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.


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?)