Dolls are timeless, and universal. One of my favorite items to collect on travels are dolls – handmade Mexican cloth dolls, round wooden Russian stacking dolls, and a colorful flamenco dancing doll from Spain. Nowadays, dolls are showing up all over in stationary products. From note cards to books and paper dolls, this popular pastime is taking the graphic paper goods industry by storm. Here is a round-up of some of our favorites here at That’s IT Mommy. – Jill
Masha and Friends Nesting Notecards
Colorful notes cards die cut to resemble 2-D Russian stacking dolls – also commonly called Babushkas or Matryoshkas. Perfect for quick, stylish notes, these cards designed by artist Suzy Ultman, come in packages with 5 designs in 5 sizes with accompanying decorated envelopes and stickers. Retailing for $12.95, find them at www.chroniclebooks.com.
Rosie Flo’s Kitchen Coloring Book
Originally published in the United Kingdom, this successful series has reached many corners of the world. Roz Streeten is an artist and designer from Bath, England. She was inspired to create the Rosie Flo coloring books at the request of her two young daughters. The creative black line drawings of kitchen-inspired fashions, such as a corn on the cob gowns, measuring cup dresses or whisk skirts, are playful and funny. Each page of thick paper stock lets your inner-artist add the body to the outfits to complete the fanciful stories. The compact size (7-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches) makes this a good addition to the bag of travel surprises to keep the backseat quiet on that next trip. Retailing for $8.99, you can find this coloring book at www.chroniclebooks.com.
Paper Doll Parade Notecards Set
Another beautifully illustrated set by artist Suzy Ultman, these paper doll die-cut note cards and envelopes will make girls of all ages swoon. The playful colors and designs on the 16 cards leave enough space to either invite or thank your friends for the latest celebration. Priced at $14.95 at www.chroniclebooks.com
eeBoo Finn & Maeve Far Away Land Great Adventure Paper Dolls
Seeking a great diversion for that next trip to grandmas, that would necessitate another suitcase? This paper doll set features characters Finn and Maeve as they prepare for their next quest. Each set comes with a two sided stand-up scene (20” x 10”), 1 Boy and 1 Girl doll on heavy board (7.75” tall), 3 additional standing characters, and 2 sheets of re-usable electrostatic vinyl clothes and adventure elements. The paper doll set comes packaged in a cute box with a handle. Check it out at www.geniusbabies.com for $14.95.
PS (Paper Source) Paper Doll Kit
A new take on an old favorite. The Paper Source paper doll kit makes the perfect gift for the fashionista of any age. Complete with all sorts of patterns and colors for clothing and accessories. This kit even includes pet friends who like to dress up too.
Each set comes with 12 doll shapes (approximately 5″ x 7″ each), 12 pet shapes, clothes and accessory stencils, removable adhesive, envelope for storage, and
assorted papers. $19.95 on www.paper-source.com.
Lily & Thistle Mini Me Paper Doll Boutique
That’s IT Mommy Heather wrote about this innovative company that personalizes dolls to resemble your little girl. Check out her post here to read the entire review.
Alex Toys Fab Fashions
A perfect introduction to paper dolls for the preschooler. Alex Toys Fab Fashion set features these thick, eco-friendly puzzle pieces to create your own costumed dolls. $10.95 at www.alextoys.com.
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