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VentureMom.com: No Longer Just Art Books

Posted on June 12, 2015

Jessica and Yaël was featured on VentureMom.com


January – a Fresh Start and Time to Declutter!

Posted on January 14, 2015

Do you have a closet or part of your house that you are hiding, like this? We all do. We are human. We collect, save and hang onto our memories.


Nevertheless, the holidays are over, we have just finished cleaning up from houseguests and most of us are ready to tackle the new year. At the same time, you may now have a nagging feeling that you still need to tackle those larger projects…like photo organization.

As painful as it is to admit— even we, who are in the business of helping families preserve memories, also let old photos and mementos pile up! This happens because we believe that a project like this will require hours and hours of time that we just don’t have. This is partly true, but we guarantee that putting this effort in is immensely worthwhile, and we have 4 easy tips that can help you make this your month to get it done.

1) Start with something fun – the aesthetics!

Most older photos are non-digital and you probably won’t realistically insert them into albums. So, start by motivating yourself by purchasing some great photo boxes that will look neat, tidy and organized, once full.

2) Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Begin with one small section. Then, estimate the timeframe for the photo(s), categorize and label that one section of photos on the exterior of the box(es), while being a ruthless editor in terms of which ones you save from that section. (Ask yourself “will my kids want to look at this when they are 40?” If no, then toss it!) Then, do it again for another section the next day, and so forth.

3) Recruit your family to help!

Depending on their age and maturity level, you might be surprised to see how much your children enjoy sitting with you and going through the photos of mom and dad “way back when.” You can make it fun by playing music of the 80s or 90s and asking them to make labels or stack them neatly.

4) Remember, we are all human!

We all have these hidden stashes and the reason for keeping them is a good one. Remind yourself that you will actually enjoy these memories and be able to pass them along if they are organized. And, if all else fails, think about hiring an organizer to help organize and digitize these precious pictures.

Or use a service like this: http://www.scancafe.com/

Regardless of how it gets done, do it. Your family will thank you! Please share with us if you have additional tips/thoughts/ideas – we want to hear about it. We found a lot of other great ideas we pinned on Pinterest! Follow us and check them out! Email us at: jumbo@jumbodogartbooks.com


Jessica and Yaël

Holiday Pine Cone Tree

Posted on December 15, 2014

Need a break from shopping and want to do something fun and creative with your kids that involves getting fresh air? Jumbo Dog Co-founder Yaël van Hulst likes to come up with a creative holiday project every year. This year she and her boys made a pine cone Christmas tree.

All you need are pinecones that you collect on a walk, a short (but sturdy) branch, paints, a piece of wood, wood glue, as well as a glue gun.

It is fun, festive, and easy! Check out her five easy steps below to create your masterpiece! Happy Holidays!

Step 1
Collect about 30/40 small sized pine cones (about 3-4” and store bought work too!), as well as a stick/branch that is about 3” in width to put in the center.


Step 2
Spread newspaper out and start painting (tempura or acrylic paint). You can encourage your kids to get creative using sparkly paint and different colors!

Step 3
Attach the branch to the base using wood glue. (Make sure to give it plenty of time to dry!)


Step 4
Once the Pine cones are dry, attach them along the sides of the branch with a hot glue gun, radiating outward. Start at the bottom and work upward, filling in the holes as you go.

Step 5
Add cotton to make a little winter wonderland and consider adding on some fun little creatures in the snow or even small lights!

Have any questions about this craft? Please email jumbo@jumbodogartbooks.com


Got Art? Jumbo Dog’s Four Easy Steps to Organizing and Storing Your Children’s Art

Posted on October 15, 2014

We all know that feeling. Our child proudly hands us a painting, sculpture, contraption, drawing or piece of schoolwork that they have made in school.

After our initial feeling of pride, then comes the inevitable question: “Where the heck do I put this?” For most of us, the answers are usually: on the refrigerator or bulletin board, in a frame, tucked away in a closet, bag, box or bin, and yes, some less momentous items even go in the (shhh!) trash. We know that these stashes of art can quickly create a nagging quandary as we are not really sure where they are, or what to do with them. However, we do not want to throw them away.

Here are our four easy tips for displaying, managing and organizing your young artists’ creations!

1) When your child brings home art/work, we recommend you keep it for five days. We have had so many clients tell us: “Now that I have done a book. I wish I hadn’t thrown some of the stuff out.” You may still get rid of it, but give it a little time to be absolutely certain.

Jumbo Dog’s Four Easy Steps to Organizing and Storing Your Children’s Art

2) Immediately label, on the back and in pencil, each piece with his/her name, the date, and the school year.

3) Create a 2-tiered system for display and storage: For art that you wish to display, we love using the fridge, but also consider these wonderful Lil Davinci Frames that look great and can hold multiple pieces that can be rotated! We have a number of clients who use and love them.

For the art to be stored, consider using one of the below options, carefully labeled with the year and child’s name:

– plastic bins: we like Sterilite clear bins so you can see what is inside. The only drawback is that oversize pieces may need to be folded inside. These are easily stackable in an attic, basement or closet.

portfolio cases: consider this Alex portfolio case, or any other simple one will do:

Ziploc Big bags: these can easily be labeled with a sharpie pen and tucked in a closet for easy storage.

4) At the end of each year, review the art/schoolwork/photos that you’ve saved and decide how you want to handle it. You can either keep it stored for a year or two, call us to make a Jumbo Dog art book, or simply keep a few treasured pieces.

Regardless, try not to let your precious memories pile up too high, or become unwieldy! You (and your children!) will some day appreciate your art – and your organized approach.