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Archive for June, 2009

The End of Kodachrome

Kodachrome

You probably know the Paul Simon song, but it’s the real deal camera film that will be coming to an end. On Monday, Kodak announced that it has shopped making Kodachrome, it’s oldest color film, that has a rich 74 years history. The cause is attributed to the rise in digital photos with Kodak making about 70% of it’s revenue from pixels, not prints.

Kodachrome film might have been one of the slower film, but it delivered a warm, rich tone to each and every photograph. Not to mention it was favored by many film producers. Even the Abraham Zapruder 8 mm reel of Kennedy’s assassination was shot on Kodachrome. This film was more than just something to print on – it was part of our daily life. It captured photos for National Geographic. It held your Christmas morning. It preserved your wedding day.

Photojournalist Steve McCurry’s portrait of an Afghan refugee girl, shot on Kodachrome, appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. At Kodak’s request, McCurry will shoot one of the last rolls of Kodachrome and donate the images to the George Eastman House museum, named for the Kodak’s founder, in Rochester, NY.

We’ll still have the song, but the world will be a little less colorful without Kodachrome.

Summertime Scrapbooking

Bandstand in the Park

Warm weather is finally upon us, and with that comes backyard barbecues, pool parties, festive holidays and all sorts of summer fun. To capture those memories and to be sure that you have summertime snapshots to enjoy year round, all you need is a digital camera, a scrapbook, and your creativity. Creating a Summertime Scrapbook can be a fun and festive way to capture the season while saving your favorite photos to enjoy year round.

So what exactly do you include in a summer scrapbook? Well, anything! Photos of barbecues, fireworks, blooming flowers, and vacation hot spots are just a few of the things you can include, as well as graduation programs, boarding passes to your vacation, or even those little colorful umbrellas you put in your favorite drink. The key is to include anything and everything that reminds you of summer. To put it all together, be sure to stop by StorePhotos.com for Scrapbooking Supplies!

Honeymoon Albums Showcase the Destination

Chairs on Beach

How does a Parisian getaway sound for your honeymoon? What about a trip to the tropics? Or maybe an adventurous tour through South America? As wedding season hits its peak, more and more couples are looking for destinations that they can remember for a lifetime. So no matter where you’re headed after your big day, just remember to capture those memories on your digital camera and bring them back home in a Honeymoon Photo Album from StorePhotos.com.

Designed to display and organize your favorite honeymoon photos beautifully, these themed photo albums from StorePhotos.com offer the perfect way to store your photos. Choose from fun, playful, or elegant styles to suit your personality and your destination. A must have for newlyweds!

No matter where you choose to celebrate your marriage, just remember that you need something to catalog those memories. Let StorePhotos.com help with Honeymoon Photo Album!

Father’s Day Albums Capture the Magic

Playing with Daddy

Do you remember what it was like to have Dad sit you down on his knee to tell stories? How about that time that you went on that crazy summer vacation? Or maybe even the fond thoughts about birthday parties and holiday celebrations of the past.

Memories come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure – Dads are a special part of your history. In just a few weeks, Father’s Day will be here and it’s important to honor and celebrate the love and magic of fatherhood by gifting Dad with something special. Instead of getting him another card or a less than stylish tie, choose one of the Father’s Day Photo Albums from StorePhotos.com. Able to be filled with family memories from years past, these archival quality photo albums are the perfect fit for Father’s Day. Fill it up with pictures of Dad doing the things he loves best, like being a father.

Get your album today at StorePhotos.com and gift Dad the right way for Father’s Day.

yeah, write – For Scrappers Who Think The Words Are Kinda Important, Too!

What’s fresh and fun and grammatically correct all over? No, this isn’t a weird English major joke (though I am known for them in certain circles!). It’s yeah, write – a cute and cool scrapbooking blog you totally need to check out! While I do allow myself to get lost in candy-colored blogs with very few words, but oodles of awesome layouts, I found my letter-loving self excited by Angie’s (she’s the lady behind all this bloggy goodness) fever for all things language. (It also never hurts to include pictures on your blog of your ridiculously adorable giant puppeh! See Big Dog in a Little Bathtub if you’re ready for ‘the cutest thing you’ve seen today’ to happen.) But of course this blog isn’t simply a tribute to language – though that would be fine! It’s about life and love and pictures and cameras and books and journals and babies (one of whom is a Super Swaddled Baby!). And Grandpas. And sock contests. Ya know, the basics. :)

yeah, write is a Scrapbooking Blog that takes all the ingredients and mixes them in a big ‘Blog Bowl’. After all, there’s more to a scrapbook than the pictures and captions. There’s more than the glue and ribbons. There are lives in those pages! Sure, dictionary.com defines a scrapbook as “an album in which pictures, newspaper clippings, etc., may be pasted or mounted.” But I’ve never met a scrapper who defined a scrapbook as such. It’s a history, complete with words, snapshots, ideas and memories. It’s a definition unto itself – are we not illustrating our take on things by the very way we scrap? Are we not projecting and injecting? Of course we are. So, while I’ll continue to enjoy scrapbooking blogs with little more than scrappy eye-candy, I think I’ll find myself following Angie Lucas and other ‘big picture’ scrappers a little more closely. After all…the best layout in the world is nothing without the story. :)

P.S. I know I break A LOT of writing rules, but an English teacher once told me that once you learn the rules, you’re allowed to break them. I spent a lot of time and money in college learning the rules. I’m soooo breaking ‘em!