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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon discussing the concept of “Niche” with Grant Spanier and Vince Koci of the 10,000 hours podcast. If you haven’t listened to any of Grant and Vince’s episodes, you need to start now! Each week, they discuss different ways people work hard to do what they love, and they host some amazing guests – like Jeff Sheldon of Ugmonk and marketing expert, Seth Godin, just to name a couple.

During our podcast, Grant, Vince and I discussed “niche” – it’s advantages, pitfalls and how every entrepreneur must define their own path to success. Listen to the podcast here!

Thank you for having me, Vince and Grant!

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For my entire career I’ve dreamt of having my work featured on Design* Sponge, and earlier this year my dream came true with a studio tour feature! Thank you to my friends, Shannon Grant for writing such a lovely article, and Bethany Platter for taking the stunning photos! I’m still on cloud nine over this one :)

Read the full article and see all of the photos here!

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When starting MaeMae almost 7 (!) years ago, I quickly realized how integral beautiful images were for growing my business. Through trial and error, I learned how to style my products and create photos that represented the colorful and happy mood I want my clients to feel when thinking of MaeMae. Because styling became one of my favorite parts of the branding process, we integrated it into our services via content creation (styling + photography) and one-one-one styling seminars.

So when LAB approached me about teaching an Instagram + Styling LAB with fellow Minneapolis graphic designer, Kayd Roy, I jumped at the opportunity. On Saturday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 31, I’ll explain the art of styling great Instagram photos – and then Kayd will teach the class how to create a strategy for building powerful Instagram communities – whether for personal or professional use.

Learn more about our LAB and sign up here, and make sure to check out the other great events LAB has scheduled!

I hope you can join us, it’s going to be a blast!

xx, Megan

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Last July my dear friend Summer married Bryan (see their stunning wedding in the latest Martha!!!) and I was so honored to be a part of the celebration as her matron of honor! A few months before the big day I threw her a bridal shower with the help of my amazing and talented friend, Jocelyn, from 1703 Event Studios (a Southern California event production studio), along with Sum’s sister’s (also matrons of honor!), the other beautiful bridesmaids, and other talented vendor/friends. The shower was in Huntington Beach, CA and since I was planning from Minneapolis, Jocelyn and the other ladies were such a gigantic help and made my vision come to life through cheeky decorations, fun activities and amazing food.

For this smooch-themed party, I used the phrase “Summer is kissing her single life goodbye” to set the tone through really playful stationery with lots of lips and stripes (Summer’s favorite). The pink and mint square invitations were flat printed on thick cotton paper and a separate card noted the couple’s registry, saying the “lovely bride is working on completing a home fit for a Mrs.” At the shower, a seating chart, table numbers, photo booth backdrop, snack bags further supported the theme throughout the day.

My crazy talented flower wielding friend, Lauryl Lane created gorgeous floral arrangements with peonies (another favorite of Summer’s), jasmine, maidenhair fern and ranunculus, while Summer’s sisters and brother-in-law made all of the sweet and savory food, including (amazing) truffle popcorn, parmesan crisps and Neapolitan flatbread. Activities included a lash and lip bar by the amazing Fiore Beauty team and an instant camera photo booth in front of the huge photo backdrop I printed (at Kinkos! score!). The guests then glued their photo into an album alongside personalized advice for Summer. Summer loved the idea so much we did something similar at the wedding too :) More to come on all the photos of the wedding stationery soon!!

Highlight: the bridesmaids all wore coordinating pink and mint colors – unplanned! Summer knows how to pick stylish friends.

Thank you for the beautiful images, Emily! See even more photos over at Martha Stewart Weddings!

Contributing vendors included:
Stationery: MaeMae & Co.
Location: Lake Park Clubhouse
Event Planning: 1703 Event Studios
Flowers: Lauryl Lane
Photography: Emily Blake
Lip & Lash Bar: Fiore Beauty
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals, Chiavari Chairs for Rent, La Tavola Fine Linen, Signature Party Rental

Champagne: One Hope

 

 

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Our friends over at Minnesota Bride recently featured a hyper-custom suite we designed for a couple marrying at the famed Smog Shoppe venue in LA. Industrial, clever and totally fun—this custom suite was as exciting to design as it was for guests to find in their mailbox. At the couple’s request, we took a cue from their super cool venue, combining layers upon layers of texture (think custom kraft wrapping paper, charcoal letterpress, a three-dimensional box holding an etched metal invitation, die-cut stickers, stamp overlays) with a clean, muted palette and pops of playful, bright red. Chris and Amber are such a fun couple and we made sure their personalities shined through the playful wording and text. The overall result—a wedding suite that’s slightly outside the box (ba-dum-bum!) and totally in-line with the couple’s awesome celebration.

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Just a few months back, the MaeMae team moved out of Megan’s downtown Minneapolis apartment into a new studio just a few blocks away. Since then we’ve had fun sharing the decorating progress (as you can see here, here and here), and are now thrilled to be able to show off the new space in it’s entirety thanks to the recent issue of Mpls St Paul Magazine! Check out the article for more photos (AND for bonus shots of Megan’s apartment – seriously so good).

