{Organising} Part 2: Kids Drawings – digital photo frame

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I have shown you how I have a wall featuring some of the kids drawings, today I will show you how to display the remainder of their drawings.

I love the creativity and love that my kids put into each of their drawings and the little notes they write on them, “you are the best mum, I love you”.  How can I throw away a piece of paper that gives so much love?  But, if I kept every bit of paper I’d have a mountain in no time.  Instead, I scan the pictures and add to a digital photo frame which showcases all the drawings they have created along with their school photos.

Step 1

Gather your pile of drawings.

Step 2

Purchase a SD/Memory Card for the photo scanner and digital frame (you will only need one).  Place card into the photo scanner.

Step 3

Scan the drawings.  Placing the drawing facedown, I use a Kaiser Baas Photo Scanner. When scanning I write the kids name and year on a post it note and place on the drawings so I know who created it and when.

Step 4

Rotate all images so they will be displayed the correct direction. This is easily to manipulate in the menu settings.

Step 5

Once finished, remove the SD card from photo scanner and insert into the digital frame.

Step 6

Display frame and enjoy your little ones creations.

{The Organised Housewife} Storing Kids Artwork 2

This would be a fantastic gift to give grandparents, aunts or uncles for Christmas. 

View more storing kids artwork ideas:

Part 1: Create a wall gallery

Part 3:  Hang Drawings or Words of Wisdom

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30 comments

Linley Todd on Facebook October 27, 2011 - 5:43 AM

Awesome idea!!!!! I have an ever growing pile from Miss Charlotte, think youve given me the solution to the problem of her overflowing draw of craft – thank you so much!!!!!

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Amber Kelly on Facebook October 27, 2011 - 5:56 AM

Great idea!

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Kelly Piper on Facebook October 27, 2011 - 7:38 AM

I came across this idea for kids painting etc on another facebook page and thought I would share it

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Lisa Warren October 27, 2011 - 7:41 AM

That’s a fantastic idea! I never know what to do with the kids art. How cool would that look mounted on the wall with the other art pieces from yesterday’s post. It would be like an animated art gallery. Thanks for sharing Katrina.

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Megan Hall on Facebook October 27, 2011 - 10:33 AM

Great idea. I was going to take photos of my sons art and make a digital book with them. This idea is even better as they are constantly on display. You have also solved my next mothers day present problem

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Michelle Williams on Facebook October 27, 2011 - 10:36 AM

fantastic idea katrina, where did you get your photo frame from?

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Granthomestead October 27, 2011 - 2:30 PM

gosh – i just love your site… you are an inspiration!

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Emma October 27, 2011 - 5:25 PM

Katrina, that is without a doubt the very best idea I have ever heard for preserving the kidlet’s artwork. Picture me applauding wildly and jumping for joy 🙂

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Ali October 27, 2011 - 7:19 PM

Hi! Love the ideas for displaying the drawings – the wall of frames looks gorgeous.

I thought I would mention something my mother bought for me and I love… it’s called a file-o-frame http://www.fileoframe.com/ (not affiliated, just a happy customer) It has a space in the front for storing the current piece of artwork, and then in the back it has storage for other artwork. My plan is to only keep what will fit in the storage area (we’ll see if I actually succeed, but I love the idea of scanning what I get rid of!)

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Holly N. October 28, 2011 - 5:09 AM

Awesome idea! Thanks!

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Nicole Romano October 28, 2011 - 8:44 AM

Yes, fantastic idea for me in the future.

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Tanya Edwards on Facebook October 28, 2011 - 7:43 PM

What a great idea!

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Erin October 28, 2011 - 7:53 PM

Great idea! My girls are only 2 and 4 and I already seem to have a lot of paper (though I err on the side of hoarding . . . ) Might ask for these things for Christmas so I can start this!

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The Scrapbooking Housewife November 1, 2011 - 12:05 PM

Love the idea of using a digital frame! Brilliant! 🙂 My daughter does so much art that I can’t keep up with changing the wall frames, so this would work great!

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Davina November 4, 2011 - 10:32 AM

Got my digital photo frame yesterday and have scanned all my A4 drawings. Wondering where I can get the bigger pictures scanned? I have a file o frame too which is good but this is brilliant.

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Bec January 27, 2012 - 3:42 PM

Absolutely love! love! Love! That idea!

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Katrina January 27, 2012 - 9:53 PM

Clutter free and able to see them each day 🙂

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Erin Thompson April 17, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Love this idea!!!

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jenny April 28, 2012 - 3:09 PM

With 5 children, i do get mountains of artwork. This is a fan-photo-tastic idea, and something i will start doing right away. thank you for giving me a way to keep my meories.

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Elly February 8, 2013 - 7:35 AM

What I did last year was to laminate the drawings and artworks, sent some to my relatives residing overseas to surprise them and have some on the kitchen cupboards (using blu tac). Makes the walls look nicer as we live in a rental property.

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Neva February 8, 2013 - 7:48 AM

great idea as i just throw them out with 4 kids its just gets too cluttered at least i can keep the memory and still throw it out..

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Tracy Lyle February 8, 2013 - 8:51 AM

Awesome Idea! For those larger pieces of artwork I take a photo of my child holding their art – not only does that allow us to see the artwork but just how little our child was when they created it – and what child doesn’t love seeing themself in a photo! I also use the scanned images to create smaller photos of their artwork (I needed to reduce them in size as they have created so many pieces) to use in their “growth and development” scrapbook

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Sonia Garbutt February 10, 2013 - 8:38 AM

I just informed Miss 10 that I would be doing this soon. And then tossing her originals out! She was not impressed! She snatched her originals up and then lamented that if she had to take care of them, they would get destroyed… I think I have her between a rock and a hard place…lol

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Katrina February 12, 2013 - 2:49 PM

Its just too hard to keep them all, hopefully she can let go. Perhaps she can make a scrapbook with her most precious ones.

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Kylie Richards August 5, 2013 - 2:47 PM

Thank you for sharing these ideas, I am feeling inspired now. Whereabouts did you purchase the white frames?

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Katrina August 5, 2013 - 3:27 PM

Kylie these frames are from Ikea, very reasonably priced and pretty too!!

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Teresa February 17, 2016 - 1:35 PM

AMAZING idea, thank you! You’re so right, getting rid of the kids’ artwork is a painful thing, especially when they are so proud of it. One question, I don’t understand the part about the sticky note and keeping track of which child drew which picture and when.

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Teresa February 17, 2016 - 1:43 PM

LOL, never mind, when all else fails, reread the directions!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 18, 2016 - 7:46 AM

As I have 3 kids, it helps me work out which drawing belongs to which child, sometimes they don’t write their name on it. And I put the date, so I know their age when they drew it.

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