Artimus Art: Custom Books of Your Child’s Art!

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your child’s art?  Personally, I feel guilty throwing it out, so lots of time they end up in a drawer or box with the thought “someday I will do something with these…” But that day never comes! If you have found yourself in the same boat, I am thrilled to tell you about Artimus Art, a company that takes the hassle out of preserving children’s artwork.

You send them your child’s artwork and they send you back a beautiful, professionally crafted fine art coffee table book to showcase your little one’s creations.The oversized books measure 11″ x 11″ and even include customizable covers a dedication page with photo upload. And, Artimus Art is giving away one of their 30 page Red Wagon books this week, so make SURE to enter below mamas!

Wouldn’t this make a darling gift for a grandparent? And seeing that we are approaching the end of school, wouldn’t it be a great idea to do an art book for each school year?  Or how about having children in a class each contribute a piece for a special teacher’s gift?

When I first heard about this company I wondered how they would get my child’s art into a printed hard cover, case bound book, so let me tell you how it works

1. First you count the number of art pieces you have, then choose a package on their website that fits the amount of artwork you have. You can order down as you can always add pages to a book package.

The Red Wagon package is a 30 page book, the Trolley, a 50 page book, or a Dump Truck, an 80 page book.  The art collection box shipping is included in all packages.

2. Once purchased, your art collection box will be shipped the next business day and includes a return label to send in your artwork. The collection box will include an order form to add pages, extra oversized artwork, and to order extra book copies. All you have to do is take the stack of artwork and put it in the oversized bag and mail it in along with your order form. Easy peasy!

3. When it arrives, each piece is scanned, digitally enhanced, gently restored, digitized and posted to a web gallery. By the way, you will also get email updates along the way to let you they received it. They can even scan pieces with glitter, macaroni or other materials!

4. Once a customer’s artwork is posted, they are notified by email. They can then log on to their account to customize their book. You can customize the cover, color, font, do a dedication page with a photo, even title the artwork if you would like.

5. When your customizing is complete, your book will be printed and bound, and they will return your artwork along with your art collection book.

Each book package includes one book, but if extra copies are desired, you can order duplicate copies at a reduced price.  For $20.00, you can even do a unique dedication page for grandparents, aunts, friends, anyone!

In addition to preserving your child’s artwork in the hardcover book, Artimus Art now also offers a CD with high resolution files of all your child’s art images. You can turn these files in a JPEG for use in countless projects such as iron-ons, invitations, cards, etc.  You can add on a disc to any package for only $35.

And let me just reiterate about the quality, these are not your run of the mill photo books, these are fine art quality books.  Quality is the number one priority for Artimus Art, so each piece is beautifully scanned with high attention to the color enhancement so the finished project is jaw dropping. All you have to do is Google “Artimus Art” and you can read all the rave reviews for yourself.

If you have a specific favorite piece of art, you can also order a canvas print to hang on your wall.  Such a darling gift idea or fun for a sibling’s room or new baby nursery. Oh la la I just LOVE the possibilities of Artimus Art!

And ONE very lucky reader today has the opportunity to win one Red Wagon Book ($165 value!) To enter, complete as many of the Rafflecopter entry options as you would like below. The more you do, the more chances to win. GOOD LUCK!

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[Disclosure: Artimus Art is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share this brilliant company with you!]

 

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I Met Ryan Seacrest [Coca-Cola American Idol Event]

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Last week I had a totally surreal experience when I was invited by Coca-Cola to attend an American Idol Finalists party in LA to learn more about their “Make Tonight a Family Night” best music cover artwork contest on www.MyCokeRewards.com.

The contest is all about bringing families together, showcasing your creativity and how your family ROCKS!  You can personalize your cover with all sorts of fun graphics and easy-to-use icons, backgrounds, fonts and accessories.

The winner that designs the best music cover wins a trip for 4 to the American Idol Finale Show!

Just make sure to submit your designs before March 13th and you might be taking your family to see the finale this year! Click HERE  and get to work designing yours!

Now let me tell you a little about the party…

Susanne and I headed up there last Thursday night and didn’t quite know what to expect. But, when we walked into the tented party, we both looked at each other in disbelief because we had no idea we would actually be a part of the American Idol party! 

I hyperventilated with excitement a little (not gonna lie) because I am an American Idol fanatic.

