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.

Go to the Head of the Class with these Graduation Planning Ideas

Have a graduate in the family this year? It’s time to start gearing up for the big day! Traditionally, families will use photos as a centerpiece of graduation season. We have lots of ideas and resources in our Tips & Project Center to help as you begin your planning. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and KODAK MOMENTS Apps, it’s simple to create personalized greeting cards, gifts and party decorations with same day service.

The time consuming part is collecting the photos. Even the most organized will find this takes time because you will want to linger over all the photos. “Remember in first grade when they went on the zoo field trip?”. “Oh, there’s the picture from her first dance recital”. “I just have to include this picture from the state championships last year”.

Once you do that sorting, we make it easy with lots of options. You can use printed photos, pictures on memory cards, and the more recent photos on your smartphone. You can use an in-store KODAK Picture Kiosk for on-the-spot service. Or order right from your smartphone or iPad and pick up your order later at the store, or even have it delivered right to your home.

So what do you need for this graduation experience? Announcements and invites? We have you covered with our new suite of coordinated graduation announcements, invitations and thank you notes. Save yourself some time and another trip to the store by making these all at one time.

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Here are some ideas for taking your invites to the next level.

Then & Now Graduation Announcement: Take a pic of your grad holding a photo from their childhood (or their first day of school) to use on her graduation announcement, and show how far she’s come!

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Send a Message: Let your grad express his creativity with a special message on his graduation party invitations.

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Need some ideas for the graduation party? Here are a few to get you started.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: These photo signs, showing the graduate through the years make a great decoration for the graduation party.

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Graduation Goodies: Decorating candies with a graduation theme will sweeten up the desserts table.

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Personalized Bottles: Add interest to your party beverages with photos of the graduate. Including the mortarboard on the bottle cap adds another special touch.

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And that’s only a few of the great ideas we have! Check out our Tips and Projects Center for more projects and thought starters that will really help you personalize your party.

Mother’s Day Twitter Chat and Gift Basket Giveaway!

Join us from 9pm to 10pm EST, Tuesday, May 6 for a Twitter Chat about moms, photography and photo gift ideas! Learn more about the current buy one card get one free promotion at Kodak Picture Kiosks just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Stationery designer, Bonnie Marcus @bonniemarcus will be joining in the chat too so you can ask her how to create a Mother’s Day card this year that will really wow your mom.

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We will also be giving away three fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Baskets during the Twitter Chat! Valued at $100 they have everything a mom needs to display her favorite photos and cards at home, plus a couple pampering items too! Win it for yourself or surprise your mom with it!

To join the chat just follow @KodakCB and the hashtag #KodakBOGO from 9 to 10 pm Tuesday night. Hope to “tweet” you there!

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Mother’s Day is on the Way

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away so it’s time to start planning. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and the My KODAK MOMENTS App it’s easy even if you wait until the last minute for customized greeting cards and gifts. Same day service is not a problem for our products. Use your smartphone to create a card, order prints or make a photo book that you can pick up on your way home from work.

If you need some inspiration we have a whole Tips & Project Center full of great ideas to get you started.

Here are some ideas for a cute card from the kids.

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Spell It Out: For a unique way to send Mother’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!).

And for those of you with furry children:

Card from Your Pet

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And you can save a pretty penny on these personalized cards–from now until May 11th all KODAK Personalized Greeting Cards are Buy One, Get One Free. Check out the promotion.

We also have ideas for photo books and collages that will melt Mom’s heart.

I Love You Book: This photo book is sure to become a treasured keepsake. Take pictures of the kids holding signs saying why they love Mom, such as, “I love you because you bake cookies with me” or “I love you because you do crafts with me.” Page after page highlights all the reasons the kids love Mom.

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Here’s an idea for a photo book for adult children to give their Mom. Recreate childhood scenes and put the photos side-by-side in a Now and Then Photo Book.

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Family Collage: A collage featuring pictures of the whole family, as well as individual pictures of Mom & Dad with each child makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

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If you’d like to get the kids involved in a project that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on Mom, the time to start is now! We’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you and the kiddos started on projects that go beyond the clichéd macaroni necklace but are still simple enough to be done in minutes.

Here’s a great one for the littlest kids. They will love getting messy with the paint or inkpad when making the Handprint Photo Matte:

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For something a little more complex, maybe for older children and teens to work on, check out this Photo Star Project:

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For those of you with kids that love to glue and decoupage, how about a pretty Photo Flower Pot for Mom?

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

And we’re don’t forget about the Buy one, Get one FREE promotion on our Mother’s Day cards to go along with any of these personalized gifts you make!

Photo Projects for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

When it comes to crafting and holidays, Valentine’s Day is right up there for me. It’s all hearts and pink and glitter! I got pretty excited when we started working on some photo projects to share this season on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center. We love adding photos to Valentine’s decorations, cards and gifts because it adds a personal touch. Here are some of the fun ideas we came up with…

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My co-worker, Patricia made this adorable frame with an inexpensive frame, a hot glue gun, and real candy hearts. Bonus? It smells delicious!

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This is the world’s tiniest Valentine’s photo project! Mini-prints at Kodak Picture Kiosk are perfect for making this secret message clothespin.

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You can make this cute heart garland with photos and patterned paper for hanging in your house or even embellishing a gift.

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Hand out treats in these photo tubes. Super easy to make.

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This is where the glitter comes in. After you make a card at Kodak Picture Kiosk, make it extra fancy with glue, glitter, sequins or anything else cute you find in the crafting aisle. Right now all cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk are 33% off.

