I am a huge proponent of notebooks, and as a public school teacher, I firmly believe in the power of journaling. That’s why I was so excited when this project came across my desk.
The NOSO Journal—which stands for “Not On SOcial media—was designed by two moms who wanted to create “an offline, private space” for teens that wasn’t WiFi-enabled.
“Today’s teens are constantly plugged in but this connectivity comes at a price in terms of focus and personal development in a world where they are often under huge stress. Being avid journalers ourselves, Marie-Anne [van Leeuwen–project co-creator] and I are passionate about the super powers of journaling, with all its benefits for personal wellbeing and development.”
Jannetje van Leeuwen–project co-creator
Let’s listen to the van Leeuwen sisters describe the project in a bit more detail:
[Video via YouTube]
Ok, so you love the idea of purchasing a notebook for your teen, but you’re curious about the quality. I understand. Here are a few details about the actual product from the Kickstarter page:
- 160 quality pages including sections of carefully selected prompts to encourage creative thinking and constructive reflection
- Full printing on premium weighted 120g paper – perfect for many different types of pens without bleeding and ghosting
- A section of 24 pages of alternative grid patterns to delight, surprise, encourage creativity and stepping outside the box
- Free-form pages have a subtle dot grid allowing for unrestricted creativity, planning and writing
- A 120×160 mm flexcover notebook with rounded corners
- Thread stitching & lay-flat binding for greater durability and user-friendliness
Sounds like a winner to me! But what’s it look like?
The NOSO Journal is designed to help young people engage their minds while disengaging from the internet. Whether your support this project or not, you should support this idea and look for ways to foster real-life creativity for your children. Personally, my seven-year-old has been writing and journaling for about six months now, and it has definitely helped to boost her creativity and communication skills.
If you would like to support the NOSO Journal, there are several rewards available, but you’ll have to act fast as this project’s deadline is December 18.
[All images provided by the NOSO Kickstarter Page/Press Kit]