Studio Calico Planner Kit Subscription Review- December 2016
The Studio Calico Planner Kit is a subscription service from Studio Calico that’s all about planner accessories! Each monthly kit comes with an exclusive variety of planner products from Studio Calico and other brands carried in their online store.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
This review is of the Planner Kit, $24.99 a month, subscription.
The Subscription Box: Studio Calico Planner Kit
The Cost: $24.99 + shipping, which is free domestically. You can also save by sign up for a 6-month plan ($22.99 per monthly kit) or a 12-month plan ($19.99 per monthly kit).
The Products: Planner decorating papers, stickers, tools, and more.
Ships To: Worldwide. Free domestic shipping and free shipping for orders created between the 1st and the 5th of the month. Subscribers also get free shipping on any orders $79 or more ($99 for Canadian subscribers) outside of the bundling period. What’s the “bundling period”? Keep reading…
Good to Know: Subscribers get all kinds of deals, including the ability to “bundle” orders from the Studio Calico site into their kits during a given time frame each month. That saves on shipping! Subscribers also get 10% off online classes, 10% off digital items, and other offers.
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Here’s the info card that came with the box.
On the back, they capture the color inspiration behind the box. I love this attention to design and aesthetics! The theme is called “Cypress Grove”, which is all about warm colors softened by delicate, feminine touches. I’ve never seen a box present their color theory before. How cool! Many of the items in this box are not for sale in the Studio Calico store, so I have based value on similar items.
Zippered Plastic Pouch – Value $1.99
The products come zipped inside this clear plastic pouch. It has a netted look, but it is indeed a solid piece. It feels sturdy, too. If I don’t use this to keep my supplies in order, I could use it as a toiletries bag for the gym or travel.
Weekly Planner Pad – Value $7.80?
I’ve never had a weekly pad like this one, so I’m excited to see how it supplements my regular planner. Though I did notice that the spaces are pretty small—I wish there was a bit more room to list out everything I have going on!
Each sheet is thick, like an index card, rather than regular paper. And there are plenty of sheets in the pad, which is awesome. I also really like that there’s a space to note goals in addition to regular to-dos. (Though I wish there was more room to write them out!)
3 Double-Sided Patterned Papers – Value $3.21
These cards could be used as divider sheets, or you could incorporate them into your scrapbooking and paper crafting.
I love the bright, pretty colors and fresh patterns. I’ve seen other boxes feature overtly holiday or wintry patterns—I appreciate that these motifs shake things up a bit! The price does seem super high for simple cards, though.
Washi Tape – Value $4.99?
I love that this washi tape is wider than usual (maybe about an inch in width?), and I adore the pattern. It’s so pretty and delicate. The white flower outline even had me thinking spring for a second!
Stacking Smiley Pencil – Value $1.00?
I just guessed at the price of this item, since I couldn’t find the exact piece online.
Each little colored ball has a pencil tip on its end. You can stack these ball-shaped smileys in any way you want. Once you use up a pencil tip, just swap it out with another ball.
I like the rainbow colors. You can tell that this isn’t a super high-quality piece, of course. It reminds me of the kind of thing you’d get in a birthday party treat bag as a kid.
Each ball has its own color and expression. The pencil lead is graphite gray across the board.
Surprisingly, this pencil feels pretty stable when it’s all stacked up. I would’ve thought it’d be awkward to use (like it was about to break), but it’s actually a solid writing implement.
Silver Tassel – Value $1.99?
I couldn’t find this specific item on the Studio Calico site either, so the value is based on some other tassels they had available for reference.
It’s a little weird that this silver faux (?) leather tassel doesn’t have any kind of topper piece—there’s no chain nor clasp to attach it to anything, though there is a teeny loop at the top.
See? I suppose that gives it some versatility—depending on the hardware you pick up at the craft store, this tassel could become a keychain, an ornament, or hey, even a statement necklace. It does feel kind of incomplete, though.
2 Sheets of Washi Planner Stickers – Value $1.99?
These stickers are thin. They have a kind of translucence to them like washi tape would.
This sheet kind of breaks from the color scheme set out in the beginning of the box. These colors are a bit more fall than winter, but I’ll still get lots of use out of them, I’m sure!
Planner Phrases Stickers – Value $1.00?
I like the barely pink color of these little stickers. Each sticker feels a bit like a tiny tile—the paper is stiffer than on typical stickers.
There’s a neat mix of events, to-dos, and just plain inspiring phrases on this page. I’m excited to use these to pep up my planner!
2 Sheets of Rainbow Star Stickers – Value $1.59?
The stickers I linked to aren’t exactly the same—these ones are rainbow-colored and have a variety of sizes. Again, they’re a little more bold in color than the palette the box laid out.
It never hurts to have some stars on hand to jazz up my planner or envelopes.
2 Sheets of Planner Stickers – Value $1.99?
These stickers have a preppy feel to them. The little call-outs are cute. The focus on starting on goals is perfect for 2017 resolution setting!
These stickers are a bit stiffer than other ones in the kit. They have a matte finish like the others, though, so you can still write on them if you want!
Enamel Pencil Pin – Value $12.00?
This seems to be an item specifically for subscribers, so I linked to a similar product. I’ve got a growing collection of enamel pins, and most of the ones I’ve found are at least $10.00 or more. Seems like a lot for a little pin, but it is super cute!
The colors of the pencils are my favorite part. They have a playful, almost retro vibe.
Verdict: I liked this Studio Calico Planner Kit, though it felt more disjointed than other months I’ve received. The designs of the stickers, in particular, are fresh and crisp, though the colors didn’t follow a very consistent theme (which was really only surprising since they took the time to explain the color theory behind the box). The non-stationery items (the tassel, the stacking pencil) felt a little random, too. The value I estimated based on similar items in the Studio Calico shop is about $40.00, which is much more than the $24.99 price. But I wish the products felt more cohesive.
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