From concerts to cubicles: bring your summer-weekend fun back to the office with you

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

June 21st was the official first day of summer and with that came the promise of standard summertime activities: picnics, pool parties, bike rides, and weekend getaways. The summer months have also become synonymous with concert season in upstate New York.

For my friends and I, nothing screams summer more than the Dave Matthews Band. For the past several years we have all ventured to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a two-day set featuring our favorite band at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Along with the concert comes the whole experience: the road trip, the time spent with great people and, of course, the camping.

It’s always a struggle to fit everything into the car (and to make sure we aren’t forgetting anything crucial) but once we hit the road, it’s all smiles.

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Every year we stay at Lee’s Park right on Saratoga Lake and enjoy little sleep, a lot bug spray, and very temperamental weather. But a little rain and a few mosquito bites never hurt anybody, right?

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This year we had some fun with henna during the rain and the shine.

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The concerts took place on the 3rd and 4th of July this year, making the holiday weekend more exciting and eventful for us. There were even more American flags and hot dogs at the campgrounds than usual, and I had the pleasure of seeing my friends decked out in red, white and blue.

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And we can’t forget the entire reason we make this yearly four hour journey: the two amazing shows. Dave Matthews, once again, surpassed our expectations and put on a great concert at one of the best venues.

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I’ve made some of my favorites memories from these summertime, music-filled excursions. However, as much fun as it is, every year my friends and I joke about the “post-SPAC depression” we experience following the concerts as we head back into our daily routines.

But why should the weekend memories have to fade once we settle back into work on Monday morning? This year, I decided to use the My Kodak Moments app to ensure that I could bring a little bit of the concert season fun back to the office with me.

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When I arrived back to work I couldn’t wait to use the Kiosk to print out my pictures. I decided to make a few simple prints, but was really excited about the collage options. Millennials tend to get a bit “photo-happy,” and I’m no exception, so I had many different pictures from the holiday weekend. The available collage templates allowed me more freedom when picking photos, instead of having to be so selective when printing.

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Even better than these collages, though, were the awesome photo books I created quickly and easily from the Kiosk. I was able to fit all of my favorite camping and concert images in different size photo books and bind them into keepsakes I adore.

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Finally, I decided to explore the poster options on the Kiosk. For anyone that frequents at concerts, you know how expensive posters at the venue can be. If you’re looking to save some money, or make a more personal poster, Kodak Picture Kiosks provide a great alternative.

I got a bit sentimental when poster-making. I’m a firm believer that meaningful presents are the best gifts, so when I remembered that my best friend’s birthday was approaching, I decided to create a poster size collage for her so she could remember our amazing SPAC memories too. No surprise here—she loved it.

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I’m so happy that I was able to capture the memories from the concert and bring them back to the office with me. These prints were a simple way to bring some sunshine into my cubicle and remember an amazing weekend with friends.

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You can download the My Kodak Moments app for iOS or Android here.

Make your spring break last longer – with photo books!


(Outer Banks)

I don’t know how your winter went but here in Rochester, NY, February was the coldest month in history. We started hanging photos of warm travel destinations in our office to help get us through.


(Sanibel Island)

I printed out quite a few photos of my favorite beach destinations.


(Oahu, Hawaii)

Each one brought back warm memories.


(La Jolla)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a spring break planned this year but looking at these photos have been a nice pick-me-up.


Photo books are a great way to relive a vacation or spring break trip. If you want that happy vacation feeling to last a little longer, flipping through a photo book of the best moments can help.


And now Kodak Picture Kiosk has new photo book background designs available – just in time for those spring break photo books.

Find a Kiosk near you to get started!

The new Kodak Moments HD App for your tablet!

I love my iPad. I find myself using it over my laptop more and more, whether it’s looking up recipes in the kitchen or checking IMDB while watching a movie in the living room. After a look at the statistics, I don’t think I’m alone. By 2015 there will be 82.1 million tablet users in the United States. The average tablet user spends 90 minutes a day on their tablet. 80% of tablet users say it has improved their work/life balance and ummm 35% of people say they have used their tablet in the bathroom!


It only makes sense that you should be able to make photo books and order prints on your tablet too! Today Kodak Alaris introduces KODAK MOMENTS HD App for your iPad. You can easily create a photo book on your tablet which has a nice big screen, larger than your mobile phone, but still has the power of your laptop, without the bulkiness. Since there is a larger screen, this app is able to take advantage of such features as drag and drop.


The Kodak Moments HD app has unique features such as Smartfit technology that allows your images to be easily dragged and dropped into simple-to-use templates that automatically format. That way nothing important is lost from your images. You also get KODAK Perfect Touch Enhancement Technology for even better looking pictures.

You can pull your photos from Facebook, Instagram and Flickr. Or from your iPad camera roll. You know what I’m talking about. I have totally seen people on vacation in front of landmarks, holding their tablets up in the air, taking photos.

After you have made your photo book or selected your prints (while lounging on the couch or a lawn chair) you can send your order to a major retailer like Target or Bartell Drugs for pick-up. Or you can have it shipped to your home.

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So go and download the Kodak Moments HD App, try it out and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned for the Android version and new photo products like cards and calendars!

Skiing and My Kodak Moment’s app

It has been an epic winter for skiiing.  My family spent last Saturday tearing it up on the slopes; what a bluebird day!  I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone — I love the colors of downhill skiing, especially on a sunny day.

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These shots were so good I made a quick photo book with them, using the KODAK My Kodak Moments app.  It took me 10 minutes to create the book; all you need to do is download and start the app, select “Create and Order from Phone”, select “Simple Picture Books”, pick your size, and make it.  The app lets you use all those smartphone pictures you are taking but never seem to make it in print.  I picked 10 shots, did a simple reorder, picked my nearest Target store, and voila — I will pick up the book on my way home.


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A memorable day, now even more memorable with my simple photo book!

You can download the My Kodak Moment mobile app for your iPhone or Android device here and get started right away?

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.


They can hold photos and stand alone…


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


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.


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.


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!

Wedding season and Kodak Picture Kiosk


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.


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


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

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.


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.


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.


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.


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…”.


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


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 –>