Friday, March 19, 2010

Marges8, A PD blog worth following.

This is a really great paper doll blog. She posts nearly every day, but she also posts cards & occasionally bookmarks. If you haven't seen it before definitely check it out.

I thought this was really cute.

Link here:

She also has a Katy Keene as Isadora Duncan drawn by Barbara Rausch. There's another page of well drawn costumes on her page.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New folders in my Picasa

These are paper dolls I made from when I was 11 to probably 14. I've included a folder with the contents of the fashion kit, a folder using the dolls I made from the kit with photo copied heads and a folder of dolls with hand drawn faces too. So three folders in all. Enjoy. You should be able to just click the pictures here as a link of sorts.

Crayola Fashion Designer Kit
Dolls made using the Crayola Fashion Kit.
Dolls drawn & inspired by the Crayola Fashion Kit

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A few pics from the PD Party.

These pictures were taken by Tracy, who has her own blog ( I was not able to find my memory card (which my son thoughtfully removed from my camera several days in advance) to take my own pictures.

The first three pictures are from the show & tell portion of the event. That is Brenda in the green holding up a "art paper doll" but I can't remember who she said made it. Yes, that is me with a mask on my head looking at that Victorian pop-up book. The next picture is Nancy (I am fairly sure, but not 100% about it) with her show & tell item, which was a book by American Girl specifically about Kit.

After that we have Nancy's submission to the Dress-a-Doll (correct me if I'm wrong anyone who knows). It was very beautiful, in real life it looked 3d. The next picture is several PDs that go with the theme. I now have a few things to look up now.

The next picture is Brenda again with JaNelle, two of the nicest ladies you could hope to meet. Then comes Martha Davis (her dolls are amazing) & Jean our host. They are also really wonderful ladies.

The last two pictures are pictures of happy shopping. Ruth is wearing the dark sweater over a white shirt, Margaret is standing next to her in white. The name of the lady in purple is escaping me right now, I'm sure it will come to me after I post this. I don't know the names of the woman in green or the woman in the blue in the last picture (I'm sorry!).

I'll post my submission soon and some scans of my purchases.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Going to SC tomorrow!

The paper doll party is this weekend! I am so excited. It'll be nice to get away and the paper dolls will be great too. So today & tomorrow before I will be cleaning and laundering like crazy, that way our dog sitter won't see a mess. Well that and it's always nice to come home to a clean house. I'm so excited, oops I already said that. I plan to take some pictures while I'm there.

Also, you aren't seeing things, my layout is different. It was driving me crazy that my blog name wasn't displaying correctly. Now "2BeAPaperDoll" is all on one line.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Places to buy paper dolls.

Monica asked about how to get the paper doll catalog I mentioned in my last post. I figured I'd make it a new post instead of a really long comment. It's just gonna be about Dover Publications & Paper Doll Review today, because it's really late. Maybe more another time.

You can sign up for a free Dover catalog at this site:
However I don't see a box to check for paper dolls only... I know the Children's Book version has paper dolls, probably more than any other ones they put out.

You can also sign up for a free sampler that they send you every week. It doesn't always have paper dolls, but most of the time it does. That's at this link:

I also highly recommend Paper Doll Review to buy both reproductions of older sets and new sets by current artists. Here's the link for that:
They have impressive quality standards. I bought some sets from a recent "Scratch-and-Dent" sale and I had to look really hard to find any damage. I wouldn't have even known if they hadn't told me. The prices were great though. I've bought from them several times. In my experience they're very professional, have good prices and ship out very quickly. Only once did I have a problem, a set I had ordered was not longer in print and they found out the same day I placed my order. I got an email the next morning explaining the situation and they offered me a similar book for the same cost. This wasn't their fault but they were fantastic about it.

I've bought from Dover directly before with mixed results. Half of the time they've been great, but once I got a badly printed set where the dolls were blurred and it was a pain to get it exchanged. Once years back I placed an order that they claimed the postal worker couldn't find my house, so they promised me credit instead of a refund. I never got that credit, I never got my money back. I was very disappointed, but I feel that the website hadn't been up long so maybe I was just unlucky.

Plus you can get most (possibly all, but I'm not 100% on that) Dover sets from Paper Doll Review anyway. I think for the same price too.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I got a paper dolls only catalog in the mail yesterday. I can't help but think "Finally!" I don't know if it's a new feature or if I've only recently been flagged in their system as a paperdoller, but it's still cool. I've already gone through with a marker and circled like crazy. Hooray for Dover for finally figuring out a catalog catering to us paper doll people is a good idea. 'Bout time.


Well I had a lot of fun drawing this. It's my first animal PD. I've drawn animals before, but they were more of accessories. MandyCat has her own wardrobe. She was drawn with pens and markers. Regular ink pens & some gel pens as well. Like the pink details on her mittens & hat are gel pen. The red outline on the superhero costume & the lines on the boots to make them have a little more definition. She's pretty simple, but she's still cool. I love her bright colors.

Maybe I'll do more animals again someday, but I consider MandyCat a finished work. I doubt think I'll be adding more to her anytime.

Edit. Forgot to make sure all images would display the same size. Oopsie.