And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.png And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 39 Blog Post Ideas for When Your Brain Just Won’t Work https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/39-blog-post-ideas-for-when-your-brain-just-wont-work/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/39-blog-post-ideas-for-when-your-brain-just-wont-work/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:00:45 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9732 Sometimes coming up with blog post ideas is hard. You’re amped to sit down and write, but you just can’t think to actually talk about. Well friends, I’m here to help with that! Here are a bunch of blog post ideas for when your brain just doesn’t want to work. Share a photo tour of

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39 Blog Post Ideas for When Your Brain Just Won't Work

Sometimes coming up with blog post ideas is hard. You’re amped to sit down and write, but you just can’t think to actually talk about.

Well friends, I’m here to help with that! Here are a bunch of blog post ideas for when your brain just doesn’t want to work.

  1. Share a photo tour of a room in your house or apartment.
  2. What recipes have been your go-to’s lately? Share them.
  3. Hop on the KonMari bandwagon! What’s something in your niche that your audience could declutter? (Digital files, old spices, etc.)
  4. Introduce us to your significant other or a pet.
  5. What do you do with your photos, other than leave them on your phone?
  6. Share the recipe of your go-to cocktail.
  7. What’s on your bucket list? Are you making any progress?
  8. What have you ordered online lately?
  9. How do you edit photos for Instagram?
  10. What have you been reading this season? (Think: blogs, books, magazines, etc.)
  11. Share your favorite low-cost purchases in relation to your niche.
  12. What does a “typical” day look like for you?
  13. What are you packing for an upcoming trip?
  14. Share a productivity hack you just discovered.
  15. What are you listening to on repeat? Create a playlist and share it with your audience!
  16. Share your favorite low-waste / sustainable / eco-friendly purchases or practices.
  17. What’s something you wish you knew 6 months ago? Relate it to your niche–a productivity hack, a cooking tip, etc.
  18. What have you been binging lately? Podcasts, tv shows, etc.
  19. Share your morning or evening routine.
  20. What’s something you and your best friends have been talking about lately in your group text?
  21. What tech tools have you been using lately? Review them!
  22. What’s in your vanity or medicine cabinet?
  23. Share a “state of the blog”–what has been working, what hasn’t, where your blog is headed, etc.
  24. How can you make certain products last longer? Think: clothing, makeup, food, cleaning supplies, etc.
  25. What are some basic products someone should have available when they get started in your niche? Cooking utensils, art supplies, software, etc.
  26. Help your audience mix up something they already own by repurposing or restyling it.
  27. Use recipes you’ve already shared to put together a meal plan.
  28. Share your tips on creating an at-home workout routine.
  29. If you magically had another room in your house or apartment, what would you use it for?
  30. Share tips on how to stay organized in your niche. How to keep your cabinets organized, how to keep your closet organized, how to keep your computer organized, etc.
  31. Where have you always wanted to travel? What’s keeping you from going there?
  32. How do you stay on top of chores in your household?
  33. Create a mood board and share it.
  34. Do you watch YouTube videos or do you prefer reading blogs? Is there room in your life for both? Why or why not?
  35. What are your favorite board games?
  36. Share recent photos from your phone.
  37. How do you get out of a slump? Relate it to your niche! Cooking slump, writing slump, etc.
  38. What are some things that are worth the investment?
  39. What subscriptions do you currently have? Review them and evaluate why they’re worth the monthly or annual cost!

Happy writing!

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DIY Adjustable Clay Necklace https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/diy-adjustable-clay-necklace/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/diy-adjustable-clay-necklace/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10299 If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a lot of random craft supplies in your basement gathering dust. This year, I’ve decided to get back into crafting and put some of those supplies to good use! My first project is fun, colorful, and adjustable clay necklaces! I have a bunch of Sculpey oven-bake clay left

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DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a lot of random craft supplies in your basement gathering dust. This year, I’ve decided to get back into crafting and put some of those supplies to good use!

My first project is fun, colorful, and adjustable clay necklaces!

