DIY Kids Art Binder

Kids Art Binder
Kids Art Binder

Since becoming a mom and being inundated with not only baby + kid gear but also plenty of paper + art, I’ve realized that I cannot save it all. My son is now in preschool and has already created a vast collection of artwork in his short four years of life. As much as I want to preserve every last bit of it, there’s just not enough room in our home to properly showcase it all. That’s where the Instax art binder comes into play!

Kids Art Binder

I recently pulled Jack’s art that we were storing in a plastic bin and gathered together all of our favorite pieces and paired them with corresponding photos of Jack creating the masterpiece or simply photographed the artwork with my phone and printed it with the FUJIFILM Instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer. The whole process took a few hours and minimal supplies, but the end result is a handmade book that my whole family will treasure forever. Here are some of my best tips for creating an Instax art binder:

 - Don’t overthink it. Start with your very favorite pieces of art; don’t worry about documenting your child’s entire portfolio. Grab a small handful of crafting supplies (I only used white cardstock, a large date stamp, some alphabet elements and washi tape) and limit yourself to using those items only. The key is to get it done (while having fun, of course!) so you can document your child’s masterpieces while freeing up valuable space in your home.

- Tackle the oversized. For all of those extra large or dimensional pieces of artwork that just don’t seem to fit anywhere, take a photo with your phone (in my case I am using an iPhone X) of the art in natural lighting. You could also trim the piece down to fit the parameters of the binder while still capturing the essence of your child’s creativity. Print the photo out with the Instax SP-3 printer wirelessly from your phone. Note that you’ll need to download the Instax SHARE app from iTunes or Google play. You can also edit photos or add text to the photos before printing. Back to the options for oversized pieces, the Instax printer has a “split” feature so you can get creative and print one photo on two prints! Once you have documented the art, consider using the oversize original for wrapping paper!

- Curate the best parts. One of my favorite aspects of creating an art binder is that I get to showcase my favorite elements of Jack’s artwork by cutting them out of the original and gluing them to the cardstock background paper. Then I ask Jack for a little insight into the meaning behind the art and I write down his thoughts next to each piece, if it wasn’t there already.

- Use the front and the back. You know when your child is really feeling inspired and they express their creativity on the front and backside of a single sheet of paper? That’s where the Instax comes in handy. You can take a photo of one side and then glue that side down in the book. Then you pair the photo with the reverse side of the art and now you can treasure the entire masterpiece in a single, one-dimensional space.

Kids Art Binder

- Take photos that represent the era. As much as I would love to have images of Jack creating every single piece of art, I just don’t. One of my most beloved pages features a questionnaire from Jack’s very first day of preschool that I paired with a photo of him taken on the same day. Being able to read his answers to basic questions (i.e. what’s your favorite movie?) and compare it to what he would say now is invaluable, plus his cute little baby face on the first day of school makes me swoon. If you don’t have the corresponding images to every piece of art, simply use a photo of them from that general time period and include it with the artwork. Remember that it’s more important to capture the essence of a moment rather than getting hung up on everything being exact.

Kids Art Binder
Kids Art Binder

- Make the book accessible. I love to think of my Instax art binder in the same way that I think of coffee table books; I want it to be readily available to anyone who wants to look at it.

Kids Art Binder

SUPPLIES: FUJIFILM Instax® SHARE SP-3 SQ printer | Binder | Page Protectors | Alphabet Stamps | Mega Date Stamp

This post is in collaboration with FUJIFILM, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.

My next collection sneak peek

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Happy Monday! I am so excited to share a first look at my newest collection with American Crafts, Oh Happy Life! I think it will be available in stores beginning in August. Check out this fun, bright and cute collection. Can you believe it's my 11th release with American Crafts?!

Have good times and fun adventures with Oh Happy Life by Amy Tangerine. Preserve travel memories or everyday moments with this colorful collection! Delightful icons of doughnuts, animals, cameras and cars are presented in a true rainbow of colors. Tell your story and let the good times roll with Oh Happy Life!

