|Thank you to Keepy for partnering with me on this post. I wasn't paid to write this post, but I did score some extra keepies!|
There is something quite magical that happens when my daughter expresses her creativity through art. At almost three and a half, she has made countless drawings, craft projects and doodles - some of which have fun stories attached to them, others which are just a part of her expressing herself through some form of art. Knowing that this trend is only going to continue both delights me and burdens me.
Why the burden? Well, it comes to the question of what to do with all of these creations! Sure, I know how to display them for us to enjoy - in fact, you should check out some of the ideas I've pinned on Pinterest for displaying kids artwork. But what about saving your kids artwork? I mean most of us don't want to keep boxes and boxes of these items sitting around. I believe I have finally found the solution!
Before I begin telling you about this really cool solution - go and grab your iPhone or iPad (don't worry Android users - your fix is coming very very soon) because I know you are going to want to download and install the keepy app when you learn what it is all about! Ready? Okay!
I was introduced to keepy at the Fashion Forward conference in New York City a few weeks ago. I've been using it tons ever since! So, what is keepy!? Keepy is an app that lets you save and share your kids' creations, accomplishments and moments in a private and interactive timeline!
So lets talk about how it all works, because honestly, seeing it in action is what convinced me that this is 100% an app that all parents need to download! (And grandparents, and uncles and aunties too!) You start by setting up profiles for each of your children to create their own timelines: (This would be a great time to download the keepy app so you can follow along below-the app's built-in-tutorial will guide you through it as well!)
After you set up a profile you can being posting on your child's timeline. When I first downloaded the app, I had a blast emptying bins that stored months of artwork and projects we had created over the past year or so. It is so simple, just take a picture of the artwork, crop it if you'd like, use photo enhancing features if you desire and even add your child's own narrative about the artwork.
Something magical happens when you can not only see the painting or doodle, but actually hear your child's voice describing what the creation is all about. Not only do you capture that artwork or memento that your child loved, you get to capture a moment in time to save forever. And if you choose to skip the audio narrative, you can instead choose to take a video clip/comment and attach it to the specific keepy.
Of course, the brilliance of the keepy app doesn't end here! You could totally just keep your keepies to yourself, or you can invite family members to become "fans" of your child. When a family member becomes a fan, not only can they view your child's special keepies, they can add their own video comments telling your child how beautiful their artwork is, and providing positive encouragement or telling your child how proud they are of an accomplishment you posted. You can also share your child's keepies directly to Facebook, Twitter, Email or Text messaging.
Now that I have keepy we only keep a few of Zion's art pieces on display, and after new ones are added, the old ones are "retired" to keepy where they can be loved and remembered well into the future. I no longer have boxes filled with Zion's creations or the guilty feeling when tossing them into the trash, and Zion loves to be able to tell the story behind the art. There is so much potential for what we can do with keepy going forward! And I forgot to mention that you can (and should) link your keepy account to your Dropbox account for the added peace of mind that these timeless treasures will be safely stored indefinitely!
The keepy app is free to download, and your initial download comes with 50 free keepies. After you use those up, you can purchase more for a nominal fee. To put that in perspective, even after a year of save-worthy artwork creations uploaded we've only used 23 keepies. To buy an additional 60, it will cost me less than my regular drink at Starbucks. You can also score 5 free keepies for every friend that signs up and uploads at least one keepy! (They get 5 additional free too!)
Visit Keepy now to see a really cute video about the app and learn more! You can also follow Keepy on social media: Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest
Are you as excited about this app as I am!? Let me know what you would store with keepy in the comments below!