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Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Box Review – October 2017

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Cloth and Paper October 2017 box

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, note cards, and journals, as well as some occasional lifestyle goodies. According to their site, this box focuses 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. 

contents of Cloth and Paper October 2017

The Subscription Box: Cloth & Paper

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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Info card referring you to cloth and paper's blog

The info card, instead of listing the items included, directs you to their blog to see how to use this month’s contents.

Info card featuring Malcolm Gladwell Quote

The flipside has a Malcolm Gladwell quote: “The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and reimagines the world.”

Stack of notecards and envelopes wrapped in vellum

The first part of this month’s box is a nice stack of notecards and envelopes.

Stack of notecards and envelopes wrapped in vellum

They’ve bound them beautifully with a branded vellum band.

Set of Stack of notecards and envelopes spread out

Open it up to find 24 notecards (though it looks like I was accidentally shorted 4) and 24 envelopes.

set of silver bordered notecards

8 Notecards with Matte Silver Border

Each notecard is 4 x 6 inches and has a matte silver border at the edge of the card. Looks like I was supposed to get 12 but only got 8. Blerg. 🙁

set of gold foil bordered notecards

12 Notecards with Gold Foil Border

Each notecard is 4 x 6 inches and has a gold foil border right before the edge of the card.

Set of black envelopes

12 Black Paper Envelopes

These black envelopes are 4.75 x 6.5 inches so they fit the 4 x 6 cards included.

set of vellum envelopes

12 Frosted Vellum Envelopes

These envelopes are 5 x 7 so that they just fit the black envelopes inside.

black cloth and paper box

Next, you’ll find a pretty branded black box. What’s inside?

cloth and paper box with stamp and wax melting spoon

Two new tools!

gold stamp and wax melting spoon

There are a wax seal and a wax melting spoon! Neither of these things which I’ve owned before, so I’m kind of excited.

gold and black wax melting spoon

Gold Wax Melting Spoon Retail Value $12.95? (similar linked)

The spoon is gold metal with a black wooden handle. It’s so lovely!

close up of wax melting spoon

It features a wee spout that makes it easy to pour our your wax, once melted.

gold and black wax stamp on it's side

Bumblebee Wax Seal – Retail Value $10.99? (similar linked)

The seal is what looks like a nice heavy brass and has a matching black wooden handle.

gold and black wax stamp

So stately!

detail of gold and black wax stamp bee design

I really love the bumblebee design they’ve chosen! I think it’s quite detailed and classy.

black and gold pen

Black and Gold Ballpoint Pen 

You can’t have such a beautiful set without including a beautiful writing utensil. Even though I normally choose gel over ballpoint, this pen has a great weight to it and looks really classy, just like the other two instruments.

black and gold pen

Just twist the top half of the pen to allow the pen point to glide in or out. The point on this is pretty standard and the ink flows nicely onto a page.

detail of black and gold pen

It has a gold clip to keep it in place in a planner, and has a lovely honeycomb-like patterned band that really ties it together with the bumblebee seal!

black plastic package

Another mystery package!

wax sticks and black twine

This one carries the wax you’ll need, as well as some twine to make your letter extra-fancy.

gold and black wax sticks

Black and Gold Wax Sticks – Buy 7 for $15.50

They’ve included two colors (gold and black) of wax to match your set. Each one is 5.25 inches in length.

black wax stick with wick

Black Wax Stick (with Wick) – Retail Value $2.50 (on sale for $1.95)

Just in case you don’t have a candle handy and want to use your wax seal, they’ve also included the style with a wick. Just light it and slowly drip the wax onto your desired area. I love the intricate design on this too!

black twine

Black Twine, 2o inches

The last item is the perfect detail to set your letter ahead of the pack. They’ve given you 20 inches of thin black twine to wrap around your envelope.

Let’s put it all together to see how it’s done!

handwritten note with pen

I chose the gold foil-border notecard to pen a note to my bestie, Alicia. We met in 1998, so next year marks our 20th year of friendship! Sadly, she lives in California now so I don’t get to see her as often as I’d like.

handwritten note in black envelope

I popped the note into one of the black envelopes.

black envelope in vellum envelope

Then slid that into one of the frosted clear vellum envelopes!

vellum envelope tied with black twine

I then took the twine and wrapped it around the short side a couple of times and tied a knot. Now I’m ready for the wax!

hand holding wax melting spoon over candle

I cut about a quarter inch off of the gold wax stick and heated it in the melting spoon over a candle.

wax dripped on twine and envelope

Once it was completely melted, I dripped it over the knotted twine, making sure I got it on the flap of the envelope.

detail of bee stamped into wax on twine and envelope

As instructed in their blog post, I waited 45 seconds before taking the bumblebee seal and pressing it down for a few seconds. Voila!

 bee stamped iwax on twine and envelope

Here we have the finished product! I need a little practice making sure I have enough wax, but I am otherwise pleased with my first wax seal job!

Verdict: I really like what Cloth & Paper Stationery Box did this month! The past few deliveries have been notepads and greeting cards, so I’m excited that they switched it up and made it a complete sort of DIY project! The tools and stationery are all super pretty and high-quality and have a consistent black and gold theme that I find very pleasing!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sadly, no. But check their site to see how much time is left for the next one!

Value Breakdown: At $38 for this box, you’re paying about $4.75 per item (or group of items). Obviously, you wouldn’t want to pay that for 20 inches of twine, but other items (like the wax seal, wax melting spoon, and pen) are worth more.

  • 12 Vellum Envelopes
  • 24 Notecards
  • 12 Black Envelopes
  • 20 inches of Black Twine
  • 1 Gold Wax Melting Spoon
  • 1 Bumblebee Wax Seal
  • 3 Sticks of Wax
  • 1 Ballpoint Pen

Do you subscribe to Cloth & Paper Stationery Box? How did you feel about this month?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

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.

5 Comments

  1. wish they would offer a code for trying the box. might become long time subscriber. I don’t want greeting cards tho. get those elsewhere

  2. They really outdid themselves this month. I would really enjoy that box. Thank you for the picture examples showing how you used the items.

  3. Really cool. We should all write personal letters more. I’m inspired. 🙂

    • Yesssss!!!

  4. Awww…too bad this particular box isn’t available. I would have quickly bought it!

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