Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monday Made: Displaying or storing artwork

Kids and artwork seem to go hand-in-hand, and the number of pieces we have of Junior J's scribbles have been increasing by the day.  So just recently I decided that I would take some of his "masterpieces" and make them into a little book for keeping.  Bo Bunny was having a challenge that involved using school supplies, so I intially started off wanting to use paperclips as embellishments, and also had this photo in mind:

I added chipboard stickers and buttons/bling to the clips.
And I love how he sticks out his tongue whenever he concentrates really hard!

Then I decided that I'll make the "art book" cover from the cover torn from an old exercise book I had lying around (of course I inked it to make it look old):

I punched out an area using a paper punch, glued on a transparency and stamped the letters...
And added chipboard stickers and rub-ons, as well as the punched
out section of the cover, with his name on it!

Inside of the "art book".  I cut his artwork into these smaller pieces,
punched holes and tied everything together with twine.

And added a colour pencil that was half-ruined by the little boy's enthusiastic scribbling:

I think I went nuts about the school supplies idea:
I used an old airmail envelope (and inked it) to hold the pencil,
since the envelope colours went so well with the papers!

And of course, there must be journalling, so here it is:

Click to view larger!

And finally, the full picture:

Layout: Sketches in Thyme
Supplies: White cardstock, Patterned paper
(Bo Bunny: Block Party- Chill, Picnic, Stripe, Good Times)
Stickers: Bo Bunny (Block Party: Cardstock, chipboard and layered stickers)
Buttons/bling: Bo Bunny (Block Party)
Ink: Staz On (Olive Green), Versafine (Crimson Red, Vintage Sepia), AC (Black)
School supplies: Airmail envelope, Exercise book cover, Paper clips, Colour pencil, Transparency
I liked how the little art book turned out, and might make more of these next time for his other art pieces.  Other than this, we sometimes display his works by hanging them from the line hanging between the two trees in his room.

Here are some other ways that artwork can be displayed:

Framing them all up as one huge masterpiece:

Picture source: Decor8

Using clips attached to wooden trim, to hold all the pieces.  This also allows you to rotate the art pieces as they get created!

Picture source: Sweet sweet life

How do you store/display your childrens' artwork?


  1. wowww beautiful layout again mamaJ!!

  2. Love how you incorporated your son's artwork in your layout! So cleverly creative! The added touch of the color pencil is so sweet! Thanks for playing along with us at Sketches In Thyme!

  3. Very nicely done! I love all the fun elements! And how cute is that child!!!

  4. i like the art book and the layout is great!
    i didnt hang the boy's artwork after a while.. because it's getting a lot and alot! so just gotta take photos and keep them, some i try to laminate and keept too!

  5. How creative!!! I wish I had a drop of your creativity :)

  6. Aww I love this Mama! Right now my sons artwork is in a box )= But I plan on showcasing them soon. Your son is so cute. I hope you're doing well!

  7. This is a fabulous idea!! And I love the way you incorporated this little mini in you layout!!! The whole layout is just adorable!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at Sketches In Thyme!!! Hugs!!

  8. This is soo beautiful!!!
    My daughter would love it. She is crazy about stars, she sees them everywhere!
    I like the decoration pictures very much.

  9. Wow, your page is just stunning!! I love how you added the little art book to the page... Amanda :0)

  10. You are really creative! These are really meaningful keepsakes too.

  11. What a beautiful artbook! You really hv a flair for scrapbooking. I like the idea of framing all the artwork into a huge masterpiece. I've got so many of my kids' artwork. I think I'm gonna try putting them together. Tks for he inspiration!

  12. I really like your little art book idea. I would just file my kids art drawings into folders but you gave me a wonderful idea on what to do with them. Thanks!

  13. Thanks everyone! :)

    Lisa: Yup, I'm good! Hope you've been doing well too!

    Kira: Hey, J is nuts about stars too! Its "STAR!" everytime he sees one, so he kept exclaiming when I showed him this piece!

    Amanda, Phobe: Thanks for dropping by!

  14. Such a textural LO, using just 3 colours !

  15. Wow, I just adore this LO! Love the paper clip embellies and that art book is just adorable-- love how you used it!! Thanks so much for joining in on our monthly bonus challenge at Practical Scrappers!


  16. This layout rocks! Your attention to detail and creative way to display your little one's artwork is fab! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Practical Scrappers! =D

  17. Sandy: Thanks... :)

    Scrappin mom: Thank you! Thanks for dropping by...

    Jessica: Thanks! :)



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