Like mom's everywhere I am slowly being buried by the artwork of my children. Drawings, paintings, love notes, scrapbook pages... The list goes on and on. I want to keep everything they make, but that is just not possible. My daughter alone would have a few large boxes full of stuff in just a few more years. While it will be difficult, I have come to the conclusion that I must only keep a select few examples of her creativity. Not wanting to put these pieces in a box to be pushed to the back of the closet, I decided an album would be a great idea for storage. The plan was to use paper bags which could be filled with artwork over the years. I was thinking that having the album made right now would force me to keep her things in one place and remember to get examples from every age. I am hoping I can collect things all the way through high school. I am imaging how amazing this will be to look though when she has moved on to start her own life!
I started out with cardboard, chipboard, paper bags, and paint. After everything was painted and dry, I punched holes through everything and put on the jump rings. Decorating the front was fun, I went with my grandmother's old sheet music and the "One Fine Day" set from Wendy Hammer Designs. Isn't the pinwheel awesome! The stems are cardboard that I painted with Fresh Green paint from Creative Inspirations.
I have to say, I love this so much! Rylie loved it too and it inspired her to make me a "love" book. She drew pictures of me and her, and glued several pages together. It is so sweet, and definitely a keeper, so that is the little rolled scroll already in her album! Next task: To make one for Mason's art!
So, what do you think? Do you like this idea, and will you try something like it?
**OH, I forgot to mention the size of it! It is 8.5 x 11, so I will be keeping small creations, or rolling them up. I can always make the album wider with larger jump rings.**