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.

New Year’s Resolution: Do more with your photos

Twitter and Facebook has been full of posts about New Year’s resolutions. I was reading a friend’s blog post about goals for 2014 and noticed that “Take more pictures and do something with them” was on the list.

It might seem like we are taking more photos than ever with our mobile phone cameras always on hand along with Instagram and Facebook making it super easy to share them. But what do we do with all those photos?

At the beginning of the New Year I looked back over a lot of pictures from 2013 to write a recap post on my blog, make slideshows to post to Facebook and see how I did on my New Year’s goals. I think everyone would agree it’s a lot of fun to look at pictures whether they are from the past year or twenty years ago.

Do you have lots of photos that are buried on your hard drive? Trapped on your mobile phone? Why not set them free where you can enjoy them every day?

Display Your Pictures

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What better way to enjoy your photos than to put them on display in your home where you can see them all the time? There are so many options. Perhaps a formal wall arrangement where you can match the frames and photos or maybe create an eclectic arrangement.

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You don’t have to go with typical frames in a wall presentation. Try something like placing photos in an old window frame, tying them to a tree branch in a vase or clipping them to a wire strung across two nails. Not only is it a fun way to display photos but it makes it super easy to swap the photos out and refresh them each season or holiday.

Check out some of the home photo display ideas and projects featured on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Tell a Story with Your Pictures

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Shoeboxes filled with photos have been replaced by computer folders full of jpegs. There really is no substitute for flipping through a real physical album of photos. You can tell a story with your photos and captions in a photo book and then it’s there on your book shelf or coffee table ready to relive at any moment.

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Your stories don’t have to be grand adventures either. It’s not just vacations and weddings that can be recorded in a photo book. Something as simple as the season for your garden or your child’s baseball team can make a great subject for a photo book.

Here are some tips for telling stories through photo books to help get you started.

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A really easy and quick way to tell a story with your photos is with a collage. There are so many ways you can enjoy a collage print of a collection of photos from a party, outing or just an afternoon outside. Hang it on your fridge or brighten a wall at the office.

Use Your Pictures

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Put your pictures to work and then you get to appreciate them every time you use them. Like with these photo bottle cap magnets. Bills and reminders are so much more pleasant when they are being held up by a smiling family member’s photo.

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Get creative with your photos. Use them for napkin rings, cupcake toppers, or gift tags.

Check out some of the fun ways you can be using your photos here.

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Do you stand in the card aisle looking for just the right card with just the right message? Why not make your own? Nothing is more personal than a photo card with your OWN picture and message. Not only for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day but consider using your photos for thank you cards, invitations and congratulations.

Don’t forget about giving photos as gifts. Whether it’s a photo book or a framed print, it’s a gift your friends and family will love and look at for years to come.

Hopefully these ideas get your mind going.

Kodak Picture Kiosk, the My Kodak Moments mobile app, and My Kodak Moments Facebook app are there to help you reach your photo resolutions for 2014!

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!

Signs of Spring Photo Book & Page Background How-To

Yesterday was the first day of Spring but it didn’t feel like it in Rochester. There are still patches snow on the ground here and there.

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In order to think positive thoughts and hurry Spring-like weather along, I made a photo book of pictures I have taken in the past of Spring approaching.

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I have a lot of Spring photos on Facebook. I get excited when I see the first bloom or bud, so I take a picture with my phone and post it to Facebook.

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Since these photos are all on Facebook, I used the My Kodak Moments app on Facebook to make my photo book.

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It’s convenient to use My Kodak Moments to build a photo book when all my photos are on right there on Facebook.

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I like to organize my photos on the pages by themes and add special touches like background photos.

Background Photo How-To:

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To make a photo a background photo for the page, make sure the photo you want to be the background is on the page. Add it if it isn’t there. (You can remove it later after it’s the background photo if you don’t want it on the page as a feature photo.)

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Click on the pencil in the upper right corner of the photo and select “Set as Page Background”.

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If you would like to repeat it on the facing page, stretch it across both pages or add it to all your pages click on the pencil in the upper right corner of the page and select “Photo Background Options…”.

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When you are done, if you don’t want that same photo in the foreground click on the pencil and select “Move to Clipboard”.

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I really like the look of a background photo stretched across a two page spread.

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Don’t forget… after you have made a photo book with My Kodak Moments app, you can share it on Facebook so friends can click through it. Image

This way everyone can enjoy a little bit of Spring.

Right now small My Kodak Moment photo books are $5 with free shipping! The offer runs out at the end of March so get yours before the snow melts!

Start your photo book here –> kodak.ly/MKMFBApp