Pinky’s Project Life: QR Code Tutorial

PL_Tuesdays copyHi guys! I’m back with another post for Project Life Tuesday. I wanted to share a little bit about how I incorporate videos into my Project Life albums. It’s super easy and adds another interesting element to my documentation. I use this trick for my own personal videos, but it could also work for other videos (for example, a Youtube video that you particularly love and want to include in a spread) or even websites that you want to direct readers to (for example, a wedding website).

For those who aren’t familiar with QR codes, it’s those black-and-white squares you see on ads. They’re essentially barcodes that direct the viewer to mobile sites by using a QR code reader app on a smartphone. This short video by miamiulibraries on Youtube demonstrates how QR codes work. πŸ™‚

Step 1: Upload the video (if it’s not yet on the internet). I upload short videos on my Instagram account and longer videos on a personal Youtube account. Sometimes I set the Youtube video to limit access to only those people with the link, just so that it’s not searchable by the general public.

For this tutorial I’m using this video that I took at the aquarium in Singapore.

Step 2: Open a QR generator website. There are a bunch of them, but I use this one.

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Step 3: Copy-paste the URL of your video into the Generate > URL field.
QR-2aNotice how the qr code became more complex after I added the url?

 

Step 4: Click the orange ‘save’ button to save the QR code to your computer.

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Step 5: Open up MS Word, Adobe Photoshop, or whatever program you use. Print the QR code onto a piece of paper. I printed mine 2×2, but it ended up a bit big. 1×1 or 1.5×1.5 would fit well on a 3×4 Project Life card.

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Step 6: Attach onto a Project Life card. Ta-da! All you need now is a QR reader app on your smartphone (there are many free ones available) to be able to see the video πŸ™‚

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And here’s my Project Life spreads for that trip, just to tell the complete story. πŸ™‚

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Thanks for reading! Registration for our next workshop — May 31 — is now open. πŸ™‚ Come play with us!

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