It's time for another American Girl Throwback with Imagine Magazines! For the ones who don't know, Imagine was a free magazine American Girl sent out (yes, free!) between the years of 2005 and 2007. It encouraged girls to play with their dolls and had so many cool ideas.They aren't available anymore, but I absolutely LOVED them! (You can check out my other posts on them here, here,here and here.)
Since it's been literally freezing where I live, I've been dreaming of Summer (I know, already...haha!). So, today we're going to look at the Imagine Magazine from Summer 2006.
Here's the first page when you open it up, Jess the Girl of the Year 2006 is the cover girl since she was the newest American Girl doll. (If you've never read her book, I recommend it--one of my favorite AG books!)
The Smile File was photos of girls traveling with their dolls on vacation.
Next up was Doll Play, filled with ideas to play with your doll the entire day! On the first page are: lay a piece of craft foam down to make a yoga mat (much like my craft, here!), brighten her summer outfit with a sparkly ribbon belt, give her a manicure by cleaning her fingers and toes with a cotton swab, keep your doll cool with a nifty knot hairstyle, shape clay into a little lunch, today's special: corndogs on a stick. :)
On the next page: invite dolls over to play hide & seek, put her a Summer parade float with a cardboard box, arrange stuffed animals so she can volunteer at her pretend animal shelter, color pictures and tape to the wall so she can visit an art gallery, practice gymnastics by laying a wood board across a stack of books and give her a routine with music, open a cute cafe where she can dine, decorate a diary cover with a mini notebook so she can write about her day (much like my craft, here.), finally put on her pjs, tuck her in and turn out the lights! Shhhh....
On Cute Crafts, there were tons of ideas on how to bring the beach to your doll! They are:
- Beach Towel--Spread a colorful handtowel.
- Sand Castle--Cut a sand castle from sandpaper and glue together.
- Sovenir T-shirt--Apply Summer Stickers to create a special T.
- Tote--Press Summery stickers onto a tiny tote found at a craft store.
- Flip-Flops--Use a pencil to trace around your doll's feet onto craft foam. Cut out the shapes, glue ribbon straps to bottom and add stickers. (Find more detailed instructions and printable I made, here.)
- Beach Umbrella--Cast shade on the scene with your own rain umbrella.
- Frisbee--Use a small plastic lid.
- Saltwater Taffy--Wrap small plastic ponybeads with wax paper. (I actually took inspiration from this and made my own taffy craft, here.)
- Cooler--Fill a plastic container with clear plastic beads. Add a mix of candy sodas.
- Boogie Board--Cut out a boogie board from an old plastic place mat. Make a hole at the top with a paper punch, slip ribbon in the hole, and make a knot in the back.
Next, was photography tips and tricks on creating doll vacation pics. And, an advertisement for the Jess doll.
Here's a close-up on the doll photography tips. I love how they used real non-edited beach photos, so cute!
Moving on, then there was this "Who Am I?" game about the historical characters. (You can click on the picture above to read them and guess!)
The Fashion Pages featured traveling outfits and I love the behind-the-scenes in this one!
They interviewed a designer for American Girl who makes the display windows at the stores. I never realized how much time and work it takes to create those beautiful displays!
The following pages were of an Molly and Emily advertisement and a cut-out for doll travel posters, but as you can see, I cut them out. haha ;)
Oh dear...the Doll Hospital page this time was of a doll who had a little too much Summer fun.
Good thing Dr. B. Kind saved the day!! :)
Of all the amazing Summer things featured in this magazine, the last page is too perfect! I love the sweet details.
I hope you enjoyed another look at the Imagine Magazines! What was your favorite part? :)