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What to do with kids’ artwork

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Every child is a prodigious Picasso. As parents, we have a difficult time knowing what to do with the plethora of masterpieces crafted by our children. If we toss them, we feel guilty, If we display them all, we might as well wallpaper our refrigerator.

Kids have no shortage of inspiration and creativity, and if yours are like mine, they can create ten works of art in a single afternoon. Logic demands that we can’t keep every one of them. So what do we do with them?

Here are a few ideas.

1. Pass some along to the grandparents.

Grandparents love handmade creations from the grandkids. Set aside a collection for each set of your folks, and surprise them with a book of art for their coffee table or for their cubicle at work. What grandparent doesn’t love bragging about their grandkids? Give them a tangible way to do so.

2. Use it as gift wrap or as cards.

If your kids go to a birthday party every six weeks, save money and declutter by using some art as gift wrap. Your kids will beam with pride, and you’ll pass along original art as part of the gift. You can also make cards with art and get the same results.

3. Rotate the best artwork in frames.

Assign a few frames throughout the house to displaying recent works of art. Have your kids pick out their favorite, and hang those in their bedroom or playroom. Select your favorites, and display them where you’ll enjoy them. Rotate the collection every few months.

4. Keep clutter boundaries with a designated bulletin board.

If there’s still a ton of art you or your kids love after framing the best, designate a bulletin board in their room just for their art. They can hang as many well-loved pieces as can fit on the board, which keeps tangible boundaries on the quantity.

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My daughter, at 3, creating art with her friend.

5. Keep storage boundaries with a designated box.

Many times, the real problem isn’t displaying the art, it’s storing the art. You want to save your kids’ art so they can look back as they grow, and so you can walk nostalgically down memory lane in a few years. That’s completely reasonable, in theory. The problem lies when you keep every. single. piece. of. art. created.

That’s just not possible. You can’t save it all, because mostly likely you’ll run out of room; if you don’t, then your head will spin with trying to organize and catalog it all so that it’s enjoyable. When you keep too much, it lessens the value of the artwork you truly do love. Your collection is watered down.

Assign a sturdy, acid-free art box for each child. I like this acid-free storage box because it’s inexpensive, sturdy, large, and has a space to label the contents. If you want to keep your child’s recent painting, write down the date or their age on the back (you think you’ll remember, but you won’t), and toss it into their box. At the end of each year, go through and select three or four of your favorites to keep for posterity. Get rid of the rest.

6. Take photos of the art.

If it breaks your heart at the thought of tossing the art and somehow losing its memory, take a digital photo of the piece before getting rid of it. It’s still clutter, for sure, but at least it’s not physical clutter. You can digitally store their work on a CD, and one day, you can look back at it via computer.

7. Toss it. Teach kids the value of decluttering.

When push comes to shove, a lot of your kids’ art is more for the process of creating than for the result. It’s okay to throw away some of their art. In fact, it’s fine to toss most of their art. When you save only the artwork you love, you’re increasing its value. And when you get your children involved in deciding which ones to keep and which ones to save, you’re teaching them the value of giving loved items a specific place of honor, and that it’s really good to not hoard. If you don’t want your kids riddled with a cluttered life as adults, start teaching the principle of living with boundaries now.

What else do you do with your children’s masterpieces?

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  1. great ideas! My stack of art is growing daily. :)
    .-= becky@oursweetpeas´s last blog ..This Summer We… =-.

  2. I JUST finished doing this tonight. We use #5, but I love #6!
    .-= Mrs. Smith´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday!! =-.

  3. I recently bought a 12×12 scrapbook with clear sleeves for each of my daughters’ art projects from daycare. I’m only allowing myself one set of refill pages for each book (although I sometimes add more than one piece to a sleeve). I think I may continue this tradition as they get older, buying them a new scrapbook with each new grade or something like that. I think it’ll be a nice way to easily see how their artwork has progressed from year to year.

  4. I have a couple of folders of varying sizes for each child, a3 folders are brilliant for large pieces of artwork. I also scan and take pictures of artwork!
    .-= KylieM´s last blog ..What we are reading … =-.

  5. My sister scans my niece’s artwork for storage, but also to print in smaller sizes as gifts. She gave me a beautiful, very professional set of note cards made this way.
    .-= FishMama´s last blog ..Home Management & Meal Times =-.

