Comments on: Ask Design Mom: What to do with Children’s Artwork http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:35:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Abee http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-350019 Abee Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:09:24 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-350019 I’m very fond of this solution:
http://remodelista.com/posts/walls-windows-floors-childrens-artwork-collage-by-jan-eleni#
Bring the artwork to a mini format and collect the miniscule pictures in a big frame. So beautiful!

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By: Phili http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-242452 Phili Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:50:15 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-242452 As they bring their artwork home we take a digital photo- at the end of each year- we send the photos to any on line photo place and I make a book of all their artwork – which becomes our coffee table book!
Looks cool and the kids are so proud to show it off when friends come over.

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By: Anonymous http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167120 Anonymous Fri, 02 May 2008 11:44:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167120 Finally there is an answer. I found this company Artimusart.com that takes all your kid’s artwork, not just a few pieces, all of it and turns it into a custom hard cover book. An art collection book. The large book holds 85 pieces of art. So your kids can always admire their work in a neat, elegant way. Artimusart also sends the art images to a web gallery(like photos) and you can email one art image or the entire gallery to family. Now you have the answer. This is the best thing for parents of artistically prolific kids like mine.

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By: Mel http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167121 Mel Sat, 02 Feb 2008 23:59:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167121 THANK YOU!! I am always looking for something to do with the child’s art. She has a lot. I mean A LOT. And some it is really good. Everyone is getting a calender this year.

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By: Dallas http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167122 Dallas Mon, 28 Jan 2008 21:02:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167122 I don’t have any kids yet, but I read about a great idea of laminating some and using them as placemats. I thought that was very clever.

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By: acte gratuit http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167123 acte gratuit Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:58:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167123 Kristi Lou,
I love the personal blog idea because now blogs can easily be turned into books. And then you’ve got the best of both worlds!!!

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By: acte gratuit http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167124 acte gratuit Mon, 28 Jan 2008 18:55:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167124 Maxwell’s bedroom door is his art gallery. When the door is covered from top to bottom, I take a picture, and throw everything away. (I figure a can make a few scrapbook pages with the pictures.)

Unless, of course, it’s extra special. This is hard for me to do (I’m a pack rat) but I have a HUGE box of my childhood art work which I do NOT want, and feel too guilty to throw away! I’m trying to save my kids from the same fate.

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By: Courtney http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167125 Courtney Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:33:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167125 We use a large office binder clip on the wall in the playroom, and cycle through artwork there. We are about to outgrow it, though (could use 6 more!) so these ideas are really helpful.

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167126 Sara Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:36:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167126 When my children were younger I would use their art work to write short letters to their grandparents who live far away.

This way the grandparents get a note from me about what is going on and they see the progress the grandchild is making. I not only used art projects but math homework, spelling lists and even handwriting papers.

The grandparents have everything stored and they felt a real part of my children’s education.

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By: aubrey http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167127 aubrey Sun, 27 Jan 2008 20:14:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167127 these ideas are fantastic. for the most part, if it’s a piece of art that is original or new, and it is small enough, i will scan it and put it into their blog. i like another commenters idea to make a blog entirely for their artwork. and then to print it out in book format from blurb.

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By: Motherhood Uncensored http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167128 Motherhood Uncensored Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:18:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167128 http://www.littleauthor.com makes books out them — they’re extremely high quality and lovely.

I’m going to start a blog for my daughter (private), but right now, I put a lot of her stuff up on my blog. I also take pics of her block building and lego creations too — since her little brother tends to knock them down pretty quickly.

You could also upload them as graphics and then use any of the cool features offered by Shutterfly (i.e. photo books, puzzles, etc.).

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By: Kim http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167129 Kim Sat, 26 Jan 2008 19:20:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167129 What tremendous ideas! Thank you for sharing.

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By: laura http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167130 laura Sat, 26 Jan 2008 17:40:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167130 It’s super easy to create a table in Word and plug in the days to make your own calendar pages. Or just print the blank table and let your kids write the days and numbers to practice their writing.

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By: Just Katy http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167131 Just Katy Sat, 26 Jan 2008 11:12:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167131 When I was a kid my mom let us keep one art object/school project. So every time we brought something home we could replace the old with the new or just keep the old. No matter what something was going in the trash. You think this might have dampened my love of the creative process but ended up graduating with a BFA in art.

What I and a lot of illustrators I’ve worked with do is gather all their work and bind it into books. I do this periodically with my sketches and it only costs 2 or 3 bucks at Kinkos. It really cuts down the clutter and makes a great record. I plan to do it with my kids.

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By: abstract lady http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167132 abstract lady Sat, 26 Jan 2008 00:24:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167132 The kids’ school here also sends the artwork once a year.

We go through the pieces togetehr and decide which ones we’re keeping (usually around 6 for each kid). The rest is tossed away.

As for the artwork created at home, kids have aa board in their room where they post their favorite ones with magnets. As soon as we have new ones, the older ones also go to the bin.

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By: Anonymous http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167133 Anonymous Sat, 26 Jan 2008 00:17:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167133 We take a picture of the project, upload it on the computer and then let them rotate as screensavers. They love seeing their art projects pop up on the computer screen.

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By: KJ http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167134 KJ Fri, 25 Jan 2008 22:35:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167134 my little one is just entering crayon mode, so I haven’t had to keep much yet. I’ll likely keep some things in his photo album in archival sleeves. My mother made a large envelope out of 2 sheets of poster board. She punched holes around 3 sides and laced ribbon or yarn (?) through them to hold the boards together. These housed many larger projects and slid under the bed or against the wall in a closet. I like the wire idea from Cruze…and the mailer tubes.

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By: Bek http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167135 Bek Fri, 25 Jan 2008 20:27:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167135 In our school, they tend to keep most of the art there and bind it to send home at the end of the year (they do it for me!!!). I love this idea because we have a big book for each year.

We also take pictures of the good stuff. I have an area of my home that has frames on the wall and we interchange the art there as well…but I am a thrower-awayer too….. so I don’t keep as much as I could.

My mom gave us each a file of our special things we had saved and we all looked at it and chucked it. It means more to mom than the kid….

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By: kristi lou http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167136 kristi lou Fri, 25 Jan 2008 18:32:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167136 I have created a private blog especially for my 5 year old daughter’s artwork. It makes her feel very special when I photograph and post it, so she’s not so sad when I toss it. I let her describe and name each piece. Then we can go look at her past work anytime, and so can grandma and other family and friends we’ve invited to the blog.

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By: Cruze http://www.designmom.com/2008/01/ask-design-mom-what-to-do-with-childrens-artwork/comment-page-1/#comment-167137 Cruze Fri, 25 Jan 2008 14:38:00 +0000 http://www.gabrielleblair.com//?p=1690#comment-167137 We have a wire strung all across a wall in the toy room with six clothespins on it. The kids each get two of them to display their latest and greatest. Everything else just goes in the recycle bin, with a few favorites stored in boxes for keeps. I love your idea of bindning the keepers into a book…that seems easier to look through than a box. The calendar and tubes for the oversized stuff are great ideas too.

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