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!

Tori Johnson’s DIY Kodak Picture Kiosk Photo Table Runner

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Are you planning a barbecue or picnic for the Fourth of July? Check out this fun photo table runner blogger Tori Johnson made using pictures from Kodak Picture Kiosk!

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She covers how to make it on her blog… it looks very doable! And what a cute addition to your table.

She was even on TV demonstrating this and other great ideas for Independence Day celebrations.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started on yours now –> http://kodak.ly/13C3g68

Mother’s Day Photo Inspiration

You know your Mom would love a card from you for Mother’s Day.

And you know she would really treasure a photo card with a personalized message.

But what photo do you put on the card?! Here are a few ideas.

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Scan in an old photo of you and your mom for your photo card.

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The “vintage” photo looks nice on a card and the memories will choke up your mom.

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Are you a dad helping the kids make a card for mom? Have the kids post with letters that spell out M-O-M or I love you. You could also have them make a sign to hold, write it on a chalkboard or even spell it out with their limbs and bodies!

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Note that my card had M-O-M spelled out by pets. Don’t forget Pet Moms too!

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Some other ideas for Dad’s “helping” the kids make a card – use a card of your children when they were babies. Or take a shot of little kid shoes next to Mom’s shoes. You could even scan in a drawing your child created of Mom and use that in a card!

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Don’t forget Grandma on Mother’s Day! A card that shows all the generations makes a sweet and memorable card. If you don’t have a good photo of Mom and kids, an appointment with a professional photographer for a photo session would make an amazing Mother’s Day gift.

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Plus you are in luck! Here is a coupon offer for Buy One Card Get One FREE at Kodak Picture Kiosk! Make Mom a couple cards or cover both Grandmas!

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This Mother’s Day, MomStart is hosting a blogger Kodak Picture Kiosk party at a Bartell Drugs in Seattle! Read about the fun they are going to have on her blog! We can’t wait to see what everyone makes at Kodak Picture Kiosk!

Exclusive Bonnie Marcus Mother’s Day cards at Target

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Now through Mother’s Day, you can find exclusive Bonnie Marcus Collection cards at Target through Kodak Picture Kiosk.

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“We love our partnership with Bonnie. She is a ‘mom-preneur’ who combines her experience in fashion and entertainment to create a sophisticated line of stationery that will be a keepsake for moms nationwide,” said Garth Neenan, Regional Business Manager, US & C Personal Imaging Division, Kodak.  “Consumers can create these one-of-a-kind cards, ensuring Mother’s Day is made even more special with a signature card from one of the leading designers of greeting cards and stationery.”

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“It’s an amazing opportunity to continue to work with Kodak, such an iconic brand known for preserving family memories in special and lasting ways,” said Bonnie Marcus.  “I  love creating designs that I, as a mother, would want to receive, and that I know will put a smile on the face of countless other Moms on May 12.  Every mom treasures a card that features her own family/children!”

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To help you make Mother’s Day really memorable we are offering a Buy One Get One free folded 5×7 card offer by downloading a coupon at http://kodak.ly/momd13

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Easter cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk

Easter seems to have snuck up on us this year. It also seems so short compared to the days long celebration of Christmas. You might not have time to travel to be with friends and family for an Easter get-together. photo4 An Easter card is a nice way to show you are thinking of someone even if you can’t gather for a ham dinner and egg hunt.  photo3 Kodak Picture Kiosk has some really cute Easter card designs. You can make them quickly with your own photos and messages. photo2Perfect for popping in the mail or even adding to an Easter basket. photoAlmost as sweet as a giant chocolate bunny. Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you.

Leprechaun pugs & Greeting Card Universe

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If you thought I was going to let a holiday go by without dressing up my dogs and taking photos of them, boy were you wrong.    oscar-card-full

For St. Patrick’s Day, I posed them with a store-bought leprechaun hat and a homemade felt ginger beard.

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Unlike typical leprechauns they are looking for a pot of corned beef at the end of the rainbow.

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I have a few St. Patrick’s Day-loving friends that I want to give cards to. It was really easy to upload these photos to Greeting Card Universe and addthem to St. Patrick’s Day card templates.

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I could have had them shipped to my house but I need them right away so I had them directed to Target for pick-up. I can stop at Target on my way home and get them!

I might try and get some pics of the cat in the outfit too!