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Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01

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Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box  #BUG01

Creative Bug is a new subscription box from Quarterly. I received a few requests to review this box so I signed up!

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Items

The Box: Creative Bug Quarterly Box

The Cost: $50 a box (shipped every quarter)

The Products: Creative items in the categories of home, lifestyle, and art.

Ships to: Shipping is free to the US. (Canada +$20; rest of world +$30.)

Check out all of my Quarterly reviews!

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Letter

Each Quarterly Box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included. This month the theme is centered around drawing with expert Lisa Congdon.

This box also comes with a unique coupon code to get Lisa’s workshop on drawing for free.

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Doodle

Lisa’s Doodling Manifesto – Value?

This is printed on a very heavy card stock.

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Sketchpad

Strathmore Sketch Pad – Value $13

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Marker

Pigma Graphic 1 Pen – Value $2.20

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Washi

Funtape Washi Tape 6 mm width (2) – Value $4?

Lisa Congdon for Cloud 9 Fabrics Swatch

Tattly Temporary Tattoos (Set of 2) – Value $5

I love paper/washi tape, but I’ve only used the standard tape size, so I’m pretty excited about these super slim tape widths. Creative Bug also included two of Lisa’s designs in fabric and tattoo form.

Creative Bug Quarterly Subscription Box Review #BUG01 Classes

This box came with a coupon code to get a one month free trial at Creative Bug. (It gets you unlimited access to all of their crafting video classes). I believe you have to enter credit card info though).

This box also comes with a unique coupon code to get Lisa’s workshop on drawing for free. (No need to enter credit card info). I just started watching the first video from Lisa, and I am seriously impressed with the production quality! (I haven’t tried out other videos on the site yet, but I wasn’t expecting the videos to be so professional!)

Verdict: This is a bit of a tough box to give a verdict on. If you are looking for a way to express yourself creatively each season and challenge yourself a little bit, I think this is a great box. At first when I opened up the box I thought I’d be swapping the items since I don’t consider myself much of a drawer. But after watching the intro video to Lisa’s class, I think I’m going to do the entire class and see how it goes! (I used to doodle all the time in my notebooks in school, and it probably would be good to keep up that creative outlet in adult life!)

If you are looking for a good retail value in a box – I cannot recommend this box. It’s hard to calculate the exact value since I don’t think you can buy Lisa’s classes individually, but from a strictly retail value view, this box doesn’t match the $50 I spent.

What do you think of the first Creative Bug Quarterly box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
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11 Comments

  1. I am somewhat disappointed by the value of the box, because I can’t justified it worth $50. Even my husband said that’s an expensive sketch book. Having said that, I still want to keep it because it actually encourage me to try out doodling, or paper artwork of kind, so I am looking forward to that. I want to try place the Yuzen paper strips and other paper and see if I can make something nice out of it. I will try again for the next box and hope that it will be different from the first.

  2. With discount codes, I paid $30 for this box and feel like it is a rip-off at that price! Although, I do like the size of the washi tape. (It seems like they will be perfect for my day planner.) I’m not sure if the rest of the box is best gifted or swapped??? Either way, the subscription has been canceled.

  3. I went through a lot of those sketchbooks when I was getting my BFA, and Micron pens are the best. I would’ve liked the box a lot more though if the print were of one of Lisa Congdon’s regular illustrations. This one is cute, but I don’t know what I’d do with it since the subject is so specific. Going by her Etsy prices, it’s worth $18, so the box value is over $50. (Of course, personal value is subjective.)

  4. I definitely don’t think this box was a good value. Even adding in the classes, it still doesn’t seem worth it. There should have been more supplies and the classes should have been more of a bonus item, in my opinion. We love all thinks art in my house, but I could not justify paying so much for so little

  5. I chose this box because of my love for Lisa Congdon’s art. I was unimpresssed with the curation of the box. I enjoy the print the most and like to try out the pens (which are two different sizes). I don’t necessarily need or want any of the other items in the box. The piece of fabric I received has words on it and isn’t big enough to do much with. I will not be purchasing any more boxes.

  6. I do some drawing and painting and I think that it’s a nice box! That being said, I, like most artists, like to choose my own supplies. If it were a great deal, I would get it. The items seemed to be good quality, but there is no way that I would pay that much money for so little. Especially if I didn’t know what I was getting ahead of time.

  7. This is a brilliant looking box! I do a lot of art journaling, so it seems that this box could add to my creative flair and help spur some ideas.
    Adding this to my wishlist!!

  8. I’m glad that I dropped the box prior to shipping. I knew from Facebook that an illustrator picked out her favorite products. Drawing isn’t something that I enjoy. However, if I was able to figure out the theme of the next box I may buy it knowing that it will include the materials to take a class.

    Others posted about a second pen. I was wondering if they were different thicknesses. Hopefully it is still in the box.

  9. I wanted to express my creative side so this box was an interesting one for me. It’s definitely different, but not exactly what I expected. I will attempt to use everything in it, but I’m not sure I can subscribe for the full price next time around.

    Also, On the Creativebug website it states that the workshops are either $9.95 a month unlimited or $9.95 and up per workshop. That adds a bit to the monetary value. I received this box for $40.

    Liz, did you only get one pen? I believe they were all supposed to come with two.

    • Thanks for letting me know about the second pen! I went back to check the box and found it under the shipping material!

  10. I don’t know if that really has a $50 value since you can get all that stuff at hobby lobby with a coupon or find it on sale there, but that being said – I majored in art for a bit and that is one of my fav sketch pads and I love the micron pens for doodling. Those are straight up my doodling pens and not for signing stuff or taking notes or anything. You ought google how to do zentangles. Those are fun, relaxing, and. Don’t involve talent.

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