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Paper and Pen Subscription Box Review – February 2016

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Paper and Pen is a stationery subscription box that ships 3-4 paper goods and supplies delivered to you monthly!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Paper and Pen

The Products:  Can include: notebooks, notepads, pouches, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, craft tape, desk accessories, and more!

The Cost:  $20.00/ month.  It looks like there’s a significant discount if you sign up for this one for a year.

COUPON: Save 15% off any subscription with code MSAFRIENDS!

Shipping:  The 12-month, 6-month, and 3-month subscription plans all say that they ship free.  When I go through the checkout process with the 1-month – it is also showing free shipping.

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My Paper and Pen subscription arrived in a bubble mailing envelope.  All of the items were nicely wrapped in tissue paper when I opened it.


Brach’s Mini Conversation Hearts – $0.52

These are adorable little candies.  I’ve never seen the mini ones before.  I love the way Conversation Hearts look, but their taste isn’t my favorite.  For a box received the week before Valentine’s Day though, they couldn’t have chosen a more classic, or traditional candy to include, so this was a great inclusion.  I am going to keep the rest of them for decorating cut out sugar cookies with my niece on Saturday!  (If any of you have an amazing cut out sugar cookie recipe with frosting that sets pretty quick – let me know!  I need one!)

Black Fine Point Kraft Paper Pens – $2.00?

The barrel of these pens feels similar to cardboard, and they write very smoothly.  They are very fine point pens. There is no place to put the cap on the end of the pen, like a traditional pull off top pen, so I’m afraid I’ll lose the cap, but that’s a very small quibble.  The pen itself writes well, has a consistent ink flow, so it’s not patchy, and is easy to hold!


Sparrow + Wolf Notebook with 40 blank pages – metallic foil – $5.80

This is a beautifully made notebook.  I love the gold foil polka dots and kraft paper style – my 30th birthday decor was all gold and kraft paper.  I know, it’s basic, but I love it – so I love this notebook.  It’s light enough that I can put it in my purse to jot down notes, or sketch out a new pattern idea I have for sewing!  I love it!

Book Friends Golden Feather 18K Gold Plated Bookmark – $4.50

This is a really pretty bookmark.  I would have expected the price to be at least triple what it is!  It has a faux suede cord attached to the feather for easily locating your place in a book.  I am making use of bookmarks with all of the reading I’m having to do now that I am back in college, so I love getting bookmarks, especially pretty ones!


Korean Gel-hilighter Pink – $1.63

Korean Gel-hilighter Yellow – $1.63

I never thought I would be impressed by a highlighter, but here I am – amazed at these!  These are twistable gel highlighters that are extremely smooth and pigmented.  They do not smear, and they look like Jello!  How fun is that?  I love these, and will make use of them, even if I don’t often need to use highlighters!

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this Paper and Pen subscription!  The notebook is from a niche company in the UK, the highlighters are something I never would have come across in my day-to-day life, and the bookmark is something unique that I wouldn’t have purchased for myself.  All in all, this seems like a very thoughtful gift from one stationery lover to another.  The value of the box comes out about even with the cost of the box, which is what I’ve come to experience with the smaller box companies.  I am happy with the value, and the products – everything is useful, and will find a place in my routines!

What did you think of February’s Paper and Pen subscription?

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. This looks like a nice variety of items — I love the weird jell-o highlighters! I’m closing in on the end of my Happy Mail subscription and am looking for something a little different to try next. I hope this sub will continue to be reviewed. My interest is piqued.

    By the way, I like whatever background material you use for your photos.

  2. Im so ordering this!

  3. First off, thank you for taking your time to review this sub. Sometimes I read comments from the blogging audience, making requests for reviewers to do a more thorough review or one to their own liking. It’s off putting, to see that blatant disregard for your review. It’s not easy to run a blog and download photos. So, thanks again to everyone at MSA for all of the reviews. You save all of us a lot of time and money as you give us a heads up, as to the ones that our deserving of our money and have coupon offers. We also appreciate it when you inform us which subs to avoid. So, just, thank you.

    • Thank you for your appreciation Chelsea! Since everyone wants different things from reviews/boxes/life, etc. it can be difficult to anticipate and balance all possible options!

  4. I wish you would’ve tested the pens and highlighters so that we get a better idea of the box’s worth.

    • Thank you for your feedback! I did test them, and put detailed notes on how each one performed. Are you asking that I include pictures of how they write? I can do that – I’m just a little confused on exactly what more is needed. I’ll try to remember for future reviews!

    • Yes, this makes sense since they always swatch every eyeliner, lipstick, nail Polish etc! I was wondering what the jello highlighters looked like.

  5. You could use the Stir kit from Pop Sugar that has the mix and the heart cookie cutter with your niece, I am going to make them for my boyfriend tomorrow!

    • Hopefully mine gets here in time! Initially it was supposed to be here tomorrow, then next Tuesday…I haven’t checked again. If it comes, I’m definitely going to use it.

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