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20th October 2014

Possibly The Best App Of All Time – ArtKive App

I recently wrote a post about displaying kids artwork here – and whilst they are good ideas, I have found something even better… And seriously, I think this is my favourite App of all time.

ArtKive is an app that allows you to photograph your child’s artwork, upload it into albums, label it with their age or school year, and keep it filed away forever. There is also the option to create photo books of the artwork, so you can document it in physical form too.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. I love creating art with Stanley – and I love receiving it home from nursery. But with the rate he creates it, I could never possibly display it all. I find it impossible to throw it away though – screwing up something your child has created and throwing it in the bin just feels wrong. But now I can do it without a heavy heart, as I know they are safe forever in the virtual world.

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1. Log into the app (you’ll be given an option to set up a username and password the first time you log in).

2. Photograph the artwork or upload from your camera roll.

3. Tag the photo with child’s name, age, date and title (you can create profiles for each of your children).

4. Share with family and friends by clicking the ‘share’ button – or create into books or prints

I think it’s ingenious!

OK, so now the bad news. This app costs £2.99, but do you know what, some apps are worth the money. And for the same price as a takeaway coffee, I think it’s well worth the spend.

I’ve been busy uploading Stanley’s artwork since I downloaded last night. And it’s the first time I’ve looked at the piles on the shelf in his nursery for a long time, so that’s got to be a good thing. And since then, I’ve logged in several times to look at it. So in reality, I’m enjoying his artwork a lot more than when it was on a shelf.

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You can find it at the App Store to buy and download here. Happy archiving!



1st October 2014

8 Ways To Display Kids’ Artwork

I love it when Stanley gets creative – and whilst some of his masterpieces go straight in the bin  (especially when he’s in the mood for black paint), there are plenty of pieces that we create at home or come back from nursery that I want to display. With limited space in our apartment, however, I don’t really know where or how to hang them up – bar the odd piece stuck to the fridge with a magnet. So I have been busy researching for ideas to make a feature of his artwork and encourage his creativity (and Wilfred’s too, when he’s old enough to grab a crayon).

Here’s some of the ideas I have found (each linked to the blog or website that deserves the credit). Which one will you be trying? I think we’ll go for number 5, as they are so cheap to buy at IKEA (link to UK IKEA above picture – and link to Dubai IKEA here). I do love number 8 too; if only we could afford to have a whole wall of them!

1 – Pinboards for each child

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2 – Giant Pictureframe, string, and pegs

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3 – Magnetic frames for the fridge (similar found at Habitat for £7 each)

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4 – Colourful picture frames with binder clips

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5 – Curtain wire and clips (available at IKEA for £10)

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6 – Mounted Clipboards on wall 

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7 – A wall of photo frames

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8 – Kids’ Artwork Frames (My Little Davinci, from £29.99)

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