I have a kid that loves her some crafts. From the past few months, we’ve done a lot of crafts and if I were to keep them all I would be bombarded with pictures. Since she went through (still going through) a phase where this kid loves drawing suns, we would literally have 37 pictures of glittering, bright, glorious suns.
There are a few that we’ve kept along the way in their glorious hard copy; the first time she drew something that resembled a person, the time she drew Violet in my belly, the time that she wrote her name for the first time, the first ‘love note’ she wrote her Dad – but the rest, the countless paintings? Those are best placed into a book that she can enjoy over and over, on the shelf, filled with the art work that she’s created year after year.
And, as soon as Violet’s old enough, we can add her books to the collection.
There’s this app, that organizes everything for you, that allows you to share and that allows you to curate that gallery of childhood images. The problem with Artkive though, is that it’s $30 for the 8×8 book, and another $26 to have it shipped to Canada. That’s too high, regardless of how much I adore curated memories.
As an alternative, I prefer Kulapix, who has their photo books on sale for 60% off this week. You know what that means? That means that you can get a photo book for under ten bucks, 8×8, for 20 pages. Take the pictures of the art work on your phone, or camera, and upload them to Kulapix, make an album and be finished with it. To store the artwork, I’ve got a magazine file for each of the girls that I’ve emptied every year and done an annual book. This week, I’m preparing Olivia: Art of Four. She’s been so excited to snap the photos with me. She’s going to be delighted when it shows up in the mail.