Each school year and each family is different, but the preparation for the school year and the need to re-organize and re-group, remains constant.
This week, I’ll be sharing my top 5 tips to Get Your School Year in Order!
Tip #5: Display and Save Their Masterpieces
Now that school is in full swing, their completed work and art projects will begin coming home.
NOW is the time to create a plan to both display and save their Masterpieces. Otherwise they will be piled high on the kitchen counter, the kitchen table, and any other horizontal surface in your home!
Display Their Masterpieces
When the artwork begins to overtake your home, it’s time to consider your options. The solution is twofold. If your students are young and creating art projects that you will display in your home, create a specific space for display. Next, create a simple School Memory Box to save a sampling of their work over the years, or save them digitally. By the end of high-school, you will have a wonderful, handpicked history of your child’s life and development (with very little effort).
First of all you need to decide on a temporary display, what I refer to as a Creation Zone, within your home. This might be in the kitchen, family room, playroom or your child’s bedroom. When the creation zone is full of art, it’s time to take them down to make room for the next set of masterpieces.
Mom’s (and Dad’s and Grandma and Grandpa!), check out these simple ideas for setting up a Creation Zone in which to display, cherish, and quickly and easily, change up your little one’s masterpieces…….
1. A tip from Tammy F. during an Organizing Workshop:
Gather all of your child’s artwork for the month (or the week, depending on the volume). Tape or tack them up on a wall and take a picture of your child in front of them. Next pick your favorites to save and store, and toss the rest. You are left with a chronicle of ALL their work, along with their current picture which you have saved for the future.
2. Check out these storage frames from Dynamic Frames. This is a front-opening art cabinet with a latch. It can store up to 50 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11 artwork with the front piece being displayed. It couldn’t be any easier to display and change up your child’s artwork. The frame has a single bevel-cut mat and can be mounted to the wall vertically or horizontally, or it can be used tabletop with the stand that is included.
3. You can simply hang all your child’s creations for the week with clips along one wall in your home. Again, after this space is full, take out your favorites, and store them away, to make room for the next group of creations. Check out the 3 options below. Hang a curtain rod, equipped with clips to hang their art. The picture below was posted on Make and Takes Blog, in an excellent article written by Heidi Smith of the Budget Wise Home Blog. Any clothes line with clip will work, or you can purchase the Work of Art Clips from The Land of Nod. Finally, try a simple cable system, as pictured below from West Elm.
3. Create a magnetic wall to simply display their artwork. It’s easy, quick, and fairly inexpensive. Magnetic paint is readily available at home centers. You can paint the area any color that you wish and trim it up with strips of molding, which can be nailed directly into the wall.
Save Their Masterpieces
Next, as you take down one group of artwork, simply pull out your favorites, your child’s favorites, or those pieces that truly show off your child’s personality and creativity and decide on how you wish to save them. You can either save them digitally or save the hard copy.
If you want to save them digitally, check out the ArtKive app. It is as simple as 1, 2, 3!
- Create It ~ Your child comes home with art or school work that they’ve created
- You ArtKive It! ~ Using your smart phone, use ArtKive to take, tag, and store an image of their work in just seconds
- Enjoy It! ~ Turn your child’s work into a book or other great keepsakes
If you want to save the hard copy of their masterpieces, create a dedicated space to store them.
~Quickly and easily, create a School Memory Box for each of your children. This can be as simple as setting up a file box or a cardboard banker’s box divided into 12 sections for each child.
A Quick and Easy Homemade Solution
~Or, you can purchase The Art File from The Container Store. It is made of heavy fiberboard and has metal label holders on two sides. Also, check out your local art store for art files.
~Check out this expandable file by Alex Toys, made specifically for a child’s artwork.
~You can always get creative with your child, and design your own School and Art Archive. The options are unlimited!
Regardless of which option you choose to save the hard copies of their treasures, keep a small box, which is easily accessible, and toss in all your child’s potential treasures……… all their sweet cards, artwork, pictures, awards and brilliant writings. At the end of each season, or as the box fills up, sort through and save the best and most meaningful. Finally, file them away in their School Memory Box or Art File, in the appropriate year. By the end of high school you’ll have a wonderful, handpicked history of your child’s life and development (with very little effort).
3 D Projects
Rather than trying to save every art project your child creates, consider creating a “Memory Book.” Take a picture of the 3 D Project, have your child compose some text to accompany it, slip them in individual pages, and title the book something like “Morgan’s Magnificent Creations.” Or, simply take a picture of the project and slip it into your School and Art Archive. Simple and done! Eliminating all the clutter, but saving all the memories!
Happy (and Organized)School Days!
Be sure to check out all top 5 tips for Preparing for a New and Organized School Year! Tip #1: “Get Ready to Write and File”, Tip #2: “Establish a Launching Pad”, Tip #3: “Plan, Shop and Prepare for Healthy Lunches”, and Tip #4: “Create a Study Area”