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You Love the Artwork, BUT…

Posted on October 16, 2013
By Nikki Martinez

A fun day at Sunday School means probably another piece of artwork your little one can’t, and won’t part with. Without even looking at the fridge, you know there’s no room left and some magnets are even holding 2 or 3 papers up at a time! Even without children, the kids I helped babysit and take care of over the years gave me quite a few “keepers” that, if they found out I put in a box or in the trash, they would cry. So what do you do in this little pickle?!

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Blogger and mother of 2, Julie Ryan Evans, has thankfully rescued us with a few suggestions that could be the saving grace your walls needed (while keeping your child’s self-esteem intact):

1. Keepy

In a word, this app is: brilliant. It lets you take pictures of any and all art, then organize, share, and save it forever. It will blow your mind … and open up so much storage space in your home!

2. Make a collage

The Huffington Post has the EASY directions that anyone can follow, but it basically involves tearing up pieces of the artwork and gluing them to a canvas. The result — one really cool piece of abstract art that holds a lot of memories.

3. Share It With the World

Another cool app, Art My Kid Made, lets you share your kids’ artwork with the world. It’s kind of like a kids’ social network for artwork.

4. Make a Mini Gallery

This service from Art Eater is beyond cool. It takes 30 pieces of your kids’ artwork and turns them into one amazing piece of art. It’s expensive for them to do it for you ($547), but I bet some of you crafty types could use it for inspiration and do something similar yourselves.

5. Store it in mailing tubes

If you really want to keep the physical copies of the artwork, storing it in mailing tubes is one of the cleverest ways I’ve seen to do so. Just roll it up and label them by years. You can also keep one to fill with things for grandma and grandpa and ship it off when it’s full. 

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