Digital Downtime

Digital Downtime

by Andy Youings October 07, 2017

This week we look at some simple techniques to help us step out of our digital bubbles using journaling and other writing techniques. No computers, phones or tablets; just you and your stationery.

Journaling for writers

Journaling for writers

by Andy Youings September 08, 2017

There’s nothing better for switching off from the world than getting stuck into a great book. Fact or fiction, they can take us to different worlds without having to step outside our doors - a truly magical experience. With this thought in mind, we ponder why keeping a journal can be such a powerful creative tool for writers.
Positive thinking

Positive thinking

by Andy Youings September 01, 2017

In the last of our mental health blogs comes to an end, we look at how writing and journaling can help boost positive self image. We also share a few tips of our own about how to use a journal or notebook to maintain positive ways of thinking.

New term, new stationery

New term, new stationery

by Andy Youings August 25, 2017

The start of the new academic year is just around the corner. Whether you’re about to embark on a new term as a student or a teacher, if you’re a stationery addict like us there is only one thing on your mind and that’s the purchase of a new collection of notebooks, pencils and highlighter pens!
Writing hacks for parents

Writing hacks for parents

by Andy Youings August 18, 2017

Being a parent is by no means easy, and sometimes it feels more challenging than others, depending on what else is going on in your life. It can also become a little overwhelming. Writing is not the answer to all life’s challenges but we believe that using some simple techniques that can give you the support you need.

Writing to aid family communication

Writing to aid family communication

by Andy Youings July 28, 2017

As we continue to explore the different ways that writing can help with many aspects of mental health, this week we focus on communication between family generations and talk to one parent about how they use alternative writing techniques to help tackle mental health issues within the family.


Writing to aid verbal communication

Writing to aid verbal communication

by Andy Youings July 17, 2017

This week we continue our mental health series by delving a little deeper into some writing techniques that might help in taking the next important step in resolving issues that may impact mental health; sharing our feelings with friends and family.
Identifying feelings for better mental health

Identifying feelings for better mental health

by Andy Youings July 08, 2017

As public awareness of mental health gets better, we look at some simple writing techniques that can by used to help identify and rationalise thoughts and serve as a great way of dealing with issues that could be affecting daily life, both personal and professional.
Writing for emotional intelligence

Writing for emotional intelligence

by Andy Youings May 12, 2017

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, a national campaign to help remove the stigma attached to mental illness. With homage to the campaign, we have dedicated this week’s blog post to the topic of emotional intelligence and how writing techniques can be used as part of a self-help approach.

Your creative cooking journey

Your creative cooking journey

by Andy Youings March 31, 2017

Being organised with meal plans, recipes and culinary inspiration can really help you to get creative in the kitchen. So, if you’re a real foodie, read on as we serve up some great ideas on how you can use your journal to create the perfect place for everything food related. 
Planning home improvements

Planning home improvements

by Andy Youings March 24, 2017

There’s something about the arrival of spring that makes our thoughts turn to improving our lives with some home improvements. So, whether it’s decorating the kid’s bedrooms, giving your garden a makeover or building an extension we share some simple ideas on using your journal to collect your thoughts and piece together your next home improvement plan.
A day to remember

A day to remember

by Andy Youings March 14, 2017

Planning your wedding, the most perfect day of your life, is a big deal. But as with any big event there is a lot of planning…and we mean a lot! Here’s just a few handy tips on how your journal can help to take the strain and keep you organised and stress-free for the Big Day.

Adding the personal touch

Adding the personal touch

by Andy Youings March 10, 2017

It can be hard to find a gift that really shows your Mum how much you appreciate everything she does. We look at how you can personalise a Say Nice Things journal with a few little touches to add extra thought and love to your gift this Mother's Day.

New parent daily diary

New parent daily diary

by Andy Youings March 03, 2017

Sometimes, having a baby can feel a little bit like Groundhog Day with a seemingly never ending cycle of feeding, changing nappies and getting your little one off to sleep. Why not use your Say Nice Things journal as a Daily Diary to record your achievements, with the added bonus of creating a lovely memory book to look back on and share with your children in the future.
Magic moments, perfectly organised

Magic moments, perfectly organised

by Sarah Curtis February 17, 2017

No matter how prepared you think you are for becoming a parent, think again. When that little person arrives in your life, everything changes and life is never quite the same again. Using your Say Nice Things journal to keep a Baby's First Year Diary is the perfect way to capture those special moments in your child's life.

 


Stationery in the workplace

Stationery in the workplace

by Andy Youings February 03, 2017

We don’t just need beautiful stationery at work because it’s convenient and handy; we need it because it can also lift our spirits, helping to keep us motivated and focused on the task in hand which in turn can help to make us more productive. 
Night thoughts

Night thoughts

by Andy Youings January 27, 2017

Some of the best ideas always seem to come to us at night. And why is it that when you wake up in the morning you can just about remember how to work the kettle but have absolutely no idea what that world changing idea was? One sure fire way to remember your ideas at night and enjoy a good night's sleep is to keep your Say Nice Things journal and pen by your bed so you can write them down. In our latest article we share some simple ideas to think clearly and sleep better.
Travelling memories

Travelling memories

by Andy Youings January 13, 2017

Last week we looked at how your Say Nice Things journal or notebook could be used to help plan the travel adventure of a lifetime. In this second instalment, we share some tips and ideas for using your journal during your trip to ensure you preserve travel memories in a unique and special way.

On your marks, get set, travel!

On your marks, get set, travel!

by Andy Youings January 06, 2017

Whether it’s a sabbatical from work, backpacking through Asia or that dream trip around the world, there’s no better time to start planning and no better place to get organised than in your Say Nice Things journal. In this first of a three-part blog we consider how your journal can help you to start get organised for your adventure.
Favourite Fictional Diaries

Favourite Fictional Diaries

by Andy Youings December 09, 2016

The journal or diary is a hugely popular format that has been widely used to great effect, with writers deploying the familiar structure to tell powerful personal stories. Using first person prose creates a strong feeling of intimacy and connection with the protagonist, helping readers to get inside the mind of the narrator and increasing the believability. In no particular order, here are some of our favourite fictional journals of all time.

Lives in print

Lives in print

by Andy Youings December 02, 2016

Millions of people keep journals to record their hopes, fears and ambitions alongside the more humdrum details of their lives. Most are never read by anyone but the author, they are private works written for personal pleasure or a little bit of therapy. But some, either by accident or by design have been transformed from confidential accounts into international best sellers. Here is our pick of some of the most iconic journals and diaries of all time.

Say it with swirls

Say it with swirls

by Andy Youings November 25, 2016

Remember studying the Tudors back when you were eight years old, drawing pictures of Henry VIII and all his wives, you used a nice thick black calligraphy marker pen to make it look authentic didn’t you? Well if you’re like us, you haven’t picked up one of those pens since. But it seems they’re not only back, but they’ve been upgraded.
Written into memory

Written into memory

by Jill Pinner November 11, 2016

While writing by hand is more time-consuming compared to typing on a keyboard, it has significant benefits and is better at engraving valuable information into our long term memory.
Mindful journaling

Mindful journaling

by Andy Youings October 23, 2016

While keeping a journal is an act of introspection, that doesn't mean it isn't valuable or worthwhile. There are a number of health benefits that come from putting pen to paper, as well as evidence to suggest that journaling can impact and improve our lives in many other ways.