This week, I added a QR code to my February 2011 project life page after seeing the idea on the Project Life twitter feed a couple of weeks ago. Brilliant idea.
If I scan that code with my QR Scanner app on my iPhone (or anyone does for that matter), it will pull up the video that I made for M for Valentine's Day last year to watch immediately. You can actually try it right now from your computer...go ahead...it works!
This is great for a few reasons:
1) It adds an interactive element to your layouts that your reader can get to relatively easily. I mean, who doesn't have their phone with them all the time?
2) It allows you to actually include videos of the experience you're documenting along with the photos. It's one thing to display a photo of first steps and it's another thing entirely to show that video. You know?
3) Digital PL'ers don't use pocket pages so this can help us add extra "pieces" to the project without having a totally separate folder along with the book.
4) You can blow your husband's mind when you show him. Rather than "yea, that's great" you might get "woah, how did you do that?" Huh, ladies? I mean, this is where it's at! ha.
It doesn't have to be a big production with music and narration:
You know all of those iPhone videos of silly, normal, everyday moments? Include them.
You know that map of where you went on your vacation? Include it.
That slideshow of your extra vacation photos that you didn't have room for in your spread? Include it.
The funny viral video that you watched 853 times this week? Include it.
If you can put it on the internet, you can build a QR Code to retrieve it. Here's how:
1) copy the URL of the video, map, web address, etc. that you want to put into your page.
2) go to http://beqrious.com/qr-code-generator/ (there are a lot of places to generate codes but I really like this one...free, easy and you can generate the code in 4 different formats).
3) Choose the type of code you would like to generate and paste the url into the designated box.
4) Choose the color if you would like it to match your current page...yes, please!
5) In step 3, select jpg file format and large file size.
6) Click download.
|Here's a screenshot of what the options look like.|
VOILA! Now you just drag that code you just downloaded into your PL photoshop file and size it down until it fits just right just like you would a photo or element.
Want to know how to scan the codes?
You can search your app store for a qr code scanner (there are literally hundreds of them). I use the app "QRReader" by Tapmedia Ltd. It was the first one I found. You just open the app, hold your phone up to the code and it will bring up the video for you.