I remember when my daughter was in preschool, and she would come home with piles of artwork that she created during arts & crafts time. I used to keep them in a box, display a few on the refrigerator door and give the rest to her grandparents. As the preschool years turn into elementary school years and even now that she is in a high school advanced drawing class, the dilemma is always, “what do we do with the artwork?” Enter Scribble, a service that allows you to upload photos of the artwork so that you can create a high-quality keepsake photo book of your child’s art!
The process is fairly simple. You choose the size of your book, either 11”x8.5” or square (8.5”x8.5”). Then you upload the photos of your child’s artwork, edit the photos if needed and add text to the pages. You can even add photos of your child doing the activities in the book or add a photo of your child on the cover!
Recently I had the opportunity to interview Steven Au, the founder of Scribble and a tech entrepreneur, to get the details on what inspired him to create this service.
What inspired you to create Scribble Book?
Steven: Quite honestly, my kids inspired me. During the COVID lockdown, I had a front-row seat to their creative process. I had a bit of a FOMO moment and realized that I didn’t want to get to 10 years down the line and not have anything captured to commemorate their creative journey. Unrealistically, I wanted to keep all of their artwork, but in a way that was efficient, tactile, and smile-inducing. I created Scribble as a way to simplify how parents preserve their child’s art, eliminate art clutter, and inspire creativity.
I understand that you are a founder of a few startups. What brought you into the children’s art space?
Steven: After leaving my previous startup, Huckleberry, which I had co-founded, I was feeling a little burnt out. I began to notice how my children’s creativity was evolving and recognized that it was an expression of how they perceived the world. This fascination led me to focus on something that could be centered around them. Creativity has been a continual part of my career, even as a technologist, and I wanted a front-row seat to see how their creativity would develop.
How is Scribble different from other personalized art book services?
Steven: We position ourselves between traditional photo book companies and white-glove “box” services. Traditional photo book companies excel at showcasing photographs of people, but often fall short in documenting the creative output of children. It’s like a receipt scanner that only extracts the content in a receipt, ignoring everything else. Similarly, we aim to preserve and enhance every piece of artwork using techniques such as isolating the artwork, fixing rotation, and adjusting perspectives. We even make design and layout decisions by analyzing the colors of a photo and suggesting complementary backgrounds that match the book’s theme.
Compared to the “box services”, we are effectively taking the time-consuming and expensive aspects out of the equation. The cameras in our phones are amazing these days. With a little help, we can take a non-professionally shot photo and turn it into something that belongs in a coffee table book. By relying on custom algorithms, we can design books at the speed of upload and ship books to you in days (not weeks or months).
Creating a photo book with Scribble requires the same amount of effort as using box services; they’re not entirely hands-off. You’ll need to gather the artwork, organize it, and write captions. In some cases, creating a Scribble book is simpler because you can take photos of the artwork as it arrives and handle the rest digitally.
We also provide a more affordable option, with books starting at just $39.99. Our goal is to democratize the ability for any family to create an archive of their children’s creative development. Our goal is to democratize the ability for any family to create an archive of their children’s creative journey.
Is there a Digital Version of each Scribble Book?
Steven: Yes, there is a digital version available for each Scribble book. We understand that not everyone can physically share a book with all their loved ones, so we offer an easy way to share a digital version of your book.
Traditionally, a child’s artwork is only seen by their immediate household. It has a short lifespan on the fridge before ending up in the trash or a box. We see digital access as a way to expand the audience of every young artist.
Unlike other companies, we do not charge a subscription fee for digital access to your books. As a proud parent, you are free to post your favorite images on social media or link the entire book.
To celebrate the fall season and being back at school, I am partnering with Scribble on a fun giveaway contest. How would you like to create photo book filled with your child’s artwork?
One Real Mom of SFV reader will win a promo code so that they can create their own Scribble book. Please enter below for a chance to win.
**Winner will be chosen October 6, 2023.**
Rules: United States Residents ONLY. One prize per household. One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter. The prize will be fulfilled directly by the sponsor. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send me an email to email@example.com.
So tell me, why do you want to win this prize?
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary book which helped facilitate this review. Images shown in this post are used with permission. Thanks to Scribble for partnering with Real Mom of SFV on this contest. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.