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Old 07-19-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
 
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Default What do you do with all your kids artwork...

school projects, etc?

You should see the pile of stuff my little guy brought home after just this first year at preschool!

I saved most of it hoping to find a nice way to store it or something but have no idea what to do. Some of it is just so cute I can't bare to throw it in the trash.

My friend suggested taking pictures of some of the really cute items and putting the pictures in a photo album which I though was a neat idea and more practical in terms of space.

Wondering what you all do.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:37 PM   #2
 
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90% of it gets thrown away. The other 10% is stored in Rubbermaid bins in the basement.

During the school year, I hang some of them up in the kitchen, but they get taken down at the end of the year. I haven't done that yet this year, though...

Some of my friends put their kids' pictures in inexpensive frames and sort of "paper" the wall with them. It looks amazing!
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
 
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Some of my friends put their kids' pictures in inexpensive frames and sort of "paper" the wall with them. It looks amazing!
A girlfriend of mine has done that in the kids rooms, it looks great!
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:54 PM   #4
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I have containers from each grade. I eventually intend to scan them all onto a cd. I guess I should have been doing that as I went along.
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:27 PM   #5
 
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I have saved a select few of the really good art pieces. The rest, unfortunately, gets thrown away. If I saved every piece, I'd be drowning in kid art by now.
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I save the few milestone art pieces and then throw the rest away. My thought is to get a scrapbook and just put them in there...from the beginning to end so you can see how his art progressed.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:15 AM   #7
 
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If there are the done on paper, you could make books out of them, like this art teacher did with his student's art:

http://illustrationfriday.com/blog/2...rt-your-trash/

You could probably make those as thick as you wanted them, laminate the covers, sort them by grade level or semester, and stick them on the book shelf when you're done.

I like the idea of framing a few pieces as well.
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I save the few milestone art pieces and then throw the rest away. My thought is to get a scrapbook and just put them in there...from the beginning to end so you can see how his art progressed.
i made a scrapbook for both our kids. they are sectioned by grades and house the best of their artwork, lettering, math, writing, awards and certificates, etc. our fridge showcases a lot of their artwork that ends up in recycling. the best of their work is showcased and then goes into their scrapbook.

my mother kept the best of my artwork and school work. she also kept my awards and report cards. i'm 38 and still enjoy looking back at my penmanship when i was in 2nd grade and comparing it to our son's penmanship at the same age.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
 
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my mother kept the best of my artwork and school work. she also kept my awards and report cards. i'm 38 and still enjoy looking back at my penmanship when i was in 2nd grade and comparing it to our son's penmanship at the same age.
Same here. I also compare our grades.

I'm glad to see this thread, as I've often wondered what to do with the tons of art projects I have stored for my son and now my daughter. With 4 kids, I'd better figure out a better system than the one I have.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:08 PM   #10
 
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Each child has a big cardboard box. For each school year, I save worthy papers, science fair notebooks, report cards, class pictures in a large manila envelope which then gets filed in each child's box. Some artwork is framed and displayed on the wall. My husband has also scanned many items that the kids have drawn, letters to Santa, homemade cards, etc. and stored them on the computer. I probably save too many of them but it's really hard to pitch something your kid has made. When they were younger I had to toss things out when they were not looking because they would get too upset.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:07 PM   #11
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I use it as logo pics for my web site!
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I have a wall next to the fridge in the kitchen where I hang all her artwork and it has it's resting spots in our family room.

The really good stuff gets framed and hung in her room.
The next to "really good stuff" gets given out as gifts to Grandma, Grannie, etc.
The day-to-day drawings / art gets stuffed into a drawer, a big one in the kitchen. Everything in it usually makes its way into the recycle bin, some sooner than others.

Lordy, my DD has a fit if she sees something of hers in the recycle bin, I have to be very careful.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:09 PM   #13
 
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I save some of it in her baby box at the moment. I also mail some of it to her grandparents. They love getting little "Danae packages" in the mail, and I don't feel bad tossing her artwork. The rest, I toss when she's not looking.
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