My kids are the most amazing artists in the world. No, really - they are. As a testament to their creative genius, I save it. ALL of it. From every tiny drawing, to large painting projects, I keep it. But what do you DO with all of it, you may ask? Excellent question. Storage is most definitely a problem. Clutter drives me insane, so I certainly cannot have container after container of art just sitting around taking up valuable shelf space. The garage or attic doesn't work, because there it's not accessible enough to look at it when I feel like reminiscing about how cute they look finger-painting. My brilliant solution? SCAN! SCAN! SCAN! Scanning their precious portraits is a wonderful solution to the artwork dilemma. Having a digital scan on my computer not only sorts their work by date, but it provides an excellent medium to view their work without dragging out all the originals.
Here is what I do:
1) Keep a nifty storage container accessible to keep artwork accessible. I choose a basket - attractive and functional. I keep it hidden in our entry way armoire, where all of our "stuff" - book bags, handbags, keys, mail, etc. stay hidden.
2) Once a month, I usually do this the last weekend of each month, take 15 minutes and scan in their most recent art projects. I keep a folder in my computer appropriately titled "Art" with subfolders for each child.
3) After scanning is complete, store original artwork in a more out of the way place; a box in the attic or garage works great.
This ongoing project takes just a few minutes each month and is oh so worth the time and effort. Not to mention, having a digital scan of all these beautiful designs really opens the door for TONS of other creative projects that can be made with their work!
Any more creative suggestions for storing artwork? Please let us know!