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Random Acts of Kindness

It’s Random Acts Of Kindness Week, so follow our guide to small ways you can make a big difference in the next seven days.

During these challenging times when many people are sacrificing so much, we look at ways that you can give back to others and sprinkle a bit of joy around you!

Reasons to be kind

Kindness not only helps others but can help you to have better relationships, feel happier, be more successful and improve both your mental and physical health:

  • You’ll feel like you’ve done a workout!  The feel-good rush you get from doing a good deed comes from endorphins in the same way you get a high after exercising
  • You’ll feel better about your own problems. Focussing on other people’s needs can distract you from your own problems. In fact, studies have found that cancer patients who helped council other patients experienced fewer instances of distress and depression
  • You could live longer. Research has shown that people who volunteer to help others tend to have longer lives and better physical health than those who don’t
  • You’ll create a chain reaction. When we are kind to others, we inspire them to respond in a similar way creating a kindness ripple that heads out into the world!
  • You will feel happier. The warm feeling that washes over you when you’ve done something kind releases hormones that can have a lasting impact on your mood. Doing six good deeds in one day can have positive effects that will last for up to six weeks.

The kindness mindset

Shifting your outlook and the way you react to people or situations can set you on the path for a more compassionate and understanding day. We all have our own struggles, so take a deep breath and think about…

  • Giving people the benefit of the doubt. Who knows what kind of day they have had?
  • Rising above negative comments, don’t get drawn into arguments and avoid fuelling dramas
  • Not passing bad feelings on. If you’re having a terrible day try not to affect the mood of those around you
  • Living in the moment, try not to be distracted by social media and focus on what is going on around you in real life
  • Avoiding judging people. Everyone responds differently to situations – just because you don’t understand someone’s reaction doesn’t mean you can’t help them.

Let’s get started

Now you know the benefits of being kind and have shifted to the kindness mindset, let’s complete a random act of kindness to bring some unexpected joy to other people’s day! Acts of kindness don’t have to be grand gestures. Here are five ideas to make kindness the norm:

  • Buy an extra ‘suspended’ coffee from your local cafe. The barista then logs the second coffee as ‘suspended’, and it can be redeemed at any time by someone who needs it
  • Compliment the first three people you talk to today and smile at five strangers
  • Let someone jump the queue in front of you
  • Leave some money in the parking meter or vending machine
  • Send a card saying thank you to your local hospital, police or fire station.

Get the kids on board

It’s half term, so try to nurture kindness in your kids and start them on a life of helping others:

  • Send handmade cards to residents of your local care home.  Age UK figures showed 1.9 million people over the age of 65 often feel invisible or ignored, 1.4 million feel cut off from society and 3.6 million admit that their television is their main form of company. One way to help ease the isolation is writing cards to lonely people in your community
  • Put together gift bags for the homeless. Ideas of things to include are socks, gloves, water bottles, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nail clippers, plasters, tampons, lip balm, multivitamins and hand cream. Once you have them packed up take them to a local organisation or hostel
  • Make some kindness rocks. Collect some stones and decorate each one with a positive message and leave them around your neighbourhood for people to find
  • Feed the Birds. Put out food and water in your garden for the birds. Your child will be able to watch the birds arrive and could learn to identify them.

Seven days of kindness

Here are some great ideas for a week of spreading good vibes from RandomActsOfKindness.org

Monday: Reply To A Post You Enjoy

We all get in the habit of scrolling past content on social media, this week try to make the Internet a positive and constructive place. A simple thank you or piece of good feedback will show the person behind the post you appreciate their time and effort. Take an extra moment to show you are grateful for the inspiration, information and humour they provide in your life.

Tuesday: Send A Postcard

Getting a heartfelt note will make someone’s day – after all, who doesn’t love snail mail? It only takes a few minutes and a stamp and it’s such an easy way to make a person happy. It may even start a ripple effect – because if you didn’t already know, kindness is contagious.

Wednesday: Plant something

Make a difference in your environment and life! There are so many advantages to having more trees in your world! Most of you may know that trees improve air quality by producing oxygen. But what you might not know is they moderate the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants.

