Monday, September 30

Preserve Children's Artwork with Keepy

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!
      

19 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! Love it for storing kids' artwork!

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  2. mena & tatySeptember 30, 2013

    This is an absolutely fabulous guilt free find!
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Great review
    You are right got to go NOW and get it

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  3. No way! I totally haven't heard of this before! This is A MUST for us with all of the artwork that Alea produces! Thank you for sharing :)

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  4. What a great app! Headed over now to check it out!

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  5. This is the cutest app ever! My little one is now a teenager and this would have been super helpful years ago. Great post!

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  6. I don't have kids, but lots of friends who do -- I'll be sure to pass this on!

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  7. Such an amazing idea/app! Mabel isn't quite old enough for me to use this app but she'll be there soon and I'll be sure to remember it! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Jacy PulfordSeptember 30, 2013

    I love this!! Thanks for sharing, can't wait for the Android app :)

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  9. Barb- Second Chance to DreamOctober 01, 2013

    How cool is that!!! AWESOME!

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  10. I hope you like it!! I am a huge fan!

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  11. Courtney PiesOctober 09, 2013

    Oh my goodness! I NEED something like this! I'm going to be getting an iPhone this next week, so this will definitely be one of the first apps I download! :)

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  12. Kimberly thank you! We think your family will enjoy it, let us know if you have any questions or feedback. :)

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  13. Hi Jacy the Android version is in the works, please stand by! We'll announce on our Facebook page later this year: https://www.facebook.com/keepyme

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  14. Barb thank you! Hope you enjoy.

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  15. Some of our Keepy moms have even started profiles for themselves to keep track of special mementos and keepsakes from their own lives. Looking forward to seeing Mabel's creations when she's ready! :)

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  16. Let us know what you think!

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  17. I hope you love it as much as I do!!

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don't always have time to respond to each one, but I do read them! XO