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When I was little, I had one of those doll houses that came with everything needed inside. There was furniture like beds, a playpen, tables, chairs. There was a ‘working’ doorbell, a car, a garage door that went up and down. I loved that doll house and all the plastic people what lived in it and since discovering Blythe, I’ve had the urge to create a new doll house for my Blythes.
I haven’t made that dream a reality yet. It’s mostly for lack of space (as I still live at home with my parents while I’m still in school) and lack of funds (I have, in my head, the idea of a completely custom-built doll home, or just custom-built doll rooms that I can move from place to place for better lighting). But it doesn’t stop me from thinking about it!
I have dabbled in scrapbooking as one of the crafts that I’ve gathered plenty of supplies in. More importantly, I have acid-free glue, photo corners and pretty paper that I was definitely charged a lot more than it cost to make. But if you take another look at it, you can definitely see a lot of potential in things like that.
Scrapbook paper can be pretty expensive at times, but if you pay attention to sales (or already scrapbook, so you can sort of justify the purchase…), you can sometimes get pretty patterned paper for pennies. The nice thing about scrapbooking paper that the most commonly found sizes are 12″x12″ or larger – and your Blythe dolls aren’t taller than that (unless you’ve put them onto a different body, but that’s an entirely different issue). If you’re incredibly picky about matching up the designs, you will need to purchase more sheets of paper so you can align the designs. If you’re not incredibly picky about matching up the designs, it makes the whole idea of wallpapering your doll house with scrapbooking paper a lot less expensive (and less time consuming).
If you want, you can glue the pieces of paper in place. Or, if you’re kind of fickle regarding decorations, you can consider tape or even that blue sticky tac stuff that allows for easy removal (it’s also fantastic for putting posters up onto your walls without putting holes into them).