Move with your memories! Make your college transition crafty with the new KODAK MOMENTS App

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

As the summer winds down the realization that I need to begin preparing to head back to St. Bonaventure University has set in. The summers in between college years can be a difficult time, especially for someone who loves a steady routine like myself. It’s hard to adjust to a completely different lifestyle for a few short months, only to have to move back to your college dormitory or apartment in the fall.

My summer months seemed even more exciting this year than in the past. They were full of concerts, lake days, camping trips and weddings. Having such an eventful time made it that much harder to pack up my shorts and tank tops and begin looking at textbooks online.

Bringing a little piece of home back to college with me has always made the transition easier. I’ve done my best to document my summer fun with photos of my friends and family. However, I always tend to end up with an iPhone camera roll containing 1,000+ pictures, but never actually doing anything with those memories.

Instead of keeping these summer photos trapped in my phone, I decided to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to bring them to life. I wanted to be able to easily create something to put in my bedroom at school to keep my Rochester friends and family close with me while I’m away.

Simple prints really never go out of style. They add décor to any college bedroom while simultaneously showing off the most important people in your life. I was able to order prints of my summer memories in seconds right from my phone with the KODAK MOMENTS App.

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As sad as it is to say goodbye to the summer, it’s also exciting to see my college friends again. I especially miss my roommates while I’m home, so I wanted to make them a little welcome back present for our house. We aren’t the most creative of girls and we often joke about the lack of decoration in our home. I knew they would love something to spice up our living room and I knew the KODAK MOMENTS App would help make this possible.

Once again, it was incredibly easy to order prints for my project from my phone and I was able to edit my photos right in the app. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, so many of my photos needed to be cropped or have red-eye removed. The new app made this a simple step in the process.

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After selecting my photos and completing my edits, I was even able to use the app to  immediately choose the closest location to pick up my prints!

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Once I had my prints I decided to check out the Kodak Tips & Projects Center for some inspiration. There are so many interesting project ideas to choose from, and they don’t involve a lot of time and effort to complete (even for an uncreative soul like myself).

After looking through hundreds of awesome projects, I found one that seemed perfect to bring back to school with me. I chose to print out a large poster size image of my college house and place it in an old frame. From there I used wire to hang the prints of my roommates over the image of my home. I love this project because it allows me to update the photos easily by swapping them out with new ones my roommates and I take throughout the year.

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This process wasn’t time-consuming or expensive at all, and it ended up turning out exactly how I wanted it to!

I can’t wait to show my housemates how crafty I can be, and I know they’ll love the new décor. I’m also excited to hang up the photos I printed of my family and friends from this summer. I’m so glad I was able to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to make my transition back to college easier and more fun.

You can download KODAK MOMENTS App for iOS or Android.

From concerts to cubicles: bring your summer-weekend fun back to the office with you

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

June 21st was the official first day of summer and with that came the promise of standard summertime activities: picnics, pool parties, bike rides, and weekend getaways. The summer months have also become synonymous with concert season in upstate New York.

For my friends and I, nothing screams summer more than the Dave Matthews Band. For the past several years we have all ventured to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a two-day set featuring our favorite band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Along with the concert comes the whole experience: the road trip, the time spent with great people and, of course, the camping.

It’s always a struggle to fit everything into the car (and to make sure we aren’t forgetting anything crucial) but once we hit the road, it’s all smiles.

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Every year we stay at Lee’s Park right on Saratoga Lake and enjoy little sleep, a lot bug spray, and very temperamental weather. But a little rain and a few mosquito bites never hurt anybody, right?

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This year we had some fun with henna during the rain and the shine.

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The concerts took place on the 3rd and 4th of July this year, making the holiday weekend more exciting and eventful for us. There were even more American flags and hot dogs at the campgrounds than usual, and I had the pleasure of seeing my friends decked out in red, white and blue.

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And we can’t forget the entire reason we make this yearly four hour journey: the two amazing shows. Dave Matthews, once again, surpassed our expectations and put on a great concert at one of the best venues.

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I’ve made some of my favorites memories from these summertime, music-filled excursions. However, as much fun as it is, every year my friends and I joke about the “post-SPAC depression” we experience following the concerts as we head back into our daily routines.

But why should the weekend memories have to fade once we settle back into work on Monday morning? This year, I decided to use the My Kodak Moments app to ensure that I could bring a little bit of the concert season fun back to the office with me.

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When I arrived back to work I couldn’t wait to use the Kiosk to print out my pictures. I decided to make a few simple prints, but was really excited about the collage options. Millennials tend to get a bit “photo-happy,” and I’m no exception, so I had many different pictures from the holiday weekend. The available collage templates allowed me more freedom when picking photos, instead of having to be so selective when printing.

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Even better than these collages, though, were the awesome photo books I created quickly and easily from the Kiosk. I was able to fit all of my favorite camping and concert images in different size photo books and bind them into keepsakes I adore.

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Finally, I decided to explore the poster options on the Kiosk. For anyone that frequents at concerts, you know how expensive posters at the venue can be. If you’re looking to save some money, or make a more personal poster, Kodak Picture Kiosks provide a great alternative.

I got a bit sentimental when poster-making. I’m a firm believer that meaningful presents are the best gifts, so when I remembered that my best friend’s birthday was approaching, I decided to create a poster size collage for her so she could remember our amazing SPAC memories too. No surprise here—she loved it.

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I’m so happy that I was able to capture the memories from the concert and bring them back to the office with me. These prints were a simple way to bring some sunshine into my cubicle and remember an amazing weekend with friends.

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You can download the My Kodak Moments app for iOS or Android here.

