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Review:Traveler’s Notebook

Review:Traveler's Notebook

Like many of you out there, I love stationery. I LOVE journals the most and I’ve been lusting after this olive green traveler’s notebook for awhile now. Specifically, this one from the original TN brand….at least I think it is the original brand.

I’ve mentioned tn’s before in a post and I also purchased a pocket sized one a few months ago that I reviewed over here. And now! Here I am again reviewing another tn! I know, I said I wouldn’t need a standard tn, but I found an alternative to the Olive Midori. I purchased on Amazon but the seller also has an etsy shop which I think is easier to navigate. I love it!

I also made a video review showing you what came in the package I purchased. If you’re as obsessed with journals as I am then feel free to check it out. I know tns aren’t for everyone, but if you like this style of journal I’d love to hear about what sort of inserts you carry around in yours.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Origami: Dinosaurs

Origami: Dinosaurs

It’s been a bit rainy the past few days so what’s the a fun thing to do when you’re stuck inside? Origami! I’ve been on an origami craze! I have the honor to work for HMNS in Houston Texas and when I’m not writing copy I get to help out with the Membership events at the Museum. That includes helping plan out events for the young professional group, HMNS Catalysts. I mostly help out with the crafts, and I’ve already included origami at two events!

Back in January we had our first Catalysts event of 2017 and our theme was dinosaurs, featuring our great Hall of Paleontology. Not only did I teach myself how to make three different types of dinosaur origami, I was also responsible for folding tons of larger paper dinos that were used as the backdrop in our photobooth. Let’s just say I had a lot of fun folding these dinos, and I had the chance to learn something new.

I really enjoy teaching others how to craft, so I had no problem being in charge of this table. And the Members appeared to have a great time folding these cute little dinosaurs. I tried to find dinosaurs that varied on level, starting with a bit easy and working it’s way to a bit more ambitious.

  • First up is Brachiosaurus:  This one is pretty easy, it does require some scissors to cute out sections of the dino, but nothing too complicated. I suggested this one for the members that were a bit intimidated by the thought of origami.
  • Next up is what looks like a Raptor to me: This was actually the first dinosaur I learned how to fold, but I figured this one might have been too complicated for some. But I like how this one looks, mine just always come out looking as though they are doing the splits.
  • Lastly, Maiasaura? I didn’t know this dinosaur name until just now so don’t worry if it’s not familiar to you. This has to be my favorite one out of the three. I learned this one last minute and I’m so glad I did. It’s a bit more difficult than the raptor, but I’m glad I decided to look for one more dinosaur.

I had a lot of fun learning how to make these little paper dinosaurs. I found each of the tutorials online, it might take you a few tries but it’s pretty fun once you get the hang of it.

Happy paper folding!

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kimKIM VERA - (view all posts by Kim)
Kim works as a museum Copywriter and helps out with events from time to time. When she isn’t working or blogging, she is probably off taking a nap. Feel free to email her at kim@mind-speaks.com

Free Calendar Download

Free Calendar Download

I created another free planner download for you guys! This time I am bringing you a blank calendar just in time for organizing for the new year! There are two download links – one for A5 and the second is for personal size. At the moment those are the two most popular sizes. If you use these, be sure to post the pics on Instagram on how you customized them using #mindspeaks.



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A5 calendar.pdf (148 downloads)

personal size calendar.pdf (117 downloads)

For those who don’t like dealing with printing or cutting, we have the hard copy of the A5 calendar cut and punched (6 hole punched) listed over here.
We will be adding new designs to this series soon. If there is a template you’re needing, please email us or comment!

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mijaMIJA VERA - (view all posts by Mija)
Mija has been a designer for the last ten years. She is a paper obsessed fiend and loves working on new projects while listening to her daughter and cat chatter around the house. You can email her at mija@mind-speaks.com