Thanks Mpls St Paul Magazine (and Wing Ta for the photos)!

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This farm-inspired custom wedding stationery was designed for the special, “Sweet Corn Sweethearts” feature in Southern Weddings‘ sixth issue. The editorial had a really fun story, according to Southern Weddings:

“A bride who grew up on a dairy farm and returned with her beau for an intimate family wedding in the field. Mamas and grandmas and little nieces helped prepare all of the food, including shucking corn and baking classic Southern cakes. We wanted to capture some of these preparatory moments in the shoot, too!”

Check out the rest of the photos by the talented KT Merry

 



How beautiful is that church, and that farm?!?!  Be sure to check out Southern Weddings for the scoop on all the talented vendors involved in this shoot. And don’t miss the behind-the-scenes look at the feature, along with this amazing video shot by Twenty-One Films.

 

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This wedding program was designed for Caroline and Philip, a sweet couple getting married on the Big Island. Caroline loved the painting style found inside the church (gorgeous!) where the reception was held, so we mimicked that hand-painted feeling with these washes of color on cotton paper.

Caroline and Philip have phenomenal taste, clearly! Their wedding was featured in the Fashion & Beauty 2012 Style Me Pretty magazine as seen above. Below, you’ll see a few more shots from their photographers, Our Labor of Love.  Additionally, the wedding program was also featured on Classic Bride and Burnett’s Boards, so much love!

 

 

We’re so excited to be featured in two issues of Brides magazine this fall! In the August/September issue, our die cut wedding invitation from the Violet suite (above) was featured as a “New Classic,” and the modern letterpress invitations from the Oswald collection were shown as part of the “Elegant, Inspired Stationery Ideas” article.

We designed this Oswald suite in partnership with Urbanic Paper Boutique for the gorgeous couple, Melissa and Jon who were married last year in Los Angeles. Scroll down to see some photos from their wedding day (taken by Aaron Shintaku), first featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog.

Last, in the October/November issue, Brides featured a MaeMae custom invitation that was designed for a fall harvest-themed wedding. This invitation was digitally printed on cotton paper, which provides a great variance of color. The result is stationery that looks and feels similar to letterpress, but costs a fraction of the price.

What an honor, thank you, Brides!

 

I’m so excited to be featured on The American Edit today sharing my favorite made-in-America items. Rita Mehta came to us a while back with the mission to celebrate stylish brands that manufacture in the U.S, and it was such a dream to work with her and help bring TAE to life through branding and web design. It’s been even more amazing to see Rita quickly take the world by storm – for example, Kristen Bell recently listed TAE as her favorite website on E! Online! No big deal…

A couple of my favorite features on TAE include two local, Minneapolis companies – Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics and Arrow Minneapolis

Go check out our feature here, and check back next week for a MaeMae case study on The American Edit branding and web design.

Thank you, Rita!

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Exciting news! Minnesota Monthly named MaeMae Paperie the Best Stationery in its November issue! We’re thrilled and honored to be included among so many of our favorite MN businesses in the Best of the Hidden Twin Cities feature. (Note: the stationery featured in the spread is the Marlowe!)

Thank you, Minnesota Monthly! Pick up the November issue on stands now, and check out the entire list of hidden gems online at Minnesota Monthly.




We’re pretty excited about the arrival of fall at MaeMae headquarters. While summer is beautiful in Minnesota, fall is pretty special as well. From pulling out chunky knit sweaters and leather boots to visiting apple orchards and consuming pumpkin EVERYTHING, there’s so much to look forward to – including Style Architects’ Fall Trend Report!

For those not familiar, Style Architects is a Minneapolis-based creative services company that specializes in event planning and styling. And they’re one of our main go-to’s for on-trend style, interiors…and well, everything. This year, MaeMae was fortunate to get in on the fun and had a custom invitation featured in the Fall Trends Report! Christina Holm-Sandock, president and creative director of Style Architects, included Summer Watkins’ engagement party invitation as one of her favorite autumn finds and we couldn’t be more flattered! And because we wanted to keep the good fall vibes rolling, we also pulled together an outfit that’s perfect for an autumn engagement party – so fun!

Your turn, what’s your favorite part of fall?

xo, Anna

1: Essie 2: J.Crew 3: Zara 4: Anthropologie 5: Acne 6: Chanel 7: Fab 

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The August issue of Rue magazine features a really special article that brought together a few of my favorite fellow creatives, and my favorite flamingo pattern!

The article celebrates the launch of The Venue Report, a new business created by Courtnie Purdy of Canvas and Canopy. The Venue Report is a rich resource for researching and booking little-known, but amazing venues (for all occasions!). Courtnie styled the shoot alongside my good friend, and very talented stylist, Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings. Plus, Jose Villa is responsible for the gorgeous photography which is always a win (check out a couple behind-the-scenes shots on his instagram!). 

And to top things off, you’ll see the flamingo pattern MaeMae created for Marysia Swim on those amazing pants!

