Parents often write to me and ask how they can organize their children’s artwork so that it doesn’t overwhelm every vertical surface in their homes. I usually suggest purchasing an art gallery system and rotating works through the frames.
I like this idea because it helps to honor the child’s work, grows with your child, frames can be reconfigured on a whim without having to patch holes, and it gets clutter off the refrigerator door (especially convenient for those of us with non-magnetic refrigerator doors).
My friend Elaine, who also has an art gallery system, has made the child’s artwork organizing process one-step easier by using dynamicFRAMES:
The front frame and glass swing open on hinges so you don’t have to take the frame off the wall to insert the new artwork. If the frame has a mat, it is attached to the front glass. Inside the frames are slots for your child’s artwork or photographs, so you don’t have to worry about mounting or properly centering the images. Simply close the front frame and glass when you’re finished. Each frame will hold up to 50 photographs or pieces of artwork.
At the end of the school year, you can go through all of the pieces of artwork with your child and decide which one will be on permanent display in the gallery as the representative piece for that school year. You can photograph the rest, and dispose of the originals.