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And of course we can't forget to show you a peek at the patterned papers! These are some of my favorites ever and there's even ones you can color in or just leave black and white.

American Crafts Amy Tangerine papers

Want to win an Oh Happy Life prize pack? Leave a comment below why you're excited to use this collection! We'll announce a winner next week! 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Loved reading all of your comments - thanks so much!

CONGRATS to the winner, Karen Beldon!!

UPDATED AUGUST 12, 2016: Oh Happy Life can be found at many local scrapbook stores and online at: Simon Says Stamp | Blue Moon Scrapbooking | Scrapbook.com 

Make It In May

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SUPPLIES: Paige Evans' Fancy Free page kit | Gold DIY Shop American Crafts Mini Stapler | Precision Pen | American Crafts Sticky Thumb Adhesives

Thought about doing a new series on YouTube where we make creative projects together throughout the month of May. Filmed the first one and I am not sure how many we will actually get to making, but I have been feeling really inspired and motivated as of late and want to show you all kinds of DIY's and projects. The first one is using Paige Evans' new page kit with Pink Paislee. Here's the video

Would love to hear your ideas on other projects we can work on together. Let me know in the comments below! Can you believe it's National Scrapbook Day this Saturday? I've got another cool video coming for you then, so you'll be the first to know about it if you're subscribed to my channel.

Finders Keepers projects + Behind The Scenes video

It was Finders Keepers week over at American Crafts. I thought it would be fun to do a round up of the projects using my newest collection, even though it just started shipping and will be in stores very soon! UPDATED! Finders Keepers is available at these fine online retailers: Simon Says Stamp | Blue Moon Scrapbooking | Scrapbook.com

In the midst of many projects, I carved out 30 minutes and put this layout together.

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Finders Keepers scrapbook page

For the title, I thought it would read "Peek A Boo Life is better with you", but then I started adding some elements in the top left corner, and I am not sure if it comes across that way. When layering papers, I recommend a combination of patterns with smaller designs mixed in with more solids. If you want your Thickers to stand out a bit more, simply tear a strip of washi tape in a different color and layer the letters on top. Also, I had fun using the tops of the pineapple wood stamp for the little splashes of aqua scattered on the page.

UPDATED: Finders Keepers is available at these fine online retailers: Simon Says Stamp | Blue Moon Scrapbooking | Scrapbook.com

Here is a quick little video shot by American Crafts while I was in Utah back in April. You'd never guess that it was snowing outside, so we made sure to create as much sunshine inside as possible.

I'll be sure to update this post as well as do another blog post when you can start getting your hands on the products. Hope you enjoy putting your own twist on your projects with Finders Keepers!

An interview, a podcast and getting published

So much going on around here lately, but not feeling too overwhelmed. Just yet. I have three fun things to share.

1. A while back, I received an email from Susan of Fuller By Design to see if I was interested in being a part of her interview series "Motherhood by Design: 52 Creative Mothers Talk About the Intersection of Motherhood and Creativity". I was honored she reached out to me about something I find to be a fascinating topic. I loved her interview with Elise. And though I was slammed with many deadlines and other demands, I chose to make it a priority and answered her questions. Hopefully you'll enjoy reading the responses here

2. I was recently on the Paperclipping Roundtable with Noell Hyman, Izzy Video (not his real last name, but I have to call him that especially after the recording) and May Flaum. We discussed the process of the last layout we each created and I learned quite a bit! Going to try and scraplift Noell's and May's awesome layouts soon. You can listen to the episode here and also hear the name of my next collection with American Crafts!

3. It's been a while since I've been published in any magazines, so it was really fun to see the Summer 2015 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today. I miss getting to hold scrapbook magazines since so many of them have gone away. Loved receiving my print copy. You can see the entire magazine online here. My colorful layout is on Page 24. 

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