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Q&A Wednesday: what should I do with kid’s artwork & crafts?

posted by Sarah on April 10, 2013 | print article | e-mail to a friend
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  • Sarah

    I make an annual photo book of pictures of my daughter’s art. They are pretty inexpensive on Snapfish, and she loves looking through them. They take up little space on a bookshelf, and she is so proud of her “art books”

  • Daisy

    This is a really great idea. I think I’ll use it.:)

  • KathyH

    Second on the great idea! You must scan all those things in, then? Easy enough. Totally going to do this, too.

  • KathyH

    We are pretty lame and just tape up all of my 3 year old daughter’s things in our kitchen on a big, empty wall. Then when the season is over we throw the stuff that is generic and keep the things that are more definitive of this time in her life. For instance, the cottonball snowman? As cute as it is, it goes away come summer. But then there was the unit they did about first aid where she traced her hand and then they got to put a band aid on their owie of choice. The teacher asked why they got the owie and then interpreted it below. Brooke chose her owie to be “The puppy bited me.” To me that’s a keeper because it’s more indicative of her stage right now.

    Having that mentality has helped me not feel guilty about throwing the generic art away and making sure I save the things that might have more meaning one day.

  • Kathy

    This is in my “to do” list as well; I’ve saved the artwork in portfolios until i can get them all scanned. There is also an app called “Artkive” that lets you input the names and birthdates of kids so you can take pictures of it with your phone and “catalog” it that way….it’s a good way to remember who made what when. So when it’s time to print the book/calendar/etc of art, there’s a frame of reference for it.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    @bee476dc7e85e540bc92e7fdc49b977d:disqus – there’s nothing lame about your approach at all. It’s the only way to sanity.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    Great idea @44dd2b193de979f5d47e10a7599a9f60:disqus – thanks for sharing!

  • Vanessa

    I like how the article started out about not spending a bunch of money…but then it took the expected turn aka spend lots of money…

  • Vanessa

    Ok I’m such a whiner. I really do love those magnet frames even though they are 96 bucks.

  • SarahButtonedUp

    @ef18a9195c633e424f3863c35639d7ed:disqus – Believe me, I hear you and think your comment is totally fair! You definitely DON’T have to spend a dime. I thought about not including the frames because of the price, but I personally love them – and the way they help me make rotating artwork through the house. I do use a combo platter of all of the above – and the only thing I ever spent $ on was the magnet frame. 🙂

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