Studio Calico Planner Kit Subscription Review- November 2016
The Studio Calico Planner Kit is a subscription service from Studio Calico that’s all about planner accessories! Each monthly kit comes with an exclusive variety of planner products from Studio Calico and other brands carried in their online store.
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This review is of the Planner Kit, $24.99 a month, subscription.
The Subscription Box: Studio Calico Planner Kit
The Cost: $24.99 + shipping, which is free domestically. You can also save by sign up for a 6-month plan ($22.99 per monthly kit) or a 12-month plan ($19.99 per monthly kit).
The Products: Planner decorating papers, stickers, tools, and more.
Ships To: Worldwide. Free domestic shipping and free shipping for orders created between the 1st and the 5th of the month. Subscribers also get free shipping on any orders $79 or more ($99 for Canadian subscribers) outside of the bundling period. What’s the “bundling period”? Keep reading…
Good to Know: Subscribers get all kinds of deals, including the ability to “bundle” orders from the Studio Calico site into their kits during a given time frame each month. That saves on shipping! Subscribers also get 10% off online classes, 10% off digital items, and other offers.
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Right off the bat, I love the clean, crisp design of this subscription.
Studio Calico takes design seriously! On their info card, they describe the month’s theme and the color palette that it informs. This month’s theme is “Sonnet”, which evokes warmth, coziness, and dreaminess. I’m crazy about the colors they picked. “Purple Rain”? Ugh, yes! (Rest in Power, Prince!) Subscriptions putting lots of effort into a theme is super common. Subscriptions putting a lot of effort into elements of art and design? That’s something new to me. I can’t wait to see what they do with it.
Zippered Plastic Pouch – Value $1.99
Everything in this month’s kit comes in this white plastic pouch. It’s solid, but it has kind of a mesh texture. There’s a little gray Studio Calico tag on the side, too. This pouch is simple, but in that, it’s pretty handy. I could see using this for planner pieces, pencils and pens, makeup on the go… heck, it could even work as a clutch in a pinch.
Shakespeare A5 Sonnet Divider – List Price $3.99
My first thought with this quote was “Wheeeee! Shiny!” I LOVE the rainbows that flicker across the iridescent letters of this design. My second thought was “…Oh man, how am I going to use this?” Luckily, Studio Calico gives some ideas on this item’s product page. They intend it as a divider—tack it to a colorful background sheet, or even punch some holes into the plastic sheet and clip it into your 3-ring binder.
I also think you could take the sheet as-is and use it as an art print. I like the idea of hanging it in a window to take full advantage of the transparency. It does come with a white backing sheet, too if you prefer to frame it!
15 Die Cut Embellishments – Value about $1.53
These cardstock shapes are so charming! I like how delicate the lines are and how some of the designs have little foil accents on them. The pink building reminds me of the Grand Budapest Hotel from the Wes Anderson movie. Come to think of it, they all have sort of a Wes Anderson-ish vibe.
These will be great for decorating my planner. Any I don’t use, I might punch little holes in and treat as gift tags. They’re blank white on the back, so it’s easy to write notes on ’em.
2 Circular Sticky Note Pads – List Price $3.99
I’m a big fan of the marble trend, so I swooned pretty hard when I saw this sticky note set. I like how nicely the mint-colored pad complements the gray and white of the marble one. It’s also neat that they’re circles—it sounds like such a simple thing, but when you’re so used to square stickies, these round guys are refreshing and fun.
Vitamin Ball Pen – Value $0.10
I can’t say what inspired someone to make a pen that looks like a vitamin (Are vitamins particularly cute? Was the inventor a health nut type?), but it is a charming little idea.
The yellow, funny-faced end of this pen pops off of the cap (the Vitamin Ball Pen part). Then you extend the yellow part to form a full-on pen.
It took a little scribbling to get this pen started, and it was a little rickety using it (the separate segments don’t feel super stable). But I like how convenient (hello, new purse pen) and cute it is!
2 Sheets of Studio Calico Vellum Stickers – Value about $2.98
Each of these translucent stickers has a different word or phrase on it: “Goals”, “Idea”, “High Priority”, “This Week”, “Notes”, and “To Do”. I love the colors and think they’re super cute, but I do worry about their size. They’re a little too small to use as their own sticky notes (for instance, if I wanted to scribble a note inside one of the circles, it’d have to be short ‘n’ sweet), but they’re a little too big to just stick beside a note in my planner (to make a note I’ve written in there stand out more).
My other idea was maybe sticking these on some cardstock, then gluing on a magnet. They’d be great for marking important clippings and notes on my fridge!
2 Sheets of Studio Calico Yellow Alpha Stickers – List Price $1.99
These teeny stickers are stiffer than I expected. They’re almost like tiny sticky tiles. The phonebook yellow color gives them a retro vibe that I really like.
I also dig that there are four of each letter (even Q!) and number, so I’ve got lots of options in terms of words and uses.
2 Sheets of Studio Calico Solid Color Washi Strips – List Price $1.99
These colored strips are just as translucent and delicate as actual washi tape, despite looking more like stickers in form. The colors are great and bright, and ballpoint pen worked pretty well for me when I tried to write on one.
The zig-zag edges are a nice touch. I think I’ll stick these along the outer edge of my pages to identify different sections, like a color-coding system.
2 Sheets of Vellum Label Stickers – Value about $2.99
There are 6 labels in this set. They have a washi-tape-like translucence to them, and they’re nice to scribble on. I like that there are lines on them, which will definitely help reign in my messy handwriting.
The colors are pretty and fresh, and the neat and tidy fonts make these labels feel very orderly and classy.
Flag Washi Tape – Value about $3.99
I really like this tape pattern. The aqua-blue flags are opaque, while the white background is translucent like washi tape typically is.
I can see using this in strips or using one flag at a time as a nice alternative to typical sticky flags.
Verdict: I love the Studio Calico Planner Kit subscription! Everything in here was beautifully designed and of great quality. And I really love the assortment of different supplies. I was surprised to find that the value of everything is about $25.00, which is right at the $24.99 price of the box. Now, add shipping to that, and it’s not exactly a bargain or anything. But if you’re really passionate about planners, or even scrapbooking and stationery, this could be a very fun subscription for you!
What did you think of the items in this month’s Studio Calico Planner Kit?