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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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These small squares are awesome for decorating dashboards.

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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.

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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). Scrapbook.com 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
    05.01.16

    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 🙁