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Pen Pal Sign Up July 2018

It is pen pal sign up time!!! I get so, so many requests to run these, so I just know that this one is going to be popular! 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 by far the most time-consuming and tricky to organise, the last one took me several days, but I just love it! I know how much it means to so many people when they get that pen pal and start up new friendships. So do Read more >


Stationery Swap June 2018

Woohoo, it’s time for a stationery swap! This is a chance for you to spread some happiness with happy mail as you can enjoy putting together a parcel full of pretty papery goodies for your swap partner and then you get to unwrap their offerings as a treat for yourself. It is all round stationery happiness! It is fun and simple activity to get involved with. All you need to do is pop a package 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 Read more >


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 >


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 >


#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 >


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, a guide to where to find pen pals. 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 Read more >