Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Playing Paper Dolls

I recently saw this post on Kelly's Art Journaling blog and was touched. She made a play day with her young friends to make paper dolls from my book, Collage Couture. You see a few months ago I was reading reviews on a paper doll book (can't remember the name) and was so disappointed. The book was described as an art book but people bought it for little girls. The book had some bad reviews because these adorable dolls and their little clothes had to be cut instead of punched out. It was too much time and trouble. I remember thinking when I was about 5, I used to wait patiently for my mom to cut out my paper dolls. My mom never complained, it was our time together. Watching her cut meticulously around every tab, no white would show beyond that black line, I was mesmerized. It's sad to see so many people who were upset by this book because the dolls had to be cut. We seem to want everything ready made these days. Part of the fun is just simply in the anticipation of being cut out. It's the process of getting to that final playtime that is part of the charm of playing with paper dolls. I totally can relate to Kelly when she talks about the girls being dreamy eyed as she cut the paper out to make their dolls. I remember that well which is probably why I am doing what I am doing today; still sitting there dreamy eyed, cutting out paper dolls. Thank you Kelly for sharing your journey and blessing me with this wonderful story!

12 comments:

  1. Sweet story,
    LoVe it & play dates !
    When is our next one ?

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  2. Wonderful story ... thank you for also putting the link to the original post. I'll stop by there, too. Paper dolls...what's not to love?!

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  3. I agree, sweet story! And cute dolls... I had forgotten that part of childhood... the dresses are so cute!

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  4. Love the paper dolls, and what a great story!

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  5. How funny, I just finished a collage for a friend using a Betsy McCall paper doll that I dressed using the ideas from your book. My sister and I spent hours and hours with our paper dolls. I have to confess to still having a box of them in the cupboard that are now 56 years young.

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  6. I love your owl!!! Owls are my very favorite thing in the WORLD!!! I can't wait for your online class!

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  7. The time to cut is part of the fun of a paper doll. Back in the day life was simpler and I miss that. These paper dolls are just adorable! Sunshine Summer Smiles...

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  8. I love your dolls, beautiful.

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  9. Julie, thanks for posting this! I loved paper dolls as a kid too! In fact, my templates were made of file folders and my doll clothes were made of white copy paper that I colored myself! Definitely no "punching out" going on in my house! In fact, I preferred to cut my own out, because it made the fun last a bit longer! Glad to know I'm not the only one that still loves those little dolls! Now if only we could start a revolution and bring back the paper doll...oh, wait! You ARE! :) So glad I stumbled upon your work back in January! Keep it coming! :)

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  10. I absolutely agree Julie. In fact, the postman has just called with my copy of Collage Couture and I can't wait to get started making those gorgeous fashions as gifts. I have no grandchildren to make them for but a lot of my girlfriends are grandma's and you know what they say "A grandma is just a little girl with attitude!" so I think they are going to be well appreciated.

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  11. Thank you so much for your book. Hope another one is in the works. I have learned so much from you. I love the dolls and even cutting them out. Can't please everyone. But I would be lying if I said I didn't want dies for them!! LOL

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