Heartfelt thanks

After all the hard work of planning a wedding and then the hustle and bustle of the big day itself has died down, there is still one big task to accomplish.

Thank you cards.

When faced with expressing your gratitude to the friends and family who joined you and supported you on your very special day you may be left with lack of words. A photo card gives you more options for making a card unique. Here are some ideas for photos to use in your thank you card.

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Make a plan with your wedding photographer to get a shot on your wedding day of the two of you holding a Thank You sign. It can even be handmade in your own writing – it still gets the message across.

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Take a moment during your honeymoon to take a picture for your Thank You cards. Something as simple as your handprints and wedding bands in the sand make a charming card photo.

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Getting married is a big news but moving to a new address after the wedding is big too! Share your new address with everyone in your thank you card and feature a photo of you in front of your new abode.

Photo thank you cards help you express how you feel beyond words. These creative ideas will help you design a card that will make the recipients want to hold onto it. And photo cards aren’t hard to create. You can even use a photo you snapped with your phone when you were on your honeymoon. With the My Kodak Moments app, you can make prints, collages and these Thank You cards right on your phone.

The app can be downloaded for iOS or Android here.

Kodak Moments for Any Type of Dad

Great dad’s deserve something special on Father’s Day. We have ideas for cards and DIY photo gifts that are perfect for lots of different kinds of dads.  card-FB-06-16

Is your dad an avid fisherman? Promise a day of fishing along with a picture from a recent fishing trip on his card.

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Kids will have fun making this fishing pole that tells Dad what a great catch he is.

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Let a Dad who travels a lot know he is the best in the world.

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Upcycle old pocket watches with photos so he can take his favorite people with him on his travels.

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If your dad is a handyman around the house, let him know how much you appreciate everything he does with your card. You can even use a throwback photo of him hard at work.

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A framed photo makes a great Father’s Day gift, especially if it is a customized frame for someone who likes to tinker around. Use duct tape, nuts or wrenches, just don’t take them out of Dad’s tool box!

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Even if dad is more of a “new tie” for Father’s Day kinda guy, the right photo in a card can make him melt.

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Keep with the tie theme and add his photo and a paper tie to a treat jar so everyone knows whose snacks are inside.

You can make these cards and print the photos for these projects at a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you or with the My Kodak Moments app.

Find more photo gift ideas and inspiration for Father’s Day in the Tips & Projects Center.

The most wonderful time of the year – last day of school

After Christmas and birthdays, the last day of school might be the most exciting day for a kid. It’s pretty good day for teachers too and for parents… well maybe it’s not their favorite day.

Whether you are a kid, a teacher or a parent, here are some project ideas that use photos that will make that last day a fun one.

For kids:

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See your friends off on summer vacation with a sweet sendoff. You can add text to your photo with the Kodak Picture Kiosk before stapling it to the bag of candy treats.

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Or you could add a powdered drink mix and a crazy straw to a photo for a summer treat. Both of these are quick and easy goodies to make for classmates.

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You can’t forget about your teacher. Make a thank you gift that they will really enjoy. Add some garden tools and a photo with a message to a flower pot that your teacher can use over the summer.

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Kids might need help with this project but what teacher wouldn’t love this colorful wreath personalized with their photo to hand in their classroom?

For teachers:

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Let your students know how much you enjoyed having them in class with a sand pail and a photo to remember you by.

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Take a picture of each student holding a sign stating what they want to be when they grow up. When combined into a collage, it makes an adorable print for parents to look back on.

For parents:

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Photo greeting cards are the perfect format for creating Keep in Touch cards. You can add text including contact information and a photo (so kids can tell Sally from Sarah), that will help friends stay in touch and have play dates over the summer.

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After a year of classes you might have a big pile of artwork, tests and report cards. Scan them in at a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make it into a photo book to cut down on clutter around the house.

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Don’t forget to take a picture of your little student on that last day of school to pair with a photo from the first day of school. You will love seeing how they grew over a year. If you just took a quick picture with your phone, you can print these photos with the My Kodak Moments app.

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Since there are long days stretching before you until school starts again, a photo to-do list will help the kids stay on task.

All of these projects and more can be found on our School Tips and Projects page.

Inspiration for Graduation

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There are new designs to choose from for Graduation announcements and matching Thank You cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk and the My Kodak Moments app. These photo cards are super handy if you don’t have a lot of time to wait for announcements. You can visit a Kiosk near you or even use a picture on your phone to create cards fast.

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While you are printing cards, why not print out a few pictures for these projects for graduation? Save a tassle with a photo inside a clear ornament for a graduation keepsake.

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Create a “Break in Case of Emergency” bottle for a graduate that is heading off to college in the fall.

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Don’t forget about the little graduates! There are card designs just for them available too.

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Use a photo to create a diploma for the lil grads that they will be able to look back on in the years to come.

Find more graduation photo projects and ideas in the Tips & Projects Center.

Tips for Mother’s Day

Take it from the talking Kiosk in the video. Mom will love a card that is made just for her.

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You can add your own photo and message when you make a card on The My Kodak Moments app.

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And since you probably already have the perfect picture on your phone, using the app makes it easy to add it to a card.

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You know Mom loves pictures of her favorite people, so why not make her a special gift using photos? A picture frame made from a book is a great gift for a mom who loves to read. Pick a book that is her favorite or has special meaning like Little Women.

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Upcycle old silverware to make these charming photo holders. These are especially cute as place settings at a Mother’s Day brunch.

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Show off an entire collection of pictures that will make mom smile with this DIY photo mobile made using wood embroidery hoops.

Find more Mother’s Day photo gift ideas and inspiration in the Tips and Projects Center.