Thursday: Knit One, Purl One, Give One

Are you a knitter? Why not use up some of your leftover wool to create a scarf or a pair of mittens for someone in need? Or create tiny hats for newborns in the NICU of your local hospital?

Friday: Text Someone Good Morning or Good Night

Kick-start someone’s day or make sure it ends on the right note. It’s a wonderful feeling to know someone is thinking about you. What’s better than starting or ending the day with that simple reminder?

Saturday: Gift an Inspirational Book

Perhaps an uplifting story you loved, a self-help book that changed your outlook or a cookbook containing the most delicious recipes.

Sunday: Reminisce

Memories let you revisit special moments. Reach out to an old friend and reminisce about a time you both shared together. You could send or tag them in an old picture or call to say hello. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been – just let someone know you miss them!

So there you have it, how to sprinkle kindness through your week ahead. We hope that, as well as helping others, you find these random acts of kindness impoorove your own wellbeing too. Remember, in a world where you can be anything, always be kind ♡

Photos by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash and Freepik

 

 

 

 

 

Covid safe ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day for couples and singles

Whether you’re single, distance dating, or living with your partner in lockdown you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!

Alas, this year we won’t the going out for cocktails at the latest insta-worthy bar or having a fancy dinner at our neighbourhood restaurant but, if you follow our five top tips, you can still create a covid safe valentine’s Day to remember

1. Movie night

Whether you are planning a romantic date night or supporting your single Galentines through the evening, being in different houses doesn’t mean you can’t hang together and enjoy the same film. Try creating a watch party via your favourite chat platform, like Zoom. Alternatively, many streaming services will do this for you. Disney+ offers a ‘watch a film together’ option or Netflix Party, a Chrome extension, lets you watch videos with your friends and chat together at the same time.

2. The Virtual date

Drop a gift box over to your Valentine with all the ingredients for your favourite cocktail and a fancy dinner. You can cook up a storm together virtually by following the same recipe over Zoom. And of course, enjoy your creations by candlelight once you’re done!

3. Pamper time

Create a home spa – indulge in an extra-long soak with your favourite bath bomb, pour yourself a glass of wine and have some delicious chocolates to hand. Don’t forget a face mask.

4. Restaurant in a box

If you are foodie, local restaurants being closed doesn’t mean you can’t have a chef-prepared meal. Many places will deliver meal boxes where the prep has been done already, you just need to heat and eat. We recommend supporting your local independent establishments, but there are restaurants delivering nationally too. You could try…

  • Sri Lankan and South Indian-inspired kits from the restaurant Cash & Kari
  • Michelin-starred meals with a focus on seasonal, local products from The Black Swan
  • DIY pasta from London Restaurant Padella (you can even listen to their Spotify playlist while you dine)

5. Write a love letter

There’s nothing quite like receiving a handwritten letter in the post. If you’re not sure what to write, start with your favourite memories and the reasons you love them. It’ll be a keepsake they will save for years to come. Love letters aren’t just reserved for life partners, give your bestie and boost by letting them know how much they mean to you too!

If you are looking for a unique gift to treat someone you love, you can view the Inscripture Range here. We have bespoke items for men and women that can be engraved with any message in your choice of font or even your own handwriting.

Ways to give back this Christmas

Christmas is the season of giving and we believe the best gift we can give this year is kindness. During these challenging times when many people have lost so much, we look at ways you can give back to your local community or to someone in need. Small acts of kindness that can make a big difference to others…

1. Ways to help your friends

This has been a difficult year for so many people. Before splashing out on a gift for friends or family, try asking them what the really need. You could be the person to make their Christmas and give them the help they require.

  • Maybe they need help paying a utility bill, their rent or mortgage?
  • Maybe they’d love a night off cooking and washing up would love you to shout them a takeaway?
  • Maybe they need a petrol refill for their car?
  • Maybe they would love a home-cooked meal delivered to their doorstep?
  • Maybe they need a cup of coffee and a walk with someone who will just listen?
  • Maybe they need help buying gifts for their children?
  • Maybe they need help in some other way but don’t know how to ask?

2. Ways to help your community

This December start a reverse Advent Calendar that will help those struggling to make ends meet at Christmas.

