Penelope’s Floral Letterpress Baby Announcements

Aaaah! How cute are these red, white, and kraft paper floral birth announcements for a sweet baby girl?!? Created by designer Lauren Chism for her new niece Penelope, the beautiful announcements feature simple letterpress printed text paired with a matte black and white photograph and floral envelope liners. So pretty!

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From Lauren: My sister, Carley, and her husband John welcomed their adorable daughter, Penelope, at the end of April and we all couldn’t be more in love with her. As Carley’s ‘personal stationer’ I was dreaming up ideas for the announcements the moment we found out they were having a girl. They are my favorite gift to give friends and family – quite a bit more fun to give than diapers and wipes!

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When it came to the design, Carley was drawn to the clean look and simplicity of letterpress, which is my personal favorite form of printing. Penelope’s nursery incorporated brighter colors of red, blue and yellow with floral details, and I wanted to incorporate those things without being too literal. We ended up going with red letterpress text with a black and white photo, paired with kraft envelopes. The announcements were printed on 118# cotton Savoy and the gorgeous matte photos were attached to each card.

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To balance the minimalist design of the announcement, I created a floral pattern for the envelope liners to add a little playful, feminine element to the suite. When doing custom announcements, I love trying something new, so I decided to have the liners letterpress printed as well. I was so torn about which color way to print: the red and white backgrounds both offered a unique look. With the red background, I love the salty texture and mottled look that resulted from flooding the press with so much ink, but also loved the contrast of white against the kraft envelopes. Indecision won out and I ended up using a mix of both – I still can’t decide which one I like best!

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For the envelopes, instead of my usual go-to washi tape, I closed each with little heart stickers from Thatch and Thistle. They were so cute and tiny – the perfect final touch to the announcements.

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

Baby Photography: Photography by Brea

Letterpress Printing: Elefant Press

Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

Oakes’s Nature-Inspired Letterpress Baby Announcements

These beautiful baby announcements come to us from Bonnie and Currier of Tenn Hens Design – and were created for Bonnie’s new baby boy, Oakes! Inspired by Bonnie’s childhood family farm, the announcements feature nature-inspired motifs like deer, oak leaves, and herons, a hand painted patterned envelope liner, and of course an adorable baby photo!

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From Bonnie and CurrierWe wanted to create a special birth announcement to welcome Bonnie’s baby boy, Preston Oakes Cross, into the world. Our concept took its inspiration from Bonnie’s family farm where she grew up, married, and where Oakes will be baptized this summer.

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The property is bounded by a beautiful river which brought to mind the natural world of trees, foliage, deer, canoes, and herons. Illustrations of these elements were incorporated throughout the announcement, and Currier hand painted a soft watercolor graphic pattern for the envelope liner.

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The announcement is letterpress printed and duplexed to another card printed with images of the natural world around Bonnie’s family farm. The photo was printed on metallic paper to add a crisp note to the overall color palette. And of course Oakes provided his adorable baby face. Don’t you just want to kiss those cheeks?!

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Thanks Bonnie and Currier!

Photo Credits: Tenn Hens Design

Caroline’s Strawberry Storybook Baby Announcements

Happy Monday everyone! I’m thrilled to start the week with these darling baby announcements! I’ve known Kathryn from Snippet & Ink since before I even started OSBP, and we’ve often bonded over our shared love of beautiful paper. When Kathryn welcomed her daughter Caroline last spring, she turned to the talented Cynthia Warren to create a storybook birth announcement – with stunning results!

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From KathrynSince Caroline was due in early June, I thought it would be fun to incorporate something seasonal and sweet like strawberries. I also love some of Cynthia’s storybook lettering. But really, along with about five images for inspiration, that was all the direction I gave her – Cynthia is so incredibly talented, and has such a unique style, I wanted to let her work her magic without me micromanaging things.

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From CynthiaWith her baby girl arriving in late Spring/early Summer, Kathryn wanted strawberries to be part of the design. She also wanted my hand-lettering style to be reminiscent of vintage children’s books. With such a sweet color palette we thought it would be great to tie the announcements and Caroline’s photograph into little bundles with red and white twine. The envelopes were addressed in the perfect grass green ink by the fabulous calligrapher and artist, Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. Maybelle’s charming style added such elegance and whimsy.

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From Kathryn: Maybelle’s whimsical calligraphy was an obvious choice (she also did the day-of calligraphy for our wedding and I absolutely love working with her), and we went with grassy green ink to play off the strawberry leaves in the announcement.

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Something you can’t see in these images is that once the stamps were cancelled, the butterfly on the front of the envelope was almost perfectly perched on the end of the cancellation mark. I loved this little detail that Cynthia put in!

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Thanks so much Kathryn!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Cynthia Warren

Calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Photo Credits: Christina McNeill

Lauren’s Ikat Baby Shower Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I’d shake things up a bit and start the week with these adorable baby shower invitations from Alaina at Cheer Up Press. Created for a good friend, the invitations feature a sophisticated ikat pattern and a color palette inspired by the nursery. The invitations were letterpress printed in mint and navy blue, then paired with blush pink envelopes. So cute!

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From AlainaI was commissioned by a good friend to design and print her baby shower invitation. I was inspired by the color palette she chose for her nursery: mint and blush with navy blue accents. Overall we didn’t want the style of the invitation to scream “baby” like so many baby shower invitations do, but rather put off a more sophisticated vibe that definitely reflects my Lauren’s tastes.

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We landed on a pretty simple design with an ikat background and added a trendy bow at the top. I pulled in the blush color on the envelope and digitally printed the words “It’s a girl”on the front in navy blue.

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Thanks Alaina!

Photo Credits: Cheer Up Press

Evie’s Calligraphy Baby Announcements

Ashley from Lemon and Lavender recently welcomed a baby girl – Evelyn – into her beautiful family. I love the birthday party invitations that Ashley designs for her children (Gavin’s camp-inspired invitations are some of my all time faves), so I was thrilled when she sent Evie’s birth announcement over! Ashley worked with calligrapher Joelle Duff from A Charming Occasion to create the most darling announcement – complete with Evie’s own personal monogram!

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From AshleyOur sometimes gypsy life inspired Miss Evie’s birth announcement. We currently reside in West Africa, and knowing that she would be making her first of hopefully many trips across the globe by the tender age of 5 weeks, I wanted to incorporate that element in her announcement.

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I enlisted the help of Joelle Duff of A Charming Occasion for custom calligraphy. She lettered Evelyn’s full name as well as the shorter version of her name. Since she goes by Evie we used the small enclosure card for her Sip & See as a way to incorporate that part of her name. Wanting to include a little bit of Senegal we took newborn photos of Evie in a traditional Senegalese basket to slip into navy 4bar envelopes. It’s always so fun to design for your own children and I was thrilled to have Joelle’s pretty work featured in the final design.

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In addition to the announcement, I designed a monogram rubber stamp because let’s be honest you are never too young for your own monogram – especially if you hail from the South!

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Thanks so much Ashley – and welcome Evie!

Design: Lemon and Lavender

Calligraphy: A Charming Occasion

Photo Credits: Ashley La Rue | Lemon and Lavender