With four girls, you can imagine how many of our walls, doors and other surfaces are covered with homemade artwork. Each time I rotate the artwork, I save some in a box and the others get carefully hidden in our recycle bin. I tried taking photos of art projects, but with four kids it can be difficult to remember who created which fish or button collage. This very conumdrum is the inspiration behind the new app, Artkive.
Artkive, is the clutter-free way to save and enjoy your child’s artwork. Created by seasoned entrepreneur, Jedd Gold, the app solves a problem faced by nearly every parent with young kids – what to do with the mountains of art projects piling up at home?
“My daughters were the inspiration for Artkive – there was a never-ending amount of artwork they’d create and we’d feel guilty about throwing it away,” says Gold. “The art we did keep, was sitting in a box in the garage, never to be seen again. With Artkive, we get rid of the clutter. Having it all turned into a book means we can now appreciate and remember their work – and they are so proud to see their art in print.”
Here’s how it works:
1. Each time your child creates a piece of art, just open the app, take a picture of the artwork and select which child created it.
2. The Artkive app automatically tags that image with the child’s grade and the date created. You can also add a title and/or description.
3. Choose who in your “Share Circle” to share the art with and/or just Artkive it, meaning its now safely stored in our cloud. You’re now on your way towards building a portfolio of art you’ll be able to turn into a book or similar product.
Artkive saves all artwork chronologically, and its possible to organize projects by each child’s first name and grade (perfect for large families!). Right now the app is free for a limited time (soon it will retail for $4.99). “Most parents don’t have the time to save artwork so it never gets done. With Artkive, it will be almost as easy as pushing a button” says Gold.
I’ve seen a few art apps or programs online, but what makes Artkive stand out is that a “plaque” is attached at the bottom of each image. The plaque shows which child created the artwork, what grade he or she is/was in, the date the project was created and the title – just like you would see in an art gallery.
If desried, you can make a book out of your child’s artwork, which is great timing for the holidays. Since I’m constantly looking for ways to streamline and manage the clutter, this is one app I’ll use and use often!