Harley’s Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

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!

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP8 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

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.

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP7 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

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.

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP6 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP5 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

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.

Modern Black White Birth Announcement Blake Eagle OSBP2 Harleys Modern Black and White Baby Announcements

Design: Blake Eagle

Letterpress and Foil Printing: Mama’s Sauce

Photo Credits: Blake Eagle

Amelia’s Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

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!

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP2 Amelias Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP Amelias Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP7 Amelias Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP4 Amelias Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP5 Amelias Storybook Baby Shower 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!

Storybook Baby Shower Invitations Kate Tessera Creative OSBP6 Amelias Storybook Baby Shower Invitations

Photo Credits: Kate Tessera Creative

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!

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

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.

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative7 Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

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.

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative4 Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative9 Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

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.

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative5 Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

Hermes Inspired Baby Announcement Atheneum Creative8 Autumns Hermès Inspired Baby Announcements

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!

 Quick Pick Sugar Paper for Paperless Post OSBP2 Quick Pick: Sugar Paper for Paperless Post

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!

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP2 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP3 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP7 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP5 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP4 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP6 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

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.

Literature Inspired Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations Candice Scott OSBP9 Cristins Literary Tea Party Baby Shower Invitations

Thanks Candice!

Photo Credits: Megan Myrick Photography