Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Review – Spring 2017
The Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box is a quarterly box filled with exciting stationery, journaling, and planner-related finds from the Erin Condren brand. The box includes exclusives, “sneak peeks” at new Erin Condren items, and fan faves. This stationery brand is all about cute details, and that comes through in this box, too—the cardboard box is reversible! Use it to store things or to give a gift to a friend.
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The Subscription Box: Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box
The Cost: $35.00
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The Products: Exclusive, “sneak peek”, and favorite Erin Condren brand stationery items with a total value of at least $60.
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Even just looking at the sealed box, I knew that this box was going to be a colorful, girly, upbeat experience. The branding on the info card is so bright and bubbly! The theme of the box is “Spring in Your Step”. I’m so over winter and excited to see what this box has in store!
The product list is on the back of the card. Pink + flowers = I think I’m going to like this box.
The next bit of paperwork in the box is this coupon for Erin Condren art prints. It was listed on the product list as an “item” (it’s under number 7), which I’ve never seen a box do before (list a coupon as a product in the box). I’ll never turn down a coupon, especially when it’s for cute prints to spruce up my house for spring.
There’s also a card about the new selection of hardbound notebooks the Erin Condren shop offers. Bullet journalists, rejoice!
If you’ve already got a hardcover notebook from Erin that you love, you can post to enter to win it in all 10 colorways via the info on the back of this card.
Stay Awhile Rose Gold Art Print – Value $14.00?
Make something shiny and gold, and there’s a good chance I’ll love it. This simple quote print might not have wowed me so much if it wasn’t for the beautiful rosy-gold metallic letters.
I couldn’t find this exact item online, so I linked to something similar. I did see this design on Google Shopping in a much bigger size, but I didn’t have luck finding anything in this smaller, portrait style. Most of her framed prints are square and start at about 11″ x 11″. This size, which the card says is “exclusive”, is only around 8″ x 6″. I really prefer this smaller size print, since you could easily hang it or set it on a desk (the frame doesn’t have a “kickstand” in the back, but the frame is wide enough that it can stand up by itself). Wouldn’t this look cute on a guest room bedside table?
Sneak Peek Cherry Blossom Hardbound Notebook – Value $12.50?
When this review was written, this “sneak peek” product had yet to be released, so I linked to a similar product on the Erin Condren site to estimate value. I really like the velvety finish and soft pink color of this notebook! It’s indeed hardbound, with a crisp, squared-off spine. The only design element I don’t really dig is the metallic asterisk design on the front. I feel like it looks a little… dated, maybe? I can’t put my finger on what it is that doesn’t float my boat. Not a big deal, though. Maybe I’ll put some stickers over it.
The inside of this notebook has a ton of personality. Lift the front cover, and you’re greeted with this dynamic design, which layers different overlapping pink stripes with bands of metallic foil. It’s really pretty and bold. I like the quote, too. As someone who hems and haws about starting notebooks and using them on “deserving” things, I need a little reminder to get out of my head. Does anyone else have that hesitation before starting a new notebook? Sometimes they’re so full of possibility (and so darn pretty) that I don’t want to waste them on just anything!
The pages of this book are lined (aw, boo—I wish it was dotted or gridded for a bit more versatility). There are cute colorful tab designs at the top corner of each page that vary in hues from one spread to the next. The edges of the pages are also trimmed with metallic rose gold, which gives the notebook a really polished finish. The one thing this notebook lacks is a ribbon to mark my place (something common in other notebooks that I’ve really come to appreciate), but there are some other things in this box that might be able to help with that. UPDATE: There IS a ribbon! Many thanks to commentor Lauren, who encouraged me to look a bit harder for it—it was tucked into the pages really tight, but I found it. Hooray!
Sneak Peek Cherry Blossom Corner Pockets – Value $4.99
I’m so into this clever little product! These “Stylized Stickies” are made of paper-thin plastic with adorable scalloped edges. The straight edges of the stickies have adhesive on them, much like a sticky note.
