When cleaning out my cupboards in preparation for our imminent new family member recently, I stumbled upon a box of memories. Hundreds of handwritten cards, journals and photographs stuffed into a box.
Anyone who has opened an old file of memories will know that this type of discovery conjures up all of the emotions. Nostalgia, love, joy … It didn’t take long before tears were flowing and I’d made a pact to reach out to some long lost friends. Because there really is something about the tactile nature of a handwritten, heartfelt note or memory captured on paper that just can’t be recreated digitally. In today’s world of the Cloud, bulging inboxes and ever-present social media, we seem to have lost the art of sitting down to write to our loved ones, or even to ourselves.
That’s why Write To Me is one of our favourite 2019 discoveries at The Grace Tales. Their beautiful journals encourage us all to journal and make notes – in our own handwriting – to create heirlooms to pass down to the people we love the most. Their beautiful collection of journals have been created specifically with mothers in mind – to capture the moments and memories of our children’s lives. With gorgeous linen covers in soft colours, they’re truly a keepsake to treasure forever.
We spoke to the founders of Write To Me, sisters Anna and Nicoletta, about the art of journaling, the journey of their business and the importance of capturing memories. As Anna and Nicoletta say, “Handwriting keeps a piece of you alive long after you are gone with the ability to retell stories that are so important to capture.” With that, I’m off to do some writing.
We adore your beautiful journals, planners and calendars. Can you tell us a little about Write to Me and what your business is all about?
We create journals that capture life stories told in handwriting. When someone is gone and you can hold their handwriting in your hands, it is like a piece of them remains physically with you. You can run your hands over the letters they have created and memories will come flooding back with the ability to retell and relive stories that meant so much. Creating heirlooms that will live on in future generations.
We also believe in the power of handwriting for everyday sanity. Our planner brand My Organised Chaos works on the researched theory that if you just take the time every week to write out what you need to do, where you need to be then it eliminates stress and might even leave you with some me time.