Children are prolific producers of artwork.   My mom kept every piece of paper we drew on.  When we were very little, she would ask us what the scene depicted, then write the caption in her neat cursive at the bottom.

Which is how the family art files ended up with a picture of a woman in high heels plummeting through the air, and the sweetly looping caption “Bad fireman throwing lady from building.”

Overwhelmed with preschool masterpieces from our boys, I once made our own alphabet book.  Most of the graphics were very simple and reinforced the 26 letters the kids were learning anyway, so it was a natural project.  I liked it better than they did and was frankly quite proud of myself for thinking of this use for the pages full of bright, colorful graphics that piled up in our house.

Blog posts and magazine articles brim with suggestions for how to file, display, and share your children’s artwork, but another mom I met at Little League has come up with a fantastic idea.   Print your kids’ artwork and turn it into keepsakes and gifts.  You upload your children’s artwork to Abbe’s website and choose if you want it printed on notecards, return labels, notebooks, what-have-you. 

This new venture is the perfect blending of Abbe’s expertise from a career in the printing business and her job as a mother of brothers.  Deadline for Mother’s Day is April 26.  Start sorting through those piles of artwork today, and turn them into works of art!

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