Save Your Photos Day

September 27 was Save Your Photos Day, an international event created to educate the public about the importance of safeguarding and archiving photos. Every year there are over 550 natural disasters around the world and photos are among the most valuable possessions lost. There were over 60 events planned across the US for attendees to scan photos for safe keeping.

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One of the largest events was held in Joplin, Missouri. Devastated by a tornado in 2011, the Joplin community came together to prevent the kind of loss of photos and documents that people experienced a few years ago from happening again. About 500 attendees scanned more than 35,000 photos at the Joplin event alone. A team of volunteers helped participants use the KODAK Picture Saver Scanning System PS50, which was donated by Kodak Alaris and E-Z Photo Scan, including a computer, flatbed scanner, software and accessories.

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In Rochester, NY at the Public Library, volunteers used the Kodak Picture Saver Scanning System PS50 to input more than 10,000 photos over a five-hour span, said Nancy Sherman, business development manager with Kodak Alaris.

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You don’t have to wait for a special day to save your photos however. You can find Kodak Picture Kiosks equipped with Rapid Print Scanners that you can use to scan you photos in at any time of the year. Find a kiosk near you with a scanner use this locator tool.

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.

 

 

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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Spring Break Memories

Did you get away this year for Spring Break? If so, let me start by saying, lucky you! We decided to wait until summertime for a big trip (what were we thinking?!). And the calendar may say Spring, but here in Rochester, NY a glance outside confirms we’re still in winter’s icy grips.

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Winter storm “Vulcan” just last week (when did the meteorologists start naming winter storms, anyway?!)

Fortunately, we were able to take a great beach vacation last summer and I’ve surrounded myself, in the office and at home, with pictures and projects from that trip to keep the memories alive.

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Check out the Sand Box, Glass Photo Block and a variation on the Photo Poster on our Tips & Project Center.

If you, too, are looking for ways to make your vacation last, here are some ideas to get you started.

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Vacation Photo Book: Alongside the photos from your trip, include other memorabilia. Simply scan some of the mementos at the KODAK Picture Kiosk and include with photos from your vacation to create a unique vacation Photo Book. Use ticket stubs, restaurant menus, drink coasters and more!

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For the Foodie:  Sampling the local cuisine can be a highlight of a great vacation. Remember your favorite meals when you create a collage to hang in your kitchen at home.

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Seashell Photo Holder: Don’t let all those seashells you collected during your beach vacation sit forgotten in storage—use them to display your favorite trip pictures.

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Map It: A map of your getaway spot makes an excellent background to showcase your vacation photos.

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Photo Jars: Collect seasonal items, along with a favorite vacation photo, and place them in a pretty glass container for a nice memento.

This is just a start.  Check out theseand other great vacation projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

Brighten up your home (and mood) with photos!

This time of year you might start to feel some twinges of spring fever. You might feel like doing some spring cleaning or changing up your home decor. Decorating with photos is an easy and beautiful way to refesh your home.

Turns out, some experts say that looking at photos can have a positive effect.

Woman’s Day recommends that you put photos on the fridge to improve your mood in five minutes. They point out that we look at our refigerator 27 times a day, so it’s a good opportunity to look at something that makes you happy. “Research shows that the happiest people have many joyful family photos displayed in their homes,” says Caroline Adams Miller, coauthor of Creating Your Best Life.

This Yahoo article “How to Cheer Up: 5 Proven Mood-Enhancing Things to Do Right Now” also recommends photos as a way to feel better. UK’s The Open University showed in a study that looking at your personal photos is a better mood enhancer than other traditional activities like eating chocolate, drinking wine or listening to music. They suggest keeping photos in plain sight and occasionally switching them up is a great way to improve your mood.

Considering that looking at photos can make you feel better, displaying more photos around your home seems like a good idea. There are lots of creative ways to use photos in our home decor projects featured in the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Here are just a few.

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Photo window frame – Have you ever seen an old window frame sitting out by the curb? Grab it next time and make this cool photo window.

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Family tree mural with photos – show off your family with this life size family tree.

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Glowing photo frame – Warm up your home with this easy to make backlight frame.

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Photo wreath – striking compliment to your mantlescape!

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Photo dishware – perfect for your old family photos. Make copies at a Kodak Picture Kiosk so you don’t ruin the originals.

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Oh and for your fridge? Check out these photo magnets made from upcycled bottle caps!

The DIY steps for all these photo projects are available in the home decor section of the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to print all your photos for these ideas.

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.