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Sweet Tee AnnouncementDress your baby in a tiny T-shirt to proclaim the debut. Use a simple background and try snapping a picture when your baby is happy and alert -- perhaps just after a feeding or as she is settling into a nap. Use iron-on transfer paper compatible with your printer (available at office-supply stores). Type the details into a computer; follow package directions for printing and transferring onto clothing. Print the photo onto card stock, and cut out.
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Twin TabulationA side-by-side chart compares twins' measurements and arrival times. Photograph each baby separately on a jumbo sheet of graph paper. Use your computer's graphics software to position the images and to add type and lines (we drew a pink border for the girl and a blue one for the boy). Print design onto 4-by-6-inch postcards.
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Special DeliveryLet everyone know your bundle of joy has arrived. Photograph your baby on a brown blanket or a sheet of textured kraft paper. Print onto note cards; stamp each one with a pre-inked "Received" stamp (from an office-supply store) set to your baby's date of birth. This one has a line where the parents can add their names.
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Making FacesDoes he have Mom's eyes or Dad's smile? You do the math. Cut out photos, and glue to card stock; you'll need two sets since two announcements will fit on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch sheet of card stock. With rubber stamps, make symbols between the faces (or handwrite them). Use a color copier or scanner to make multiples. Additional information can be printed on the back. We trimmed ours to fit in a No. 10 envelope.
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Family BusinessColleagues will wish they could file this card under "C" for cute. Use graphics software to add text to your photo. Print image onto sheets of perforated business cards for ink-jet printers. Then attach to a rotary file card.
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Baby Snap T-ShirtTo make a tiny snap T-shirt announcement, use our template and any leftover fabric lying around. Glue the T-shirt onto a plain-bordered card. Write the baby's information -- name, date of birth, and measurements -- at the bottom of the card, or use a specially made rubber stamp.
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Baby FaceTake pictures of your baby's face, using black-and-white film and natural sunlight (flashes are not good for babies' eyes). Ask the photo processor for a contact sheet. Cut out each frame, and glue the separate pictures on plain-bordered cards from a stationer. Rubber-stamp or write the baby's information at the bottom of the card.
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Diaper PocketTo create a little diaper pocket to hold a small card with all the details, use the bottom template. Leftover wallpaper from the baby's room makes a good material. Fold diaper along dotted lines. Punch two holes at diaper's closure, and tie with a ribbon, or insert a diaper pin.
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Tape MeasuresCut paper measures to the length of your newborn, and tag with birth information. Buy tape measures at sewing stores (or get just one and make photocopies). Punch hole through tape measure to attach tag.