How to 4 Things You Need to Know About Journaling

by Snapguide Team

This guide is in partnership with the Paper and Packaging Board – How Life Unfolds campaign.


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Journaling can help us process emotions + tap into the imaginative part of our brain. Paper and Packaging Board’s new campaign, Letters of Peace, encourages people to express themselves using paper.

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We partnered with the Paper & Packaging — How Life Unfolds ™ Campaign and had our team journal 20 minutes every day for a week using a notebook + a pen. This is what we found out from our experiment!

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1. You can journal about *anything*. Every way is the right way!

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“I cooked a lot and entertained this weekend, so my poor journal is covered in cooking debris and smudged with dirty fingerprints. I wrote down menu plans, to-do lists, + groceries” — Emily

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2. Sometimes it’s hard to find time… but it’s worth it.

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“It [felt] like a chore on the weekend and one day during the week. It was good to set some time out of the day to just relax and do something different.” — Jeff

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“Some days writing did feel like a chore, but I had to remind myself that it's such a healthy release. It's so necessary for me to give myself the space to think about something” — Marianne

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3. Say hello to pen + paper!

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“With paper, I found myself staying in the moment. I also liked documenting the daily details — writing in pen made the whole weekend feel more permanent and memorable.” — Emily

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“For me, journaling on pen and paper is very therapeutic. It's nice to see it actually on the page. It's really nice for me to purposefully spend some time away from my phone/laptop/tablet.” — Cortney

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4. Stretch those creative muscles.

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“It was difficult to break out of my analytical mindset + think of ideas, so I drew images inspired by other artists. Journaling forced me to use parts of my brain that I didn’t use regularly.” — Jeff

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“I felt creative because I knew there was no pressure to make it look good. I feel like projects that won’t be critiqued by others are precious; that’s when I feel the most creatively free.” — Marisa

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Add this therapeutic + cathartically creative self-care practice to your routine. Visit to discover more stories about the power of paper. Share your own #LettersofPeace.