Get organized with the Kodak Rapid Scanner II

On the list of top10 New Years resolutions, “Getting Organized” is number two. Was it on your list this year?

The end of January is when a lot of people have either given up on their resolutions or they are taking steps to reach their goals. If you had “Getting Organized” on your list here is something you can do and be able to cross something off!

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Gather up all your loose prints and shoeboxes of photos and head to a Kodak Picture Kiosk with a Kodak Rapid Print Scanner II. A Kodak Rapid Print Scanner II can scan your prints and turn them into digital files that you can use create photo products or Archive DVDs.

The Scanners are so easy to use that you can do it without the help of a sales assistant. They are fast too. You can feed the scanner stacks of 20 pictures at a time and it scans FIFTY 4×6 photos in about a MINUTE! You can also be assured that you will get great image clarity and color from the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner II.

Once you have your photos scanned and digitized you can create a photo book that organizes them however you please. An Archive DVD is a good way to store your photos and transfer them to your computer. You could even cross some other items off your to-do list and use your photos to make thank you cards or photo gifts like calendars.

Kodak Picture Kiosk and the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner II can take care of your printed photo collection so quickly it will assist you in the #10 top New Years resolution for 2014… Spend More Time with Family.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk with a Kodak Rapid Print Scanner II using this store locator.

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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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

Wedding season and Kodak Picture Kiosk

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It’s wedding season and I was fortunate to attend two so far. The first one was my little sister’s. Of course I show up with my camera. Now both of the weddings had a professional photographer. You don’t want to leave the pictures of an event like this to your sister who might get distracted by the cake *ahem* and miss the big shot. Always invest in a pro photographer who will make sure every moment is captured beautifully for you to remember for years to come.

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I like to take pictures myself so I have something to post to Facebook and make prints for the fridge right away.

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This past weekend I went to the lake-side nuptuals of my friends Taylor and Andrew. What a great backdrop for photos of the bride and groom!

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I especially like taking photos of the wedding details… flowers, table settings, cake, dresses… even the bride’s nails and shoes! I think it’s because I know how much work goes into making those elements of the big day special.

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Again with the flowers. I like to get close ups of these beauties.

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Sometimes I can’t wait to get home and look at the pictures I captured of the happy couple! I pick the best for Facebook and then I start printing! Kodak Picture Kiosk has lots of choices for creative ways to use those wedding photos.

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I made a collage of pictures I took at my sister’s bridal shower. You can choose to let the Kiosk auto fill all the spots or fill them yourself. Either way you can still move them around and edit each picture until it is just right. I love these for framing or hanging on the fridge or at the office. It looks much tidier than nine separate photos.

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Our grandmother couldn’t make the wedding so I made prints in order for to see all the activity. You have the option to add a border to your prints which make them frame-ready or just add a little extra something to where ever you might display them. There are plenty of borders to choose from so it can compliment the photo.

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Naturally photo books are great for remembering a wedding. My sister is moving overseas and has a lot to pack so I made her a wee little photo book that won’t take up much room.

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Here is something you can make the newlyweds that they will really love. Use photos of their wedding to make a calendar. I made this one page calendar which is nice for pinning to a corkboard message center. A twelve page monthly calendar would be really nice too. Fun for the couple to look at throughout their first year of marriage!

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This is one of the coolest things I think you can make at a Kodak Picture Kiosk… a canvas print! These turn out super cute and ready to hang, no need for a frame. It has a painterly aspect to it. I can’t wait to give this one to the newlyweds!

To make any of these photo gifts check here to find a Kiosk near you that makes that particular product.

I have also pinned lots of great wedding photo projects on Pinterest that you can repin too!

Kodak and Bartell Drugs Blogger Party with Kodak Picture Kiosks

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Who doesn’t love a party? That’s why we decided to throw a blogger party at Bartell Drugs to help get the word out about all the cool ways you can use Kodak Picture Kiosks.

