I created and mailed Baby Boy’s birth announcements at the same time as our Family Christmas cards. I figured they were going to the same people might as well save on stamps! But with as much time as both projects took I probably would have been better off doing one of the other. But I did get everything mailed by the 23rd so I BARELY made it before Christmas!
I created a booklet of sorts for his birth announcements, with the edges getting longer with each page so I could put his information on the sides. There were just TOO many good pictures to leave it to just a two dimensional announcement! I used pictures from my maternity photoshoot, the birth pictures Chelsea took as well as the birth story from Kim, his newborn pictures and finally his blessing pictures!
I used photoshop to create the booklets and printed them on brochure paper. Brochure paper is great, because it’s thinner than photo paper AND you can print on both sides. I created the booklets so I could print one complete book on a single 8.5 x 11 page. Notice I left 3/4″ on each side of the pages (outside edges) for the binding. Here are the layouts:
front: page 1, page 8 back: page 7, page 2
page 3, page 6 page 5, page 4
Then I cut out the pages, and used my sewing machine to “bind” the booklets together (use your sewing machine on the longest stitch for this to work best)! Voila!
Here is the full book layed out like you would see it if you flipped through it!
Pages 2 and 3
Pages 4 and 5
Pages 6 and 7