Minted.

Christmas minis are a thing with photographers. They get adorable props and set up a photography session with families close to the holidays. My friend Amanda posted on our local swap and sell to find a spot for her family, and although there are quite a few fab photographers in the area, she was unable to make the times, or the prices were unreasonable. I private messaged her and told her I thought we could try to DIY it. She provided the great camera and super-fab new flash, and we provided dinner and a nice blank wall with a few Christmas-y props. We took a ridiculous number of photos and had a lot of fun. We may have played some Christmas Boney M.

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With photos that cute, we decided that we definitely needed to print them and give send them to friends and family near and far. I love receiving photo Christmas cards from families, saving them from year to year, and watching how the kiddies grow.

I scoured my pin boards and discovered that most of the photo ideas that I had pinned were from minted – a supercool marketplace for papergoods – and I am swooning over their 2014 card collection. I honestly don’t know which design to choose-  but I am definitely leaning towards a simpler brush cursive Merry Christmas (although the photo ornaments are pretty rad and I have a new-found love for all things gold foiled). I really like how you can upload a photo and “at-a-glance” see what it would look like in all of the designs at once. There are 32 pages of options, so I am still undecided.

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As I explored the site a bit more, I discovered some cool new things. Did you know that minted also sells art prints and other gifts? I had no idea. From cutesy to modern and colourful to neutral. I heart the kaleidoscopes and hexagons and birth stones and French art. I don’t imagine that surprises anyone. You can purchase them framed or unframed up to 44 x 60! There are also inspiration walls, decor ideas and featured artists. You can even curate your own board with favourite art.

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One thing I love about Minted is how the designs are submitted by independent designers and voted on by customers to be sold in the shop. (I think I might submit a design myself!). They also give back. They donate a portion of all art sales to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother world-wide with transportation, education and supplies.

They also sell perpetual agendas (my fave) – 22 pages worth of cover choices (and they come with stickers). I know where my next agenda will be coming from. They also sell adorable fabric. Oh and felt ball garlands. I love those things.

Do you like sending (or receiving) family Christmas photo cards? Do you save them from year to year? (or do you think they are just plain lame/expensive/paper-wasting?)