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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 - snail mail

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 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 >

The Little Book of LYKKE

How to Start a Travelling Notebook

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 >


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 >

stationery swap

The Benefits of Journaling as a Mother

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 >


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 >

10 Gorgeous Instagram Accounts for Bullet Journals

Bring Back Paper Book Swap

Bring Back Paper Book Swap July 2017

It is book swap time! Of all the swaps and sign ups that I run, this is my favourite simply because reading remains my favourite hobby. I find that I enjoy choosing the book for my swap partner almost as much as receiving my surprise book! The idea behind the book swap is nice and simple and easy to get involved with. It’s open to absolutely anyone aged over 18, worldwide. 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 Read more >


AniMalcolm & a Big Book Giveaway!

Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer! AniMalcolm by David Baddiel Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The Read more >


Stationery ‘Hot List’!

Today I am indulging in my love of beautiful stationery as I share a Stationery Hot List – these products are out right now and are top sellers from a great selection of stationers. So browse away, stationery fans, and do tell me which ones catch your eye… To kick us off, Pocket Notebooks have this beautiful TWSBI Diamond 580 fountain pen in…. Fox and Star have a selection of pretty Ban.do agendas in… If you fancy adding a little washi tape to those agendas, look no further than these watercolour elements washi tapes at Grace & Salt Ink… From Read more >


5 Reasons to Snail Mail

It’s no secret that I love to send snail mail and am a huge advocate of taking time out to put pen to paper. It’s one of those hobbies that becomes just a normal part of life, that pops up and raises a smile at random times and that offers me an hour here and there immersed in my stationery supplies catching up with friends. Most of whom I’ve never actually met, yet they are friends all the same. Writing letters and having pen pals, might seem old-fashioned and pointless in this digital age, but I can think of 5 Read more >

5 Reasons to Snail Mail

Veronica Dearly Stationery

Veronica Dearly Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I received some fun stationery from the team over at Veronica Dearly, one of their V Gd Fun Club boxes… V Gd Fun Club is a monthly stationery subscription club, for £10 per month you will receive a box of lovely Veronica Dearly paper goods + little bonus gifts. Each box will be put together with fun in mind and will light up your letterbox sometime soon after it’s sent out on the 1st of the month. Each box will include at least 4 greetings cards and another cool thing, an A5 print and a Read more >


The Pen Pal Sign Up – June 2017

Earlier this year I ran my first pen pal sign up. Though I regularly run book and stationery swaps, this one was a bit different as this one was all about developing longer term friendships and I also found it took me a lot longer to put people together and administer! But it was worth it. I’ve had several people thanking me for the difference it has made to them and I myself now have several lovely new pen pals. Since running it I’ve had lots of people asking me to do one again, so here it is, just for Read more >

The Pen Pal Sign Up

Come and join the bring back paper club

Come Join the #BringBackPaper Club!

You may have spotted that I ran a pen pal sign up here recently. Well, it went down very well and I have to say I was a little surprised by just how many people did sign up for it. I’d imagined I would be receiving five or six people looking for pen pals, but it was a lot more than that! So much so that it did take me a few hours more than I’d anticipated to match everyone up, double check and then triple check that it all worked, before emailing everyone with their new pen pal details. Read more >


Pocket Notebooks Subscription Review

I have received a parcel of papery gorgeousness that I want to share with you today. It’s from Pocket Notebooks, and this is The Curated Subscription. Personally curated by Stuart, this is a blend of category leading brands and outliers. Each edition will be different and designed to delight. All packed into a letterbox-friendly box and sent through the post. A box might contain two three-packs of pocket notebooks. It might contain a three pack and larger format book. It might contain all sort of stationery related ‘extras’. Limited Editions will be included in some of the subscription boxes. My first Read more >

BomoArt bookmark and Papio Press postcard

summer reading pile

A Summer Of Reading Awaits!

On average, I’d say I read 4-6 books a month. But as summer looms, I can see my summer of reading beckoning me and I’m getting excited. As I study from September to June each year, I do have limited time to read, hence only getting through one book every few days to a week. Then as soon as my module finishes, my summer of books can begin. As I shared yesterday, I have just finished it, hooray! So here is my current to be read pile. I’d say this is actually around a third of the books I have to Read more >

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