CanvasConquest Giveaway

Thanks to CanvasConquest for sponsoring this post. At the bottom is a giveaway for a chance to win a gift certificate to their site where you can buy all sorts of products, including their 5 Piece Canvas Art and travel push pin maps.

Back in March of last year, when the stay-at-home orders started, I was convinced that I was going to get so much done around my house because we’d be spending much more time at home. Instead of going from one sport or activity to another I’d be tackling home projects, cooking from scratch, and keeping a spotlessly clean home. Well, here we are 10 months later and that hasn’t happened. Anyone else not been as productive as they thought they were going to be? Honestly I spent most of 2020 just trying to survive working from home while overseeing virtual learning for my two oldest and taking care of a toddler.

Now that 2021 is here though I have been feeling a bit more productive. I completely reorganized my kitchen, set up a tot school learning area for my newly two year old daughter, and deep cleaned a number of areas in my home -and we are only a few weeks into the new year! As much as I have gotten done so far though, I am looking around my home at a dozen other projects I want to get started.

One of those projects is putting up artwork on my bare walls. When I moved in to my home about five and a half years ago I added “decorate” to my to-do list but haven’t really done much since then. I did add some artwork to one wall with picture frames and bought a giant pushpin map to put above my bookshelves but that’s it.

I really need to tackle my living room wall and put something above my couch so I started looking online at CanvasConquest‘s website. We bought our home from my dad and stepmom and they used to have a giant three panel ocean print which I thought was pretty so I am considering doing something like that because the beach is one of my favorite places to be.

I also enjoy the Midwest and exploring all the cities around the Great Lakes so I looked at that artwork as well. There is just something so calming about artwork that features water! I love being reminded of all my travels as well, especially while I’m stuck at home and not traveling.

And of course, there’s always the choice to get artwork that features the skylines of the city I love and visit often- Chicago! There’s something so magnificent about the skyscrapers. I love this one that includes the skyline but also features the reflection of it on water.

CanvasConquest has a number of other canvas wall art options as well, from animals to flags to sports to flowers. I love the palm tree print above that reminds me of my time in Cali.

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Creating An Art Keepsake

Though my children are only toddlers I already feel like I’m being buried under tons of art collages, finger paintings, and other artwork. I know as they get older it’s just going to get worse so I decided to create a “brag book” of Jacob’s artwork from his toddler years. I went to The UPS Store with pictures of his artwork on a flash drive and they bound it into a book for me. To see how this was done you can view my whrrl story:

Once I brought my book home it was pretty plain so I wanted to decorate it. I gathered all of my supplies and got to work.

I wanted to first make a new cover for the brag book. I chose a piece of card stock and a couple pictures. I looked through my scrap-booking cabinet and found some fun polka dot frames for the pictures.

I used my X-ACTO knife to cut the pictures down to the size of the frames.

I used my Elmer’s dot runner around the edge of the frame and used it to attach the frame to the picture.

I then used adhesive squares to stick the framed picture to my cardstock.

Once the pictures were on I added a title to my book. I could have been done here but I wanted to add a little more. I chose to add some squiggles with paper and some art-themed stickers.

I attached my cardstock sheet to the old cover page with the Elmer’s craft bond adhesive squares and liked that I had the clear plastic cover over  it to keep the photos safe.

Along with adding a cover I also wanted to label the artwork so I would know when Jacob created each piece. I cut squares out of cardstock and used the adhesive squares to stick one on to the back of each artwork print.

I then wrote a date on each one. Here’s the label for the picture of the hearts Jacob painted on Valentine’s Day:

Here are some before and after pictures:

 

Artwork prints waiting to be bound

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Artwork bound at The UPS Store

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The finished product

I’m #LovinLogistics and #GlueNGlitter :)

(Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All thoughts are my own.)

Storing Children’s Artwork

Artwork storage containers for Jacob and Lucas

As the boys start creating more artwork I decided I should probably come up with a way to store it. I had these file bins sitting around and thought they would be the perfect size for storing the boy’s art. I used cardstock and stickers to make labels for the bins and will use file folders to separate the art by age. I also realized I am going to have to only keep a few special pieces from each year or I am easily going  to need more bins!

I also plan to feature current artwork on our living room wall. I thought about using frames and love this idea from Ikea to put the frames on a ledge.

The Chocolate Cake Club website has a cute Art Storage Case which is a portfolio type storage. I like that it can hold papers up to 12×18 size as the one I created is only going to hold artwork up to 8×10 size.

Another way to store artwork is to take pictures of the artwork and put them in a scrapbook type book. I like this idea but think I am too sentimental to do that. I loved seeing artwork I had done as a child hanging up on the walls of our home around the Holidays.

How do you store artwork? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!