Paige the psych student life in 5 gifs

(Heads up: apparently I have ugly hands and can’t make a bed.)

Anyways, this isn’t about me, this is about Paige the psych-major-turned-RN. She is my main character for my final project and as a RN these are her duties: laundry, making bed, doling out medication, making meals, and bathing her patient. Not in that order.

So first you need to record on your phone (or other camera) whatever you want to capture.

Then you need to upload your recording onto Youtube.


Once it is on Youtube, you can get the link and paste in into the Browse box on GIPHY.


Once you put the link into the Browse, it will automatically load the video.


After it loads, you can make the loop as long or as short as you want, as well as change the start time.


Then when you are finished editing, you can create your Gif!


When it is finished loading, you can right click and save as!


A sneak peek into Paige’s life!




Hola, me llamo Bella. Soy una perra bonita. (It’s been awhile since Spanish, okay?)


Dog it Out – Take a picture of your Dog, or any animal that you have. Then upload the picture to a any desired editor. Edit the picture to make it something unique and interesting.

So as you all probably know by now, I adore my dog Bella and love to use her as my muse. I actually took this photo on our walk earlier for the Daily Create and just had to put it on my blog. What better way than to do a simple edit so she looks graciosa? This is a mix of digital and storytelling. She is obviously edited through an app, but also makes the viewer wonder where she is going and why the sombrero? Is she heading out for tacos? Is she really a “she” with that mustache goin’ on? If so, then why the disguise? Stay tuned for more of “The Bella and the Beautiful”.

“Hi hi hi hi my name is Bella and I have too many boyfriends in my neighborhood. SO in order to get some peace on my walks I dress up as a man. Crazy right? SQUIRREL. Anyways, the dog next door is my number one but the new pup down the street is too cute so in order to keep them off my tail I have to wear this dumb disguise.”

Lost in London


Your very own Spubble – Learn to love yourself, grab a picture of yourself in which your body language, actions, gestures, etc. suggest one thing and then play off that using a speech bubble.

I wanted to use this picture because I knew the only recent pictures of me that weren’t selfies would be of me on my Psych in Europe trip. Personally, I found this pretty easy to create but the whole making it funny part threw me for a loop. This is because, to me, this is hilarious for it was exactly what I was thinking when my group handed me the map and asked me to translate the directions. This is extra hilarious to anyone that actually knows me and that I am terrible at two things: technology and directions. Luckily we got to where we were going! This is great storytelling wise because there is even a story in of itself along with people wondering, “Did they make it?” “Where were they going?” “Is this their first day?” “Is Ciera really that bad with directions?”

Here I just used an editing app, stretched a thought bubble up over my head, and added text into it.

My new band: Psychotria Pseudoplatyphylla


An Album Cover – Manipulate the picture, resize it, add some other color, whatever. Do the same with the band name and album title, put them over top. However you wanna do it. Make it look cool.

I love music, so picking this assignment was a no brainer.¬† So this assignment was cool for me because there is some digital learning here, with all the different methods used to create this work, and there is also storytelling here. I see this and the first thing I see is this ripply wave picture that’s covered with a shroud of mysticism. Then I see this super long band name that looks like a mental disorder but is in fact a plant. Lastly I see this super mysterious and slightly paradoxical album name of “Know What Can’t Be Done”. Like wow. Let me go buy this immediately and listen to what they have to say. There’s also a part of it that makes me wonder, what kind of music is it? Is it a boy or a girl band or both? This was also easier to create than I thought AND it was fun to see what I randomly got assigned by the random selector thingy. Luckily for me, each piece came together to fit into one large puzzle.

What I did here was take the image I was randomly given and use the Ripply filter. Then I added the title of the band in a big metal looking font in bright red. Lastly I put the album name on it in a color similar to the water and also in a slight wave because why not keep up the theme?


meOW! Love bites


“The course of true love never did run smooth”

Shakespearean LOLcat – Combine a cat pic with an appropriate Shakespearean quotation.

