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I don’t know about you, but I love to see the artwork my kids bring home from school!  It is really cool to see their imagination at work, and how they are learning and trying new things.  In fact, I “oooh” and “ahhhh” over their pictures, asking them about every detail and praising them for their hard work and creativity.

Then, they walk away, and I’m left holding this gigantic snowman picture that is flaking a random substance all over the floor – and wondering what in the world I’m going to do with it!   I’m also left wondering how in the world they found paper that was this large  – the snowman is HUGE! You might say – well, just hang it up somewhere so they can look at their work and be proud.  I could do that, but by the end of the year, I’d end up wallpapering an entire room!

What do you do? Do you keep your kids’s artwork for a few days and then throw it out?  Or, do you save everything they bring home?  Or, maybe you pick and choose what is save-worthy and throw the rest away?  (If you are like me, you would still end up with a very big pile!).  My usual action was to throw most of it out.  I’m not a pack rat, and I love the freeing feeling of decluttering.  But, I felt rather guilty putting my kid’s artwork into the garbage (when they weren’t looking of course!).  They never missed it, but I wondered if some day I would miss it.

I just didn’t like any of those alternatives – so, somewhere along the line I heard of a great idea.  Use your camera to take a picture of your child’s artwork!  That way you have a record of what they made…. but then you can THROW AWAY the actual pieces.  And, of course there are always those pictures you would never throw away…ones that are just too sentimental.  Or maybe you want to frame a few and hang them in your home.   But, for everything else – this solution works so well!

Here are a bunch of pictures that I accumulated over the past month or so.  They are all on extra large paper and very difficult to store.  I wanted to remember them, but not to keep them.  So, out comes my camera.

I take individual snapshots of each picture like this…..

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Here are a few tips for you:

-Try not to use flash.  Flash will most likely cause hot spots (bright flashed areas) on your pictures.  So, find a nice well lit area next to a window (but not too close, or you will get the same effect).

-Shoot straight down onto the picture – not at an angle.

-Fill the frame with the picture – zoom in as close as you can.

-Store them in a folder on your computer called something like “Aiden’s 2nd grade artwork.”   Then as you take pictures throughout the year, you can keep adding them to the folder.  At the end of the year print them out as 4×6’s and put them in a little labeled album.   And, suddenly, you have your whole wallpapered room shrunk down into the size of a little 4×6 album!

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