Coronavirus has led to increased demand on food banks and, as more of us are buying food online, donations in supermarket collection points are actually decreasing. Simply add a few extra bits to your supermarket trolley each week and pop your extra food items in a box. When you have 24 things inside drop it off at your local food bank. Go for healthy, non-perishable groceries. Here are some suggested donations to get you started or you could contact your local food bank and ask what they need.

  • Day 1 Breakfast Cereal
  • Day 2 Jam
  • Day 3 Baked Beans
  • Day 4 UHT (long-life) Milk
  • Day 5 Tinned Tuna
  • Day 6 Tinned Carrots
  • Day 7 Tinned Sweetcorn
  • Day 8 Tinned Chickpeas
  • Day 9 Dessert mix
  • Day 10 Tinned Soup
  • Day 11 Tinned Fruit
  • Day 12 Tinned Custard
  • Day 13 Pasta Sauce
  • Day 14 Pasta
  • Day 15 Rice
  • Day 16 Tea
  • Day 17 Coffee
  • Day 18 Squash
  • Day 19 Crackers
  • Day 20 Ketchup
  • Day 21 Biscuits
  • Day 22 Chocolates
  • Day 23 Sweets
  • Day 24 Tinned tomatoes

3. Ways to help strangers

Complete a random act of kindness to bring some unexpected joy to other people’s day. Not only will you be putting a smile on someone else’s face, but you’ll be benefitting your own health too!

The warm feeling of wellbeing that washes over you when you’ve done something kind releases hormones that contribute to your mood and overall wellbeing. Acts of kindness don’t have to be grand gestures. Here are five ideas to make kindness the norm this December:

  • Buy an extra ‘suspended’ coffee from your local cafe. The barista then logs the second coffee as ‘suspended’, and it can be redeemed at any time by someone who needs it
  • Compliment the first three people you talk to today and smile at five strangers
  • Let someone jump the queue in front of you.
  • Leave some money in the parking meter or vending machine
  • Send a Christmas card saying thank you to your local police or fire station.

 

4. Ways to shop kind

By shopping smarter and more consciously this year you can help others while you tick items off your own Christmas list…

  • unhoused.org is the world’s first online Shop for homelessness where you can buy yourself clothing and, for every item you buy, they donate one to someone who needs it. They even stock a self-cleaning hoodie which uses technology to reduce the need for laundry.
  •  Spend 10% less on each person’s gift and donate that 10% to a charity you know they support.
  •  Pay it Forward At Inscripture.  Help someone get a special Inscripture gift this Christmas.  You can make a donation towards a gift for someone in need when you place an order with us. Simply select the amount you wish to donate from the drop-down menu and we will top up your donation by 25%. Click here for more information

5. Ways to get the kids on board

Nurture kindness in kids and start a Christmas tradition of helping others:

  • Send handmade cards to residents of your local care home.  Age UK figures showed 1.9 million people over the age of 65 often feel invisible or ignored, 1.4 million feel cut off from society and 3.6 million admit that their television is their main form of company. One way to help ease the isolation is writing cards to lonely people in your community
  • Put together gift bags for the homeless. Ideas of things to include are socks, gloves, water bottles, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, toothbrushes and toothpaste, nail clippers, plasters, tampons, lip balm, multivitamins and hand cream. Once you have them packed up take them to a local organisation or hostel
  • Make some kindness rocks. Collect some stones and decorate each one with a positive message and Christmas design and leave them around your neighbourhood for people to find
  • Feed the Birds. Put out food and water in your garden for the birds. Your child will be able to watch the birds arrive and could learn to identify them.

Make someones 2020 a little brighter and a little better by spreading kindness this Christmas ♡

 

Photo by fotografierende on Unsplash

Pay it forward – make someone in need’s Christmas

2020 has been tough for everyone but has hit some people particularly hard. We want to bring a little joy and comfort to those people who are struggling and help them get a special Inscripture gift this Christmas. 