I honestly just wanted to do this one because the example Shakespearean cat made me laugh so hard I wanted to try it! I think this is more digitally related than storytelling related, seeing as memes are all the rage right now. So I guess by making this, I am one step closer to making a funny meme. Media point one, me zero. Cats are also heavily used because let’s be real: cats are hilarious. I knew I wanted a love quote by Shakespeare, considering they are usually either deep or ironic. I also know that cats tend to fight or do weird things so finding a picture would be easy. The quality isn’t the best so I have learned which Photoshop apps to use and which ones to avoid. This is also the picture that has made me discover many different apps and their usages.

All I really did was add text onto a photo. But the story here is hilarious. “Fight like a married couple” is the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this picture. That saying, I decided to use a bittersweet quote to convey that meaning. Here one cat is obviously nipping at the other, maybe over some catnip or for being woken up from their nap. I can just hear the narrator saying the Shakespearean quote right now.


A Green Portal


Splash the Color- Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

So I chose this for my first visual assignment because I have seen other people do this effect and have always wanted a reason to try it for myself. I also chose this picture because it looks like something from a fairy-tale: little houses surrounded by a little lake. I wait for the mini gnomes to come outside. Or even a bird to peep out. I also wanted to keep the houses original color and instead accidentally chose the water. However, I was actually very pleased with this for two reasons: the green is actually a reflection of the canopy of trees around the pond, not the water itself, and two, if I only left the original color on the houses then most of the picture would be a melancholy black and white. The green adds the spunk and breaks up the gray. I personally love Miyazaki films and this looks like an image you could find in one of his beautiful movies (with more color of course).

All I really did for this is use an app that selected a color to keep and make the rest of the picture¬† black and white. I also just recently watched Schindler’s List and felt pretty cool creating that famous red coat scene effect with my pond.



My house in mostly black and white in 17 pictures.

So I really enjoyed running around looking for things to take pictures of! Of course using a phone as a camera always makes the pictures look less defined and more a blurry chaos so I had to try to find a way around that (good lighting is key here!). Anyways, I picked my house ( downstairs specifically) for my pictures because the lighting is better and every room has different things so I knew I would have variety. It was actually a lot easier than I thought to find what I needed, but was still tough because I was running around thinking about how I would run out of time and my dog kept getting all excited and blocking my way. I originally wanted to take pictures outside but I wasn’t quite sure what all was out there plus it was super sunny that morning and I wasn’t sure how to handle the brightness. Since I am not a huge photography person, some of my pictures (abstract, converging lines, etc.) sort of felt like improv. Which made me realize I should probably research some common photography terms. I think the pictures with the white walls as a background made really nice pictures while the pictures with my dog are messy and complex. Which is annoying because the pics with my dog are the hardest to take. I was really only proud of finding a cool ceiling picture. If I didn’t want to take a picture of my chandelier then I probably wouldn’t have even realized there was a beautiful spiral in the ceiling! In addition, it was disappointing to take a picture where it looks like my dog is moving, considering she moves for about 80% of my pictures. Overall this was a really cool experience!

What I learned about this is how my own personal experiences have influenced how I see the world. For example, I LOVE my dog so I add her into many pictures I take, whereas if a random person wanted to do this same assignment in my house they may not use her at all. I also noted that when I saw the word “complex” for the last photo I immediately thought of all the technology we own because to me technology is a giant symbol of complexity. Then when I saw these chaotic cords behind my TV it was like double the complexity because cords ARE complex (ever try untangling them?). Through taking these photos and searching for things to photograph, I also realized just how many objects are in one room and how different they look in a variety of lighting and their different shadows. I also noticed the shape of each room and the walls themselves. My eyes were drawn to more detail than to just barely grazing the surface.

Another thing I learned is that I like a complex photo. I liked the 20 attempts to take pictures of my dog with other objects and framing the hummingbird with the leaves to try to make it look more realistic. I liked the effort it takes to take a good photo compared to just taking a picture of a pattern. The difficult pictures are the ones that make me use my brain a little.