Preserve kids art in their own storybook
Don’t you LOVE all the stories your little ones come up with and all the adorable pictures they draw?  This is the BEST idea of how to preserve it all!  I am so excited to introduce you to Heather from Raising Memories (love her blog title), but first she is going to share with us her FABULOUS idea!

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“I love finding opportunities to get my girls excited about learning and using the skills they’ve learned. What better way to do that than to help them write, illustrate, and publish their own storybook?!

Here’s what you need to make one of your own:

- paper
- crayons or pencil crayons
- a scanner

-FREE photo book promo!

Preserve kids art in their own storybook

We started by getting Talia (my 5 year old) to draw pictures from her favorite fairy tales (we fit 3 stories in one photobook). I love that the finished book has the added bonus of preserving some of her artwork- I love looking at it!

Check out this awesome wicked witch:
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

Next I scanned the drawings and saved them as JPEG files.
I opened a word document & had Talia dictate the stories to me.

Make sure you type it in their own words because they can be pretty hilarious.

Here’s Talia’s idea of how long it took Aurora to grow up:
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

Next, hop online and find your favorite photo book publisher (or whichever one is offering the best deal at the time ;) and create your storybook!

I used a photo of her for the cover of the book.
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

I also made sure to officially name her as author & illustrator.
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

We included a Table of Contents
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

I found some clipart online of a shoe, a spinning wheel, and an apple for the title pages for each story.
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

All that’s left now is the most important page of the book: “About the Author”. I included a few notes about Talia & the things she likes at this age. We’re always reading the “About the Author” sections in books we read and now she has her very own!
Preserve kids art in their own storybook

If you’re going to do a long book or collection of stories like we did, I suggest you give them a couple of days to work on their artwork so that they don’t get sick of it- we did this over a few days which worked pretty well.

It was a fun project to work on together & it’s a proud item for her to share with anyone who comes to visit- I hope you’ll give it a try with your kids!”

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Didn’t I tell you it was good?  Is your head spinning with the possibilities?  Let’s learn more about the talent behind the idea…

“Hello HowDoesShe Ladies!

My name is Heather and I’m excited to be with you today! I’m Mommy to 2 cute little girls and I blog about fun things parents can do with and for their children. (Here’s a photo of me with my girls- it’s a bit old- the little one can do pigtails now ;)

Preserve kids art in their own storybook

5 Fun Facts:

1. I met my husband (Ken) when we were 14 years old.
He’s the only boy I’ve ever kissed (5 years after we met).

2. The first CD I ever bought was Hanson. I know a lot of those songs really really well. You remember them, don’t you? Mmmbop..badoobeedop-ba-doo-wop… *ahem*

3. I’m kind of accident prone. I don’t know what it is- I just tend to walk into things and bash myself quite often. Unfortunately, this transfers to my husband (I often ‘whack’ him too- but not on purpose!) He thinks I’m uncoordinated… psh!

4. The first time I went to a driving range, I broke the head off of the golf club I was using …okay maybe I’m a little uncoordinated.

5. I love photography as an artform and as a way to capture and keep memories close. Also cheesecake. ;)

Super Hero Power Wanted:

If I could choose a superhero power I would definitely have camera eyes. I’d be able to just blink and take a picture so that I wouldn’t have to take the time to grab my camera. My husband says I’d probably need a place in my head to insert a memory card but I’m sure it could be done wirelessly ;)

If you liked this post, come on over & see what else we’re up to at my blog, Raising Memories. I’d love to see you there!”

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Heather, thank you for sharing your talent with us!  I am also jumping on your super hero power bandwagon, that is genius.

My little preschooler is going to LOVE making her own fairy tale.  I’ve heard of preserving kids’ art this way, but I LOVE your idea to have stories in their own words with it.

You have THE most magical ideas of fun things to do with your kids!  I have spent WAY too much time on your blog…and loving every minute.:)  Go check it out, and be prepared to spend some time, your kids will thank you.