We know many people that love our products want them to help with the grieving process and to bring a little comfort when times are tough. That’s why this year we thought we’d try to give those who would love something from our range, but find it out of their reach at the moment a helping hand. We have set up the option for you, our lovely customers, to make a donation go towards a gift for someone in need when you place an order. Simply select the amount you wish to donate from the drop-down menu (no amount too small) and we will top up your donation by 25%. Once we get to increments of £50 that money will be given to numerous people in need as an Inscripture voucher, so they can order a gift to bring them some comfort and joy this Christmas.

A huge thank you to all of you that donate. ♡

If you are struggling this year and would like to benefit from one of our vouchers please contact hello@inscripture.com with the subject as PAY IT FORWARD.

Stay safe ♡

Our Journey

How Inscripture became the UK’s leading handwriting jewellery specialist

Inscripture’s journey began when I left my career in banking to go on maternity leave for my second child, Bella in 2015. I’ve always been creative and had an entrepreneurial streak but, until now, was too scared to risk my career on something that could fail.  Spending more time in my home town of Leigh-on-Sea, surrounded by small independent businesses gave me the courage to try something new. During my maternity leave, I found a love of creating personalised jewellery & gifts for my mum friends and their little ones. I got a real buzz from giving them something unique that I’d created just for them to celebrate the special bond they had with their children. Keepsakes that they could cherish now and treasure forever. A small idea began to take shape and my maternity leave gave me an opportunity to test the water for my dream – a studio creating meaningful jewellery and gifts that celebrate emotional connections and capture special memories and moments.

 

My business started with just me at my dining room table, fuelled by lots of coffee and full of ideas. My family were incredibly supportive of all my plans and gave up their time to help me get my dream off the ground. They are still very much part of the business today. In September 2016 I received a birthday card in the post and was chatting to my partner about how I loved seeing the handwriting on the envelope and knowing who it was from before I’d even had a chance to look at the signature inside. This started me thinking about how everyone’s handwriting is totally unique and that you recognise your loved one’s words instantly. Imagine if you could engrave those handwritten words onto jewellery?

I was so excited by my idea that I started to look around and see if anyone else was creating handwriting jewellery before researching copyrights & trademarks. To my disappointment, I found a lady in the USA who had created pieces a few years earlier but using a different technique with different results to the jewellery I had in mind. I wasn’t disheartened though as this was still a unique and original product to be launched in the UK that no one else was creating. At first, all our jewellery was stamped by hand, letter by letter, but I soon realised I needed to invest in an engraving machine to create the special jewellery I had in mind. This would let me expand our range and save my back (and my neighbours from the banging!).  The machine would open up lots of exciting new possibilities and I began to brainstorm what else I could engrave that would hold special meaning to people.

I began researching various engraving methods as I knew exactly what I envisioned our jewellery’s finished look to be, I didn’t want a standard diamond cut or engraving that was barely visible, I wanted something prominent that would catch your attention at a quick glance. After months of research and meetings with various companies, I attended an exhibition in January 2017 to really see, feel and test the quality of the options available. This helped me find the perfect machine for me and I finalised our purchase.  It was a scary decision as this was a huge investment but has been the best decision I ever made.

I immediately replicated our hand stamped My Mummy & Me™ Bracelets and started experimenting with my new machine to see if I could extract and engrave those special handwritten words on to a piece of jewellery. After some trial and error, I got a perfect match and was over the moon with the results.

I was so excited about the endless possibilities. Engraving special words from a loved one who is no longer with us, to create a lasting memorial. Cherishing those childhood moments that pass too quickly with jewellery that features their first written words or drawings. Offering a way for people to keep a special message from a love letter close to their heart always.

It was with great excitement and a huge amount of hard work that I launched our Handwriting Range in April 2017. It was hard to keep what I had been working on a secret as I was so excited about our new concept, but after suffering multiple copycats I knew it wasn’t worth the risk of someone stealing my idea before I had even launched it.

My partner, Andre, had been helping me package up and send out orders and in October 2017 he left his job & joined me full time. He trained as a master engraver and now helps me every step of the way.

Over the years we’ve perfected our craft and there are very few limits to what we can engrave. It doesn’t matter if the handwritten words are on a patterned background or on lined paper, we can engrave from any colour of pen ink, can restore some letters that have become faded over time and even create new messages using the letters from other words.

