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Love my children's artwork! (but...)

Do you have children? Do your children do artwork? Some of us keep everything our children have created, from preschool or younger to the present. Some of us enjoy it and then keep only our favorites. Some of us are really good at clearing things out every year. I fall somewhere in the middle. Even though I don’t keep everything, it can still accumulate quickly and if I didn’t have a plan for what to do with it, I feel quickly overwhelmed.

One of my favorite things to do with their artwork when they were young (preschool and elementary) was I chose my favorites and framed them. I didn’t use fancy frames, just the ones on sale at the local craft store. Then I created an art wall in the upstairs hallway. Someday when we downsize the house and the kids are grown and have their own places, they will receive their framed pieces. Some of them are truly good (I may have ‘mommy goggles’ on here!), and some are important because of the subject, or are part of their childhood that was important.

Another thing I have done is incorporate their artwork into scrapbooks, both traditional paper ones and digital ones. With the ability to digitize their artwork, the possibilities are endless! Sometimes my clients want help making things with the artwork and other times, they just need help getting good digitized copies of them. I ran across an article today with some ideas that I already knew about and some more wonderful ideas. Check it out and let me know in the comments if you have any other good ideas!

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