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I think when you get on a book kick, you stay on a book kick. 🙂With Easter approaching, what’s more appropriate than the tale of a mischievous bunny?I found several sites with Peter Rabbit book images with the text. (Source Credit is given in the pdf).My printable pdf is formatted for standard copy paper (8.5 by 11 inches). You can use the Momotaro post for additional instructions on assembling the book. Your finished book will be 1.5 inches by 1 inch.I did add fold lines since the edges of this book are ALL WHITE. The blue lines are the outside folds, the red are the inside. You probably don’t really need the red lines since you want to fold all the blue lines first then fold them to meet each other (you never really see the red lines to be able to fold them).One tip is to check that you’ve cut off any red or blue lines before final assembly or they will be very noticeable (such as on the tape tabs and front and back covers). Also, it is a little tricky to cut the sections apart since the edges are white. If you don’t want to eyeball it, remember that each printed row is 1.5 inches high so when cutting them apart, each separated section is 1.5 wide; you can measure and mark with a pencil if you want.Mini Kit was our model (above) but this size book is also suitable as a “pocket” book for 18 inch dolls. (Peter Rabbit books were originally sized for children’s small hands so the scale works!).Find the pdf printable here: Peter Rabbit bookHinamatsuri (which means Doll Festival) is not just about dolls. It is also referred to as Momo no sekku which means Peach Festival. On the lunar calendar, March is peach blossom season.My absolute favorite fairy tale growing up was the story of Momotaro. His legend has him springing forth as a baby from a giant peach found in the river by his poor elderly (adoptive) mother who, with her husband, had wished for a child. Momotaro is also a warrior of virtue and justice. Plus he has a dog, a monkey and a bird for best friends so really, what isn’t to love about this tale? (For an easily read aloud version, go here: https://www.candlelightstories.com/2011/03/13/peach-boy-a-folktale-from-japan/ Their audio version is a bit dreary but there is one on this link too).My dollies love to read so I decided to make them their own copy of Momotaro. Baxley Stamps has some wonderful versions up online including the 1911 (& 1940 reprint) version as well as a Swedish version (that I couldn’t resist having a dear friend who is Swedish). There is also an excellent write up of how books were bound at the time. I highly encourage you to read through the text when you have time.To make your own book, you’ll need to print out this handy PDF:MomotaroI’m going to caution that I used 11 x 17 paper because it required less taping. Home printers likely aren’t going to accommodate that. A copy center will be able to print the single page for you relatively inexpensively or your local library may have a printer/copier that can handle the larger size paper (standard is 8.5 by 11). If that doesn’t work for you, drop me a line and I will reformat to the standard size for you (or if you’re not in the US and need a different size paper, let me know!).Before we start cutting, let’s fold things so all our pages are even.Fold the panel with the cover (the first image)back so you can see it using the edge from the rest of the paper to line up your fold on the top and bottom of the sheet.We’re going to fold all the outer edge seams first so we need to skip a panel and fold up again. Repeat this until you have folded every other edge. It looks like this now:To fold the inside seams, use your outside seams as the “edge” folding each “inside” by meeting the two “outside” seams towards each other. When you’ve done them all, it looks like a simple fan fold:Now we need to separate the sections. I used scissors. An exacto knife, straight edge and cutting mat would be ideal to maintain your size but scissors worked (your book is formatted to 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall). Using the photo below as your guide, separate the sections by rows. Try to keep them in order or use this photo for reference again later! Trim off the extra paper on the top and bottom only for now (as shown)To connect the sections, use the excess white on your edges by folding them over to create another seam. Fold one in and one out so you can overlap them,align and secure (with tape or glue, I used tape). Repeat this for the third row.The front cover also has excess white before it. That’s ok. Fold that around towards the back and secure it (with tape or glue) to the back leaving the back cover free (sorry, I apparently missed that step in the photos).To hide that white strip, wrap the back cover around (trim the spine to width if your paper is thinner than mine). You can see here that my spine ended up shorter than my book. That happens. I trimmed the bottom edge of the book carefully with scissors at the stage.Next we need to secure the spine. No more extra book now!I used regular Scotch tape. I find that if you lay the tape flat and set the book on it, it’s easier to align. I’m showing that here using the edge of my desk. Once I had it aligned on the tape (extra above or below the book is ok, you can trim off extra tape after the book is together) so the tape would go past the spine (so it makes contact with the front cover), I pressed down on the book and carefully rolled the tape up around the spine and front of the book to secure it.I then used both hands (only one shown, guess where the other one was) to firmly press the spine down on my desktop to square out the spine.This step isn’t required but it does make the spine look nice.To show you the scale, here is the book with the tape dispenser. I think they make a lovely couple.Did you know the story of Momotaro? What do you think of a baby hatching from a peach?Hina Matsuri is approaching faster than I want again this year! Last year, I had the best of intentions to make some hishimochi out of clay for my dollies. That clay is still sitting in the wrappers in the clay drawer but hey, at least I bought it (one step closer).I wanted the dollies to have something for Friday so I started thinking about what I could do with the time I have between now and then and it hit me … do a printable!WARNING: This printable is a full out craft.I used white cardstock. I recommend using a thick paper or cardstock. You could also draw these shapes and colors out for yourself if you don’t have a printer.The first printable is for hishimochi, a traditional tri-colored rice flour dessert for hina matsuri. To make them, use the printable pdf at the end of this post and follow these instructions. Cut where blue lines are in sample. Soft fold (lightly crease with fingers, do not press the folds) the tri colored sides and pink tabs so you have what is basically a box top with the pink section. Continue soft folding the tri colored sides around the pink tabs taping or gluing as you go around. Tuck the extra tri colored sides into the alternate side and secure (with tape or glue). Enjoy!I did try these as boxes instead of open bottomed and they look sloppier. You can try it for yourself by leaving an equal amount of white to the pink under the lower striped piece if you want, just be sure to give yourself a tab(s) to secure the bottom.The second printable is for suama, another rice based mochi dessert. This is not for the mildly skilled or easily frustrated. I’m sorry about that. I encourage you to try it but not beat yourself up if it’s not for you.See, it already looks complicated, doesn’t it? This one is both incredibly simple and awesomely frustrating. The first thing you want to do it cut out each shape with lots of space around it remaining. Before you start trimming the piece, you need to make two hard creased folds (shown in red). (Note: This is not obviously easy. I had to practice. Print out a few extra for yourself just in case. Once you’ve got it – you’ve got it. The first one can be a doozy! Stay with it and you’ll be fine).Next, cut around the entire outside of the shape starting with the curves. You need to cut the “inside” sides of the curves to continue all the way to your fold lines on their respective sides. Then you can cut the straight outer sides and lop off the extra pink end left as a folding guideline. (The photo does not show the curves cut first but trust me, do it that way).Fold at both ends of the curves to create the curved parts as the “face” sides of your treat (shown in yellow, do not fold any of the curved part that has become like a tab). On either side of your folds, you now have a skinny tab (indicated here on one side by the green bracket). You need to fringe that so it will tuck in when you bend it around the curved tabs. Straight cuts to the fold work but I found that tiny triangles worked better because of the limited space. Do whatever works for you!Next, flatten out the fringe and roll the piece between your fringe around the curved tabs. (I could not take a photo and hold the piece but I found it worked best to use both hands to create a gentle curve by smoothing the paper over my thumb). You will have extra paper and that’s ok. I tried this multiple times and depending on how you cut, this piece is not going to always be the same length so you intentionally have extra! Fold the extra bit while you have things marked and cut it off. You’re now ready to assemble your treat.Fold the fringe all in, wrap it so the curved tabs are OUTSIDE this time and secure the bottom to the piece you have curved around (with either tape or glue making sure to hold your piece if you are using something that has drying time!). To secure the curved tabs to the fringe, you can use glue or I found that a single long skinny piece of tape (I used regular old Scotch tape in a strip that I cut to eliminate the texture from the tape dispenser’s edge as well as cutting in half widthwise) over the top only secures the entire piece. (Note: if you have too much extra “face” pieces, you can trim them with a scissor).Here are my sequential attempts (front to back). I started out with a fading design but it didn’t look as good so I ultimately just switched to a solid color.If I haven’t totally lost you, here’s the pdf.Printable Wagashi for Hinamatsuri(Wagashi are Japanese confections. Mochi are made with rice flour.)Everything that came back from Florida with us got a self imposed quarantine because of our baby cockroach (still not cute if you’re wondering) issue on our last day at Disney (yes, in a Disney resort). Hopefully, I will have time shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday to open all the fun stuff we brought back and show you all!In the meantime, I snapped these shots of the posters for China and Japan in Epcot. I just think they’re beautifully done. I plan on printing some out for something with my dolls. Maybe a culture festival? Oo, maybe a Tea Festival!Happy Thanksgiving, Dollings!Shown above for scale, I took some of Battat’s samples of the Our Generation books and made them into pdfs containing mini-versions for dollies! The size compliments 18 inch dolls as a pocket sized book and 6 inch dolls as a large book.For the original samples, click on the images to link:Use this pdfog-books-willow-and-audrey-annand these simple instructions to make two mini size books. READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS ALL THE WAY FIRST. I don’t know why but not everyone does this. It’s like following a recipe and discovering you don’t have an ingredient. Crafts look most professional when you have your supplies and process in place before you start (which is why the second one almost always looks better!)You will need two pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 (standard American) paper. Print the pdf. Per the instructions on the pdf, cut out the images into two long strips. (I added cut lines to the pdf after I tried to do it myself and struggled – use those!)Lay out your strips (second book is shown) with the top and bottom rows just as they were on the print out before you cut it. Fold the covers first.Now you’re going to accordion fold each section. To get the best shape, fold only towards the outer edge of the book. What? That just means that you want to fold the front edges first and any inside creases (the spine side) second. Don’t try to line up the spine side folds! They won’t matter because they’ll be in the spine!Next we need to connect the two pieces…let’s use tape (if you have a glue