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The NOSO Journal is an integrated diary and notebook for teenagers, helping them to grow into their best selves.
The NOSO Journal is an integrated diary and notebook for teenagers, helping them to grow into their best selves.
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NOSO - Making the Benefits of Journaling Easily Accessible

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NOSO Journal provides an introduction to journaling for teenagers, making the benefits of journaling more easily accessible to boost teen confidence and positively impact wellbeing. With NOSO Journal we aim to inspire teenagers to grow into their best selves.

We’ve called it NOSO Journal – Not On SOcial (Media) - a place to go when you unplug from the digital world. 

 

  • 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 120x160 mm flexcover notebook with rounded corners - sturdy yet pleasant to hold and easy to carry along 
  • Thread stitching & lay-flat binding for greater durability and user-friendliness 
  • Comes with a matching 100% cotton drawstring bag for including favourite pens and other carry-along items, or for saving the journal in as a keepsake for the future. 
  • Cover material is Casina Faux leather, yellow 
  • End leaves made of 120g Gmund F-Color Glatt black premium paper We really sweated the details. 
  • All of the materials have a premium feel; stationery lovers will love it
  • Manufactured in Europe to ethical standards.

We see NOSO Journal as part of a wider movement towards better living and clearer thinking. As two working moms, we want to give our budding teens something meaningful and intentional -- something analogue to balance beautifully with their tech-filled social lives. We are excited about the high potential of NOSO Journal to positively impact teen mental and emotional wellbeing. It is a special gift to give or to receive.

Our goal is to help share the life-changing benefits of journaling with teenagers through NOSO Journal. We are passionate about our future generations and, as such, will be donating 10% of all future journal sales to mental health initiatives for teens

 

The pages have been designed to encourage and unlock creativity. We have included a few carefully selected prompts to encourage creative exploration. Non-prescriptive but enough of a nudge to give some direction to the journaling, so that each time they sit down to write it’s as beneficial a journaling session as possible.

 

The subtle dot grids are perfect for giving enough guidance for jotting down ideas and tasks. We picked dot grids because they’re somewhere in the sweet spot between a lined page and blank page - giving just enough unobtrusive guidance to get the creative juices flowing.

Writing, designing and drawing are all possible, in any way that suits you best: horizontal, vertical, bullet-style, calligraphy, sketching, freeform or structured.

 

 

 

Lay-flat binding makes journaling much more pleasant and minimises the possibility of damaging the spine when opening the book to lay flat.

 

 

We have kept the cover unprinted and selected a luxury faux leather material that lends itself to customisation. We have tested writing and drawing on the cover with various permanent markers. The cover is flexible, yet durable and sturdy.

Being two passionate stationery lovers, we paid attention to every last detail in this notebook. The paper is super high quality, and performs perfectly with a variety of writing instruments without smudging or bleeding.

We also consulted with several pen and paper experts to help us find a fantastic paper, and we’re positive we have found it.

Specifications: Munken 120gsm polar white and each notebook contains 80 sheets / 160 pages.

Some may say it’s excessive testing, but we think you will appreciate all the care and attention to detail we put into this journal.
Some may say it’s excessive testing, but we think you will appreciate all the care and attention to detail we put into this journal.

 

NOSO Journal - the perfect gift for your favourite teen comes with a black 100% cotton drawstring bag, which will easily hold the journal, a digital device, some pens, phone etc.

You didn’t think we’d only have one purpose for the bag, did you? The cotton drawstring bag was also created so that once completed the journal can be kept as keepsake.

We will be collaborating with Bags of Ethics for the drawstring gift bag. We share common values, such as sustainably using our planet’s resources and promoting safer factory conditions, worker rights, pay and employment policies for those along the supply chain.  

Bags of Ethics make reusable bags by the most amazing community of people. The textile bags are made out of natural materials, are eco-friendly and can be reused over 5,000 times. The Bags of Ethics label ensures that your product has been produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly factory.

 

We are Jannetje and Marie-Anne, and we are sisters. Close at heart but living two seas apart. Since childhood, we share a passion for beautiful paper, stationery, notebooks and packaging.

Both mothers of children growing up very quickly as well as journal users who can attest to the plethora of benefits of using journals, we want to share the power and joy of journaling with the teenagers in our lives. They have the world at their feet. Yet at the same time, their world is in flux: everything is changing on the inside and outside, educational choices for the future need to be made, and they are developing into their future selves – with all the creativity, self-consciousness, questions and need for exploration that accompanies that growth process.

