Getting Liam’s Baby Announcement out was always going to be a challenge now that I had two boys to care for. However, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a challenge it was actually going to be. There is barely a time when I’m not tending to one of my boys and sometimes both at the same time! While making the day interesting to say the least, it leaves me no time at all to work on any side projects. Needless to say, it took me quite a while to design, print, put it together and out mail these out. I’m so glad they’re finally out!
Designing is always my favorite part in any project. It’s exciting to start something new, full of possibilities. I’m not sure why, I’ve associated Liam with the color yellow since he was born. I’m not sure why but I knew his announcement had to incorporate this color because of that fact. I’ve also associated him with lions because my husband picked out a little lion lovie for him since before he was born. So I started with yellow and lions. I had also been printing with a very lovely mint I had been enjoying so much that I wanted to incorporate it into his announcement and to make it just a little more masculine, he is a boy after all, I snuck in navy, which my husband loves. So I had a pretty nice palette.
This is what my working file looked in the beginning. I just put down my ideas and start to see what works. I was going to include a photo on the announcement but I decided to do the photos separately. I like the idea of family actually being able to keep the photos and not sticking them right on the announcement. Just a personal preference.
So this is how my final file turned out. It helps me visualize everything before I print it…
I decided on a polka dot liner and had planned on making labels to address the envelopes but after having the printed announcements sitting on my desk for weeks on end, I opted to use a stamp to address them. I figured it was better to get them out before Liam was 17, don’t you agree?
So here are some photos of the the final announcement.
For the photos, I printed them up at 3 x 4 and put them in a wax pouch sealed with polka dot washi tape. I also printed up photos of both of the boys and one of them together since the announcement was coming from Jack. You can never have too many photos of cute, little boys!
Here’s a close up of the announcement itself. I printed it in 220lb Pearl Lettra. It’s a thick paper that not only takes a wonderful impression but feels great when you hold it.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at a bit of the process behind Liam’s announcement. It was definitely a labor of love. 🙂