  6. Brilliant post! I get asked this question a lot… What do you do with all the artwork? We are also burdened with artwork and other memory paraphernalia! So I photograph most of it and move it on, recycle shift it whatever. I also try and make sure that their projects are useful or wearable or giftable!!!We have one granny who loves getting artwork as a gift and one who wouldn’t know what to do with all “this rubbish” so I do have to show some discernment in gift giving. I wish there was a local old-age home or something would like to receive artworks and we could just drop off a bundle from time to time.

    I wrote a post on saving memories and one of my points was on kids art… http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/06/15/saturday-spot-memories-are-made-of-this
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..Sunday Snippet: Creation vs. Evolution… A Winner. =-.

  7. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Mindful Mimi´s last blog ..Sunday laugh =-.

  8. Great ideas. Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog. There is a great giveaway that ends Monday night…
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

  9. VERY good ideas, especially like the idea of scanning. I run a childcare facility, so any tips for storage are great. I tend to photograph as well as keep originals as evidence in individual folios. Thank you for fabby tips!
    .-= LizzieDee´s last blog ..Family =-.

  10. I have a special binder for each of my three children – I call it their “Look at Me Binder.” Inside I store the pieces that they are exceptionally proud of or that really convey their personalities at the time of creation.

    They love looking through their binder whenever they want to – and the rest of the art usually gets recycled eventually.

    Jamie
    .-= steadymom´s last blog ..Losing Control =-.

  11. We reuse some of the art created – get it out again and add more paint or glitter or whatever is different from the media we originally used – the girls seem to love it and the results are great – instead of one piece of paper with just a few things on their pictures become literally multi-layered.
    .-= Zoe´s last blog ..Home is where the heart is =-.

  12. very good ideas! My childrens’ favorite activity is art (ages 6 and 4 1/2) so I will definitely be coming back to this blog for ideas on storage, display and such.

    I wrote a post the other week about what I have done with my childrens’ art work. String, some ribbon and very small binder clips equals this:

    http://bethyoung.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/decorating-with-kids/

    Beth
    .-= Beth Young´s last blog ..Grocery Budget Update =-.

  13. Great post! We always love great ideas about what to do with all the kids artwork … especially when you have 5 kids! We would also like to share a site with some other good articles revolving around kids and crafts called ZiggityZoom.com We find a lot to do on that site also.
    http://www.ZiggityZoom.com
    .-= Share´s last blog ..10 Foods That Keep Your Arteries Clean and Heart Healthy =-.

  14. I have a long wall in our family room on the playroom side that I didn’t know what to do with. I tacked up three ribbons, one for each of my kids, horizontally along the length of the wall, oldest childs on top, and we use little binder clips to clip their artwork onto the ribbons. As new comes in we replace the old or I leave holiday/seasoned themed for the season and then take it down. It then goes into an under-the-bed box for each of them and we pare it down at the end of the school year and into permanent storage, usually in those big ziplock bags.

  15. We have a big wall of windows in our dining room and we tap the best of the best there.

    We also ship a lot to the grandparents and other relatives (in the UK) – we are the only ones with kids so far so they don’t have all the kid art stuff.

    Some potential plans
    1. laminate a few for placemats (we always need more kid friendly placemats around here)

    2. scanning for notecards is great! Also can be turned into a calendar or other inexpensive/personalized set of gifts.

  16. We do a combination of a few of these ideas. We have a blackboard where my 3 artists can display as many pieces of artwork that will fit in their own area. When that is full, they have to choose some to move to their artwork binder, where they are displayed in clear sleeves, making room for new ones on the board. When the BINDER is full, they have to choose some of those to give away, toss, recycle, etc. The artwork is not hurried out the door, and it gives them time to decide which ones are true keepers. It might sound kind of time consuming, but really as it takes place across a decent period of time, it doesn’t feel like work. And, THEY are doing most of the work! :) I suppose at some point, we will have to store an older full binder, and start new ones… I’ll decide the boundary for # of binders when I cross that bridge!
    .-= Spring´s last blog ..We went to Paris… =-.

