Creating An Art Keepsake

Though my children are only toddlers I already feel like I’m being buried under tons of art collages, finger paintings, and other artwork. I know as they get older it’s just going to get worse so I decided to create a “brag book” of Jacob’s artwork from his toddler years. I went to The UPS Store with pictures of his artwork on a flash drive and they bound it into a book for me. To see how this was done you can view my whrrl story:

Once I brought my book home it was pretty plain so I wanted to decorate it. I gathered all of my supplies and got to work.

I wanted to first make a new cover for the brag book. I chose a piece of card stock and a couple pictures. I looked through my scrap-booking cabinet and found some fun polka dot frames for the pictures.

I used my X-ACTO knife to cut the pictures down to the size of the frames.

I used my Elmer’s dot runner around the edge of the frame and used it to attach the frame to the picture.

I then used adhesive squares to stick the framed picture to my cardstock.

Once the pictures were on I added a title to my book. I could have been done here but I wanted to add a little more. I chose to add some squiggles with paper and some art-themed stickers.

I attached my cardstock sheet to the old cover page with the Elmer’s craft bond adhesive squares and liked that I had the clear plastic cover over  it to keep the photos safe.

Along with adding a cover I also wanted to label the artwork so I would know when Jacob created each piece. I cut squares out of cardstock and used the adhesive squares to stick one on to the back of each artwork print.

I then wrote a date on each one. Here’s the label for the picture of the hearts Jacob painted on Valentine’s Day:

Here are some before and after pictures:

 

Artwork prints waiting to be bound

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Artwork bound at The UPS Store

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The finished product

I’m #LovinLogistics and #GlueNGlitter :)

(Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All thoughts are my own.)

Storing Children’s Artwork

Artwork storage containers for Jacob and Lucas

As the boys start creating more artwork I decided I should probably come up with a way to store it. I had these file bins sitting around and thought they would be the perfect size for storing the boy’s art. I used cardstock and stickers to make labels for the bins and will use file folders to separate the art by age. I also realized I am going to have to only keep a few special pieces from each year or I am easily going  to need more bins!

I also plan to feature current artwork on our living room wall. I thought about using frames and love this idea from Ikea to put the frames on a ledge.

The Chocolate Cake Club website has a cute Art Storage Case which is a portfolio type storage. I like that it can hold papers up to 12×18 size as the one I created is only going to hold artwork up to 8×10 size.

Another way to store artwork is to take pictures of the artwork and put them in a scrapbook type book. I like this idea but think I am too sentimental to do that. I loved seeing artwork I had done as a child hanging up on the walls of our home around the Holidays.

How do you store artwork? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!