Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m a preschooler’s mom… What does that mean? Art work. Lots and lots of art work. I’m drowning in a million little pieces of art work heaven. I swear, I only keep the most adorable special pieces of art work, but even still, I have so much art work I could wallpaper a room with it all. Instead of creating a home decor faux pas, I decided to go a more practical route to corral the child art work I have accumulated.
I’m sure if you have a child of any age you have the same problem. I’ve seen a hundred Pinterest recommendations on how to organize child art work and I’ve tried several different methods. However, I’ve found this to be the best solution. I created a Child Art Album. I used two full sheets of the new me & my BIG ideas Expandable Paper Pads as the front & back covers, leaving the sheets still folded in a rectangle they are thicker and 13″ in height, which worked perfect for containing the various size pieces of art.
I used my Happy Planner™ Punch and two sets of regular discs. This is the incredible thing about the disc system: you can create any size album! So my Child Art Album has 12 discs since it is 13″ in height. Using The Happy Planner™ Punch for a large or tall project is easy, you just have to punch it twice. First start by lining your paper up with the little white line for the first punch, then move your paper over to the left and punch your last few holes, for my 13″ project it included 3 additional holes to fit on the 12 discs.
Once I had my discs and paper covers in place, I decorated the front with my son’s name using bright mambiSTICKS alphabet letters and a little pencil from the I Heart School pack of mambiSTICKS. Then I got to punching! So easy and my punch did great on a variety of art work paper types. Even a paper plate four leaf clover!
The majority of the art work had plenty of space to allow for punching, however I had a few unique or special pieces that I didn’t want to punch, so I just used these handy Snap-In Tabs on those items. The Snap-In Tabs worked great even on a Thanksgiving project that used a thick piece of cardboard.
I also used the Snap-In Tabs to include my son’s first day of school sign, which I will use as my school year dividers in this Art Work Album as the years go on. This whole project took 15 minutes, including the time it took me to run all over my house tracking down rogue art projects! I feel super confident that I can keep up on this organization system, since all it requires is punching art projects once a week when they come home with my son.
When he starts school next year I will make another first day of school sign for that grade and include that as my divider. I also printed his first day of school picture to go behind the first day of school sign.
I went through as many pieces as possible and noted the date and his age on the back, if they weren’t already noted. I included a collection of hand-print cut-outs we’ve created over the years in the very front of the book. I punched the hand cut-outs and staggered them to see the progression. So adorable!
I love how this project turned out and I love that even if I missed a few projects initially it will be a breeze to punch them and insert in the correct chronological order since the disc system is so flexible!
Are you drowning in kiddo art projects? Are you going to give this system a go?