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I was excited to have the opportunity to talk with Dana at Artimus Art, and learn all about their unique and fabulous way of preserving children’s artwork.

Because if your kids are anything like mine, they come home with handfuls of special projects, arts and crafts, and precious scribbles almost everyday.  I lovingly display them, paste them up on our art wall, the refrigerator, hang them on their bedroom doors…and then safely “tuck them” into a big box.  In the closet.  Or worse.  I (shhhhhhh) recycle them.

Artimus Art takes your child’s artwork and creates a beautiful keepsake for your family – in the form of a gorgeous, museum-quality, customized, oversized, hard cover book.

How it works – collecting the artwork

I am totally guilty of snapping quick pictures of my kiddos’ adorable artwork with my iPhone.  Most of the time, the photos sit on my phone and either get uploaded to my computer and electronically filed (when I remember), OR get deleted to create more space on my phone.

Plus (inevitably), the pictures are low res, and many times, grainy.  Especially when I do take the time to print them.  Ugh.  Not really what I was going for in the memory preservation department.

Artimus Art actually sends you an art collection box (with return postage included!) after you purchase a package from them, and you can gather all of your favorite kid projects and ship them back.  No hassle. (Don’t worry, you’ll get the artwork back when they ship your finished art collection book.).

Since this is such a professional, quality project, I suggest creating your book by either your child’s chronological age, by their school year, or even by a bundle of their school years together (i.e. Preschool Years, Kindergarten – 3rd Grade, etc.).

Production

Now the magic happens.  When the artwork arrives at their facility, you will be notified that it’s arrived safely.  They will start scanning the artwork, and post to your own private online gallery. You will receive an email indicating that the images are posted.

Once your art images are posted to the web gallery, you can log in and customize your 11″ x 11″ book.  A nice, big, shiny, thick coffee table book.

You can even create a dedication page – how cute is that?!

All of their production and binding is in-house only.  Which means you are getting the highest level of quality possible.  You will be notified via email during each phase of the book-making process.

Tis the season…to get going!

This is definitely an investment of your time – it is a project that takes at least eight weeks (sometimes more, depending on your own timeline and shipping timelines), from art collection to delivery of your new book.  So if you have your eye on this fabulous art book for holiday presents, now’s the time to start!

And yes, you get discounts for printing multiple copies of the book, so think grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles, close friends…whoever would love a copy of your child’s amazing, one-of-a-kind artwork.  The extra books range from $45-$65 (for each book), depending on the total package you purchase.

You can check out their packages and prices here.

Want to gift someone this wonderful art keepsake?  Visit Artimus Art online and purchase a gift certificate.

Still have questions?  Read their FAQs or email info@artimus.art.com.

Plus…they have a new blog – all about art!

Artimus Art is launching a brand new blog (coming soon!), dedicated to the subject of art and how it relates children.  You can read about ideas for displaying your child’s artwork, art therapy for children, activities and projects to do with your kids…and the list goes on.  Watch for new blog entries!

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Ideas for organizing and printing your digital photos

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How many of you are like me and can’t stop taking pictures of your kids? I’m definitely guilty of being overly snap happy when it comes to my little ones. And, since there’s no end to the amount of iphone shots, instagram photos and “real” camera photos I can rack up, I’ve quickly fallen behind with actually printing any of the photos you see above.

This year, I’ve made it a priority to “spring clean” my digital photos and finally take my bazillion photos off my computer and put them onto something both beautiful and tangible that we can enjoy for years to come. And, I’m excited to share what I’ve found with all of you!

First, I wanted to quickly highlight my two favorite sources for tips on organizing your photos which you can read here at PC Magazine  and Clickin’ Mom.

For me, the biggest issue was going through years of photos and deleting ones that I wouldn’t want printed (or were duplicates) and then categorizing them in a way that makes it easy to find what I’m looking for quickly. I followed this simple format:

Pictures > Year > Month > Activity

I promise you that once you take the effort to organize your old photos, you’ll be so much more conscious of how you import and catalog your new ones, making next year’s spring cleaning much easier!

Printing your digital photos

Now here’s the fun part – finding great resources to print your photos!

I’m so excited to try Artificat Uprising. They have the most beautiful albums offered in both hard and soft cover and the layouts are not overly designed, which I like. I think I’m going to start with their instagram books using a few of the photos you see above.

Blurb is another fabulous resource for printing photo books, or any other books for that matter. How fun would it be to make your own cookbook of your family’s favorite dishes? I love the variety of options this site offers and will definitely be using them in the future.

