Add Video to a Scrapbook Page

Best trick ever!

Sometimes a photo just isn’t enough! Luckily it is so easy to take video these days. But… how can you incorporate a video into your scrapbook pages? Now there IS a way! In 4 easy steps you can add a video to your next scrapbook layout too.

Add a QR code to your page.
qr code

What is a QR code?

In simple terms it is a 2 dimensional code. It doesn’t just read left to right, but from top to bottom as well. It allows you to fit a lot of information into a small space. (QR stands for Quick Response)

Why is it great?

QR codes can be read by most mobile devices these days, like cell phones. You scan the code with an app from your mobile device and it links you to the corresponding material. For us, that will be a link to a video!

Where can I make a QR code?

There are several websites available online. I used goQR.me to create the one above. It is free to use. There are many other options so feel free to explore your options.

Directions for adding a QR code to your scrapbook layout.

1. Upload a video to Youtube or other online video hosting site.

TIP: If you don’t want your video to become the next Youtube sensation you can make it “Unlisted” instead of “Public”. This will allow you, and your friends, to find the video with the link but it won’t show up on searches.

2.  Enter the Youtube link, and a short comment on the QR code generator.

3. Download the QR code.

4. Print the QR code and add it to your layout!

Scrapbook layout of young boy jumping off a snowbank into deep snow.

Click the photo to see the short video.

To use the QR code simply scan it with your mobile device. You’ll need an app, and there are several Free options available in the app store. Open the app, it will use the camera to scan the code.

This is what you'll see on your mobile device when you scan the QR code.

Now click the link and you’ll see the video! Isn’t that fun? I love how technology offers so many new opportunities for scrapbooking. What’s the coolest way you’ve used technology for a scrapbooking project? Leave your response in the comments.

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

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Hello Art Journaling

"Hello" the art journal page I created from the tutorial by Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

You know when you see something and it speaks to your soul? That happened to me the other day when I fell in LOVE with an art journaling tutorial on Facebook. A friend posted a link to a post on the Mystic Tulip Mixed Media Facebook page. Find them (and Like them) on Facebook HERE.

Betty Franks Krause is a self-taught mixed media artist with a passion for color, texture and sharing what she creates. She shared a photo tutorial called Believe and when I saw it I was in awe. The colours, the details, all of it is amazing! The link to the tutorial is HERE.

Please, please go check out the full tutorial. As a sneak peek Betty has agreed to allow me to tease you with a couple tutorial photos!

Each step of the tutorial features a photo with directions and handy tips!

This is the finished product!

"Believe" by Betty Franks Krause from Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

Amazing!

I decided that it would improve my skills the most to follow the tutorial step by step, as well as I could. When I didn’t have access to certain materials I substituted something similar.

Here’s what I learned while creating this artwork:

  • Sometimes you don’t end up with the look you are expecting, that’s okay, often the results are even better.
  • Paint drops are unpredictable and that’s okay!  It’s a huge opportunity to embrace whatever happens.
  • I often don’t use enough layers in my projects. Part of why I love the “Believe” project is for the multitude of details and layers. I should do more layers more often!

"Hello" by Alice Boll. Created with a tutorial from Mystic Tulip Mixed Media

I’m so pleased with this! It was messy, some parts didn’t work out right as planned and it all turned out beautifully. It’s a great thing to get messy and to try something new!

Don’t forget you can see the full photo tutorial on Facebook HERE. You can also snag your own piece of Betty’s work from her shop at etsy HERE. Thank you Betty for inspiring me to get creative with my art journaling!

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Inspired by the Oscars

Bring the excitement and glam of Hollywood to your scrapbooks!

This past weekend was The 86th Annual Academy Awards. Usually I watch the Oscars and ooh and ahh over the magnificently opulent dresses. I love the comedy the host brings to the show, (we all love Ellen but miss Billy Crystal, right?) and I enjoy the emotional speeches made by the winners.

I came across the most brilliant thing as I prepared to watch the show this year. Photos Kept Alive shared a list of page prompts inspired by the Oscars!

Get the list HERE.

Now, instead of just watching the Oscars, I was thinking about how I could use them to enliven my scrapbook pages! The list walks you through pages you can create over two days at Scrap Camp, but they can easily be used on your own time to bring the glitz and glam of the Oscars to your pages too.

