With my daughter’s gross and fine motor skills continuing to develop, I always try to provide her with a wide range of mediums to explore, and of course, get messy playing with. Last year saw a huge jump from scribbles to defined faces. Including cat tails when she drew her “babies”, Breck and Tay-Tay.
Not having the room, or desire, to keep every.single.little.piece. of art that she produced, I researched and found a very simple app called Artkive for my iPhone to capture and store images of her artwork, to then create a book of things she created in 2013.
What I like about the Artkive App is that it is quite easy to use. Take a picture. Upload to App. Done. Once you’re ready to create your book, that is very simple to do right from your phone. You can select which images to print. Add the child’s name, date created, and/or age. Bonus points for the fact that your account, along with all the images you’ve been collecting, transfers if you happen to upgrade your phone! (Unlike some other apps I’m dealing with)
I chose not to have her name on every single page since it was her book as stated in the title. But I did choose to show the production date, which unfortunately is about almost readable size on the side of an image. While this might be user error, I would have liked the images to be arranged in the book in order. Need to look into that.
Would I do it again for 2014? Yes, and I’ve already started.
(Excuse the image quality. Shot in low light with iPhone and edited in Instagram)