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May 20th, 2014 at 7:58 am

Saving and Sharing Family Memories


We love our kids’ art. Somewhere in my attic is an artist’s portfolio folder filled to the brim with all of the preschool and kindergarten artwork of my first child. There isn’t one for my second child. Yep, the novelty had worn off by child number 2. Sorry sweetie pie!

Even so, I still have plenty of creations from both of them from their school years. I just can’t bring myself to throw them away. I finally did throw away my daughter’s dinosaur diorama from third grade. She’s 19….

Here are a few apps that let you archive the memories without having to keep the originals.

ArtKive is an lets you take photos of your artwork (or any other items of interest), tag them, upload them, and print photo memory books. The app is free, but the books run $25 for 20 pages.

ArtMyKidMade (free) is similar but links with Dropbox, Evernote or Facebook for storing and sharing.  Anything you share on the Art My Kid Made blog could be featured in their Artist of the Day pick.

Another option is Keepy. This site lets you upload photos, artwork, and other mementos to the site, make recordings that tell the story, and share it all with friends and loved ones, who can also reply or comment with text, voice recordings or videos.

Keepy is free for the first 31 items but also offers premium and ultimate plan options for $1.99/month for 101 images and $2.99/month for unlimited.

So get out those folders, baskets and boxes of fabulous art and get clicking. You now have permission to throw away the originals without guilt. Well, maybe save a few.

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September 24th, 2012 at 5:00 am

What To Do With Kids’ Artwork

Do you have the same problem I do – endless piles of artwork on your kitchen table  and plastering the fridge?  When we do toss them, we push them way down deep in the garbage so the kids don’t discover that we actually threw their precious art away. We can’t keep them all– I try to keep as many as I can – but what do we do with the ones that are leftover?

Send some on to Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles.

Grandparents would love to receive a special picture from their grandchildren in the mail.

Make it into a book.

Take the actual items and bind them together with string. Or better yet, take pictures of the  items and make a photo book. This would make a great gift for the grandparents,too.


Whether it be on a bulletin board or frame and hung, your child can beam with pride at their creations gracing the walls.

Throw It Out

Have your kids learn that sometimes it is okay to throw things out. Have them choose their  favorites. This is a valuable lesson that even as adults some of us struggle with.

I know I struggle with mommy guilt all the time regarding this, but there has to be limits, right? I know what my next item to do is… go through the laundry basket of art I’ve been saving.


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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