Freshly Minted : Storybook Save the Date

Today I’m sharing my first ever Save the Date design for Minted. For one reason or another I never managed to enter any of the Save the Date challenges in the 5+ years I’ve been submitting designs. I know, I’ve been missing out! Save the Dates are incredibly popular, and are a great way to show off (and justify) all of those beautiful engagement session photos.


Storybook is a full bleed photo card with playful type, banners, and swashes to showcase your wedding date. The backer and liner feature a neutral kraft background with coordinating patterns.


I have three more non-photo Save the Dates launching in the near future, I’ll be back to share them just as soon as they’re live!

Storybook and the rest of my wedding stationery for Minted can be found in the Duncan Park Papers shop.

Custom Personal Stationery

I absolutely love how this custom personal stationery project came out. Amy, my client, (and the sister of my sister’s boyfriend) is a newlywed, and wanted stationery with her new last name. I put together a few options and she settled on this sweet lacy pattern in yellow, with her name in a clean and elegant script.


Patterned backers are a lovely add-on for any notecard. For Amy’s cards we carried over more of the lacy yellow print from the front.

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Custom stationery pricing is available by request via email, and I will be carrying a small selection in my online shop once it is up and running later this spring.


Holiday Cards

I know I’m a little behind in posting these, but they turned out so well I couldn’t not share them. Here are some of the custom holiday cards I designed this year, including our own Christmas card.

First up was this sparkly number with deep charcoal background and a faux glitter effect:

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This next design was for my brother-in-law and his family. They moved earlier this year, so we included their new address on the envelope flap with an arrow to highlight it. (btw, is our nephew the cutest or what?)


This design features a wreath of pinecones and winter florals in a gray and red palette. I carried the wreath over to the envelope flap as well, I love printed envelopes!

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Last but not least, our family card, which I used to test out my printer’s gold foil. I love how the gold foil looks over a full-bleed photo card- and hope to offer a lot of foil in future collections.

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I only took a few custom holiday clients this year, but hope to offer a full line of photo cards next year, as well as some other seasonal paper goods. I’ll keep you updated when 2014 holiday work gets underway in May, (yep- May!)



Freshly Minted : Holiday 2013 pt. 2

Happy Friday! I’m back to introduce more of my 2013 holiday collection for Minted- specifically my three new Minibook designs. If you’ve never heard of Minibooks, they are these great booklet style cards that provide multiple pages for sharing photos and text. They’re the perfect way to showcase family updates, special moments, and plenty of photos.

Here’s the first of my Minibook designs, Warm + Cozy:

Warm + Cozy Minibook Holiday Photo Card Duncan Park Papers Laura Hankins for Minted

Next up is Snowlace + Kraft:

Snowlace and Kraft Minibook Holiday Photo Card Duncan Park Papers Laura Hankins for Minted

And finally, Winterberry Frame:

Winterberry Frame Minibook Holiday Photo Card Duncan Park Papers Laura Hankins for Minted

If you follow Duncan Park Papers on Facebook, you may have recall that this design, Winterberry Frame, snagged 4th place in the Minted Holiday Minibook challenge– super exciting stuff!

These Minibook designs and the rest of my holiday cards can be found in the Duncan Park Papers Minted storefront. I’ll be back later today with one more new release for the holiday card collection- stay tuned!




Freshly Minted : Holiday 2013 pt. 3

This next and final introduction is actually a card you’ve already met, but with an exciting new twist: gold foil!

Snow Fancy Gold Foil Pressed Photo Holiday Card by Laura Hankins Duncan Park Papers for Minted

Snow Fancy was one of the lucky designs to be included in Minted’s debut collection of foil pressed holiday cards. Be sure to check out the full assortment, they have to be some of the prettiest cards out there.

That rounds out my 2013 holiday collection for Minted, be sure to check out parts 1 and 2 if you missed them! Happy weekend!

Freshly Minted : Holiday 2013 pt. 1

Orders have already started trickling in, so despite my urge to savor every second of this gorgeous fall weather, I’m going to fast forward a bit– it’s time to introduce my 2013 Minted holiday card collection!

Today I’m featuring my three new holiday photo cards: Merry Bright + Geometric, Simple Snapshots, and Snow Fancy.

First up is Merry Bright + Geometric:

Merry Bright + Geometric Holiday Photo Card by Laura Hankins Duncan Park Papers for Minted

This design is a unique take on a multi-photo card, featuring a fun hexagonal print with a touch of kraft paper.

