Halloween Photo Fun

Let me just start by saying I have the best kids. I know you all probably have kids and think they’re great too—and they probably are. But my kids are awesome! What’s making me gush so much about the tween and teen males at our house? They have made Halloween soooo easy for me this year! The teen wonder has decided that he’s finally done trick-or-treating and the tweenager picked out a scary mask for $5.99 that he’s wearing with last year’s scary cloak thingy. And why do I find this so exciting? Because now I can spend that costume-searching, -arguing, and -making time doing something I find much more fun—Halloween crafting and decorating!

If you’re like me and find the change to cooler weather just perfect for crafting, here are some ideas from the KODAK MOMENTS Experience Team to get you all ghouled up for Halloween.

We make it quick and easy to get your photos with a variety of convenient options. Walk into a store and use the KODAK Picture Kiosk or try the KODAK MOMENTS Apps on your smartphone or tablet wherever you are, to order prints or make a photo book which you can pick up on your way home from work or have delivered right to your house. Then you’re all ready to begin crafting new creations for a spooky Halloween!

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Having a Halloween party? The KODAK Picture Kiosk and KODAK MOMENTS Apps have a variety of Halloween card templates from which to choose.

How about some spooky home décor to greet your guests?

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Halloween Photo Lanterns

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Skeleton photo display

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Don’t forget the party treats!

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After the party, put together a photo book to remember all the fun. You can make one at a KODAK Picture Kiosk and walk out of the store with a photo book in hand just a short while later. Or use the KODAK MOMENTS Apps to create the book right from your smart phone or tablet. With this option you can pick your book up from the store or have it shipped to your home.

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This is just a start—check out these and other great Halloween Projects & Ideas on our Tips & Projects Center.

Hands-Only CPR Training at Kodak Alaris

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A couple weeks ago, as part of our Corporate Wellness Initiative, we partnered with the American Heart Association and Monroe Ambulance to provide “Hands Only CPR” training. It’s one of the ways we are looking to build a healthy workplace.

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Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. Hands only CPR is an alternative to providing Compressions and Breaths and can keep someone alive until emergency responders arrive. Experts hope bystanders will now be more willing to jump in and help if they see someone suddenly collapse. Hands-only CPR is simpler and easier to remember and removes a big barrier for people skittish about the mouth-to-mouth breathing.

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So many good questions were brought up and so many employees have shown an interest in AED locations in our building.   It is a real comfort to know that we have 140 more skilled responders to a Cardiac emergency today than we did previous to this session.

We are also beginning to work on our 2015 Heart Walk Campaign, so having discussions about healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction may be future topics.

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Please visit the Hands Only CPR site online to learn more.

Fall Photo Fun

Well, we are knee-deep in the full glory of Fall. I swear it happened overnight—one day it was 75 & sunny and then I woke up the next morning and it was 45 degrees and the leaves were changing colors! Have mixed feelings about Fall—it opens the door for Ol’ Man Winter, of whom I’m not a fan, but it also means pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, cozy fires and chili for dinner. And it gives me an opportunity to work on some indoor projects—Fall means my crafting gene kicks into full gear! So, if you’re like me, ready to engage in some indoor projects that you wouldn’t sacrifice a sunny summer day for..below are some ideas for Fall photo projects.

We make it quick and easy to get your photos with a variety of convenient options. Walk into a store and use the KODAK Picture Kiosk or try the KODAK MOMENTS Apps on your smartphone or tablet wherever you are, to order prints or make a photo book which you can pick up on your way home from work or have delivered right to your house. Then you’re all ready to begin crafting new creations and planning Fall get togethers!

How about an apple or pumpkin picking party to gather old friends or welcome new friends as the school year kicks off? Send out invites and later create collages and photo books to remember the fun.

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Don’t forget the treats for the party! Say a yummy thank you to guests who join you for an autumn party with these personalized candied apples.

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Greet your visitors with a Fall photo wreath for the front door.

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Hit the pumpkin patch and show off your Fall photos with this pumpkin photo display.

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This is just a start—check out these and other great Fall projects and ideas on our Tips & Projects Center.