I have watched every single season from auditions to finale and still remember when Kelly Clarkson sang “Respect” on Season One and I called it right then and there that she would be the winner. Love you, Kelly.

The mom bloggers got their own media area compliments of Coca-Cola to preview the music cover contest and make our own. So much fun, mamas!  Your kids will love doing this with you!

So there we were having a great time mingling and making our own music covers when all of a sudden there was this hushed excitement as everyone gasped at who had walked in.

That would be RYAN SEACREST.

I met Ryan Seacrest. And immediately transformed from a 37-year-old mom into a giggly 13-year-old girl as you can see in the video above.

[Photo credit: Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Coca-Cola]

Unbeknownst to me, Susanne was videotaping our whole interaction trying to be inconspicuous while still chatting at the same time. I still can’t believe she pulled that off! 

Check her out in the picture above nonchalantly holding the video camera. So funny.

The best part about meeting Ryan Seacrest you might ask? He was a SUPER nice guy.

Very charming, personable and surprisingly easy to talk to. It is so refreshing when a star of that magnitude is actually better in real life than you would have expected!

I got to stand next to him and put my arm around him for a picture! You guys, I was just dying!

[Photo credit: Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Coca-Cola]

As if that was not enough, the mom bloggers were then escorted onto the blue press carpet and able to pose for a picture with the 13 American Idol Finalists and the next thing I know I am standing right next to Elise Testone who is one of my absolute FAVORITES!  She is in the hat below, I am to her left.

She is crazy talented. I just love her. She started chatting with me and again, was just so NICE and we were sort of both laughing together agreeing “this is wild!”

[Photo credit: Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Coca-Cola]

I also got to video the contestants talking to the press and spot my mom crush, Phillip Phillips. Is he a cutie or what?

It was the MOST incredible night EVER! Quite a departure from my normal Thursday night!

A huge thanks and big hugs to Coca-Cola for such a memorable evening. One of the highlights of my blogging career thus far for sure!

And if you are not watching American Idol this year, WATCH!!! The finalists are AMAZING! One of the best seasons I can remember. Check it out on FOX Wednesday and Thursday nights. I know I will and remember with fond memories the time Ryan Seacrest shared with the Tiny Oranges’ gals!

[Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event compliments of Coca-Cola but this is not a compensated post or video. Susanne and I received access to the party as well as a yummy dinner and dessert bar that was to-die-for. And oh yes, the opportunity to meet Ryan Seacrest and the finalists!! Thank you Coca-Cola!!! We love you!]

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I recently discovered the company Cheap Collage online and thought it was a cute idea so I wanted to share it with you. If you are interested in making your own collage, enter code “tiny50” for  50% OFF any order through 2/14/12 – yippee!

First you choose your shape or design your own, upload your personal photos, and then your photos are used in the shape of the design to make a personal and unique piece of artwork.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought this heart collage would make a VERY cute gift for a grandparent or child (but please note Valentine’s order deadline is 2/3 to ensure you get it on time!)

You can also choose to incorporate one picture or many pictures inside of one word, like your child’s name or FAMILY.  How cute would that be?  Or, something like “LUKE TURNS 3” with pictures throughout the year for a birthday party idea?

You could make one of your vacation, use honeymoon or wedding pictures, make one as a gift for a alumni that is nuts over their alma mater, anything!

They also have great race car or airplane design for those of you with little boys who love all things that go! Or a butterfly for your little girls.

But this one happens to be my favorite…and just in time for the month that we celebrate it…

Ahhhhh…and once again, to show us their love, Cheap Collage is offering a coupon code to Tiny Oranges readers to make it even cheaper.

Enter promo code “tiny50” for 50% OFF today through 2/14/12.

www.CheapCollage.com
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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Scotch Restickable Shapes for Mounting

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This was another favorite find at the BlogHer expo – Scotch Restickable Shapes for Mounting!

I overheard other moms at their booth raving about these handy shapes but I had never even seen them before. And after taking some home and using them, I had to wonder how had I never bought them before!  They are AMAZING!!!

The pack consists of 18 cute little shapes you can stick and mount on anything including STAINLESS STEEL (for your fridges!), plastic, concrete, glass, wood, painted walls and more. Better yet, you can clean and reuse again and again.

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