Birth Announcements

Photo birth announcements: Creative ways to announce your baby's arrival

Proud parents love to share the news of their baby's birth! The larger the group of family and friends we have, the more we want to share our joy with them. First-time parents especially want their newborn to shine like a star.

How can you be creative, stay within budget and still include everyone you know when your newborn arrives? Would you believe a website? Free baby websites are available for your announcement and photos. On a baby website, you can announce your joy around the world without it costing you an arm and a leg.

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Baby Website

You'll need a digital camera, or you'll need to have your photos placed on a disc at a commercial film processor. The websites come with great templates, and they use the point-and-click feature, which means you don't have to be Web savvy to put the website up and publish it in a short time. I believe any parent who chooses this option will be proud of the result.

A website can include pictures of the whole family, including the proud grandparents and aunts and uncles. You also have the option of including a guest book, audio and video clips and many other features. Some baby websites allow the family and friends to buy the photos that are posted. It should be a private and secure website that you share with family and friends.

Customized Announcements

If you're more traditional and want to send out cards, there are a number of websites that allow you to upload your personal photos and transfer them to a card template of your choice. You then customize the card with your own message and the birth information. The result is a professional-looking card at a reasonable cost.

The amount of birth information and vital statistics that you place on the birth announcement can lead to crowded text. You can fix that by changing the font size and spacing / formatting.

Homemade Announcements

Ordering from the Internet means that you'll have to wait for the cards to be printed and mailed to you before you can send them out to your family and friends. If you don't want to wait, you can make your own birth announcement cards on your computer.

Buy some good card stock from an office supply store. Software exists for card making, but you can take the guesswork out of the equation by choosing a two-fold card.

Print your personal photo and heading on the front of the card. Use a different sheet of blue or pink paper to print your personal message. You can get two to four messages on this paper. Cut the message paper to size and use small spacers to glue the message to the card. The spacers give the card a professional look and feel.

How you decide to announce your baby's birth depends on your time, creativity and wishes. The choice is yours!

By Piica