When I found out I would be receiving a Sprout as part of my partnership with HP, I was super excited, and then a little stumped as to where to put it. As I've mentioned before, we live in a very small (+ friendly) house, like less than 1000 sq ft small; and friendly in a cluttered, approachable kind of way.
But with a bit of creative rearranging and Craigslist scores, I was able to carve out a sweet little spot in our bedroom. First, I found a small vintage desk on Craigslist for $15. It was an ugly shade of tan, but otherwise serviceable, nothing a coat of matte white spray paint couldn't fix. Then I got this cute little chair (available at Target but also found on Craigslist) for 10 bucks, and I was all ready for my Sprout.
I liked having a nice, quiet spot to work, except that the wall felt very empty and a little sad. So I decided to create a kid art gallery wall. I didn't want to just stick a few of Jude's creations in frames and call it a day; I wanted to elevate it and make it look at home in a grown up bedroom. Sprout to the rescue! I scanned a whole bunch of Jude's artwork, from doodles to paintings, and got to work combining them. Abstract paintings became the backdrop for drawings of rainbows and robots. I then printed and framed the final collages.
It's seriously too easy to scan and save your child's artwork with the Sprout. I no longer have any excuse for piles of preschool projects and triple layers of drawings on the fridge. The preschool creations can be especially challenging to store, as many of them have three dimensional elements, such as cotton ball clouds, but now I can scan them and keep them forever without appearing on the next episode of Hoarders.
Putting Jude's work on display in a beautiful way makes us both happy. I love having the bright colors and sparkling reminders of childlike creativity where I work. And Jude feels special that his creations have a place of honor. When he saw what I'd done, he got right to work drawing me another picture, which I promptly scanned. I plan to keep adding frames, but this is a great start.
Here's to celebrating creative kids!
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