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My American Girl

For my second Design Team assignment, I used Page Pattern 29 - the Fifteen Page Spot pattern, and "Mist" colored grid paper.  I worked with clear acryllic stamps to stamp the words "always" and "sweet."  And, I'm not going to lie, I "cheated" and relied on the handy punch to cut out my 2 1/8" squares.  But, Tami, I promise, everything else was on the grid! 

My niece, Samantha, is an avid American Girl reader and doll collector.  For those of you who may not know, American Girl books tell the story of young girls (usually around age 9) in a historical fiction context.  Each of the main characters has a distinct time period and her character is developed over the course of several books.  Samantha's interest in the stories is immense - she has read more than 75 chapter books - and she also loves the nonfiction section at the end of each book that details the real-life history behind the fictional characters.  We travelled to Chicago to meet the author of some of the books, Valerie Tripp, and to Colonial Williamsburg to see where one of her favorite characters (Felicity) would have "lived" in 1774. 

Samantha just got two new dolls for Christmas (Marie Grace and Cecile - 1853).  When I snapped the shot of her in front of her collection - it occurred to me that I had done so in years past and it would be fun to document the progress of her growing collection.

The 15 small pics on the left page show Samantha with her first doll, her first trip to Chicago, American Girl themed train rides with her cousins, and a visit to Atlanta on Spring Break to pick up the Doll of the Year last year.  The large pic on the left side is Samantha's current collection (which I jokingly refer to as her "college fund).  The pics on the right show her American Girl pet collection and the growth of Samantha's doll collection over the course of the last four years.

Shared by Deborah White on January 5, 2012 | Memory Date: January 23, 2012
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Linda - "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery" right? I'm glad my idea is of use to someone else - I love how we all inspire each other.
Posted By: Deborah White  |  January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm   
I loved everything you did with this one, the theme,the arrangement, the colors, use of the packaging, etc. My granddaughters will probably be the recipients of ideas copied from your ideas. Hope you don't mind!
Posted By: Linda Holmes  |  January 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm   
Great idea - and man, does she have a bunch of American Girl dolls! I like the idea of using the packaging too!
Posted By: Nancy Sanders  |  January 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm   
Great idea for this layout...to chronicle a collection over the years!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  January 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm   
Thanks Tami - I meant to put a note in my post that the "paper" pieces were actually the packaging from some of her dolls and accessories. I cut up the boxes to use for the title and the pinwheel accent pieces!
Posted By: Deborah White  |  January 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm   
This is wonderful Deborah - both the collection being chronicled and the pages you created. I love the American Girl Title and papers added into the pages.
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  January 6, 2012 at 10:54 am   
     

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