My Favorite Young Youtubers

I’ve been on a huge Youtube kick lately, both with making my own videos and just watching other people’s! I definitely have a certain style that I lean towards and love watching vlog-style, fast-paced videos. I can’t sit and listen to someone’s thirteen-minute storytime, but vlogs are great because they have a fun mix of talking to the camera and b-roll shots (the ‘artsier’ style shots). Here are some of my favorite younger Youtubers!

Morgan Yates

Morgan has a really unique video style and is very open and honest, which I love. She’s a college senior and I love that I can relate to her just talking about going to class and general everyday life as opposed to some Youtubers who are constantly traveling back and forth. She has a way of making her normal life seem interesting.

She also has a vlog channel!

New Age Creators

The New Age Creators are a group of 5 Youtubers who are under SoulPancake (the company behind Kid President, run by Rainn Wilson of the Office). These are more art-style videos, with lots of stop motion and animation. Along with their separate channel, they post videos on SoulPancake as well. They’re very creative and expressive.

Monica Church

You may have heard of Monica Church by now. I feel like her channel is definitely on the rise. She’s one person that inspired me to start creating weekly vlogs (which I’m attempting for the busy month of February)! This is her main channel…

But I actually prefer her vlog channel! You can probably see some similarities between our channels if you look closely enough.

Damon and Jo

Damon and Jo are travel Youtubers. They’re known for their thrifty traveling and they make me feel like I need to just pack everything up and go for one weekend—just shut up and go. They also speak several different languages and make videos in different languages, so if you’re interested in that then you can watch their videos with the captions on. They seem so enthusiastic about life and their banter makes the videos funny as well.

Who are your favorite Youtubers?

xo, Hannah

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trying to make rock climbing my thing

I have a new video for everyone! I’m trying to do weekly vlogs this month to see if I like it. If I do, I want to stick with it and continue them (as well as my monthly recap videos). It’s fun to try practicing a new video style and technique.

Would you like to see more sit down talking videos as well?

xo, Hannah

 

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Dear January 2017

Hi everyone! I’m back with another monthly video. I’m so excited to see these at the end of the year and hopefully put together a full-year compilation of my favorite moments! This video was a time period of me at home for winter break for three weeks, then the start of school for two, so not a lot of exciting things happened. My February video will be one of the best though—containing one of my favorite celebrities and one of the best basketball games I’ve experienced so far! (You’d understand if you were following me on Instagram…)

xo, Hannah

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How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

GIFs are seen constantly in today’s media—they’re used in social media, every listicle ever, even texts! Before they were really a ‘thing,’ I learned how to make these in my high school freshman year photo class. I’ve been doing them for fun for a while now. This tutorial will walk you through creating a flashing text GIF in Photoshop step-by-step so you can easily do it.

Create the original words

Open a blank document. I’m creating this GIF for Instagram, so I’m making it in a 1000 pixel by 1000 pixel square, but you can customize this size easily.

Start with a solid colored background. I’m using this hot pink because it’s bold and stands out easily.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Save the photo. Then add text on the photo, one word at a time.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Continue adding the words you want.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

The words are finished! Make sure each file is saved as an individual .png in a sequence.

Change the words into a color gradient

Once you have all the words written on the image, start creating your color gradient. You’ll save the files in a sequence exactly like above.

I went with a blue gradient. Start by changing the top word to the lightest color.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Continue with the rest of the colors. I used a cornflower blue, cerulean blue, then a navy.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Again, make sure each step is saved as a separate file each time you alter the graphic. You should have 7 files total by now if you’re following the same steps as I am.

Save the color gradient in reverse

Save the files in reverse. Even though it’ll be the same design as above, you need to save another copy of the file.

To do this, I’ll change the color of the word ‘this’ to white.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Continue until all the words are back to white.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

You should have 10 files in total by now.

Load the files into a stack

In Photoshop, go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. Select all the files that you want and click ‘okay’ to import all the files at once.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

This is what the layers panel of Photoshop should look like for you once all the files are imported. Make sure the layers are arranged in the order you want the GIF to go.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Open the timeline

Go to Window > Timeline to view the timeline below the files.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Click on the button that says ‘Create Frame Animation.’

*if it says Create Video Timeline instead, just click on the arrow to the right of it and select the Frame Animation option.

Convert the layers into frames

After the frame animation is created, click on the small panel (highlighted in pink below) and select ‘Make Frames from Layers.’

