Today I have to show off our super cute Art Photo books that I made for each girl. I am a pretty sentimental and as a result I save everything from baby clothes to lost teeth to kid's art projects. However, I am trying to do better/save-less and found a pretty easy way to downsize the kid's art.
Since my oldest was a little I've used our ottoman to store her art. It was pretty under control until we added a second artist. This summer I decided to do something about it so I sorted, labeled and then photographed their best/favorite pieces.
I ended up with 3 garbage bags of recycling when we were all done. It was freeing and I didn't feel the loss since I had photos!
After uploading the photos to Shutterfly I made an 8x11 photo book for each girl. I called them each "Volume 1" since I'll be making more of these in the future.
Both photo books were practically free (just shipping) as I waited to order them until Shutterfly had a free book promotion.
Shutterfly already had a template for little artists so it was very simple to slide in my photos and use the existing embellishments. I also added a few photos of my artists in action.
I recommend using the full page layout feature when possible as it makes a big impact visually.
And don't forget to take photos of other forms of art, not just paintings/drawings.
On the back of the book I included big photos of my cuties.
The ottoman is already starting to fill up again, looks like I'll be making another volume before I know it. :)
Tip: As projects come home from school take photos before recycling them. I'm also taking photos of dioramas (for social studies) and science projects.
Shutterfly often has great promotions on photo books especially around the holidays. Until November 14th if you're a new customer you can get a free 8x8 book using this link. It will only cost a little to upgrade to the more art friendly 8x11 size.
For more of my Shutterfly projects check out: