I made a binder with all the art projects she did for preschool this year (we homeschool, but you can do this with what she/he bring home too - I included some of her Sunday school pictures too). I just slipped the projects into sheet protectors and into a 3 ring binder. This works great for things made on an 8 1/2x11 sheet or smaller. Construction paper (I discovered) is too large for a binder. So, all her construction paper projects are stuck in the folder part in the back.
Once I realized construction paper is too large for a binder and that it fades over time, I decided to buy a large package of scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby. It's almost as big as a ream of copy paper and it's about $10 (so a little more than construction paper) but it's also more like card stock weight. Nice thing is it doesn't fade and fits nicely into the binder - so it's worth the extra few dollars to me.
Some of the special pieces I framed. We have two pieces hanging on my daughter's bedroom wall. They are her first painting and her second drawing (first drawing went to the grandparents). I love seeing these all the time. It's a reminder of how far she's come in her artistic ability and it adds color to her walls.
A friend of mine staples or tapes large pieces of construction paper together and tapes the projects into her "books" so that she can fit all different sizes of artwork into the books. She said her daughter enjoys going through her books and looking at all her artwork.
What do you do? I'd love to hear your comments and get a few more ideas...I currently have a basket on a bookshelf and a drawer in a dresser packed and these projects need an organized, new home :)
Busting at the Seams with Art,