Messy Box July 2015 Subscription Box Review

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Messy Box is a newer monthly subscription box from lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess. It’s really a scrapbook box (let me tell you, I still have big plans to organize my photographs, starting with 3 years ago…) but I am thinking of getting a big bulletin board and making a monthly mood board with it. I also expect to have some mommy daughter chill craft time with this one.

messy box july 2015 envelope

Everything is contained in a bag inside the box (if you want to see the cute box, check out my first Messy Box review).

messy box july 2015 reviewEverything in the box! 

Shine bright this July with the latest Messy Box! It’s packed with cool blue and warm red shades contrasted with a splash of black and white and plenty of pattern to make for major sparkle appeal.

Up your shine factor with motivational journal cards, shimmery gold chipboard alphas, star die cuts, 9×12 papers, and bronze metallic washi tape. Also enjoy an extra dose of glitz on a gold foil transparency and jumbo gold paper clips! We’re so ready to document all the fun times that add luster to our lives!

There was no washi tape, it’s not in the kit list, so I guess it’s just a suggestion? It would have been useful.

messy box july 2015 IMG_6565Scrapbooking papers.

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set of journal cards

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More journal cards. I nicked one with my scissors opening the package. I knew it was going to happen and it happened anyways. SIGH.

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Gold Foil Transparency – The photo is on white paper so you can see it.

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star die cuts

jumbo gold paper clips

pink die cut “sparkle” chipboard word

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Gold chipboard alphabet.

This was another nice set – but I’m kind of meh on the color scheme. I think I really need to get a bulletin board for my office to make my own decorations. I only got my first box 3 weeks ago (I ordered late) so I haven’t had the confidence yet to put anything together.  Maybe if I did some collages I would feel better about making a scrapbook, which feels so final. Most of the decorations in our home are super ephemeral right now so the bulletin board seems up my alley.

FYI, they sell a “Messy Book” and pocket scrapbooking supplies, but you don’t have to purchase their items, especially if you already use a different size scrapbook. I found these We R Memory Keepers pages and October Afternoon pages on Amazon (these are the 3×3 ones)! FYI, I found this site – Kanvess – that does Instagram prints for a quarter! A Beautiful Mess recommends/is sponsored by Canon Pixma but you have to cut them up manually. also has a wide variety of page protectors! Jenny (see the comments!) recommended a multi-pack so we can experiment with different layouts.

I would love to hear what you would do with your Messy Box!

Visit Messy Box to subscribe or find out more, or check out all our Messy Box reviews.  See other paper, stationery, and scrapbooking subscriptions in the directory.

The Subscription: Messy Box
The Description: A Beautiful Mess’s Messy Box is a monthly stationary subscription service. Included are items for scrapbooking or other paper crafts, including items like papers, journal cards, colored enamel dots, circle cork stickers, 4×6 silkscreens, phrase stickers, alpha stickers, sequin mix, and shipping tags.
The Price: $24.99 per month (save $5 per month with a year long subscription)


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  • Jenny

    I agree these colors aren’t as me as your first box but I do still think its a great box and fun. It’s the starting that is hard but once you get going you will be on a roll. 🙂 With my little sister I would always set her up with a specific trip of pictures and the supplies and let her go. It doesn’t seem as daunting when she had a set number of pics and knew that when she used them all she was done. It is the never getting done that really trips her up when I have her scrap with us. So maybe start with a certain trip and then branch out from there.

    • Brandy

      I was waiting for you to come inspire me! Of course part of the problem is photo overload. We delete all the box photos as soon as they’re uploaded to the site but I have as far back as 2013 that I’d like to organize (with all my free time). I should make pages for me & Alena – we just got back from a super fun trip to NYC! I think I should try the pocket pages because those seem less intimidating. I’m good at filing?! (says the woman with a stack that is “to be filed when I buy a cabinet”)