Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

We love love love watching our Designer Rolodex friends celebrate milestones, like adding to their families! And today is truly a special day, because we get to share the baby announcements that Jackie of Sincerely, Jackie designed for her little guy Richie’s welcome into the world! Jackie is known for her elegant invitation design, so it’s no surprise that she created these stunning and refined powder blue and vellum baby announcements for her own sweet boy. Congrats to the happy, and adorable, family!

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

From Jackie: We wanted these announcements to be a simple declaration of both Richie’s birth and his coming home, over three months later. When I was first hospitalized with HELLP Syndrome, my husband and I made the decision to be public with our journey. Many, many people kept us in their thoughts and prayers after our son was born 14 weeks early. We ended up mailing several hundred birth announcements, and I never shared the sentimental story behind them.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

They may be overly simple, but they’re more meaningful than they appear. I purposefully kept the typography clean, and the colors subtle because I did not want to detract from the three most important things: Richie’s announcement, our two favorite photos, and the song that planted itself in my heart.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

The announcements were digitally printed in a soft blue-grey on cotton paper, and contained two cards, each with a photo on one side, and typography on the other. The first, smaller card was our actual announcement containing both the date Richie was born (May 26, 2016, weighing 2lbs 2oz, and only 13.75″ long), and the day he came home from the NICU, 99 days later (September 1, 2016, weighting 7bs 6oz, and 20.25″ long) . The second card contained the lyrics from “Amazing Grace.”

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

When you go through something as life-changing as what my little family endured, you find peace anywhere it is offered. For me, I found that peace driving to the NICU one morning when “Amazing Grace” was playing on the radio. I hadn’t really cried before that. Not like, cried cried, if you know what I mean. But in the car that day, I had to pull over to the side of the highway to catch my breath. I felt an overwhelming sense that we’d be alright. Nearly every day after that, I would listen to any version of “Amazing Grace” that I could find on YouTube. About halfway through our NICU stay, little Richie was transferred from an isolette (incubator) to an open crib. A nurse, Patti, found a mobile in a storage room and felt compelled to get it to start working again. She stayed late that day to fiddle with the mobile, and proudly announced the next day that she had gotten it to work. The first song it played was “Amazing Grace.” I remember just standing there, in awe, as my little miracle baby slept peacefully under the mobile in his crib.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

After Richie came home, I sang “Amazing Grace” every single night while I rocked him to sleep. It’s become the melody of our journey, and I felt it was important to include that in Richie’s birth announcement, although not many people knew the story behind it.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

In addition to the two birth announcement cards, we added the invitation to our son’s baptism, which was sent to a select few family members. The baptism invitation featured a verse on one side, and the baptism details on the other, neatly slipped into a vellum envelope.

Refined Powder Blue and Vellum Baby Announcements

Thanks Jackie!

Design: Sincerely, Jackie

Styling: Kristen Poissant

Sincerely, Jackie is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Charlie Juliet Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m on the train to New York as I write this, making my way towards the 2017 National Stationery Show! If you don’t already, follow me over on Instagram for some real-time updates from the show, and of course I’ll be back here next week to share recaps and highlights from the show – along with some of our regularly-scheduled content. But in the meantime…

 Azalea-Inspired Envelope by Mary Kate Moon

Photo by Mary Kate Moon via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

How gorgeous is this skirt?? I want one in every color!

Loving the new Parachute tabletop linen collection

Such great embroidered t-shirts from Anne Robin Calligraphy – the proceeds all go to Planned Parenthood! I especially love this Make America Kind Again kid’s shirt.

NEED these hologram envelope sets from The Social Type!

Thinking I might need this for future trade shows – it’s the perfect way to store business cards!

Make: Thai iced tea ice cream

Card of the week!

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Playful floral pinwheel wedding invitations

Beautiful blue agate-inspired watercolor and calligraphy wedding invitations

Fun cards to congratulate friends and family on a new home!

Super fun neon acrylic birthday party invitations

NSS 2017 Sneak Peeks: Wild Ink Press, Inclosed, Amy Heitman, and Egg Press

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned cocktail recipe

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned

When people think of Tequila and Mezcal, those wonderful Mexican spirits distilled from agave plants, they often think of Sours – Margaritas, Palomas, and the like. And agave spirits really do love all those citrusy, fruity flavors – lime, grapefruit, watermelon, you get the idea. But sometimes you don’t want something that fruity and light. Sometimes you’re in the mood for something dark and rich, something to sip on. And agave can do the trick for that, too. Here’s our take on a classic cocktail: a Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned. – Andrew

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned

2 oz Tequila or Mezcal (or Both)
1 barspoon Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine the Tequila (or Mezcal…or both) with the syrup and bitters in a mixing glass filled with a few big ice cubes. Stir well to dilute, then strain into a rocks or lowball glass. Add a fresh big ice cube and garnish with a piece of grapefruit peel. Enjoy!

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

An Old Fashioned made with agave spirits is earthy, vegetal, and luxuriant. This is a drink for slow, languid sipping. Some people like to make their agave Old Fashioneds with agave nectar, the theory going that like goes with like in the world of cocktails. And they’re not wrong; agave nectar is a wonderful sweetener for agave drinks. But there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I like to balance my agave spirits with some simple syrup – which you can make easily by simmering equal parts raw sugar and water until the sugar is melted – because agave nectar on top of agave spirits can be pretty intense.

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Same goes for bitters. Lots of stirred agave drinks call for chocolate mole bitters, which incorporate other traditional Mexican flavors. And you can give those a try here in place of the Angostura. But I like to balance my agave spirits with more traditional Old Fashioned flavors, to give you something that’s still distinctly vegetal but with some of that smooth mellowness you expect from an Old Fashioned.

A Tequila and Mezcal Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

So, Tequila or Mezcal? Aged or unaged spirits? Your call. Aged spirits will give you a smoother drink, while young or silver spirits will give you cleaner notes of agave. Mezcal’s smokiness is not for everyone, but a bit of Mezcal in the mix with Tequila – a “split base” for your cocktail” – is one way of adding some depth to your cocktail without making it too smokey.

So mix one of these up, sit back, and relax…

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NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

The 2017 National Stationery Show is literally just around the corner – I head up to New York tomorrow! – but I have one last sneak peek to share with all of you! This one comes from the talented ladies of Egg Press (Booth 1933!), who are feeling inspired by recent travels to Guatemala and Mexico City with new designs full of vibrant colors and fun patterns. New Social Preparedness Kit designs feature a new pouch style with exuberant patterns and a new notebook with acid yellow edge painted pages, new die-cut cards and mixed media balloon cards (so fun!), and lots of cards with colored foils for added texture. There’s also a new line of “Shape Study” cards with modern and unisex designs for everyday cards, and a new collection of products called Goods for Good with 100% of proceeds going to organizations that advocate for all people’s rights.

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Egg Press

More from Egg Press right here!

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

Our next NSS 2017 sneak peek comes from the talented Amy Heitman (Booth 1640!) – I just love her illustrated greeting cards! Amy made her trade show debut at last year’s National Stationery Show, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this year! Today she’s sharing a little sneak peak at some cards and wrap from her new “Land, Air, Sea” collection and some of the holiday cards debuting at this year’s show. 

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman 

NSS 2017 Sneak Peek: Amy Heitman

More from Amy Heitman right here!