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Finding the right way to tell everyone about your little bundle of joy means choosing the pictures that show your friends and family the best sides of the newest member of your family. It also means finding the layout that fits the right number of pictures to do just that, with the attitude that shows just how happy the day is for all of you. Choosing the right medium to do this with is also an important consideration, and there are a variety of ways to narrow things down.
When picking out the right announcement between card styles like flat birth announcements cards and keepsakes like magnets, cost considerations can be a real limitation, but when it comes down to it, the cost differences between media or sizes of announcement cards are mostly to scale with their print quality and longevity. That means that if cost is a consideration for you, then take it into account, but if it isn’t a big factor, then the look and feel of the layout and your photo choices become the most important thing, because the cost is mostly related to the durability and quality of the card.
Looking at the quality of print, all birth announcements use the same high fidelity methods, so the materials and the size of the photos drive the level of detail and the vibrancy/longevity of the print. This means that your best choices are going to be either white or pearl cardstock. To get the opportunity to show off more photos while retaining the detail that really makes them pop, look toward larger layouts like the folding or trifold options, so that way the individual pictures in the collage are a healthy size.
Last but not least, keep in mind how your loved ones are likely to remember your announcement. If you have a lot of scrapbookers, then trifold announcements provide dynamic layouts that preserve well in books, and so do flat cards. On the other hand, folding and trifold birth announcements stand up and look great, making them easy to display.