Gear up for a great season

With summer winding down, it’s time to get on the ball for Fall sports action. Whether you have a cheerleader, a linebacker, a goalie or another kind of athlete to take pictures of, we have plenty of projects and idea starters so you can remember every play.

We make it quick and easy with a variety of convenient options. Walk into a store and use the KODAK Picture Kiosk or try the KODAK MOMENTS Apps on your smartphone or tablet wherever you are, to order prints or make a photo book which you can pick up on your way home from work or have delivered right to your house.

Here are some ideas to kick off the season:

Keep track of the season’s highlights with a simple photo book you make right from your mobile phone. This also makes a great gift for the coach at the end of the season.

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Feeling nostalgic as the season comes to an end? How about creating a look back photo book that tracks your athlete’s progress over the years? Collect pictures from past seasons and combine with this year’s winning moments for a great photo book.

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Planning an end-of-the-season party? Check out these winning sporty party food ideas.

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A great way to thank the coach and team volunteers is with a personalized thank you card from the team.

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With all those first place ribbons, it’s hard to keep track of what they are for! Try attaching a photo from the winning game to keep the memory fresh.

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This is just a start—check out these and other great sporty projects and ideas on our Tips & Projects Center.

Guest blogger: Tiana Stephens – Making connections from Korean War photos

A single photograph of a person—just one moment in someone’s lifetime—has a way of revealing things that are sometimes too complex for words. It conveys emotion, perspective, context, and evokes vivid memories, especially for the ones left behind when that person passes away.

He didn’t talk too much but he always greeted me with a drawn out “hell-o grand-daughter” through his mustache and long white beard. His voice was full and wise and came from the bottom of his pot belly with a slight southern twang. The most I knew of my grandfather, Crawford Flynn, was that he was good with his hands–thumb included–when it came to gardening, and that I had the special honor of sitting proudly beside him at the head of the table when I was too small to climb up there myself. I liked watching him make things in his workshop–wooden toys, instruments and eventually an entire miniature city, “Tiny Town,” for my grandma’s daycare. My brother and I would find scrap pieces of wood and swirl the layers of sawdust on the floor into designs while he worked. For many winters Tiny Town transformed into the North Pole and he was Santa to us grandkids and Smile Day Care kids at Christmas. We were all in awe of his talents. In the warmer season I was always amazed at his canopies of string beans, giant twisted cucumbers, dahlias and fluffy peonies bigger than my face. It was decades ago but the memories come back as colorful as his garden.

Two years ago on Independence Day I was watching a story on 13 WHAM news about a local woman who had inherited a very special collection of photos released by the Department of Defense that were taken during the Korean War. The reporter, Adam Chodak explained that Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a vet herself (among many other impressive accomplishments in her 83 years including an Olympic diving coach) was trying to connect veterans or families with the faces in the photos she calls her “gems.” The story flashed through some of the photos up close, and the camera moved over more and more stacks spread across a table.

These were not the type of wartime pictures that you see in history books, in the news on Veterans Day or when certain anniversaries come around. They were pictures of soldiers doing very ordinary things under not-so-ordinary circumstances, like posing with a dog or drinking pop. The story showed Betty on the phone calling small-town newspapers and people she found in the phone book whose names matched the names in the detailed captions printed on the back of the photos. She didn’t have any luck making connections during that story.

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In the two-minute news story I thought I saw something familiar. Maybe it was wishful thinking but in one of the photos there was a group of about a dozen soldiers and one man in the center of the of the group looked like my grandfather. I checked the list of names that was posted online with the story. No Crawford Flynn. I watched again a few days later on my computer, trying to pause the video just right on what I thought I saw. I told myself there was no way that out of the hundreds of faces that it could be so. No way. I’m from Colorado and my grandfather was originally from North Carolina, so how could a picture of him surface in New York? I dismissed the idea partly because of the low probability that it was him and partly out of fear of disappointment that it was not.

A little more than a year later I was going through a large brown accordion file that I keep old family photos in. The oldest photos are tucked safely in envelopes inside of folders and separated by family (Wong for my mother, Flynn for my father). I came across some pictures that my dad had given me when my grandfather passed away in 2005. Two small and tattered pictures were of him when he served in the Air Force during the Korean War. I immediately thought again of Betty’s story and her picture collection. I could still see the image in my head and decided to make arrangements to see the photo in person. I was nervous that I would be let down if it was not him in the photo but I knew I would regret it if I never saw it for myself.

