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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
So exciting! You can check out the entire collection here and here!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credits: Megan Myrick Photography