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Paper + Pen Subscription Box Review – October 2015

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Paper + Pen Subscription Box Review October 2015 - BOX

Paper and Pen sends unique paper goods and supplies found across the globe. They curate their boxes around items chosen for their uniqueness, quality, and style.

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Paper + Pen Subscription Box Review October 2015 - all items

(Somehow the wire clip got left out of this photo – sorry about that!)

The Subscription: Paper + Pen

The Cost: $30/monthly, $90/3 months, $180/6 months – all free shipping

(*Note: their subscriptions are currently on sale for $25/monthly, $75/3 months, $150/6 months)

The Products: 3 to 4 paper goods and supplies delivered monthly. Products can include notebooks, notepads, pouches, pens, pencils, erasers, stickers, craft tape, greeting cards, calendars, planners, clips, art prints, desk accessories and more!

Ships to: US + International

Paper + Pen Subscription Box Review October 2015 - info

Paper + Pen includes an info card detailing the items and vendors featured in each month’s box.

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Happy Supplies Weekly Desk Planner

One side of this planner’s paper is a weekly calendar and the other side is lined. Since having my baby, I’ve learned that my epically-long to do lists don’t get accomplished these days and I’m learning to just pick 3-5 things a day to get done and be happy with that. So, a small and simple planner is actually perfect for me right now!

Paper + Pen Subscription Box Review October 2015 - items 2

The cardboard cover for the planner also folds up to let you make it a desk calendar.

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Vintage Wire Clip from Happy Supplies in Hong Kong

I really don’t know how to put a value on this clip, but it’ll be cute to hold extra papers or business cards in my planners!

Newspaper Pencils by Fox and Wit – value: $8

Handmade pencils tend to be a hit or miss for me. I think these are really pretty and feel nice in my hand, but I’m just not sure how much I’ll use them. That’s my personal preference, though.

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Here’s a detail shot of the pencils.

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“Little Notes, Big Ideas” Notebook from VBS Goodies

This is a nice sized notebook, and I like how sleek it is.

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This is the inside – a pet peeve of mine for notebooks is when only one side is lined. Sure, I could doodle on the other side or something but that’s not how I personally use notebooks. My sister journals like nobody’s business, so I’ll probably pass this along to her so I know it’ll get good use!

The Verdict: This seems like a unique, artsy paper and paper goods subscription. I think the items are interesting, but unfortunately they’re not all something I will use. Because of the unique and small vendors, it’s hard to find values for the items – this may be the type of subscription where you just have to evaluate whether or not the items all together are something for which you’d personally pay $30, which is the cost of the monthly subscription.

What do you think about Paper + Pen?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

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.


  1. Wow, I thought those pencils were cigarettes in the first photo! They look neat, but I also don’t think I would use them. Would you use an exacto to cut away at the paper?

    • I don’t know! It does seem like it could be complicated, but a normal sharpener might work, especially an electric one.

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