Do your kids bring home piles and piles of artwork? I feel like since day 1 of Pre-K our house has been flooded with artwork every week. You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m not one to keep piles and piles of papers, even when it’s my child’s school work, however I came up with, what I think is, a pretty cool idea for how to hold onto their artwork, and display it in your home.
For the last 3 years I’ve been collecting Malea’s art projects, cute notes and other random things she made at school or at home. A couple weeks ago I sat down and for about an hour I scanned it all into my computer. Then I went on Shutterfly.com and made a photo book featuring all her artwork.
Here’s the deal, you save all their artwork, but do you ever really look at it? Really? I honestly hadn’t looked at that huge pile of Malea’s artwork in a couple years, other than to move it from one location to another. But now that I’ve made the photo book I look at it all the time and now our friends and family can enjoy it too.
I saved a handful of my favorite pieces, to add to the gallery wall in our living room, but once I had the rest of it scanned into my computer I tossed it. I know you are probably thinking that’s a terrible thing to do but like I said, if it just sits in a pile, no one is ever going to look at it anyways. And now that I have all her art saved on an external hard drive I can upload it back to my computer and print large prints of it any time I want.
The photo book was genius though because it’s the perfect size for a coffee table book (I ordered a 10″x10″) and my daughter feels so proud seeing it displayed in the center of our living room.
It has also been fun to watch our friends and family look through it and comment on all her cute pictures and notes. I know she loves hearing all their comments and seeing their reactions to her drawings.
If you have multiple children, like I’m assuming most of you do, you could combine the artwork and make a 1st grade art book to see how similar, yet different, all of them were in 1st grade. Or you could do what I did and combine multiple years of school for each kid, Kindergarten – 2nd grade art book for each child. Or you could do it totally differently, it’s up to you!
No matter how you end up making your art photo book I know your kids will love it and they will feel so proud having their artwork turned into a book! This would also make a great gift for their grandparents for Christmas. 😉 Sign up for Shutterfly’s emails and you’ll get coupons, sales and even free photo books from time to time!
This is not a sponsored post, I just really love Shutterfly and how fun and easy it is to make photo books on their site. 🙂 However I have included a few affiliate links to the Shutterfly products I used for this post, if you buy through the link I get a small commission but you don’t pay a cent more than you normally would. Thank you for supporting Ask Anna!