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

This will convert all the layers into frames that you can easily use in your animation GIF. Your Photoshop should look like this.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

To make sure your GIF is on a loop, select the word ‘Once’ under the first panel and change it to ‘Forever.’

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

It should now look like this.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Adjust the times (and sequence if necessary)

This is based on preference, but I prefer the 0.5 sec time.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

I played the GIF and realized that my words were out of order. You can easily drag and drop to switch it up. I also deleted the blank pink layer to make the GIF run more smoothly. I ended up with 9 frames in total.

Your final panel should look like this.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Save your GIF

Go to File > Save for Web.

Next, make sure your settings are correct. Select ‘GIF 128 Dithered’ for the preset.

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

Make sure the Looping Options panel says ‘Forever.’

Save your GIF in your desired destination.

Final

Your final GIF should look like this if you followed my directions to a T!

How to Make a Flashing Text GIF in Photoshop

I’d love to see your GIF—tweet it at me @hannahwacamera or tag me in it on Instagram @hannahwacamera.

xo, Hannah

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My Red Lipstick Collection

Today I’m sharing a post that’s both fun and slightly embarrassing…my red lipstick collection! I don’t know what it is with lip colors, but I’m always drawn to them first in the makeup aisle and end up picking the same color in different shades to try out. Red lips are one of my favorites to mess with (even if it’s a balm) because I think they look the best with my fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair.

My Red Lipstick Collection

I’m sharing my complete collection plus swatches today.

My Red Lipstick Collection

The first two are from one of my favorite brands, ELF. I love it because it’s an easy way to try out new colors for a super low cost!

My Red Lipstick Collection

ELF Jumbo Gloss Stick in Movie Star: this shade is my go-to for everyday! You can build it up, but I usually put Chapstick on first then the gloss stick on top for that touch-of-red color. It leans pink.

ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red: this shade is one I picked up to wear for my sorority formal last year. It has a pink undertone.

My Red Lipstick Collection

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 111 Kiss of Life: This is a more orangey-toned lipstick and one of the first red lips that I purchased! It’s a very true red.

Covergirl Lipslicks Smoochies in 220 #textme: This is one I’ve had for way too long (and is definitely past the date of when you’re supposed to throw them away…) but I can’t seem to let it go. It’s more of a berry color but it’s sheer.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Ribbon: This is part of the Hello Kitty x Colourpop collection. I have the mini collection, Puroland. I wore it yesterday for the KU vs. Baylor game and screamed the entire game, and it didn’t budge the entire time. It’s a blue-toned red and definitely made my teeth seem whiter, which is a huge plus.

My Red Lipstick Collection

Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 520 Scarlet Soaked: This lipstick leans more orange/brick red, but I really like the formula so I wear it anyway. It’s not super long-wearing when you’re eating, drinking, etc, but it’s so hydrating.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Exclusive Reds in Blake’s Red: This is my favorite shade as a blue-toned red. I picked it specifically because Blake Lively and I share the same coloring and this works perfectly on me. I need to wear it more!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard: This is way darker than my normal red color. I bought it after reading an interview in which Joy Bryant said it was her perfect natural lip and I wanted a red shade like that…but her skin tone is way darker than mine so I don’t know what I was thinking!

What’s your favorite red lipstick?

xo, Hannah

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Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new shirts in my closet from Uscape Apparel. If you’re a college student, you know that most of your wardrobe that you actually wear to class most likely consists of t-shirts and leggings—I know mine does! Uscape Apparel creates shirts that have iconic campus skylines on the back of the shirt. Even better, they’re sold in over 150 college bookstores across the country, so you can pick one up today!

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

The shirt style I received is a relaxed-fit unisex style that looks great on everyone. It’s 100% cotton, so they’re super soft. The shirt for the University of Kansas has a Jayhawk on the front, our mascot.

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

On the back, it has this awesome skyline that is so true to KU’s campus. Fraser Hall, the Campanile…this shirt is perfect for students and alumni alike. Uscape Apparel sells these in several different styles as well (hoodies, short sleeve, baseball tees, etc) that would suit everyone’s style. Even better—some of the shirt styles are Comfort Colors. I personally have my eyes on the quarter zip!

Rep Your Skyline with Uscape Apparel

You can go to Uscape Apparel‘s website to find out more about their products and all the schools that they’re licensed for.

Does your school sell Uscape Apparel?

xo, Hannah

Thanks so much to Uscape Apparel for sending me the shirt for this post! 

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Peyton Perry | Inside the Insta

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share this edition of Inside the Insta with Peyton Perry today. I’ve followed Peyton for about two years now and still love her style—I think we could easily be friends in real life. If you look at my Inspiration board on Pinterest, it’s practically filled to the brim with her photos!

