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« on: February 05, 2013 08:31:06 AM »



I have recently amassed a nice collection of Blythe dolls, and I wanted to make a diorama-style backdrop to use when photographing them.  The picture above shows the inside of the box I used for this shoebox challenge, decorated like the inside of a house.  When I crop the photo, I get a great picture like the one below.



Since Blythe dolls are almost 12" tall, I had to find a BIG box.  Luckily my daughter had recently purchased some boots (and it didn't hurt that she wears a size nine!) The picture below shows the box before I altered it.



I wanted several different backdrops, so I covered every surface of the box with something different.  The picture below shows the back of the box set inside the lid, evoking an outdoor scene, which I crafted from scrapbook paper.



See?  It looks like Penny is taking a walk in the country!



I used some great paper that looks like weathered boards to cover the outside of the lid of the box. 



Now Penny looks like she has paused in front of an old barn.



To finish the box, I covered all the sides with book pages, and spelled out "Blythe" in wonky stick-on letters.  Now my photo backdrop looks great from every angle, and I have several new possibilities for photo shoots!




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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2013 08:48:30 AM »

what a fab idea!  my blythes are totally jealous! 
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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2013 11:01:03 AM »

You always come up with great ideas!

They remind me of the houses I used to make as a child, just for fun.

I like it, Leslie!  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013 11:12:44 AM »

Amazing detail.  Love the little house in the background!
Did you take these using natural light or something else?
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2013 11:40:00 AM »

Thanks everyone!

Kwality, I took the photos indoors using two photographer's lights, like THESE that I bought online. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2013 12:11:17 PM »

Very clever especially the way you devised several different back drops and all from one shoe box.  And they are so pretty.  I think the little house on the hill is my favourite
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2013 12:36:25 PM »

Leslie what an inventive idea!!! I love the idea of little Blythe photo shoot sets!!! That is just amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2013 01:16:21 PM »

So creative and so well executed! This rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2013 03:29:35 PM »

Yep, it's official, I'm in love with the finish on this project! Such beautiful scenes. I especially love her photo frames in her house - great attention to deail Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013 08:38:17 AM »

What a great idea! Your backdrops definitely add a wonderful element to your photos.
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013 08:25:13 PM »

I saw this on your blog - it's totally fun and perfect for your dollies!
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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2013 05:41:54 PM »

what a great idea Leslie! this would be great for creating etsy backgrounds for small items, well done
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2013 09:17:47 PM »

These really bring your Blythe dolls to life, Leslie!! Such a clever idea and, like everything you do, so thoughtfully and impeccably executed.
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2013 10:03:25 PM »

I just posted a tutorial on here last month on taking photos with a shoebox for a backdrop! lol Great minds! I love the frames with the tiny blythe pics. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013 09:48:47 AM »

Cute idea, I really like the interchangeable backgrounds! 
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013 02:47:40 PM »

This is soooo wonderful. The wallpaper, the wee mousie... just awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2013 02:27:10 PM »

Such a cute idea!  I can see lots of possibilitites...

I bet you will be making a few for your Blythes...it also looks like a nice way to just set them up to view everyday...
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2013 03:23:04 PM »

Such a cute idea!  I can see lots of possibilitites...

I bet you will be making a few for your Blythes...it also looks like a nice way to just set them up to view everyday...

Yes, exactly!  I DO use the "room interior" to display one or two of them when I'm not taking pictures with it.  And yes, there is another boot box in the closet, and a lot of scrapbook paper in my craft room...there will definitely be another photo backdrop in my future!
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2013 05:05:44 PM »

so dang cute, leslie!
the details are wonderful!
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2013 07:07:38 PM »

Your Blythe looks positively relaxed and at home in front of the backdrop...The possibilities are endless.

CONGRATS on a cool finished product!   Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2013 03:40:16 PM »

I'm trying really hard to master the art of making these- my main problem is finding good boxes. My feet are only a size 5 1/2, so my boxes are too little!

Yours look fabulous, Leslie. And Penny is my favorite out of all your girls, too.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2013 03:48:00 PM »

Thanks Susan! Someone else in this challenge said she went to a shoe store, and they were willing to give her all the boxes she wanted. I used a boot box.
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2013 06:12:53 PM »

That's a good idea to ask at a shoe store. I bet I could get some boot boxes that way!
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