This post was sponsored by Artkive as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
A few weeks ago I shared on my Instagram stories that I was filling up a box with Jane’s entire year’s worth of preschool artwork and sending it off to Artkive to test out their Artkive Book process. I got so many messages in response asking for my review once the book arrived because it sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat! Just like at our house, many of you also have endless piles of precious preschooler artwork that pull at your heart strings (but also take up so much space!).We love every single thing Jane creates and that tiny little parental guilt voice whispers inside our heads: how dare you throw out this masterpiece?! No one on earth will ever make a finger painting as precious as this one! But realistically, we have dozens of paintings and art projects that come home from school every week and I store them because I don’t know what else to do with them, but eventually we will be buried underneath a mountain of her artwork. I have seen ads for The Artkive Book and when Artkive reached out to see if I’d like to try it, I jumped at the chance to give it a whirl.
The process is super simple: Artkive provides you with a prepaid box to fill with your kids’ art that you send off to them. (*You can opt into getting your child’s artwork returned, if you’d like!) There is a helpful little packet in the box that explains the process and helps you organize the materials if you have more than one kid, or if you want the pieces organized in a certain order. You pack up the box, mail it back, and then Artkive professionally photographs each piece and sends you a preview of the book to approve or tweak. Once you sign off on it, Artkive turns it into a keepsake hardcover book with all of the pictures of your child’s artwork! I like that you can put anything in the box, from bigger scale paintings to three-dimensional artwork. I even put in a few special notes we received from her teacher about her progress throughout the year that I knew I’d want to remember. We opened up the book this week and it was a really fun surprise to see all of her special pieces from the past school year. All guilt was lifted that the stack of paintings and masterpieces aren’t stacked up in my closet anymore, I love that they’re preserved in a book that we can look back on – it’s such a fun idea to do year after year!