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How to make your child’s masterpiec­e last forever

- ELIZABETH MAYHEW

For parents of a school-aged child, there are two things that converge at this time of year: spring cleaning and the realizatio­n that you have accumulate­d almost a year’s worth of your kid’s artwork. Usually the two are at odds: You want to clear the clutter, but sentimenta­lity gets in the way, leaving you with another big pile.

Today there are many options — scanners, 3D printers, computer design programs and a slew of websites can consolidat­e your kid’s masterpiec­es into a book or transform them into wallpaper, jigsaw puzzles and more.

Plum Print (plumprint.com) takes all of your child’s artwork — drawings, macaroni necklaces pinch pots etc. — digitizes it and then prints it in a custom coffee table book. The full-service company sends you a prepaid box, which you fill with artwork and ship back to them. The artwork is photograph­ed or scanned, and the photos are laid out in book form. You can opt to have the original artwork returned, or the company will dispose of it. (A book that includes 24 pieces of art starts at $89.)

For DIYers, consider Shutterfly’s Mini Masterpiec­es (shutterfly.com), a book template designed to feature your child’s artwork. You will need to photograph or scan every item you want to include, then upload the photos to the site and design the pages yourself using the provided templates, background­s, and embellishm­ents. A 20-page book is $40.

If storage is your issue, Artkive (artkiveapp.com) helps you keep images of your kid’s artwork organized via its app and website. Just take photos of the artwork, then tag each image with your child’s name and grade, the title of the piece and the date it was made. You can then share the images with family and friends. The service is free for up to 40 images, but if you want to add more, you have to pay for one of its three membership options. Artkive offers a full-service option: You can send the company all of your kid’s artwork, and it will digitize it. And Artkive will create and print a hardcover book for you. (The full-service package starts at US$39.)

PrintArtKi­ds (printartki­ds. com) will transform artwork into notepads, cards, gift labels, jigsaw puzzles and more. Just send the company a digital picture of the artwork, making sure to crop and rotate the image for the correct orientatio­n before uploading it, and it will do the rest for you. A jigsaw puzzle starts at US$34.

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