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The How To’s of Birth Announcements

The 9 months leading up to the birth of your bundle of joy is quite a busy time full of planning and preparations. One of the classic pieces of having a new baby though, the birth announcement, often gets left until after the baby is born. Why not save yourself some time though (and maybe get a few more hours of sleep!), by starting work on Birth Announcements before your little one’s arrival? This guide on how and when to start work on your baby’s birth announcement should save you some time and energy so you can spend those extra moments with your newborn.

Before the baby is born:

  • Browse through our Birth Announcements on Cardstore.com.  If you know you’re having a boy or a girl, pick a card design you love for him or her. If you’re waiting to find out the gender of your baby at birth, pick a design in a neutral color (green, yellow, orange, etc) that’s equally adorable.
  • Compile your list of recipients and their addresses. A good rule of thumb is to send birth announcements to the same people you’d send holiday cards to. A birth is a great time to get in touch with old friends though, so feel free to use this as a chance to reconnect; who doesn’t want to see an adorable little one?

After the birth:

  • Add your names to the card, the baby’s full name, date and time of birth, location, as well as the weight and length if you so choose. If the baby has older siblings, you may want to include their names as well. For multiple births (like twins), include the same information but add the names to the card on different lines or on opposite sides of the card to ensure it is clearly read.
  • Take a cute picture of your baby to add to the card; everyone will want to see the newest member of the family!
  • After you’ve personalized the birth announcement, send it off between one and six months after the birth

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With these tips, you should be able to jumpstart the creation of a timeless birth announcement, while enjoying every second with your little one.

Birth Announcements pictured: Sweet Baby Girl Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Stripes Boy Photo Birth Announcement, and Twice as Nice Twins Twin Birth Announcement

Birth Announcements Series #6: What’s in a Name? Monogram Birth Announcements from Cardstore

Birth announcements are all about announcing the name of your little one—and there’s no better way to draw attention to your baby girl or boy’s name than a monogram birth announcement! Monograms seem to be popping up everywhere these days—in everything from home décor to jewelry to stationery.  Adding a monogram to your birth announcement adds both a stylish touch and helps you to celebrate your new baby’s name!

Check out a few of our favorite Cardstore monogram birth announcements below, or head over to the site to check out our whole selection of birth announcements on your own!

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Birth Announcements Pictured (Top to Bottom, Right to Left): Square Photo Boy Birth Announcement, Scalloped Monogram Pink Photo Girl Birth Announcement, Pink Star Monogram Girl Birth Announcement, Blue City Scape Boy Photo Birth Announcement, and Pink Zigzags Girl Photo Birth Announcement.

Birth Announcements Series #5: Cardstore’s New Moms!

You wouldn’t believe all of the new moms and moms-to-be at Cardstore these days–it’s a full-on baby extravaganza! So far, we are overjoyed to announce that we have welcomed 3 new additions to the Cardstore family. 1 super handsome and healthy baby boy, and 2 very precious and sweet (and healthy) baby girls. Before they had their little ones, we captured photos of the mamas-to-be with their chosen birth announcements.  We hope you enjoy seeing the new moms with their favorite photo birth announcements, and that it inspires you to find the perfect birth announcement for you and your newborn or baby-on-the-way.

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Pictured Birth Announcements (Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Pink Hi Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Pink Monogram Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Balloons Boy Birth Announcement, Pink Balloons Girl Birth Announcement, Pink Girl Border Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Boy Border Boy Photo Birth Announcement, Pink Hello World Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Blue Hello World Boy Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Pink Monogram Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Four Photo Blue Monogram Boy Photo Birth Announcement, and Twinkle Twinkle Photo Birth Announcement.

Baby Announcement Series #4: Finding the Right Birth Announcement For Your Baby

A birth announcement should be just as unique as your new baby–and Cardstore’s selection of birth announcements makes finding the birth announcement that’s just right for you super easy! Whether you want many photos or no photos, a round frame that shows of their adorable face or a full photo birth announcement that makes your baby the center of attention, Cardstore has the right birth announcement for you. Want to make your birth announcements in advance and keep your baby’s gender a surprise? You’ll love Cardstore’s vast array of neutral birth announcements. Check out a few of our favorites in each category to spark your inspiration below, and get started looking for the birth announcement that’s perfect for your incoming little one on site!multiple photo; Baby Announcement Series #4: Finding the Right Birth Announcement For Your Baby

Pictured: Pink Blessed by Love Girl Photo Birth Announcement, Pink Six Photo Girl Birth Announcement, and  Blue Three Photo Hello Boy Photo Birth Announcement

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Pictured: Square Gray Baby Boy Photo Birth Announcement, Pink Stripes Girl Photo Birth Announcement, and Green Ribbon Baby Boy Photo Birth Announcement.

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Pictured: Little Lady Girl Photo Birth Announcement, White Script Border Photo Birth Announcement, and Blue Hello World Boy Photo Birth Announcement

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Pictured: Twine Bow Photo Birth Announcement, Yellow Stripes Photo Birth Announcement, and Twinkle Twinkle Photo Birth Announcement

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Pictured: Green Leaves Frame Birth Announcement, Chalkboard Pink Introducing Girl Birth Announcement, and Blue Balloons Boy Birth Announcement.

Baby Announcements Series #3: Create Unique Announcements

Welcoming a new little one happens in all sorts of ways, which is why you need baby announcements that fit your family. You need baby announcements that match the details of your life—which is why Cardstore has a vast array of unique birth announcements.

