I have a question for you, but in typical Stephanie-fashion, I'm taking the long-winded route to get there...
I've mentioned before that I love creating photo announcements. Though I'm not uber talented in the creative department (I usually rip off my announcement designs from real designers), I'm competent enough in Photoshop to pass for creative. Even before Adelynn was born I was thinking about her birth announcement design, getting some lovely ideas by looking at announcement sites. My very favorite site is Tiny Prints, where I can click through all those birthday/baby/holiday/wedding announcements for hours. Mmm. Love. Another favorite is Minted.
Several weeks ago--before I had designed Addie's card--as part of my freelance job (of creating photocards that are more along the lines of practical and utilitarian rather than creative), I got a request to do something different. Instead of the usual photocard, would I design an adoption announcement for them. Would I? I was tickled pink. Emphasis on the pink. (And, yes, the pink was okayed by the mom.)
I had a ridiculously cute photo to work with, so it wasn't too hard to make a sweet card. Don't you just love Lucy's smile?
Then, of course, after designing Lucy's card, I got all fired up to design Addie's.
Initially, I thought I'd do a business envelope-sized card:
Before I completely signed off on the project (not sure that I love that scripty font at the top), I realized that because I print all my photos at Costco, I needed to stick to a 5x7 or 4x6 design to make things easier on myself.
So, then I did this one in a 5x7:
The color is a bit oversaturated here, but it printed really nicely, and I was happy with how it turned out.
Then for kicks and giggles (and because I somehow thought I had freetime on my hands), I made up two more designs which will never be printed.
Those paisley designs are a Photoshop brush. Fun, huh?
I'm not fully into the vintage look, but I was trying my hand at it after seeing these sweet designs.
I printed the announcements a few weeks ago, but just got around to sending most of them off this week. As I was stuffing envelopes, I thought about how most of the recipients would have (1) already heard about Adelynn's birth through family/Facebook/my blog/me and (2) already seen the pictures on my blog.
Yeah, so maybe the printed announcements were overkill, but seriously. WE HAD A BABY! SHE'S BEAUTIFUL! HOORAY!!! Can you really overkill announcing a baby's birth? I think not.
I know there will always be a place for printed invitations, and I know everyone likes to receive personal mail, but in the age of blogs and Facebook and emails I think printed announcements--particularly birth announcements--are becoming more rare. I know I like them because I like seeing what people design and I like putting something up on my fridge, but I wonder if most people--particularly my age and younger--don't care one way or another if they receive one.
And now, after my long and exclamation pointed ramble, I ask you:
What do you think? Are mailed out announcements overkill? No big deal? Nothing more than something fun that gets tossed in the bin the day it arrives? Only worth sending to family who will dutifully put the card on their fridge? (Note to family: Addie's card better be on your fridge. Just kidding. Displayed on a bulletin board would also be acceptable. Ha.)
Since I enjoy making photocards then I'll always send them out. Heck, if stamps weren't so expensive--and the fact that people might find it annoying to get a picture of my kids in their mailbox every six weeks or so--I think I'd send out photocards for every occasion. Well, maybe not Veteran's Day, but I could possibly be persuaded if I had the right photo...
Oh, and if you would like a printed announcement--even though you will have now read about Addie's birth AND seen the announcement--email me your address and I'll drop it in the mail. Because, have I mentioned that I love sending out photo announcements?
Well, it's true.