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A Beautiful Mess Messy Box Subscription Review – Dec 2015

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Messy Box is a scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess. I love my Happy Mail subscription, so I wanted to try this one out too. I have never scrapbooked, but I love their designs so much I figured I could use the items for something else if I didn’t take it up! (They also sell exclusive scrapbook books and pages to go along with the sizes of items in this kit).

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The Subscription Box: Messy Box

The Cost: $24.99 ($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 technique theme.

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

Check out all of my Messy Box reviews!


9×12 papers

This box includes 3 9×12 one-sided pages and a 9×12 Transparency:


I love the festive designs this month!




Sequin Pack (20 Gold, 20 Peach, 20 Hot Pink)

3 Mini Badges

3 Word Bobby Pins

I’m guessing these bobby pins are meant for hair and not scrapbooking? They are super cute:



Die Cut Illustrated Icons Pack (9 Die Cuts)

These are so fun! And i think this first time Messy Box has sent out transparent die cuts like this.


Gray Alpha Stickers

Messy Box includes alpha stickers pretty often, so if you’re thinking about subscribing, you can probably count on getting stickers like these every few months.



Set of journal cards (2 3×4, 6 3×3, 4 4×6)

Usually, these cards are reversible. This month, most of them have a graph-paper print on the back. Here are the larger sizes:


I think I will be using these for gift tags! And I love a good Elf quote!


Verdict: I feel like Messy Box really delivered this month – lots of fun, festive holiday prints! I kind of wish the Happy Mail December box had the same spirit!

Based on the comments from some scrapbooking readers on previous Messy Box reviews, I’d say this box is worth the $25 a month cost if you’re excited about exclusive prints and designs from A Beautiful Mess. If you’re looking purely for scrapbooking materials, there are likely cheaper options.

What do you think of the December Messy Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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. I got the full year sub for this box and even though I’m paying the $20 per box, I feel like the value of each box isn’t worth it anymore. When I started the sub in the summer, the full sheets of paper were double sided and there were many more of the “journal cards”. I feel really torn about this box and don’t know if i’ll renew it because I really do like the prints and contents of each box. I just wish they would add something more to it to give the “wow” each month and feel good about the $20 spent.

  2. Wow! I wish this months Happy Mail included holiday-ish items like the Messy Box! I was so shocked there wasn’t a single Christmas or Hanukkah card. Only some small tape stickers that were red & green. Messy Box was the winning box from A Beautiful Mess this moth by far!

  3. Great Box! Those bobby pins are super cute! and gotta love the cards with quotes from “Elf” – my son loves that movie so I’ve gotten to watch it a lot 🙂

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