We want to give our budding teens something meaningful and intentional -- something analogue to balance beautifully with their tech-filled social lives. We are excited about the high potential of NOSO Journal to positively impact teen mental and emotional wellbeing. It is a special gift to give or to receive.    

NOSO Journal is a physical product – purposely non-tech and offline – aimed at opening up a private world for creativity and personal exploration. At the same our focus is also on it being not too prescriptive, so that it lends itself to any preferred use, be it for goal-setting, planning, ideation, writing, drawing or something else.  

We passionately believe that today’s teens need a private, offline world to complement their social media lives and enable them to grow into their best selves. 

We see NOSO Journal as part of a wider movement towards better living and clearer thinking.

 

 

We spent ages fussing over materials and details of the journal as well as how much content to add (or not to add). Every last detail was considered, and we’re delighted with the end result. 

 

NOSO Journal was especially designed with teenagers in mind. We've wanted to make this special gift journal for them for a while now. We went in several different directions, but the "ah-ha" moment came when we started to consider who would be gifting it. It had to be a delight for teenagers to use, and yes also the perfect gift to give

We got samples and pricing from all over the world. In the end, we selected a European printing partner because being 100% sure on the ethical elements of the production process was the most important to us, as well as a sense of security regarding promised lead times and consideration of our carbon footprint.  

The final selection brings all the best elements together: the right paper and binding, the perfect size, a dot-grid layout, and a soft-touch, sturdy cover in yellow. Yellow is our signal colour because it is uplifting and gender neutral. Who doesn’t want a ray of sunshine in their life?!

 

 

 

We are highly motivated and driven to successfully launch the NOSO Journal as a private exploration space for teenagers that will impact them positively. We have our securities in place and can back up what we promised with commitment, dedication and experience.

We are proud of each other's skill set and feel that they come together in an amazing way in the process of developing NOSO Journal. The strong foundation of our sister relationship means that we are following up our intentions with real work.

Our professional experience in production, design, teamwork, social change and account management makes us strong, ambitious and persevering in the pursuit of our dream. With your support we can turn the idea of NOSO Journal into reality.

 

We are dreaming of connecting with teen mental health initiatives and making NOSO Journal part of therapy programmes for improving wellbeing, self-image and goal-setting, and for positively tapping into your inner power.

That is why we have already decided to donate 10% of our profit from journal sales to nominated initiatives for teen mental health and wellbeing.

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing a high-quality journal like this is a big undertaking that involves a lot of scheduling, preparation time and extremely high attention to detail. We'll be working with a few manufacturers for the different parts of the journal to ensure all parts are arranged properly, from getting the right premium paper to the yellow cover, the 100% cotton drawstring bag to the packaging materials.

Our challenge includes ensuring each and every NOSO Journal is finished to the quality of workmanship we are promising to backers and brought to your door in the time we specified. Once the journals are manufactured they will be delivered to our warehouse in Ireland where we will ship them to our backers across the world.

We have extensive experience in design, large and small format print. Furthermore, we have already received quotes and locked in our European printer and fulfilment partner, so there shouldn't be any surprises there.

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    The perfect gift, early!

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    Donate a journal - Make a teen smile!

    1 NOSO Journal

    We will partner with deserving destinations (children's' hospitals, hospices, youth projects, and other worthy teen causes) and when it comes to backer surveys, you will be able to select from a list where your donated journal will go.
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    Double pack. Two perfect gifts, early!

    Earlybird 2 NOSO Journals

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    Double pack. Two perfect gifts!

    2 NOSO Journals

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    Exploration pack. Your gift x 4!

    4 NOSO Journals

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    • NOSO Gift Postcard
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    Best Friends deal. Your gift x 10!

    10 NOSO Journals

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    Best Friends deal. Your gift x 10!

    10 NOSO Journals

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    Sunshine! Super gift pack of 50!

    50 NOSO Journals

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    • 50× cotton drawstring bag
    • 50× NOSO Gift Postcard
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    Social Value pack - personalised x100

    100 NOSO Journals + your own logo embossed on cover

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    • 100× NOSO Gift Postcard
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    Meet the Team!

    100 NOSO Journals + your own logo embossed on cover

    Includes:
    • 100× cotton drawstring bag
    • 100× NOSO Gift Postcard
    • Flights (max €1,200) + Accommodation + dinner with the team
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