INSTA-KIMIS: The power of Instagram and Imikimi combined

October 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Posted in How to use Imikimi, Imikimi | Leave a comment

Did you know you can use Imikimi to edit and frame your Instagram photos and take your artistic images to a whole new level? Imikimi’s powerful editor allows you to edit , and choose from thousands of frames to showcase images you already edited in Instagram. Since creations on Imikimi are called “kimis,” we’re calling these new pieces of art “Insta-kimis.”

I just made this one, using the Hefe filter on Instagram to warm it up, and then framing through Imikimi:

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It’s easy to take your Instagram photos and make Insta-kimis out of them.  You can start making your very own Insta-kimis straight from your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. If you have an Android phone, you can still make Insta-kimis if you have access to a computer too. We’ll show you how later in this post. (By the way… this should get easier soon!  We’re hard at work on an Imikimi Android app.)

How-to create an Insta-kimi using an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad:  

Step 1: Taking a photo, edit, and share in Instagram

Take a photo or use an existing photo you want to make an Insta-kimi out of, and apply your favorite filters on Instagram. Then share it on Instagram as you normally would. Instagram will automatically save your edited photo to your camera roll when you share it. You may now exit Instagram.

Step 2: Open an Imikimi app and choose a frame.

Open any of the Imikimi apps you have downloaded. If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you could use imikimi Photo Frames & FX, imikimi Photo Frames FREE, Christmas Frames from Imikimi, FACE Photo frames or Love and Valentine’s Day Frames.  If you’re using an iPad, you could use Imikimi HD Photo Frames & Effects, or imikimi HD FREE Photo Frames & Effects.

Here, I’m using Imikimi Photo Frames FREE on an iPhone. I opened the app and chose a frame I liked.

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Step 3: Add the photo from Instagram

Touch the frame, and then touch the blue button the middle of the photo to add your own photo.

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Then touch “From your Camera Roll,” and choose the photo you edited earlier in Instagram.

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Step 4: Edit on Imikimi and share

Position your photo how you like, add your favorite Imikimi FX, click “Okay,” “Save,” and then share your creations on Facebook, Twitter and email!  Ta-da! You’ve made your first Insta-kimi! Be the first of your friends to show one off on Facebook.

How-to create an Insta-kimi using an Android Phone:

You can still make Insta-kimis if you have an Android phone, like a Samsung or HTC. You’ll need to use both your phone and a computer.

Step 1:  Instagram

Open the Instagram app on your Android phone. Take a photo, or open a photo from your gallery, and edit it to your heart’s content. Share it on Instagram, so it will save to your gallery. Close Instagram.

Step 2: Email your photo to yourself

Open your gallery. Android phones can look different from one another, but my gallery icon looks like this:

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You should have a folder in your gallery called “Instagram.” Open it, find the photo you edited in Instagram in that folder, and touch the  share button:

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Select your email app of choice, and email the photo to yourself.

Step 3:

Put your phone down. Go to your computer, check your email, open the one you just sent to yourself, and download the photo you took and edited on Instagram. Save it in a handy place.

 

Step 4:

Go to www.imikimi.com and log in.

Step 5:

Choose a frame on Imikimi, click the yellow “ADD MY PHOTOS” box and select the photo you just saved.

Finish editing as you normally would, save, and share! Be the first of your friends to make an Insta-Kimi and show it off on Facebook.

What do you think? Piece of cake? Too much trouble? Let us know in the comments.

We ask because… we’re always looking for ways to make Imikimi more useful. We’re toying with the idea of creating an app that integrates Imikimi directly with Instagram, so you can skip some of the steps above to make Insta-kimis. Would you use an app like that? If you would, what kind of phone or tablet would you use it on? Let us know in the comments!

Also, we’d love to see your Insta-kimis! Show us your first one on our Facebook Page!

Note: Imikimi is not affiliated with or endorsed by Instagram.

Festive Crafts for Fall!!

September 20, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Crafts, Fall/Autumn, Imikimi, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Ready or not, fall is creeping up on us fast!  And there is nothing more synonymous with fall than fun crafts to decorate the home!  There are so many different things you can do to decorate and craft with all the rich colors that surround us this time of year!

Now, who could think fall without thinking PUMPKINS?  And who says that pumpkins have to be carved into Jack O Lanterns? You can use all kinds of craft materials like silk flowers, glitter and paper, even canning lids to make gorgeous fall decorations you can display all season long!