Next is another multi-photo card, Simple Snapshots:

Simple Snapshots Holiday Photo Card by Laura Hankins Duncan Park Papers for Minted

Simple Snapshots is a great card for making use of a lot of pics from a family photo session, or to show off a variety of exciting events from throughout the year.

Finally, one of my favorites, Snow Fancy:

Snow Fancy Holiday Photo Card by Laura Hankins Duncan Park Papers for Minted

This one features faux gold glitter details, and a single photo layout– don’t worry though, Minted offers a variety of backers you can choose from to show off additional photos. There are also multiple color options, greetings, and die-cut shapes to choose from to truly customize your card!

These cards and the rest of my Minted holiday cards can be found in the Duncan Park Papers Minted storefront. I’ll be back later this week with more new releases, be sure to check back!





Vintage Lace Letterpress Suite

Lace-1Wow, how is it already September? I have been hard at work on my wedding invitation collection, and am getting so excited to debut it in the coming months.


The invitation suite I’m introducing today, Vintage Lace, is one that I designed for Kimberly Fitzsimons, Classically Chic Letterpress. I won’t lie, I was absolutely obsessed with the samples when they showed up at my door a few weeks ago– the patterned letterpress backers, the gold foil (!)– these are some luxurious invitations!


Printed in Pool ink and Gold Foil on fluorescent white cotton paper, the design features a delicate lace pattern and classic, elegant type.


Vintage Lace, in addition to my Ringlet suite, is available for purchase through Kimberly Fitzsimons’ shop.



Custom Vow Renewal Invitation


The project I’m sharing today will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only was it a wonderful client experience from start to finish, it was a huge stepping stone in my little business’ life. This was my first project for a client who wasn’t a friend or acquaintance- although I consider her the former now.

Christina first contacted me the day before Caroline’s due date, saying she had found me through Minted and loved my design style. She and her husband Daniel were planning a vow renewal ceremony and looking for invitations and all sorts of printed pieces for the day of their ceremony. I had no idea when baby girl would make her arrival (a week late as it turned out,) but I just couldn’t bring myself to pass this project up. The timeline proved to be workable, and Christina was oh-so-patient throughout. Together we came up with the perfect invitations and accessories, each piece was truly a collaboration– I couldn’t be happier with how they all turned out!

Let’s get on with the pictures, shall we? All photos are courtesy of the fabulous photographers at Orange Turtle Photography.

The invitation was designed to be reminiscent of a cover page from an old book- a perfect fit for their subtle theme, ‘good stories’. The invites, along with a coordinating custom map were printed on thick 150# bamboo paper. Christina tied a string of twine around them to add a rustic element, and they were mailed off in kraft envelopes.

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These next two photos show one of my favorite elements of the event decor: the escort cards strung from a tree branch with beautiful sheer ribbon. So pretty.


Christina and Daniel wrote individual notes to each of their guests, and placed them along with a handmade favor at each seat.


Tented table numbers, menus, and programs rounded out the printed pieces for their special day.


The icing on this project’s cake was seeing all of the couple’s thoughtful planning  and attention to detail featured in a lovely post on Style Me Pretty. Be sure to read their story and check out even more photos of their ceremony in the gallery. Their video is stunning as well- what a beautiful celebration for a beautiful couple!

New Site + A lesson learned


This is the little cake my husband brought home to celebrate the launch of my new website and some exciting steps forward in this little business of mine (side note: he’s pretty great like that). I’ve spent the last month or so working on this new look, and while I’m still adding to it and tweaking little bits here and there, it’s live and launched, and that is a good thing.

My motto throughout this particular re-design process has been “done is better than perfect.” The perfectionist in me that spent entirely too much time rearranging the photos in the portfolio galleries doesn’t buy it, but I’m slowly convincing myself that it’s the only way to keep moving forward and making progress. The cake incentive helps too…

So, without further ado, thank you for visiting, and please take a look around– I’d love to hear what you think!

Oh, and one last note/ cautionary tale: Back up. Always. Always. Back. Up. Long story short (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) I lost my entire blog in the launch due to a silly mistake, and now I’m having to rebuild the archives post by post. I had the structure backed up, but not the content. Argh. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, I’m finding google cache pretty handy!

Happy Monday, and have a great week! – Laura