From Piles of Paper to Family Keepsake – Preserving Kids’ Artwork with SouvenarteBooks – And a GIVEAWAY!

From Piles of Paper to Family Keepsake – Preserving Kids’ Artwork with SouvenarteBooks – And a GIVEAWAY!

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With schools on hiatus for the summer, Moms everywhere know they have a decision to make. Nestled at home amidst the worn-out backpack, battered trombone case, and nearly out-grown gym shoes lay a mound of construction paper, ceramic sculptures, and paper-mâché creations.

A year’s worth of art projects represent so much to Moms – even more than the beauty of each individual piece. These collections showcase our kids’ creativity, their passions, and their cognitive and emotional development. We can page through everything from mixed media pieces to charcoal sketches to first writings and see how much they’ve grown and evolved by looking at what they created at the beginning of the year and what they produced by the end.

Even young toddlers in preschool begin building up a large body of artwork. I remember when my daughter started day care at 15 months. By week’s end, she had so many sheets of brightly colored paper with all sorts of collages and drawings. Fast forward and you can imagine what five years of day care will bring! An amazing collection of artwork that you will want to save (at least some of) – all before the start of kindergarten! While you might not have room to save every scribble or handprint, SouvenarteBooks will make a very special book of your favorite pieces marking milestones and preserving memories of special moments.

But as much as we love our kids’ artwork – we all wonder what are we going to do with those staggeringly high piles? We want to keep every crayon scrawl and every glue-and-glitter masterpiece – yet with each passing year, many of those special pieces of art will fade and disappear. And the thought of throwing any of it away – even covertly – feels gut-wrenchingly wrong. Doesn’t it?

Fortunately, SouvenarteBooks offers a solution that doesn’t include making furtive, middle-of-the-night trips to a dumpster across town or turning the spare bedroom into archival space. Susan Berman, founder of SouvenarteBooks imagined a better way that allows us to turn our kids’ artwork into a bound book worthy of any home.



Here’s how it works: first, you select the size of the book you’d like: 10 x 8, 13 x 11, or 12 x 12, then, you choose any number of pages you’d like so you can decide how large you want the book to be and how many art pieces it will include. You or the staff of designers at SouvenarteBooks can decide what you’d like to include-ranging from crayon drawings to watercolor sketches to even 3-D dioramas or clay pieces. You can create a totally customized book from cover to cover.

Once you send your selected artwork to SouvenarteBook’s New York office, they will then transform your pile into a beautifully bound book with archival paper. Costs range from $170 to $390, depending on the style and size of the book you select. Even better, families can be as involved in the process as they like – choosing to work with a SouvenarteBooks designer to curate your book’s selection of artwork or sending explicit directions to their studio on how you’d like the art to be ordered. All books come with a display stand and book jacket where you can include your child’s photo and place an artist’s bio or statement. All art is returned with your book as well.

But even more than a solution for keeping our kids’ artwork organized and under control, the books offer families a permanent way to keep and preserve memories. In my own family, we’ve gone all digital – storing virtually all of our photos online, in the cloud or on a DVD – but nary a photo album in sight! And yet I have wonderful memories of how much I enjoyed pulling out my grandmother’s photo albums and sitting around the dining room table together paging through years and years of family photos. Now, SouvenarteBooks allows our families to connect and have the opportunity to step back, slow down, and remember our son’s kindergarten self-portrait or how proud our daughter was when she began signing her own artwork.

SouvenarteBooks ensure that these memories will be accessible – no more digging through an attic storage area for a dusty shoebox full of second-grade drawings. SouvenarteBooks provide families with an enjoyable way to look back on their kids’ childhood years – pointing out favorite holiday art projects or milestone pieces such as the one that was in the big 5th grade art exhibit. Moreover, SouvenarteBooks offer kids a great way to share their memories and accomplishments with grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends. SouvenarteBooks makes a perfect memorable birthday gift for grandma.



Any Mom knows how fast kids grow up – now with SouvenarteBooks, we can create a window in time to preserve memories of our kids’ love and creativity.

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Win a SouvenarteBook!

We’re giving away the chance for one lucky Mom Central reader to win one SouvenarteBook. (Giveaway value approximately $170.)

To enter, leave a comment below on what you do with your child’s artwork. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on July 9, 2014. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email.

* You must be 18 or over to enter for a chance to win and a resident of the U.S. By entering our giveaway, you must have read and understand our giveaway rules.

Giveaway ends at midnight EST on July 9, 2014.

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Comments (20)

  1. It is all in a box on a shelf. I actually have been meaning to do something like this with it, but I haven’t gotten around to it. This would be AMAZING!


  2. Carol says:

    Random folders that I will never throw out!

  3. Lara N says:

    Some of my twins’ art goes up on our apartment’s walls, some goes in the plastic storage bins, and yes, some pieces that they don’t have any sentimental attachment to that are falling to pieces do get respectfully thrown away.

  4. KERRY TOFTE says:

    Right now it is in a pile on top of the kitchen cupboard. I need a new system!!

  5. Melissa F says:

    I keep most of it but due to space issues, I have to be selective somewhat. This service sounds like such a wonderful idea and really wish they would have had something like that when I was a child. My mom didn’t have too much of my artistic renditions I did as a child throughout moving and time passing.

  6. Suzan says:

    It depends on the artwork. My son LOVES to draw therefore he has tons of drawings. So depending on the type of artwork, I will either keep them in a binder or take photos of them and throw away the ones that are redundant. I’ve been thinking of gathering them all to make some kind of book but this would be a great idea!

  7. DebbieKL says:

    Right now I have a pile of my favorites in my desk. I’ve thought about taking photos of them, but haven’t tried yet.

  8. Tabby Terrell says:

    When the fridge got to full of my daughter’s artwork…we bought a 3 ring binder and plastic sleeves and now everything fits nicely in her own “artwork portfolio”.

  9. Kristin Goodson says:

    We usually just put it on the fridge!

  10. Erin Mollir says:

    most we put them in plastic pages and binders, bigger project go in files or boxes
    I love this idea, these look really awesome. I hope I win!!! We could really use this!

  11. Sarah Oswald says:

    We always hang them on the front of the fridge

  12. Summer says:

    I pick and choose the art projects I like the best and have sentimental value to keep in a family file and, unfortunately, have to toss the rest :(

  13. Jenn says:

    My kids are artists, and it’s really hard for them to part with their artwork. What usually happens is, they save them all, and some of them end up wet, then they let me throw them away.
    This service looks really neat.

  14. Jill Kathan says:

    We decorate our home with our daughter’s art work. Often, I have o\it made into cards, frame it, or send it to someone she loves. I cherish those memories :)

  15. Crystal Jo Bruns says:

    My Dad makes loads of wooden things. He created a large keepsake box for me to store all my boys school stuff including their artwork. It sure has been filling up fast though.

  16. nicole says:

    right now I have them in boxes! This would be such a better idea!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Rose Reeder says:

    We put on refrigerator, then leave it in piles, to admire their talent.

  18. Donna says:

    We have two plastic storage bins with all the art work in it for each child so we have 4 bins taking up precious space. We have used some as wrapping paper for grandparents and aunts/uncles. What a great idea.

  19. Anonymous says:

    usually just ends up in random piles

  20. Marcie says:

    it is on the fridge

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