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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 >


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

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 >


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

5 Reasons to Snail Mail

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 >


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 >

Come and join the bring back paper club

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 >


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 >


#30DaysOfPaper on Instagram

I am thinking that it’s about time that we had another Instagram papery challenge! 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 a simple photo a day challenge 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 folk over on Instagram and I adore scrolling through the hash tag Read more >


Papery Peep September 2016

For this month’s Papery Peep, I’ve decided to share a little washi tape love with you. Now if washi tape is an unknown to you, you are in for a treat because it is so pretty! Here’s a peep at my collection…. Washi tape is very versatile, so if you’re looking for inspiration on how to use yours, I’d recommend checking out my Pinterest Washi Tape board – so many gorgeous ideas! Personally, I use mine for two things, my bullet journal and my snail mail. If you take a look at my Envelope Art for the Unartistic post, you’ll see how Read more >


Stationery Swap September 2016

Now what could brighten up the return to school and routine? Oh yes, it’s the #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. It’s nice and easy 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 September. You can include whatever you fancy, such as notepaper, jotters, stickers, pens, washi, Read more >


Papery Peep August 2016

The end of the month is upon us, which means it’s Papery Peep time. I’ve read so many books this month! A sure sign that university is out and I’d worked ahead because of having the kids at home with me. Free time meant reading time! I did also pop to the library, mainly for the children, but I came out with a handful of books, too, so I have had plenty to keep my busy. I’ve just looked back over my book journal and I’ve read 12 books this month, which surprised me a bit. I’ll no doubt be Read more >


Envelope Art for the Unartistic

As you will no doubt know by now, I enjoy my snail mail. I love sending letters out into the world and it’s great to receive pretty post in return. I find that the delight of discovering a little happy mail in my post box often begins with a pretty envelope. It will look nothing like a bill or junk mail, it will look tempting, friendly and inviting. I have a Letter Writing Love board over on Pinterest that is just chock-full of beautiful and inspiring images. I’d love to create and send post like that, but the snag? I’m completely Read more >


Young HoneyTree Stationery Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you a package full of paper gorgeousness in my HoneyTree Post Review and Giveaway (the give away is still running, by the way!) and I promised that I would bring you more. Well, that day has arrived. Today I am sharing with you the delights of Young HoneyTree, a stationery subscription box for children…. Young HoneyTree Designed for children 6-12yrs, our specially curated box of stationery surprises will make them reach for a pen instead of a keyboard. They’ll have great fun discovering what’s in their parcel each month… and you never Read more >


8 Reasons You Should Be Using A Bullet Journal

I have been using my bullet journal since mid-June and it’s fair to say that I am a total convert. If you’ve yet to try one, or haven’t heard of them, today I’m going to be givign you 8 reasons that you should be using a bullet journal, and let’s see if you become a convert, too. I wasn’t sure that I would be converted, to be honest, but seeing them everywhere I was intrigued and wanted to give it a go. I’ve used various planners, notebooks and journals before and I don’t always stick to them, sometimes finding them Read more >

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