We’ve never stopped coming up with new ideas and have a number of worldwide exclusives under our belts! As well as our iconic Handwriting Range we can also engrave drawings, hand, foot and paw prints, soundwaves & more. My dream of turning treasured memories into cherished keepsakes is now my speciality!

Your Shopping Small Christmas Gift Guide

1 Bonita Boutique · 2 Luxe Lettering · 3 Rosa & Bo · 4 Inscripture · 5 The Paper Press Ireland

Welcome to our handpicked selection of unique Christmas gift ideas from small businesses

Shopping small for Christmas 2020 is sure to get a BIG reaction when the gifts are opened! Going for bespoke or personalised items shows you really have thought about your gift choices. Plus supporting small businesses in these uncertain times is more important than ever. Not only that but by shopping small you’ll get something creative and unique from a company who really cares about their customers. So this year, step away from the big brands and get to know the people behind the carefully designed Christmas gifts that they put their heart and soul into…

Rosa & Bo

Safety (and cuteness) come first at Rosa & Bo. The company was started by, Laura, a former A&E nurse and senior midwife to create award-winning toys that are packed with character and crafted with care.

We love the super cute Russian doll design of their Nesting Babies with Chiming Bo Bunny. They not only look gorgeous but encourage hand-to-eye co-ordination through interactive play. The toys are safe for beach play or splashing around in the tub and are suitable from birth, but children aged 12 months or over will get the most out of them.

Shop Rosa and Bo

Bonita Boutique

Mum and daughter team, Debs and Bonita, turned their passion for travel into a range of beautiful accessories that are sure to transport you to luxury resorts (at least in your mind’s eye!).  Their wool Fedora hats are perfect for winter – the stylish hats come in a range of colours and can be personalised.

We are also coveting their chic Leather Pouch, the perfect size for your all your daily essentials or for slipping into a bigger bag, so you can easily grab what you need. Oh, and did we mention that they are monogrammed with up to three characters?

Shop Bonita Boutique

The Paper Press Ireland

Started by Geri and her husband Mark on their kitchen table, The Paper Press Ireland has a range of empowering and tongue-in-cheek slogan tees and comfy sweats. Offering style with substance, the loungewear is perfect for getting your message across!

With slogans like ‘Tired & Needy’ (our current state), ‘Queen of Overthinking’ and ‘Woman Up’ you’re sure to find one that is perfect for the badass woman in your life.

Shop The Paper Press Ireland

Luxe Lettering

Luxe Lettering creates beautiful, bespoke, handmade wire words for your home. They can make any phrase you like, so the only limit is your imagination! Your design will be lovingly created by hand so orders can take up to eight weeks.

We’re gifting their beautifully presented Masterclass Kit this Christmas (no wait on this one!). The kit includes everything you need to make your own ‘love’ wire words and a step-by-step guide. You can either gift the kit to a fabulously creative friend or use it to make you own handmade wall hangings. There is enough wire to create up to 22 decorations, so perfect for giving to friends and family – something they will treasure handmade by you!

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Crystalised Essex

Do you love to sparkle? Well, you’ll love the range of bespoke Swarovski crystalised products that Danielle creates. She lovingly customises each item by hand so they are unique to you. Her range of accessories includes footwear brands like Converse and Nike Air that have been given the crystalised treatment.

Her popular phone cases make perfect Christmas gifts and come in a range of colours, all personalised and decorated with sparkly goodness!  As well as accessories, she sells a range of canvases that can be created to celebrate all sorts of occasions from Christmas to weddings.

Shop Crystalised Essex

Stationery By Hazel

Fellow mumpreneur, Hazel, launched her business just before the birth of her first child. Her stylish stationery range includes beautiful cards, notebooks and pens packed with positive messages to brighten your day!

Her glitter pens are perfect stocking fillers and do check out her Christmas range. We love the Winter Wonderland Reindeer Gift Tags and we’ll be using her foiled festive stickers to give our Christmas gift wrapping the edge this year.

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Fabaclay

Jen creates hand-built pottery from her studio in Hertfordshire. She has all sorts of creations for every room in your home. Our current favourites are her super cute nursery range and her stylish, but practical spoon rests (hello clean workbench).

