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A Beautiful Mess Messy Box Review – November 2016

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Messy Box is a scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

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The Subscription Box: Messy Box

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($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: U.S. and International ($3 shipping fee per box for International subscribers).

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This month’s Messy Box had a cool-tone, fall turning into winter vibe. It felt like winter rolling in with lots of thankful feelings for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Scrapbooking Sheets – 9″x12″

The November Messy Box included 4 large scrapbooking sheets. There have typically been 3 sheets in that past so an extra is always nice. The patterns are a geometric shape print on lilac, a dash herringbone pattern, pine cones, and marble texture. These cool, soothing prints set the theme for the rest of the items in the box.

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Journal Cards – 8, 3″ x 4″

The 3″ x 4″ journal cards are wintry and fun, with sentiments about gathering with friends and family and being thankful. I’m in for eating all the pies you can bake.

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The backs of the cards have printed patterns, some include lines for writing notes or messages for a friend.

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Journal Cards – 12, 3″ x 3″

The square journal cards continue with cozy sentiments about bundling up, going home, and eating. I love the cool tones and cozy vibes of this month’s box! The gold foil acorn is my favorite of the squares and is a nice little extra touch.

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The square cards are printed on the back as well. I like the idea of using these as place cards at a Thanksgiving table. They’d also be great to label appetizers laid out on a holiday table.

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Journal Cards – 4, 4″ x 6″

The largest journal cards in the Messy Box are the 4″x6″ cards. The florals sprinkled throughout the cozy and cool patterns in this month’s mix is unexpected but well done. Gold foil is used sparingly but helps this box feel special.

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Here’s a look at the back of the cards. The patterns are great for slipping behind a photo in a scrapbook. The card with lines is perfect for sharing a favorite Holiday recipe.

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Plus Sign Sticker Sheet

The Messy Box also included a sheet of thick glossy black plus sign stickers. The stickers add a designy, nordic touch which I love. I always like having nice stickers on hand to add to envelopes before mailing them out.

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Letter Sticker Sheet

The box also came with a set of alphabet stickers in a bright sky blue. The set comes with 4 of each letter plus 4 ampersands. There are so many uses for letter stickers from scrapbooking to labeling your phone or laptop charger.

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Illustrated Leaf Die Cuts

The overall cool tones of this box are warmed up a bit by browns and oranges in this illustrated die cut leaf set. The leaves are die cut out of card stock. These are great for layering on your scrapbooking sheets but also a nice touch when slipped into an envelope with a handwritten note.

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Transparent Cards

These transparent cards look great layered over the printed 4×3 cards or over photographs. The metallic herringbone print is my favorite and the pine cones are cheerful and perfect for fall.

Verdict: I’m loving the cool tone yet cozy vibes in the November Messy Box! The metallic touches add a bit of winter glam while herringbone and marble textures set the tone. The mix shows a lovely nod to the togetherness of the holidays with thougths of being home, warm, and full of food. Sticker sets are always welcome and this month’s are very useful. A Beautiful Mess always does a fantastic job of curating these one-of-a-kind items and the value always seems right for a $19.99 (with subscription) box.

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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.

Posted in Messy Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: messy box | 1 comment

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  1. Can you do a review/spoiler of the beautiful mess happy mail subscription, please. A beautiful mess has two options. Messy box and happy mail. I receive the happy mail collection and LOVE it!! It’s mostly greeting cards with some stickers, a nice 8×10 print, and little surprise each month. This month was an enamel envelope pin. Thanks!

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