Preserve kids art in their own storybook

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COMMENTS
  1. April 22nd, 2011 at 8:58 am
    Mindy says:
    Such a cute idea! I love the idea of having them write the stories in their own words. That will be priceless to have.
  2. April 22nd, 2011 at 9:19 am
    alysha says:
    Hi Heather! What a fantastic idea! And what a wonderful keepsake for kids to look back on. Thank you so much for sharing, and it was fun to get to know you a little bit!
  3. April 22nd, 2011 at 9:34 am
    Nesleirbag says:
    Our own child's version of the classics would be priceless! Made-up stories spun out of the imagination of a child could also be put in a wonderful book; they might even be the best stories! If you don't write them down, they're gone! And I love the idea of including the artwork with the story.
    • April 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      That's exactly right! Her versions of the stories were so cute and hilarious at moments :) This will be so great to look back on (for me & for her!)
  4. April 22nd, 2011 at 9:46 am
    stacy says:
    This is such a great idea! I love it! My kids love to draw and most often i end up throwing most of their drawings away. This is so brilliant. I can encourage my kids to use their love of drawing and create their own stories. Thank you for this great post!
    • April 22nd, 2011 at 9:05 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      You're so welcome Stacy! I know what you mean- I have thrown out a lot of art. I've also taken photos of some of the great ones before they get rubbed off of a blackboard/whiteboard or erased from the magnadoodle ;)
  5. April 22nd, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    Shelley says:
    I can't wait until my little man can draw well enough to do this! Such an adorable idea. And I'm sure they feel EXTRA special having their own published book. So so cute. Thanks for sharing.
  6. April 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm
    Alison says:
    How fun! Thanks for the idea and the free book info! I didn't know about that one!
  7. April 22nd, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Monica says:
    What an adorable idea!!
  8. April 22nd, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    Caley says:
    What a great idea to preserve memories! I would've loved to have my own books as a kid...it would be fun to see how I thought back-in-the-day! Thanks for sharing!
    • April 22nd, 2011 at 9:06 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      I agree! (to see how I thought back then would be fun :) My mom once told me that she used to say that I was "driving her up the wall" and one time when she was flustered, I asked her, "Mommy, are you going up on the wall?" I'd love to know more of those types of things :)
  9. April 22nd, 2011 at 9:46 pm
    Alyssa says:
    Such a fun idea Heather! Of course you'd come up with something fun like this! I bet Talia loved it. :)
  10. April 23rd, 2011 at 12:14 am
    Kelsey says:
    You know what's crazy?! I got this email because I'm a howdoesshe girl, but I hadn't read it yet. I just linked to it from Mormon.org's I'm a momrmon page. Crazy! That thing really works!
  11. April 23rd, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    Jessica says:
    Wow this is great i love the idea of this. I'm going to do this with my kids. Thank you for the idea.