stick, go for it, I didn’t). Once again, line up that front edge and don’t worry about the spine side. It’s good to double check that both halves are going the same way before you set the tape! You’ll notice that I kept one half on top and one on bottom the whole time. That really does help keep them straight.See that little bit to the right? That’s the tab for the spine! Yay! (At this stage, if you want, you can use a glue stick and connect all the inbetween pages. You don’t have to though – I didn’t – and do not add tape in between pages or it will get too bulky!). Fold the spine around the backsides of the pages then tape in place.There is a little extra paper on the edge of the back of the book. Since the spine is long enough for Audrey-Ann’s book (it’s a little short on Willow’s book so you need the extra back!), you can trim that off or fold it in. Tape or glue the back cover down.To really make the book both durable and shiny, let’s cover the cover with some clear packing tape!Cut a piece of tape longer than your book. Lay it sticky side up and carefully place the open book into the sticky side. Take your time. I like to use my pinky finger nails to hold the ends of the tape in place which helps me center the book on the tape.If you have a lot of tape, trim it but leave enough to fold over the inside of the covers to help strengthen things.Pick up the book and give it a good pressing with your fingers to make sure all the tape is stuck down. Trim off any excess tape not adhered on the top or bottom.If you did not use a glue stick to tack the pages together, you can pull out the insides if you want (shown here from above). If you don’t fuss with it, it will all stay inside. (If you’re making this for a child to play with, you probably want to use the glue stick).Et voila! Here she is! Dime shown for scale. The books are formatted to 1 3/4 inches tall.Battat offers samples of their books as well as the 2016 Catalogue. So I made that too! It is a larger formatting (there’s that dime again). Pdf here: og-2016-catalogueFull list of available titles here: https://issuu.com/ourgenerationdollsCheck out the OG bookshelf here: http://www.ogdolls.com/bookshelfAll images and samples belong to the host providers as indicated and are used here solely for personal crafting.If you have not had a chance to read an OG book, I highly recommend the stories. They are not available from Battat alone so you must purchase a doll or clothing set to get them. There are sales so keep an eye out.If you want to make the rest, all I did was use the Snipping Tool (you could take screenshots and crop them too), paste the images into a Word document and scale each one to the same height until I had all the images (1.75 .inches for the books). The pages are each 1.31 inches wide (which is 2.62 wide for two pages). Alter the width size accordingly with the lock ratio turned off. Most of the images I copied were within .01 of the correct size already but that would have been enough to make the book “off” so it is worth changing everything to the same measurements! (And if that sounded like Klingon to you, feel free to email me requests for other books).Enjoy!I hope you’ve been “playing along” with Rudy at AmericanGirlIdeas.com this summer (the back to school and snacks post are a-maze-ing too). Her post for an awesome Twister game is a great one. (Links from image and featured text: photo is Rudy’s from the blog).Check out these game ideas for more doll fun:The great holiday mystery of 2015 was not who the AG Girl of the Year was nor what her accessories were – it was where can you buy an Our Generation Ice Cream Truck? You can still see the truck on the ogdolls website but not Target’s. Some Targets have them, others have no clue. If you’re in the no clue state, like me, perhaps some of this frozen fun stuff will take the sadness out of your play! Also check out AmericanGirlideas.com‘s complete DIY truck tutorial here (I love it!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiXISRqO53k (above photo to My Froggy Stuff‘s tutorial, click image for link).My favorite ice cream truck treats aren’t represented (might have to do something about that), Lemon water ice and Orange Push Pops. See if yours made the list of favorites here: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/05/the-25-best-ice-cream-truck-treats-of-all-time/Are you sitting here like me realizing there are only a few days to Christmas and you don’t have time to make or money to get your poor dollies anything? How about a quick craft? Print some doll money!Wish your dollies a happy shopping for me!NonnaBrr, it got cold here this weekend. I could sure handle some hot soup about now. The above link from Print Mini (click image) features some amazing graphic printables. I love to give them a shout out as much as possible.Here are some more food printables you may not have discovered yet. (Be sure to check out the other printables links from the tags section at right for all the posts with food printables).As always, please note any broken links below or add your own!At the heart of any diner is the food (click image for link back to Maryellen’s Seaside Diner from AG). If they don’t come in/in thick blue, brown or white pottery plates/cups/bowls or red plastic baskets, you’re probably getting paper trays or old looking faux chinaware.Toni Ellison has a great post on making paper food trays (hers were for movie theater nachos) here: http://toniellison.blogspot.com/2014/01/movie-theater-snacks-how-to-make.htmlThere’s another great set of images for making your own here (complete with edible mini dogs): http://ohhappyday.com/2012/05/styled-eats-mini-hot-dogs-diy-food-containers/Lastly, if you’re feeling fancy, there is a great patriotic design here: http://www.donteatthepaste.com/2015/06/stars-and-stripes-printable-snack-tray.htmlIf you want good old fashioned plates for your diner or dinner, try these from Cathe Holden. They are sized to print on labels for canning lids (paint your lids white first for best results with the stickers and so the bottoms are white!)There are six designs for each of the four colors. (Click image for link to download site).All of these designs can also easily be adapted for use with mini dolls.
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