Olivia came home with an epic pile of artwork on the last day of school. It wouldn’t have been so bad if she hadn’t come home with memory books (which were so well done, and documented all of the fun things the entire class did this year) and the progression of things like self portraits starting from the beginning of the year, and going all the way to the end.
That pile of artwork sat on top of the fridge for about a week, until I was tired of looking at the clutter it created every time I looked up there. I took photos of the rest of the art that she brought home, chose three favorites to keep in her small plastic container of files that document every year of school, and added the rest of the images to the photo book that I’ve been curating since the week before she started Kindergarten.
Now, at the end of the year, we’ve got a thirty-five page photo book highlighting arts and crafts, printing activities, drawings she’s done of herself and the family – and of course that gem of a ‘humping dinosaur’ painting, stashed away in one neat little book that can be stored with the rest of the photo books on the shelf, looked at regularly – and you could even order additional copies for Grandma.
I use Ookpix, I like the softcover clean and simple design and wait until there’s a sale to combine with their free shipping to make the most of the deal. There are frequent 40-50% off sales to take advantage of, making it simple to curate photo books filled with all sort of memories, but that are perfect for storing Kindergarten art, without the pile of papers.