My daughter’s first year of kindergarten is flying by. She’s grown in leaps and bounds in terms of her writing, numbers and drawing. One thing that’s a constant reminder of everything she is learning is the pile of school projects that keeps growing, and growing…and growing. While I love the idea of keeping these adorable mementos, I am a bit of a clutter-phobe. So this weekend I start looking into how to archive my daughter's art. First, I sorted through the art to find the best pieces. Next I took pictures of my favourite art (I used my digital SLR camera but you can easily use your smartphone instead). It is helpful to take the pictures on a surface with even lighting for best results (i.e. you do not want to take them in a spot that is half sun/half shade).
After I had took the photos, I looked into a couple options:
1) Make a photo book
This is my favourite solution: it allows you to have a physical memento of your kid's art, while keeping it an organized. If you are taking photos on your smart phone Chatbooks is a basic and inexpensive option that you literally can do in minutes. But of course there are so, so, so many photo book options if you want something fancier or more customized.
2) Make a collage and frame it
Another option is to create a collage and frame it - this is great as it allows you to display many images all at once without it taking up your whole wall! You can switch it up with new versions each year. I made the collage below using befunky and I'll print it to frame in my daughter's room.
3) ORGANIZE IT DIGITALLY
There are lots of art apps available like Artkive, Cansvly and Keepy. They allow you to organize your kid's art in an easy, user friendly manner and share with family and friends. While I love the user interfaces of these and how convenient they are, there is one important caveat to remember here. Some have a subsription fee once you save above a certain number of images (which may increase over time) and/or there is a risk that the digital provider may not be around 10 or 20 years from now. So if you like this solution it's probably also best to have a plan b.
After doing this, I feel a little less guilty discarding most of the pieces but I'm still going to keep a a couple pieces around in a shoe box to show her when she grows up.