Ashton’s Welcome to the World Birth Announcements

Adina from Bunny Bear Press welcomed her third baby – a boy! – back in February. For his birth announcements, Adina incorporated whimsical hand lettering, playful gold foil, and the sweetest photo of Ashton with his two older sisters!

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From AdinaDesigning for myself is always a time where I don’t feel pressure to make anyone but myself happy. For Ashton’s birth announcement I wanted him to be the focus, but still incorporate his 2 older sisters. For the front side I decided to have him shot from up above so that I could arrange all of his statistics around him.

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After the photo was decided upon I hand lettered the information around him, including a little fun “it’s a boy!” tidbit and scanned and arranged them on the computer. I knew I wanted to have a gold foil element so I incorporated it with a dot pattern and I added a gold foil polka dot liner to the envelope to tie everything together. The digital and gold foil announcements are printed on Reich Savoy 100% cotton paper by the wonderful people at StationeryHQ.

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For the back I added a surprise photo of my 3 kids arranged in a circle, the girls’ arms hugging their new brother making a heart in the negative space. I loved everything about this photo and it was the perfect way to show off my little family. I love knowing that my close family can frame this announcement and have a family photo they can keep forever.

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Thanks Adina!

Design and Lettering: Bunny Bear Press

Digital and Gold Foil Printing: StationeryHQ

Photo Credits: Jenn Ireland Photo

Ana’s Delicate and Ethereal Birth Announcements

Colleen of Letter & Lark creates some of the most incredibly beautiful, subtle, and delicate stationery – the birth announcements that she created for her daughter Ana last year took my breath away! Colleen put so much thought into each and every detail, from the pale color palette to explaining the meaning behind Ana’s names. Just so, so lovely.

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From ColleenThis project was very close to my heart and I hoped to do it justice! Our sweet Ana is an incredible baby. She is happy, loving, and easy going, but incredibly determined and strong; she spent five weeks in the hospital after surprising us by arriving six weeks early. Our preemie & NICU experience along with her gentle spirit gave me the inspiration for her announcement.

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For the recipients who opened it, I wanted to evoke a sense of fragility and sacredness for this tiny, special person. I wanted it to feel exquisite and ethereal, to emphasize that she really came out of something amazing. Rather than a flat or folded card, I wanted an experience of opening her announcement; by discovering different layers, papers, and textures along with reading about her birth information.

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To emphasize the fact that tiny packages can hold complexity and so much importance, I decided to go with a small, 4-bar sized announcement with an accordion folded card. The design was focused on clean, elegant type and a minimal color palette alongside gorgeous photography by the incredibly talented Leighanne Evelyn (who we are so proud to call a friend!). Leighanne’s photographs are very sentimental since they were taken shortly after Ana came home from the hospital. We chose to show a small tryptic of family photos on one panel and then included our favorite portrait of Ana in a tiny glassine envelope in the back. I love how you can barely see this tiny little face with big eyes looking at you through the cloudy envelope! I also knew it would be the perfect size for relatives who wanted to keep a picture of Ana as well.

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At first I had an idea of including a watercolor wash, but as a new mom I didn’t have the time to hand-paint each announcement (on top of designing, printing, and assembling!), so instead I printed a cantaloupe-colored “wash” on vellum paper. These vellum paper sashes wrap around the accordion card and the front text of the announcement can be carefully read through the faux wash. A very delicate, gold twine (the thinnest I could find) wraps around the entire piece.

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Rather than just list her birth information, I decided it would be more interesting for people to read the story of how we chose her name, since her first and middle names have connections to family members as well as special meaning.  I also included a short description of her personality; I wanted to make sure even for people that live far away that they could still get a sense of who Ana is without even meeting her.

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Letterpress printed in a smokey, lavender ink on bright white 100% cotton stock, paired with translucent vellum and glassine papers and Leighanne’s beautiful black and white photographs, I hoped to convey how we truly special Ana is, not only because of her birth story but because she’s brought so much love and joy to our family.

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Thank you Colleen!

Photo Credits: Letter & Lark

Cohen’s Silver and Jute Birth Announcements

These sweet birth announcements were created by Cari from m.press for her own baby boy! The classic announcements feature a silver belly band with jute twine announcing Cohen’s arrival – and of course a few beautiful photos!

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From Cari: It’s always a challenge to design for yourself and for your family, but luckily, with the gorgeous newborn photos from the super talented Ely Fair, this design focused on the images of our sweet boy! I wanted to keep his announcements very simple and traditional. The front features a crest with his initials and serves as Cohen’s personal logo (every newborn should have their own logo, right?). On the back, a vintage trumpet plays on the wording of introducing him to the recipient!

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Printed on triple layer paper with a silky finish, the announcements were tied together with jute twine around the light gray belly band. Sealed in a gray linen envelope with a velvety surface, these were the perfect way to introduce our sweet Cohen Jennings to our family and friends!

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Thanks Cari!

Photo Credits: m.press 

William’s Letterpress Calligraphy Birth Announcement

Happy Monday everyone! I couldn’t resist starting the week with these beautiful baby announcements from Sarah of August Blume for her youngest son, William. Sarah combined a hand drawn arrow pattern with beautiful calligraphy and a sweet photo of her handsome guy. A perfect combination!

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From SarahWhen I was creating the birth announcement for our son, William, I wanted to reflect our gratefulness for him and his health. With a rocky start in this world, he spent quite a bit of time in the NICU. William is truly a gift, and we are so very thankful for him!

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The announcement was letterpress printed on double thick 220# Lettra, and features a blind impressed pattern of hand-drawn arrows. The belly band was flat printed on one of my favorites – French Paper’s Sno Cone cover.

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I commissioned Angi of Angelique Ink to letter his name in a soft yet still boy-friendly hand. My sweet and incredibly talented friend, Beth Morgan, drove over 7 hours to photograph William when he finally came home from the hospital. Letterpress, custom calligraphy, and a sweet baby! Three of my favorite things. Although, the baby takes the cake. 

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Thanks Sarah!

Design: August Blume

Calligraphy: Angelique Ink

August Blume is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Sarah’s beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: August Blume

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