Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Baby Announcement Idea

I know I'm getting way ahead of myself here, but I've been thinking about baby announcements ever since we promised the innkeepers at The Desert Thistle that we would send them one when the baby arrives in February (Editor's Note: I'm going to the midwife today, so I'll be able to give you an update about how the baby is doing.).

I realized that I want to be able to get as much as possible done before the baby arrives. Here's the plan I came up with:
  1. Matt and I could make a collage of pictures from the pregnancy using the collage feature at Wallgreens or Snapfish. We could leave one open spot for a picture of the new baby.
  2. We could order some sort of big labels from Etsy. On the labels, we could write messages to our friends and family.
  3. We could get other labels to print everyone's names and addresses.
  4. We could mail both sets of labels and stamps to a friend or family member who wants to help.
  5. Once the baby arrives, we would e-mail a photo to the helper. The helper would then add it to the collage, use our credit card information to order the prints, stick on both sets of labels plus the stamps, and then mail them. Voila!

Matt and I always send regular photos as postcards. It's better for the environment (no wasted envelopes!) and postcard stamps cost less. For example, that's what we did for our wedding thank-you cards.

I think this plan is a great way to make personalized, inexpensive announcements that will allow us to do the bulk of the work before the baby comes. I also imagine that a friend or family member who lives far away will be eager to help out in some way.

As a side note, has anyone seen cute labels for sale at Etsy? (I would make them myself, but Matt and I don't have a color printer...)

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Carrie said...

Anxiously awaiting how things go with the midwife. I've been obsessively checking your blog, hoping everything is OK! :)

Sara said...

For labels on Etsy, I really like MaximCreativeInvites; I used them for our wedding invitations! I'm not sure what they have for baby-themed labels, but I do know that they do custom work for an inexpensive price!

I've been thinking of you and Matt...sending good wishes your way!

Jessica said...

I am anxious to hear how things are going! I check over here every day. I am thinking of you!

bklyn76 said...

can't wait to hear about your MW appt! :)

i recently *discovered* that vistaprint.com and overnightprints.com do wonderful postcards that you can design anyway you like. the paper is thicker than photo paper and you can even put a message on the back if you want. [if you sign up for vistaprint's many email promos you'll get lots of emails with links for *free* postcards...you just pay for shipping.]

i designed a baby announcement for a friend and she had them printed at vista. only thing is, shipping isn't instantaneous.

John Threlfall said...

Nice idea using a collage effect for your announcement card! Good luck for your impending bundle of joy! ;-)

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