Check out these fun crafts!

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Want something other than pumpkins? Here are some other ways to decorate your home to bring in the beautiful rich colors of fall:

How about decorating some glass blocks with vinyl sayings? Add some lights for a gorgeous centerpiece!

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You could even get the kids involved with these beautiful handfolded origami leaves!

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Use some of the natural elements around you to create beautiful centerpieces

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Click below to find even more amazing fun festive fall crafts for your home!

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I hope this inspires you to create some beautiful crafts for your home this fall !

Beautiful Inspirational Pictures of Autumn

September 12, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Autumn is a photographers dream season, the scenery is so beautiful and inspirational.  You can get a lot of ideas from just sitting outside and watching the leaves fall.  There are so many different colors to look at that you don’t see in the other seasons.  Leaves change to beautiful vibrant colors, fall off the trees, and lay on the ground for families to have fun playing in.

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Inspirational ideas for autumn can be taking time to reflect on the year, and thinking about what goals you want to accomplish before the year ends.  Just driving around the streets and parks,  taking in all the beautiful colors, and taking stock of your emotions.  Check out all of the beautiful reds, yellows, purples and many other colors.  Just browse on the internet to see all the beautiful autumn photo’s.

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There are two holidays in the autumn months that people really find inspirational, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  For Americans, this can be a great time to celebrate all of the autumn colors!  Holidays are a fun  time for all of us,  getting dressed up in costumes or handing out candy to the little ones, and even baking a turkey and inviting our family over to visit.  You’ll find great ideas in every aspect autumn.

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Life can be stressful at times, but during the autumn months you should take time to relax and take in all of the vibrant colors.  If you are not sure where life is going to take you next, try just gazing at the beautiful scenery for inspiration! You will be amazed at all of the ideas that will pop into your head!

Spice Up Your Autumn Photographs With Imikimi Frames

September 9, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photo Opts, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Autumn is right around the corner here in America.  Before we know it we will be seeing the leaves change colors and drift to the ground, smelling the spices of the season, and eventually stuffing ourselves with delicious turkey and pie.  Take advantage of the cooler days and gorgeous natural backdrop, and spend some time outdoors to capture some pictures to celebrate the season.

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This frame is a great example of just how beautiful the oranges, reds, and yellows are this time of year.  Imagine yourself watching the leaves fall off the trees as you stroll through the woods, kicking the leaves around, and hearing them crunch under your feet.

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Who could possibly resist this cowboy posing in the Fall foliage?  Not me!  Go on…Add yourself in there for fun, or take him out to jazz up your own pictures.  Look how the red leaves accent the frame.  Grab your favorite red sweater, snap a pic, and be prepared to fall in love with the scenery.

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With school back in session, don’t forget to create some dazzling shots with the kids.  Grab their school pictures and have fun with this one!  What is sweeter than your little darlings faces embedded in logs with squirrels on top?  This one is sure to be a keeper, and will hang around long after the spectacular colors have disappeared.

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Next stop: Camping!  This is the perfect time of year to find a secluded cabin in the woods to hide away for a weekend (or two!).  Just looking at this one, I can easily imagine being curled up next to a fireplace with a good book and great friends.

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Last, we have autumn memories.  It’s important to stop and appreciate how Mother Nature shows herself during the changing of the seasons.  The beauty can be so short-lived, sometimes we forget to put the chaos that life brings aside and just enjoy for a bit.

I hope you will enjoy using these frames as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them!

Why People Keep Coming Back to Conventional Art Forms

September 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Imikimi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Conventional Art is art that is made using standard mediums, such as paint and canvas. This art continues to be the favorite form of media. The visual aspects of conventional art keep bringing fans back for more.

There is a lot of  new and experimental media out there, but when it comes to buying art,  Conventional  is what people gravitate toward. The newer art is very interesting to the viewer’s eye, but when it comes to purchasing, most people stick with Conventional Art.

People are more comfortable with this form of art because it has been around for centuries. Most people will gravitate to what they know, not the new and upcoming thing.  That’s not to say that the other forms of art aren’t flourishing as well, but Conventional art will never die, even though the prices are higher.

Transient or performance-driven art is often “short-lived”. Therefore, it’s difficult to purchase. When it comes to displaying art, sculptures and paintings offer  flexibility.  There really are so many different aspects to conventional art, such as, materials, media, price, style, and whether you want to hang your art or display it on the floor, it is entirely up to you!

