Let’s talk about our kid’s “art.” My son is so proud of every 👏 single 👏 piece 👏 of 👏 paper he brings home. It doesn’t matter if it took him 30 seconds or 30 minutes to so… he proud and finding his said “art” in the trash would crush him (trust me on this if it hasn’t happened to you yet.) What on earth are we supposed to with the mountain of “art” that our kids are so very proud of? That’s exactly what I am tackling in today’s post: what to do with your kid’s school art.
This is my second year making my son an album out of his art (I have a coupon code for you at the bottom!) . You can check out my post here where I dive into 7 tips on how to do so. In today’s post I am going to give you a step-by-step guide to creating your album- and get this- it’s ALL done on your phone! 💃 I’ve broken up this process into 4 main parts: Organizing, Photographing, Editing, and Creating the album.
You can grab a FREE cheat sheet to making your album here: 7 Steps to Organizing Your Kid’s Art
More of a visual learner? Click below to watch a YouTube video all about this!
The first issue when it comes to “what to do with your kid’s school art” is what to do when it starts flooding in. First thing is first- as soon gets in your home, put the date on the back. This is something I have failed to do and I will definitely be more intentional with next year. “Was this art from this year or did it get mixed up with last year’s?”
Next, you need to have a safe place (that little hands can’t get into) to put the art throughout the year. Make sure this is a place you can easily access because you will be adding items to it almost weekly if not daily. Don’t put it on the top shelf of the closet. Maybe you can clear out a drawer or get a plastic container to put at the bottom of your closet. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s easy to access.
When it’s time to photograph the art, take everything out of the bin or drawer. Look through every piece of art and throw away any that might have gotten in there by accent or is broken beyond repair. Every year I have art slip in there that I have no idea what it is or why it’s there. It goes directly to the trash. Neatly stack the artwork and it’s now time to get photographing. (and I have to add- make sure you display the art before putting it away!)
Photograph the Art
Next up, it’s time to take pictures of the art. Photographing the art is way easier than you may think. First off, you’ll want to take the photos on your phone. You can turn the grid on your phone to make sure the art is all in the middle and that you are holding your phone parallel to the ground- I discuss this more in my YouTube video. Make sure to check it out!
You will want to photograph in a room filled with natural light. I like to do this close to a window. Pro tip: if you a room that is north facing (assuming you are in North America) that is where the most consistent light will be.
For the background, I like to make sure to use the same consistent background. I use a simple white table cloth similar to this one. Place is by the table cloth on the floor in a room filled with light (probably by a window) and take one photo of each piece of art.
Editing the Photos on Your Phone
Oh, I’ve found even easier ways to edit the photo in Lightroom mobile this year! Follow the steps below and it will take you no time! To follow along step-by-step, you will need to download Lightroom Mobile and have my Mom Mobile Filters (presets.) You can find my presets by clicking here. If you need help with mobile presets, I have post all about how to install and use them here.
Once you have Lightroom and your presets installed, you’re ready to get editing.
- Open Lightroom
- Add photos from camra roll (bottom right button)
- Select the photos you want in your album and hit “add.” Pro tip: Drag your finger to select mutiple photos you want to import. If you click one photo at a time, it will take you forever to import them all.
- Scroll to find the first photo you want to edit and select it.
- Apply the preset you like (and hit the check at the bottom)
- Swipe and do the next photo until all of them are edited.
- Once they are all edited, go to your “library” and select the three dots at the top right. Choose “select” and select all the edited photos you want in your album.
- Select “share” and then “export to camera roll.” After a few minutes, they are all saved to your phone and we can create your album.
Create an album
Finally, let’s make our art album. I love how easy it is to make a Chatbook album from your phone.
All you have to do is choose the size book, the cover, and simply add the photos. That’s it!
I like to also add a couple of photos of my son during that time just so I can see exactly what he looked liked during the time he made these pieces.
In my YouTube video, I show you some simple hacks to make it super easy to design.
Lastly, use code KAYLA20 and save 20% off your album!
So, there you have it! You now know exactly what to do with your kid’s school art. Remember, use KAYLA20 to save 20% off your album. Now it’s time to get photographing!
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