Hello everyone! I’m so excited to get to host one of June’s weekly focus challenges. When I started thinking about what technique to talk about, I wanted something that has really impacted my scrapbooking and instantly I knew I wanted to show you all how to add a QR code to your layouts as a way to add even more memory keeping to you layouts. A QR code is like a bar code and you’ll notice them all over the place on advertisements, packages and other places. When you see a QR code, you simply use your phone or tablet to scan the QR code and it will take you to a browser location online. I use it to link up to videos I’ve uploaded to YouTube and I love the extra surprise it brings to a scrapbook page when you can not only show photos and journal about an event, but you can actually SEE the event happening! I use these for things like my kids’ school play or concerts or to capture little bits of my kids’ personality that only a video can do justice to. The best part about it is that once you’ve upload the video to YouTube and you create a QR code, you won’t have to go hunting for the related videos while flipping through your scrapbook! To add a QR code there are a few simple steps: 1. Upload your video(s) to YouTube. When I upload my video I make sure to add some quick description along with the date and possibly the location. Just a quick recap at a glance. I also make my videos either public or unlisted. That way anyone who looks at your scrapbook in the future will be able to use your QR code. If you make your video private, only you will be able to view them in the future. 2. Copy the link of your video. It is shown on the left side of the image below. 3. Go to any online QR code generator and paste your link into their site. I use http://www.qrstuff.com/ Then download the QR code that is generated from your link. You then can add your QR code to your layout. To scan to QR code you can download any number of apps for your smartphone or tablet. I use one called “Scan” that came with my iPhone, but you can search for QR Code Reader or Scanner in your app store and find a free app to use. When you scan the QR Code, you'll be taken straight to your uploaded video. How cool is that? So for this challenge, I want you to include a QR code that links to a video on your layout. I usually add a tiny square piece of paper under my QR code to pop it out a little bit or even add an arrow to draw attention to the QR code. Scrapping with Liz also has these fabulous templates to give your QR code a place to be: Here are a couple of sample layouts that I've made using QR Codes: Please follow the Lilypad Gallery Guidelines: Layouts must contain at least 50% TLP products (current or retired product from current designers; templates count as 15%.) Uploads must be less than 250k. List all credits; no off-site linking allowed.