 

 

Conventional art will never go out of style; people will keep coming back to the old standard, because it is the most popular. People like to decorate their businesses and homes with it. This form of art has been around for centuries, and will continue to thrive into the future and beyond.

DIY Gifts–Craft and Save

September 3, 2013 at 1:21 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Do you have a long list of people to give gifts to and wonder how you will afford gifts for all these people? A great way to save money but also give your loved ones a meaningful gift is to make a gift for them. Each gift you craft can save you a bundle!

Decorated Candle Jars

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Everyone loves receiving candles as a gift but it has the potential for being redundant. But if you craft some embellished jars with beads, charms and ribbons, this will make an otherwise common gift unique and special! The candle jars pictured follow a silver color scheme but you can use multiple colors and multiple schemes so the possibilities are endless! Everything you need can be found at your local craft store like the one this photo came from.

Stenciled Jars

Stenciled Craft Jars

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These can be a great gift for anyone! These jars can be used to drink out of, to hold utensils, to organize a desk, or just for decoration. All you need is mason jars, stencils, and paint. The paint can be applied with a regular craft brush or a foam brush. Tip: If your gift recipient has a sweet tooth, you can fill the jar with their favorite kind of candy.

Decorated Ornaments

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Giving ornaments might be perceived as another overdone Christmas gift but with the right amount of craft, this will be a very special gift. A box of plain ball ornaments is very inexpensive and then you can paint it or use stickers with a clear background or find tissue paper with a pretty design and use craft glue to attach it. In the example pictured the reindeer face is a thumb print and then just paint a few lines and dots to create these holiday friends!

Homemade Gift Box

A doubly crafty gift idea: use the skills you learned in the recent Trendy Summer Jewelry blog entry and make a necklace or earrings for a special lady and wrap them in this homemade gift box! You can purchase a plain take-out box and paint it. Then use a wooden cut out and decorate or paint it and glue it to the box. Or you could use gems or ribbons or stencils to decorate the box. Mix and match with any of the above ideas! Get your creative juices flowing and give your friends and loved ones a gift they will treasure!

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Be sure to visit Imikimi.com where you can edit & create awesome digital frames and images!

Don’t Let Yourself Be Blinded By Someone Else’s Vision

August 28, 2013 at 7:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Inspirational, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Have you ever picked up someone else’s glasses and tried them on?  I did it all the time when I was a kid.  I’d grab my mothers glasses and usually end up falling down because I couldn’t see through them, even though they were meant to improve vision.  I had a hard time understanding that as a child, and even as a young adult.  That was her vision, not mine.  The same thing applies for inspiration.

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Inspiration can come from many sources: Nature, food, colors, animals, clothing…I could go on, but you get the idea. Two people can look at the same sky and see two completely different shapes in the clouds.  They might see a dolphin, while you see an alligator.  Art is one the few things that are unique to each person.  Different eyes see things differently.  Let what you see dictate what inspires you.

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Ancient Egyptians were influenced by their beliefs and daily lives.  They drew characters on cave walls and papyrus to express themselves.  While it may seem like a bunch of stick figures and symbols, there was a meaning to it.  The colors, the way the bodies are positioned, and even the animals had a purpose to the art.  It was a time when there were no colored paints or pencils.  They used what they had, when they had it, and they did it where they could.  Don’t tell yourself you can’t paint a sky because you only have purple paint.  Use your vision, not someone else’s.

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When Grant Wood created “American Gothic” his inspiration was simply a house.  He saw it and decided to paint the folks that he thought should live in such a house.  Wood used his sister to model the woman, and his dentist as the image of the man.  What he saw as appreciation, others saw as mockery.  Is this an accurate depiction of the people who live in that home?  We may never know.  What we do know, is that Grant Wood saw something through his own eyes that others couldn’t see.

