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!
This month’s summer theme has lots of flowers!
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!
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!
I always get the most excited about these Project Life sized cards — I like to clip them into the front cover of my planner.
These small squares are awesome for decorating dashboards.
I really like these banner die cuts — they would be great for decorating greeting cards!
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!
Washi stickers are awesome precut pieces of thin washi tape. I love the designs of these, especially the CHILL border.
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?
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