Most children produce copious amounts of artwork. We have magnet strips that run accross the bedroom door to attach and display the most recent artwork and writing samples. But then what? So far I’ve been putting their work into paper portfolios and tucking them under a bed. I clean them out occasionally, but I still save so much. I occasionally get an urge to do “something” with it all before it gets out of control, but I’m never certain what that “something” is, and get overwhelmed just looking at the pile.
On a recent search for a solution, I came across Artimus Art. A tempting alternative to the paper portfolios stuffed under the bed. With Artimus Art, you can preserve your child’s art in sweet little books as well as in an online gallery that can be shared. It seems to be a brilliant combination of Scan Cafe, My Publisher and Shutterfly (which my husband designed the book interface for). You send your art to them and each image is scanned, restored, re-sized, and reproduced on heavy glossy paper and turned into an 11 x 11 hard cover, case-bound, handmade book, all done by professional designers and bookbinders. This would also make a terrific gift for a birthday or other holiday. Ahem...Mom.
For those few pieces that you want to save in their original form, I suggest finding a frame that is easy to change out, and revolve the artwork now and again. Target and Ikea both carry nice, affordable frames in various sizes. Or check garage sales and flea markets for something more ornate. If the matte doesn’t fit, cut a white mat board and float the artwork above instead of behind the mat. Another bonus... you can save the old art behind the new pieces, for as long as it will all fit. This also helps build confidence as your little ones see you displaying their work so prominently and professionally.
If you have a way of preserving your child’s art that works for you - please share it with us!