Move with your memories! Make your college transition crafty with the new KODAK MOMENTS App

From Summer 2015 intern: Laura Meyers

As the summer winds down the realization that I need to begin preparing to head back to St. Bonaventure University has set in. The summers in between college years can be a difficult time, especially for someone who loves a steady routine like myself. It’s hard to adjust to a completely different lifestyle for a few short months, only to have to move back to your college dormitory or apartment in the fall.

My summer months seemed even more exciting this year than in the past. They were full of concerts, lake days, camping trips and weddings. Having such an eventful time made it that much harder to pack up my shorts and tank tops and begin looking at textbooks online.

Bringing a little piece of home back to college with me has always made the transition easier. I’ve done my best to document my summer fun with photos of my friends and family. However, I always tend to end up with an iPhone camera roll containing 1,000+ pictures, but never actually doing anything with those memories.

Instead of keeping these summer photos trapped in my phone, I decided to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to bring them to life. I wanted to be able to easily create something to put in my bedroom at school to keep my Rochester friends and family close with me while I’m away.

Simple prints really never go out of style. They add décor to any college bedroom while simultaneously showing off the most important people in your life. I was able to order prints of my summer memories in seconds right from my phone with the KODAK MOMENTS App.

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As sad as it is to say goodbye to the summer, it’s also exciting to see my college friends again. I especially miss my roommates while I’m home, so I wanted to make them a little welcome back present for our house. We aren’t the most creative of girls and we often joke about the lack of decoration in our home. I knew they would love something to spice up our living room and I knew the KODAK MOMENTS App would help make this possible.

Once again, it was incredibly easy to order prints for my project from my phone and I was able to edit my photos right in the app. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, so many of my photos needed to be cropped or have red-eye removed. The new app made this a simple step in the process.

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After selecting my photos and completing my edits, I was even able to use the app to  immediately choose the closest location to pick up my prints!

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Once I had my prints I decided to check out the Kodak Tips & Projects Center for some inspiration. There are so many interesting project ideas to choose from, and they don’t involve a lot of time and effort to complete (even for an uncreative soul like myself).

After looking through hundreds of awesome projects, I found one that seemed perfect to bring back to school with me. I chose to print out a large poster size image of my college house and place it in an old frame. From there I used wire to hang the prints of my roommates over the image of my home. I love this project because it allows me to update the photos easily by swapping them out with new ones my roommates and I take throughout the year.

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This process wasn’t time-consuming or expensive at all, and it ended up turning out exactly how I wanted it to!

I can’t wait to show my housemates how crafty I can be, and I know they’ll love the new décor. I’m also excited to hang up the photos I printed of my family and friends from this summer. I’m so glad I was able to use the new KODAK MOMENTS App to make my transition back to college easier and more fun.

You can download KODAK MOMENTS App for iOS or Android.

The most wonderful time of the year – last day of school

After Christmas and birthdays, the last day of school might be the most exciting day for a kid. It’s pretty good day for teachers too and for parents… well maybe it’s not their favorite day.

Whether you are a kid, a teacher or a parent, here are some project ideas that use photos that will make that last day a fun one.

For kids:

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See your friends off on summer vacation with a sweet sendoff. You can add text to your photo with the Kodak Picture Kiosk before stapling it to the bag of candy treats.

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Or you could add a powdered drink mix and a crazy straw to a photo for a summer treat. Both of these are quick and easy goodies to make for classmates.

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You can’t forget about your teacher. Make a thank you gift that they will really enjoy. Add some garden tools and a photo with a message to a flower pot that your teacher can use over the summer.

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Kids might need help with this project but what teacher wouldn’t love this colorful wreath personalized with their photo to hand in their classroom?

For teachers:

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Let your students know how much you enjoyed having them in class with a sand pail and a photo to remember you by.

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Take a picture of each student holding a sign stating what they want to be when they grow up. When combined into a collage, it makes an adorable print for parents to look back on.

For parents:

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Photo greeting cards are the perfect format for creating Keep in Touch cards. You can add text including contact information and a photo (so kids can tell Sally from Sarah), that will help friends stay in touch and have play dates over the summer.

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After a year of classes you might have a big pile of artwork, tests and report cards. Scan them in at a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make it into a photo book to cut down on clutter around the house.

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Don’t forget to take a picture of your little student on that last day of school to pair with a photo from the first day of school. You will love seeing how they grew over a year. If you just took a quick picture with your phone, you can print these photos with the My Kodak Moments app.

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Since there are long days stretching before you until school starts again, a photo to-do list will help the kids stay on task.

All of these projects and more can be found on our School Tips and Projects page.