Peyton Perry | Inside the Insta

 

What do you take your photos with?
I shoot with my iPhone 6 or Canon EOS 6D.

I love your photo style! How do you edit the photos that go on your feed?
I’ve used various apps including Afterlight, VSCOcam, Snapseed, and A Color Story. Lately I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom Mobile—it’s amazing!

What’s your favorite thing about Instagram?
I love how Instagram allows me to see the world through infinite different lenses. I see how others interpret things, express themselves, and are often working to make the world a more artful place.

What do you center your photos around?
I try to center my photos around things I really love that can show the rest of the world how my brain works. I think, “What can Peyton Perry offer to the world today?” then I keep my eyes open and see what the world has to offer!

What three words would you use to describe your style on Instagram?
Clean, fun, unexpected.

Who are three people on Instagram that you admire?
@designlovefest: I loved Bri Emery’s style for…forever! I love how she’s taken Instagram and made it her own.

@geronimoballoons: Jihan is someone I got to meet and become friends with because of Instagram. She really views the platform as an opportunity to share art, make you laugh, and help you feel less alone. I think we can all relate to a few #jihanistheworst-isms. I truly think Jihan is one of the most talented, creative, and kind geniuses of our generation.

@ohhappyday: Jordan Ferney GETS IT. When others zig, she zags…just because that’s who she is! I love seeing what she creates and all the inventive photos she shares from her party shop.

Where do you find your inspiration to take photos?
I think my inspiration comes from where I see good in the world. Good doesn’t mean happy and fluffy all the time, sometimes it means honesty. I try to keep my eyes open, constantly looking and my ears constantly listening. You can find good anywhere if you’re looking with the right mindset. I also love “cool hunting.” I’m inspired by things that aren’t right in front of your face—things you have to search for.

How long do you usually take to set up a photo?
I give myself a mental time limit and if I’m spending too much time on a photo, I abandon it. It is INSTAgram, after all. The time I spend on a photo varies but I’m always very meticulous with checking that it’s exaaactly what I want before I post it. I’d say I spend a collective total of 15 minutes max on a photo.

Would you say you stick to a certain color scheme for your photos?
I’ve always stuck to bright and colorful because that’s what I know and love. I think it’s because I grew up in a city where color is celebrated in its culture. Lately I’ve been on a pink kick. By searching for pink to include in every photo, it has established a signature I love. It not only forces me to be creative, but it raises the bar for my work.

Square crop or full size, and why?
Depends on the photo, always. I do love how you can post full size (especially the beautiful look of full size portraits) but squares are another creative restraint that forces me to be creative amongst certain parameters.

If you’re not following Peyton already, be sure to swing over to her Instagram and give her a follow for constant creative inspiration!

Who should I feature next on Inside the Insta?

xo, Hannah

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Thursday Threes II

I started up my second semester of my sophomore year this week. I can already tell it won’t be an easy semester but I’m excited to get started on some projects, especially for design. I’m planning on sharing more of my design projects on my blog instead of my portfolio this year, so stay tuned for those!

ONE

I shared my 10 minute college makeup routine on the blog this week and made a Youtube video of it! I’m planning on making more Youtube videos, so I’d love if you subscribed.

TWO

My Fitbit is one of my most favorite Christmas presents that I’ve been utilizing regularly. However, this article about how having a friend to keep you accountable is better than a tracking device is so true! I did the BBG with my friend last year and it definitely helped us encourage each other and get in a routine.

THREE

I’m selling these shirts to benefit Warrior’s Best Friend. It’s an organization near me that provides service dogs to soldiers with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries at no cost. They also adopt the dogs from local shelters to train them, which is very unique to many service dog organizations. Even if you don’t want to purchase a shirt (they’re a reference to Kansas basketball), there’s a button to donate as well.

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What have you been loving this week?

xo, Hannah

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10-Minute College Makeup Routine | VIDEO

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing my 10-minute college makeup routine. I do this every day, give or take the eyeliner/eyeshadow, and filming this took me exactly 10 minutes and 15 seconds! It’s seriously so easy and definitely cheap as well if you’re on a budget. I’m by no means a makeup expert, but I’ve perfected this routine over the last year (even when I wake up late).

I start off with the Maybelline BB Cream for an even base. It’s just a tinted moisturizer that I use year-round. I apply it with a Real Techniques powder brush I’ve had for forever-it’s probably not what I should be using but it works for me! Then I use my Maybelline Better Skin Concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes and blend it out with my fingers.

