Friday, June 8, 2012

Harrison and YaJing's Baby Shower Invitations

There are some people that you don't see much anymore, but when you reconnect with them - even if it's just for a minute or two over the phone - it is encouraging and leaves you wishing you saw them more often.

I was thrilled to be able to work with one of those people on these shower invitations. I used to attend the same church as Janet, but haven't for the past 5 years or so. However, she and my mother-in-law are good friends and they've gone back and forth throwing showers for each other's children. This time the shower was for Janet's son, Harrison, and his wife, YaJing, who are expecting a baby. My mother-in-law was in charge of the invitations and she hired me (again!) and then had me work out the details with Janet.

Harrison and YaJing don't know the sex of their baby, so Janet wanted to keep the colors neutral. Other than that and the fact that YaJing really likes animals, Janet basically let me go to work. Here's the final product.

I used a font that I've been loving lately - Cafe Rojo - for the heading. For the invitation itself, I used Goudy Bookletter 1911.

I feel the need to stop and praise Envelopments and their amazing artwork that I have access to. Everything you see on this invitation is straight from their collection.

Another shout out: Amy Sayre Photography! My husband and I were in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend and got to stop and see Amy and her fiancé. I brought a few invitations and had her snap some pictures of them. All of the pictures in this post are from her.

Can I confess this instant that I love that little toucan?

I decided to add another little animal on the back of the invitations, with my website, of course.

I got the envelopes from Paper Source. If you haven't been to their website, go immediately. There is one Paper Source in Michigan (unfortunately, about 45 minutes from me) and I could spend hours looking through that store.

Janet was happy with how these turned out, which means I was happy, too. :)

In other news, we've officially moved! Things are coming together slowly but surely, y'all. And now that we are in the house, I'm more in love with it than I was before. I'm not super close to having good before and after photos, but when I do, I'll have to sneak them into a future post. :)


  1. Jenny...I love the colors & design & the toucan & the lion! OH MY! :p It's so unique & that's what I love! Great job!

  2. I forget how I found your blog, but I've been an admirer for a while now. I usually read your posts through Google Reader so I don't usually comment, so just wanted to say hi! I especially love these invitations. The design and colors are so yummy! I am an avid card-maker and make quite a few invitations. Mine are a fusion of graphic design and hand-made with scrapbook paper, cardstock, ribbon, etc :) Thanks for sharing your pretty things!