It is a decision I face daily. When my five-year-old daughter shows me her latest work of art, do I: A) talk to her about it and then stealthily slip it into the recycling bin, or B) talk to her about it, hang it on the wall or fridge, leave it there for a couple of years forgotten, and then stealthily slip it into the recycling bin? The mental load is real.
There are a lot of neat apps that will digitally archive your kids’ artwork, but many charge a storage fee. And if you want create a book or other physical memento later on, you’re stuck with using that particular service. I’d like to save my daughter’s creations (recent gems: A playground made of dyed macaroni and “a rainbow with no green because it’s a very special type of rainbow”) without making any sort of commitment.
One solution that I like: Create an Instagram account for this purpose.
You probably already use Instagram, so there’s no need to download another program or app, and if you want to make a book or gift later on, there’s a wide variety of Instagram-connected options, such as Chatbooks, Blurb, Artifact Uprising, Pinhole Press and Shutterfly.
You can make the account private, or not. (Who knows — maybe your young artist will be discovered as the next mini Monet?)
Now excuse me while I head to the recycling bin to dig out some masterpieces.