Guest Post by Raquel Bowman – The Jot Team
Did you see Raquel’s beautiful Speech Bubble layout in Issue 2 of Jot magazine?
I wanted to highlight a quirky little feature on Raquel’s layout that I thought you would love to see.
Have you heard of QR codes? A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. QR codes encode data both horizontally and vertically in a grid of tiny squares. Raquel created three little tags tucked in behind her photos containing QR codes she created using an app that has recorded her daughter saying her first words.
Raquel says, “When given the theme of Speech Bubbles, I knew I had to create a layout which documented my little girls first three words.
This is such a recent happening in my household, the last word ‘bub’ only first being said late in July! After seeing recent layouts from fellow Jot Girl Kim Jeffress where she has used a QR code on her layout, I had really wanted to try this and what better than a layout which is all about my little girls first words!
What is a QR Code? You may be thinking.
Basically, a QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode that can be read using smartphones and dedicated QR reading devices, that link directly to text, emails, websites, phone numbers and more!
You may have already seen QR codes on product packaging, shop displays, printed and billboard advertisements as well as in emails and on websites. The scope of use for QR codes really is huge, particularly for the marketing and advertising of products, brands, services and anything else you can think of. Source.
A QR code may appeal to anyone who loves to document little snippets of time as all you need is a Smart Phone and a QR reader and generator APP.
For example, if you want to accompany images of your child’s dance recital with a clip of the actual performance piece. All you need to do is upload the clip to You Tube, then using your APP, generate a code, by listing that You Tube link. You then save that code to your camera roll, print it out and voila, you have your own QR code which contains a direct link to your clip that anyone can scan and watch who is viewing your album.
WHAT I USED | The program I used to create my QR codes for my layout was called Qrafter. This program is free if you wish to read codes but to generate codes you need to pay $2.99 extra, which really, for the price of a few sheets of card stock is not a biggie. What I loved about this program too was that once I created my code I could also change the colour of the codes to coordinate with my layout! This was the first time I had used this program and I promise you, it is nice and easy to use!
There are many more QR readers and generators out there, this was just one that I found – had a quick look at the reviews and downloaded 🙂
I decided that I didn’t want the QR codes to be a focus of the layout as such. So I created some vellum shipping tags (I am addicted to vellum at the moment) that I could slip behind the photos and that would hold the QR code images. Here is a close up of the QR codes which contain short You Tube clips of Charlotte’s first three words. You may even like to have a go at scanning one of these with your QR code APP 🙂 Due to the focus of my image I was only able to scan the ‘Dad’ code off my computer screen, so you should be able to check that one out. Isn’t she a cutie?!?
And here’s a close up shot of my layout:
I hope this post has inspired you to have a go at creating a project using a QR code or even to have a go at a speech bubbles layout 🙂
First time mum to Charlotte, Raquel drinks lots of coffee, makes scrumptious kits and scrapooking flair for her business A Piece Of Cake Designs and lives with her family in Geelong – home of the Geelong Cats Football Team and entry to The Great Ocean Road. Check out Raquel’s blog here.