About Jennifer Cisney

Kodak Alaris Chief Blogger & Social Media Manager

Save first day of school moments

This past week my Facebook and Instagram feeds were filled with back to school pictures. It was fun to see the creative ways parents were documenting those first day of school moments.


A simple sign is a great way to keep track of first day shots from year to year.


An even easier approach is some chalk and a spot in the driveway.


On a driveway there is no limit to your artistic creations.

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Chances are when you are snapping those pictures before the kids head off to school, you reach for your phone. Other than posting to Facebook, where the photos will eventually move down and off your timeline, what will you do with those photos? Remember how your own school pictures used to hang on the walls of your childhood home?

If these are memories you don’t want to lose, you can download the KODAK MOMENTS App and print those pictures on your phone. The app is easy to use and you can have them shipped to your home or pick the up at a local store. You can download KODAK MOMENTS App for iOS or Android.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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!


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.

Make your spring break last longer – with photo books!


(Outer Banks)

I don’t know how your winter went but here in Rochester, NY, February was the coldest month in history. We started hanging photos of warm travel destinations in our office to help get us through.


(Sanibel Island)

I printed out quite a few photos of my favorite beach destinations.


(Oahu, Hawaii)

Each one brought back warm memories.


(La Jolla)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a spring break planned this year but looking at these photos have been a nice pick-me-up.


Photo books are a great way to relive a vacation or spring break trip. If you want that happy vacation feeling to last a little longer, flipping through a photo book of the best moments can help.


And now Kodak Picture Kiosk has new photo book background designs available – just in time for those spring break photo books.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started!