I have a bunch of Sculpey oven-bake clay left over from my DIY catchall bowl phase. Then last year I got a clay necklace that I really liked (the pink and grey one below!) and realized I could pretty easily replicate it with supplies I already had on hand.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

This is a great project to do when you’re watching Netflix. It’s easy, repetitive, and mindless. All you need is:

  • a clean surface (I recommend a cutting board that’s designated for crafting)
  • Oven-bake clay in the colors of your choice (don’t forget you can mix existing colors to make new ones!)
  • A toothpick or another small tool to poke holes in the beads
  • Cookie sheet
  • String
DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

(You can tell how long I’ve had the clay based on how much of the labeling has worn off the plastic wrap!)

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, pick out the colors you want to create. And again, don’t forget that you can mix colors together to make entirely new ones! All of the necklaces you see in the very first photo were mixed using a combination of hot pink, royal blue, gold, green, white, and black.

I’ve gravitated toward gradients and solid color necklaces, but you can do whatever you want! Maybe you want a funky mix of your favorite colors, or you want to marble some colors together. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

Depending on how well you mix your clay, you could get either a marble effect or solid colors. If you want solid colors, keep an eye out for veining that you might not want! For example, below I found a darker green section of the bead I was working on, so I had to mix it up a bit more to get the solid color I wanted.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

As you mix, roll the clay into a sphere and lay them out in the order you’d like them, keeping an eye on the size. I prefer mine to have similar sizes, so I had to do some adjusting as I went. It also helped me ensure I had an even gradient.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

Once you have your clay spheres, poke them with a toothpick to turn it into a bead. If any of your spheres are a little lopsided, I recommend poking through the longest side, because the bead will squish a bit as you do this.

You want the hole to be big enough for your string to fit through, but small enough that a single knot in the string will keep it from moving.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

Once you’ve poked holes in each bead, place them on your cookie sheet and bake them according to the package directions. Mine called for 10 minutes per 1/4 inch at 275 degrees. I baked them for about 15 minutes and they turned out perfect!

Because you’re setting them on a flat surface, you’re probably going to get a bit of a divot in your beads on whatever side you set them down on. I set them on the side with one of the holes so they lay a little more flush, and the divot doesn’t show up when I wear it.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

Once the beads have cooled a bit, it’s time to assemble your necklace! Cut a piece of string that’s a little longer than the longest you want the necklace. String the beads in the order you want them, and if you wish, tie a knot on either side of them so they stay in place.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

And finally, to make the necklace adjustable, take one side of the necklace and tie a knot around the other side, but not including the other side. Then repeat on the other side. Doing this enables you to slide the knots along the string and make the necklace longer or shorter!

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

And there you have it! A fun necklace in less than an hour.

DIY Adjustable Clay Bead Necklace

What colors are you going to use to make your necklace?

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Sunday Scratches #58 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-58/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-58/#respond Sun, 17 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10663 Happy Sunday! I feel like I keep saying “it’s been a crazy week,” so I’ve decided it’s just been a crazy 2019 so far. But I’m here for it! The Week in Review My bridesmaid dress came in this week! I’m in my friend’s wedding in Traverse City this summer, and she’s using the same

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Sunday Scratches #58

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! I feel like I keep saying “it’s been a crazy week,” so I’ve decided it’s just been a crazy 2019 so far. But I’m here for it!

The Week in Review

My bridesmaid dress came in this week! I’m in my friend’s wedding in Traverse City this summer, and she’s using the same company I did for bridesmaid dresses, Azazie. It was so fun to pick it out! I got the Haleigh in Orchid.

Because most of the showtimes right now are for Captain Marvel (with good reason!), Sean and I skipped the movies this week and hit up Olde Peninsula instead. Yum!

Speaking of movies, I definitely want to see Five Feet Apart this week.

On Wednesday, my friend Zach came to town and I joined him and his friend Shannon at Bell’s for Wildermiss and Bronze Radio Return. Hello, two new favorite bands! It was a blast.

I finally finished A Storm of Swords this week! Now I’m onto A Feast for Crows. It’s funny, when I picked up AFFC, I thought to myself “ooh, this book is so much lighter! Sure enough, it’s only 976 pages!” 😂Thanks, George R. R. Martin.

Other than that, my week was work work work! I’m starting to feel a *little* more in control of my to do list, but I’m sure that feeling will go away in another few days. 😉

Around the Web

I ordered these and used them to tidy up the office this week. GAME. CHANGER.

Old Navy is having a huge 40% off sale this weekend! I got myself this jacket so I can replicate this look with this dress that I recently treated myself to.

This was so interesting to me. It seems so much more approachable now!

This is so sweet. Don’t throw away your old mascara!

In Case You Missed It…

36 Prompts to Practice Using InDesign

How to Find Cool Shit to Do in Town

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How to Find Cool Shit to Do In Your Town https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-find-cool-shit-to-do-in-your-town/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-find-cool-shit-to-do-in-your-town/#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10669 Whether you’ve just moved to town or you’ve been there a while, you’re probably looking for cool shit to do. Maybe you want to make new friends or you just need to mix up your routine. But where the heck are you supposed to begin? Join a Meetup When I first moved to Cincinnati back

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How to Find Cool Shit to Do In Your Town

Whether you’ve just moved to town or you’ve been there a while, you’re probably looking for cool shit to do. Maybe you want to make new friends or you just need to mix up your routine. But where the heck are you supposed to begin?

Join a Meetup

When I first moved to Cincinnati back in 2016, someone recommended Meetup to me. And I’m so glad they did, because I ended up finding the Cincinnati Bloggers Meetup and met some amazing people!

Meetup is a platform where you plug in your location and your hobbies, and it finds groups in your area to meet up with (get it?!). If you don’t find one you like, you can also start your own!

Check the Local Library

I’m a big fan of local libraries. Yes, they’re great for borrowing books (and I think reading at home qualifies as cool shit!), but many library systems also offer free events in your area!

My local library sends a calendar of events to all residents each quarter, and I’m always sure to glance through it. I’ve found a book club about racism, author talks, and even management workshops for free through my library!

Talk to Your Neighbors

This suggestion is definitely easier in the warmer months when people are actually outside, but it can be done year-round! As an introvert, I feel really awkward talking to people I don’t know, even if they’re my neighbors. But it helps!

When we first moved to Cincinnati, Sean and I were playing in the snow with Stanley when our neighbor looked over the fence and said “you guys like beer?” and invited us to a bar around the corner. They ended up being our closest friends in Cincinnati (and how we met the rest of our friend group!) and even traveled up to Michigan for our wedding.

Check with Your Leasing Office

If you live in an apartment complex, check with your leasing office to see about events coming up! One of my old apartment complexes hosted free monthly or quarterly meetups for residents, and they offered discount tickets to events in town, like hockey games.

This will very much depend on the size (and coolness, tbh) of your leasing office, but it can’t hurt to ask! And if enough people ask, who knows? Maybe they’ll start offering them.

Research Your City’s Tourism Organization

A lot of cities have a tourism organization that markets awesome things to do when you visit. Check out what resources they have available!

Discover Kalamazoo, for example, has a brewery passport, a calendar of events, and a list of 269 things to do in the (269) area code! Check to see if your local tourism board has similar guides.

Google Specific Topics

And finally, turn to good ole Google! Start with general searches, like “things to do in [city],” and then get more specific with what you’re interested in. If you like being active, try searching “[city] sport and social clubs.” Or if you like DIY projects, search “[city] pottery classes.” You never know what you may find!


Chances are, even if you live in a small town, there are plenty of cool things to do! You just have to know where to look.

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36 Prompts to Practice Using InDesign https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/36-prompts-to-practice-using-indesign/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/36-prompts-to-practice-using-indesign/#respond Tue, 12 Mar 2019 07:00:39 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9769 InDesign is an amazing design tool. And thankfully, with a little practice, it’s quite easy to use! But how do you actually get that practice? There are so many options for what to create in InDesign that it’s hard to know where to begin. Never fear! Here are a bunch of prompts you can use

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36 Prompts to Practice Using InDesign

InDesign is an amazing design tool. And thankfully, with a little practice, it’s quite easy to use!

But how do you actually get that practice? There are so many options for what to create in InDesign that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Never fear! Here are a bunch of prompts you can use to practice using InDesign. Even if you don’t follow the prompt exactly, it might inspire a new project that you want to work on.

And if you’re intimidated by the idea of creating an ebook template, don’t let the word count scare you—simply create your textbox and go to Type > Fill with Placeholder Text. No writing required!

If you want to practice clean designs…

  • Create matching Instagram Stories templates for posts with 1, 2, and 3 photos.
  • Create a checklist for something within your niche.
  • Create a worksheet that asks long-form questions.
  • Create an eye-catching ad for your blog or business using just one color in addition to black and white.
  • Design a notepad that you can use to track your recurring blogging tasks.
  • Create a set of bookmarks using only the rectangle tool and text.
  • Create a magazine cover using only one font and two colors, in addition to black and white and a photo of your choice.

P.S. Interested in learning more about InDesign? Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide for just $197!

If you want to practice typography…

  • Create a motivational quote graphic for social media using a single typeface in two different sizes.
  • Create a motivational quote graphic for social media using two typefaces in the same size.
  • Create a logo for a fake company using one typeface. You can use multiple font sizes and multiple weights, but only one typeface.
  • Create a logo for a fake company using two typefaces.
  • Create a set of logos (primary and two secondary) for a fake company using only one typeface.
  • Create a set of logos (primary and two secondary) for a fake company using two typefaces.
  • Create a blog post header image template using two typefaces.
  • Create a blog post header image template using one typeface.

If you want to practice styles…

  • Create an ebook template with title, heading 1, and heading 2 paragraph styles.
  • Create a worksheet with at least one paragraph style, and then change the font of the entire document using only paragraph styles.
  • Create a 20-page ebook using a single color (in addition to black and white) using paragraph, character, and object styles, and then change that color in 30 seconds or less.
  • Design social media quote templates using paragraph and object styles. Using this template, create 5 graphics in less than a minute. Only use copy and paste for the text of the quotes.
  • Create a new document and immediately create 4 paragraph styles and 2 object styles. Then design a 10-page ebook using only your paragraph styles and object styles.

If you want to practice the pen tool…

  • Find a photo of a country or continent on Google Images and use the pen tool to trace it. Get as detailed as you can.
  • Find a cartoon of your favorite animal and trace it with the pen tool.
  • Write your name in bubble letters using only the pen tool.
  • Place a selfie into an InDesign document and use the pen tool to create a self-illustration.
  • Create a set of icons for your blog that go along with topics you write about. Think: computer, plant, pen, whisk, lipstick, shoe…

Use InDesign to take your blog to the next level. Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide!

If you want to practice Pathfinder…

  • Create a yin-yang using only the ellipse and rectangle tools, in addition to Pathfinder.
  • Create a triangle without using the pen tool.
  • Create a heart using Pathfinder.
  • Create a Phases of the Moon chart using only the ellipse tool and rectangle tool, in addition to Pathfinder.
  • Create a fake text wrap using Pathfinder.
  • Recreate the Olympics logo using Pathfinder.

If you want to practice long-form text styling…

  • Create a 15-page ebook and flow the text on every page.
  • Create a 5-page document with text flowing across it in two columns, with only one text box per page.
  • Create a 5-page document with text flowing across two columns. Add an icon to the middle of one page and wrap the text around it.
  • Create a two-page document that has two columns of text per page with unequal widths. Make sure that the text flows from one page to another.
  • Design a 30-page ebook with text on all but 3 of pages, but no repeating elements from page to page. Text boxes should be different sizes and placements, but still have a cohesive feel. Images and icons are allowed.

Using InDesign isn’t too complicated, it just takes practice! So pick out a few prompts and see what you can create.

Don't forget! Enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide to become an InDesign master!

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Sunday Scratches #57 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-57/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-57/#respond Sun, 10 Mar 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10661 Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week. The Week in Review I basically only wore Invisible Children t-shirts this week. Last weekend I went home for my friend’s bachelorette party and bridal shower, and ended up going through all of my old t-shirts from high school and college. So many good ones! College

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Sunday Scratches #57

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week.

The Week in Review

I basically only wore Invisible Children t-shirts this week. Last weekend I went home for my friend’s bachelorette party and bridal shower, and ended up going through all of my old t-shirts from high school and college. So many good ones! College Caitlin was back in full force on Monday with my Kony 2012 t-shirt, blazer, skinny jeans, straight hair, and Krochet Kids beanie.

On Tuesday I treated myself to a movie and saw What Men Want. It was fun! Probably wouldn’t see it again, but I’m glad I went.

I ended up getting a pretty bad cold this week, so I took *almost* all of the day off on Wednesday, and basically swapped the amount of time I’m normally awake with the amount of time I’m normally asleep. I was awake for 8 hours and slept the rest of the day. It was much needed, even though it meant I got behind on some things.

On Friday, Sean and I saw Captain Marvel and I loved it. As soon as the credits started rolling, I told Sean it was like Wonder Woman, but better. I’m so excited that we get 3 MCU movies this year, not including Dark Phoenix and New Mutants!

I’m planning on spending the rest of the weekend cleaning up the house and in general relaxing to try to fight off the last of this cold. Fingers crossed it goes away soon!

Around the Web

I recently found this skirt and REALLY want it in both pink and black.

I absolutely loved this video. And then Year 3000 was stuck in my head for basically the rest of the day.

Red Wings legend Ted Lindsay died this week (😭), and this video of Dave Coulier sharing his respects was just so great.

I so want Stephen’s last guess of the Game of Thrones ending to be correct.

In Case You Missed It…

Not a Designer? No Problem! How to Design Your Own Worksheets with InDesign

How to Stay Connected to Your Team When You Work Remotely

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How to Stay Connected to Your Team When You Work Remotely https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-stay-connected-to-your-team-when-you-work-remotely/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-stay-connected-to-your-team-when-you-work-remotely/#respond Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10671 Working remotely is an amazing perk. You spend less on your commute, you don’t have to change out of your pajamas (if you don’t want to), and you can shut yourself off from the world to crank out some work. But, while working remotely is great at first, it can get lonely pretty quickly. When

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How to Stay Connected to Your Team When You Work Remotely

Working remotely is an amazing perk. You spend less on your commute, you don’t have to change out of your pajamas (if you don’t want to), and you can shut yourself off from the world to crank out some work.

But, while working remotely is great at first, it can get lonely pretty quickly. When you’re used to working in an office and seeing your coworkers every day, there’s a bit of culture shock as you transition to only talking to your pets.

Feeling connected to your coworkers is such an important part of loving your job. So how can you keep that connection with your team when you don’t see them in the office every day?

Have an In-Person Meeting to Look Forward To

Depending on where you work in relation to your main office / where the rest of your remote coworkers live, this may or may not be possible.

I personally live about 2.5 hours away from our closest office (in Toledo), and about 5.5 hours from our main headquarters (in Cincinnati). This means I’m able to see my coworkers about once per quarter. The whole team (or at least part of the team) drives to our Toledo office, which is just about in the middle for all of us.

Even if you can only arrange for an in-person meeting once per year, try to have it on the calendar as soon as possible. Then you have something fun to look forward to! It makes it a lot easier to know when you’re going to see everyone.

Do Video Meetings and Video Conferences Whenever Possible

When I first started working remotely, one of the ground rules our senior leadership team set for me was that I’d do video conferences and video meetings as often as possible. Short, unplanned phone calls typically aren’t via video call, but almost all of my meetings are.

Not only are video conferences easier than phone conferences (seeing everyone’s face means you aren’t talking over each other because you can tell when someone is trying to say something!), they’re also much more personal. It’s closer to the vibe you’d get at an in-person meeting because you get to see the person you’re talking to.

