Jackson is now going to a preschool twice a week and a library story time once a week, which means we’ve had an influx of arts and crafts into the house. I felt horrible throwing away his artwork after displaying it, but what else am I supposed to with it? At this rate, by the end of the year I’ll have enough crafts for an episode of Hoarders. Just imagine the narrator: “she couldn’t bear to throw away any of those hard-earned crafts, so they just kept piling up. And piling up. Until the dog, Rex, was discovered fossilized under 6 feet of artwork.” I needed to find away to prevent my life story being aired on A&E.
I needed to find away to prevent my life story from being aired on A&E. Since I consider myself an iOS “app connoisseur,” I knew there would be an app for that. I found Artkive in the app store (only $2.99) and am thrilled to have a solution for the preschool-art-storage-problem. Using your phone’s camera you snap a picture of the art (one idea is to have your child hold the art for the picture) and fill in some details. You make profiles for each child and what grade they are in (left blank for Jackson since he isn’t in “school” yet) and when you upload your art into the app, simply give a brief description of the piece. For example, the picture below was Jackson’s art while we toured a preschool. In addition to creating profiles for both of my kids, I also made a “misc” profile for the artwork that other kids give Jackson & Sidney. I love having a digital archive of the special drawings their cousins send them.
Another great feature of the app is the sharing ability. Since we live 1,200 miles away from my family, I love apps that make it easy to share my kids’ lives with them. Artkive allows you to create a sharing circle and send pieces of art, or the entire gallery, to specific people’s email address or your entire circle at once. Easy peasy. The icing on the cake of Artkive is the ability to print books (and other products soon) of your child’s art once you reach a minimum of 20 pieces. I plan on printing a book for each school year and making copies for grandparents.
Find out more about Artkive here:
Do you have any tips for saving/storing your children’s artwork? I’d love to hear them, thanks!
PS. Artkive has no idea I’m writing this, I just loved the app and knew my Mom friends would too!