Beck’s Chartreuse Letterpress Birth Announcements

Designer Kaydi from Maison Yellow and her husband welcomed their first child last October: an adorable baby boy named Becher! Kaydi wanted Beck’s birth announcements to be bold and fun, so she chose a bright chartreuse and steel blue color palette and a cute illustrated envelope liner. Letterpress printing from Czar Press and a sweet baby photo were the perfect finishing touches!

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From KaydiIn October of last year my husband and I were blessed with our first child. No one can ever accurately explain to you just how crazy those first few weeks and months are. To add to the chaos, my husband is in the Air Force and had to leave for an assignment when our son was just 4 weeks old. Needless to say all my big plans of sending out fantastic custom birth announcements the month after he was born went out the window. As a designer myself, the last thing I wanted to skip out on was my own child’s birth announcement. So, even though they are a few months late, I finally decided on a design direction and ran with it.

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When deciding on a name for our son we both wanted something strong and bold but still a bit fun and different. I used those keywords as inspiration for the birth announcements: strong, bold, fun, and different. I feel those concepts came to life through the color palette, illustrations, envelope liner pattern, and layered component of the additional envelope with picture card. Being a multi-piece announcement suite, it also allowed for opportunities to use letterpress and flat printing, creating a depth of texture as well as opportunities to expand upon the main design concepts but in different formats.

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Since our son’s first name is a little different and special in that it means first born son in Hebrew, I wanted this to be the main focus of the letterpress card and come across strong and bold without a real “babyish” feel. The separate photo card tucked in an envelope labeled “our little love” sealed with washi tape was also a great way to introduce a nickname leaving the letterpress card with the complete formal name.

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The envelope liner, featuring onesies with ties labeled “Becher,” bottles, footprints, and rattles, was a must for me and added the extra playful patterning in the same chartreuse and steel blue palette as the rest of the suite. All in all, this birth announcement design turned out to be a perfect representation of our little guy and his wonderful personality… and not to mention a great excuse for more letterpress in my life!

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Thanks Kaydi – and congrats!

Design: Maison Yellow

Letterpress and Photo Card printing: Czar Press

Baby Photo: Joseph Mark Photography

Photo Credits: Maison Yellow

Jackson’s Sleek Black + White Birth Announcements

I’ve been loving the streamlined look of classic black + white for a while now – and I love it even more when it involves baby announcements! Designer Lauren Chism was inspired by the beautiful black and white baby photo to create these sleek announcements, which also doubled as New Year’s cards for the busy new parents! Lauren matched the glossiness of the photo with shiny black foil text. Such a great idea!

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From LaurenThe photo for birth announcements is so important and really directs me when it comes to how I design for the announcement. As much as moms-to-be may want to get ahead on the design, I always suggest waiting to see how your sweet baby is photographed before you do the announcements. You might be envisioning one thing and a different photo captures your heart and changes everything.

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That’s exactly what happened with Suzanne, who knew that she would have her hands full after her baby was born and came to me prior to discuss design ideas. She had some fun (and funny) ideas for them, but our whole direction changed once little Jackson arrived and she took this adorable photo. Even though she typically sends out more jovial cards, she couldn’t resist this black and white image and those baby lips, and so we changed concepts completely and ended up with these sleek birth announcements that also doubled as New Year cards.

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The cards say ‘ newborn kisses + happy new year wishes’ which I think is such a perfect sentiment, yet the design is clean and modern for friends and family to leave up throughout the year.

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The cards were printed in black foil, which is a nice contrast to the white card stock. Since letterpress inks sometimes leave a salty look, we decided to use black foil because we could achieve a more saturated and glossy look. It really adds that ‘wow’ factor that Suzanne was looking for and pairs perfectly with the semi-gloss photograph that was attached to each card.. I know recipients had to ‘ooh and aww’ just a little when opening these – over the cards AND that handsome baby boy.

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Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism

Printing: Czar 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

Henry’s Guitar-Inspired Letterpress Birth Announcements

I’ve been so busy with holiday-related content, I haven’t been able to feature any baby announcements for the past few weeks! Let’s remedy that today, shall we? Heather from Maida Vale recently welcomed her first child – an adorable little boy named Henry. Inspired by her musician husband, Heather knew she wanted to create a guitar-inspired birth announcement. So cute!

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From HeatherBefore Henry’s birth, my husband Shawn and I developed the concept behind his announcement. Shawn is a musician, so I designed a “ticket” wrap to announce Henry’s debut. After Henry was born, the talented Carolyn Kipper orchestrated the photo of him perched on Shawn’s guitar. I then printed the wraps on my press and outsourced double-sided photo cards. Finally, we tied the whole bundle together with a guitar pick and baker’s twine.

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Thanks – and congratulations! – Heather!

Photo Credits: Maida Vale

Rosie’s Illustrated Graduation Announcements

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!

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From RosieI 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.

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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.

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Thanks Rosie! And congratulations again on your recent graduation!

Photo Credits: Rosie Bubb

Lauren’s Modern Black and White Moving Announcements

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!

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From LaurenMy 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!

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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.

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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!

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Thanks Lauren!

Calligraphy: Blue Eye Brown Eye

Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers

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