Send Each Other Mail

This piece of advice is more geared toward the supervisors of remote employees, but if you’re the one working remotely, you can pass this along to your boss!

For my birthday a few weeks ago, my whole team got together and sent me a birthday card in the mail. It was a small thing, but it was so nice! One of them wrote “you do realize that if you were here, we’d have cake, right?” It was so funny and made me appreciate her that much more!

When you work in an office, you get a lot more handouts (literally!). Free food in the kitchen, cards on your birthday and work anniversary, etc. When you can, send those to remote workers, too. I guarantee they’ll appreciate it.

Allow Time for Personal Check-Ins During Meetings

When you’re in the office, it’s natural to have small talk about people’s lives. You run into each other in the kitchen and ask how they’re doing, or when you’re waiting for everyone else to join a meeting you catch up with the coworkers who are already there.

When you’re remote, that isn’t as easy to do. The only coworker you’ll meet at the coffee pot is your cat begging you for treats. Whenever you’re talking, it’s typically for a meeting with a specific purpose. And at those meetings, you want to be ~as productive as possible~ so chit-chat is typically discouraged.

To account for this, request time for some small talk at the beginning of your team meetings. Share good news, talk about weekend plans, etc. These short conversations will help you really feel connected to your team, because you’re getting to know everyone as people, instead of just as coworkers.


Working remotely is both a blessing and a curse. But with a little forethought (on your part and your boss’s!) you can diminish quite a few of the downsides.

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Not a Designer? No Problem! How to Design Your Own Worksheets with InDesign https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/not-a-designer-no-problem-how-to-design-your-own-worksheets-with-indesign/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/not-a-designer-no-problem-how-to-design-your-own-worksheets-with-indesign/#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:59 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9773 Content upgrades are an amazing way to grow your email list as a blogger, and they can help you show your authority by proving how knowledgeable you are about a certain topic. Things like worksheets and ebooks are especially valuable when you give them out for free to your email subscribers! However, if you’re not

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Not a Designer? No Problem! How to Design Your Own Worksheets with InDesign

Content upgrades are an amazing way to grow your email list as a blogger, and they can help you show your authority by proving how knowledgeable you are about a certain topic. Things like worksheets and ebooks are especially valuable when you give them out for free to your email subscribers!

However, if you’re not a designer, it can be quite daunting to try to figure out how to design your own worksheets. Where are you even supposed to begin?!

The good news is, InDesign is quite user-friendly (unlike its design sibling Photoshop), so you don’t need a ton of background knowledge to design your own worksheets in InDesign!

First, you want to create a new document. I recommend sticking to US Letter (8.5″ by 11″) for your page size, and just create a page or two to start with. The more pages you add the more daunting it can be, so start out small.

Then, all you have to do is find the text and object tools in the toolbar and start dragging things into place!

But once you get it started, how do you keep it from looking crowded and cluttered? There are a few basic principles to keep in mind.

Keep It Simple

With design, the simpler the better! This is especially true when you’re just starting out. It’s so tempting to throw all of your ideas onto the page, but resist!

Stick to only one or two fonts and one or two colors. The fewer options you have, the more streamlined and professional it will look. And when you’re picking both, make sure to account for readability. You don’t want to have your two colors be pastels that are impossible to read on a white page. And make sure at least one of the fonts is basic enough that you can easily read a full sentence, question, or paragraph.

As you add objects, stick with rectangles and squares at the beginning. It can be difficult to design with ovals and circles while still making them look professional, so play it save with straight lines.

And finally, with the content itself, limit yourself to just one or two styles of question. Sure, you can have checklists, fill-in-the-blanks, or long-form questions, but I wouldn’t recommend having all of them. Keep it simple and stick to one or two!

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Make Sure Everything Lines Up

Once you’ve got your content on the page, make sure everything lines up! It’s a simple tweak that can take your design from amateur to professional in a snap.

There are a few different strategies to get everything to line up, but my favorite is the Align tool. If it’s not automatically displaying in your workspace, go to Window > Object & Layout > Align.

