Messy Box July 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 summer theme has lots of fruit!


There are always three large sheets of scrapbooking paper — they used to include a patterned transparency as well. The paper is a nice, thick weight which makes them great for making dashboards and dividers for my planner. I LOVE the bathing suit design!


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 are less exciting, but are often lined for writing notes or dates on. I like the TV one and think it’d be a fun way to keep track of shows you’re watching.


I always get the most excited about these Project Life sized cards — I like to clip them into the front cover of my planner. The list cards are my favourites of this bunch.


These small squares are awesome for decorating dashboards. I love the bathing suit!


We were also sent some cardboard banners and bubbles as well as orange letter and number stickers!


These pink circles are shiny and frosted, a really neat look. There’s also some wood words and hot pink ink for stamps.


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)! Timeshel is a monthly print subscription that does 3.5″ 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!

What did you think of Messy Box this month?

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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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  • Tricia Sutton

    OK, Newb question. I have my first planner and when you say dashboard I am so clueless it’s embarrassing lol.

    • Valerie

      It’s okay, I was a newbie too earlier this year! Your dashboard is basically the front section of your planner (depending on your planner style) that people will often use as an overview of the week, attach sticky notes to, or just use as a purely decorative landing pad once their planner is opened.