Organizing Your Child’s Art – Tips from a Multitasking Mumma!

This week my friend Robin had a lovely visit with my friend Bruna and the result of that visit is this post!

The discussion over at Bruna’s was how mom’s (and dad’s) store all of the wonderful crafts and paintings that our children create for us.

How do we pick which one’s to keep and which ones to throw away donate?

How do we organize all of the creations so that we can look back on them in the years to come?


Let me share my idea for organizing my daughters crafts with you.


Start out by purchasing a large scrapbook with the clear folder inserts that will allow you to place items in them.

Create a “title page” for your insert, you can include the year, their height, best friends names, aspirations, favourite colours, class trips, etc. This you will do for each grade.

Pick out your favourite pieces of artwork and crafts.

Now put your title page in the front of the scrapbook sleeve and the art work you have chosen behind it.

Once completed all of your child’s crafts, stories, and artwork will be categorized and you will have a page documenting their awards, friends, and activities!


Do you have any interesting ways to store your kids art?


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40 Responses to Organizing Your Child’s Art – Tips from a Multitasking Mumma!
  1. Sweaty
    October 21, 2011 | 5:30 am

    Very useful tip, Leighann. Over the years, my daughter has produced tons of ‘works of art’ (ahem), and all these time I’ve been too lazy to sort them out. I tend to just throw everything in a box and then now there are all these boxes that I’m too scared to even open! lol

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:11 pm

      Your daughter could probably do this on her own!
      THERE, done.

  2. Galit Breen
    October 21, 2011 | 6:16 am

    This? Is fantastic! You’re such a great Mama!


    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:11 pm

      YOU are a great mama!
      I learn from YOU..

  3. Cookie's Mom
    October 21, 2011 | 8:11 am

    This is one of life’s important issues. I like how you’ve handled it. Little J likes to glue a few of his favourites into a scrapbook of his own (after mommy sets aside a few really special ones). I put a few away in a box with the intention of adding them to a scrapbook for him. (Time. I need more time!!) Some I take photos of. The rest get stored in a place very near the recycling and garbage bins and then sort of slide into the garbage or recycling bin when no one much cares about them any more.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:10 pm

      That’s is a fantastic idea!
      Having one of their own… gooooood stuff!

  4. Jordan
    October 21, 2011 | 9:31 am

    I have no idea where you find the time to stay so organized. Would you come to my house and help me:) Please!! Great Idea though. Your one smart woman.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:10 pm

      I really don’t have anytime.
      It’s ridiculous.
      I miss you. xoxo

  5. Alison@Mama Wants This
    October 21, 2011 | 9:47 am

    Love the tips – not just practical but oh-so-pretty!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:10 pm

      Thank you Alison!!
      That means a lot.

  6. Sarah
    October 21, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    What a great idea.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:08 pm

      I think so too!
      And soooo easy!

  7. Stasha
    October 21, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    I ook at these and think how fun, how easy. I want to play too. I adore organized people. Specially when they are as fun on Twitter as you 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:08 pm

      Thank you.. I like being fun on twitter!

  8. Mark
    October 21, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Beauty and Brains! Can you dance too? Wait! I may have actually seen you do that.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:07 pm

      You are so wonderful!
      I’m blushing!!
      Stop it!
      Okay, tell me more.

  9. Synnöve
    October 21, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    Wonderful paper and very creative work. Beautiful.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:06 pm

      thank you so much!!
      I am obsessed with scrapbooking!

  10. Kimberly
    October 21, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    I love scrapbooking, so why didn’t I think of this? Love this idea!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:06 pm

      you love scrapbooking?
      OMG we are so meant to be friends!

  11. Rach (DonutsMama)
    October 21, 2011 | 9:51 pm

    You are a genius. I love this idea!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:06 pm

      I love that you called me a genius!

  12. Julie
    October 21, 2011 | 10:00 pm

    Looks great! Very nifty idea.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:06 pm


  13. Carri
    October 21, 2011 | 10:49 pm

    You’re a way better mom than I am. I throw it up on the fridge and call it good. What I’m not fond of goes to Grandpa! haha

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:05 pm

      I am so not a way better mom.
      I’m just anal.

  14. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    October 22, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    Oh, great idea. And this is something I could totally do, too. Thanks lady! (And for the link, too.)

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:04 pm

      Thank YOU for the inspiration

  15. Leigh Ann
    October 22, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! Not only is the artwork stored, but it’s in something pretty! #youareagenius

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:04 pm

      thank you for saying I’m a genius.
      I’m going to frame this comment.

  16. Bruna
    October 23, 2011 | 12:00 am

    I absolutely LOVE this idea and might just try it out! Thanks for linking to me, Leigh Ann!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:03 pm

      thanks for the idea!
      I just happened to realize that I created the organization for crafts when I was reading your blog.

  17. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    October 23, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    What a fantastic idea!! My organization of my boys school art consists of throwing them into their own totes and vowing to get to them later….yeah, so far it’s not working so well!

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:01 pm

      I was so tired of piling up the crafts and art that’s why I started this and so far it’s working.

  18. Elena
    October 23, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    These are great tips! I need to do more scrapbooking for the kids. I always just think ‘oh, I’ll show them my blog’ – but I need someplace to put all the artwork, etc. I do like to have 2 frames in the kitchen to put in the most current artwork – but I definitely need someplace to put in the old ones.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:00 pm

      I have art work all over my kitchen walls too.
      BUT this scrapbook idea keeps some of it contained.

  19. Stephanie
    October 23, 2011 | 9:14 pm

    I scan or take photos of all artwork or crafts. Then I decide on a handfull each month that we like best and it becomes part of their yearly photobooks. No paper piling up but still have the memory of it.

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 24, 2011 | 9:00 pm

      That’s an awesome idea! I like the idea of photo books too!

  20. Elaine
    October 24, 2011 | 11:07 pm

    Why the heck didn’t I think of this? Perfect! We also frame some of the best ones in inexpensive IKEA frames and hang them in their rooms. But I LOVE this idea!! 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      October 25, 2011 | 1:55 pm

      OH GREAT IDEA!!!!

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