She has created a beautiful handmade ceramic Christmas decoration that is personalised with a gold or platinum initial. The gorgeous decoration arrives on a velvet ribbon in a luxe gift box. We’re popping one on our Christmas list his year!

Shop Fabaclay

Sarah’s Creative Kitchen

Sarah left a career in the city to follow her passion for creating healthy food.  After struggling with weight loss, she decided to change her approach to food and started her mission to eat herself thin! She trained as a chocolatier and now creates sweet treats that are lower in sugar and calories, without compromising on taste

Her delicious, chocolately offerings include options that are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free so there’s something for everyone. Her Christmas range is perfect for (healthier) stocking fillers and includes super cute Santas and reindeer as well as stylish truffle boxes for the grown-ups! Everything is made fresh to order, so make sure you get in early with your Christmas requests!

Shop Sarah’s Creative Kitchen

Inscripture

We couldn’t leave ourselves off the list and we’re excited to be sitting amongst such good company! For those of you who don’t know, Inscripture is our family run business started in 2016 by Hayley, while she was on maternity leave. The business was born out of Hayley’s passion for creating and designing meaningful jewellery that helps you remember those special moments forever. Our jewellery can be engraved with handwriting, drawings and hand, foot or paw prints to create a gift they will treasure.

Shop Inscripture

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

Handwriting Styles & What Your Writing Reveals About You

There are so many different writing styles from decorative cursive script to a brief WhatsApp message filled with LOLs and YOLOs. We take a quick look at the history of handwriting and tell you what your handwritten words reveal about you!

A Brief History Of Handwriting

Early handwriting was based on pictures like the Egyptian system of hieroglyphics, but the first known alphabet came from the Phoenicians, around the eleventh century BC. This alphabet was eventually used by the ancient Greeks to develop a script. Then the Romans modified the Greek alphabet to develop the Latin writing, that our alphabet is based on today.

In the 17th and 18th centuries handwriting was a status symbol. People received penmanship training and Master Penmen were employed to copy official documents.

As computers became more common in the 1980s and 1990s penmanship became less important and not such a focus of education in schools.

Types of Handwriting

Cursive Handwriting

Cursive handwriting is ‘joined-up’ writing where letters are connected, making it faster to write as you needed to take your pen off the page less.  Cursive handwriting was first developed in the 17th Century. Before the invention of the typewriter, cursive handwriting was the preferred style of writing for professionals like lawyers and doctors.

Print Handwriting

Print handwriting, also known as block letters is when the pen lifts off the page after each letter. It is considered clearer and easier to read and often requested when you are filling in forms.

Modern Cursive

There have been lots of variations to cursive writing over the years to make it easier for children to learn. It has developed to minimise unnecessary strokes so it is less tiring to write. Nowadays there are fewer loops and flourishes than in older styles, and the look is simpler and uncluttered.

As adults, we normally write in a combination of cursive and print writing that we have developed over our lives.

 

What does your handwriting say about you?

We all have our own writing style and little quirks when we form our letters. Did you know that, according to research from the National Pen Company, they are associated with different personality traits?

Letter Shapes

If your writing is curvy with rounded letters you are arty and creative. Sharp and pointy letters indicate you are intelligent and curious about your surroundings.

Letter Size

Confident, outgoing people tend to write with big letters, whereas smaller writing is thought to indicate you are shy and introverted. What if your writing is somewhere in the middle? This shows you are adaptable and well adjusted!

Letter Spacing

People who leave lots of room around each word are said to enjoy freedom and independence, but dislike feeling crowded. Those who squeeze their words together tend to like the company of others and fear being alone.

Letter Angle

If your writing slants to the right you look forwards to meeting new people and having new experiences, whereas a slant to the left means you prefer to keep to yourself and like things the way they are. If your writing doesn’t slant you are logical and practical.

 

The future

These days we rarely pick up a pen as typing on keyboards and screens has become the norm. Will handwriting become a lost art form? We hope not. Handwriting still has lots of benefits, it boosts fine motor skills in your hands and fingers; if you write things down you are more likely to remember them and there is nothing more touching than receiving a handwritten note or card.

At Inscripture we can engrave handwritten words onto a piece of jewellery or gift. Click here to see our range of handwriting products.

