National Stationery Week is the perfect time to celebrate all things stationery. Use the seven days of stationery to treat yourself to something new.
How often do you sit down and write? Now we have computers we are less likely to sit down with a pen and paper and the art of writing is dying out. This is sad because a handwritten note has much more meaning than an electronic message.
I love coming across notes. When I leaf through my grannies cookery books I often come across handwritten recipes. These were obviously favourite recipes and it makes me want to try them.
When we were young my parents made us write holiday diaries. We would complain at the time, but coming across them now it brings back memories I would have forgotten. If these had been in digital format they would probably have been mislaid by now
This week, 29th April till 5th May 2019 is National Stationery Week, a week long celebration of writing.
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When I was young computers were not common place. If you wanted to save something you had to write it down. I had piles of notebooks where I jotted down ideas, revision notes. I also kept a journal.
These days I still have lots of different notepads where I keep notes. I have a bullet journal for daily planning, a notebook for meal plans, a book to keep track of my work to do list. I find that writing things down makes things more concrete and you are more likely to remember things.
Writing does not need to be boring. With pretty notebooks, coloured pens, exotic rubbers and stencils you can soon have a stationery cupboard to be proud of. The only drawback is you might find you are hoarding stationery as it’s too nice to use
There are many reasons that writing matters. Here is a list of five different reasons you should take up writing.
Have you ever said something and then wished you could take it back? This is something that happens to all of us. With writing you can express your thoughts and go back and edit them before sharing.
Writing allows you to communicate and build on your ideas allowing you to explore different areas at a later stage.
By keeping a journal you are recording precious memories that you can look back on later. Receiving a hand written letter or postcard will make you smile. It is also something you can keep to treasure later.
When my son was born my parents sent him postcards when they were on holiday. These are kept in an album which bring back memories of his grandparents.
If Shakespeare hadn’t written down his plays would we have heard about them today? Writing has been a way of passing down stories and memories for hundreds of years. The wealth of literature and knowledge we have today is due to writing. Something you write today may be important in the years to come
How often have you read something and it has struck a chord with you? As a result you have made changes to your life. Writing can and does change lives. It is a powerful communication tool that is worth using.
It would be impossible to write without stationery and National Stationery week celebrates all things stationery. With a different theme every day there are plenty of ideas to get you writing.
Find more information: National Stationery Week website
I have put some ideas below to give you inspiration of things to do.
I love making lists, they help me keep track of everything I need to do. I have plenty of notepads with to do lists, shopping lists, menu lists, recipes I want to cook lists – the list goes on!
Why not take today to make a list of things you have always wanted to do? Making a list is the first step towards making them a reality.
Isn’t it amazing that no matter how many pens you have you can never find one when you need one? You know you have millions but you can never find where you put one.
The task for today is to get your pens organised. Treat yourself to a new pencil case or a new box for storing pens in. Sort out all your pens, throw out those that no longer work and store the rest.
Next time you need a pen you will know where they are.
For world stationery day why not have a look for different stationery from around the world that you would love. Have a look through the hashtag and see if you can spot something unique to share
This Thursday why not make a point of starting a journal and making a note of all the positive things that happen today. Journaling will help you reflect on life and help you record happy memories.
Why not treat yourself to a lovely new notebook as an incentive to make a start.
To celebrate Derwent feel good Friday, why not treat yourself to a set of coloured pencils and a colouring book? These days there are plenty of gorgeous colouring books for grown ups which encourage you to make a moment for yourself. This can only help you feel good.
Take advantage of the weekend and get out and visit a stationery shop. You might be amazed at what you can pick up.
When was the last time you sat down and wrote a letter. Why not take a few moments and write to a friend you haven’t seen for a while. I am sure they will appreciate it. If a letter is too difficult why not just send a card and let them know you are thinking of them?
Are you celebrating National Stationery week or are you a total stationery addict? Let me know below.