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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Art from her heart..........

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.**

22 comments:

hilde janbroers said...

what a beautiful project!! Gorgeous!

GMS said...

I love it...did you just use regular sized paper bags that you'd bring groceries home in? I bet you could do something with larger manilla envelopes, too (I have a bunch of those 11x14 ones for some reason...at least, I used to. With my luck, I tossed them in one of my cleaning frenzies!!)

The Scrappy Cottage said...

What a great idea. You both will love looking back on this for years to come.....

Larajc said...

I love that you used regular paper bags on this. I imagine them to be small, like the size of 8x10 that you might get at Hallmark when you buy cards...NOT that I BUY cards EVER...just sayin'! Great project!

Steph said...

Great idea! The album cover is adorable.

Jingle said...

This is a great idea and it looks fabulous!

MindyRadio said...

That is such a great idea!! Believe it or not. Connor doesn't like to be creative much that way. I really only have a few pieces of art work (other than school work) that he has done.

ScrappnBee said...

This is too cute! What a fabulous way to keep those memories and projects! This is awesome!

Tammy said...

This is super cute and such a great idea. I don't have any kids but I will send my SIL here to see this. I bet she'll love it to! :)

Sharla said...

This is super cool, I bet your daughter loves is thrilled to have such a cute place to put her artwork!

Becky said...

This is so cute! I too feel over run with art! What a great idea!

robindefender said...

THat's an awesome project!

Tracy said...

This is a great project.
For my girls I made one out of manila envelopes. It was for their report cards and special awards.
Mine is very simply done, I want to do it over ;)

Anonymous said...

I had an idea along the same lines as my daughter is a bit of a budding artist. She is only 5 years old and I have boxes full of artwork (especially dogs) that she has done over the years. You have inspired me.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

truly a beautiful project!

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Wendy Hammer said...

Such a fantastic idea Rebecca!!! Love love love it!!!

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Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

I love it, too! What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

Rach H said...

Beautiful album! I love the flowers on the front!!!

Casey Wright said...

What a GREAT idea! I love this! My dd is only two, but we've already starting accumulating paintings and such - love this idea!

ashley said...

I love this idea! It's still going to be awhile before I need anything like it, but I will definately bookmark this post for the future :)

MYLIFEMYPUGSMYSCRAPBOOK said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea!!!!! I have saved sooooo much from my son growing up but it's all in boxes so I will definately create one of these to have and to cherish esp since my baby will be going to college next year! Thanks for the idea and sharing with us, you are amazing!

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