Once you’ve found the Align tool, click on all of the objects you want to align and select the correct alignment from the box. You can line them up on the left side, right side, center, top, and bottom.

Distribute Spacing Evenly

Also in the Align tool is the secret weapon of worksheet design: distribute spacing evenly. Just like with alignment, having equal spacing between your objects will take you from amateur to professional in a split second!

If you have multiple components to a single question (for example, a question and then a box underneath it for the answer, or a square checkbox and a piece of text next to it), select the items and group them by question. One at a time, select your question and answer box and go to Object > Group to turn them temporarily into one bigger object.

Once everything is grouped by question, select all of your groups, go to the align tool, and find Distribute Spacing. You should be able to tell based on the icons which one is for distributing vertical spacing and which one is for distributing horizontal spacing. Select whichever one is applicable and InDesign will automatically move the groups so there is equal spacing between each of them. Magic!

Use Buttons and Forms to Make It Interactive

And finally, to go above and beyond on your worksheet, use the Buttons and Forms option (Window > Interactive > Buttons and Forms) to make your worksheet interactive! It enables your audience to actually fill in the blanks on their computer without having to print it out!

There are a ton of options, so play around with them to see what they all do.

Or, if you’d rather I show you in a video tutorial, enroll in the InDesign Adventure Guide! It’s temporarily discounted $50 until the relaunch of the course in the spring of 2019. There’s a ton of helpful content there already, and it’s just going to get better, so don’t delay!


InDesign is an amazing tool and it’s surprisingly user-friendly! I highly recommend it when designing your own worksheets.

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Sunday Scratches #56 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-56/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-56/#respond Sun, 03 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10659 Happy Sunday! The “running around like a chicken with my head cut off” feeling has extended into the past week, but I’m learning to live with it and just enjoy this busy time. Here are the scratches! The Week in Review Sean and I have decided that as of this week, we’re getting back into

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Sunday Scratches #56

Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

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Happy Sunday! The “running around like a chicken with my head cut off” feeling has extended into the past week, but I’m learning to live with it and just enjoy this busy time. Here are the scratches!

The Week in Review

Sean and I have decided that as of this week, we’re getting back into our “weekly routine” where we have set plans for each day of the week. I’m really excited about it, because I thrive on routine.

On Mondays, we get $1 tacos from Quekas, a local taco place that’s SO GOOD.

On Tuesdays, we hit up Taco Bob’s for some tacos (can you tell we have a favorite food?) before seeing a movie. This week we saw How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and loved it.

On Wednesdays, we typically stay home and work around the house. Sean had some work to do so I cleaned the house a bit and started rewatching The Man in the High Castle.

On Thursdays, we go rock climbing. I crossed off an item on my 101 in 1001 list this week: climbing a 5.8 wall! I thought it wouldn’t happen until the end of summer, but when I told Sean it was on my list he said “okay cool, let’s find one for you to climb” and encouraged me even when I was close to giving up!

Fridays are typically up-for-grabs days. This week we went to Bell’s for their First Friday IPA special, where they have a new small-batch IPA that they tap on the first Friday of the month. This month it was a Juicy IPA and I liked it a lot!

This weekend I’m heading up to Grand Rapids (I’m writing this on Saturday morning because of the trip) for my friend Lexie’s bachelorette party and bridal shower! We’re going out to dinner and seeing Mamma Mia! at the local theatre I used to work at. I’m so excited!

Around the Web

I ended up getting this dress and it arrived just in time for the bachelorette party this weekend! I’m so in love with it.

If you haven’t heard, my InDesign course is currently on sale for $50 off until the spring! I’m relaunching it later this year with more awesome content, and if you buy the course now, you’ll get first access to the new videos!

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking since Chris and Julia lost their a-frame. They always talk about not waiting until a house is “done” to make memories there and utilize the space. I’m trying to use this same attitude with our spare bedroom, which we’re turning into a gym. I moved our bike and a TV up there this week and I’m excited to start utilizing it in the coming weeks.

