Bring Back Paper


Bring Back Paper Book Swap April 2018

I am thinking that it must be about time for another book swap, I haven’t run one yet this year so I must remedy that! I do love a good old book swap. I like deliberating over which book to send as much I like to receive the surprise book in the post! The idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy for anyone 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 Read more >


Do You Read Or Are You A Reader?

Do you read or are you a reader? I think there’s a difference, you see. My Husband reads, whereas I am a reader. I am a reader. I have to have a book on the go at all times. I often have the book near me. I love walking into a bookshop and can rarely pass one without going in for a little browse. I am familiar with a huge amount of authors, and will often have a good idea of the newest titles, the book that everyone is talking about. If I have a birthday coming up, I am Read more >


A One-Off Happy Mail Sign Up

I’m quite excited about this month’s Bring Back Paper activity, as it’s something I haven’t run for a while, but I remember it being very popular the last time that I did it. As regular readers will know, I am all about snail mail. I love penning handwritten letters and I think there’s something quite special about receiving a little happy mail. And then there’s the fact that it’s a great excuse to accumulate lots of pretty stationery! Whilst so many of us love to get happy mail, some pretty snail mail in amongst junk mail and bills, I realise Read more >


The Bring Back Paper Gift Box – I Need Your Help!

I have had an idea for a while now to offer a Bring Back Paper Gift Box. It does sound like a box I’d be very happy to receive, and I know from some of your comments that I am not alone. So I have started to outline a few plans for this, and whilst it is in the early stages I would like to take the opportunity to do a little market research with you before I get any further. The Bring Back Paper box would be an indulgent box for paper lovers, a package of delights to enjoy Read more >


10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts for Snail Mailers

Oh, how I love Instagram, it’s just so pretty there! I also love to send lots of snail mail and inspire others to do the same. Which is why today I’m combining these two loves and sharing with you 10 inspiring Instagram accounts for snail mailers. Teaforcamellia A post shared by @teaforcamellia on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:39pm PST Edelweiss_post A post shared by Patrick Dea (@edelweiss_post) on Jan 18, 2018 at 7:16am PST Thepapermistress A post shared by Ksenia | Paper Mistress Store (@thepapermistress) on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:02pm PST Italic.I11ustrator A post shared by italic.Illustrator (@italic.i11ustrator) on Read more >

10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts for Snail Mailers

Stationery Swap February 2018

Firstly, I just want to say how much I loved running last month’s Bring Back Paper activity, a pen pal sign up. We had more people than we’ve ever had get involved and it was so lovely getting emails from so many people keen to send snail mail. I do hope that everyone that joined in gets their letters out there this month, and don’t worry if you missed out, I will run another one soon. In the meantime, we have a fun stationery swap to get involved in! This is a chance for you to spread some happiness with Read more >


The Stationery That I Couldn’t Be Without!

OK, OK, obviously I want all of my stationery and so much more, but I have made myself think really hard about this. Really hard. So today I am sharing with you the stationery that I couldn’t be without, those items that I either use the most or the ones that simply make me the happiest. My Bullet Journal Where would I be without my bullet journal? What did I do without it?! This is always out and open in the kitchen, ready to keep me on track for the day and it’s a great place to capture memories along Read more >


Free Pen Pal Resources

Today I wanted to share something of a go-to post for all of your snail mail needs, a free pen pal resources list for you. It includes plenty of printables, from writing paper to pen pal trackers, along with a stack of ideas for snail mail that you can send. I hope that it helps and inspires you… Writing Paper Of course, you can use any paper you want, but if you’re looking to pretty your letters up, here are a few websites where you can download a variety of paper designs from: Printable border stationery Fun printable paper Cute Read more >


Getting Back To YouTube

I have been very quiet on my YouTube channel over the past few months, very quiet. In fact, my last upload was last summer! I think it was a case of having the kids at home during the summer, and I try not to work when they’re off school, and then settling into my new routine from September. The full time studying has taken some adjustment period, so I have prioritised that and then the blog in the time I’ve had available. But I have found I’ve missed sharing the odd video here and there, so I’m determined to get Read more >


My Favourite Books of 2017

My Favourite Books of 2017

Can you even imagine how long it’s taken me to settle on my favourite books of 2017? I’d planned to share five, but I found I couldn’t narrow it down to so few, then I remembered that I am writing this post and can choose how many I like! So these are my eight favourite books of 2017… Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend by Jenny Colgan Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her Read more >


The Pen Pal Sign Up January 2018

Happy New Year! We’ve had a lovely break here, and with the kids still off school, the fun is set to continue. But I thought it would be good to pop back here and kick off a new pen pal sign up for the brand new year. What better way to start the year than with a new snail mail hobby or by making a new friend? This is a chance to get yourself a pen pal or two. Of all of the Bring Back Paper activities that I run, I admit that this is the trickiest one to arrange Read more >


Christmas Cards – Love Them or Loathe Them?

My kids are both now at school, at primary school. Which means that they both like to send every classmate and teacher a Christmas card. Which means that they get 30 back. 30. Each. So there we have sixty cards that I need to find homes for, before even considering the cards that we all send to one another and those that we receive from family and friends. Which comes to my only issue with Christmas cards. Where to put them all?! I might have been known to sometimes accidentally lose a few of the school cards when they arrive Read more >


Win uni-ball Stationery!

I just had to share a little stationery joy today! uni-ball have a great new competition running, and I also have prizes up for grabs here, so read on to find out more…. Get your hands on one of 250 packs of uni-ball pens for absolutely FREE in uni-ball’s Snow Globe competition. Head over to the uni-ball Facebook page and play their Snow Globe competition to get involved and be in with a chance of winning! You can enter each day in December to be one of the lucky instant winners, plus each time you shake, the snowball will give Read more >


Sending Christmas Snail Mail

Sending Christmas Snail Mail

If ever there was a time to be sending snail mail, it’s at Christmas. More post gets sent out now, as many of us send cards out to friends and family, along with any normal letters to pen pals. I love it! It’s an opportunity to send smiles through the post, so I have been buying a few things to pretty up my Christmas mail to pen pals, which is fun for me to do and hopefully the recipients will enjoy receiving them. I bought these from Amazon last week, Christmas Stickers and Christmas Table Confetti and they are proving to Read more >


Lonely Planet Kids Books

When Lonely Planet Kids got in touch offering us the chance to check out a couple of their new books, we couldn’t resist. We are a household that loves our books, and I like to add to the kids’ reference books  selection as much as their fiction shelves. These new titles have been brought out just in time for Christmas, so if you’re like me and always like to buy your kids at least one new book for Christmas, this is perfect timing. We were sent two surprise titles,  How Animals Build and Dinosaur Atlas. How Animals Build Explore the Read more >


3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

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 >

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