Unique Photo Gifts

Lastly, I am in love with this idea from Pinhole Press of creating a personalized memory game using family photos.

You just choose 12 favorite photos (of friends, family, pets, vacations, whatever you’d like), and Pinhole puts them on thick cards with graphic backgrounds. This is definitely a game everyone would love to play at your next family get together!

Are you guys good about capturing and printing life’s little moments? I’d love to hear how you do it and what methods you use for staying digitally organized. I can definitely use the help!

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Guest Blog – Picky Sticky

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This great find was sent to me by a fellow mommy blogger named Julie.  I think this is the CUTEST idea!  Here is what she writes..

“You know those nostalgic moments when you go in the basement of your parent’s house, dust off the old photo albums, flip through the 2×4″ sepia pictures, and smile at each one, trying to remember where you were and when it was? Our children realize how lucky they are to have digital cameras today. I can take six of the same photographs of my daughter. She smiles in half and of the half, her eyes were open in only one. So that’s the one I print! The one in my old photo album? The only one my mother took: Not smiling, eyes closed. And I don’t have a clue how old I was. I guess 6 months. My mother tells me I was more like 1. Ugh…

So imagine my delight when I found Picky Sticky: round stickers, 4″ in diameter, that announce ages (0-12 months; 1-12 years), celebratory months, and even count progress of pregnancy by the week. Picky Sticky comes in girl-friendly and boy-friendly.

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How it works: Step 1) Get baby;   Step 2) Put baby in onesie (white works best);   Step 3) Put said sticker on said onesie;   Step 4) Take picture (or 6, if you’re like me). VOILA!

This is my daughter, Hailey, sporting Month 3’s sticker.

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I actually did get some of her smiling, but I think she looks like a little doll here (Ahh, she melts me).

Pros: Different colors; Different Styles; Easy to use; No sewing, tape (or anything else crazy!) required; Comes on easily/comes off easily

Cons: What cons? (No, I don’t work for them…!)

So for less than $20.00, you can record your child’s milestones through a photograph (or yours if you’re pregnant!). What better way to truly capture a moment. LOVE THESE.”

Visit Julie’s blog, Farber Family Adventures, for more product reviews, giveaways, and to see her Hailey’s version of the old dusty sepia colored photo album!!

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Preserve Your Family’s Memories

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I have never been a traditional scrapbooking person.  In the “olden days” before digital cameras, my photos would collect in those photo storage boxes and I would get so behind and overwhelmed I would never get them into albums.  Then came the digital camera, which I LOVE, but now I have files and files of pictures on my computer and rarely get prints.   So, the challenge has been, how do I get these priceless photos into albums so that our family can enjoy them?  

About 3 years ago I got introduced to Heritage Makers,  a way that you can do your scrapbooks digitally, and it has been the perfect answer!   You can sign up for a FREE account, choose your album size and template, upload your pictures from your computer and work away without any mess or clean-up.    

The super cool thing is that they are web-based, so you don’ t have to download any software to your computer, and you are not limited to working from one computer.    Have a laptop in your kitchen?  You can grab 20 minutes to do a few pages after lunch! 

For this mom that loves Photoshop, their program has Photoshop capabilities that can allow you to get really creative in the design once you get the hang of it.

The company’s mission is to strengthen home and family by helping you create your family’s heritage.   So, these are not only albums that your family will enjoy, but albums that will be passed down through the generations as well.  

They also have lots of other products as well…cookbooks, calendars, planners, invitations, cards, announcements…all you can create and customize yourself with your own photos.   Check the website to see all their products.

Two quick things to mention!   If you have those shoe boxes of prints and want to get them on to your computer, they offer a scanning service for as low as $.19 a scan!  Perfect option if you are doing a special album for your parents or grandparents and want to use “old” photos.  

Also, Lisa (a TOTAL sweetheart) holds free workshops at her house in San Juan Capistrano to help you get started.  So, if you sign up and want some hands-on help, you can contact her for more details.  If you have friends that are interested, you can also host a workshop at your house and receive free products. 

Contact Lisa Baker for more information:
Phone: 949.493.8686
email: lisa@gotstorybooks.com

Hooray!  It’s a Tiny Giveaway!  Heritage Makers is giving away a free 8 x 8 digital scrapbook to one lucky winner!  

To enter, send an email to giveaways@tinyoranges.com.  In the email include:

1. First name and last initial
2. Tell me: Which product would you like to create first?  Click here to see all the options!

You can enter all week, just have your emails in before 5pm PST on Friday, June 5th.    Have a great Monday!  Can you BELIEVE it is already JUNE?!?!

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