The idea is that you can stick these in the corner of any notebook page to create an instant pocket. Genius! I was surprised at how sturdy these pockets are—obviously, you can’t shove too much in there, but the one I tried happily held tickets, business cards, some small objects like clips and a little key… it’s pretty handy. Because of its finish, though, it didn’t agree with a few of my pens. You might want to stick a piece of washi or other more ink-friendly material to it if you want to label or write on your pocket.
Address Booklet – Value $6.00
So many of my contacts are stored in my phone these days that it’s been a minute since I’ve owned and kept an address book. That said, I’ve also been in a few situations where I wished I had numbers logged literally anywhere else (like when I got a new phone to which my numbers didn’t instantly transfer). Having a hard copy backup is something I hadn’t considered until I got this address booklet in the mail, and I’m actually sort of excited about filling it out!
This booklet is saddle stitched (well, stapled) and has little details on the inside covers.
Everything is templated to make it easy to record your friends’ and family members’ information. I like the colorful little details that perk up each page. Nothing’s alphabetized, which I’ve seen in other address books. Maybe I’ll use little sticky flags to make it easier to find important numbers faster (since I’m totally not going to be able to keep things alphabetized myself).
The springtime pattern from the front cover is on the back, too. It’s a little traditional for my taste, but I certainly can’t resist those bright, fun colors.
Exclusive Spring Sticker Sheets, Set of 2 – Value $2.31
These sticker sheets have a matte finish (a.k.a. they’re easy to write on!) and feature a whole slew of pretty watercolor patterns.
I like that there are a lot of different sizes and shapes of stickers here. There are long skinny designs that can act like washi tape, little rectangles that would fit neatly on a calendar box, wide strips that could be great for creating colorful sidebars on journal pages, and more.
I think the blue and purple page is my favorite. It’s so dreamy and peaceful.
There are some really nice quote stickers on these pages, too. I like “create your own serenity” a lot. I could see popping that on a planner page where I track my yoga or mindfulness practice.
Sneak Peek Mini Magnetic Page Markers – Value $2.57?
At the time I’m writing this, these page markers are still sneak peek products that I can’t find online. Erin Condren does offer a large, singular page marker, but I linked to a similar style of small markers from another vendor.
These shiny tabs are so cute! Again, I wish they didn’t have the asterisk design, but I think that’s just kind of Erin Condren’s “thing”. These folded tabs have magnets on the inside that help them grip pages together, open, or shut for you. Obviously, the fewer pages you’re holding together, the more effective these are. For me, they tapped out at about 3 pages. They are really pretty “mini” (they’re under an inch long, folded), so they’re sort of interchangeable with tiny paper clips. I actually got the most use out of them as tools for clipping notes, receipts, and other little papers to single pages of my planner.
Floral Ink Notepad – Value $15.00
This long notepad (4″ x 9″) will be great for making lists (and I LOVE making lists). The pattern at the top is really pretty, and the lines are relatively closely ruled, so there’s lots of space to write out to-dos, groceries to get, etc.
I do think the $15.00 price on this product is awfully high. It is cute, though.
Floral Ink Folded Notecard, Envelope, and Sticker – Value $1.50
I love that this notecard comes with a matching sticker to seal it with! It looks like, when you order these cards on the Erin Condren site, you can personalize the sticker with your name or address. But this blank one does just fine by me! The folded note card is blank inside, but the floral design goes up the bottom of the inside of the card about an inch. It’s a cute design detail that leaves plenty of room to write your message. And can we talk about that pink envelope? So cute!
Verdict: This Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box was filled with lots of beautifully designed unique stationery products. I loved the corner pocket stickies and the metallic quote print, and I’m excited to put all the pieces in this box to use, even if they weren’t exactly my aesthetic. The price I estimated for this box was about $59.00—that’s just the tiniest bit under the $60.00 value they guarantee, but I’m chalking that up to my not having precise prices for some of the exclusive and sneak peek items. I also didn’t incorporate the 40% off art print coupon into that value, even though it was included in the product list for the box. That might save you a few dollars in the future… but you have to spend more money to get those savings. So that doesn’t really translate as in-box value to me. I also feel like a few of the products (that notepad in particular) are valued pretty high for what they are, but at least the value hits well above the $35.00 price of the box.
What was your favorite item in the Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box?