Monday, September 8, 2014

Controlling the art project overload!

By now, all of our school-aged kiddos are back to the grind. Today marked Aubrey's 6th day of school and already, our fridge has been overloaded with artwork!

Inspired by a post made by Adriana over at Stories Of A Happy Mom, I decided to research ways to save it. I find myself to be a super sentimental mama and if I don't find a way to manage this, we are going to need a room dedicated to art projects.

She suggested this really cool sounding app called "ArtKive", which allows you to snap photos of your kids' projects and then archive them by child, age, year, and can even share them with family. I definitely like this idea, because like most people I don't go anywhere without my phone in my pocket, so it's super easy and convenient to just snap a picture as I'm going through her daily communication folder and then upload it when I have a free minute on my lunch break or when I'm relaxing at the end of the day.

Another great option I've seen floating around is to take photos of the artwork (either with your phone or a camera if you want better quality) and upload them to Shutterfly or another photo sharing website and create photo books! I always seem to be seeing codes for a free 8x8 book through Shutterfly (or if you are like us and have a younger child who is in diapers, you can use Pampers Rewards Points from diapers/wipes and redeem them on a free book).

If you have extra time on our hands (ha! Extra time! What is that?!), scrapbooking is also a great option. I used to love scrapbooking with my sister. She made scrapbooks for her boys  and I couldn't wait to have kids of my own to make them scrapbooks! I got as far as making Aubrey one for her first birthday and haven't picked up any supplies since. Our walk in closet is half craft supplies that I just don't have the time to do. Someday...

Or... if you DO have the extra space and really want to hang on to all of the artwork your kid brings home but just don't know how to display it without making your house look like a kid's art museum, you could upload photos to your computer and use a digital picture frame that plays a slideshow, and just put organize the artwork into bins and store it wherever you'd like.

How do you store your child's artwork? 

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