Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Year You Were Born: In Honor of Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to review something that celebrates the women who bore us. My dear friend Barbara designed a beautiful card called The Year You Were Born Card.

The Year You Were Born Card is a keepsake, which allows the recipient to fill in relevant information about what was happening the year their baby came into this world. Here is the New York City version of The Year You Were Born Card:

On the New York City Card, you can fill out information such as "A ride on the subway costs___" or "The cost of a slice of pizza ____"

The Year You Were Born Card also comes in cities (besides NYC) such as London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco.

Barbara was born in Santiago, Chile to a Chilean mother and a Dutch Father. She traveled throughout her childhood, and collected passport stamps from all over the world. From an extremely young age, she loved writing and collecting letters. Her love affair with stationery had begun.

In 2009, after working in the New York Art World for many years for companies such as HBO and Giorgio Armani, Barbara had an epiphany; it was time to start her own company. That's what led to the birth of Double Bravo Designs.

I asked Barbara about the inspiration behind The Year You Were Born Card. Here's what she had to say:

My inspiration was the birth of my two children, ages six and three. Like capturing lightning bugs in a glass jar (or rather raw lightning bolts!) I felt a great urge to capture the life-changing swell of joy that came with the momentous occasion of a child's birth. I feel that having captured the details of the city at that time and revisiting the card in the future will rekindle the joy of the occasion. I intend for these cards to be a family heirloom enjoyed by future generations.

Barbara With Her Son

For more information on The Year You Were Born Card click here.


  1. These are really cool! I emailed her about getting one for 2009, for when T was born. But I'll need 2011 too! Did you get one for Ari & Samara?

  2. I ordered one for Samara, but I should get one for Ari too! 2008!

  3. Thanks so much for the wonderful post, Sarah. Wanted to mention that the Collection was NYC only 'til this year and that it all began in 2009. Thanks to everyone for their interest and enthusiasm :)

  4. You're so welcome! I cannot tell you how many people have asked about this card, and want to order it.


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