Bring Back Paper


The Pen Pal Sign-Up

When I talk about snail mail, here and over on YouTube, I often get people asking me about pen pals. So last week I shared Where to Find Pen Pals, and this month I thought I’d try to help out by putting some of you in touch with pen pals. This is a bit different to the stationery and book swaps that I run throughout the year, as hopefully it’s a chance to develop ongoing friendships via happy mail. How Will It Work? If you’d like to get a pen pal, send over the details to me that I’m requesting Read more >


Where to Find Pen Pals

As I write quite often here about sending snail mail, and I talk about it over on Instagram and YouTube regularly, I am often getting asked where to find pen pals. So today I thought it would be a useful post to share a few places to connect. I adore putting pen to paper and writing a letter. There’s something so relaxing about it, and you do connect with people all over the country, or even all over the world. Then there’s that lovely feeling when you spy a handwritten missive in your pile of junk mail, and you just Read more >


52 Bullet Journal Collections Ideas….Just Because!

If you stop by here regularly, you’ll know that I wouldn’t be without my bullet journal. It helps me to stay organised, be more productive and reflect back over my day and month in a way that makes me appreciate the little things. I do love it. So today I thought I’d share how I set mine up, along with some inspiration around bullet journal collections. Bullet Journal Set Up My bullet journal is set up really simply, with just a few monthly spreads at the beginning of each month, and then my daily to do lists and collections as Read more >

52 Bullet Journal Collection Ideas...Just Because!

12 Reasons to Pick up a Book Right Now

12 Reasons To Pick Up a Book Right Now

I am passionate about reading. I am passionate about its value, its entertainment factor and in passing my love of books onto my children, as well as inspiring others to do so. So today I am sharing with you 12 reasons to pick up a book right now… To reduce stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent, even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds. To entertain. And the bonus? There are few hobbies cheaper than reading. Books are inexpensive Read more >


Stationery Swap February 2017

Yes, it’s time for another #BringBackPaper stationery swap! For all of you stationery addicts out there, this is a chance to spread a little happiness and receive a pretty parcel guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I love snail mail!!   It’s simple enough to get involved. Just pop a bundle of stationery bits and bobs together, and send them out into the world to your swap partner so that they have received them by the end of February. You can include whatever you fancy, such as notepaper, jotters, stickers, pens, washi, postcards – whatever suits you. We’re not talking Read more >

Stationery Swap

5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You

Yes, today is a bookish post, as I share 5 books guaranteed to inspire you. I have been reading quite a lot this month, which always makes for a happy month for me. If you saw my To Be Read Pile video last week, you’ll know that I got plenty of books for Christmas and I have then since being buying more, and I’ve a vlog up this afternoon sharing my mailbox delights this month, including books, of course! As well as reading a fair smattering of fiction, I have found myself reading several non-fiction books this month, inspirational reads. Read more >


Getting Started with Brush Lettering

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Husband has decided to take up a new papery hobby, brush lettering. He’s always enjoyed typography, fonts, designing colour combinations, hand lettering and so on, so this does seem like a natural choice for him. For me, I admire it but I’m not a neat writer at the best of times so am not drawn to this one, though I have to say watching him practice and create does tempt me to have a go myself. Maybe when he’s out I’ll sneak a try! Anyway, if you fancy giving this a Read more >

Getting Started with Brush Lettering

How to Use a Bullet Journal to Improve Your Health

Ah, the wonders of my bullet journal. Yes, I am now using it to help me get healthier as well as more productive and organised – if you don’t know what I am going on about, do check out my Getting Started with a Bullet Journal guide. I’ve been adding some new collections and spreads to it this month to support me in improving my health and fitness, so I thought it might be useful to share them here. At the moment, I already track my daily water intake and keep a food diary within my bullet journal, I do Read more >


5 Papery Hobbies to Enjoy

As regular readers will know, I run my #BringBackPaper series here hoping to inspire and get more paper enjoyed, more letter writing taking place, more happy post being sent, more books shared around, more news on beautiful products, and simply more indulgence in pretty papery goods. Books and stationery are my go-to pick me up treats. I’m always going to enjoy starting a shiny new notebook, settling down to write a few letters, covering envelopes in washi tape, or my first papery love and firm favourite, curling up with a good book. These things make me happy. They also help Read more >


Papery Peep December 2016

Welcome to the final Papery Peep of 2016 and the final time that I’ll be opening this up as a linky. Yes, I’ve decided that my Papery Peep posts will continue to feature next year, but not necessarily at the end of every month, more now and again when I have something I’m eager to share, and so the linky part will need to go. Thanks for those of you that have joined in, and do please continue to share any papery posts with me – just tweet them to me or use the #bringbackpaper hash tag on Instagram and Read more >


Papery Peep November 2016

It’s that time in the month that I like to share a little papery round up and I invite you to share any papery photos or posts with me, too – just pop them in the linky below so we can take a peep! This month I have read several books and two really stand out for me. I thoroughly enjoyed My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, I’d definitely recommend both of these. As I shared last week, I have been delighted to receive beautiful stationery from Say Nice Things Stationery… ….and I have Read more >


Introducing Say Nice Things Stationery

Today I’m happy to be introducing a new stationery brand to you, Say Nice Things Stationery. Their online store opened this month and I was delighted to be amongst the first people to receive a bundle of papery gorgeousness from them. When you pop over to Say Nice Things it’s clear from every word that they have a great love for stationery, as well as being passionate about ensuring their products are all made here in the UK. The founder Jill shares with us her early love of stationery, which I have now doubt will resound with most stationery fans… ‘Brochures, Read more >


Pocket Letters – The Easy Way

Today I am talking snail mail, as regular readers will know that I am a big fan of putting pen to paper. This is a little follow up to a post I wrote last year sharing how to make a pocket letter. It was fun to do, quite relaxing and it went down well with the recipient. But, it took a fair bit more time than I usually have to spend on a letter, so to be honest I haven’t sent one for some time. Until now. Ah yes, I am now all about pocket letters again! I have discovered Read more >


Superb Books for 7 Year Olds

Early last year I wrote Brilliant Books for 5 Year Olds Girls, where I shared some of my daughter’s favourite books and recommended reads. Well, my girl has now turned 7, so today I thought I’d take you through some superb books for 7 year olds. Firstly, I would point you in the direction of that first post, as many of those books, particularly the non-fiction reads, are still being very much enjoyed here. In addition to those, my little bookworm has now moved on to enjoying these series…. Fiction Harry Potter by JK Rowling. It kind of goes without Read more >


Spotlight Stationery Box Revealed

I have received a new stationery subscription box, from the lovely folks over at Spotlight Stationery, so today I’ll be sharing all about it with you. “Every month we curate a selection of contemporary stationery for our subscribers. We choose only premium brands and artisan products, including items you won’t commonly find on the high street. We make a donation to the National Star College for every sale that we make.” You can opt for Monthly or bi-monthly subscriptions as well as one-off purchases of past boxes, all for £25 a box. The box arrives in a handy letterbox sized Read more >


Papery Peep October 2016

Ah, another month, another Papery Peep! It’s been quite a papery month for me this month – though on reflection, it often is! I have been studying, of course, and have now submitted my first assignment of this year’s module and am enjoying reading about 15th and 16th century empire building. Aside from studying, I have read 6 books, a good mix of romance, chick lit, murder and horror, all of which I enjoyed. We were also fortunate to receive a spooky book package from the team at Puffin Books, which I unboxed and shared here. And then there was my Read more >

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