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A Beautiful Mess Messy Box Subscription Review – Oct 2015

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Messy Box is a new scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess. I love my Happy Mail subscription, so I wanted to try this one out too. I have never scrapbooked, but I love their designs so much I figured I could use the items for something else if I didn’t take it up! (They also sell exclusive scrapbook books and pages to go along with the sizes of items in this kit).

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The Subscription Box: Messy Box

The Cost: $24.99 ($19.99 a box with an annual subscription)

The Products: Each box is filled with items to scrapbook with including paper and cards, stickers, embellishments, and special items. Each month is color-coordinated and comes with a different technique theme.

Ships to: US and International ($3 shipping fee per box for International subscribers).

Check out all of my Messy Box reviews!


9×12 papers

These boxes always include 4 9×12 papers. Last month they were double-sided. This month, we’re back to one-sided pages.


I think I’ll be framing both of these – I love the colors!


9×12 Transparency

Almost every month they include a transparency sheet as well.


Set of journal cards (3 3×4″ 3 4×6″ and 6 3×3″)

These cards are all reversible – so you have a lot of options to pick from. Here are the larger sizes:



This month they sent half the amount of cards they usually send. I could be wrong, but I don’t see where additional items were added to make up for this, so it seems like a little bit of a hit in terms of value.


Now Playing Sticky Notes

Black and White Striped Mini Washi Tape

I love when they send washi tape! Here is a better look:



Quote Bubble Die Cuts

Heart Stickers

Colorful heart stickers = always a good thing!

Verdict: I like the colors and prints this month, but it does seem like this box has cut back a bit compared to previous months. I really hope to see more reversible 9×12 sheets in future boxes – I love having lots of options for framing!

Based on the comments from some scrapbooking readers on previous Messy Box reviews, I’d say this box is worth the $25 a month cost if you’re excited about exclusive prints and designs from A Beautiful Mess. If you’re looking purely for scrapbooking materials, there are likely cheaper options.

What do you think of the October Messy 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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  1. As a scrapbooker I find this both extremely overpriced, not particularly appealing and also oddly sized. Most of us scrap 12″x12″ or the older 8″x11″. This really seems geared towards a new paper lover rather than an actual crafter – the goal seems to be to frame some pretty papers, get a few cards/notes that you can send/give, and… really – kiddie stickers? What are you supposed to use these on?
    I think both their boxes are overpriced because of their brand name.

  2. I’m kind of glad they didn’t include as many “journal cards” as my stash is piling up and I don’t know what to do with them. I also don’t have a Messy Book.. but I am considering to get one. I LOVE the prints this month. I like the bold colors and patterns. I also really like the record stickies, one of my favorite cards from their Happy Mail was the record card.

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