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Five Amazing Apps To Save Your Kids’ Art

If you are a parent, you know this very real struggle: you want to save every single piece of artwork that your child gives you, but you just can’t.  If you were to save every doodle and painting, you’d need to sacrifice a large chunk of your attic.  Never fear though: it’s 2015!  What does that mean for your little Picasso?  It means that there are more than a few apps designed to save every piece of art.  Here are a few you need to check out.  For most of these, you will need to create accounts, so keep that in mind!

ARTSONIA

Artsonia is an online kids’ art museum.  Some schools use this service, and will issue your child a unique username that is already linked to their museum.  In this case, all you need to do is register for a parent account using the information your child brought home.  To create an account, simply click on the “Parents” link at the top of the home screen, then “Create An Account,” and follow the directions.  If you didn’t receive this, your child’s school may not participate.  Don’t fret, though, because you can still create an account.  You still need to go to the “Parents” page and click on “Create An Account,” but there will be a link above the username entry box for those who don’t have a username.   After you’ve signed up, you can log into the app.  From the app, you can add art to your child’s museum by either taking a snapshot of the artwork or uploading one that you had taken previously.  You can also view their museums by tapping the “My Family” icon.  Artsonia does offer the option to purchase gifts with your child’s artwork on them, as well as the opportunity to invite family members to a fan club, where they can view your child’s artwork.  However, those features are not supported on the app at this time.  You will need to sign on to the website for that.

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Pros: The app is very easy to use, even for those who are new to smartphones.  If you need something quick and simple, this is a safe bet.  You can also add multiple children when you create your account.
Cons: As previously mentioned, you can’t purchase items from the app.  This may turn some users away, as it creates extra steps.
Offers in-app purchases?: No
Android version: 4.0.3 and up

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KIDSART5

This app is a lot like Artsonia, with the first exception being that you can create a free PDF book of your child’s art, which you can save to an e-bookshelf or your PC.  The uploading option is the same: you can use your phone’s camera (or, to use their term, your “art scanner”) or upload a photo already in your gallery.  When you upload, you can choose a title and caption, but both are completely optional.  You can also crop and edit the photo as well.  Another difference from Artsonia: you can choose to make your child’s art public or private.  In fact, you can also search through other kids’ artwork and stamp the ones you like, as well as follow them.  Aside from those options, KidsArt5 is still pretty basic for an artwork app.

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Pros: Very easy to use.  Allows you to control the privacy of your child’s artwork, and allows you to make a PDF book for free.
Cons: Interface can be sort of confusing at first, as this seems to have been created by a Korean developer.
Offers in-app purchases?: No
Android version: 2.2 and up

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KEEPY

If you are looking to add video or voice to your artwork or photos, this is the app you need.  You can add photos, artwork, videos, and more to each child’s personal timeline, and the fans you invite can leave their own video, voice, or text comments.  Any fans have to be invited, and all your uploads are safe and private.  Your partner can also upload from their device as well.  When uploading, you can crop, add a title, tag which child/children are in the photo, add voice or video, choose a category for the upload, and choose whether to share with fans or not.  The app is beautiful, but you should know that if you intend not to pay for the app, you are limited to 15 “Keepies” a month.  There are plans available: you can subscribe monthly for $5.99 or yearly for $39.99.  If you are a techie and feel like you’d need more than 15 a month, then maybe spring for a monthly subscription; you can always cancel it if you don’t feel it’s worth it.  If you just want something to upload the occasional photo to so Grandma can see your child’s new missing tooth, then your best bet is to stay with the free app.

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Pros: The app is beautiful.  The interface is bright and fun, and the option to add video and voice to uploads and comments is absolutely awesome.
Cons: Only 15 Keepies a month for the free plan.
Offers in-app purchases?: Yes: there is a Keepy store, as well as the option to purchase Keepy plans.
Android version: 4.0 and up

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GROOVEBOOK

When it comes to online photo processing companies, Shutterfly is definitely one of the most prominent.  Their prints are inexpensive, and they offer many different gift options.  Groovebook is one of those options.  For $2.99 a month, including shipping and processing, you can get a 4.5″ x 6.5″ photo book.  With the help of the app, you can choose which photos will be included.  You simply tap the photos you want in the book, and Groovebook takes care of the rest!  You can take a snapshot of your child’s art, and use this app to get the 100-page photo book sent to you.  The photos are perforated as well, which makes sharing easy!  The book format makes it easier to save the artwork, because you can condense it all into books that can decorate your shelves.

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Pros: $2.99 for a book of 100 copies of your kids’ art?  What a steal!  There’s also an option to send books to other friends and family members for the same price.
Cons: Some may want bigger photo sizes, and Groovebook only offers the single size option.  However, its parent company Shutterfly has many other different size options.
Offers in-app purchases?: Just to order the books.
Android version: 2.3 and up

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SIMPLE PRINTS

Simple Prints runs on the same premise as Groovebook: you pick your photos and your album layout, and then you buy it.  This isn’t a monthly setup like Groovebook, however.  Their size is also bigger at 8″ x 8″.  The albums are either hard or soft cover, and you can work on it at your own pace (again, doesn’t have to be monthly).  The Simple Prints app page touts their fast shipping rates: 4-7 days within the US, and they offer international shipping as well.  They claim that the books are printed on high-quality paper with high-quality ink.

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Pros: The 8″ x 8″ size is better for children’s artwork than Groovebook’s 4.5″ x 6.5″.
Cons: The prices are steep according to some.
Offers in-app purchases?: Just to order the books.
Android version: 4.0.3 and up

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Brandy McGuire Gresock

Brandy McGuire Gresock

Brandy grew up in Northwest Ohio and currently lives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She credits her father for inspiring her love for the written word. She's spoonie strong; if you aren't sure what a spoonie is, then check out The Spoon Theory. Other than writing, Brandy also loves to spend time with her husband and children, read, cross stitch, get tattooed, sew, and do any craft project she can get her hands on.

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