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What Do You Do with Your Children's Artwork?

I have a 2 year old son and I already have a large pile of his beautiful artwork. What do I do with it? I want to keep at least some of his art, but I know realistically I can't keep it all. Of course, I have some hanging on our fridge and in his bedroom. Does anyone have any good ideas for how to save my little man's artwork? Thanks for your help! You all are the bests!!

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I have three pieces of my daughter's artwork framed in identical frames in her playroom, two framed in my bedroom, one smaller one framed on the kitchen counter, and two in her room, and two in her baby sister's room. Framing them makes them look like actual art and very cute decor. As she does more, we change them out and put the new over the old so the old ones are still there. I actually just got another framed to put in her dad's office.

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I throw some away, I hang some around, and I have a poster size board that I use to frame two or three pieces. I never throw any away until about 4 months after it was made, and I always keep lots.

Sorry this took so long. I took pictures of the art work and made a small album of all of it. Kept my favorite pieces and tossed the rest.

You could always take a picture & save the pictures or if you have a diital camera, make a CD of all of his artwork through the years - it'll be neat to see how it changes. (Of course, by the time he's grown there will be some other more sufficient technology)

As you get overwhelmed with artwork tape it to a wall and have him stand in front of it and take a picture. Keep a few that you are really partial to and throw the rest out. You can put them in an underbed plastic storage bin and go through it once a year and dispose of those that you find are not as important as you thought in the beginning. Or the most expensive is to take the artwork to someplace like Kinkos color copy it in a smaller size. Hope this helps and good luck.

Like Julie mentioned, I think scanning is a great idea. If the artwork is too large to scan, I have taken a picture of the artwork to save digitally. Though I know that some things you just have to keep for yourself...

I have a file in our file cabinet that holds my son's artwork, as the file gets bigger and bigger I put it in a file box in our storage room. That way when he gets older he can have it and do with it what he wants. I only keep some of it, not all. If I kept it all I would probably need a huge filing cabinet. The projects he does I school I keep, other than that when he's not looking I toss it. I also tape his artwork to our basement walls. That way some of his artwork is proudly displayed in the house.

I take pictures of my son and daughters art and then download them on my computer (which is in my kitchen)to use as screen savers. This way everyone can enjoy them all the time and its not cluttering walls and refridgerator. I throw some of them away and store away the best.

You can always put them in photo albums. Scrapbooking books.

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