How to use Christmas with Artcodes

There are many things that you can do with your Christmas with Artcodes advent calendar. Here’s our list of suggestions, from the simplest (no phones involved) to the super-complex (where you learn to make your own interactive Christmas stuff).

IT’S A NORMAL ADVENT CALENDAR

As part of your pack you will notice you have a sheet of 24 Christmas stickers. Your job is to place these stickers behind the doors of your advent calendar. Just stick each one under a different door – you choose – shut the door and forget about it until its time to open the door again in December. You can do this all at once or make it a day at a time. But remember, don’t fold the doors back too much otherwise they won’t close again!

Stickers can be tricky things, sometimes ending up on tables, in hair or on all sorts of places where they really shouldn’t be. If you need any more then you can print them out here. Either use special sticky-back paper or get some old fashioned glue.

SCAN STICKERS TO REVEAL DIGITAL SURPRISES

Where’s the chocolate? Well, we have something much better for you. Go get your mobile phone or tablet and begin scanning the stickers to unlock our hamper of digital Christmas surprises. There’s all sorts of stuff to watch along with tips on things to make, do and cook over the festive period.

You will need an Apple or Android phone or tablet. Then you need to install the Christmas with Artcodes app from the Apple AppStore, Google Play or now Amazon App’s for Kindle.

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  1. Lets scan a sticker on your calendar, under “View/edit Your Calendars” tap My calendar then Scan calendar. ▶︎
    The first time you will see a brief tutorial screen (not shown).
  2. Now select a sticker to scan: ▶︎
    • Point the camera at the Artcode filling as much of the camera view as you can,
    • Try not to cut any off the edge,
    • Make sure the camera is in focus (tap the screen to focus).
  3. This will open the webpage associated with that sticker

CONNECT THE STICKERS TO YOUR OWN PHOTOS OR FAVOURITE WEBSITES

Not so impressed with our suggestions? Think you could do better? Well you can. After scanning a sticker, press the Customise button ▶︎. Follow the instructions to either:

  1. attach a photo from you phone or tablet to the sticker, or
  2. add a website address, or
  3. go back to our original choice.

Then tap Save. The next time you scan the sticker you should see your choice come up.

SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

You can then share your new version of the calendar with family and friends so that your digital stuff pops up when they scan a calendar – theirs or yours. Just tap the Send a calendar button in the app. This will give you a link to send to them over e-mail, text or social media. You can’t update the content you sent to someone after sending so make sure you’ve added 24 surprises. You can also enter a name that will be displayed in the app so that they have some idea who it is from.

You can make and share as many versions as you like, just tap the + New button on the first screen this will give you a blank slate to work on. You can enter a description to help you identify your new calendar, this will appear on the first screen under “View/edit Your Calendars” but wont be displayed to a recipient. Or because changes don’t effect the version you’ve already sent you can just create a calendar for the first person and send it to them, then go back and re-customise the part you want to change for the second person and then send it to the second person.

So what do you think that mum, dad, grandparents, siblings and friends might like to see each day? Time to get creative. Of course, they’ll need to install the app. They’ll also need a calendar!

Tip: If you use a lot of images it can take a little while to transfer them all, we recommend doing this over wifi or 4G.

Still worried about the chocolate (we hear this a lot). Hide some chocolate around the house somewhere, take a photo as a clue and attach that to the stickers. Bingo! You have your own chocolate treasure hunt game.

Receiving a calendar

Of course, you might be on the receiving end of someone else’s version that they made for you. Just download the app and open the link you received and start scanning. The app will also keep a list of versions that you have received so that you can go back to them later.

If the link is not clickable, leads to a page of text or doesn’t work for some other reason simply copy the link or text and open the app to the first screen. Then scroll down and tap the small + Add button. Finally paste in the text box and tap Add.

DESIGN YOUR OWN STICKERS

Or maybe you’d like to replace our stickers with your own funky designs? You can draw your own Artcodes on the blank stickers provided and use them on your calendar!

  1. Follow the drawing instructions on our Drawing your own Artcodes page to create your Artcode
  2. In the app, tap the Add your own Artcode button and scan your drawing
  3. Add a photo or web address

If the app found the wrong code check the list of things to avoid at the bottom of the Drawing your own Artcodes page.

MAKE YOU OWN INTERACTIVE CHRISTMAS STUFF

Finally, if you’re feeling creative, why not make your own calendar. Or even other interactive Christmas things – cards, decorations, place settings, paper hats – they can all be decorated with interactive designs and then connected to photos and webpages.

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You made it to the end of the page! Interested in Artcodes (the tech behind the calendar)? You can use Artcodes in your own creative projects: download the free app, search for “Artcodes” on the AppStore and Google Play.