Storing kids' artwork? There's an app or two for that.
Storing kids' artwork is one of the bane of many parents' existence, no matter the size of your home. When my daughter was in daycare, there wasn't a day that would pass when I wouldn't come home with at least two masterpieces (i.e. a blank piece of paper with one piece of glitter and three marker lines.) Regretfully, a lot of the work from her minimalist period found its way to the recycling bin.
Thanks to a couple of new fantastic artwork-saving apps, I'll never have to experience that guilt again.
and Art My Kid Made
are two cool iOS apps that help busy parents treasure all their kids'
creations. Both work in similar ways but offer different features,
depending on what you're looking for.
ArtKive, which is free for a limited time, is more of a personal preservation app that lets you photograph and store your child's
artwork right in the app, and share with select members--whomever you deem worthy of
joining your ArtKive "Circle." I like how you can also create different
profiles for different kids to keep their masterpieces separate, while tagging and organizing the artwork by date and grade really easily with dropdown menus. It's not complex, and it is a step above simply photographing the artwork and keeping in your photo library.
My Kid Made on the other hand, is much more social, like a kids' artwork social network. You save and store artwork in the same way--by taking a
photo--but can instantly share it over Twitter, Facebook, Evernote
the Art My Kid Made network. What's cute about this app is that you can
see other kids' drawings and paintings in a long scroll of pieces that
parents throughout the Art My Kid Made network have uploaded; however one huge drawback is that if you don't share it, it doesn't show up on your
"fridge." There is also an editing function within the app after you
have uploaded artwork that lets you modify, crop, enhance, add stickers,
and special effects--but doesn't that defeat the purpose of preserving
your kid's original art? There are already plenty of apps that allow kids to draw right into your phone.
I personally prefer
ArtKive because to me, my kids' artwork is something that I want to
have and treasure and not necessarily broadcast to the world. But
depending on what kind of artwork collector you are, you'll definitely
find what you're looking for in either or both of these smart apps. -Jeana
ArtKive and Art My Kid Made are both available for free from iTunes. ArtKive is free for a limited time only though, so grab it while it's free!
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