Messy Box June 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 features stripes, polka dots, and gridlines. It’s very geometric!

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This month’s summer theme has lots of flowers!

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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 like the middle leaf design, and think it would be fun to colour!

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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 are less exciting, but are often lined for writing notes or dates on. I love the toucan!

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

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These small squares are awesome for decorating dashboards.

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I really like these banner die cuts — they would be great for decorating greeting cards!

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A few months ago we got a stamp and I lamented the lack of an ink pad — this month we got both! These acrylic stamps are too cute, though I need to get a block to put them on for easier stamping. The ink pad is a bright green. I’m not sure what to do with the tiny pineapples — they’re too small for paper clips, but they’re so cute!

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Washi stickers are awesome precut pieces of thin washi tape. I love the designs of these, especially the CHILL border.

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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. I loved June’s summer theme — the colours are definitely a lot different than what I usually associate with summer, with dark jewel tones accenting the bright colours!

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). Scrapbook.com 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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  • Jenny
    07.10.16

    What a great month. I agree about coloring the leaf paper. Maybe you could put the pineapples on a page with a glue dot or something. Washi tape strips are always a favorite of mine.