Handwritten Notes… A Lost Art?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Gifs, Tutorials | 4 Comments

Written by Taylor Capek, Posted by Hannah Moorhead

With the evolution of the digital age, the days of handwritten notes and letters have long since faded away. No longer exists the agony of having to wait days upon weeks for a letter from, say….your brother who lives in France. The click of a button lets you send him an email and, within minutes, receive a reply about his thoughts on escargot.


*cue granny voice* In my day, we had to wait a week for mail to arrive.

*cue granny voice* In my day, we had to wait three whole days for mail to arrive.


And forget the glory and splendor of successfully passing a note in class! With some slight of hand and a carefully thought out body position that blocks your phone from your teacher’s eyes, you can text your bestie (who doesn’t even have to be in the room) about how you totally caught the cute boy who sits next to you in Chemistry class stealing glances in your direction…Or maybe he was looking at the clock…No, no. He was definitely looking at you…


Can you do this with a cell phone? The answer is no.

Can you do this with a phone? The answer is no.


Technology’s great, but with its advancements, handwritten letters and notes are becoming a lost art. The Photobucket Animated GIF Maker, however, can help you bring back note passing, as well as revamp it.



Meet the GIF Note. It’s like passing a note, only ten times better because you get to use your smart phone to do it!


Yep. We're just as amazed as you are!

Yeah. It’s pretty cool, huh?


Here’s how you can create and send your own GIF note:

1. Have your pen and paper ready. Maybe warm up your hand with a few stretches.

2. Open the Animated GIF Maker on the Photobucket mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it here.

3. If you have a steady hand, hold your phone and make your GIF as you write your message. If you don’t have the hands of a surgeon, politely ask a friend to hold your phone for you.


4. Edit and adjust your GIF until it’s just right, and you should end up with something like this!


5. Share it and send it. You can share your GIF Note with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, email or text messaging!

So, get to it! Create your own, and share with us (via Twitter or Photobucket) using the hashtag #NoteGIFs





  1. Diginick
    July 23, 2014

    Hi is the GIF maker part of the update for the Photobucket mobile app?
    Or is it a separate app to use?
    I haven’t seen it yet on my phones app yet.


    • Hannah Moorhead
      July 24, 2014


      The GIF Maker is available in the current version of the Photobucket mobile app. If you navigate to the top left hand menu and open it, you should see the GIF Maker feature in the list. Enjoy!

  2. Christine Dixon-Hawes
    July 20, 2014

    What does GIF mean?

    • Hannah Moorhead
      July 21, 2014

      Hello Christine,

      GIF stands for ‘Graphics Interchange Format”. The animations featured in this blog are GIFs.