Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Stationery Box Subscriptions

Over the past few months we have been dipping into a few stationery subscription boxes. If you have never heard of these before, let us explain.  Subscription boxes are stuffed full of stationery-related goodies, can cost between £10 and £20 (plus postage) per box and are delivered on a monthly basis.  You will usually find that stationery subscription boxes are created by people who themselves love stationery, therefore know what you will love to receive. With a little help from two of our stationery-loving friends, we've selected the best of the best to give you a taster.


Stationery Subscription Boxes Reviewed

Ink Drops Ace Selection Box - £15.95 per month inc shipping

Reviewed by Sian To
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Created by two friends and stationery lovers, Ink Drops have been producing monthly subscription boxes since 2012. They offer a range of services from a rolling subscription to one-off box purchases, each one containing a selection of fresh and exciting delights to satiate your stationery addiction.

The boxes usually sell out, so I recommend a three-month or rolling subscription so that you don't miss out. You can use Paypal checkout so the subscriptions really are fuss free and you can cancel at any time. 

Boxes ship around the 14th of the month and you must order before the 7th of the month to get that month's box.

Here's April's box to tantalise and tease!

[Items: Vintage suitcase card (with envelope), A4 geometric soft-cover notebook, alphabet paper bags, a dinosaur card (with envelope) and 2 meters of ribbon (purple, sage)]

Ink Drops Stationery subscription box

The BrimblesBox - £15 per month + P&P

Reviewed by Nickie O'Hara
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Anna Brim (known in the stationery community as "Mrs Brimbles") created the #BrimblesBox subscription service in January 2015. Anna is a mixed-media artist and fellow Filofax lover therefore her stationery subscription boxes always have a Filofax 'dashboard' (a divider/page marker) which has been created from a piece of her original artwork. There is also an alternative option if you aren't a Filofax user.

Each month you receive a shoe-box sized package full of stationery goodies that always follow a theme; February was the month of love, March had a Spring/Easter theme, April was full of clouds, showers and ducks. Each box has a minimum value of around £15-20 and will contain various stationery items, a lot of which are sourced from Etsy stores in the UK which is something I love - supporting small, home-grown businesses.

Have a look at the unboxing videos on my YouTube channel and see why I look forward to receiving this happy mail each month.

[Items: Personal Filofax dashboard (original artwork), 50 page To-Do list, felt stickers, biro, squared paper A6 notebook, 'thank you' notlets (set of 5 with envelopes), 10 narrow rolls of washi tape, handmade bookmark, page marker paperclip, planner/keyring charm, set of stamps, squeaky rubber duck]

#BrimblesBox Stationery Subscription Box

Paperhaul - £10 per month + P&P

Reviewed by Adam Blaine

As far as stationery subscription boxes go I look for a box full of things that I can really use and make it worth spending money on. When I came across the monthly #PaperHaul subscription that box was ticked. 

Theres no fuss or hassle with their subscriptions either, you can stop whenever you like! It generally comes with a roll of washi tape (seriously, you can  never have enough rolls of washi), gift tags, mini notecards, single stickers, a sheet of stickers, double sided craft paper and full size greetings cards. (Notecards and greetings cards all come with an envelope). 

Check out my unboxing videos on my YouTube channel here to see what this year's boxes have come with. Each item and box has a variety of design styles - did I mention that the boxes are themed?. April's box, retailing at £10, had the most adorable balloon theme!!  But everything is fun and most importantly made of high quality materials, which for me, quality alone justifies the price. For anyone who loves sending happy mail or just hoarding paper goods for your own paper stash, #PaperHaul is the box for you!

[Items: 1 roll of washi tape, 3 craft gift tags, 3 mini notecards (with envelopes), 2 large stickers, 1 sheet of 16 stickers, 3 postcards, 2 double-sided sheets of craft paper (6" x 6"), 2 greetings cards (with envelopes)]

Paperhaul Monthly Stationery Subscription Box

Happy Paper Club - £10 per month + P&P

Reviewed by Nicki Cawood

If you are looking for something to get your stationery gears grinding then this box of paper-related goodness popping through your letterbox each month could be just what you've been looking for.

The Happy Paper Club launched at the beginning of March 2015 with a limited number of boxes and sold out within hours. There are currently three subscription choices, with all receiving the same box contents. Choose from a one-off or gift box for £12.95 a month, a £10 a month rolling subscription or a six month subscription for £60. All of these include postage and packaging.

A new box is "released" on the first of the month so you have to be quick, although those on a rolling subscription don't need to do anything other than simply wait for their goodies to arrive (around the 18th of the month).

What you get in the box is a number of paper related products, some from The Green Gables website and some specially designed pieces by Gabrielle, the owner of and creative mind behind the Happy Paper Club and The Green Gables. The box promises to deliver at least double the value of the price you pay and the first box certainly delivered that with a an array of paper-related goodies including notecards, an inspirational mini print, a notebook, a notepad and more.

If what you crave is a box of paper-related joy through your door every month this is a great find and offers excellent value for money.

[Items: A typewriter "thank you" card (with envelope), Happy Post Day stickers, a pencil, a mini print, Wildflowers, a weekly meal planning pad]

Happy Paper Club subscription box


These were just four of our favourites to whet your appetite for the stationery subscription box. Is there one you already subscribe to that we haven't mentioned here? What one item is would you love to see in a stationery subscription box? Let us know in the comments.

All prices were correct at the time of publication and do not include P&P unless otherwise stated.
All contributors paid for their own subscription boxes and opinions remain independent.


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