Thursday, March 1

Kid Art Hoarding

I’ve got a confession…My name is Ashley (crowd shouts in unison “Hi Ashley”)
My reply: I’m a kid art hoarder.

Well in all fairness, I’ve inherited them back from my mom’s crawlspace where they’ve lived for over 20yrs. I’ve already pitched a ton of it but I just can’t bring myself to toss out the last folder of junk art that’s about 20+ years ago. WHY!?, why can’t I do it!!?

I can just see it now…20 years from now, I will be buried under E’s collection of art.. 

 Don't get me wrong, I love that our lil man does a themed art project EVERYDAY at daycare but C’MON Teacher! Where am I going to store all of the little cutouts, overpainted, scribbled, ripped and random but cute projects in our tiny little house? (“The Mommy guilt” kicks in everytime I try to pitch’em..)

E's Recent Art
Dragon Mask for Chinese New Year/Puffy Paint and sparkles
Learning about China/Fingerpaint
Windmill painted with Marbles
I found the perfect solution! I will display them for a week,
Then I’ll add the artwork to a DIGITAL ART BOOK where they can live clutter free forever & ever!
(Photo source: A Little of This-A little of That

I’ve been documenting E’s first 22mths in a digital photo album made on Blurb @Blurbbooks
I heart Blurb! It’s free to download & create books, the pricing is decent, shipping is pretty fast and the quality of the books are AMAZING!! (PS this is not a sponsored post - just pure, honest love!)

Check out a sampling of his ‘1st year’ book here (professional photos are done by the lovely, talented Jacqueline Clement/Method Photography)

To Do’s
*Photograph E’s recent Art
*Start a new Blurb Book for his mounting kiddo artwork pile
*Display ‘said’ art
*Pitch last week’s art – With NO Mommy guilt!


Dacia Alba said...

I've been trying to do the same--take pictures of my kids' crafts instead of trying to store it all. Such a good idea to put it all in a digital book.

ToDoListMom aka Ashley said...

I'm totally good @ this for 1 kid...I think things may fall apart if I ever have more.. lol

Natalie..... said...

I wish I would have known about this a month ago! I just threw away a bunch of art work that was my oldest daughter's(she's 28) it looked nasty after all these years. I love what you did with the art and I'm going to share this her because she now has two boys and lots of art work! I found you on Make my Mornings I'm Natalie from

Brittany Stewart said...

That's such a great idea. I love the art display.
Mine aren't in school yet but I have a feeling I'll do the same.
The digital bit is genius.

Masshole Mommy said...

I'm with you - I've saved every single piece of paper that both of my boys have ever drawn/written. They're only 4 & 7, but I have folder and folders FULL of art projects and schoolwork. I just can't bring myself to throw it away.

Melanie said...

The Dragon Mask is SO cool! That's a really awesome piece of art! Such talent!