Make Rooms Happier with Minted Custom Photo Gift Prints #Giveaway

by Janice

This is Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom, jumping in to the Back to School Giveaway fun with a super sweet giveaway from Minted. Minted provided review product and compensation but my opinions, words, and enthusiasm are all my own!

Back to School Giveaway Event

I get giddy.

I am not exaggerating when I say that having photos of my children on my walls makes me happier. Every time I walk by pictures of my kids, I smile inside a little more.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I unwrapped the print I had created at MintedI squealed with joy, as ecstatic as a toddler at Christmas.


I don’t just love this gift print. I adore it.

What Makes Minted Prints So Special

As a photographer, I take a lot of photos of my kids. And I have some incredible large portraits of them in our house.

But I hadn’t made a large print of me with my children.

Even when I started looking at designs at, I was planning on a photo of my kids. But then I found this design and it was perfect for a photo of me with my kids.



I love the clean, uncomplicated design. The simple words and artwork make the print just perfect. It really makes me happy every time I see it.

Perfect for Back to College

If you have a child heading off to college this year, a photo gift print for their dorm room or apartment will bring a sweet dose of home along.


There are so many options — it is wild! I spent hours looking through all the fabulous designs by Minted’s independent designers.

And if you are ordering a print for your college-bound baby, you might just want to make up a special one to keep at home for you too.

We can all use extra happy in our days!

My Tips for Choosing the Perfect Minted Custom Photo Gift Print

Designing your custom photo gift print is just that — designing. You have some fabulous help with the incredible options created by the Minted independent designers, but you still want to add your personal touch to your pieces.


First, take your time trying out different images with different designs. The image you want and the design that is your favorite might not be the best fit for each other. I ended up using a different image than I planned on using because I found a design I loved.

Second, consider colors and tones. Just like you need to find the right image for the right design, you also want to make sure that the colors work well together. I changed my image to black and white to make it work best with the design I chose.

Minted also gives you options to change your photo to black and white or sepia, and as well you can change the colors in the designs! So take your time and play. It is even more fun than a box of crayons!


Finally, don’t go too small. When I chose my review piece, I asked if I could get it in a 11×14″ size, since I know from experience that wall portraits need to be a substantial size.

A 5×7″ or 8×10″ is great for desk portraits, but if your print is hanging on a wall, you often want to go bigger. Of course, if you have a collection of prints filling a wall, then smaller works great too.

But with a unique piece of art like Minted’s prints, you probably want to have it stand out. So don’t be afraid to go big! Even a 11×14″ is quite small on a large wall. I hung my print on small section of wall in my hallway and so it fits well and doesn’t have any other photos competing with it.

Your Chance to Win…

Thanks to Minted, one of you is going to be very happy — we have a $100 gift certificate to to giveaway.


Enter More Back to School 2014 Giveaways

Here’s the list of Back to School 2014 Giveaways we’ve published so far… Check here daily for updates.


Don’t miss any of these giveaways. We’ll be updating our Back to School Giveaway Event 2014 post daily with new giveaways.

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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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1 Meagan bs August 18, 2014 at 10:33 am

i like the invitations and announcements, makes them so simple and very cute.


2 Ashley C August 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

I love the Calmish & Bright Christmas card



3 Lynn August 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

The Love Location print!


4 anne August 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I love the day planners and notebooks. Stationery is lovely.


5 Brad August 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Give this a try: Next time a girl says: “Let’s go to the bar”, just
say: “Aaaah, you want me drunk. This can include you body language the expression on your face. If you do not have any awesome interests then I suggest you do your best to find one fast.


6 Melanie F August 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Oh I LOVE Minted… LOVE. We got out Christmas cards there last year & they turned out amazing. I especially lover their art prints & would LOVE to get some for our little bug one the way nursery! The key word today is “love.” Lol)


7 latanya August 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I like the Sparkle Everywhere


8 Nicki Joseph August 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I like the “Mr. and Mrs.” photo gift print!


9 rachel August 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I love the “Rusty Patina” print.


10 Susan DeVaux August 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I really love the personalized calendar.


11 Christine August 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I love the wedding inspired ideas… I have a niece and a nephew getting married next year and id love to get them something unique,


12 Kimberly August 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

The Mr. and Mrs. art print is fabulous! Would make a great gift for a newlywed couple I know!


13 Sharon Schoepe August 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I love the Puzzle Perfect print


14 amyc August 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm

I’m loving the selection of Christmas cards.


15 Suzanne G August 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I like the blossoming rainforest notebook.


16 Judy August 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

I love the Flower Mom print!


17 vickie couturier August 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Shark Bait Room Decor Signs


18 Terra Heck August 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

My favorite is the PHOTO CALENDARS :: CAFé STANDARD. Thanks.


19 brooke t August 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Oh Boy Circle Garlands


20 Kathy stevenson August 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I like the love location.


21 Tracey August 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I love the photo gifts – I can’t choose a favorite – but I also love that they use independent artists’ designs as well as their own. It’s a wonderful way to personalize your precious memories.


22 Jesse S August 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

The love location is pretty cool and I like the Christmas cards.


23 Mary B August 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I love their photo Christmas cards!


24 Meredith August 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I love the custom wrapping paper!!


25 Meredith August 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I love the custom wrapping paper!! I think that is such a coool idea
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26 Courtney K. August 21, 2014 at 12:27 am

I love minted for birth announcements, holiday cards, and art prints!


27 Jeanna August 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

I like the Baby Boy on Board Baby Shower Invitations!


28 Brittany August 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm

I like the mommy calling cards


29 Angela Saver August 23, 2014 at 8:50 pm

My favorite is the English rose personalized stationery!


30 Denise Konkel August 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I like the save the date magnets


31 Meredith August 24, 2014 at 1:18 am

Christmas cards for sure!


32 Dianne Hall August 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm

The “MR. & MRS.” custom photo print is my favorite.


33 Andee August 26, 2014 at 12:28 am

I love the “Our Story” save the date card!


34 anne hill August 26, 2014 at 8:54 am
35 Arena Thompson August 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

The ‘drop me a line’ mommy cards/business cards are my fave!


36 Tammy S August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I like the Heart Snapshot Mix™ Photo Art.


37 Liz August 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I love the wedding invitations!


38 beth August 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I like the luau party invitations


39 saminder gumer August 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

my favorite product is the Fractions Party Decor


40 Rebecca Parsons August 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I just love the Diamond Mosaic, such a unique print.


41 ACMommy August 28, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I like their Heart Snapshot photo art and the Love Location photo art!! Just love the uniqueness of these two!!


42 Janice Crespo August 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

I like their Wildflowers Day Planner, Notebook, or Address Book


43 Rachel B. August 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

I’m throwing a baby shower for a friend, and I’ve been eyeing these invitations: Thanks for the great giveaway!


44 Colette S August 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I like the Heartfelt Message Day Planner, Notebook, or Address Book


45 Nannypanpan August 31, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I like the sweet clementine circle garland


46 Richard Thompson September 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Those pictures look really good, great tips.


47 Katy September 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

The love location is my fave!


48 Kristen September 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

I like the Big Picture Business Cards.


49 Staci A September 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Love the Happy Everything holiday cards!


50 Alice Elzey September 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

I like the Diamond Mosaic.


51 andrea v September 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

holiday photo cards are my favorite!


52 marnie ward September 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

My favorite product is “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”. I like it because the birds really do represent my family members and it is a cute way saying we are a team!


53 Birdiebee September 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I like the Time Capsule Snapshot the best from these three.


54 allyson tice September 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

My favorite product is the Sweet Dreams Room Sign! So adorable!


55 grace renee September 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

The Diamond Mosaic is super tasteful (:


56 Courtney Krug September 7, 2014 at 1:03 am

Love Minted for my own cards and announcements, and for artwork prints to give as gifts!


57 latoya September 7, 2014 at 2:17 am

I really like the personalized favorite is the elegant golden year.


58 Kelly Minyard September 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I love their day planners!


59 Marilyn Nawara September 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I love the Peonies in a Vase print — beautiful.


60 Crystal Rose September 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I like the Berry Kraft Party Decor.


61 heather sullivan September 8, 2014 at 2:21 am

I love the wedding inspired ideas I love everything!


62 Madalyn Haire September 8, 2014 at 3:13 am

I love the Brothers Best Friends For Life Photo


63 Sonia September 8, 2014 at 5:12 am

My favorite item is the journals.


64 Fiona N September 8, 2014 at 7:03 am

My favorite item is the “eat sleep poop day planner, notebook, or address book”
Thank You for the great giveaway


65 Veronica V September 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

I really like the Love Location frame, especially the Texas frame because I am from Texas.


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