Artkive App Helps Preserve Kids' Art (and Control Clutter)

To say my daughters are prolific artists would be an understatement (and to say they are "artists" is perhaps an overstatement!). I love that every day ends with a pile of colorful and imaginative drawings and paintings. But there is no way we could keep every picture so I work together with my girls to choose a select group of favorites.

But there are days (many days) when I have to serve as the cruelest kind of curator and dismiss whole stacks of artwork with one flip of the trash can. Because, let's face it: not even a child prodigy consistently produces masterpieces (and even a child will admit that some drawings are just not worth saving). I've discovered there is a faster, simpler way to sort and save artwork without overstuffing your attic or file cabinets.

With a new app called Artkive I can save photos of my kids' artwork without cluttering up my home. Just take a photo of the drawing or painting and Artkive archives it for you. The app also attaches a "plaque" at the bottom of each image that shows name, date, title and grade. This is very appealing to me because I rarely remember to write the child artist's name and age on the back of each piece. Also, Artkive lets you quickly transform your kid's digital portfolio into a photo book.

No tech tool will every replace the beauty of an original childhood work of art, however. So, there will always be a handful of gems that will also go into special storage or be framed.

The Android app is coming this Fall.

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