I came to her house alone on a mild night in October, ringing the bell from outside the porch then reluctantly stepping inside the porch to knock on the door of the house. She answered with the same enthusiasm I saw on the TV story, greeting me with a hug and then leading me through the quiet house, explaining some of the various artifacts from around the world and how she came into possession of them before we reached her office. She had so many wonderful stories to tell that I soon worried I would disappoint her if I was not related to the man in the picture.

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We walked over to a bureau in her office and Betty picked up a manila envelope with the words “Our Gems” written with a marker on the front. She laid the photograph down carefully in front of me and I put my hands up to my mouth and gasped. I immediately knew that it was him! His posture, profile, hair—everything about him was so recognizable. We jumped up and down and cried with joy “it’s him, it’s him, oh my gosh, look at that!” I put my small photos next to the 8×10 for comparison. The images almost mirrored each other. It was an incredible discovery—Betty always says “she was all goose bumps” when we talk about it today and we still can’t believe our own story when we tell it.

On my next visit back to Denver, I brought this gem to my grandmother, father, aunts, uncles, siblings and cousins. The image brought out so many incredible stories that I had never heard before. Wonderful stories about how my grandmother met my grandfather when he was stationed in Japan following the war. Nobuko Ikeda was a stunning, petite young lady working in a coffee shop on the Air Force base. She naturally attracted many admirers who would learn after waiting in a long line for coffee that she didn’t want anything to do with courters—let alone American ones. She was hard-working and humble, from a well respected Japanese family and she said she never wanted people to think of her as “a girl who goes with GI’s.” Yet, somehow my grandfather was able to convince her to marry him and then she did eventually “go with him”…all the way back to the United States.

I keep these family stories in my heart. But it’s the photographs—the illustrations from the years so far before my own—that I can hold and see, that will be my most treasured possessions until it’s time to pass them down to my own grandchildren.

When my grandfather died, I regretted not being brave enough to ask him about his experiences both in Korea and Vietnam. Was he scared? Did war change him and somehow was it worth it if it led him to meet my grandma? Now, having this extraordinary photo of him—obtained through extraordinary means—I found something that I didn’t know was lost.

The night I took the photo home, I knew the next thing I needed to do was to help Betty find more families that might be able to make the same incredible connection that I did. I knew that the picture collection needed to be available where the world could see it, that they should be scanned and posted online.

Betty and I talked about what we could do to make this happen, and I was able to eventually connect with Chuck Rudd at Kodak Alaris and a wonderful team of experts who were just as excited as Betty and I about the project. Kodak Alaris found a way to safely scan the pristine collection of glossy black and white 8×10 photos—nearly 200 of them—front and back!

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In Rochester New York–where everyone knows everyone–word travels fast and good stories travel faster. I’m happy to report that the Democrat and Chronicle heard about the project and is hosting an online gallery of Betty’s entire collection of photos, complete with the captions on the back complete with dates and locations and even names and hometowns on some.

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Words can’t describe how thankful I am to have connected with Betty and this photo, Kodak Alaris and the Democrat and Chronicle. I hope that through this project many more families, widows or veterans themselves of the “Forgotten War” will be able to make a connection with a photo and perhaps remember stories that will be passed along to future generations. After all, our story begins with the stories of those who came before us. And a picture is worth so much more than 1,000 words.

June Weddings and Photo Projects

Like many other people I was married in June. Why is June a popular month for weddings? One website says it’s because according to the Celtic calendar, couples started courting on Cross-Quarter Day of Beltane and were supposed to get married on the next Cross-Quarter Day, August 1.  Turns out they couldn’t wait and would get married in June. Other website theories are 1- because it honors Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, 2 – because the soon-to-be pregnant wife could still help during harvest and a child would be born in the spring, 3 – due to the fact May was “bath month”.

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For whatever reason it was the tradition stuck and I have been seeing #ThrowbackThursday photos of friends’ weddings all month. This year was my tenth anniversary. I really wanted to post photos of my wedding to Facebook and Instagram but realized my pictures were all on film and I hadn’t had many of them scanned since then.

