Hello everyone! Today on the "T.S.L fans around the world" series we interview Momo K., well known as MomoLovesPaper.
W - Dear Momo, thank you so much for being so kind to accept our interview. We are so honored to have you here! We are very sure that many knows you and follows you on IG, but please, tell us a little bit more about yourself:
M- My name is Momo. I’m a mom, registered nurse and a huge stationery addict. My family and I previously lived in Japan and Canada, and settled down in the Washington DC area.
W - When your love for TSL was born?
M - My love for TSL was born during my time in Japan back in 2016. I got my first canvas pouch and I’ve been in love ever since! I like TSL because of the durability of the products. The craftsmanship and love that goes into each individual detail draws me to them even more.
W - Do you prefer TSL canvas products or leather products?
M - I like a mixture of both leather and canvas. This is the reason why I love TSL so much. They provide the perfect balance between the two, especially in their canvas bags with leather straps.
W - What is the TSL product you use the most? How do you use it?
M - I use my TSL petite tote the most. It holds just the right amount without adding too much weight while traveling. These days, this tote is used to carry my notebooks around the house. I love that there is structure to the canvas, which allows it to stand alone without collapsing. The petite TSL tote helps me journal from different areas of my home.
W - What is your favorite TSL product?
M - My current favorite TSL product is the Love Letter canvas folder. As you can see from the photos, I LOVE to send and receive postcards. This little folder helps me keep track of postcards that I need to send out to friends and also keeps my postcards protected.
W - We know you are a heavy stationery user. Tell us about your love for stationery and your absolute favorite stationery product you always carry with you.
M - My favorite stationery product is my traveler’s notebook. I always have it with me when I leave my house. My notebook is my diary, planner and catch all for things I don’t want to lose. It houses precious memories that I hold dear to my heart along with fun things such as stickers and washi tape samples to journal on the go.
W - Is there any TSL and TN combo you like to use?
M - I love my large canvas TSL pouch with my standard traveler’s notebook. This canvas pouch has two pockets inside that can hold essentials along with the traveler’s notebook and plenty of supplies. I like this combination because it keeps all of my goodies together, especially when I’m traveling.
W - Since when do you use Traveler’s Notebook?
M - I’ve been using the traveler’s notebook system ever since 2015. Funny story, I actually visited Japan in early 2015 and I did not use a traveler’s notebook. As we departed from Narita airport, I stumbled upon the traveler’s factory. At the time I thought to myself, this notebook is cool! But I still did not buy the notebook during my time in Japan or even at the departure. My first traveler’s notebook purchase wasn’t made until after I arrived back to the states. My love for the system deepened even more after seeing the notebook in use by Florence @livelifeandcreate.
W - What are the benefits you feel of journaling daily?
M - The one benefit that stands out the most is the chance to destress after a long day or even after a short day. My notebook does not judge me. My notebook is someone that listens to all the things I have to say whether it be expressed through written words or simply collaging with paper ephemera and stickers. Journaling daily has always been a creative outlet for me.
W - How do you find time to journal every day?
M - Finding the time to journal has been difficult these days. My toddler is very active and likes to take part in journaling (he loves to throw my supplies on the floor and attempt to chew on stamps and pens). In the past, my routine was to wake up early and journal in the morning. Now that my mornings are mostly occupied with my son. I find myself sitting at the dining room table with my journal once he goes to sleep. “Journaling” is what you make it. Some days I write a sentence to sum up my day and other days I write an entire story.
W - We know you were living in Japan before. What is your favorite place in Japan?
M - I have so many favorite places in Japan. I don’t think I can choose one specific place because I love everything about Tokyo! My favorite thing about living in Japan is the convenience and ease of travel. I miss the trains and being able to walk to most of my destinations.
W- Would you please send a message to other TSL fans?
M - I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes:
“Choose your tools carefully, but not so carefully that you get uptight or spend more time at the stationery store than at your writing table.”
―Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the writer within
W - Thank you so very much for accept the interview and the inspiration you gives us everyday with your journaling. Also, I would like to share with all of you that Momo is one of my best friends since we met in Tokyo years ago. She is such a lovely, talented, generous and caring person that always thinks about her friends, family and patients. She is a very realistic and practical person, with a very strong will power. Momo, we wish you lots of happiness and that you can keep making all your dreams come true. Big hugs!!!