In Case You Missed It…

My Go-To Sustainability Practices

March Goals

Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo

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March Goals https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/march-goals-2019/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/march-goals-2019/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=10537 February always flies by! It helps that it’s the shortest month. It wasn’t the greatest month for me, but March will be better! I can feel it! February Recap Personal Goals [1/5] Reorganize and consolidate my photo files. ✘ This is a much bigger task than I anticipated. I think I was imagining it taking

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March Goals 2019

February always flies by! It helps that it’s the shortest month. It wasn’t the greatest month for me, but March will be better! I can feel it!

February Recap

Personal Goals [1/5]

  • Reorganize and consolidate my photo files. ✘ This is a much bigger task than I anticipated. I think I was imagining it taking about as much time as it took me to clean out my Kindle, but that was a lot smaller of a project. I’ll keep working on this though! Slow but steady.
  • Read A Storm of Swords. ✘ Omg, this book is so long. I was definitely overly ambitious with this one.
  • Paint the office. ✘ No longer a huge priority for us. Going to table this for now.
  • Make fire starters. ✔ It always seemed like such a daunting task, so I couldn’t work up the courage to do it until last night when I realized I’ve crossed off literally none of my personal goals for February. And it took all evening, but it feels so good to have it done!
  • Catch up on the Unladylike podcast. ✘ I made a bunch of progress, but I forgot that all of the episodes are an hour long, and I had about 30 episodes to listen to. Whoops.

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals [2/2]

  • Complete 4 courses from CoSchedule Academy Pro. ✔ Done! I’m making progress before my membership expires May 1. Six more courses to go!
  • End the month 1 week ahead of blog post writing. ✔ Done! Right now both of my blog posts for next week are already written and scheduled. It’s been so nice for my anxiety because I don’t feel the deadline looming. And because they’re evergreen posts, I don’t feel weird about planning so far ahead of my content. Pieces like Sunday Scratches, goals, and 101 in 1001 check-ins will still be written close to when they’re published.

Career Goals [2/3]

  • Finish the Daisy Welcome Series. ✔ Done! I finished the last email yesterday. I have to schedule them still, but I’m planning on doing that today, which is still within the month of February!
  • Begin the Early Bird Social Media Toolkit. ✔ I haven’t started creating the materials for the toolkit yet, but I started setting up the document, so I’m going to count that!
  • Clean up the images folder on the website. ✘ Going to be honest, I didn’t really even touch it. Whoops.

Not a great month! But that’s alright, March will be better.

March Goals

Personal Goals

  • Go through and organize all of the photos on my first hard drive. I told you this was a big project! I actually have two hard drives that I’m trying to go through. In March I’d like to at least get the first one done.
  • Finish A Storm of Swords and read half of A Feast for Crows. That’s doable, right? Someone tell me that’s doable, because the final season of Game of Thrones is coming up too quickly.
  • Catch up on Unladylike. For real this time!

And Possibly Dinosaurs Goals

  • Write evergreen posts 1 week ahead of time all month. It’s on my 101 in 1001 list, and I think I’ve planned enough that I can make it happen!
  • Create 25% of the videos for the new InDesign Adventure Guide. Ideally I’ll get more done than this, but 25% is my minimum in case the month gets away from me!
  • Update the How to Send Content Upgrades in MailChimp blog post. I’ve gotten a few requests for an update on this post because MailChimp changed how automations are set up, so I’d like to get this done in March so it’s useful again!
  • Complete 3 courses in CoSchedule Academy Pro. I have 6 more courses to complete and 2 months to do it, so I’d like to get half of them done in March!

Career Goals

  • Finish the Early Bird Social Media Toolkit. Once the branding is finalized, I think I can crank it out rather easily!
  • Convert 25% of Classic emails into Content Builder emails. This isn’t super exciting, but Salesforce Marketing Cloud is sunsetting the Classic email builder in June, which means we’ll lose access to the emails in there. Ideally this month I’ll convert 25% of them so we still have access to the emails for future use!
  • Clean up 50% of the images folder on the website. Maybe making the goal smaller will make this more realistic?

Fingers crossed I do better in March! Wish me luck!

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