|This layout was done by me, auctioned off to my scrapandtell Yahoo group discussion list.
This one features a matryoshka doll rubber stamp that I purchased from a stamp company that went out of business. I used to sell this stamp in inventory and was sad to see the vendor close this portion of their business as they had some really great cultural rubber stamps! I did have an opportunity to purchase some of their remaining stock, so keep an eye out in the near future for some "special purchase, limited time only" stamps that I am able to sell until they are gone.
This layout is very flexible. I did it in 12 x 12, but the black cardstock at the bottom is 8.5" in width so the paper could always be trimmed to fit an 8.5 x 11 scrapbook. The paper is hand stamped black and embossed with the cranberry color. The black and cranberry cardstock at the bottom is layered, with torn edges on the cranberry. On top of that is a thinner strip of black cardstock with a cranberry fiber wrapped around the length. The two matryoshka dolls at the bottom were stamped on white cardstock and the floral pattern was embellished with green and red glitter. The vellum phrase is attached with black mini fasteners and embellished with more cranberry fiber.
The vellum text says "There are many precious dolls from Russia but none more precious than this..." and it is anticipated that the winner would use the top portion of the page to put a photo or two of a precious Russian child!
In absence of the rubber stamp, the matryoshka doll paper piecing or the Russia sticker sheet (that has dolls on it) could be substituted.