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Bartell Drugs is a pharmacy chain in the Seattle, Washington area. But really it is so much more. They have almost everything you need in one stop. This includes a photo studio with Kodak Picture Kiosk!

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That’s why we chose it as the hub of our blogger party. Louise Bishop, the creator of the blog momstart.com was kind enough to be our hostess for the party.

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Bloggers Michelle Paige, Heather Murphy, Summer Olesky and more joined Louise at Bartell Drugs to enjoy some treats, learn about Kodak Picture Kiosk and then use the Kiosks to print their own pictures.

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The bloggers enjoyed the Koda-cookies and the goody bags, but what they really loved was their hands on time with the Kiosks.

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The bloggers learned about some of the Kiosk’s great features like Facebook Connect and how to print from their mobile phones using Kiosk Connect mobile app.

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You can’t help but smile when you see all the great memories that these bloggers printed out at the Kiosk party!

Find a Kiosk near you and have your own party!

Kodak Picture Kiosk at 21 Stories for Scouts

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Sucessful rappellers sign the 21 Stories for Scouts poster

The Rochester Boy Scouts have an interesting way to raise money to support urban scouting. They invite the community to rappel down 21 stories in exchange for a donation. 21 Stories for Scouts is an opportunity of a lifetime and Kodak volunteered at the event to help create memories the rappellers will be able relive and share.

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A rappeller makes the trip down the side of the First Federal Plaza building

The rappelling took place on the First Federal Plaza building in downtown Rochester. A skilled team was brought in to provide equipment, training and logistics. In addition, Kodakers were there to take photos and print them for the participants.

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Kodak volunteers: Dan Olean, Dick Tuyn, Rich McNeary & Tom Maurer

We had Dan and Rich on the roof taking photos of the rappellers while Dick and Tom were on the 19th floor printing them out in a collage template.

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Chuck Rudd setting up the Kodak Picture Kiosks

All the way at the bottom on the street, Chuck and I manned two Kodak Picture Kiosks where we printed photos for friends and family taking shots with their cameras. We also made extra prints taken by our photographers.

By the time a rappeller got to the bottom of the building and back up to the top to return the equipment, we had photos waiting for them. How did we do this?

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The planning map for the photo transfer logistics

We have some skilled folks at Kodak and they planned out this impressive process for routing the photos wirelessly from the cameras on the roof to the Kodak Picture Kiosk on the 19th floor for the collages and then by cable 300 feet down to the two Kiosks on the ground. When these guys do a job… they go all out!

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The hole on the 19th floor where we ran cables 300 feet down to the other 2 Kiosks

I was mighty impressed with the team’s work. I don’t think any other charity rappelling event is as well documented or has a photo system like ours!

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Rappeller Amy and her brother Adam who is involved with the Seneca Waterways Scouts

It was a treat to be down on the street with the rappeller’s friends and family. They were all so excited for their rappellers and delighted that they could print out the photos they had taken right on the Kodak Picture Kiosk.

We saw all sorts of cameras. SLRs with huge lenses, point and shoot cameras and yes… a lot of people were taking pictures with their phones. That was no problem for us! After a quick download of the Kodak Connect mobile app, we were even able to print pictures from people’s phones!

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Using the Kodak Picture Kiosk we were able to pull a still photo of Valerie rappelling from video her husband shot

When the rappellers came out onto the street to rejoin their group, they were even more excited about the pictures that captured their accomplishment.

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Me, geared up and ready to go!

As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to rappel, and I jumped at it.

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My coworkers reminded me they would be snapping away so I better keep smiling the entire way down.

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The first step is the hardest, when you hang over the edge, before your first step.

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Once you get going, you just settle in and work your way down!

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Me silhouetted against the Times Square Building and the top structure “Wings of Progress”

It was an incredible view!

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A collage of my rappelling descent

This event was a great way to raise funds and awareness for the Boy Scouts. It’s a chance of a lifetime for the rappellers and I am glad Kodak was able to be there to help them remember it for days to come!

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!