I Was Once a Collector of Photo Albums

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Yesterday afternoon, I grabbed an iced coffee from Marylou’s (white chocolate chip flavor) and then headed to CVS/pharmacy for a little ”˜me time.’ You see, I recently had the opportunity to work with CVS/pharmacy on their “Summer Snapshots” Photo Campaign. They hooked me up with a gift card to purchase a few items from their Photo Center and Kodak Picture Kiosk, so my plan was to drink some iced coffee and design some photo books.

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved creating things with photos: photo albums (they’re actually one of two””well, now three””things/babies/pets I would save from a fire), scrapbooks, and, of course, Carrots ”˜N’ Cake, which I have produced for nearly 7 years now. Basically, I was all about this campaign and really excited to make some cool new photo products!

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I haven’t used the CVS/pharmacy Photo Center in years (not since before I owned a digital camera) and it was only for making prints. I actually used to print my photos and then get the images on a CD/DVD so then I could share them by email with my friends. Oh, how things have changed since the early 2000’s! Haha!

Anyway, a lot of things have changed with the Photo Center and Kodak Picture Kiosks. You can still print photos and put them on CD/DVDs, but now you can make all sorts of cool stuff, including hardcover, bound photos books, collages, greeting cards, birth announcements, invitations, and lots more. And (this is the coolest part in my opinion) many of the items (photo books, cards, reprints, calendars) are ready the same day you order them. THE SAME DAY. No need to wait a couple of days or even 24 hours to pick up your order. Boom. Perfect for a last-minute gift!

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I brought a USB drive with all of the photos I wanted to use,but there are a number of ways you can access your pictures at the Photo Center and Kodak Picture Kiosks:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Email
  • USB
  • KODAK Kiosk Connect App
  • CVSphoto.com (you can upload your photos to the website)
  • Cell phone (through the USB – you just need to bring the cord)
  • Memory card
  • CD-ROM
  • DropBox
  • GoogleDrive
  • Picasa
  • Flickr

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Since this past summer was all about Baby Q, I decided to make a Photo Book with photos of him as a way to save some of our summertime memories. (I actually made two Photo Books””one for each grandmother! Photo albums make the best gifts!) Side note: You can make a Photo Book online at home and then pick it up in store the same day! How cool is THAT?!

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Making my Photo Books was so easy and a lot of fun. I loved getting all creative and playing around with all of the different design options. The Photo Books come in 5 different sizes and have customizable backgrounds and layouts. You can also add text and clip art to the pictures and pages. There were a number of baby book options for the backgrounds (as well as ones specific to graduations, weddings, recipes, and more), so I picked a boy one with different blue/gray/white designs and patterns.

Playing around with the layouts was really neat. This is where I had a lot of fun! The program makes layout suggestions for you, but you can easily move around the photos and pick various layouts/put them on different pages based on what you think looks best. It’s just drag-and-drop with your finger, so it was really simple.

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Midway through making my Photo Book, I remembered a picture on my iPhone that I wanted to use, so I quickly downloaded the KODAK Kiosk Connect app and transferred it to the Kodak Picture Kiosk to use in my album. Easy-peasy.

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Once I placed my order at the Kodak Photo Kiosk (I also ordered a calendar collage), I waited about 20 minutes for the items to be finished. Everything was produced in-store, so I did a little shopping and, before I knew it, my Photo Books and calendar were ready to go!

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I’ll show you guys the finished products in my next post!

Question of the Day

Were you a photo album collector? How do you save photos now? 

30 Comments

    1. I used Shutterfly back in the day to make our wedding guest book (2008), so I can’t really compare, but the Kodak Photo Kiosk was ridiculously easy, and I LOVE that you get your photo book right away. I would definitely use it again!

  1. Dude! Shutterfly is my life! Always sending me promos for free stuff, and you can make photo books in your pjs at home 🙂

  2. I love those photo albums, in fact for my wedding I am going to make a photo book and leave spaces for guests to sign and use that as our guests book. That way we have a place to display our engagement photo’s and we can view everyone’s well wishes 🙂

  3. This is very good to know and I love that you can upload from social media and email. I feel like now that everything is so digital, I seldom print out photos which is just sad and not okay! I have no recent pictures of my son printed out in an album which needs to change.

  4. I am making photo books all the time…vacations, baseball all-stars, prom, etc. For Christmas, I make a photo calendar with the grandkids pictures on it for my parent and in-laws. This will be the 18th year to do that. They love it. Each month they get a new set of photos to look at.

  5. I’m a big fan of making albums, too!

    I’m struggling to understand why I would use this service instead of Shutterfly or Tiny Prints? Those companies offer WAY more options for customization than CVS Kodak, better prices, and you never have to leave your house to use them – critical for me since I have young twins!

    Aside from the same-day in-person pickup option, how is CVS differentiated?

      1. OK – thanks. I could see the same-day prints being great for last-minute framed photos, but things like calendars and albums seem to take me FOREVER to design, so personally I can’t envision using it. Appreciate the reply!

        1. It really took no time at all to design. If you have all of your photos in one place (like on a USB drive) and ready to go, it’s so easy and fast!

  6. Oh yeah, definitely. I grew up in a house FULL of photo albums (my stepsister used to make fun of the “flipbook” my Dad had of my first 3 years of life, because every movement was documented). I never thought I would turn into that person always bugging people with the camera, but I absolutely am now. Besides loving instagram and photos for the blog, I love having pictures with friends to look back at. I also make a photo album of the year’s pictures for every anniversary with my boyfriend. He groans when I take the pictures but he always loves the album that comes out of them 🙂

  7. I haven’t printed photos in forever, but when I do, it’s usually from Target.com or Walmart.com, and I have them sent in the mail. My last album is from my wedding more than two years ago. I have a feeling I’ll get back into print photos when I get into the kid phase in my life. Love it!

  8. I use to collect albums now every picture is on my computer and iphone.
    Now for an imortnat question!! I can’t find renola anywhere!!! Do you know where they sell it?

  9. I still make scrapbooks! I find the process very relaxing;) But as we are expecting in January, I intend to switch to more digital/pre-made books because I have a feeling I will not have the time to do all the work;) I also blog, and just love to keep and make memories!

  10. I tend to print everything off due to scrapbooking almost every photo I have taken. I had no idea CVS had this option. I love CVS and will use this to create photo gifts. Great informative post.

  11. EveryYear for Christmas we give the grandparents a calendar. We go back and show what we were doing in January the year before. It’s kind of fun. We live away from our family so this is a way for them to see our kids grow up. I’m actually working on this years calendar now. It always takes so long if I wait to do it in December. So I just start it now and do it as the months pass. I hope this all makes sense.

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