If you’ve got young children; chances are that they bring artwork home. Mike and I have had this repeated conversation about what to do with all of our son’s art. He’d like to keep it all, I’d like to keep only the special pieces. This personalized art book ended up being a great compromise.
We still keep our favorites in a large gift box that is used as a memory box; but before we stow those away — and toss the rest — we scan everything into our computer.
We have an HP Deskjet All-in-One Printer which scans, copies and prints. Once we’ve collected a stack of artwork, I scan them all at once and save them in a file based on year. So, for example, my son’s current artwork is going in the 2015-2016 file. I’ve been organizing them along the school calendar.
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We’ve included more than just art, too. The first time he wrote his name and traced the alphabet are both in this book. Some of his creations from Sunday School and play time at home are documented, as well.
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The book is a small, simple, paperback from Shutterfly. There are almost always coupons available for Shutterfly, so it is my go-to option when I want an affordable photo book.
Since all the scanned image files are in one folder, it’s easy to pull the book together at the end of the year. My son was so excited to see all his artwork in a “real book.” I think a personalized art book could be a sweet gift for a child, especially one that is a budding artist.