and said something along the lines of “Oh-my-gosh-YES-I-would-love-to-work-with-you!” and gushed like the embarrassing fangirl that I am. And then I hopped over to the Minted website and got lost in the slew of beautiful birth announcements that are available for purchase.
Let me tell you, it was not easy trying to choose which announcement to go with. They have so many gorgeous options in all different styles. It’s impossible to shop their stationary options and not fall in love with several of the unique and stylish designs available. They are just all so pretty. Here are a few of the announcements we considered:
I loved the fact that this Sweet Grid Birth Announcement allows you to include multiple photos. It can be so difficult to choose which photo to use in your announcements. Problem solved!
This Simply Baby Birth Announcement is so sleek and elegant:
I think the unique design on this To The Point Birth Announcement is so cool. I love how different the writing is, it’s so stylish!
The stars on the Etoile Birth Announcement add a really pretty touch. It’s also great that you get an option to add two photos (perfect for twins or when there’s a sibling!).
The Sweeping Name Birth Announcement has some great color choices. I love how the name is front and center with the photo.
I finally settled on the Golden Dots Foil-Pressed Birth Announcement in Rose Gold. I tend to have a taste for very simple and beautiful designs when it comes to stationary. I love this clean and fresh design, it worked perfectly with our chosen photo of Tess. The Rose Gold dots added a bit of sparkle and dare-I-say glamour without taking away from our sweet girl’s photo.
Minted made the checkout process so smooth and painless. While I’m not clueless when it comes to technology, I’m also not extremely savvy. But they made it really easy to get exactly what I wanted. I loved that I was able to personalize the entire announcement.
I also thought it was really cool that Minted gives you the option of having them print the addresses on the envelopes for you. What a time saver! They even had an envelope design that corresponded perfectly with our announcement.
Upon further inspection, I also found the super-cute Name Labels that Minted has to offer! Of course I had to get some, because we’ve had way too many situations where I’ve forgotten to label one of A’s sweatshirts only to have them not come home from daycare (earlier this year, A put one of her nicer sweatshirt jackets in another kid’s cubby, never to be seen again). The awesome thing about the labels is that they are dishwasher safe, waterproof, laundry safe and non-toxic! And of course so, so pretty!
I ultimately settled on Doodle Frame Custom Name Labels in Blush. I think they’re so pretty and feminine and are perfect to label clothing, baby bottles, snack containers and even to seal our gorgeous birth announcements!
Suffice it to say, I was more than thrilled to receive our package in the mail recently. They came even quicker than I expected, securely packaged and ready to be stamped and mailed.
In even more exciting news, Minted has agreed to set up a giveaway so that one of you, my dear readers, can win a $150 credit to use towards anything on their site. There are so many options, I have no idea how you’ll ever choose!
This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Crystal G., our giveaway winner!
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