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”.

10443090_10152194976061267_2350411742239081321_o

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.

Screen shot 2014-06-26 at 2.56.58 PM

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.

cd

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!

Wedding-Photo-Charm

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!

10455042_10152082537686755_4356504766390772856_n

Display old family wedding photos on vintage plates at an anniversary party or wedding reception.

Wedding-cork-photo-300

You can craft these photo holders from corks. Display photos at each table or make them as favors.

Wedding-candlestick-cork-300

The corks also fit in candlesticks!

Wedding-photo-tea-bag-300

Photos attached to tea bags make cute favors for showers or receptions.

10370956_10152078496551755_3608981939831876137_n

These photo match boxes are super cute too! “A perfect match!”

Screen shot 2014-06-26 at 4.27.54 PM

A co-worker did this for her parent’s 60th anniversary party!

Wedding-couple-ornament-300

Remember your honeymoon with photo projects too… like this “sand globe”.

Wedding-Vacation-Scrapbox-300

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.

WEDDING_FB_RSS_800x800

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.

 

 

Mother’s Day is on the Way

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away so it’s time to start planning. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and the My KODAK MOMENTS App it’s easy even if you wait until the last minute for customized greeting cards and gifts. Same day service is not a problem for our products. Use your smartphone to create a card, order prints or make a photo book that you can pick up on your way home from work.

If you need some inspiration we have a whole Tips & Project Center full of great ideas to get you started.

Here are some ideas for a cute card from the kids.

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.04.30 AM

Spell It Out: For a unique way to send Mother’s Day greetings, have the kids write the message on their feet. (Bonus: Picture the look on the kids’ faces when you ask them to take off their socks and write on their feet!).

And for those of you with furry children:

Card from Your Pet

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.04.07 AM

And you can save a pretty penny on these personalized cards–from now until May 11th all KODAK Personalized Greeting Cards are Buy One, Get One Free. Check out the promotion.

We also have ideas for photo books and collages that will melt Mom’s heart.

I Love You Book: This photo book is sure to become a treasured keepsake. Take pictures of the kids holding signs saying why they love Mom, such as, “I love you because you bake cookies with me” or “I love you because you do crafts with me.” Page after page highlights all the reasons the kids love Mom.

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.05.03 AM

Here’s an idea for a photo book for adult children to give their Mom. Recreate childhood scenes and put the photos side-by-side in a Now and Then Photo Book.

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.05.36 AM

Family Collage: A collage featuring pictures of the whole family, as well as individual pictures of Mom & Dad with each child makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.06.39 AM

If you’d like to get the kids involved in a project that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on Mom, the time to start is now! We’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you and the kiddos started on projects that go beyond the clichéd macaroni necklace but are still simple enough to be done in minutes.

Here’s a great one for the littlest kids. They will love getting messy with the paint or inkpad when making the Handprint Photo Matte:

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.07.26 AM

For something a little more complex, maybe for older children and teens to work on, check out this Photo Star Project:

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.08.02 AM

For those of you with kids that love to glue and decoupage, how about a pretty Photo Flower Pot for Mom?

Screen shot 2014-04-28 at 11.07.03 AM

This is just a start—check out these and other great Mom’s Day projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

And we’re don’t forget about the Buy one, Get one FREE promotion on our Mother’s Day cards to go along with any of these personalized gifts you make!

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.

spider-clip-photos

They can hold photos and stand alone…

spider-line

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

photo-jars-800

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.

collage

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.

photobook

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: DIY Kid’s Magnetic Educational Photo Board

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.10.26 PM

As a mom of a rambunctious two-year-old I am constantly on the lookout for do-it-yourself ideas that are fun, affordable and educational. When I saw this idea on Pinterest I thought it was the perfect DIY to try out and I immediately had a cool idea on how to make it even better…use PICTURES instead of flashcards! Another bonus, you can do this entire DIY for approximately $30! Can’t beat that!

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.10.39 PM 

Supplies:

  • Variety of Kodak photos
  • Oil Drip Pan (purchase at any auto supply store for approx. $10)
  • (1)  8x11in dry erase magnetic sheet
  • Variety of magnetic photo holders
  • Magnets
  • Scissors
  • Dry Erase Marker

 Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.11.03 PM

 First, I decided what the “categories” were that I wanted to feature on the board. I knew that these would change as my son got older so I decided to go with a magnetic dry erase sheet so that I could easily make adjustments. I then just cut it in to strips to use at my category names.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.11.27 PM

After I decided my categories I found some pictures on the Internet and ones that I had taken as well that fit in to my categories. I then dropped them on to a USB and took them to my local Kodak Kiosk which is right down the street at CVS. Within minutes I had all my pictures printed out. What is so great about using pictures is it is much easier for a toddler to understand what you are asking them is in the photo because they are true-to-life unlike cartoons that you see on flashcards. Additionally, you can make basically any category you want vs. being confined to what is available on a flashcard.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.11.52 PM

Then you just slide the photos in to their magnetic holders so they are protected from little grubby toddler hands.

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.12.03 PM

That’s all it takes! Now ask your toddler all sorts of questions to drive their development! Some questions that I ask my son are, “Which photo is a cow?” “How does a pig go?” “Point to the color green.” Among many others! You can also use your extra magnets to hang photos of your family on the board as well!

 Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.12.14 PM

 Tori Johnson writes about fashion, mommyhood and everything else in between on her blog The sTORIbook (www.thesTORIbook.com). You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

       Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 1.12.23 PM

My Kodak Moment Social Prints Display Project

When I went to Hawaii last summer I took hundreds of photos. Some were on my DSLR, some on Kodak film and some on my iPhone.

The pictures taken with my DSLR and film camera were blown up, printed, framed and made into photo books.

The pictures taken on my iPhone were posted to Facebook and that was the last anyone saw of them. I recently went back to my Facebook album and realized there were shots I got with my iPhone, because it was handy, that I didn’t otherwise capture.

prints-600

Not wanting to forget those moments, I used the My Kodak Moments app for Facebook to make Social Prints of those shots. As you can see above I have ordered prints of my Facebook photos using the My Kodak Moments app before… it works really well with square photos like those that come from Instagram.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.33.37 PM

You can access all your photo albums on Facebook to choose your photos. If your friends have given you permission, you can even print photos from their albums.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.34.33 PM

There are several alternatives to choose from for your prints. You can change the background color/pattern and the orientation.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.35.57 PM

You can even do a “mini-collage” print with three photos.

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.36.22 PM

Lots of combos to choose from!

Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 5.49.55 PM

The app pulls in any comments that were posted to that photo onto your print. If you want to edit it or delete it just click “Edit Caption”

done-600

I wanted a fun way to display these prints at home so I took an old frame and converted it into a photo display that I can easily update occasionally.

back-600

It was pretty easy. I took out the glass and wrapped the board inside the frame with an old map. I thought the map would make a nice background for travel photos.

wire-600

Then I nailed small nails into the back of the frame, stretched wire across the front of the frame and wrapped it around the nails.

detail-600

I like to use little wee clothespins to attach the prints to the wire. They are so cute. You can also hang other memorabilia with the pictures like postcards, business cards, tickets and menus.

I love how looking at it brings back the entire trip for me!

You can try the My Kodak Moments app for Facebook here –> http://kodak.ly/MKMFBApp