Messy Box is a subscription box by the same brains behind Happy Mail. It’s oriented more towards the scrapbooking fans, or really anyone who’s crafty! I was drawn to this box because I’ve recently joined the planner addict culture, and I’m always on the hunt for new papers, stickers, and ephemera. I liked that Messy Box had a monthly theme, which is more cohesive than a pile of random stickers. As soon as I saw this box and saw watermelons, I was thrilled — my planner has a watermelon design on it! I’m convinced it’s destiny.
February’s theme is food, with a little extra for Valentine’s Day. I just purchased recipe and meal planning inserts for my planner, so these couldn’t have arrived at a better time!
These are large letter-size sheets of printed paper. The colours are so vibrant! The candy print is actually cute enough that I think I’m going to frame it and put it in my kitchen. I’m going to use the lemon and the stripes to make dashboards for my planner.
All of the little bits & bobs such as journaling cards and other ephemera come neatly packaged. Look at those tiny watermelon charms! They’re a soft flexible rubbery material and even the seeds are textured. I’m making them into paperclips! I love the heart stickers — so appropriate for February and a nice little bit of love.
There are eight punch-out cardboard discs and nine small cards. They’re about 1.5×1.5″ and the discs are the same. I’m going to turn the discs into more paperclips for my planner.
The journaling cards are all double-sided — the larger ones have space for recipes or notes on the back, and the smaller ones mainly have lines for to-do lists on the back. I can’t get over how cute the art is on these!
I honestly can’t get over how cute Messy Box is. It’s such a great combination of items and the art is just adorable. I’ve looked at some of their past boxes and the quality is consistent and the themes creative. If you’re a scrapbooker, a planner addict, a Project Life fan, or just someone who is good with papercraft, this would be an amazing box. I can’t wait to get creative with mine!
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. We found these We R Memory Keepers pages and October Afternoon pages on Amazon (these are the 3×3 ones)! We also found this site – Kanvess – that does Instagram prints for a quarter (3″ and 4″ squares) ! A Beautiful Mess recommends/is sponsored by Canon Pixma but you have to cut them up. You can also try the new Polaroid Zip (3″x4″, also needs cutting). Scrapbook.com also has a wide variety of page protectors!
The Description: The Messy Box is meant to inspire you to learn new techniques, explore your artsy side and make beautiful, imperfect photo books. Each month is designed around a technique or certain artistic focus so you can take your photos out of your phone and into books in your own style. From the blog “A Beautiful Mess”
The Price: $24.99 per month