A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail Review – December 2016
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The Cost: $20 ($15 with annual subscription commitment)
The Products: Subscribers get $50 (retail value) of stationery, cards, notepads, stickers, journals, etc.
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Let’s Get Organized! Paper Craft
Happy Mail usually comes with a print but this month, it came with a printed paper craft. The steps to make the little organizer cup are pretty simple, but they do take a bit of time and patience. Precision is one of my favorite things so I used an X-Acto knife to cut the shape out from the paper sheet. I used a ruler and a metal nail tool to score along the dotted lines for a more precise and clean fold. When it was time to glue, I couldn’t find my hot glue gun so I used super glue instead. I did not superglue my fingers together!
Here’s the finished piece.
I was worried that it was so small and light that if I put anything in it, it would fall over. I tested it out with my X-Acto knife and it stood strong.
Here’s a peek at the inside where you can see how the tabs work to hold the piece together.
Fingers Crossed Flat Card
This navy blue card features overlapping line drawings of a hand with fingers crossed. It has the words “Fingers Crossed!” and the Happy Mail branding printed on the back. This is a great card to send to someone who needs some extra good luck wishes. The card is paired with a light blue envelope with a square flap.
Congratulations Post Card
This postcard has blue overlapping shapes on white. The word “Congratulations” is presented in gold foil which is a lovely touch. It really classes things up!
Happy Birthday Sign Card
This square Happy Birthday flat card in simple in design. The design is inspired by signs that used to stand atop old buildings like the Kentile Floors sign in NYC. The card is paired with a light blue envelope with a square flap and is blank on the reverse. I love having an extra birthday card around for when I inevitably remember a friend’s birthday at the last possible minute.
Muchas Gracias Flat Card
This is my favorite card in this month’s box! I love the color combination of the pale pink with gold foil design matched so well with an emerald green envelope. After Christmas and my January birthday, I am always in need of extra thank you cards for sending to all my generous friends and family! It will be tough to let go of this one, though.
Sending You Sunshine Flat Card
This flat card has a cheery design and a lovely pink envelope to match. This is great for anyone feeling the after-holiday slumps or someone who just needs a little bit of a pick-me-up. It is blank inside, perfect for a handwritten note. Cards from friends, especially those with a special note just for me, always cheers me up and getting a card as cute as this would surely do the trick.
Hey You! Folded Card
This folded card is blank inside and paired with a dark blue envelope. The blue envelope goes well with gold/mustard stripes. I would send this card to someone I miss and want to see really soon!
Good Fortune Folded Card
This is a nice folded card to send as a New Years card, sending good thoughts for the year ahead. It is paired with a gray static print envelope, which I love. The text on the front reads “you can expect lots of pizza” and the inside reads “May good fortune always find you!” For everyone here at MSA, I wish you all so much pizza.
Marble Happy Birthday Folded Card
This is a very simple, classic card birthday card that would suit just about anyone. The marble print goes well with the dark gray envelope. The inside reads “Happy Birthday” with lots of room for a custom message.
Get Well Soon Folded Card
It seems like everyone gets a terrible cold or flu this time of year, especially over the holidays. This is such a good card to have around to give (especially by mail, because germs!) to anyone who is feeling under the weather. The square flap yellow envelope adds an extra touch of sunny cheer to your well wishes.
Modern Housewarming Card
I love the modern minimalist design of this card! The design shows a perfectly modern home with clean lines with a touch of color, complete with a cactus. Oh to have such a nice mid-century modern home! This card is long and slim, suiting the overall design. The card comes with a burgundy envelope.
Label Maker Word Stickers
In addition to cards and prints, Happy Mail is always great at included extra notions that make great stationery complements. This sheet of stickers has all the perfect sentiments for sending notes around the holidays. These look just like the old tape labels I used to make on my label gun.
Gift Tags – Set of 4
These gift tags are great for the December holidays but their styling makes them great to use for any occasion year round. The words printed on them are fun but not too sentimental, which suits me well.
Snow Globe Stamp
I always enjoy the small stamps that often come in Happy Mail boxes. This one is an illustrated snow globe complete with little flecks of snow floating around. I love how simple it is!
The stamp is a rubbery plastic and is stick on one side. You just peel the stamp from its backing and stick it to a wooden block, or any other hard object to make this a reusable stamp.
Verdict: Happy Mail always has excellent curation around a theme and is perfect for card and stationery lovers. With the help of this subscription, I know I’ll always have the right card on hand for any occasion, and I know it’ll be stylish to boot. Each box includes a ton of cards and always packs a few extras like stamps, stickers, and this month, a craft. For me, the value is definitely there for a box that costs $15/month with a subscription.
What do you think of the December Happy Mail Box?