As I watched the Oscars I had a few more ideas, so here’s my addition to the list of Oscar  inspired page prompts.

10 Pages to Create Inspired by the Oscars

    1. What makes you happy? Inspired by the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as heard in Despicable Me 2, this song was nominated for Best Original Song. (see the video at the end of this list!)
    2. Chocolate and pale blue. I LOVED the pale blue dress Lupita Nyong’o, the actress from “12 years a Slave” wore. With her beautiful chocolate skin she looked like a fairytale princess! (She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role.)
    3. Group selfies… inspired by Ellen’s most tweeted tweet.
    4. Create with sparkle, glitter and bling! I LOVED the set for the performance of “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel from Frozen. (It won for Best Original Song.)  Curtains of sparkle, chandeliers and a cool damask pattern on the floor.
    5. Inspired by the Wizard of Oz. You can use a quote, get inspired by the ruby red slippers, or tell a tale of courage, wit or a tale from the heart.
    6. Fashion and beauty. Applique flowers, beading and other details on the dresses were huge this year as seen on Idina Menzel,the singer of “Let it Go” from Frozen, and Cate Blanchett. Maybe you could be inspired by the side swept hair that nearly every actress seemed to have.
    7. Bow ties. The men looked their best, and yes, that included tuxes and bow ties.
    8. Fun playful journaling inspired by the speech by the writers of “Let it Go” the winning song from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. They rhymed the names of the people they thanked and sang them as a song. So fun!
    9. The speech by Matthew McConaughey, winner of Best Actor in a Leading Role for Dallas Buyers Club, about the 3 things you need each day. He said that everyday he needs “Something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to chase.” He shared how years ago he was asked who his hero was and that he had replied, “Me in 10 years.” and that his answer remains the same 10 years later. Who is your hero? Who will you be in 10 years. This could lead to some fantastic journaling!
    10. Thank your mother. Almost every person accepting an award thanked their mother. Have you created a page thanking yours?


I love how this song gets me dancing in my seat!

I love how this song inspires me to be who I want to be.

I can’t wait to get creative and use these prompts! I’d love to see what you create too. Please share your layouts on the Scrapbook Wonderland Facebook page.

Happy Scrappin’!

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Busting Scrapbooking Myths – Using BAD Photos

“My photos suck! I can’t possibly scrapbook them.”

I’ve heard this complaint many times. I’m here to tell you this is a MYTH!

There are a lot of misconceptions about scrapbooking. It can be intimidating when you feel like you are breaking the rules, or that your scrapbooking won’t be good enough because you are not following the rules.

This month I’m participating in LOAD214 with Lain Ehmann and we are BUSTING those scrapbooking myths.

Scrapbooking seems to have a lot of ‘rules’. Design rules, photography rules, rules of thirds, rules of what a scrapbook layout is and what should be on one.

ALL of these so-called rules are arbitrary. Don’t let these rules have you scurrying around in a panic like the White Rabbit. You can choose to follow the rules or you can choose to break them!

Challenge #1

Myth or Reality?

You have to use good photos when you scrapbook.

This was our first myth busting challenge.

Sometimes a photo just doesn’t work out well. The timing is off. The photo is blurry. Kids aren’t looking. Someone is blinking.
For whatever reason the photo just isn’t GOOD.

So what?

Sometimes a bad photo is the only photo you have. It’s better to use a bad photo than none at all.

The important thing is to remember is the purpose of your scrapbook. You want to capture and record your story, to cherish the precious little moments of your life.

Common causes of a ‘BAD’ photo:

  • Blurry
  • Crazy facial expressions.
  • Poor lighting.
  • Technical problems.
  • Poor composition.
  • Too far away.
  • Bad quality.
  • Photos of yourself that you just don’t like.
  • Faded
  • Strange colour-cast. (also known as “Why is my photo orange?”)
  • Damaged or scratched.
  • Distracting backgrounds.
  • People cut off,  or missing heads!

Although there’s a lot of reasons that a photo might be ‘BAD’ that doesn’t mean they are unworthy! It would be boring and very unrealistic to think that we might only have amazing photos. Real life happens. Mistakes are made. The best things in life usually happen ‘in the moment’. We are not trying to create a magazine-quality photo using supermodels and hours of air-brushing in photoshop, we’re trying to capture our life.