 

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Why Are Cards So Meaningful?

We look at the benefits of sending and receiving handwritten cards and why buying cards is having a renaissance.

Today we have so many ways to communicate instantly that sending a greetings card by snail mail is often forgotten about. A card takes longer to write and involves more care and thought from the writer, which makes it much more personal and meaningful than a text or email. 

Card sales have been booming

During lockdown sales of stationery were reported to be up by 300% by Papier. With a surge in the purchase of cards, it seems that lots of people returned to more traditional methods to connect with friends and family they were unable to see.

We can see why – receiving a card is a special experience. You hear some post landing on your doormat. The surprise of seeing a coloured envelope in amongst the pizza delivery menus and bills instantly makes you feel happy. We bet it will be the first thing you open.

Cards Are Sensory

The act of receiving a card involves many of your senses. You look at the address and try to guess who sent it by the handwriting. You hear the tear as you rip open the envelope. You smile as you see the picture on the front and run your hands over it. You turn the card over in your hands as you open it to read the message.

Cards Take Time

In the days of digital communication, the fact that someone has taken the time to visit a shop, select a card they think you’ll like, compose a message, buy a stamp and post it makes you feel extra special. They’ve invested that time, money and thought into you. The effort involved shows how much they care.

Cards Celebrate Life Events

Cards are used to mark the most significant events of our lives whether it’s a birthday, wedding, anniversary, bereavement or declaration of love. Receiving a card gives you something tangible to display, keep and look at whenever you need a reminder of those kind words and that special moment or day.

Cards make Memories

As we mentioned, cards are often kept and looked back on. Sending an email or text just doesn’t have the same impact. You rarely go back through email messages from several years ago – they are forgotten too quickly, without the physical reminder of the sentiment. A card can be treasured for years and be read again and again.

Cards help you get your message across

You can express things that might be hard to say face-to-face in a card. This could be an apology or a message of sympathy, where you need to carefully consider your words. A card gives you a chance to plan what you want to say and a way to explain your feelings. Often email and text messages can be reactionary and sent in haste. Writing a card gives you time to think about your response and word it carefully.

Cards make you happier

There are even emotional benefits for the sender of the card – studies have found that writing a thoughtful message to someone can make you both feel considerably happier.

Do you have a meaningful card that you would like to cherish forever? At Inscripture we can engrave those special handwritten words onto a piece of jewellery or gift. Click here to see our range of handwriting products.

 

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

 

How to create the perfect layered look

Layering is THE necklace trend that has been building over the last few years. We can see why – it lets you add your personality to an outfit, it’s an easy way to upgrade a plain top into this seasons hottest look and who doesn’t love a trend that means you can wear all your favourite jewellery at once?

But how do you perfect the look? Read our style guide and you’ll be layering like a pro in no time!

Which styles of necklaces should I put together?

This look is all about having fun, and thankfully there aren’t too many rules. Mixing vintage and modern, gold and silver, chunky and dainty all works, if you get it right!

In fact, the trend works best if you blend styles, lengths, colours, textures and metals. The main rule to follow is to make sure the necklace chains are different lengths so the necklaces sit gracefully at a variety of points around your neck.

Our top tips for layering success

  • Start with a base necklace to act as a point of focus. Pick a piece you love, probably with a pendant and work from there.
  • Coin necklaces have been the on-trend base choice his season. Shop our Coin Necklace here
  • Now start building your layers with a range of necklace lengths
  • Contrast chunkier chains with dainty pendants
  • Use personalised and sentimental items so the combination represents you
  • Make your look unique, so as well as updating with a few of this season key trends, get some of your older pieces out of retirement and add them into the mix
  • Have fun with it – mix metals, styles and old pieces with new.

Great lengths

Our necklaces come in a range of chain lengths, so you can get the desired cascade look. Here is our guide to where each chain length should sit.

What should you wear with your layered necklaces?

You don’t want the neckline of your top to clash with your necklaces, so we recommend either going for a round neck sweater – the prefect look for chilly Autumn days. Or a low cut dress, or deep v-neck for a glamorous evening look.

