A funny thing happened over dinner last night, when a few of my girlfriends and I were laughing at what we had in our pocketbooks when the bill came.

I had my usual, “bag of tricks” crayons, snacks, hair bows, action figures, etc… and my friends had their own collections as well, when they asked me, “What do you do with all of you children’s artwork?”

I began to laugh and say how I save what I think will not disintegrate or fall apart over time, but have recently been taking pictures of all of their work and am going to make a book the end of this year on Kodak Gallery.  To be honest, most materials will fall apart over time, and scanning or taking pictures is the best way to preserve their, “masterpieces” I feel.

My son’s school has joined,  “Artsonia“, in which the art teacher scans all of the children’s work to their website, and you can purchase, shirts, mugs, and an abundance of things with one of your childs pieces.  Check out the website and see if the school your child goes to can participate, for it is a great idea.  I believe you could do it as well, as long as you scan the work and set up an account, but I am not sure.

Lastly,  if you are a parent who likes to keep everything, then I would suggest purchasing a professional portfolio case vinyl, or plastic (from Pearl Paint or online), versus the cardboard ones they sell for children.  They have a large zipper to protect all of the pieces, and store them in a cool dry place.

For who knows, you might have the next Picasso on your hands…