    Jessica
  12. April 23rd, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    tami says:
    Oh rats! My little girl just finished an entry for a writing contest. I should have scanned the pages before I sent them in!! What was I thinking?! I included a SASE so hopefully we get it back ... :( She also has tons of fun one-page "Book Reports" that she's done that I'd love to preserve. Like, "Angelina lost her penny. Then she found it. The end." Ha ha
    • April 23rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm
      Heather Lynne says:
      lol that is so cute, Tami! You should definitely save up her one page reports to put into a book. :)
  13. April 24th, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    Hilary says:
    it's so cute Heather! I definitely need to do this once sierra gets a little older and more into drawing!
  14. April 25th, 2011 at 10:13 am
    Amber says:
    What a cute idea. So fun to have the little kid thoughts and to make it their own unique little story. The pictures that they draw are definitely a bonus too. Love the idea!!!
  15. April 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    vikki says:
    What a cute idea. Wish all of this had been available when I had little ones.
  16. April 27th, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    Beth says:
    This could be an awesome last minute mother's day gift idea as well...have the kids write stories about mom or grandma! What fun! Thanks for sharing!
  17. May 1st, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    Dana Irwin says:
    Is the free promo finished? The link doesn't take me to anything for a free book. Or am I missing something? Thanks for sharing!
    • May 2nd, 2011 at 3:12 pm
      Missy says:
      The link takes you to a free $20.00 gift card to use as you wish. There is a hardcover pocket book that costs $19.99 so that would be your free book. Or you can upgrade to a bigger book for $10.00.
  18. June 11th, 2011 at 3:35 am
    Marylou Kivler says:
    Love this idea and to take it one step further there is a company out there that you can do also complete hardbound books, magazine style books, playing cards, canvasas, posters, wirebound books, cards, invitations etc. They have free accounts along with memberships to use points to purchase the items. Your artwork or photos are uploaded safely so that you will always have access to it. If you have challenges being really creative, no worries there are 5400 templates to just drag and drop by theme (also customizable), and over 50,000 pieces of art available and they add more art very often. The items also come with a guarantee, that if they are lost or destroyed they can be replaced for half the price!
  19. June 30th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    Sarah says:
    I love this! Did you go with the free pocket book (which is BOGO FREE right now) or upgrade to the larger one??
    • July 6th, 2011 at 10:13 am
      Missy says:
      The link should take you to a free $20.00 gift card that you can use however you want! The pocket hard cover photo book is $19.99 - so with your free gift card, it is FREE!!! Or if you want a bigger book, you can upgrade for $9.99 - still a SWEET deal! (I am not sure if this deal is only for first time customers - maybe that is where you are getting the BOGO? But I just checked it and it is still active for the free gift card so if you are a first time customer, it should work. If it still doesn't, maybe give them a call.) Have fun! Photo books are the best!
  20. August 4th, 2011 at 1:19 am
    Cheena Kaul says:
    This is AMAZING!! And what a SUPER co-incidence :)
    I have a website (littlesketchers.com) where I promote the concept of preserving the creations and masterpieces of all our little artists. I also encourage parents to write stories as told by their kids...about what they create. Just today, I was thinking of compiling these two things, stories and sketches into a PhotoBook :) I believe in signs!!

    Thanks!
  21. August 18th, 2011 at 11:56 am
    Marcia Beckett says:
    Hi, I saw this awesome idea through pinterest and was wondering if I could use a picture of your idea in a blog post I am writing about many ideas for what to do with your children's art? It will be posted for the families at my school to see. I teach K-6 art. Let me know! I would link to your blog post of course.
    • August 18th, 2011 at 4:00 pm
      Missy says:
      Yes of course! We love it when you share our ideas and link back to our site!
  22. September 27th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    Andrea says:
    Fun idea! I know my 4th grader would love this. I am currently putting together a book for a nephew who is going on a mission soon. It will contain letters from family members. I am going to check out the free book.

    Thanks!
  23. October 28th, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Rose Ribbon- gifts and photography says:
    This is amazing!! My son is three but I can't wait to make one of these and give them out for Christmas this year!! The photography is gorgeous and just to have your children's handmade art and imagination preserved like this is just priceless.
  24. November 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am
    Piper says:
    This would be perfect for my youngest son... for now he wants to be an Illustrator when he grows up (a little eccentric considering he is only 7!! LOl)
  25. November 28th, 2011 at 11:52 am
    Rose says:
    Found this post via the Twinery giveaway. Great idea!
  26. November 29th, 2011 at 1:27 pm
    Beth says:
    This is a fabulous idea...my boys love to draw and make up stories and games all the time. Smiles~Beth
  27. February 7th, 2012 at 8:45 pm
    Mary Ann Koonce says:
    I made a book for each of my children. Although they were grown I had saved tons of their art work. I took pictures of my favorite ones and also added photos of my children at certain ages. So even if you have started late you can still make these wonderful treasures. Now my grandchildren love to look at the work their mom, dad and aunt did.
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