Insta Inspo

Need some more inspiration? Here’s how our favourite influencers are layering their necklaces…

Ready to Wear

If all this sounds like hard work, check out our layering range – we’ve launched double chain pendants for 2020 to save you shopping and styling time! ⁠

Shop our range of Inscripture Necklaces, available in a range of lengths.

How To Write A Journal

 

People have many reasons for keeping a journal. It could be a way of documenting their life to leave a lasting legacy. A vehicle to process their thoughts or feeling. Or a creative outlet. Whatever your reason, follow our guide and get writing today! 

Getting Started

A blank white notebook can feel a bit daunting, so how do you start writing?

  • Find a quiet space where you can focus and feel comfortable
  • Introduce yourself on the first page
  • Don’t overthink it, just look back over your day and start to write whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to make sense, just let your thoughts and feelings flow
  • Don’t fret about spelling, grammar or sentence structure. You’re not creating a literary masterpiece and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else
  • Practice makes perfect – the more you write, the more naturally your words will come
  • Think of it as a private space where you can be honest, don’t self-edit as you write. Instead, at the end of each session, go back over your writing and add any additional thoughts and notes
  • Add the date to each entry, then you can look back on how you were feeling at different points in your life
  • Include pictures, doodles and items that trigger memories like tickets.

How Much Time Should I Spend Writing My Journal?

You don’t need to write for hours, but it’s best to try and write something every day. Stick to between five to twenty mins per session.

When Is The Best Time To Write a Journal?

There’s no right time to journal. Some people feel more creative or productive in the morning, while others find getting all their thoughts and ideas down before bed helps them sleep better. Try to build it into your routine though, so you journal at a similar time each day.

How To Make Journaling a Habit

Once you start doing something regularly, the theory is it’s easier to keep doing it than it is to stop! So how do you form a habit? The key is to stick to writing your journal once a day for 21 days. You can commit to the bare minimum, for example, one sentence every day and try to keep it up for three weeks. Hopefully, you will naturally write a bit more as you get into journaling and fingers crossed, after 21 days, it will have become a habit that is hard to break!

How Should I Keep My Journal?

As well as the traditional pen and paper there are many digital options for journaling

We are huge stationery geeks Inscripture, so would opt for choosing a beautiful notebook or journal that you can’t wait to open. You can shop our Handwriting Notebooks here. We think putting pen to paper allows your brain to slow down and focus on the words

If you’d prefer a digital option, try

  • Day One Journal The app lets you create multiple journals and colour code them. You can include photos, locations and even weather data
  • Five Minute Journal This app is perfect if you’re time poor – it has writing prompts and questions that you can answer quickly as well as daily quotes to help inspire you.

Prompts to Help You Overcome Writer’s Block:

Don’t worry if you are struggling to put pen to paper, use one of these ideas to get you started

  • Think about the Future What would you like to do at the weekend? What do you hope to achieve by the end of the year?
  • Describe a past event Think about a happy day, an early childhood memory or your first kiss and write down everything you can remember
  • Take Five Write a list of five things. For example, places you’d like to visit, strange things you’ve eaten or things you can see
  • Use a sentence starter I think…, I feel…, I hope…, I am grateful for…
  • Write from someone else point of view Your parent’s, your child’s, your partner’s or even your cat’s!
  • Doodle You don’t have to write, you could draw or include brainstorms, charts or graphs

Benefits of writing a journal

Keeping a journal can help you:

  • Destress Getting all those ideas out of your head and onto the page is a way of processing them. Many people find this enables them to relax
  • Reduce Anxiety People who write down all their worries tend to feel less anxious afterwards
  • Spark Ideas Writing all those random thoughts down on paper can help bring together cohesive ideas
  • Get To Know Yourself Journaling about your feelings in a very honest way can help you look at how you react and deal with different situations
  • Communicate Better Putting all your ideas down on paper makes you better at explaining them to other people
  • Improve Your Memory The act of writing down events can make you more likely to remember them. If you don’t, you have your journal to look back on!
  • Feel Gratitude Include at least one positive thing each day, so you feel thankful
  • Resolve Arguments Writing down both sides of a disagreement can help you see another person’s perspective

As you can see keeping a journal has many practical and emotional benefits, so why not try starting one today?

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