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

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!

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(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.

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(Sanibel Island)

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

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(Oahu, Hawaii)

Each one brought back warm memories.

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(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.

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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.

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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!

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.