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We have had this project around for awhile but it’s a favorite. After you eat all the chocolate from your heart shaped candy box, turn it into a picture frame!

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Here is something for the photo adventurous. We have instructions for making heart shaped bokeh.

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Do you have kids that are exchanging Valentines at school? You can make photo cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk with their pictures on them. Get creative with the photo to personalize the cards even more. It helps that all cards are now 33% off for Valentine’s Day.

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This is an idea that really pops. Make prints and add a lollipop for a really cute card/gift.

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We have lots of ideas for taking photos that are perfect for making fun cards and photo books in the Tips and Projects Center. I hope these have inspired you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one! We had fun coming up with them for you. Any day you get to use a hot glue gun in the office is a good one!

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you.

Bonnie Marcus Holiday Card Collection

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The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year at the Bonnie Marcus Collection design studio!  All of the holiday card designs that we’ve worked so diligently on throughout the year are finally available to our customers!  I can hardly wait to see which are everyone’s “favorites!”  (Of course, they are ALL my favorites!)

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This year’s collection was inspired by my love of everything that sparkles!  When I launched my business 10 years ago, I hand-sparkled all of my invitation designs to make each one a special work of art. I am thrilled that the advanced print methods at the KODAK Picture Kiosks could replicate the beautiful texture of the glitter that we use in our designs. Your friends and family will love these new beautiful, festive, sparkling card designs!

Another trend that has inspired our new holiday collection is my love of chalkboard-style design, which makes one nostalgic for the simpler days, before email and smartphones were our primary methods of communication.  Our chalkboard-style holiday card designs are definitely some of my favorites!

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One of the questions I am frequently asked is “How do I make sure that my holiday card stands out from the crowd?”  (What they are really asking is “How do I make sure that my card ‘makes the mantle’?”)  Many families receive hundreds of holiday photo cards during the holiday season!

To make sure that yours stands out from the crowd, my suggestion is to start with a theme in mind – something that is special and unique to your family. What are your family’s passions or pastimes?  If it’s sports, I would suggest taking your family photo at a favorite stadium.  If it’s boating, consider taking your photo out on the water.  Choose something that is representative of you and your family…. and don’t forget to include the family pets as well!

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Another tip is to make sure that you take lots of photos – both group photos and individual ones. With 3 little boys in our family, there is a high probability that one of the boys will be making a funny face in every group photo.  So…. to guarantee that you’ll be greeting card ready, make sure that you take individual shots of each family member as well as group photos, because you may opt for a card that has individual photos of each child, if the group photo didn’t turn out exactly how you had envisioned.

It may also be helpful to do a little advance research and choose a few designs that you love prior to even taking your photos.  Perhaps the card you love will set the tone for your photo shoot.  Whether your design style is modern, traditional, nostalgic, religious, or high-fashion, there are such a wide range of options available on the KODAK Picture Kiosk – I’m sure you’ll find one that is perfect for your family!

Designing our photo card is actually a “family activity” for my children.  They love helping to create the cards on the KODAK Photo Kiosks at our local Target.  The machines are very easy to use, and our favorite feature is that you can view your photos in color, black & white, and sepia tones, and then choose the one that looks best with your layout.  My kids love “designing” their own cards at the kiosks, and I love being able to have them print while we shop – instant gratification, no shipping charges, and one more thing off the “to do” list!

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EXCITING NEWS!
I will be giving one lucky fan a fabulous exclusive Bonnie Marcus Collection tote bag filled with $100 worth of stylish goodies – from a fashionable iPhone case (4 or 5 avail.) to designer post-it notes, chic thank you notes, stylish stationery sets and more!  For a paper lover, this is truly a dream come true!  The winner will definitely have their stylish stationery needs satisfied in 2014 (and beyond).

To enter to win, head over to the Bonnie Marcus Collection Facebook page and look for the post about the sweepstakes. Leave a comment about your family’s most memorable holiday “Kodak Moment.”  One Bonnie Marcus Collection fan will be chosen at random.  Good luck!

UPDATE: The sweepstakes is over and the winner of the Kodak moments Holiday Gift Box is Montana Griffin!

Cheers to a joyous, meaningful holiday season!

All the best,
Bonnie
Owner, Bonnie Marcus Collection “where fashion meets paper®”

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Halloween photo projects

Did you know that the day after Halloween is one of the biggest photo sharing days of the year on Facebook? So we know you are taking lots of pictures on Halloween. Here are some ideas for using them!     spider-frame

A pack of plastic spiders, a glue gun and a plain picture frame is all you need to make a creepy, crawly display for your favorite photos.spider-clip

Those spiders can also be glued to clothespins painted black and go on to have many uses.

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They can hold photos and stand alone…

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Or be clipped to a string for a festive Halloween photo banner.

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Fill a jar with water, red food coloring and some plastic eyeballs for a really gross Halloween photo display. Yes! You can submerge prints from Kodak Picture Kiosk into water and they will last! “Prints made at our self-service kiosks are also waterproof and stain resistant. They are protected with KODAK XTRALIFE Coating that makes them incredibly durable—they are even wipeable!” – thus being able to add them to a jar of water.

You can make prints at your local Kodak Picture Kiosk for all of these projects and more over on our Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

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Not only can you make fun photo projects to decorate for Halloween with prints from Kodak Picture Kiosk but you can make other products to help share and remember all your best Halloween memories.

Create a cute Halloween collage from your photos to hang on the fridge or to send to friends and family.

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Collect all your Halloween photos either from this year’s party or from all Halloween’s past in a photo book that you can enjoy for years to come.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to get started!