  17. Kids feel so proud when you mount/display their artwork for even a day or two! I found these inexpensive art frames at Lakeshore Learning. I’ve pinned a few up around the house and also given them as gifts to grandparents/aunts which solves their problem of how to display the art as well. The cool thing is the sleeve in each frame that allows even the kids to slide their latest masterpiece in for display over the previous work of art. Find these at: Lakeshorelearning.com
    http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo/ca|searchResults~~p|FF994~~.jsp
    FF994 • Look What I Made! Art Frames

  18. avatar
    smilinggreenmom says:

    Oh this is such a touchy subject in our home! :D Our kids have “eagle eyes” when it comes to what I have tossed in the garbage. Yikes. Great suggestions. I especially love the gift wrapping paper!

  19. Love the ideas! I have my kids’ artwork taped onto a former bare wall in the kitchen. They love looking at everything and remember when and where they made what. Genious little brains:)
    .-= whimsy*couture*sewing*tutorials´s last blog ..NEW WHIMSY COUTURE Sewing Tutorial Ebook for reversible CRISS CROSS TUNIC 12m through 12 girls =-.

  20. This is one of those things that is easier said than done. Having those physical boundries of a box and display board help. My son has just turned 2, so his work is composed of marks on paper in many colors. I cut his artwork to fit in birthday or thank you cards that we send.
    .-= MamaRuck´s last blog ..The Things You Do For Love aka Chicken Bath =-.

  21. I, too, send off the artwork to the grandparents!

    Also, I purchased some decorative hanging clothespins from Land of Nod. You can make your own, too. With these, we rotate pieces of artwork to display and it’s very easy.

    Also, I love the idea of the “circular file” (a.k.a. the trash bin!).
    .-= Parenting Ink´s last blog ..Sibling Love =-.

  22. I have not personally tried this idea but a friend does it regularly with her kids. She saves their artwork throughout the year and they have an “artshow” once a year in which they hang everything up and video tape their child going around the room explaining the different drawings. She then keeps only a select few for their keepsake box.

  23. Artsonia.com!! I upload dd’s art (as does her teacher at school!!) and family/friends can become her fans … they can purchase products with her artwork (notecards, etc) as well framed artwork if they choose and the money benefits the art program at her school!!!
    .-= TeriLynne´s last blog ..Come to Jesus =-.

  24. great list! we do all of these except 2 and 3. I really love #2 so, we’ll have to remember that for Christmas! One thing we did with some of my sons preschool work is decoupage it onto his playroom table. It came out great and was a fun project to do together!
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..painting in progress, weeping willow =-.

  25. For my children’s artwork, I do a lot of what Tsh recommended. But we also load up a big paper bag and when it’s full, we donate it to a local assisted living place near us. They love it! Most assisted living or senior housing places will take artwork (I remove last names) – just give them a call.

    My DD often helps me drop off the artwork and knows her artwork is going to people who don’t get much artwork – she even makes special art “just for the people who don’t get much art, Momma!”

    Another suggestion – send it to soldiers through http://www.anysoldier.com.

    Patty

  26. We have a wall leading from our livingroom to kitchen which is referred to as “the art gallery.” When the kids make something really special it goes up on that wall. They really enjoy being able to show off their work to any visitors we have. Things get taken down eventually to make room for new art.

    Thanks for all your other ideas! I think we’ll give some of them a try.
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Friday’s Fix-up: Magazine basket and an Invitation =-.

  27. I’m planning an art show and auction next Easter weekend. We usually have all the grandparents and a great aunt and uncle in town that weekend.
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Our Boy at One Year =-.

  28. I need to be better about remembering some of these ideas. ;o)
    So fun to see the pic of the girls! It seems like just yesterday, and so long ago at the same time.
    .-= cheryl´s last blog ..YUM! =-.

    • I know, wild, huh? I was going through those photos, and I was surprised how “babyish” they looked last year. And they seemed so old at the time! I love seeing their pudgy little bodies — they’ve really slimmed out now, like little girls.

  29. we take our extra photos to the nursing home, they love having the art to brighten up the place and it’s like having extra grandparents too.
    .-= LaToya´s last blog ..Junk in the Trunk?? =-.

  30. I put three pants hangers on a wall (wood ones from Ikea to be a bit fancy). We use these to hang the latest and greatest for public display. Just unclip when there is a new one, or new trio to hang. In the bedroom I hung two pants hangers on the closet door. Each hanger can hold a bundle of art sort of like a clipboard. We use this as a stepping stone to wrapping paper, the recycle bin, or the under bed art box. It also lets my kids personalize their room. I have noticed that as kids get older, the art get smaller in size. I think this system will grow with my children.

