With the school year just ending for some of you, I thought now would be a great time to do a post about organizing and enjoying kid’s artwork. In this previous post I outlined how I handle kids artwork including my incubator system which is where I let a batch of artwork accumulate until it’s time to decide what will stay and what will go. The incubator is great if you find it impossible to snatch a piece of art out of your child’s hands and say “Aw…that’s so nice. Let’s recycle it!” I know I do…so the incubator is a nice alternative.

So once you’ve chosen your artwork keepers…then what? Here are five ideas.

Make an artwork book (or books.)

As you saw in the original post, I use a three-ring binder for my kid’s artwork. And I’m really happy with this solution. It makes the artwork easy for all of us to look at and enjoy. The tricky part, however, is dealing with over-sized artwork. I fold a lot of it and put it right in the binder. But, for art that is too special to fold, the Original Digital Printer Album from Itoya is a terrific solution These books come in a variety of sizes up to an 18” x 24” poster sized album. So even if you have a poster artist in your home, you can still find a home for your child’s artwork collection.

Artwork binders

Photograph the art and the artist.

Snapping a photo of your child holding the artwork is a terrific solution for 3-dimensional projects as well as art made with food. (Think fruit loops glued on construction paper and macaroni art.) Once you take your photos, print them out and put them into a scrapbook for you and your child to enjoy. Not only does this approach make it simple to preserve the artwork, but you also get to capture what your child looked like at each stage of his or her art career. (I wish I had done more of this when my kids were younger.)

Display favorite artwork in a frame.

Choose a simple, inexpensive frame that makes it easy to change out the artwork when a new favorite comes home. This solution gives you an inexpensive way to infuse a fresh look into your home and it gives your child a place of honor for his newest creations.

Framed artwork

Create a collage.

 To create your own artwork collage, start with a whole lotta’ artwork you love, an artist canvas in the size of your choice, scissors, decoupage medium, and foam brushes. Then, channel your inner child, get messy and create a master piece you and your child will both be proud to hang on the wall.

Kids Artwork Collage via simplify101

 

Scan, print, laminate, and enjoy.

I originally shared this idea in The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker. And I still love it. If you love full- sized kids artwork, your heart will really melt when you create and display miniature art. It’s a simple project that starts with scanning some favorite artwork. Next, print wallet-sized scans using your photo printer. Then, laminate the prints using ID card laminating pouches. From there, create a little booklet of mini artwork using a hole-punch, binder ring, and ribbon, or clip the artwork onto a photo display wire.  Viola!

Laminated artwork

How do you handle your kid’s artwork? I’d love to hear from you.

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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