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I knew just what to do. I went to the Kodak Picture Kiosk in our office and used the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner to scan in prints that I took out of our wedding album.

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After I scanned in my photos I was able to save them to a CD using Kodak Picture Kiosk. Now I had them in a digital format so I could post them to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

While I had them on the Kiosk I could have also made extra prints, cards, calendars and more.

This is a great thing to be aware of if you like doing projects with photos. I have nearly fainted in the past when discovering someone has cut up an original 20 to 50 year old photo for scrapbooking, crafting or displaying. Especially if you do not have the negative DON’T CUT UP YOUR OLD PHOTOS! Visit a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make copies!

Here are some of my favorite photo projects for weddings, showers, honeymoons and anniversaries that you can use those special photos for!

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Carry people who mean a lot to you down the aisle in the form of photos attached to your bouquet or boutonnière. Mini-prints on the Kiosk work well for this!

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Display old family wedding photos on vintage plates at an anniversary party or wedding reception.

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You can craft these photo holders from corks. Display photos at each table or make them as favors.

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The corks also fit in candlesticks!

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Photos attached to tea bags make cute favors for showers or receptions.

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These photo match boxes are super cute too! “A perfect match!”

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A co-worker did this for her parent’s 60th anniversary party!

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Remember your honeymoon with photo projects too… like this “sand globe”.

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Or a scrap box to hold photos and other honeymoon mementos like tickets, shells, and other trinkets.

There are many more ideas at Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to get started.

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Here are some great photo apps that are Kodak Alaris partners that can also help make your wedding unique.

Send 8mm film or VHS tapes to iMemories and get back a video to play at your party or reception.

Have wedding guests share with you the candid pics they shot during your special day using WedPics app.

Personalize your photos with elegant designs and make cards with Chappters iPhone app.

Don’t forget, when it comes to photography and weddings you always want to hire a professional photographer so you know that all those special moments will be captured. You won’t regret it years later.

 

 

Get Ready for Father’s Day with Photo Projects

That time is almost upon us…the day we reserve for Dad and celebrate him and all his mustache, bow tie, and barbeque glory. Here are some ideas for personalized cards and gifts to make the day extra special. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and the KODAK MOMENTS Apps it’s easy even if you wait until the last minute—same day service is not a problem for our products. Or, use your smartphone or iPad to create a card, order prints or make a photo book which you can pick up on your way home from work or have delivered right to your house.

Every great gift starts with a cute card. Here are some ideas for personalized cards that will really get Dad’s attention.

Dad’s Favorite Activity: Surprise Dad with a custom photo card featuring the kids taking part in one of Dad’s favorite sports or activities.

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Spell It Out: For a unique way to send Father’s Day greetings, have the kids write the message on their feet. (Bonus: Picture the look on the kids’ faces when you ask them to take off their socks and write on their feet!)

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Card from the Pet: If your children are of the furry variety, they can still send a card to Dad on Father’s Day.

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Custom photo books, bordered prints and collages make the perfect gift for Dad. Here are some ideas for unique versions that will become treasured keepsakes.

Why I Love Daddy: Select a bordered print and add text that states an example of why your child loves his or her Dad so much.

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Just Like Dad: No one can fill Dad’s shoes, but you can have fun trying with this personalized collage showing baby wearing Daddy’s shoes!

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Just Me and Daddy: Create a personalized photo booking showing pictures of Dad, illustrating how he has been there for you over the years…coaching your Little League team, cheering you on from the sidelines, building you a tree house, teaching you how to drive, etc.

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How about getting the kids involved in making a gift for Dad? Here are some ideas and thought starters.

Hardware Frame: Show off your favorite picture of the kids with Dad with this unique frame. This is a great project for the kids to create for Dad.

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Coupon Jar: Give Dad a well-deserved break with personalized coupons good for free chores. For a new twist indicate what the coupon is for with a photo. For example, a print a picture of the dog and write “Walk the dog free coupon” on the back.

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Family Handprints: Using a family photo in the background and repeating it in the smallest hand print makes for a cool 3D effect that Dad will love! All the kids handprints are represented with this project which serves as a great memory for Dad as the kids get older and bigger!

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This is just a start. Check out these and other great Father’s Day projects on our Tips & Projects Center.