Sunday, June 14, 2009

Paige's Birth Announcement

Birth Announcement elements

The letterpressed announcement

Letterpress detail

The Birth Announcement first step

Hi friends!
I've finally finished mailing out the birth announcements I made for family and a few friends. They were quite the undertaking! But, I didn't want to skimp since I do this for a living and really wanted to do something nice for my own child. Also, these were very intensive to do and no client (or very few at least!) would ever order something like this (it's very cost prohibitive due to the time it takes to line envelopes, do a 2-color letterpress job, print and cut belly bands, etc.). Anyway, here it is! I lined most of the envelopes while still pregnant. I did the design while pregnant as well. The little insignia at the top with the "P" in it says "Little P est. 2009" And next to it says "P is for Paige".
After Paige was born, I updated the information in the design and sent out for the letterpress plates. I then printed all the belly-bands out on my inkjet printer and trimmed them. When my Mother in Law was here hanging out with Paige I finished lining the envelopes and even ordered a custom rubber stamp I designed to do the return address on the back of the envelope (and I can continue using the stamp for all my mailings now!) Then, on a Sunday, Chris spent the day with Paige while I letterpressed and trimmed her announcements down. I also assembled them all. And during her "naps" (they were short last week so I use the term loosely) or fussy evenings, I stuffed and addressed the envelopes. (that took all week!) It's finally finished and I'm happy with how it came out. Phew! I hope you like them too!

11 comments :

Stephanie said...

Absolutely the most adorable birth announcements I've seen! And I love the picture you've chosen of sweet Paige. Fabulous job!

milton and lucys said...

i have never ever ever ever seen birth announcements as cute as those!!!! u did a super job, u need to find a 1/2 the time version and sell those puppies!!

SAS said...

Those are adorable! I am so jealous! I don't have mine done yet...still waiting for a good time to the photo op. Usually when she is up she is fussy and once she gets sleepy I hate to mess with her because I need her to nap. I am going to attempt it tomorrow!

Megan said...

Thanks guys! Milton and Lucys: Great idea! Maybe I will offer it as a flat printed version with a plain envelope that someone can line if they so choose. SAS: yes, the photo was hard. I took about 150 of them from that shoot and only 3 were usable. We did it during her "awake" time after her feeding and spit-up time. It was a tiny window, but I worked as fast as I could and had my husband right there to assist with spit up issues or fixing the dress as needed. Phew!

Wanderluster said...

Stunning! I love how the colours and florals on the card are echoed in Paige's outfit.

Aevan Arts said...

those are gorgeous!!! too bad they're so labour intensive, I'm sure people would love to order those!

b.a. said...

haha, i'm a dork:
when you wrote "little P est." i thought you were saying "little Pest" which i found very funny. especially when i realized my mistake. :)

"Pest" or "P est."--they're gorgeous!

Joy said...

lovely!

Heather said...

Wow! These are beautiful...nice job!

Jersey Girl in DC said...

These turned out gorgeous!! :) What a beautiful job!

Noel said...

That is the most beautiful birth announcement ever! Love it!

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