Handmade Baby Announcements

Announce the arrival of your bundle of joy with these easy-to-make baby announcements.

Simply Stated

To create this precious card, fold blue card stock in half and round the corners using a corner-rounder paper punch. Print text at the bottom of white card stock, attach the photo, and round the corners. Punch two holes on the right side and knot ribbon through. Adhere to the card. Accent with a small punched heart.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Georgia by Microsoft. Ribbon: American Crafts. Corner rounder: McGill Inc. Design: Jen Lessinger.

Pin It On

Print the birth details onto white card stock, leaving room for a small photo. Cut double-sided patterned paper as a mat, making one side long enough to fold over as a flap. Attach the photo using tiny safety pins and secure with adhesive foam.

Sources: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: Beautiful ES (script), Swiss Thin 721 (all other) off the Internet. Safety pins: Making Memories. Design: Heather Melzer.

Make a Grid

Print the birth information in the upper left quadrant of a piece of white card stock. Attach patterned paper in opposite corners and a photo sticker in the remaining corner. Add a strip of orange card stock and a heart punch. Punctuate the message with three green brads.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Wild Asparagus. Fonts: Edition ("Welcome"), Lane Narrow (all other) off the Internet. Sticker: Pebbles Inc. Punch: Marvy Uchida. Design: Nia Reddy.

Accent with Ribbon

Cut patterned paper to fit the front of the card base, ink the edges, and attach. In a word processing program type the baby information in a circle and print on white card stock. Cut the text into a circle and ink the edges. Attach. Crop the photo into a circle and attach. Add ribbon and pieces inside.

Sources: Patterned paper: KI Memories. Computer font: Arriere Garde downloaded off the Internet. Design by Christina Cole.

A Layered Look

Assemble three pieces of green patterned paper and machine-stitch to a piece of blue card stock. Print the baby information and photo on white card stock, emboss the edges, and attach. Punch two holes near the top and knot ribbon through. Create a little onesie and attach it to the card using adhesive foam.

Sources: Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Fonts: Blackjack (script), Timeless (all other) off the Internet. Ribbon: Chatterbox. Buttons: Dress It Up! for Jesse James & Co. Design: Leah Fung.

Create an Envelope

Make room for a large photo by adding all of the new baby's information to the photo's empty spaces with image-editing software. For a 5-x-5-inch gatefold card such as this one, cut a 10-x-5-inch strip and score fold marks 2 1/2 inches in from both sides.

Sources: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements. Fonts: Pharmacy (name) off the Internet, Century Gothic (details). Charm: Making Memories. Designed by Michelle Rubin.

Repurpose Office Folders

For a clever twist add decorative papers, tags, and pockets to mini folders. To simplify the process of mass production, use a die and a die-cutting tool. See next slide for the inside.

Sources: Mini folder: Provo Craft. Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Typo by Two Peas in a Bucket. Clip: Making Memories. Designed by Michelle Rubin

Repurpose Office Folders

Inside the folder, attach a cute picture with a unique clip. Print the message on card stock and attach to the inside of the folder.

Sources: Mini folder: Provo Craft. Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Typo by Two Peas in a Bucket. Clip: Making Memories. Designed by Michelle Rubin.

Use a Rub-On

Add stickers and rub-on letter for the title printed card front. Attach the plaque and ribbon. Print the baby information inside.

Sources: Card base: American crafts. Rub-on letters by Doddlebug Design. Plaque: Making Memories. Stickers: K&Company. Design by Sharon Tidwell.

Show Off the Whole Family

Print the birth information on white card stock (leaving room for the photo) and ink the edges. Wrap ribbon around it and mat with patterned paper. Back the photo with patterned paper, add photo corners, and position between the ribbon and the message.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, photo corners, ribbon: Chatterbox. Fonts: Dreams (baby name) and Blueberry Pie (all other) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Ink: Ranger Industries. Design: Dana Smith.

Create a Digital Masterpiece

Using photo-editing software, size the photo to fit on the front of the card. Add digital patterned paper, faux ribbon, and text at the bottom of the card. Print on photo paper.

Sources: Digital patterned paper, ribbon and bow by Digital Design essentials. Computer fonts: Exmouth and Swiss Thin 721 downloaded off the Internet. Designed by Heather Meizer.

Add Announcement to the Photo

Add birth information to your photo before printing, using drop shadows for emphasis. Attach the photo to inked green card stock. Tie a frayed ribbon around a velvet leaf and secure the flower to the card. Place a rhinestone in the flower center.

Sources: Card stock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Lean Tower by Autumn Leaves. Ink: Ranger Industries. Velvet leaf, ribbon: Artchix Studio. Flower, rhinestone: Wal-Mart. Software: Adobe Photoshop 7. Photo: Matthew A. Cole. Design: Erikia Ghumm.

Super Simple

This square baby announcement is easy to make in mass quantities. One 12-x-12-inch sheet of card stock will yield four 3-x-3-inch announcements. Just remember that square and other odd shapes often require more postage. Check with your post office before mailing.

Sources: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. Fonts: Weathered Fence (name) by Two Peas in a Bucket, Helvetica. Designed by Cathy Blackstone.

Use Little Embellishments

Small touches like a patterned paper, some ribbon, and a diaper pin go a long way in jazzing up a simple, easily replicated design.

Sources: Patterned paper. My Mind's Eye. Font: Bickely Script (script), Helvetica Neue (print). Ribbon: KI Memories. Designed by Cathy Blackstone.

All About the Paper

Layer strips of plaid and green paper over floral-pattern paper. Print the birth information on pink card stock and attach. Make the layered accent by painting the back of an acrylic flower and topping with a paper flower and a button.

Sources: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Cluff HMK (script) off the Internet, Arial (all other). Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Flowers: Heidi Swapp (acrylic), Making Memories (paper). Button: Junkitz. Design: Lee Anne Russell.

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