Cloth & Paper Stationery Box Review – March 2017
The Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Box is a monthly stationery subscription box from lifestyle and stationery shop, Cloth & Paper.
In addition to the Stationery Subscription Box, Cloth & Paper offers a pens-and-pencils-focused subscription called “Penspiration,” as well as a subscription that’s the two boxes combined into one.
With the Stationery subscription (what I’m reviewing today), you can expect 5-8 items, including desk items like paper pads, pens, notecards, and journals, as well as some occasional lifestyle goodies. They focus on much-loved brands, too, including CLEANSE by Lauren Napier, MUSE BEAUTY, Smitten On Paper, Rifle Paper Co, Studio Sarah London, Katie Leamon, Tools to LiveBy, and their own designs.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Cloth & Paper Stationery, $38 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Stationery Subscription Box
The Cost: the Penspiration subscription is $18.00 a month, the Stationery Box is $38.00 a month, and the Penspiration & Stationery Box is $48.00 a month. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month pre-pay plans. Free U.S. shipping.
The Products: 5-8 stationery (and sometimes, lifestyle finds) from notable brands, as well as from Cloth & Paper’s collection.
Ships to: Worldwide
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I love the tidy, minimalist design of this box and its ephemera. So many stationery boxes are bright and flowery—I found this crisp, modern approach really refreshing.
On the back of that black postcard is a list of the products inside. Again, I dig the sleek, italicized text and the black and white palette. I also enjoy how they share a bit about what makes each item special and even how to put the pieces to work.
Everything comes packed inside this cotton drawstring bag.
Polished Brass Tray – Value $16.90
I love adding metallic touches to my home decor, and that goes double for gold pieces. This tray (made by Cloth & Paper) is about 7 inches long, 3.25 inches wide, and has a lovely weight to it. My desk is usually the opposite of glamorous, but this shallow tray adds a pop of class amidst the moments of clutter. It’s also a great catch-all for smaller office items like stickies and clips. One thing to note—this super-shiny tray catches fingerprints like nobody’s business, so be prepared to need to wipe it down every so often!
Brass Twist Pen – Value $2.67?
I couldn’t find an item quite like this on the Cloth & Paper site shop, so I just linked to a similar product I found. Hooray for more gold! And I like that they package it in a velvety sleeve.
This twist pen is so satisfying to write with. It’s really nothing different from a typical ballpoint in terms of writing—black ink, typical weight to the line—but the slender pen is delicate to hold, and the ink flows smoothly through the ballpoint. And it’s gold! I know that seems so superficial, but it really did make scribbling down notes feel professional, polished, and fun.
Brass Clip – Value $7.90
I’ve never had a clip that wasn’t attached to a clipboard before, and I’m definitely a clip fanatic now. I’ve used this Cloth & Paper clip to attach papers to notepads, to hold prudent mail together… I’m not ashamed to say I’m using it as a chip clip for a bag of pretzels right now, haha! It’s so versatile and useful. Same note as with the other brass items, though—be prepared for fingerprints!
Brass Hanging Ruler – Value $12.90
More metallics! I’ve been in need of a ruler for a little while now, but I didn’t expect I’d get one that looked so sophisticated!
This Cloth & Paper ruler also is prone to picking up fingerprints, but it’s so handy that I don’t mind. The info card frames this as a “hanging” ruler, suggesting that you store it hanging from a little hook. I don’t have a hook to spare in my office as it stands, but I can at least say that the idea of a hanging something has turned me on to the unused vertical storage space I have by my desk… hmm…. time for a room refresh?
Foiled Daily Planner Pad – Value $12.90
This is probably the most stylish scratchpad I’ve ever had, haha! The pages of this Cloth & Paper pad are actually the weight (and basically, the dimensions) of a postcard, which makes the to-dos I write on each one feel all the more important. I also like the routine of circling the day at the top of the pad, filling in the specific date at the bottom, and planning out my day (perhaps with my gold pen?) on the crisp pink paper. Does it seem almost unnecessarily fancy for logging the day’s to-dos? A little. But in that way, it makes the task fun.
Verdict: This is my first Cloth & Paper Stationery Box, and I really loved it. The metallics and minimalist aesthetic are right up my alley (I wonder if that’s something that will stay the same from box to box, or if the vibe is more contingent on what brands are featured inside…). My qualm, however, is the cost. Maybe I’ve been ruined by the TJ Maxx stationery section, but $12.90 for a ruler seems a little expensive. The value I found for the box was just over $53.00, which again, seems like a lot. Shipping is free, but the box is still $38.00. That’s more than I’d like to spend on stationery each month, even though I loved everything I got. I’ll be eager to see what they send next month (any different brands or unique items).
What do you think of the Cloth & Paper Stationery Box?