We got Caxton’s senior digital editor, Claire, to review a new book-printing service that turns your kids’ art into a coffee-table book.
“When you become a parent, everyone loves to give you advice and tell you what your life is going to be like. People tell you you won’t ever sleep again, they tell you if you don’t read to your child in the womb you’re dooming them to a life of mediocrity, they tell you you’ll get ‘mom brain’, they even tell you how you’re going to feel!
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But there’s something people don’t tell you.
They don’t tell you that once your precious darling acquires the coordination required to wield a pencil they will start to generate ‘art’ at an alarmingly rapid pace. The older they get, the more they produce, and once they get to nursery school it’s all over. Most people don’t know this, but toddlers are responsible for the death of a small forest every week because of how much paper they go through.*
To make matters worse you won’t be able to throw any of it away because it came from your child (who is obviously a genius). And even if you are happy to chuck it, you know who won’t be? Your darling son or daughter. Ask any parent who’s been caught trying to secretly dispose of a piece of litter their child thinks is treasure, you do not want to go there.
Eventually you will find yourself surrounded by mountains of paper with no room for anything else, wondering how your life got to this point.
*This is a totally made up stat.
Luckily Bumble Box is here to help
You can imagine how happy I was to find that someone offered a service to solve this great unspoken parenting problem.
Basically, Bumble Box will send you a box to fill with your kid’s art, including any 3D sculptures they’ve produced. The team then photographs and scans the images and turns them into a stunning printed hardcover book. Like this one:
What did I think of the service?
The whole process was completely fuss free and the most difficult part of the exercise was finding all the spots in my house where I had stashed my daughter’s art.
My daughter (who is 4 and a half) was so excited that we were sending her pictures away to be made into a real book. When the book arrived she couldn’t believe that she was looking at an actual book with her own pictures in it.
The only downside is that now, every time she draws a new picture (which is approximately every 7 seconds) she wants to know when we can send it off to be made into a book.
Everyone who we have shown the book to has been extremely impressed with the idea and the quality of the final product. I’ll definitely be getting one of these books printed every few years (when the paper towers threaten to overflow onto every counter) because it really is a wonderful way to preserve any child’s art.”
Click here to visit Bumble Box’s website and get your own gorgeous book of art printed.