Here’s how to create the Charlie-and-Lola-style birthday invitations that I made for Jenna’s second birthday party.
I bought white folded 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square cards and matching envelopes from paper-source.com.
I drew a border similar to those found on Charlie and Lola title pages and scanned it. Using Photoshop, I added the party details to the border. You can download a blank version of the border here. The Charlie and Lola font (or at least a free, close approximation) is Bodiac.
I printed the party details onto the inside of the card.
In Photoshop, I decreased the size of the border (making it approximately 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches) and added the “Birthdays are my favorite …” text. I printed a sheet of 12 of these and cut out the small squares. I also rounded the corners using a paper punch.
I purchased decorative paper in a pink paisley pattern for the “wallpaper” and cut it into rectangles to fit the card. I used a wood grain patterned paper cut into shorter rectangles for the “floor.” I glued these to the front of the card.
In Photoshop, I took a picture of Lola and a picture of my daughter and added my daughter’s head to Lola’s body. I sized this to fit the card (making my daughter approximately 3 1/2 inches tall) and printed it onto 4×6 photo paper.
I cut out my daughter’s shape and glued it to the front of the card. Then I added the “Birthdays are my favorite …” square to the upper left of the card.
Place in envelopes and send!