Thursday, June 5, 2014

Crazy for QR Codes | Tutorial for Adding Video to your Project Life

I have become a huge fan of including video in my Project Life spreads. Sometimes a photo only can convey a portion of the story. Ballet recitals, swimming lessons, riding the rides at Disneyland. These experiences are best viewed as a video. They don't even have to be edited videos. Quick snippets of video are sometimes all you need to tell the story. A splash in a fountain, a funny phrase she says right now, some epic dance moves.

Looking back through 2014's album so far I've noticed that there is almost one QR code per week! It's gotten to the point where my daughter thinks that any QR code she sees out in the world now is a link to a video of herself! 

Here are some examples of how I've used QR codes in my layouts.
So, you think you want to include these in your layouts as well? It's pretty simple to do so. Follow along!

Step 1:  Find or record the video you want to include in your layout. It may be a series of clips. If that is the case, you may want to edit them together with a simple movie program. I use the iMovie iPhone app quite frequently for little "movies". 

Step 2:  Upload your video to an online service such as Vimeo (my favorite) or YouTube. I like Vimeo because I can upload just about any music I want with my video without running into music license issues. With YouTube I was being "dinged" all the time for using licensed music in my video. I also like the streamline look of Vimeo and the lack of ads when you just want to watch the video.

Step 3:  Find the URL for your specific video and input it into a QR Code Generator. I like to use for it's simplicity and the ability to change the color of the QR code to match my layout. A very important feature in my book. ;) 
Then download the QR code and you can print it out and include it in your layout! 

Lots of times I like to sneak the QR codes onto existing cards, but sometimes I like the QR code to stand out so I created these QR Code Project Life Cards in both a 4x6 inch size and 3x4 inch size. And guess what. You can have them, too!! Click the photos to download the individual sizes or click here to download all sizes and colors.

Download the 4x6 QR Card Black 
Download the 4x6 QR Card Gray 

Download the 3x4 Vertical QR Card Black

Download the 3x4 Vertical QR Card Gray

Download the 3x4 Horizontal QR Card Black

Download the 3x4 Horizontal QR Card Black

Here's what all the cards look like printed out.

Here is what the card looks like used in a layout. Fun, right? Go ahead, scan the QR code and you can see a short little video of us attempting to use a paddle boat.

I'd love to see what you do with these cards. Let's have a link up! I challenge you to include a video on your next Project Life layout. If you do it, link it up below so we can all ooooh and ahhhh over your handiwork! 


  1. Thanks for the printables! I just started adding QR codes to my layouts and I LOVE IT! (I think it was one of your previous posts that inspired me.) Thanks again!

  2. Oh this is great! I've been meaning to try and add videos into my PL album. Will definitely be using this, soon hopefully.

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