  31. I often scan pictures and upload them to Facebook. My kids love to see their work “published” and some pieces have stirred some surprising discussion among Facebooking great-grandmothers.
    .-= Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth´s last blog ..Introducing Our Apartment – $600 =-.

  32. My kids are still little and last year I had 1 in school and I was so surprised at amount of items coming home! And yes, it’s impossible to keep everything so I have learned how to pick the best and we do display 1-2 pieces on the fridge or wall every month or so.

    A friend gave me a great idea to keep a few seasonal items to use as seasonal decorations in your house. She said her kids are always excited to see their seasonal art from previous years.
    .-= Tashia´s last blog ..Get Organized with the Free Printable Back to School Calendar =-.

  33. The more kids you have the worse it gets.
    We have an art wall. One goes up. One comes down. They decide if it gets sent on to someone or gets…..er filed in the bin.We get to love and admire it on the art wall along with any visitors to the house.

    Another thing we try is to laminated them with contact paper and use them as place mats.
    .-= Melitsa´s last blog ..Your baby can play =-.

  34. I hung a piece of string on the wall and use clothespins to hang Sunday school papers and artwork on it. When we run out of space, I toss the “no-keep” papers, take pictures of the “cute but not pack-rat worthy projects”, and choose a limited selection to “keep” for scrapbooking. My daughter doesn’t seem to notice when stuff “disappears”, as long as the string stays full (2yo), so it works for us for now! :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog .."Fearless" by Max Lucado =-.

  35. These are great ideas specially when you have more than one kid, but even with one kid artwork can become clutter in no time! Right now we are moving and I like specially #7. Teaching your kids to declutter. Its been a great opportunity to explain why we must give away stuff and why we can’t keep every single art he makes. He has some at his room but downstairs I kept it just to the back of one door. That way if it doesn’t fit it can’t go there unless he decides to take one out. It has worked so far. By the end of the years, the ones that made it I keep. :) Just another idea! :)
    .-= lvlc @ FromMomToMom´s last blog ..<<Dehydrate2store.com and Christmas in September hahaha>> =-.

  36. I’ve done #5, #6 and #7 for my 4 kids. One extra tip on photographing the artwork – have the child hold the artwork when you take a picture. It is extra fun to be able to look back and see their age when they created their masterpiece!
    .-= Sherra´s last blog ..Girls Weekend and a Parade =-.

  37. I scan my favorite pieces of art and use them as desktop wallpaper on my computer. It makes a great abstract background and I see them every day. I hadn’t thought of it until now but I could send the same art to the grandparents for their desktops. Great ideas from everyone!

  38. We have special frames for ours and box to store them in. I like those storage boxes you linked to though and think I will get some.

    I also like the idea of scanning them and putting them in a photo book, like from Shutterfly or Snapfish. You can even write a story or information about each art piece. Turns into a great little keepsake…an Art coffee table book even, that doesn’t take up much space.
    .-= Mama Bird´s last blog ..Feeling Scattered =-.

  39. I love the photo idea. Started doing that and the declutter of art around the house is incredible. Thanks for the tips.
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  40. I have tried to use my daughter’s paintings as wrapping paper but she would protest so hard that I would have to sneak it past her. She also helps to sort through the keepers and recyclers but she and I differ on opinion on her best work, I am way too sentimental! I enjoy making paper out of old art and junk mail. I need to start taking photos of all the art, definitely a great way to declutter.
    .-= shelle´s last blog ..one small step: a list =-.

  41. My kids go to an art and music school, so at the end of each year they come home with *huge* portfolios full of work. I photograph each and every piece of their art and then send it onto KodakGallery and have a photo book printed up for them. They are great keepsakes, and it allows us to throw the bulk of the portfolio away without any regrets.
    .-= SimplyFeather´s last blog ..The Meaning of Labor Day =-.

  42. Another GREAT idea is done by a local artist in my area. She turns kids’ artwork into stained glass and/or mosaic pieces. They’re gorgeous and such a cool investment in preserving a kid’s creativity. I’m pretty sure she ships all over the place, so if anyone is interested in preserving art THAT way, go to imagerylimited[dot]com and check it out. Really cool stuff.
    .-= My First Kitchen´s last blog ..Crab and Avocado Dip =-.