It’s often difficult to photograph:

  • Toddlers
  • Pets
  • Teenagers
  • Sports
  • Concerts
  • Night
  • Bad weather
  • Yourself
  • Amusement parks
  • Motion

I know that presents a lot of opportunities for bad photos to happen! Try your best. Take the shot. Not every photo needs to be amazing. If you are still unhappy with your photography abilities learn how to take better photos. The most important thing is to TAKE the photo! Use a ‘real’ camera or a cell phone camera to get those in-the-moment shots. Even a bad photo can be exactly what you need to save that memory.

Here’s a page I made using inferior photos:

Journaling:

I’m so jealous of those gorgeous, perfect pregnant belly photos that every new mom seems to have these days. They just weren’t on my radar back when I was pregnant with my first child.

Of course that doesn’t mean that I don’t HAVE pregnant belly photos, I do, they just aren’t perfect or beautiful.

What possessed me to wear a fluorescent orange bikini and pose in front of a Christmas tree escapes me now! I was 20 years old, young and naive, so that might partially explain it! I’m especially appalled by the horrendous display of stretch marks. 

But… even as nightmarish these photos are, they are still precious to me. At the time I thought that I was only 2 weeks away from holding my darling baby in my arms. The baby was due January 15, 1999. It turns out he was in no rush to arrive. Joe was born February 1, 1999, 17 days late! Looking at these photos reminds me of how impatient and excited Jonas and I were for his arrival. 

Although I don’t have those beautiful, perfect, soft-lighted pregnant belly photos, I’m still happy. The purpose of those photos is to remember the joy of waiting for that lovely new addition to your family, and that’s exactly what I have.

Photos: December 28, 1998

Journaling: February 1, 2014 

(Joe’s 15th birthday)

I’m so happy that I’ve captured this memory, even though I don’t love my photos.

So BUST the scrapbooking myth that you must use great photos! Consider the rules to be guidelines or suggestions.

Want to get yourself into the creative mood?

Lain Ehmann is hosting a FREE scrapinar (you know, a webinar all about scrapbooking) on February 25th. Tammy Tutterow will present Euphoric Ephemera: Adding Bits, Bobbles and Treasures to Your Papercrafting Projects. This really is FREE, no strings attached, so don’t miss out on this chance to light that creative fire!

Click here to view more details about the free scrapinar!

What rules do you stick to in your scrapbooks? What would you like to mythbust? I’d love to hear your comments!

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LOAD214 Scrapbook Mythbusters

Life’s about to get exciting! I registered for LOAD214!

Last February I joined Lain Ehmann and a few hundred other super scrappers to create a layout every day for the month. Yes, EVERY day for a month. It was AMAZING!

I’m inviting you to be spontaneous, and join me in LOAD214.

Before you get too terrified and run off thinking that I’m a crazy person who spends every waking moment scrapbooking, please know that although I have been called a crazy person, I like to live a life worth scrapbooking! I also have a husband, two kids, a dog and a gazillion after school activities to chauffeur my kids to.

Here’s why I love LOAD.

LOAD is…

…about embracing a new way of scrapbooking.

…about getting something done, everyday!

…about reconnecting with your stories.

…about FUN!

I have a confession to make. I love to scrapbook but I am NOT a prolific scrapbooker. I take a LONG time to complete pages. I struggle with journaling. LOAD helped me break down all of these barriers, for one month. I scrapbooked more in one month than I did in 6 months! I told better stories too.

So, if you’d like to have more fun scrapbooking, learn how to accomplish more than you thought possible and do that all with better journaling, try LOAD214. (You can totally thank me later!)

Here’s a sample of the pages I created last year during LOAD213:

One of the pages I completed during LOAD last year.

Another page completed because of LOAD

I'm so glad I was inspired to tell this story during LOAD!

The prompts from LOAD last year inspired me to create pages that were not only beautiful, but pages that shared real heart and soul. That’s why I couldn’t resist being a part of LOAD214.

Still not sure if LOAD is for you? Why not let Lain tell you all about it herself? Click to get the details from Lain.

You also might want to see what I did to prepare for LOAD last year. This year I haven’t prepped anything other than adhesive. (We’ll see how well that works for me!)

Use DISCOUNT CODE: 28DAYS until the end of January 30 to save almost %40!

LOAD214 starts on February 1, so you’ll have to sign up before then.

Click here to register for LOAD214.

I hope you’ll join me on this exciting adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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