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A Beautiful Mess Messy Box Review + Coupon– October 2016

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Messy Box is a scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess.

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The Subscription Box: Messy Box

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a box with an annual subscription)

COUPON: Now through 11/9, use coupon code FREEMB to get your first Messy Box for only $5! You can apply this coupon to the month-to-month 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: U.S. and International ($3 shipping fee per box for International subscribers).

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This month’s Messy Box had a cozy fall and Halloween vibe. The colorway that ran through the items in this box are yellows, oranges, pinks, purples, and black.


Scrapbooking Sheets – 9″x12″

The Messy Box included 3 sheets of scrapbooking paper printed on one side. The cats are so cute and great as a non-scary Halloween nod. My favorite sheets are the purple with pink dashes and the white with black eyes. As always, Messy Box does a fantastic job with patterns!


Journal Cards – 8, 3″ x 4″

The 3″ x 4″ journal cards keep with the overall theme and include some sentiments that would be great for scrapbooking the events of the season. “Let’s Stay Home” is basically my catch phrase.


The backs of the cards have printed patterns.


Journal Cards – 12, 3″ x 3″

The square journal cards include more fall and Halloween sentiments but also some fall illustrations. The leaves are very pretty and, of course, there’s a cat! These little cards make great gift tags.


Like the larger journal cards, these are also printed on the back with patterns including sweaters, dresses, and mugs.


Journal Cards – 4, 4″ x 6″

The largest journal cards in the Messy Box are the 4″x6″ cards. The designs are cohesive with the rest of the box and the colors feel so cozy. I love the cheery and cozy approach to fall that is so well represented in this box.


Here’s a look at the back of the cards. Two are printed with repeating patterns and two have lines for a handwritten note. It would be so nice to handwrite a cold weather recipe on the note cards to give to a friend.


Washi Tape Sheet

The Messy Box also included a sheet of 6 precut strips of washi tape. The strips are printed with black and white designs. The cats, dash print, and eyes look great as tape! I like to use these strips to seal envelopes or gift wrap.


Stamps – set of 4

The box also came with a set of sticky plastic stamps. To use the stamps, you pull them off their backing and stick them to any hard object with a flat side and you’ve got a reusable stamp. In these set, they’ve included two words, cozy and autumn, and two icons.


Cat Patch

I’m loving all the enamel pins and patches I’ve seen popping up in boxes lately. This is such a cute patch to sew onto a backpack or denim jacket. If you don’t like wearing patches, there are lots of other ways to use this patch – it would be easy to turn this into a magnet with a little bit of glue.. and a magnet :D.

Verdict: Fall colors aren’t typically appealing to me but I like what A Beautiful Mess did with this month’s Messy Box. They incorporated some pinks and purples in, to brighten the traditional yellows and oranges so popular in this season. The curation and pattern selection were well aligned with my expectations from A Beautiful Mess. The original patterns and cohesive colorways show a lot of thought and are where the value is for me in this subscription. At $24.99/month I think this is a solid box for design and paper lovers.

What do you think of the October Messy Box?

Written by Emily Cosnotti

Emily Cosnotti

Emily is a design enthusiast who loves beautiful objects. She’s really into vegan snacks, corgis, home goods, and minimalist makeup. She is currently fostering a healthy 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.

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