Back-To-School: Imikimi Style

August 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As summer winds to an end we all get a little emotional.  Memories were made, vacations were taken, images captured.  What better way to commemorate these events than with this awesome frame?  It just screams summer with flip-flops, sand, sun, and seashells:

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The beach has become iconic of the American summer vacation.  Families across the country take an average of 4.5  trips per year, and sun and sand are the most popular destinations. The end of summer also brings back-to-school preparations.  It might be your child’s first time off to kindergarten, or a nearly grown teenager returning to class.  Either way, we have to get ready.  We want them to look their best on that first day back.  Hair combed smoothly, wearing the trendiest looks to hide their nervousness.  Be sure to snap a shot of them as they head out the door.  They’re sure to complain, but you’ll be glad they did when you can look back at them in this frame in a few years:

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While shopping for new clothes and shoes to wear, don’t forget to grab supplies!  Fill up that new backpack with brightly colored pencils, pens, folders, and notebooks.  The store shelves are filled with every character and color scheme the kids are into.  With more options than ever before, back-to-school will be a lot less “boring.”  Check out this frame for inspiration:

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As the school year progresses, there are various concerts, plays, parties, and sporting events to record for future reminiscing.  Also, you cannot forget the everlasting school picture.  Using Imikimi frames will provide boring school pictures with the opportunity to shine, and they’ll make cherished keepsakes for friends and family:

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Your child’s teacher plays a significant part of his or her school year.  Teachers are with the kids day in and day out and (usually) come to feel as if they are their own children.  Sneak a class picture while you’re on a field trip, or take a photo of the teacher from the yearbook and stick it here for a Christmas gift that’s sure to make her smile:

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Appreciating Contemporary Art and its Subjective Nature

August 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Posted in contemporary art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Contemporary art is defined as art created in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.  To define it even more simply, it is art that has been created and that continues to be created right now, during our lifetimes. The term itself; contemporary, alludes to the present time.  Most authorities on art history, however, say that contemporary art encompasses all art produced after the 1970′s on.

Do you have to be an art aficionado to tell the difference? Not really.  Contemporary art usually gives itself away.  To the novice art buff, it’s usually the type of art that catches the eye and captures his attention.  It is timely as it alludes to the future or present day, it is savvy and selective in its presentation, it is constant, dynamic, and reactive.  Or is it?  The topic of what makes something art in the first place is something that has been a matter of tireless, opinionated debate by artists, Art History professors, critics, and the general populace since the dawn of art appreciation! What makes something contemporary art or art at all; for that matter, is subjective. This quality is also the source of art’s lure and appeal. Art comes from the creative soul and is expressed in the artist’s chosen form as a gift to the world.

Examples of Contemporary Art Museum Pieces

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Whether a piece of contemporary art speaks to you, elicits certain feelings from you, or even repulses you, depends on your particular tastes.  Your affinity or distaste for a piece is subjective to all the factors make up who you are, and what you think makes a great piece of contemporary art.  It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a piece of contemporary art to add to personal your collection, or you are a gallery owner or museum curator searching for that perfect show stopping piece. There are about as many  styles of contemporary art as there are opinions about it.  You should have no problem at all finding your perfect piece.

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Lip Gloss AND Duct Tape? No Way!!

August 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ssshhh!  I’m about to share a secret recipe with you.  A recipe that will make any tween or teen think you are “Awesome-sauce.” It’s summer, and the kids are bored, right?  Using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen and bathroom, you can easily make custom flavored lip glosses for a fraction of the cost in the store.  This craft can be done at birthday parties, sleep-overs, or just for fun. Adults love it, too!

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

1 drink mix packet, such as Kool-Aid (choose your flavor and color)

1/4 teaspoon hot water

What you do:

Mix the in a bowl until smooth and set to the side.  In another bowl, mix the water and drink mix (don’t add any sugar!).

Still with me here?  Good.  Now start adding small amounts of the juice/water mixture to the shortening until it is the color you want. When finished, place it into tiny jars, empty lip gloss containers, ziplock bags…Anything that will hold it.

Wasn’t that easy?  You can add tiny bits of glitter to your new lip gloss (a little bit goes a LONG way), decorate the jars with paper, ribbon, and beads and give them as gifts or wear a new flavor each day.

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Bonus Project!

I couldn’t let you go with just one project.  Let me show you a little something to do with all those rolls of pretty duct tape you have.

What you’ll need:

Scissors

Duct tape

Bobby pins

What you do:

Cut a length of tape twice as long as you want your bow to be (about 4″ for a hair bow).  Lay the tape down, sticky side up, and fold the ends in to meet in the middle.  You should now have the decorative side of the tape showing on both sides.  With your fingers on the outer edges in the middle, pinch it together to shape a bow.  Cut a 2″ strip of tape length-wise and wrap it (sticky side down) around the center where you pinched it together.  Slide a bobby pin into the back, and pop it in your hair!

Make this bow in several sizes and use it for more than just your hair.  You could even make a smaller version to decorate your lip gloss jar!

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Have fun!

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