Look at this. It’s a stashed pile of everything crafty Charlie brings back from pre-school and I can’t bear to throw it out. Out of control.
Since we had the kitchen redecorated, I don’t have the luxury of sticking the week’s favourite masterpieces (‘a horse? wow, that is, erm, good!’) on the fridge as it is now boxed into a cupboard. I have toyed with the idea of whacking up a magnetic blackboard painted section of wall in the dining room for the kids to draw over and also for me to stick up artwork.
But, *whispers* if I’m honest – and maybe this makes me a terrible mother – I would rather keep everything tidy and have the odd piece out.
I love these ways of organising and displaying all that creative genius:
And these look very stylish – you photograph or scan your child’s artwork and then turn it into a poster:
But I read about a new app this weekend that is such a clever idea I am going to start doing it IMMEDIATELY.
Arktive lets you store, share and print your kid’s scribbles without those awful guilt-inducing “I can’t throw this away” moments.
You simply snap a picture of the artwork and the app automatically tags each image with your child’s name and date created. Add a title or description and then share the gallery with friends and relations – although let’s be honest, it’s probably only Grandma or Nana who will REALLY care.
But the real genius of Artkive is that when you’ve collected enough images, you can turn your digital collection into a customised coffee-table book with just the press of a button. Stored forever – and clutter-free!
Talk about a real masterpiece.