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MaeMae Paperie recently had some exciting press in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Weddings issue! Above is a customized suite we created for Aimee and Kevin who were married in New Orleans. Throwing a wedding in the Big Easy is fun enough, but to top things off, Aimee and Kevin had a processional (complete with trumpets and parasols) between the church and reception – so fun! Check out the rest of their wedding photos here, shot by Mark Eric.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine also showed our customizable suites some love – the upper left card and large center stamp is from the Marlowe. This invitation features rose gold foil and was created in partnership with our retailer, Gus and Ruby. You can also see the custom map liners we created for the suite in this shot from our instagram feed.

Check out more examples of our custom suites, and don’t forget to browse or collection suites as well – they’re completely customizable to each bride’s personal style!

Aimee and Kevin’s custom wedding suite was featured in:
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Fall/Winter 2013 Weddings Issue
Borrowed & Blue
Mark Eric Photography 

All product images shot by Wing Ta of Canary Grey.

xo, Anna

 

Oftentimes our brides are looking for a more DIY option for their save the date before they dive into a more full service experience with their formal invitations and day of pieces. That’s where our Save the Date stamp comes in! These stamps are a stylish and easy way to DIY your Save the Dates while still having a polished and sophisticated design. You can mix and match different papers and inks to perfectly correlate with your upcoming wedding’s theme or aesthetic. The stamps are cost-effective and effortless allowing you to add a personal flourish to your wedding correspondence. All of our new Save the Date stamps also coordinate perfectly our address stamps for a completed look.

After you send out your save the dates you can also work with us to customize the rest of your wedding stationery from our current wedding collection! Interested in something more custom? We would love to work with you on a bespoke suite as well.

Customize your own save the date stamp here for $98. We are also offering 20% off all of our stamps with code GWS20 at checkout until Sept. 16.

Our Ollie save the date stamp was recently featured in Brides Magazine and the Quimby save the date stamp was featured on Vogue.com! A big thanks to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring our stamps today. We are also offering 20% off all of our stamps with code GWS20 at checkout! The offer is good until Sept. 16.

This post is so fun to share with you all because it brings so many of my different passions together. I grew up a lover of water, oceans, lakes (and baths…) and swam competitively until my junior year of college when I put down the chlorine perfume and picked up the computer mouse. Girl’s gotta get a degree.

Still an admirer of swimwear I was so thrilled when I began working with the beautiful and amazingly talented designer Marysia Reeves (of Marysia Swim) a little over two years ago. We have partnered together during her fashion show seasons to create her lookbooks, invitations, promotional materials, a new website, tags, and packaging. I love Marysia’s visions for each line and it is always so exciting to see into the brain of another creative.

Last season I created a flamingo pattern for the resort collection that little feathered friend has been getting a lot of attention lately! The suit is being sold all over the world and has been featured in amazing online shopping sites like Moda Operandi and Shopbop, in Glamour Magazine (how bomb is that parrot necklace?!!) and even the stunning fashion blogger Aimee Song (of Song of Style) has sported the print we created for Marysia! I grew up addicted to Anthropologie so my mind was completely blown when Marysia shared with me last week that the custom suit she designed for Anthro with my flamingo print was the bestseller at anthropologie.com!!! The suit was also featured in the catalog but I haven’t been able to track a copy down. The suit has been getting fantastic reviews (!!) and you can purchase it here.

Marysia has some amazing new ideas brewing for the next season and I can’t wait to show you more collaborations! Thank you, my friend, for working with me on your creations!! Can’t wait for more!

Martha Stewart Wedding / Real Weddings Special Issue 2012 / Quimby Reception Card

Weddings in Winnipeg / February 2012 / Ronnie (such a great coverboy!) / Violet / Marlowe Panel Invitation

Utterly Engaged / Vol. 3 No. 20 / Portraits by Charley Star / view full article here

Oh Joy / April 6, 2012 / read full post here

Daily Candy / Office Accessories That Work / Marlowe Address Kit / read full post here

Always so grateful to have MaeMae featured. I pretty much screamed when I saw that Ronnie got onto the cover of a magazine! He’s such a stud.

Thank you a million times over to Brides Southern California Magazine for the 2011 Editor’s Choice Award in stationery!! I am so honored, thankful, and encouraged by this unexpected award. A huge thank you to Heather Lee at Brides who has reached out to me to feature my work online and in print and has encouraged me as I complete the new collection that is launching this September. You have been such a blessing, Heather!

Below is an exerpt from the press release included in the packet of goodies I received from the magazine:

“The Fall/Winter edition of Brides Southern California reconizes hometown wedding vendors and we are so proud to annouce that MaeMae Paperie has won the attention of the editors.

‘Our editors have revealed their go-to sources for the best in the business: the places and people who are helping to make wedding planning easier and more fun They provide terrific products, exemplary customer service and the innovative ideas that continue to inspire us,’ stated Julie Raimondi, Editor-in-Chief Brides.com and Brides Local Magazines. ‘Cheers to MaeMae Paperie for raising the bar.'”

YAY!! Thank you Brides Southern California!

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