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A Beautiful Mess – Messy Box Subscription Review – April 2017

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Messy Box is a monthly scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess. Each month, you’ll receive cards, papers, and other supplies designed exclusively for subscribers.

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Each shipment is organized around cohesive colors and patterns. The individual designs are unique, but they look like they’re all part of the same family.

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The Subscription Box: Messy Box

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a box with an annual subscription)

The Products: Each box is filled with items to scrapbook with including paper and cards, stickers, embellishments, and special items. Each month is color-coordinated and comes with a different theme.

Ships to: U.S. and International ($3 shipping fee per box for International subscribers).

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Set of 4 Scrapbooking Sheets (9″ x 12″)

These sheets are the largest in the box, ready to be used for full-page backgrounds or cut into other shapes. They’re a matte card stock and are blank white on the reverse.

The theme this month is all about “summer vibes” and getting outside with a springtime picnic! I love the picnic blanket pattern sheet the most, but the detail on the strawberries sheet is great too.

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Set of 4 Large Journal Cards (4″ x 6″)

These card stock images are a little heavier and have designs on either side. “Almost Summer” has a full-page watermelon print on the back, but the others are designed for writing, with just borders or blank lines.

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Set of 8 Small Journal Cards (3″ x 4″)

These cards have designs on the back too, ready for journaling and adding dates to your memory book:

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Set of 12 Square Journal Cards (3″ x 3″)

These smallest cards are so cute. They’re all still along with the picnic theme. I love the 3×3 size!

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I kind of want to string them all together to make a bunting or mobile to hang on our front porch – the designs are way too cute to not want to put them on display!

Every month, Messy Box includes a few extras in addition to the standard scrapbooking cards and sheets:

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Petite Picnic Stickers

This sticker sheet is SO CUTE! That tiny croissant is so adorable. I love that these match all the other items included – it makes for effortless journaling for a newbie like me.

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Shape Stickers

These look like they’re the perfect size for adding photos and other loose pieces onto the included cards.

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Tiny Heart Brads

I thought these were push pins at first, but they’re actually tiny brads! I’ve never used these before but I like the idea of adding some more dimension to scrapbook pages.

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Washi Tape

I love washi tape and use it for pretty much anything: sticking random photos to the wall, adding flair to letters, etc. This is a cute design that goes with the picnic theme, too, and will definitely come in handy.

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Star Stickers

A few more plain stickers that would go with pretty much any style.

Verdict: I’ve honestly always been a little intimidated by the idea of scrapbooking and journaling because a number of choices at the craft store can be a little overwhelming. Having a curated box of items that all go together is really motivating to me, and makes the process feel a lot more effortless. I’m sure you can buy similar products a la carte for less, especially if you look out for sales and coupons – but if you like the casual modern vibe of A Beautiful Mess and the exclusive designs they send, and like the idea of having a themed kit ready to go when inspiration strikes, you may enjoy this box!

Do you keep a scrapbook or a journal? What do you think of the April 2017 Messy Box?

Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Hello Fresh and Honest Company, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

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.

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