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Friday, February 18, 2011

More On Storing Your Kid's Art Work

I know I've written some previous blog posts about storing and displaying your child's artwork. Here are a few more ideas: 
Pandigital PAN7000DW 7-Inch Digital Picture Frame (Black) 
- Load digital photos onto a digital photo frame and create a slide show of the masterpieces. 

- Use small notebooks to keep notes and small drawings. 

- Make a scrapbook of artwork for each school year.

- Slide artwork into a binder with page protectors, storing two pictures back-to-back in one page protector.

- Scan the artwork and burn it onto a disk or memory stick.

- Turn the favorite pieces into a calendar by taking digital pictures of the artwork. Instead of using photos of people to create the calendar, use your digital artwork. 

- Take a digital picture of each picture and keep them in a photo album.

- Frame some of the special artwork for yourself and/or grandparents.

- Have one piece professionally framed each year - with the child's name, age, and description of the artwork on it

- Create a digital scrapbook of the school year.

- Scan them and turn them into cards or wrapping paper.

- Make a digital collage - as a picture, mug, calendar, blanket, mouse pad. 

- Use framing mats as a rotating gallery on one wall.  

- Create a hardcover photobook through a photo site and display it as a "coffee table" book. You could have your child write a note about each piece of art.

- Store artwork in school years booklets ... the ones that have a folder and pages for your child to record memories each year. 

- Take pictures of the art work or scan it, and print it out on T-shirt iron-on-transfers.

- Decoupage a wooden toy box, small keepsake boxes, or a piece of wood, using several art pieces.   

- Scan them and make magnets for family members. Different sites offer free ones for various holidays - Father's Day, Mother's Day, etc.  

- Take art to a nursing home for their rooms - to brighten their day. You get rid of the extra "art" and have a lesson in charity.

- Take a picture of your child with the artwork and put the picture in a scrapbook. It records not only the art but the age at which your child created it. 

- Post them on Artsonia, an online kids' art gallery.

- Use black frames and white mats, several on one wall - looks like custom art.

Dynamic Artwork Frame - Large, BLACK- Store your child's collection of artwork in a Dynamic Frame, swapping out artwork in a jiffy.

- Take photos and make them small enough to fit charm bracelet frames/charms. Tie a ribbon on each and hang them as a decorations on your Christmas tree. 

Helpful websites: 
Big Art Blessing
York Photo

More on artwork storage:

Getting Organized for School 2010 - Organizing Your Child's Artwork and School Papers

Magnetic Paint - An Innovative Space Saver!

Organizing Your Keepsakes into Bins


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