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3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

You may week know that I love my bullet journal here. I have written a few posts about how I use mine, from a beginner’s guide through to using it for different purposes, and today I wanted to talk about it as a productivity tool, its primary purpose. When you see images of bullet journals, they’re often pretty, with great doodles, beautiful writing, carefully laid out grids and so on. Well, they are not like mine! I do use washi tape and brightly coloured pens to pretty it up, but as you’ll see in my video ‘Bullet Journal Set Up Read more >

3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

Why Do I Read?

I read. Quite a lot. I love to read. I always have a book on the go. I do tend to only read one at a time, unlike my daughter who has 3-4 going at the same time. As soon as I finish a book, I peruse my TBR pile and select my next read, I do enjoy this part! I have a lot of books on that pile as I’ve bought quite a few and have managed to acquire many more – when people know that you love to read, they like to pass books onto you – perfect. Read more >


Stationery Swap November 2017

As thoughts turn to the festive season and treating others, it seems like a good time to treat ourselves too! So what could be more perfect for that than a #BringBackPaper stationery swap?! This is a chance for you to spread some happiness with happy mail as you enjoy putting together a parcel full of pretty papery goodies for your swap partner and then unwrap their offerings as a treat for yourself! It is nice and simple to get involved. You just need to pop a package of stationery bits and bobs together and send them out into the world Read more >


#30DaysOfPaper

#30DaysofPaper November 2017

It has been ages since we have had an Instagram papery challenge, so let’s try one next month! This one will run from the 1st November, so I’m giving you a little bit of time to get ready and spread the word if you think others might like to have a go at this one too. If you’ve not seen this before, it’s an easy photo a day challenge over on Instagram designed to get you thinking paper, and admiring snaps of other people’s stationery stashes and shelfies. It’s a lovely way to connect with like-minded #BringBackPaper folks over on Instagram Read more >


Keeping A Birthday Journal

Today I am talking about keeping birthday journals, as this is something that I love doing for my children. What’s a birthday journal all about? Every year, after I put my kids to bed on their birthdays, I sit down and write in their birthday journal. It’s a keepsake that I am creating for them, building it up year on year. Why do this? I really enjoy keeping birthday journals. I can’t quite recall what gave me the idea, but I did think of it just before my eldest’s first birthday, so we’ve not missed any years. It’s very easy Read more >

Keeping A Birthday Journal

How To Teach Cursive Handwriting To Children

Is Handwriting Still Important?

How’s your handwriting? I know mine leaves a lot to be desired. I do write regularly, though, which I think helps, whether it be notes, plans, my bullet journal, or long snail mail letters. It means I don’t find the feel of a pen in my hand strange when I do put pen to paper, but I wonder how many of us do write this regularly in an age of texts and emails? Uniball share that ‘according to the Institute of Education, the quality of handwriting education in primary schools can have a direct impact on success into secondary and Read more >


Book Swap October 2017

Hooray, it is book swap time! I do love a good old book swap. I’m not sure whether the best bit is receiving a surprise book in the post or choosing which one to send out! The idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy to take part in. It’s open to all, as long as you’re aged over 18. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a really lovely item Read more >


6 Happy Mail Projects To Try Today

I do love my happy mail here. I like writing to pen pals, receiving happy mail in return, and building those friendships over time. It does take time, you do need to keep writing to pen pals, so what if you don’t want to commit to a long term deal, but some fun, quick and easy happy mail projects? Well, here are a few ideas for happy mail that you could send to brighten someone’s day and fulfil your need to post! Send a Smile in the Post to Post Pals I have done this before, and just writing this Read more >


Exciting New Look for Letts Key Stage 2 Revision Success

My children are both in primary school now, so of course, those SATs tests do lurk around corners for them. Boo completed her KS1 SATs in May and remains unaware that she did so. Her school handled them really well, with no stress or pressure put on any of the children, as should be the case for 6 and 7 year olds. I know that the KS2 Year 6 SATs are more formal and the kids are aware that they are taking those. When that time comes around, I’ll do all I can to reassure and keep any stress at Read more >


Stationery Picks – Get Organised This Autumn!

I often feel energised in September. For me, I have my kids starting and back to school and I also start my university year myself, so it feels like a new year and fresh start. In fact, I really don’t like actual New Year and January, whereas I feel motivated and organised in September. This is my time! Now to get organised, paper and stationery are clearly needed, right?! OK, here are a few autumnal beauties available now to help you feel fresh, upbeat and on it. We’ll start with a fine selection of notebooks, as there’s sure to be Read more >


The Pen Pal Sign Up – September 2017

Oh yes, it’s another chance to get yourself a pen pal or two! Of all of the Bring Back Paper activities that I run, I have to say this one is the trickiest to arrange and the most time-consuming, BUT, I love it! I know how much it means to so many people when they get that pen pal and can regularly take time out to put pen to paper again whilst developing new friendships. So read on if you fancy signing up and sending and receiving good old-fashioned snail mail……   How Does It Work? If you’d like to get Read more >

The Pen Pal Sign Up - snail mail

The Little Book of LYKKE

The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway

Earlier this year I discovered the joy of reading Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, I talked about it in 5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You and Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier? It was an absolute pleasure to read, whilst making me think and make a few changes in my life. It’s a book I recommend to everyone, so when the folks over at Penguin Random House got in touch about Meik’s second book, The Little Book of Lykke out on the 7th September, I jumped at the chance to read it. About The Little Book of Lykke Lykke Read more >


How to Start A Travelling Notebook

Have you heard of a travelling notebook? It’s a really simple but fun idea where you send a travelling notebook out into the world and wait for it to return to you all filled in. I do like initiating more snail mail, so today I want to share with you how to start a travelling notebook and maybe one or two of you will give it a go…. Why Send a Travelling Notebook? Travelling notebooks are both fun and educational. They can be great for learning more about your country or the world, depending on where your notebook goes. You Read more >

How to Start a Travelling Notebook

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Stationery Swap August 2017

What could be nicer this summer, aside from sunshine, than a #BringBackPaper stationery swap?! Yes, the delights of a surprise stationery package awaits you, so will you join in? This is a chance to spread some happiness with beautiful happy mail as you enjoy putting together a parcel full of pretty papery goodies for your swap partner and then unwrap their offerings as a treat for yourself! It is nice and simple to get involved. You just need to pop a package of stationery bits and bobs together and send them out into the world to your swap partner so Read more >


The Benefits of Journaling as a Mother

I am delighted to be welcoming Zoe onto the blog today, as she shares her journaling journey with us and there’s a papery prize up for grabs, read on….. Hello! I’m Zoe of Zoeprose and The Mama Book – thankyou for having me Jocelyn – Bring Back Paper has inspired me a lot through the years. I have three little ones and even though I naturally love to write, for years I pushed journaling aside as something that was unproductive. There were always more important or more interesting things to do, but I’ve realised that the opposite is often true Read more >

The Benefits of Journaling as a Mother

10 Gorgeous Instagram Accounts for Bullet Journals

10 Gorgeous Instagram Accounts for Bullet Journals

As you know, I love to bullet journal. It keeps me on track, makes me more productive and is a lovely way of journaling memories. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, you can read Getting Started with a Bullet Journal, where I do stress that you needn’t be artistic to do this as I certainly am not! I’ll show you my bullet journal over on YouTube, a bullet journal for the unartistic! But that does not stop me oohing and aahing over gorgeous bullet journals over on Instagram, so today I am sharing a few of my favourites Read more >

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