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The kids have only been in school for two months, but the papers and artwork are piling up. Normally I keep a select pieces of artwork and recycle the rest (after the kids are in bed). This year I’m taking a different approach. Armed with my Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S6, I’m taking pictures of their artwork and turning it into a scrapbook.
What, you don’t have time to make a scrapbook? Don’t worry, this scrapbook is low maintenance and costs less than $10 to make. Even if you’re not crafty, you’ll be surprised by how simple it is to turn your kid’s artwork into a scrapbook.
Grab your smartphone and let’s get started!
Turn Your Kid’s Artwork into a Scrapbook Tutorial
First, let’s gather supplies.
- Your child’s artwork
- Your camera phone
- Posterboard or foam board, white or black
- Cardstock or thick paper
- Binder (I used a binder for half sheet sized paper)
- Washi or masking tape
- Markers or ink pens
- Single hole punch
- Photo paper or printed photos (more on this later)
You probably have some of these items around your home already. I am addicted to those $1 bins at the various places I shop. Search those and you’ll be surprised by the treasures you find.
Photograph your kid’s artwork
Now grab that stack of artwork you have piled up in the corner. Pull out your favorite pieces (or have your child help) to photograph. Natural lighting is the best, so photograph outside or near a window. I set up a photography station on our patio.
I already have foam boards for my food photography, but you can also use posterboard or cardboard. Make sure it’s bigger than your child’s artwork and the board is a solid neutral color. Here I used black foam board.
Set the foam board on a chair or something sturdy. Alternately, you can tape it to a wall or window. Take a 3″ piece of masking or washi tape and roll it onto itself. Attach it to the board. You’re essentially creating a reusable sticky surface to attach the artwork to the board.
Attach the artwork onto the board. Photograph the artwork using your smartphone or digital camera. Try to fill up the entire frame with the artwork. Take several shots. Repeat with each piece of artwork.
Print out photos of your kid’s art
I printed the 4×6” photos on my inkjet printer. Don’t have a printer at home or don’t want to deal with the printer? Use the free Walmart app to order prints right from your smartphone. You can pick them up at your nearest Walmart. 4×6 prints start at $0.19!
Since the binder I’m using is half the size of letter paper, I printed out 4×6 photos. If you use a bigger binder, you can print larger pictures (if you want).
Make inserts for binder
For this tutorial, I’m making a Kindergarten Art Scrapbook for Jaxson. I wanted to give it a school feel. I downloaded this horizontal notebook paper template (free!) and printed it on yellow cardstock.
I printed the template on both sides of the paper and cut it in half. Using similar sized filler paper as a guide, I punched holes in my cardstock so they fit in the binder. Print and cut extra so you’ll have them for future artwork photos.
Attach photos to cardstock
Here’s the super easy part. Use washi or masking tape to attach the photos to the cardstock you just cut and hole punched. There are no rules to how you should tape it. Some pieces I taped all four sides of the photograph. Other ones I only taped the corners. You can add a date or a note if you choose.
Once you’ve taped all the photos onto the cardstock, insert the cardstock into your binder.
Voila, you’re done!
Continue to add photos
Now that you have the scrapbook put together, take photos of your kid’s artwork every couple of weeks or once a month. Once they’re photographed and printed out, it only takes a few minutes to tape them into the scrapbook.
This is also a fun craft to do with your kids. Older kids can write notes about each photo while younger kids can dictate to you. They’ll be proud to show off a binder filled with their art.
With such an easy and inexpensive way to preserve your child’s artwork without cluttering up your home. Recycle those papers without any guilt!
How do you preserve your kid’s artwork?
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