Creative Mercantile Mail Subscription Review- September 2016
Creative Mercantile’s Mercantile Mail subscription box is a monthly box meant to ignite the creativity of scrapbookers, planners, and stationery lovers.
Each month, Mercantile Mail will send you 10-12 craft supplies from companies around the world. The products are mostly focused on paper crafts, so expect things like stickers, washi tape, stamps, and more.
Some supplies came bundled together as a kit, which I thought was really fun.
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The Subscription Box: Mercantile Mail by Creative Mercantile
The Cost: $24.95 a month
The Products: Crafty supplies for stationery, scrapbooking, and other paper projects.
Ships to: US (for free!) and International ($10 shipping)
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This info card lists the items you’ll find inside.
Let’s start with the red chevron package…
The box comes with a welcome note from the company, as well as ideas for how to put the surprises you receive to work. There’s even a craft project with images to help guide you!
Fancy Pants “Attwell” 6×6 Inch Paper Pad – Value $4.13
This pad comes with several patterns of thicker-stock paper perfect for making cards and other creations. My favorites were the cool-gray woodgrain sheets and the watercolor-inspired flowers.
Happy Mail Clear Stamp Set by Waffle Flower – Value $3.99
Stick these patterns to the bottom of a stamper, then use them to create kawaii patterns on your letters and envelopes. I love the winking face especially. I’m not an avid stamp crafter, so I’d need to go to grab a little block from the craft store to stick these on before using them.
6×6 Inch Sheet of Wood Grain Transparency by Bella Blvd. – Value $0.99?
This is the kind of thing I’d pick up at a craft store, and while I’d have zero idea what to make with it, I’d just have to have it because it’s so unique! This clear sheet has a white wood grain pattern, which would add some really intriguing dimension to a scrapbook page or greeting card.
Metal Shaped “Happy Mail” Paper Clip from Green & Lyme – Value $3.50
What a sweet golden paper clip! I like how it fits with the mail theme, and the tiny heart is precious. It’ll be tough to decide what important papers this pretty paper clip should hold together!
Little Birdie Washi Tape Pack of 12 6-inch Strips – Value $6.00
I loved the mix of patterns in this pack. The colors were unexpected, fun, and fresh. I’ve not seen fabric washi tape before, and I appreciate the quality it creates. Each strip comes with an adhesive back—just peel off the paper backing, and add these colorful strips to your project!
Fancy Pants Attwell Chevron Washi Tape – Value $2.99
This happy yellow washi tape is going to find itself all over my home. It’s just sticky enough to hang up a 3×5 photo and just gentle enough to be able to reposition it a few times over. I like that some of the chevrons are connected, making bigger arrows. It’s a neat twist on the classic chevron pattern.
Creative Mercantile Stickers and Flags – Value $3.99 (based on similar items)
Such cute stickers! I really appreciate the amount, the variety, and the vibrant, friendly colors of this set. These stickers and also matte, like paper, so you can easily write on them.
By now, I’m sensing a “Mail” theme to this box… are you?
Fancy Pants Attwell Small Tags, Set of 4 – Value $0.80
The color only appears on one side of these tags—the opposite is sort of a manila-folder cream. These cardstock tags are so all-purpose, it got me wondering about creative ways to use them. Maybe I’ll write a nice note on one and loop it around my neighbor’s doorknob. Or use them to color-code the controls-the-fan chain and the controls-the-lights chain on my ceiling fan. Lots of practical and playful possibilities.
The cool thing about this gift card holder craft is that it’s made from one big piece of cardstock. Mercantile Mail supplies that cardstock pre-cut into the necessary template to make the gift card holder. But you could really easily leave it unfolded and use it to make lots more of these little envelopes. You don’t even have to stop at gift cards—a few tweaks, and this same pattern could be used to make a change purse or a small wallet.
Time to explore what’s inside the Bonus Kit!
2 Studio G Decorative Tape Rolls – Value $0.25 each
First up, we have these two rolls of washi tape. I prefer the crisp lines and colors of the arrow design to the shabby-chic typewriter numbers, but I’m imagining crafty applications for both!
Studio G Stamp Ink – Value $0.39
It’s been so long since I’ve used a real stamp, and I’m so excited to press a stamp into this fresh ink-pad! The ink is brilliant cobalt blue and comes in a clear plastic gem-like container (it’s actually pretty glamorous, altogether).
Now, where there’s a stamp pad, there are usually some stamps to be found…
3 Mini Stamps – Value $2.00?
I love how tiny these rubber stamps are. They’re barely bigger than a thimble. The sentiments are cute, too, but be careful not to over-ink them, or else you’ll lose the text!
K&Company Smash Clips in Retro – Value $2.75
Little clips like these are always handy. I like the muted colors, though the sayings on the clips seem kind of all over the place (“Candy”? A mustache?).
Verdict: There was so much to see in this month’s Mercantile Mail subscription box! I like that the box comes with ideas for how to use their craft items, just in case you need some inspiration. This is definitely a box for paper crafters and scrapbookers—if that’s not your medium, you’ll probably feel a bit left out. The value of the high-quality craft store finds is almost $32.00, so the $24.00 cost of the box seems more than fair!
Can you see yourself using all the items in this month’s Mercantile Mail?