Geek Girl: How to Create a QR Code

Have you ever wanted to include videos or links along with your printed or digital scrapbook? You can create a special "link" that launches any URL (such as a link to a YouTube video) in a mobile device. You can see the QR codes I printed and pasted into my journal:

Make the QR Code

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create and print a QR code to add to your digital or physical items, so you can link videos that anyone can view with their mobile device. It’s a great way to make print come alive with video! Oh, and my son Elliott helps me with the last bit. You're gonna love it!

I use a QR code on my business cards to link to, and as you can see, I used it in my journal/planner to showcase the scare-fest that is Five Nights at Freddy's. *shudder*. It's fun to page through there and be able to pop out my device and relive it! :)

Use the QR Code with a Mobile Device

To scan QR codes from anywhere you see them, you'll need an app for your device that knows how to translate them. They're called QR code readers, and you can search your app store for one of dozens - they're free. 

After installing, open the QR Code reader app on your device, and hover your phone camera over this image. It'll go to YouTube and the delightful Five Nights at Freddy's experience Elliott and I had. Wee!

You can even take a picture of a QR code on a screen, like this. 

You can even take a picture of a QR code on a screen, like this. 

Take that video from your wedding, her first steps, his first jump into the lake, and more and add them to any printed item such as a scrapbook page and more. This also goes great with linking to your websites, Etsy shop, photo gallery, or online store, to your business cards, flyers, posters, etc. 

Even if you don't print your scrapbook pages (i.e. you show them on your ipad), QR codes still work beautifully. When you make one, link it up in the comments here and show us ok?

Have a great day, Geek Girl!