Adorable Birth Announcement Ideas

I love it when new parents get creative with birth announcements – the arrival of a new child seems like the perfect time to be totally whimsical and let your imagination run free.  I’ve been seeing lots of cute and creative baby announcements lately, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites!

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{paper airplane birth announcements – so cute! – from Bird and Banner}

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{Sapling Press announcements for Audrey’s adorable son Ian}

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{illustrated goats in these letterpress birth announcements from Truly Smitten}

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{I can’t get over the awesomeness of these 3D baby announcements from The Mandate Press}

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{I love everything about these amazing birth announcements – from the postal theme to the striped envelope liner}

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{a cool retro-ish birth announcement by Jamie Tallerico and printed by Sycamore Street Press}

Which ones are your favorites??

{image credits: bird and banneraudrey woolen | parcel post; truly smitten; the mandate pressbrooke reynolds | inchmark; sycamore street press}

Caitlan + Andrew’s Black Heavy Metal Wedding Invitations

You might remember these awesome book wedding invitations that Lyndsay from It’s A Date Design created last year, and today Lyndsay is back with wedding invitations that are just as fabulous – and definitely different from anything I’ve featured here before!  This time, Lyndsay drew her inspiration from the groom’s love of heavy metal music.

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From LyndsayWhen I first spoke to Caitlan, her request for the design was that it celebrate her future husband Andrew’s interests – which were predominantly related to a love of heavy metal music.  One of their first dates was to a concert which she referred to as a “sea of fading black t-shirts!”

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My first thought was, “this couple is destined for a fantastic life together” – because it is so rare that a bride will pursue something so unconventional for her wedding stationery in order to respect the groom’s passion!  We talked a lot about having some subtle references to his favourite bands (as well as hers, which included Regina Spektor and Ani DiFranco), but I also decided this would be a challenge: to make skulls cute!

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The result is somewhere between Slipknot and Florence and The Machine: a compilation of the couple’s important wedding information, folded like a mini-accordion, with a reply postcard that could be detached via perforation and sent back to the couple, all packaged within their own “LP.”  I modeled their monogram, which is used several times throughout the design, loosely on the Rolling Stone magazine masthead.

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Another sweet featured: their request as a “gift” was for guests to write a little note to them in provided cards (decorated with flags of all the countries they plan to visit as a married couple) for them to keep as a memento of their day, which I pre-affixed inside each invitation with little cardboard photo corners inside vellum envelopes.  Each invitation was hand-trimmed, folded and assembled with love.

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We also made little button badges out of favourite design elements from the suite for an extra rock-concert reference.  Whilst these invitations don’t scream “wedding”, they are a reflection of a young, unconventional and fun couple who have a very bright future ahead of them.

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So cool, Lyndsay!  I love the entire invitation, from the concept to the color palette.  Thanks so much for sharing these with us!

{image credits: it’s a date design}

Christina’s Cameo-Inspired Business Cards

Rose from Bittersweet Design Boutique sent over some lovely business cards and identity suite that she recently created for photographer Christina Carroll.  Rose incorporated a custom illustration inspired by antique cameo jewelry in a nod both to Christina’s stylish mother and Christina’s own unique perspective as a photographer.

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From Rose:  Christina Carroll is an eclectic international wedding photographer who puts a lot of personality into her work.  I was beyond excited when Christina came to me in need of a new logo and business stationery!

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With a mother who is very fashion-forward, Christina’s sense of style has been present since day one.  We wanted to compliment Christina’s unique eye for photography by creating a funky illustration to use as her main logo.  The text needed a little more liveliness to compliment the intricate illustration, so we added the leaves to the bottom of the letters.

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The cameo, which makes its appearance in Christina’s paper system, fit in perfectly with the overall feminine look that we were going for.

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So pretty!  Thank you so much Rose!

{image credits: rose lindo | bittersweet design boutique}

Red + Aqua Carnival Birthday Party Invitations for Grace!

As much as I love wedding invitations, there’s just nothing like the youthful exuberance of a kids party invitation.  Jennifer from The Paper Peony sent over these adorable carnival-inspired letterpress invitations that she designed and printed for her daughter Grace’s second birthday, along with some images of the party itself!

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From Jennifer:  We planned a vintage red and aqua carnival theme for a small gathering in our home.  The invitations set the tone with fun fonts, stripes, and a red balloon in each envelope.  I designed the thank you notes with sweet little flags to compliment the party décor.

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We decorated with lots of balloons and wonderful hand-made fabric banners that were hung all over the house (thanks to my mother-in-law).  We served lots of popcorn, gourmet hotdogs and salads as well as “popcorn” cupcakes that I made for the kids. They were a huge hit!

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We had toss games for activities and my husband Shaun even learned how to make balloon animals and flowers the night before.  He got really good at it too!  The kids favors were so fun to put together!  We included rubber ducks, animal crackers, clown noses, pin wheels, candy dots and whoopee cushions!  I also made little paper flags with each child’s name.

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Such a fun party, and it looks like Grace had a total blast!  Thank you so much Jennifer!

{image credits: jennifer larkin | the paper peony}

Yan + Graham’s Nature-Inspired Destination Wedding Invitations

We’re all about destination weddings today!  These invitations were created for a celebratory reception following an intimate destination wedding ceremony in Hawaii.  The bride, Yan, is a web designer based in San Francisco and chose to design her own reception invitations.  The natural surroundings of the wedding ceremony location served as the primary design inspiration, and Yan also incorporated some fun details to keep things light and playful.

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From Yan:  When my husband and I decided to have a destination wedding in Hawaii it was only fitting that our theme would include elements of nature.  Our decision to use birds stems from what they generally represent: freedom, hope, and in the case of weddings, unity and happiness.  We wanted our invitations to the reception (held a week after our trip with close friends and family) to be whimsical and cheerful.

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The invitation suite included the invitation, direction card, RSVP card, and corresponding enclosures.  Letterpress printing by San Francisco-based Dependable Letterpress on #110 Crane Lettra pearl white paper.  Green origami paper was used for lining the envelopes and was combined with silk ribbon assembling at the end.

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Thanks Yan!  Gorgeous work!

{image credits: yan wu}