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storing your kid's crafts?

do any of you mamas have a nifty system for doing this? i am embarassed to admit that i have yet to come up with one, aside from crowding up our fridge and shoving it in random drawers and spaces. now that my boychild is a schoolchild the artwork is coming home at least once a day and i have no idea what to do with it all. i might look like Bad Mommy for this.. but some of it goes in the recycling just because there is so MUCH of it.

i know these days and those crafts are exactly what i'm going to get teary-eyed over in the future and i owe it to the sappy me who is reminiscing then to come up with a way to store things now. i am just completely clueless.

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Okay, I'm also a Bad Mama, because I don't even keep them.

I scan the pictures into my computer and I keep a few of the truly amazing ones (my son is a prolific artist and puts out around six pictures a day, every day). These I keep in an inexpensive artist's portfolio (not one of the pretty ones; it's cardboard and I think it cost $4). Actually, we have several of them, one for each year. Most collages, etc. will also fit in these, and they have a flap over the top so the pictures don't fall out. They're very big, so they can hold construction paper thingies.

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Kaya im with you on this one.

My son is only 2 1/2 but at daycare they do little artsy things at times and most recently i have kept all. some are just him skribbling but i love it! :)

i have some on the fridge and well the rest thrown in a drawer. what i want to do exventually is make pages in his scrap book for daycare. take some pictures from his daycare days and take clippings of each little project and make some scrap book pages. eventually! lol i just got back into scrap booking.

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I got a second hand metal filing cabinet for about 20 bucks a year ago from usedcalgary.com, it's pretty tall and has about 5 pullout drawers.

Trey's artwork and crafts from daycare all go into filing, because then they don't take up much room, are not all over the place, and they're there for when I want to go back and reminisce or if he wants to see all the things he's done.

It's also helpful because I can keep bills and records in one place and sorted.

I also use one full pullout for my books, because I don't have a bookshelf, heh.

Something like that would work, even a smaller filing cabinet, if you can find one second hand they're really inexpensive and so so helpful

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That filing cabinet is a good idea. Also maybe you could use one of those plastic bins that you can get at target or wherever.

I usually recycle a lot of eric's artwork too. At daycare sometimes they will give him a piece of paper and he will do like, a tiny scribble on it and stuff like that I usually throw away. I also have a lot of his stuff hanging on the walls in our room.

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I've heard of taking pictures of your kid with the artwork so you can show them to him/her later in all it's glory rather than the fading, crumpled originals. It also helps show them how old they were when they made the project and is easier to store a picture of a project in an album than the actual project most of the time.

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i haven't found an ideal solution yet, but so far, i got one of those HUGE knockoff tupperware containers that have a lid. we put all the supplies in there and stick it under her bed or in her closet. as for her masterpieces, well, the ones that don't make fridge status go in a crock container- which sucks. we have all these beutiful chaotic scribbles folded into a ceramic jar on the kitchen floor. and some are in a mini filing cabinet by the computer desk.

are you pressed for storage space the way i am?

i think the portfolio idea is a really good one- they hold SO MUCH STUFF. and they're inexpensive, especially if you look around a bit. you can also get dollar store frames and hang the priceless ones all around the house.

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Lyric has TONS of stuff she's made. I yes, have just put them in random spots and yah ... I really want to save a lot of the stuff. I started a box for her when she was born & put random stuff in that to give to her when she graduates high school (and damn, that's a weird thought to have!) ... but yah, I think it'll be hard to keep EVERYTHING ... ah.

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Binders...

I use thick binders with page protectors to store artwork. I have one for my son's stuff from age 2-3, one for age 4, and have started one for age 5. I keep artwork, birthday and other cards, certificates, etc, etc. Basically anything that doesn't go in the photo album.
I keep them on a bookshelf in the living room.
Right now it works okay, but I just realised that by age 18, I'm gonna have a whole lot of 2" binders!

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i have three kids so three times the crafty stuff.

We put four large corkboards together on our dining room wall and everything gets pinned up there.

When the corkbaord gets full, like really, bursting full, we take a picture of it which goes into the "art memory book"

Then, we go through all the art work, talk about the fun that was had making it and it goes into the recycle, minus the ones that re super special, they get saved into folders or just left up for more admiration.

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kell I take the actual pages and paste them onto the pages in a scrap book and lay the other pics I want to use over them they make a nice backround for scrapbooking and saves space. I throw away alot of stuff because I live in a house w 4 small children so we have boatloads of artwork. the kids usually throw it away before I get a chance cause they know we have no where to put it lol.

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momtobe19 wrote:
kell I take the actual pages and paste them onto the pages in a scrap book and lay the other pics I want to use over them they make a nice backround for scrapbooking and saves space.

i didnt even think of that! thats actually a better idea! thanks girl! :)

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most of mine end up in the trash.

i also tend to leave them in the car on the way home from school and forget about them until they are ruined... then when my car gets to junky i throw them in the trash.

only some end up on the fridge. some end up in weird places. i just have too much kid art and i dont have much place for it.

i feel like shit throwing all of it away because i know that the pictures mean alot to my kids. plus they are getting past the scribbling age. i am sure i will keep some of the really important stuff in a box in my closet or something

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When I was in Kindergarten my grandmother had this beautifully designed wooden chest from chinatown that had a dragon and phoenix on it carved in with a background and everything one all sides and the top to she'd hang some stuff up seasonally and then they'd retire to the chest. It's was like a treasure chest and a fairly decent size. So even now we go into it and remember everything from Kindergraten right up. It's like my treasure chest of memories. They're fair reasonable too and the things I made were kept and preserved rather than being bumping around from place to place. I keep my years books in it too.

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i scan and toss.. there is just WAY to much stuff

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So Cae's art is all kind of "accidental" at this point. He'll draw like one line on the corner of a piece of paper. So I take the art he brings home and use it for projects, like cutting it into cool shapes and gluing it on cards or something.