Bookish Princess Paper Doll!


I am so excited to share our newest paper-doll! In fact, I have been writing and rewriting this post hoping to get it just right. I have been trying to piece it all together perfectly so I sound completely articulate and not overly enthusiastic…but that is not me, so that was not working.

I MADE A PAPER-DOLL FOR ONE MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS! I was so nervous asking her if it would be okay. I actually did not open her reply for a bit out of fear she would not be interested. Of course she was happy to see herself as a doll, but that is not the best part! Together we fashioned this doll as a gift for you! You can download the PDF file

Here for the Emma Doll with the Stand

Here for the Emma Doll without the stand.

Oh, I need to tell you about Emma! She is the Bookish Princess (click on her name, see her blog) I actually discovered her while looking for fun Disney videos to watch with my little one, Melvin. I cannot even remember now which video of hers I watched first, when I clicked on her channel I noticed she also discussed books, stationery and fashion. I think at that point I actually texted my mom and told her I found a vlogger who likes all the same things I do, this is important (I will say why a little further down). Click here and you will be magically transported to her YouTube channel.

Click here and you can see a video with one of the dresses she and paper-doll Emma share.


I took a few photos of the doll in play (my son wanted her before I was able to get many photos, so she is a hit with 5 year-olds!). If you love the Emma Doll yet are thinking “I don’t really play with paper dolls” here are some other uses- print them on magnet-paper and make refrigerator magnets, cut the tabs off the dresses and uses them as bookmarks (you could also laminate them), print them out on standard paper and write on the back like stationery, frame them or use them as a a notebook cover.

We printed Emma on lightweight cardstock, and she kind of flops over, so a thicker cardstock would be better for actual play. Melvin loves all of her little accessories so much! He was excited to dress her in the dole-whip dress adding her camera, Mickey ice cream sandwich and sunglasses.

Now, why is it important that I told me mom about Emma? The past couple of years have not been easy for our family. We have been through a lot of loss. Some days it feels like we are walking through mud. My mom was becoming concerned because she saw me losing interest in many things. I closed my personal blog, I was not writing anymore at all, I wasn’t drawing or reading as much…so finding Emma’s YouTube channel helped remind me of all the things I think are fun! It is amazing how you can do something and never know whose life you may touch, and how much you are helping them by just being yourself.

I want to say Thank You to Emma for being a fun and cheerful ray of sunshine in the world, my husband thanks you, my mom thanks you, my sister Barbara (who owns this shop with me) thanks you, and my 5-year old son who will now have more paper toys to play with thanks you, too!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit this blog and read this post. Leave a comment and let me know what kind of paper toys or dolls you would like to see next! I am thinking a paper-doll of Emma (and her brother, too perhaps) in their Halloween costumes! Do yourself a favor and look for the costume videos on Emma’s channel!



A Tropical Vacation via Your Printer

We would like to take you on a tropical holiday, or at least make it FEEL like you are on one.  Our shop is filled with fun Tropical inspired invitations and printables. Have fun browsing through our selection of delightful items. Have something in mind but don't see it in the shop? Let us know, chances are we can create just what you are looking for.

Our gift to you today is the playful and fun Hula Monkey paper doll, all ready for an island get-away. Click here for your paper doll.

View all the tropical invitations in our Etsy shop here.

Etsy Tropical Invitations

Here are a few of our favorites!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, we truly appreciate it.  Take a moment and let us know what you think of the paper doll and what kind of tropical designs you would like to see.

Kindly-Tricia and Barbara -the Shy Socialites

Sample Paper Dolls

So, we have some fabulous news! Some custom paper-dolls we created were put in the IndieExhibit gift bags and given to some snazzy people at the Gold Globes gift lounges, well one of the lounges, apparently there are many. Our dream is to one day have our own bags filled with Shy Socialites merchandise to give away...ahh what a lovely dream. We though we would share one of the dolls (there were three) and some of the clothes with you, we even created a cute little armoire especially for our fabulous followers to store their dolls clothes in. Dolls can be custom created just for YOU, they can resemble you, your friends, anyone! Custom paper dolls are a unique was to celebrate and event, and make a fun gifts. Perfect for birthday parties (oh and magical for a Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera), bridal shower, bridesmaid gifts, boutique events (imagine you spring line in paper-doll form!), and so much more. We can create woman, men, children and yes even pets! You can have clothes, accessories, furniture, many possibilities! Contact us at info@shysocialites to learn more and for a quote and request your free sample doll. We are also available to help create unique invitations, stationery and party items for you...all illustrated and designed by our in-house design team. Fondly, Bobbie Daisy Strafe and

Chef Davenport