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The masterpieces pile up

A mum asked me recently if there was a service in Limerick she could use to scan her kid’s artwork from montessori/playschool that had piled up during the year, so she could store it and create a lasting record for her and her kids. As the end of the school year is fast approaching I thought it timely that I include this article now…

What to do with all of the finished art and craft projects your child makes

What works for me – the most cost effective route:
Molly’s artwork is a mix of flat and 3D pieces so I lay everything on white paper on the kitchen table or floor, in good daylight, and photograph. I then have a digital record on my laptop and can archive to CD at any point – although the shelf life of a CD is about five years. click here to view

The scanning option:
Scanning only works for flat drawings, painting etc. (If the artwork is 3D you will have to photograph it). Hackett Reprographics on Roches Street offer the best colour scanning price – A3 and A4 from 50c to €3 per scan (there’s no set price so it’s up to you to haggle!). They can be contacted on 468690

Some Ideas For Displaying Their Masterpieces:

- Cards & Clotheslines
Use the scanned or photographed artwork and print them on cards. This is great for Christmas Cards and other special times of year. You could also have a thin clothesline hanging up on a wall and use those cute mini clothespins to hang their artwork there until the line is full, then it is time to take something down and put something else up. I have seen mini clothespegs in Sequoia Lane on O’Connell Street, I’m sure Silkes Stationery or the Art & Hobby Shop would also have. For printing small quantities of custom cards I can again suggest Hackett Reprographics for digital printing – just bring them in the original artwork for scanning or the photo you want to use.

Create a calendar of their best art each year, so that no masterpiece gets lost or forgotten.

Each month can display more than one image so a calendar is the perfect way to display lots of pictures and drawings. Plus, the kids would enjoy helping to make it by adding titles, captions, and putting their own photo or name on special dates like birthdays, holidays, or the first day of school. They make nice presents for grandparents too!! The best calendars I have found available are from PhotoBox – step by step easy facility to upload your art/photos and personalise dates. This company also produce cards, mugs, sticker sheets, jigsaws and more so you will never be short of ideas for your kids masterpieces.

Create your own calendar
Free templates to download and create at home click here

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