  43. We take digital photos of my daughters artwork & then at the end of the year, we make a photobook of pictures of my daughter during that year to send to the grandparents (& keep!) for Christmas. We add photos of the artwork into the book, sothe artwork photos are right there among the photos of my daughter at the age when she was making the art. We definitely don’t keep all the originals–but maybe a few get framed in her room, & then traded out for new creations later.

  44. For our favorite pieces of art that my son makes, we frame the originals. When we are ready to replace the one in the frame, we take a picture of the original and stick it in albums organized by year. That way, it’s all in one place and really doesn’t take up much room…just a couple of inches on a bookshelf. And we’ll always have them, and not boxes and boxes of them mildewing in storage.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The Daily Grind: Routines That Keep Life Moving =-.

  45. I love the idea of using artwork as wrapping paper or turning it into a card or gift. My mother-in-law kept everything my husband ever made and it’s so overwhelming. I’d much prefer a box with the “Best of….” (first grade, second grade, etc.).
    .-= turnitupmom´s last blog ..A Run-in with Hasbro =-.

  46. Try scanning it in and using for scrapbooking backgrounds. This works really nice if you are organised enough to use if for pictures of about the time the art was created.

    Laminate several and use them as placemats.
    Thanks, Karen

  47. I recently started gluing my son’s more interesting drawings in a lined book, he then tells me what the drawing is about and I write it down as he says it, he’s four so his grammer etc isn’t perfect, but i decided that it would be sweet to show him how he used to speak when he’s older (and also a little memory for me.) This also meand that some of his quirkier drawings are fully explained.

  48. Great list, we use most of those methods. I also have a large wall in our garage right as you come in the door to the house where I have taped up lots of the larger pieces of art that they do at school. It makes for a cheery back entrance & the kids get to enjoy the artwork longer…I toss pieces when a new piece needs a place to go. This reminds me that I need to take a picture of the space. I have also read about having an “Art Gallery” night & setting up special artwork & inviting grandparents, etc. over. Then taking a video of the “displays”…Thanks for the great ideas! I also loved the comment about adding on to existing artwork, that is a great idea!
    .-= Melanie´s last blog ..DO Try this at Home! =-.

  49. I purchased a shadow box and display the kids artwork in the dining room. Our friends get a kick out of seeing the latest projects and our kids get excited to show it off.
    .-= Party Cupcake Ideas´s last blog ..halloween-cupcakes =-.

  50. These are all great ways to acknowledge your child’s hard work!

  51. We have four young artist in our home, so as you can imagine our walls and recycle bin get filled quite often!

    We use a lot of the suggestions in the article and in the comments. Some other ideas we use in our home:
    1. Collect and video tape art work. We stack all the art in a pile. We focus the camera on the artwork and then the child pulls each piece away to reveal the next piece of art underneath. Sometimes we get the child to talk about the piece of art if it needs explaining.
    2. We cover our scrapbooks and folders with the large pieces of art.
    3. Make calendars using the art work.
    4. Scan art work and include it in family newsletters.
    .-= Juggling Motherhood in New Zealand´s last blog ..TIME FOR EACH OTHER =-.

  52. Laminate their favorites and use them as placemats. Great way to see their skills improve as they grow older!

  53. We do something similar to #6, but instead of storing the photos of the art on a CD, we make digital books. You can find these books on snapfish and other photo websites and often times they have sales and deals on them. It’s a way to declutter, but still have something to display in a compressed way.

  54. Scanning and photographing are the way to go, as far as I’m concerned. My kids, now 14 and 11 have blessed me with a ton of work. So even though my company SOUVENARTEBOOKS makes gorgeous hardcover coffee table books of children’s art, I still have folders and folders of work stored away somewhere. However, now that we have the books, we really look at the work and reminisce about when the pieces were made. Check out my books on my website and let us do all the work for you!

  55. Great article! Our artwork collection is growing a little less slowly now that my kids are a bit older, but I’ve been using quite a few of these techniques for controlling the artwork clutter for years. Last year we bought a cheap scanner and now we keep a digital copy of all their artwork and only keep the original of our favorites (my kids help pick). In the last few months, I have started adding a few of these to my AboutOne.com account so we can share some of the kids’ artwork in our monthly email to friends and family. It’s so much better than the huge box or artwork that use to collect dust in the corner of the office.

  56. I have a whole wall in my playroom with a cork board to hang pictures. I love the idea of wrapping paper. I think I will give that a try.
    .-= Pateachermom´s last blog ..How can I sign up for AboutOne? =-.

