Nicole’s Hand Lettered Plaid Baby Shower Invitations

These baby shower invitations from Nicole at Floating Specks combine a hand drawn plaid pattern with whimsical hand lettering – all in a rustic color palette of red, black, and white (with a dose of kraft paper). So fun!

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From NicoleAfter nearly two years of waiting for our family to be blessed with our first baby, we have been very excited for every step of preparation for our little boy, Aidan. For the baby shower, we wanted to stay with the manly and outdoors theme that we picked for Aidan’s nursery, matching alongside the red plaid apparel and gold balloons of our gender reveal photo.

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I hand drew the red plaid pattern for the invitation background and added my handwriting for a personal touch. Since there are several ways to spell Aidan, we wanted to make sure our friends and family knew the correct spelling of our baby’s name. We added a name plate that we tied around the invitation and had our gender reveal photo printed on the reverse side.

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Thanks Nicole!

Photo Credits: Floating Specks

Lillian’s Blush Pink Letterpress Birth Announcements

These beautiful blush pink letterpress birth announcements were created by Carrie of Callidora Letterpress + Design for her daughter Lillian. Carrie wanted the announcements to have a classic feel while incorporating whimsical handmade elements. The resulting announcements couldn’t be any sweeter!

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From CarrieI wanted Lillian’s birth announcement to feel handmade yet slightly formal and classic. I had recently purchased a sewing machine and had been making little headbands and dresses for Lillian and wanted to try sewing paper for quite some time. I thought it would be a lovely touch if I sewed her newborn photograph to the announcement.

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I chose a thread that perfectly matched the blush paper and gave a feminine touch without being over girly. The photo was attached to the card but was playful in the way it lifted from the paper. Each announcement was printed on thick blush pink 100% cotton paper. I decided to letterpress print the announcements in metallic gold ink to contrast with the craftiness of the sewn on image.

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I also chose two contrasting fonts, one more classic and traditional – the other a more hand-made and whimsical. By contrasting these elements the announcement because exactly what I was looking for, handmade with a touch of formality.

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Thanks Carrie!

Photo Credits: Callidora Letterpress + Design

Where the Wild Things Are Baby Shower Invitations

How cute are these baby shower invitations from Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress?!? Created for their sister-in-law Mara (and the first new baby in the Calderini family!), Arley and Morgan wanted to make something really special. They ran with Mara’s love of books for these beautiful literary shower invitations!

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From Arley-Rose and Morgan: Mara is an an avid book lover, so we only thought it suitable to have a book-themed baby shower inside of one of her favorite bookstores and cafés. Each page is letterpress printed on soft cotton Crane’s Lettra paper with a quote or sentiment from her favorite children’s books – words soon to be shared with little Ezra.

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The cover is letterpress printed on shimmery Gmund Reaction paper and hand-sewn with grey and white bakers twine. The inside end papers are embossed with a wood-grain pattern and tipped in with a library card that serves as an RSVP card. Turning the page, a book plate attached to the page by metal photo corners invites the guests to bring their favorite kids book to help build Ezra’s reading library. Details about the shower grace the opposing page, while another favorite quote is printed on the last page.

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Thank you so much ladies!

Design + Letterpress Printing: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Ladyfingers Letterpress is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Alice’s Hand Painted Rose Gold Foil Birth Announcements

Happy Monday everyone! My family welcomed our second little girl back in September – and today I’m excited to share her birth announcements! I was delighted to work with the amazing Jenna of Mon Voir and Bella Figura to bring my daughter Alice’s announcements to life. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out!

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Since Alice is most likely our last baby, I wanted to do something really special for her announcements. I’ve been drawn to the combination of calligraphy and abstract painting for a while now. I came across a couple of painted pieces by Jenna on Instagram and thought she’d be the perfect fit for what I had in mind. I wanted Alice’s announcements to feel colorful and modern and just a little bit romantic.

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We started with the text, which combined Jenna’s calligraphy with a classic serif font. For the wording, I really wanted the announcement to be Sophie introducing her new baby sister – so that’s exactly what we did! We sent the text over to Bella Figura and they printed the announcement on their gorgeous new smooth cotton paper in rose gold shine foil with vibrant pink edge painting.

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Jenna then hand painted each individual announcement using a color palette of pink, peach, yellow, and blue. Jenna and I came up with a general concept of how we wanted the announcements to look, but she made each one completely unique with different color combinations and brush patterns.

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We included a cute photo of Alice taken by the ladies of Sweet Root Village and tied both pieces together with Angela Liguori’s gold metallic line cotton ribbon.

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For the envelopes, we went with a classic kraft paper and one of Bella Figura‘s stunning new foil-printed envelope liners (also in rose gold shine foil). I had originally considered doing a graphic pattern like polka dots or stripes to contrast against the painterly elements, but the minute I saw that floral pattern I knew it was the perfect fit. Jenna addressed the envelopes in white ink in her signature calligraphy style.

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I hope you love Alice’s announcements as much as I do!

Calligraphy and Hand Painting: Jenna Rainey of Mon Voir

Printing, Edge Painting and Envelope Liners: Bella Figura

Metallic Cotton Ribbon: Angela Liguori

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper / Alice’s newborn photo by Sweet Root Village

Casey + Blain’s Brewery Baby Shower Invitations

I love the idea of a laid-back baby shower – aka pre-baby party celebration! Laura from Duncan Park Papers drew inspiration from the venue (a brewery!) when designing these baby shower invitations, incorporating casual lettering in a silhouetted pilsner glass. So fun!

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From Laura: My brother-in-law and his wife, Jackie, came to me looking for an out of the ordinary baby shower invitation for Jackie’s sister Casey and her husband Blain. The event was a couples shower, hosted at a local brewery for a fun and laid-back vibe.

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For the design, we went with a ‘baby is brewing’ theme. I chose a vertical layout inspired by a drink menu, and completed the look with a pilsner glass silhouette filled with hand drawn elements, subtle texture, and modern type. The mint green and yellow we used are the colors of the baby’s nursery: neutral, because the couple is waiting until the baby’s birth to learn the gender. Registry information and additional details were included on the back of the digitally printed invitation, and the package was completed with a top opening kraft envelope.

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This was one of my favorite custom projects to date, the location provided such an immediate inspiration and I love where it ended up!

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Thanks Laura!

Photo Credits: Duncan Park Papers