Paper and Pen Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2016

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Paper + Pen is a stationery subscription box that ships 3-4 paper goods and supplies delivered to you monthly!


This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Paper + Pen

The Cost: $20.00/month

COUPON: Save 15% off any subscription with code MSAFRIENDS!

The Products: Can include: notebooks, notepads, pouches, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, craft tape, desk accessories, and more!

Ships to: US. 1-month subscription shipping varies by state. The 12-month, 6-month, and 3-month subscription plans all say that they ship free.

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My Paper + Pen subscription arrived in a bubble mailing envelope. All of the items were nicely wrapped in tissue paper when I opened it.  A QR code was included to scan for the box content information this month, but I think my code was misprinted because no QR Code scanner I tried recognized it as a QR Code!


Library Cards Assorted – $5.00?

These library cards are so cute. I found some similar ones on Amazon here. I didn’t realize this was a thing, but there’s even a home library kit! I like these, but they aren’t super practical for my life (I use a Kindle exclusively), so I will pass these along to a friend that will love them. They are made out of pretty heavy card stock.



6 Neon Color Ball Point Pen – $5.00?

This pen is very similar to this pen on Amazon. It writes really smoothly, and the ink is bright enough that all of them show up really well.

Pencil Grippers – $2.00?

These pencil grippers feel like a thicker silicone. They have the little intents where your fingers are supposed to go on the pencil/pen, so they’re very comfortable to hold and write with. 

Soft Color Eraser – $0.25?

This eraser is a pastel turquoise and does a great job erasing pencil. 



Clear Pencil Box – $2.00?

This pencil box feels very sturdy. I love that it has two separate compartments to keep your small desk accessories separate from your writing utensils. I will probably repurpose this for something else, but I really love it!

Verdict: I really loved this shipment from Paper + Pen. I think that it was very appropriate for a month where many students are going back to school. All of these items (with the exception of the library cards) would work great for a college student or even a younger student. 

As far as value goes, since I couldn’t use the QR code, I don’t have exact values for any of the items. I’m not comfortable tallying up my estimates because they are complete guesses. I would say that this month I felt like the box was moving toward meeting the $20.00 box cost value, but not completely there yet. 

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Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!

Posted in Paper and Pen Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: paper + pen | 5 comments


  1. I’ve been considering this subscription but YIKES. Low value and a non-working QR code? No thanks!

  2. If you don’t want to use the library cards like traditional library cards try using them for to do lists. They would be perfect for that!

  3. Wow, this is a sad little box. No way I would pay $20. You can get all of that stuff down the road at Dollar General for waaaay less and you know they paid bulk prices which probably came out to about .10 cents per piece if that.

    • Agree with Traci. And no cute library cards will offset the sad fact that lending your books to someone else is nothing but heartache.

      • Yes, this might be the saddest subscription box I have ever seen on MSA. I would be livid if I paid $20 for this. I have gotten some great deals from Happy Mail but this does not interest me at all.

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