  57. These are all great ideas! One other thing we do at our house is to store the seasonal projects in the attic with our decorations and then bring them out each year…for example, we have lots of turkey projects the kids have made and we use them to decorate the house for thanksgiving.

  58. We do the same as JR! I have also taken older ones and cut them up to make “Eric Carle” style art—not really getting rid of it, but at least re-using some of it :-) I also just opened an Etsy store that offers another solution to displaying kids art. One thing to remember is to record the child’s age/grade and MOST importantly–their thoughts on the work at the time—HUGE memories that will be so cherished later on!
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplycreate
    .-= Johanna´s last blog ..Custom Children’s Artwork Collage-16 Square =-.

  59. Love the suggestions! Thank you!

  60. If you have lots of children’s artwork, you should check out Dragonfly Photobook. Their website is http://www.dragonflyphotobook.com
    I had so much artwork and didn’t know what to do with it. My friend told me about this Artist who creates coffee-table books of artwork (and also photography and travel).

  61. Hello, you can take digital pictures, or scan your children’s drawings and upload them to
    http://www.paintdo.com
    It’s free.

    Best regards
    Your friends at paintdo.com
    Preserve Children’s Art Forever (TM)

  62. Great post! Thank you for sharing.

    We created a website for our kids art (…still a work in progress!).

    http://www.ourkidsart.weebly.com

  63. I just did a post about organizing my daughter’s artwork!

    Here’s what I did:-
    http://twinklemama.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/what-to-do-with-kids-artwork-top-10-ways-to-manage-kids-artwork/

  64. Here’s what we’ve created for just this problem. Visit KidScans.com. We can digitize your kids artwork. Even the big stuff, and we all know that’s the hardest stuff to find storage for. We’re a family of 2 girls that love to draw and create stuff. We started scanning their artwork and a lightbulb went off in our heads. We figured others could use the same service.

    Give it a look.

    Cheers..
    Dave

  65. Check these girls out! http://www.greenelephantgallery.com. They make amazing Gallery displays out of your kids art. I just had a 40 piece one made out of a combination of my three kids art and IT IS AMAZING! It is a true piece of art in itself and such a great way to preserve their art all in one place. I just put in a order for my parents to do one of all the grandkids artwork…they are going to love it! AWESOME!!!

  66. I’m going through this right now. We use it for wrapping paper. We send it to Grandma. We have a box. It’s still getting out of hand. She’s only four and the box I had set aside is already full. I’ve gone through it and tossed every so often, but now I’m trying to think of a fun way to make it into more lasting keepsakes. I thought about gluing it onto the covers of note books to make presents but I haven’t found good cheap notebooks/journals yet.

  67. There’s a great site that will create a coffee table book using your kid’s art work. Just send in the artwork and Doodles And Drawings will scan (or photograph) the art to make a great book. It’s a mom who started and runs the business. Their website is http://www.DoodlesAndDrawings.com

  68. Thank you for the last tip. I love to just throw things away, but am also hugely nostalgic. Only with my daughters little things, I feel like I’m throwing away a little piece of her. I will try to keep this in mind, that I need to teach her the art of decluttering.

  69. Very nice article and an especially wonderful comments thread! I started saving my son’s artworks in digital sketchbooks online about 2 years back. Since then a lot of his friends have joined in. Many kids from all across the globe share their masterpieces with us. It’s always a delight to go over the gallery of amazing creativity…I would love to see the doodles and drawings of your kids too. Do stop by! http://www.littlesketchers.com
    Thanks!
    C

  70. Tsh,
    Love your post and blog. I have just created an app Kidpix: Save Your Kid’s Art for IOS and Android to address this problem. It let’s you digitize, organize and share all your kid’s artwork to document the art history of your child’s creativity WITHOUT the clutter. You can find it for iOS here: http://bit.ly/UEsxqh and Android here: http://bit.ly/Uv43nm
    Please give it a try and let me know your thoughts! Best, Adrienne

  71. Great ideas:) I’m a huge fan of #2 – turning the artwork into cards, especially thank you cards. I wrote a bit about a recent project I did along these lines, and featured your site, in a recent hint on my site: http://hintmama.com/2014/09/03/todays-hint-turn-kids-drawings-into-easy-diy-thank-you-notes/ :)

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