This is such a treat: graduation announcements! Designer and illustrator Rosie Bubb recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University and was kind enough to send over the announcements that she created to share the happy news with friends and family. Rosie created an illustration representing San Luis Obispo on one side of the postcard-style announcements, with academic details on the other. Congrats Rosie!
From Rosie: I recently graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo in Central California. The landscape of the my charming college home served as the inspiration for the design of my graduation announcements. Dubbed “The Happiest City in America” by Oprah, I wanted to share the happiness of San Luis Obispo with friends and family in the form of a bright and illustrative card. Creating a postcard-style announcement allowed room to highlight the quirk of my college years spent nestled in the hills and yet only minutes away from the beach. The reverse side includes all the academic and ceremony details.
The final design was digitally printed onto 110# cover stock by my classmates at the on-campus printing company – University Graphics Systems. The envelopes were supplied by Paper Sky, a darling paper and stationery boutique where I worked part time throughout college. I addressed the envelopes in my own form of messy cursive lettering with white ink.
Thanks Rosie! And congratulations again on your recent graduation!
Photo Credits: Rosie Bubb
Designer Lauren Chism and her husband moved into a new home over the summer – and today she’s sharing her moving announcements with us! I share Lauren’s tendency to take a maximalist approach to personal stationery projects, so I’m loving the modern, pared down approach to her moving announcements. Just beautiful calligraphy, a couple of arrow motifs, and a modern graphic backing pattern – all in simple black and white. Perfect!
From Lauren: My husband and I moved into a new home this summer and amongst all the excitement of furniture purchases and decorating, I didn’t forget that I had a fun excuse to send out some paper: moving announcements! When it comes to designing my own stationery, I tend to want to try new printing techniques and papers, which results in me going completely over the top. This time, I thought I’d keep it simple and – most importantly – affordable with some small, flat printed cards. Gotta save the big bucks for all that new furniture!
The design started with the calligraphy talents of Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye, who penned our new address for us to use. I love the idea of calligraphy for moving announcements. I was able to use the calligraphy on the cards and make a return address stamp with it, which made sending everything out even easier. Add in a fun arrow motif and kraft envelopes and they turned out to be just fun way to share our new address with family and friends.
Not one to leave off any details in my stationery, I finished the kraft envelopes off with fun washi tape and Johnny Cash stamps, which might have been my favorite part of all!
Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye
Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Photo Credits: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Mint and coral is such a beautiful color combination for any occasion, but especially for baby announcements! Lynda from Greenstar Paperie designed these announcements for a fellow designer’s sweet baby girl this past spring. In addition to the coral and mint color palette, the announcements feature a modern floral pattern on the outside and photos of Tahlia (and her older brother) on the inside. Absolutely darling!
From Lynda: Tahlia’s mom, Corey, is a very talented designer and owner of CWP Design Studio in Philadelphia. So I knew this had to extra special. Corey loved the idea of a modern pattern, so we took that idea and ran with it. The mint and coral color scheme paired with a modern floral pattern gave this announcement a bit of sophistication, but was still sweet enough for Tahlia’s introduction into the world. The announcements were digitally printed on 120# eggshell ultrawhite card stock.
Corey also wanted some personalized stationery, so we created a flat note that could tuck neatly into the announcement for a personal note. The envelopes were finished with a darling label that was placed from front to back on the envelope to give the front of the envelope a hit of pattern and color.
Photo Credits: Amanda Hein Photography
As a busy working parent, I can totally relate to being behind the curve on sending out important announcements: we still haven’t sent out moving announcements after nearly 7 months in our “new” house! It may have taken these parents a while to send out the announcements for their second daughter, Nina, but they made up for the delay with these beautiful announcements from the team at Noteworthy Paper & Press. I’m loving all the bright pops of color, from the turquoise flourishes to the hot pink envelope liners!
From Taylor at Noteworthy Paper & Press: We printed these belated birth announcements earlier in the summer for Pam and Tony, who welcomed a second baby girl into their busy lives last October. Both mom and dad work full time, so the announcement took a back seat as they settled into being a family of four. The couple’s only requirement was that the card be bright and fun and they loved the idea of using the current “chalkboard art” trend as inspiration.
Photo Credits: Noteworthy Paper & Press
While we’re on the subject of babies, how sweet are these birth announcements from Kimberly of Honizukle for her second son, Liam?! When it came time to design Liam’s announcements, Kimberly knew she wanted to incorporate lions in a yellow, mint, and navy color palette. Add in a sweet polka dot envelope liner, adorable baby photos, and some washi tape, and you have a recipe for seriously cute baby announcements!
From Kimberly: I can say that three distinct things were on my mind when designing Liam’s announcement. The color yellow, which, for some reason, I’ve always associated with Liam. Lions, which I also associate with Liam because of a little Lion my husband got him even before he was born. Finally, handwritten fonts, which I’ve been obsessing over for some time. I thought there was a recipe in there somewhere for a good design.
I knew I wanted Liam’s name to be large and yellow and I wanted the lion in his announcement to be this little lion I had designed previously and had a soft spot for. I had recently been printing with a lovely mint color I had mixed and became infatuated with, so I knew that also had to make its way in. Once I put those together I added a bit of navy, polka dots and a few carefully chosen fonts to come up with a sweet design for my sweet, little boy.
Photos of my boys were included in a wax pouch decorated with yellow and navy polka dot washi tape that matched the polka dot liner I had designed. I opted to use photos of both of the boys as the announcement came from Liam’s older brother John Patrick, better known as Jackie, figuring there can never be too many photos of cute, little boys.
I had planned to design a label to address the announcements as well but as a mother of two now, I didn’t quite have all the time in the world and so ended up using a lovely stamp I had purchased from Wit & Whistle a couple of months back. It worked perfectly with navy ink and finished off the announcement nicely.
Announcement Design + Printing: Honizukle
Address Stamp: Wit + Whistle
Photo Credits: Honizukle