At long last, Isla’s birth announcements have been sent! I am so relieved to have completed this major project – one which started well before she was born! I did the calligraphy on all 100 envelopes prior to her birth (thank goodness!), cut the envelope liners using this Rifle Paper Co. wrapping paper, stamped our return address using a custom stamp from Angelique Ink, and created the design for the announcement (which was printed by Czar Press). When Isla arrived, all I had left to do was update the design with the appropriate information, get it printed, have Isla’s photos taken by Taylor Lord and printed locally, add the photos to the glassine bags, punch holes, tie bows, and voila – done. Whew. Yes, I am exhausted, but so happy to have finished my second big project (first being Sasha’s graduation announcements). Baby number two will likely have an e-card (ha!).
Duplex announcement card printing by Czar Press
Ribbon and kraft envelopes from Paper Source
Wildflower Liner from Rifle Paper Co.
Isla photo by Taylor Lord
Custom return stamp from Angelique Ink
Dr. Martin’s Pen White calligraphy ink from Paper and Ink Arts
Glassine bags from JenStampz
Calligraphy and photos by me
I am always looking for creative invitation or announcement ideas – a deviation from the standard colored cardstock. I have finally decided what to do for Isla’s announcements, after making the time conscious decision not go to the same letterpress + photo route for Sasha’s UT MBA graduation announcements (to be posted soon!), and no, it’s not a balloon! However, when I saw these super sweet 16 birthday balloon invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I swooned. The balloons are so colorful, and I love the design by Cristina Pandol. I recognized Cristina’s name, and searched Snapshots and My Thoughts – low and behold, I have posted two of her previous projects before here. She is wildly talented – I totally love her style. Have you ever received a save-the-dates or invitation via balloon? Such a cute idea.
I am ever-s0-slightly obsessed with glassine birth announcements. When I saw these on Etsy, I could not get over how cute they were! I love the colors, liner, letterpress, and typography… but most of all, the glassine envelope with Liam’s sweet photo. I love the simplicity of glassine envelopes – and especially when they are sealed with colorful washi tape (good online selections here). Another cute example is here. Making your own glassine invitation or announcement can be simple! You can order envelopes here on Amazon. You can get a custom stamp made on Etsy or Antiquaria and easily print on them, or leave them blank and include them as an accessory to paper goods. Have you seen any cute glassine invitations or announcements before?
I’m always on the look-out for a creative baby announcement idea, and absolutely love these pop-up baby boy ones by Atheneum Creative. My love of these unique cards is enhanced by my obsessed with elephants (see evidence here). I have no idea how one goes about designing a pop-up card – that’s why I’d love it to the pros. What a cute way to announce a little baby boy to the world! What do you think about these cards?
Oh my sweet baby boy. These chartreuse announcements by Maison Yellow on Oh So Beautiful Paper are so darn cute. I’m especially obsessed with the envelope liner – how perfect is that? And the twine… and that cute little baby! I am envisioning the pink version of this and loving it. “Hi there, I’m Beck.” Melt.
Design: Maison Yellow
Letterpress and Photo Card printing: Czar Press
Baby Photo: Joseph Mark Photography
Photo Credits: Maison Yellow