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Personalized Art Book

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.

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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.

Organize your child's art with a Personalized Art Book by @CraftivityD

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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Organize your child's art with a Personalized Art Book by @CraftivityD

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.

Organize your child's art with a Personalized Art Book by @CraftivityD

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.

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So, how do you store your child’s artwork? I’d love to hear more ideas! We’ve framed it, displayed it, boxed it… and now we’ve published it {wink}.

Heather H

Monday 8th of February 2016

Such a beautiful way to preserve your child's work. I have all of our shoved in a big underbed box. Now the task of building a book is overwhelming, so I wish I'd been more organized like you have. Thanks for sharing your book with the Everything Kids Pin & Link Party.

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Monday 8th of February 2016

Thanks, Heather! I understand, so many things are harder later -- I haven't kept up with yearly photos until the last year -- and it's hard to go back to previous years and get them organized.

Leslie Sleigh

Monday 25th of January 2016

This is a great idea! We would need to get a good scanner before we could do this. I love the idea of having a simple, organized book of things. When our kids make art, we often mail it to family members who don't get to see the kids often (and mail is the subject of my blog, so it is right up our alley). I've also heard of people laminating full-size sheets and using them as the children's place mats at dinner. Thanks for sharing this!

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Monday 25th of January 2016

Turning some into place mats is such a cool idea, love that!

Neely

Monday 25th of January 2016

Such a very cool idea!

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Monday 25th of January 2016

Thanks, Neely! Glad you stopped by!

Ashleigh

Monday 25th of January 2016

Oh how cool is this book?! I want one with my kid's artwork! What a neat gift! You book turned out so nice! Thank you for sharing!

Candy

Monday 25th of January 2016

This looks like something my grandchildren would enjoy.

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Monday 25th of January 2016

I bet that they would, it's fun to see their creations in a real book :)