Macaroni Tech: Artkive

September 9, 2012

Store, Share and Print Your Child’s Masterpieces with New Artkive Mobile App

By: Lisa Barry-Gofberg, Macaroni Kid Conejo Valley
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My children are still in grade school, which means any day now the artwork will start coming home. Lots and lots of artwork. Don't get me wrong. I love that my kids have an opportunity to create at school and I love being able to have them share it with me. What I don't love is storing it all! I still have BOXES of darling and adorable pictures from preschool in the garage. Do I need to keep it all? Probably not. But I want to. They love looking at the projects they have done in the past and it will fun to continue to share with them as they grow. But, I have FINALLY found a better solution!

Introducing Artkive! I was introduced to this app by a friend and I must say, I love this idea! Artkive is the new clutter-free way to save and enjoy your child’s artwork. Artkive is a mobile app that only takes seconds to chronologically store children’s artwork in just three easy steps:

1. Each time your child creates a piece of art, just open the app, take a picture of the artwork, and select which child created it.

2. The Artkive app automatically tags that image with the child’s grade and the date created. If you want, you can add a title and/or description.

3. Choose who in your “Share Circle” to share the art with and/or just Artkive it – meaning it’s now safely stored in your cloud. You’re now on your way towards building a portfolio of art you’ll be able to soon turn into a book or other products.

Artkive is a dedicated app for storing unlimited images of your child’s work, so each piece isn’t mixed in with hundreds of other photos taken on your phone. A “plaque” featured at the bottom of each image shows which child created the artwork, their grade level, the date created and a title - just like you’d see in a gallery. Artkive will soon offer the option to turn these photos into a book or other fun items, all with the click of a button.

Artkive is currently available in the iTunes store for iPhones and will be available for all Android phones in September 2012.

For more information about Artkive, visit: or find them on Facebook.

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