Okay, these wood alphabet block birth announcements by Melissa of Atheneum Creative for her daughter Emery are just TOO CUTE. And such a unique idea! Inspired by classic wood blocks, Melissa created a wood block baby announcement with Emery’s initial engraved in the wood in classic alphabet block style. Melissa also engraved Emery’s birth details on the side in a combination of classic serif text and calligraphy script by Meant to Be Calligraphy. So pretty!
From Melissa: Someone once told me when I had my son, “You did not have a baby, you had a client.” And I just think that line is so funny… because it’s so true. I push the design is so many different directions, present them to my husband, then come up with a whole different range of designs and make the decision so difficult on myself.
I really wanted to create something really special for this birth announcement – something that showed the “building” of our family. My son, who was just over two when Emery was born, was stacking blocks in his room one night. And as I sat there and helped him stack and stack, I felt the concept of sending a block for our little girl was just too perfect.
As I worked on the design, I kept pulling back saying this was just not “girly” enough for me. I knew that it needed some calligraphy from Michele from Meant to be Calligraphy to soften the look. We also used a chalkboard paint to give the wood block a soft blush color before engraving the design. The block announcement was mailed in a white box with some wood filler and a small little accordion folded card with family photos.
Design: Atheneum Creative
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
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Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography
Image by Cast Calligraphy
Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful baby announcement or colorful birthday party invitation. It’s hard to resist anything that involves an adorable photo of a newborn baby, and birthday party invitations can be so much fun – especially in those first few years when you can really do whatever you want! Ha! Baby announcements and birthday party invitations are a fabulous opportunity to create beautiful stationery (but without the added pressure that can come with creating a wedding invitation). My favorite baby announcements and birthday party invitations are those that manage to be whimsical, sophisticated, and kid-appropriate all at the same time while somehow not being overly cutesy. Some favorites from the year include a simple and modern hand lettered birth announcement, woodland critter birthday party invitations, gold foil polka dot baby announcements, watercolor popsicle birthday party invitations, and some SUPER fun invitations for a 5th birthday party!
Watercolor Calligraphy Popsicle Birthday Party Invitations by Maison Everett
Modern Hand Lettered Letterpress Baby Announcements by The Good Twin and Power and Light Press
Wild Kratts Animal-Inspired Birthday Party Invitations by Good on Paper
Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism
Woodland Critter Fall Harvest Birthday Party Invitations by Swiss Cottage Designs / Photo by Sweet Root Village
More baby announcements and birthday party invitation ideas right here!
These classic gray birth announcements from Lauren Chism Fine Papers are so refreshing! Not a speck of pink or blue in sight! I love how the neutral tones and clean, classic design allow the sweet baby photo to shine – and of course I’m partial to the name Alice. Such a wonderful keepsake for a beautiful new baby!
From Lauren: Now that my husband and I are expecting, designing anything baby related just makes my heart skip a beat. I can’t get enough! I have been wanting to expand my letterpress birth announcement collection, so this is all working out very well 😉
These announcements are extra special to me because Laura was my very first wedding client when I launched my business full time. Over the years, I have gotten to design some holiday cards and baby shower invitations for her… and then, this beautiful sweet girl arrived and I had the honor of designing her birth announcements. Birth announcements, much like wedding invitations, are such a special keepsake and something special for the family to look back on for a long time. I love how certain pieces of stationery, to those who love it, are so much more than just pieces of paper.
Back to the design! Once Laura chose the photo, the neutral tones of the image really leant themselves to a more muted ink color. She wasn’t into pink, so we tried out some shades of grays, tans and blues and landed on this pale gray. We paired it with gray envelopes in a lighter shade. This neutral color lover thought they were perfect. They are just so classic and chic, which really is fits Laura’s style.
Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Letterpress Printing: Elefant Press
Lauren Chism Fine Papers is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lauren’s beautiful work right here!
Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Colleen from Printwheel Printshop sent over these adorable invitations for a brunch baby shower that she co-hosted for her sister! The invitations (and envelopes) feature Colleen’s whimsical hand lettering that perfectly set the tone for a laid back brunch, along with patterns and details inspired by her sister’s favorite fabrics. So cute!
From Colleen: “Baby Bean” was on the way, and it was time to celebrate! I was so excited to design these invitations for my sister and “Baby Bean” (our nickname for her little bundle of joy). A baby shower brunch is a simple and sweet event, so I wanted these invitations set the tone for this beautiful and fun day.
My sister owns her own sewing business, Little Luvins. So I pulled inspiration for the style and color of the shower invitations from her favorite fabrics. I also decided to use hand lettering on each piece to create a whimsical, playful look.
Along with the invitation, we included a tiny pocket, containing instructions and a blank library card. The instructions asked each guest to bring a children’s book to help fill Baby Bean’s future library. Guests could fill out the library card and add a special note. It would then double as a gift tag and keepsake for the mom-to-be.
The invitations were printed on Crane’s Lettra paper by Rise and Shine Letterpress. Their team was fantastic to work with, and the letterpress truly brought the design to life.
I ordered envelopes from Paper Presentation and created my own envelope liners to complement the triangles on the invitations. Each envelope was addressed in similar lettering to match the invitations. I ordered a custom “Baby Bean” stamp from Simon’s Stamps for the envelopes, and it was the perfect finishing touch. My sister was thrilled with the result! As for the shower, it was a success, and “Baby Bean” (Samantha) arrived this past June.
Design and Envelope Addressing: Pinwheel Printshop
Letterpress Printing: Rise and Shine Letterpress
Photo Credits: Printwheel Printshop
Um, yeah. Gold foil polka dots and the most beautiful baby floral crown? These baby announcements from Lauren Chism might just be the sweetest announcements I’ve EVER seen!
From Lauren: When wedding industry friends and photographers, Matt and Julie Norine, welcomed their sweet daughter, Olivia, I was so excited to work with them on their announcements. What stationer doesn’t love working with beautiful photography!? Their weddings are stunning, so I thought the photos would be good, but they really blew me away. They photographed Olivia with the sweetest flowers arranged around her and a tiny floral crown. They were so precious and we had so much trouble picking the best one for the announcement. I am glad the final decision wasn’t mine!
When I saw how they used the flowers, I knew that the simple style of letterpress would go beautifully with them. Julie picked this simple polka dot design in gold foil and I love how the florals and polka dots complement each other, without competing. Julie picked some soft mint envelopes to pair with the cotton paper and gold foil. I am obsessed with mint right now and love something different than pink for a baby girl. From the photos, to the design, to the printing and envelopes – everything together turned out to be so sweet and feminine. I couldn’t love them more!
As I was attaching the photos, I thought how perfectly these could be as mini birth announcements, so I photographed them both ways. I love a classic announcement, but also like getting something surprising in the mail, and I think these cards, while tiny, would certainly stand out in your mailbox! I also love the idea of friends and family getting to frame the photo or you also could include multiple photos if you couldn’t just pick one. You could tie them together with twine or connect them with a little paper clip – just some more fun ideas to make your birth announcements special.
Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Printing: Elefant Press
Baby Photography: Matt & Julie Weddings
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