Cooper’s Whimsical + Modern Birth Announcements

Every birth announcement tells a story, but some stories are more complex than others – even happy stories. Today I’m honored to share the whimsical announcements that Brooke from Paper & Parcel created for her beautiful baby boy, Cooper, and to give Brooke a chance to tell her story in her own words.

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From Brooke: The first time I looked into my son’s eyes, I knew he had Down syndrome. We didn’t know prior to Cooper’s birth so the diagnosis took us by surprise. The weeks following his birth were a blur of doctor’s visits, sleepless nights, and falling head-over-heels in love with our beautiful baby boy. While most of our friends and family knew of his arrival and condition, as a stationer, I knew I had to send out birth announcements.

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I wanted to design of the announcement to be as unique and special as my darling boy. Right away I knew that I wanted the design to be an envelope within an envelope. Recipients peel off the polka dotted washi tape to discover Cooper’s photo peeking out of the envelope. The back of the photo includes all his birthday stats. The photo/birthday stats and note are flat printed on 120# paper. I also wanted to incorporate fun, whimsical patterns. Both envelopes are lined with a flat printed triangle pattern and the cross-hatch pattern is letterpress printed on 220# Crane Lettra.

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My husband and I felt it necessary to include a note about our little man. Learning that our son had Down syndrome was a mix of emotions – grief yet joy, sorrow yet happiness. It took a while to write the note.

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My husband and I went through at least a dozen iterations before finally landing on: “Cooper came into the world a month early. As our midwife put it, “He has things to do. People and places to see.” Shortly after he was born, Cooper let us in on his little secret: he has a genetic condition called Trisomy 21, otherwise known as Down syndrome. We were shocked and confused at first. But in our son’s emerging personality, we see a young man infinitely curious about the world. His blue eyes catch on shapes and patterns that make him giggle with delight. He is tenacious and precocious and will be crawling and walking before we know it. Cooper may have Down syndrome, but it’s clear there is much more to our little man than an extra chromosome. We are delighted that he has chosen us to be his parents. Please join us in welcoming Cooper to our family.”

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Such a beautiful announcement – thank you Brooke!

Design + Calligraphy: Paper & Parcel

Photo Credits: Paper & Parcel

Katrina’s Little Prince Baby Shower Invitations and Ideas

Happy Monday everyone! Melissa from Atheneum Creative designs the cutest baby shower invitations – remember these adorable bow tie baby shower invitations from a couple years ago?? – and these little prince invitations are no exception! Melissa also created some fantastic party details that I couldn’t resist including. Too cute!

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From MelissaA baby shower for a wedding planner can only mean one thing… everything has to be top notch! Katrina from Come + Together Events is expecting her first son and of course she wanted to set the right tone for this little prince. We introduced the prince theme on the invitation, which included a felt crown tucked into a letterpress printed card.

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We also worked on some really fun day of materials including a series of napkins, tags for the straws, and an advice board for the mom to be. And how could we not include a few custom onesies playing to Katrina’s business?

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Thanks Melissa!

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: The Schultzes

Eva’s Sweet Polka Dot Baby Shower Invitations

How sweet are these polka dot baby shower invitations?? Created by Alex from Goodheart Design for her friend (and fellow designer) Eva Black, the invitations feature a simple black and white color palette (printed on a Gocco!!) and a teeny bit of fern with each envelope. Love!

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From AlexI made these invitations for a baby shower brunch I put on for my good friend Eva Black a little earlier this year. Once Eva and I decided on a fresh and simple greenery themed brunch I got started on making invitations to reflect that theme.

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I hand lettered ‘little Babe Brunch’ using gouache to use on the invitation. Then I used my at home Gocco printer to print both the invitation and rsvp on nice thick paper.

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After I printed everything Eva and I used little round stamps and stamped the back of each invitation with gold dots as well as added gold streaks to the top of the rsvp. We then added a little piece of fresh greenery with a cute piece of bakers string tied to each invitation.

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Thanks Alex!

Photo Credits: Goodheart Design

Penelope’s Floral Letterpress Baby Announcements

Aaaah! How cute are these red, white, and kraft paper floral birth announcements for a sweet baby girl?!? Created by designer Lauren Chism for her new niece Penelope, the beautiful announcements feature simple letterpress printed text paired with a matte black and white photograph and floral envelope liners. So pretty!

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From Lauren: My sister, Carley, and her husband John welcomed their adorable daughter, Penelope, at the end of April and we all couldn’t be more in love with her. As Carley’s ‘personal stationer’ I was dreaming up ideas for the announcements the moment we found out they were having a girl. They are my favorite gift to give friends and family – quite a bit more fun to give than diapers and wipes!

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When it came to the design, Carley was drawn to the clean look and simplicity of letterpress, which is my personal favorite form of printing. Penelope’s nursery incorporated brighter colors of red, blue and yellow with floral details, and I wanted to incorporate those things without being too literal. We ended up going with red letterpress text with a black and white photo, paired with kraft envelopes. The announcements were printed on 118# cotton Savoy and the gorgeous matte photos were attached to each card.

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To balance the minimalist design of the announcement, I created a floral pattern for the envelope liners to add a little playful, feminine element to the suite. When doing custom announcements, I love trying something new, so I decided to have the liners letterpress printed as well. I was so torn about which color way to print: the red and white backgrounds both offered a unique look. With the red background, I love the salty texture and mottled look that resulted from flooding the press with so much ink, but also loved the contrast of white against the kraft envelopes. Indecision won out and I ended up using a mix of both – I still can’t decide which one I like best!

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For the envelopes, instead of my usual go-to washi tape, I closed each with little heart stickers from Thatch and Thistle. They were so cute and tiny – the perfect final touch to the announcements.

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

Baby Photography: Photography by Brea

Letterpress Printing: Elefant Press

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Oakes’s Nature-Inspired Letterpress Baby Announcements

These beautiful baby announcements come to us from Bonnie and Currier of Tenn Hens Design – and were created for Bonnie’s new baby boy, Oakes! Inspired by Bonnie’s childhood family farm, the announcements feature nature-inspired motifs like deer, oak leaves, and herons, a hand painted patterned envelope liner, and of course an adorable baby photo!

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From Bonnie and CurrierWe wanted to create a special birth announcement to welcome Bonnie’s baby boy, Preston Oakes Cross, into the world. Our concept took its inspiration from Bonnie’s family farm where she grew up, married, and where Oakes will be baptized this summer.

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The property is bounded by a beautiful river which brought to mind the natural world of trees, foliage, deer, canoes, and herons. Illustrations of these elements were incorporated throughout the announcement, and Currier hand painted a soft watercolor graphic pattern for the envelope liner.

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The announcement is letterpress printed and duplexed to another card printed with images of the natural world around Bonnie’s family farm. The photo was printed on metallic paper to add a crisp note to the overall color palette. And of course Oakes provided his adorable baby face. Don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks?!

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Thanks Bonnie and Currier!

Photo Credits: Tenn Hens Design