Messy Box April 2016 Subscription Box Review

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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. This month’s theme was Paris!


I love the colour scheme — lots of black, pink, red and purple.


There are always three large sheets of scrapbooking paper — sometimes you get a transparency as well. The paper is a nice, thick weight which makes them great for making dashboards and dividers for my planner.


We got a lot of stickers this month! There are two sheets of of scrapbooking/planning labels, black letters, a WEEKEND sticker, and a sheet of smaller stickers which could be used in a calendar or a planner easily with their small size.


The journaling cards are one of my favourite parts of the kit, because there are so many and in so many sizes. These are all double sided — the backs featured stripes and polka-dots. Like last month, some of the cards feature silver foiling which I love.


I love the bulldog art! These would fit perfectly into journaling pockets, but I clip them into the inner cover of my planner.


You can see more of the foiling on these larger index-card size pieces.


These small squares are awesome for decorating dashboards.


My first stamp! I just wish they had included an ink pad so I could show you all. This stamp features the days of the week, hearts, as well as to-do type headers and so on.


Messy Box is one of my favourite boxes to dig into every month — it’s fun making a mess, especially when everything is so well coordinated and styled. I love how everything matches and makes it easy to put together a great spread or layout, even if you only use a handful of the pieces. Scrapbooking can be so overwhelming with so many options, and Messy Box really helps as a jumping off point when you need to be inspired.

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 Polaroid Zip (3″x4″, also needs cutting). also has a wide variety of page protectors!

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The Subscription: Messy Box
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
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  • Jenny

    I love the colors this month and that is a great stamp. I love my roller stamps for my journal and scrapbooking. Too bad they didn’t send an ink pad for you 🙁