Friday, July 21, 2006

Betty's Announcement

One of the smartest things I've ever done is hire out my baby announcment design. Although I'm a graphic designer and I love designing baby announcements for everyone else, I had the forethought to know I shouldn't design my own babys'. I knew I would be a) too stressed out with a new baby and b) feel really indecisive about any design I came up with.

So, when I was pregnant for the first time, I contacted one of my favorite illustrators,
Apryl, and hired her to do the announcement. Apryl is crazy talented and does the most incredible lettering.

She gave us the original (about 7" x 10") as a gift and we sent out smaller prints in the mail. The original was framed and hung over the crib. It turned out so amazing, we've hired her for the rest of the baby announcements too.
We just received Betty's last week. So, so darling. I can't wait to mail them out.

I've posted all five so you can see the series.

Note: the colors are washed out on Ralph's and Maude's because I was scanning from a print (the originals are in frames and hard to access), but I had good digital files of the originals on the other 3.
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Blogger jordan said...

I LOVE these. If you weren't my sister I would totally steal this idea from you.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:11:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Steal it dude. My friend Tania saw Oscar's last year and hired Apryl to do her daughter's. I think I'll ask Tania permission to post it.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:16:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous rachel said...

I love these. For some reason I remember Maude's saying "March forth Maude". Am I crazy?

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous rachel said...

Jordan, definitely steal it. I am so sorry that I didn't do something like this.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:25:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

In the corner of Maude's, a little bug is saying, "March forth, Mimi!"

Remember when we used to call her Mimi?

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 2:33:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin kendall said...

These are all so darling, Gabby. What year was Olive born?

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 3:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Megan said...

I want to steal it too. Can she do them from across the country? How much does she charge? They are all so adorable. Could she do it even though Ben is 18 months? Oh I hope so. They are so cute.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 3:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz said...

wow. you are full of the best ideas ever Gabby. I am glad you have a blog so the uncreatives (me) can learn from you.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 4:16:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Megan, yes, she can do it from across the country. In fact, she currently lives in Seattle and it was no problem that I was in New York. Just contact her through her website:

She'll do a sketch and email it to you in b&w. Once you're happy with it, she'll make the illustration in color and mail it to you. You can make print-outs of it for the mail on your home printer if you're interested. Ask her for the price when/if you contact her.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 4:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Robin, Olive was born in 2001. (I forgot to have Apryl put it on the announcement, so next to Apryl's signature on my original, I added the year, just in case I forget.)

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 4:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sharon said...

You're baby names are perfect. Olive and Maude are my favorites. Have you ever read the young adult book called Olive's Ocean? Every since I read that book I wanted to name one of my future kids Olive.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 4:35:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Design Mom said...

Sharon, I haven't heard of Olive's Ocean. Can't wait to check it out.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 4:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Those are great. Thanks for posting all of them. I remember when you sent us Oscar's last year. They really are the cutest.

Friday, July 21, 2006 at 7:07:00 PM EDT  
Blogger allysha said...

Those are so great! How fun to have a "theme."

Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 8:18:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Mom in Mendon said...

Your announcements ARE great! And there's this added bonus: Along with the announcement, you also get Betty.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 11:20:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous laurie said...

i'm going through my "initiation" into design mom and i'm probably going to end up commenting on all of them. i'm just warning you so you don't think i'm a stalker.

i too am a designer and a mom, formerly of nyc, presently of nc. i think your blog is fabulous -- you've quickly become one of my "check every day" blogs. and your birth announcements are gorgeous. great thinking jobbing these out. we were slaving over ours when my daughters were 2 months old (twins) and, although i'm happy with the results, i wouldn't want to do it again.

Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 10:12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger McMemo said...

love-- love--love them!

Friday, January 16, 2009 at 1:52:00 PM EST  

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