A few weeks ago wrote about what I do to put photos on my walls. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Today I want to share this great idea that I got from a show on organization. It was about children's art work and how it can become a monster...big huge masterpieces, painted and beaded and glittered. We save a lot of them. Some of us try to sneak some in the recycling bin, but sometimes get sniffed out by suspicious five-year-old artists, who wail and gnash their teeth at having their treasures tossed.

The idea was this: to take photographs of the art and then to create photobooks. I jumped on this idea.

It really is a pretty simple project:

  • I took photos of a good sampling of the artwork that showed the development of her skills. I usually do anything to avoid using my flash, but in this case the colors show up much better with a flash.
  • Then I uploaded then pictures to a website that allowed the creation of photo books.
  • I arranged them chronologically by dragging and dropping. Then I jotted some notes of what she was doing as she progressed i.e. adding bodies to heads, putting in speech bubbles, labeling.

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You can tell how greasy this page is. It is well loved.

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I have to say, this book is one of the most loved in our home. Ruby loves to page through it and I do too. It's a perfect gift for grandparents.

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It's so much more accessible than a huge stack of art.

Now I have to share a book that Ruby wrote about her brothers on pbskids.org.

I have two brothers that make me crazy . (Note the "AAAAAA" in the speech bubble)

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So I got mommy . (I love the frown and the "RRRRRRR" sound coming out my mouth. I think I do that sometimes when I am being dramatic.)

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"Thanks, Mommy," I said.

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A true portrayal of what happens in our home. It's about time for me to make another book soon.

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