If you’re having twins or triplets, select a birth announcement designed with multiple babies specifically in mind.

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If you want to celebrate the bond between your new baby and his older sister or brother, select a birth announcement that focuses on the bond between siblings.

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If you’re adopting, select an adoption announcement that welcomes the new addition to your family with style.

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Whatever your circumstances, Cardstore has personalized photo baby announcements perfect for the occasion—just browse our birth announcements and see for yourself! And don’t forget that for every ten birth announcements you buy, you can get ten free.

 

Baby Announcements Series #1: Upload Addresses Early!

While there’s plenty to do with a baby on the way, there’s going to be plenty more when your little one arrives! Make sending baby announcements easy by uploading addresses to Cardstore.com ahead of time. Once you’ve made an account at Cardstore, uploading addresses for your birth announcements is simple–and there are even multiple ways to do it! You have two options:

  • Add your contacts to the site directly. You can put in all the information you need, and even sort your addresses into different groups!
  • Import your contacts. If you have your contacts in another program like Gmail, Outlook, or Excel, all you have to do is save them as a CSV (Comma Separated Value) file, label the appropriate columns, and import into Cardstore with our program. From there you can confirm the information and sort the addresses into different groups to share your baby with friends and family.

Uploading addresses early is a great way to get ready for the baby on the way and prepare a portion of your baby announcements in advance–go get started now!

Oh, babies! How our team’s big news inspired a birth announcement frenzy at Cardstore.com.

There’s something in the water here in our Cardstore.com offices- and we’re all pretty psyched about it! Yep, there is a whole group of us expecting babies in the months to come. And, for several of us, this will be our first child- so we’ve all really bonded over this shared rite of passage.

As the months passed, our mommy-to-be chats evolved from describing weird symptoms and indulging ice cream cravings to decorating nurseries and registering for baby showers. Those of us who are further along are now just weeks (or days!) away from our due date, and we are all so excited to meet our babies and to introduce them to the world!

Our excitement was clearly contagious, as our very talented card designers were inspired to add tons of new birth announcements to the Cardstore assortment. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as we just launched over 130 new announcements within the same week that the first of us are due with her baby! We are all so excited to have so many adorable, perfectly personalizable, choices! It took a while (did we mention all the great choices?), but we did each select our faves to use when our time arrives. And we’re super excited to share these adorable announcements with you, too! Whether you’re expecting, know someone who is, or just love cute baby photos, you have to check these out!

But we aren’t stopping there! As mentioned, this is the first pregnancy for many of us, and really value the advice and expertise of those around us. Selecting and creating our birth announcements is no exception. Therefore, we are proud to say we’re launching an entire series of blog posts dedicated to helping you create the perfect, personalized birth announcement for your perfect new baby! So go ahead, start browsing now because we know you’re gonna love what you find. And we’ll be here to help you announce your joy to the world in a style that’s all your own!

Group Stairs; Oh, babies! How our team’s big news inspired a birth announcement frenzy at Cardstore.com.

Monogrammed Madness

I’ve always been a fan of the little personal touches that make an event, gift, or moment incredibly special. I know it’s a little early, but I’ve been brainstorming holiday gifts that are one of a kind for my family and friends. Inspired by this Blue Star Monogram Boy Photo Birth Announcement, I’m thinking about incorporating monograms in my holiday gifts. Below is a roundup of some of my favorite monogrammed items I’m currently dreaming about…

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Blue Star Monogram Boys Photo Birth announcement from Cardstore.com

Monogrammed Mug from Anthropologie

Your Initial Design Necklace from Etsy vendor Classic Designs

Personalized Baby Blanket from Nordstrom

Monogram Tote from Martha Stewart

Shortbread Rhubarb Sandwich Cookies from Martha Stewart

Take Two Tuesday: Anchors Away!

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I’ve always been extremely fond of all things nautical… in case you haven’t noticed from my numerous nautical-related posts in the past! I’m not even close to being in the market for birth announcements, but if I was, I am positive this Blue Anchor Baby Boy Photo Birth Announcement from Carrot & Stick Press would be my first choice. With so many cute anchors, here’s a little Take 2 Tuesday that’s ever so reminiscent of a long sea voyage.

Blue Anchor Baby Boy Photo Birth Announcement from Cardstore.com

Owl Obsession

I really don’t think I’m just imagining this trend. I’ve been seeing these creatures everywhere! Not just in the obvious places, but in nearly every store and used in almost every design aesthetic imaginable! This cute creature that’s been popping up is the owl. Maybe it’s the big eyes or the fun colors you can make any owl into, but I’ve been seeing them everywhere! Don’t get me wrong, I adore owls. I have a gorgeous owl necklace (purchased before this trend got so big), and recently bought some owl stationery. With this trend in mind, the following inspiration board features owls seen in many different settings around the web. Why do you think owls have gotten so popular? P.S. – You MUST see the close up of the Owl Invasion Apron. It is so dang cute! And it matches that birth announcement by Dee & Lala perfectly… I think it would make the perfect baby shower gift!

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Green Owls Nest Photo Birth Announcement from Cardstore.com

Owl Cupcakes from Flickr photographer jdesmeules

Owl Ring from Rachel Roy

Owl Invasion Apron from Anthropologie

Sleepy Owls Pillow from Etsy vendor OutonaLimbDesign