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announcing the birth of… birth announcements!

vines birth announcement - yellowYou may have noticed a “new arrival” in the Calobee Doodles shop: birth announcements!

I started thinking about this when I had my daughter and was looking for birth announcements myself. I found several cute cards online, but to be honest, the prices were outrageous. I realized that, even in my postpartum haze, I could easily design something just as cute (and have it printed for much less!)

So, I came up with this, and I liked it enough that I thought others might be looking for attractive, affordable designs, too. I made a mental note to try my hand at some templates when I was slightly less frazzled by new motherhood. Hey, it only took a year. 🙂

There are currently three designs to choose from in three different colorways. I’ll be adding more as I go, so if there’s a particular style of design you’d like to see, let me know! I’m also available to do custom party invitations, wedding or engagement announcements, and I may add some designs for those in the future, too.

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new custom portrait

One popular custom request is scenes or portraits drawn from photos. Rachel of Koukla Mou Designs asked for a custom doodle based on a photo of her sitting in front of a pretty water landscape.  These doodles are somewhat challenging for me because I’m obviously not a “realistic” illustrator, but I like to stay true to the original while maintaining my style. Rachel’s portrait came out really well, and working on it inspired me to try my hand at another landscape–more on that one later!

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numbers and fruits

fruit numbers posterSoon to be added to the shop: this sweet numbers and fruits poster!

It took me longer than you’d think to decide which fruits would stay and which ones wouldn’t. I wanted a good color balance and a variety of shapes and sizes. Fruits that I doodled but did not make the cut: starfruit, grapefruit, pomegranate, raspberries and coconut!