Every once in awhile (okay almost everyday), I have a new design idea that I want to get out of my head and onto my Illustrator screen. For those moments there is a lovely outlet for me called Minted. Now typically I think crowd-sourcing for design is kind of a rip off for designers, but I have to say that I think the process of designing things out of my typical design aesthetic has been really beneficial for me. I think stretching my design muscle outside of my regular projects when I have a few free moments has made me a more creative designer and has even helped clarify my design point of view. A month or so ago my first design went up for sale (so if you’re looking for graduation announcements, there you go!)… Last week I posted some new designs for the Christmas card challenge. I’d love to know what you think and if you have a second of it, I would really appreciate your votes for my submissions!