Years ago, before I was a mom, I was horrified when I watched a friend throw away some art project her son had made at school. I got the "mom look" and was told I would understand one day.
Flash forward a few years later and now I get it. My son goes to school 2-3 days a week and there is so much art! I couldn't just throw this stuff away, but I quickly realized I needed another way to preserve his art or we'd be up to our ears in paint and paper. So, thanks to Pinterest, I came across some tips. I started a Chatbooks album just for Landon's artwork and I thought I would pass this amazing idea along to you. So, here you go...
A tidy, 5 step solution to the piles of paper your kids bring home.
1. Make a stack of art and photograph it all at once. My pile lives in the dining room. It takes the pressure off of photographing the papers as they come home because you know you'll carve out 15-20 minutes once a month (or whatever frequency works for you).
2. Photograph the art work. I am doing mine with my iPhone because this is my 3 year old's art work and I'm not spending too much time on this. I have my stack next to me and I take a picture of his art on a solid white background.
3. Next, I quickly edit my pictures within my iPhone. Again, we are not going to over-think this (repeat it with me)! I basically just increase the exposure to get my whites- white. You can access some basic edits by clicking the little arrow across from "Light".
4. Then I go into the Chatbooks App. I already created a book called Landon's Art. I upload the pictures I just took.
5. When my book is full, I'll order it. Done and done.
I've decided to only keep art that is really stinking cute and/or if it has his handprint on it. Everything else can go because now I have a picture in a sweet little book to enjoy for years to come!
Seriously though, how easy is that?