How to organize paper artwork from school


I love my daughters, and I love the artwork they so proudly bring home. They’ve clearly worked very hard on most of it, which makes it so difficult to do a little home organizing…(read: get rid of the piles and piles of paper that accumulated all last year). Yes, I feel guilty saying “get rid of”. I keep 12×12 scrapbook albums for the most precious items. My mother kept a box of the most treasured artwork, certificates, awards, and report cards for each of her four children.

This year my goal is to keep the memories, not the paper. How? By taking a photograph of each project, and compiling those into a photobook using digital design software (My Digital Studio2 from Stampin’ Up!). I had thought about this in previous years, but what nudged me into action was seeing the example by Amy Swartz, here: http://mydigitalstudio.net/profiles/blogs/mds-2-amy-keeps-memories-and-cleans-house. Armed with coffee and my iPhone (4s, not 5), I’m ready for action. I’ll start with a photo book template and customize it as needed. It would be easy to make the pages seasonally themed.

It will take some work, and some of the more complex or multi-page items don’t translate well into 2D format. (Last year my oldest daughter made her own version of The Paper Bag Princess, and won kudos for her excellent work – that project will be kept in the scrapbook!) But I think it will be worth it, and our family will not have to drown in all that paper. Plus, it would make a nice gift for their grandparents at Christmas time.

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