Let me start by saying… YES, I realize that this is a piece of technology that will eventually be out of date and YES, I realize that our great grandchildren will look at these pages and perhaps be frustrated because they cannot access the gems embedded in them and YES, I still think they are super coolio and serve a fun purpose for the here and now.
So there. Whew. That is out of the way. Hehe… now onto a little inspiration on how to you can add multi media to your pages and make your kids think you are the most awesome-est mom ever!
QR Codes. What are they? I’m glad you asked. The dictionary say they are “A square grid of smaller black and white squares containing encoded data that is designed to be optically scanned, as to provide information about a product or service.” I say they are “Magic squares that make you feel more technologically advanced than you really are”. Either way, they have tons of uses for memory keepers.
Practically speaking, you can embed anything that can be stored on the internet on them. Like the school song your little angel sang or the football play your tough guy nailed. Your favorite music, a website or a PDF. The sky is the limit. And once you create the little code (don’t fret, I’ll show you how), you can download it and stick it on your scrapbook pages, just like any other element. Then anyone with a smart phone can access the information.
First, you need to know how to create the code. There are several websites that let you do this. For free. Here are a couple of sites I’ve used. QRStuff and QRCode Generator. Mr. Google can find you many more if you don’t like these. I’m not picky about these at all.
Now, keep in mind that the free versions are static (which is fine for most things). That means it points the code to a particular URL and if that URL changes (like the kitten YouTube video was taken down, for instance), the code will go nowhere fast. There is also a dynamic code option, which you usually have pay for. This directs you to a “middle man” URL that will THEN direct to the end URL. So… if that kitten YouTube video is deleted, you can still go in and change the destination to another equally cute video. Really, they are all the same anyway, hehe. OK, enough of that.
So, go to your QR Code Generator. Copy and Paste your destination URL and hit the DOWNLOAD button. Voila. The QR code is now on your hard drive, ready to be placed on your scrapbook page. It will look like this…
Go ahead. It’s a funny cat video. I know you wanna see, hehe. Oh, you don’t know how to read it? Hang on, I’m getting there.
Reading these is Easy Peasy. There are several FREE QR Code Readers available for your Smart Phone, like QR Code Reader by Scan & Bakodo for iPhone or QR Code Reader for Android. You open one of these, point that phone at a the scrapbook page and within seconds, you are viewing or listening to any number of things. You can even direct people to your blog, gallery, or a special video your talented fam created… directly from your Holiday Card (yep, I’m totally doing that, hehe).
You get the idea. Here’s a page I created that includes a short video taken of my son and his friend. It fits with this page and sweet birthday boy is amazed every times he watches it directly from my phone.
Told you it was fun!
Don’t get too hung up on the fact that it won’t work in 100 years. I doubt any of our video footage will work then (hello, reel to reel… 8 tracks… VHS… even cassette tapes). Just enjoy for now!