Next, I’ll fill in my brows with the Maybelline Brow Drama pomade crayon. I got this in a Voxbox from Influenster last year and found it’s the perfect shade for my blonde hair. Then I’ll just brush them out with the Maybelline Great Lash clear mascara.

For my eyes, I start with my ELF eyelid primer if I’m using eyeshadow or eyeliner on my top lid. I always use the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in nude to line my waterline (this is especially helpful to make your eyes look awake for that 8:30am class). Then I use my basic Maybelline eyelash curler like normal.

Before finishing my eyes (I’m just now realizing my routine is super out of order), I put on blush and bronzer. For blush, I love the Milani baked blush in Luminoso. For bronzer, I use Rimmel bronzer in 021 Sunlight. I’ll finish with a highlight (something new to my routine since freshman year of high school!) with this Maybelline strobing stick in the shade Iridescent.

Next, because I’m lazy, I use my bronzer as my eyeshadow all over my lid because I like the orangey shade with my blue eyes. I use the highlighter in the inner corners of my eyes and on my browbone too. I use these super cheap ELF brushes. Occasionally I’ll add the Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner in Rich Brown. Told you I’m not a makeup expert…

I finish it off with my Maybelline the Rocket mascara that I literally never leave the house without- I wish I could permanently tint my lashes! Lately I’ve been using Glossier Balm Dotcom in Cherry as my final step for some chapstick and color.

I’d love if you subscribed to my channel, I’m working on growing it more this year!

Thanks for reading,

xo Hannah

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New Year’s Goals, Not Resolutions

Every year I hear people talking about their New Year’s resolutions, but I never hear people talking about them in terms of goal-planning. Instead of setting resolutions that you’ll most likely forget about by February, set goals instead! Goals that are achievable, trackable, and have a timeline or set schedule are ones that tend to be more effective. I’m a competitive person, so if I were to pick any of these goals below (especially exercise) then I’d definitely enlist a friend to help keep me accountable!

New Year's Goals

Exercise

I know that almost everyone puts exercise on their New Year’s resolution list, so I had to include this one! This is perfect for the person that doesn’t know where to start or doesn’t want to head to the gym in busy January.

Nike Training Club is my favorite app to use for workout plans that are fast and effective. I tend to get bored with long reps of several workouts, but this uses short, quick bursts of repetition instead. This workout includes a warm-up and cool-down as well, so it’s perfect for the beginner that doesn’t know how to compile the ‘perfect workout routine.’

They even have bodyweight workouts if you don’t have any equipment. It’s a free app that you can take literally anywhere. I’ve been using it for a few years now and still return to it when I’m in an exercise rut.

Improve a skill

Whether it’s something creative or something technical, working on improving a skill is a goal that’s definitely attainable and trackable. Personally, I plan on doing something that’s creative every day. Whether it’s hand-lettering, sketching, or photography, I’m going to put it all in one sketchbook so I can look back and see my progress throughout the year.

Doing a 365 project can seem daunting, so even if you minimized it to doing 2 creative things weekly, there’s still enough material to track progress. Be sure to document your skill to see your improvement at the end of the year!

Hydration

I’m the worst at drinking water, but once I got a Hydroflask for my birthday it helped me start the habit of regular hydration. I think that buying a cute water bottle- especially one that keeps your water cold for 24 hours -is one of the most effective ways to start drinking water regularly.

I carry this water bottle around with me at school and don’t have any other cups in my bedroom, so refilling this is a must! A S’well water bottle is a super trendy option if you’re wanting to go for function and fashion.

If you need an extra reminder, the app Plant Nanny has a virtual plant that either grows or dies depending on how much water you drink. It’s essentially a water tracker but seeing your plant die adds some extra guilt and motivation to keep drinking.

Giving back

The holiday season spurs a mentality of giving back, but this is something that can absolutely last all year long! There are so many ways to give back in your community with an organization that you love.

If you’re in college, there’s most likely an organization at your campus that facilitates volunteer coordination around your community. My sorority requires volunteer hours (which I love), so this semester I volunteered as a kindergarten soccer coach with my college town’s Parks and Rec department. In the past, I also volunteered as a dog-walker with the Lawrence Humane Society, which was an easy way to give back.

There are so many options around your community to give back! If you Google for a cause that you’re passionate about, then add your location, you’re sure to find results for nonprofits or organizations that would love your help.

What’s your New Year’s goal for 2017?

xo, Hannah

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