Finally—a clutter-free way to keep up with all the kids’ art work and crafts. Wait for it…
Yes, it’s a photo book! I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this earlier, but I’m feeling pretty happy about my new creation. As any parent (or grandparent) of small children will tell you, it doesn’t take long for you accumulate a lot coloring sheets, macaroni crafts, watercolor paintings, Christmas ornaments, etc. While you hate to break your child’s heart and tell them that everything can’t possibly be posted on the refrigerator, there’s no way you can keep everything. So, photo books to the rescue.
Here’s why I like the photo book idea, and I think you’ll agree: (1) Between Shutterfly and Groupon, you can find an endless amount of great deals on photo books. I used a $20 off Shutterfly coupon for this one, so total cost with shipping was less than $10. (2) Since photo books are so compact, they free up room to “save” even more of your kids’ artwork. (3) It’s a cool keepsake for the kids.
If you want to try it out, here’s how I did it. Over the last few months, as the kids brought home new art work and crafts, I’d pick out a few and snap pictures using either my cell phone or camera. Periodically, I’d download the pics to my computer. When it came time to put the book together, I just dumped all the pics on Shutterfly and grouped them together by each child.
To finish it off, I through in some pics of the boys, along with some cool art-related quotes at the end of the book…good stuff to help them remember to keep their creative juices flowing.
I suppose the hardest part was waiting for the package to arrive, and that didn’t take long at all. Super easy! For now, I think I’ll do one book at the end of each year. I kind of rushed to get this one done, but I might experiment with different backgrounds and clip art the next time around.