Designer Blake Eagle worked with the talented folks at Mama’s Sauce to create these letterpress and gold foil birth announcements for her son Harley. Blake incorporated design elements inspired by the traditional birth certificate and standardized forms along with astrological symbols – all wrapped up with thin gold wire. So cool!
From Blake: My husband and I decided to go all out and design a multi-piece announcement suite for our soon-to-arrive little guy. We were very much inspired by the birth certificate, astrological symbols, and standardized charts like the periodic table. We wanted to design something that was sophisticated, but also whimsical. The idea was to redesign elements of the birth certificate, but focus on personalizing all of the small details.
In the beginning we wanted to keep everything black and white and very minimalistic, but we became obsessed with the idea of adding a foiled element to the suite. After finishing the larger card with the birth details, which was letterpress printed on 220# Crane Lettra, we decided to add a smaller gold foil piece.
Keeping with the theme, we included things like Harley’s astrological sign and element into the design, as well as the weather and moon phase as a sort of homage to the day he was born. To wrap it up (literally…) we used a very thin wire to hold everything together and tie in the gold from the smaller card to the rest of the suite. It was then all placed in a black envelope complete with a letterpress printed address wrap and personalized stamp.
Design: Blake Eagle
Letterpress and Foil Printing: Mama’s Sauce
Photo Credits: Blake Eagle
A storybook theme is such a sweet idea for a baby shower, don’t you think? Designer Kate Tessera created these storybook invitations featuring vintage illustrations for her best friend’s recent baby shower. I love the way the storybook pattern used in the invitation backers and envelope liners resembles a traditional toile pattern!
From Kate: I recently had the privilege of working on one of my best friend’s baby shower invitations. The event was a storybook theme so I thought a page right out of a book would be the perfect way to invite guests to celebrate this exciting new chapter.
The baby’s gender will be a surprise and the mama-to-be wanted to stray away from the ever-popular yellow, so we went with a periwinkle blue for the invitation suite and shower décor. I handcrafted a pattern of classic storybook illustrations to be used as envelope liners and printed on the reverse side of the invitations.
Vintage rubber stamps on the kraft paper envelopes added a bit of character, making each invitation unique and one-of-a-kind. I also created a little quiz covering everyone’s favorite books growing up!
Photo Credits: Kate Tessera Creative
Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online craft class platform. They gave me the opportunity to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and this time we’re taking Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey. And we’re giving away one free entry to this class!
I’ve been wanting to make a scrapbook for Sophie ever since her first birthday. These early years are just flying by, and I know I’ll forget many of the details if I don’t put it down on paper – especially with a brand new baby now at home! I have absolutely zero previous scrapbooking experience, so I was really excited to learn all about it with Craftsy’s Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey. With my new skills in hand and armed with prints of my Instagram photos of Sophie, I created a special scrapbook for Sophie’s first year on the planet:
My favorite part of Craftsy classes is that you don’t have to watch the entire class in one sitting – you can watch over the course of an entire day or even an entire week if you’re like me and have a tiny baby that demands lots of attention at frequent intervals. And you can even watch on your phone or tablet using the Craftsy app if you only have one hand free! The Scrapbooking class is organized into seven lessons covering everything from creating backgrounds and matting photos to layout tutorials, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on. Here are a few of the skills that you can expect to learn:
- Using the Rule of Thirds to design your layout
- Creating a visual triangle
- Misting with stencils or letters
- Fussy cutting to add embellishments
- Using the cluster technique
- Designing around a visual anchor
Kelly also provides a PDF outlining the different layouts from the class, which I found absolutely essential when I went back to create my own photo layouts. I also loved that the layouts are flexible enough to allow for a wide variety of materials and design aesthetics. I wanted Sophie’s scrapbook to be modern and whimsical – with tons of color and pattern. Now that I have one scrapbook under my belt I can’t wait to make more for both of my girls!
Click here to enter the giveaway for Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey! You’ll just need to register with Craftsy with your email or Facebook login – or just enter your email address and password if you’re already a Craftsy member. The giveaway will be open for one week and then Craftsy will pick a winner!
Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
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These gorgeous wood pieces from Wind & Willow Home are equal parts functional object – from wood bowls to spoons to planters – and absolute work of art. Each piece is hand dipped in food-safe rubber in colors inspired by the season. Wind & Willow Home just released their Winter 2014 collection, which also includes a couple of copper and silver leaf bowls – and a whole new line of marbled textile goods!
So pretty, right? Check out the full collection right here!