Greetings From Scotland

The assignment guidelines can be found here. This design assignment is worth 2 and 1/2 stars.

The postcard I made is from a place that I want to be right now. My family lives in Scotland and I haven’t seen them in so long! I would love to go visit them, but I’ve just been so busy. However, Scott and I worked out a schedule with our News Agency and I’ll be able to visit them in a few weeks!! I’m so happy to work with people like Scott who put such an emphasis on family and spending time with them. I can’t wait to see them (:

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An assignment I decided to do this week was to create a hybrid animal. I decided to mix Scott’s favorite animal, a dog, my favorite animal, an elephant, and another animal that I think portrays the mixing of Scott and I’s very different personalities, a zebra. The zebra’s black and white pattern signifies just how different we are but it ties together Scott’s favorite thing and my favorite thing. Somehow, our agency just works.

I created this using a website called
Here’s the assignment guidelines. This assignment was a visual assignment and is worth 3 stars.

Here’s the final product:
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Dream Vacation: Brazil

I decided to complete this assignment because I love to travel and I love Pinterest! This assignment is called “Create Your Dream Vacation On Pinterest!” and it’s worth 3 stars. The details of the assignment can be found here.

This was easy for me to do since I am so well-versed in Pinterest. I decided to make my dream vacation to Brazil because I’ve always heard that it’s beautiful. I think that this trip would definitely be possible for me one day. My husband, El Jota, also loves to travel and would love the nightlife that’s present in Brazil. And Brazil has everything that I love to: beaches, shopping hiking, native culture, etc.
A couple different things are required to make this become a reality. First off, is money, but that’s not really a problem for Jota and I…our last name is Dinero. Another thing necessary, however, is a passport and a visa. This isn’t a big obstacle either because I already have my passport and still have lots of time left on it. Some things that aren’t exactly required but are strongly recommended include vaccinations, knowledge of a different language, and Brazilian Real.
There are 3 recommended vaccinations. They are for Yellow Fever, Malaria, and Typhoid.
It would be very helpful to have a basic understanding of Portuguese, however, is not necessary since most of the people there have a basic understanding of English. Or it wouldn’t be very hard to find someone who did.
The Brazilian Real is their form of currency. This isn’t too complicated to get and is available at currency exchanges. It’s just a matter of getting it done.

A lot of things that I pinned have not only have amazing recommended places to go, but travel tips specifically to Brazil. This was so helpful!! I really hope that this Dream Vacation can one day become a reality.

I actually created two boards. One is specific to this Brazil trip and the other is a general travel board encompassing tips on flights, safety, packing, and how to plan.



Video Essay

This week, our first video assignment was to make a video essay analyzing a scene from the movie we watched this week. I did my essay on a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious.”

After reading “How To Read A Movie,” I watched 3 videos explaining some more in-depth things. The three I watched were “Examples of Editing Techniques,” “Camera Angles and Techniques,” and “Hitchcock Loves Bikinis.”

I learned a lot from the article and the three videos. I discussed them in my video. Here’s the final product:

DS106 Wallpaper

After having Claudia Rose on my show for DS106 Radio, I got really intrigued in her story. So, I decided that I would make a photo that’s a good representation of something big that’s going on in her life right now.
As most of you know, she killed her husband. I used these silhouettes to try and display the scene of it happening. I then created it into a wallpaper so people who are into this sort of “noir” theme can use it.
I hope you enjoy!

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Worth: 4 stars
Completed using Adobe Photoshop.

Destination Honeymoon

Hey guys, Lena here!

I used to dream of vacations, but now that I’m married, I get to plan a Honeymoon!! Somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go is Aruba. My friends have told me that it’s amazing and I NEED to go. In order to convince El Jota that it’s worth it to go there, I put together this short little presentation! Enjoy (:
Worth: 3 stars
Completed using Lena’s Gmail Account and Google Slides.

El Jota <3

One assignment I did this week is focused on my new husband (of course). I wanted to make him a Valentine’s Day Card since we weren’t married on Valentine’s and I love the holiday. I also just wanted to show how much I love him! Hope this doesn’t make anyone jealous…

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Worth: 3 stars
Completed with the help of and Adobe Photoshop.

Where I’ve Been This Week

There’s been so much great work going on in this class! I definitely recommend checking out the stuff I have listed below. Here are some of the places that I’ve been commenting this week:


Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

This assignment is titled “Can’t Get It Out Of My Head” and is worth 2 stars. Here’s the link to the assignment:

This was a pretty easy assignment to complete. All I did was record myself whistling to a song that’s been in my head lately on my phone. Then I uploaded the clip onto my computer and uploaded it to soundcloud.

Can you guess what song this is?