Autumn’s Hermès-Inspired Baby Announcements

When Melissa from Atheneum Creative was asked to create a birth announcement inspired by the luxury brand Hermès, she was up for the challenge! Melissa drew her inspiration from the brand’s iconic boxes, creating a layered baby announcement tied together with custom ribbon and mailed in kraft paper envelopes to evoke shipping boxes. So cute!

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From Melissa: When Autumn’s parents called and asked for Hermès-inspired baby announcements for their daughter we were super excited… I love a new challenge! We based the whole announcement design around the signature Hermès boxes.

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The announcement features three separate pieces. First things first, the logo. We re-imagined the classic Hermès logo to be a baby carriage. This first card in the set represents the top of the signature Hermès box. The second card contains Autumn’s birth details and represents the inside bottom of the signature boxes. Of course we had to squeeze a photo “in the box” (between the two cards) as this little angel is a gift her her parents.

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The wrap it all up we created a custom ribbon with the baby’s name. The entire suite was mailed in a kraft paper envelope addressed with a whimsical calligraphy style by Jenna Blazevich.

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Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Calligraphy: Jenna Blazevich

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

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Quick Pick: Sugar Paper for Paperless Post

One of my favorite stationers – Sugar Paper – recently released a collection for Paperless Post, both the online service and their PAPER line of actual printed cards and invitations! Even better, this is the first time that Paperless Post is offering gold foil on the printed PAPER line, which any longtime fan will know is a staple of the Sugar Paper aesthetic. The new collection includes more than 40 designs, but here are a few of my favorites!

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So exciting! You can check out the entire collection here and here!

Cristin’s Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

Baby showers can be so much fun – and the theme options are endless! Freelance designer Candice Scott sent over the invitations that she recently designed for a friend’s shower – which she also hosted! Inspired by the mom-to-be’s career as an elementary school teacher, Candice came up with the idea of a literature-themed tea party baby shower. The invitations feature lots of little book-inspired details – so fun!

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From Candice: When my friend Cristin announced that she was having her first baby, I jumped at the chance to throw her baby shower so that I could design the invitations! Since Cristin is an elementary school teacher I wanted to create a literature themed tea party.

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The invitation itself was inspired by the title page of book. Subtle details like “First Addition” instead of Edition, “Published by” instead of hosted by, and use of the copyright symbol are some of my favorite details of the design.

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I used a white 110 lb. card stock for the front and a thick textured light pink scrapbook paper for the reverse side. The diaper raffle ticket imitates a library check out card and the holder was achieved by cutting a coin envelope in half.

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The party favor tags were inspired by the paper end of a tea bag. The ribbon wraps around the handle just as one would wrap the string on a cup of tea. I cut thick chipboard for the backing and used an eyelet punch to create the hole for the ribbon.

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Thanks Candice!

Photo Credits: Megan Myrick Photography

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