Creative Mercantile Mail Subscription Review + Coupon- January 2017
Creative Mercantile’s Mercantile Mail subscription box is a monthly box meant to ignite the creativity of scrapbookers, planners, and stationery lovers. Each month, Mercantile Mail will send you 10-12 paper craft supplies by companies from all over the world. The items will include stickers, washi tape, stamps, and more.
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The Subscription Box: Mercantile Mail by Creative Mercantile
The Cost: $24.95 a month
COUPON: Use code VIPBFF to save 10% off 3 months!
The Products: Crafty supplies for stationery, scrapbooking, and other paper projects.
Ships to: US (for free!) and International ($10 shipping)
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This box is themed around one of my favorite things (especially in this chilly weather)… coffee!
The second info sheet discusses some great ideas for how to use what’s in the box. This is something that Mercantile Mail always does that I really appreciate. I hate getting stuck with items I’m not sure how to use. A little inspiration goes a long way!
One Canoe Two Hazelwood Rotary Stamp – Value $5.99
Rotary stamps have dials on them that let you switch up the date that the stamp displays. In that way, it’s a ton of stamps in one. It’s sort of an old school office tool, but this version puts a fresh twist on the classic concept.
You can see on the bottom how the traditional date stamp is framed by a pretty ivy and roses design. Cute!
The info sheet suggests using it to mark dates on scrapbook pages. I might use it to mark days in my bullet journal!
The rest of the items come packaged in cute little bags. There’s this one…
And this one…
And this one!
Felt Flower from Maya Road – Value $1.23
I went for the smallest items first. This felt rosette is so petite! It’s soft and fluffy except for the center, which feels like it’s made of wood or light plastic. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this delicate item, but the info sheet suggests attaching it to some sort of clip and using it in your planner or journal, etc. It would have to be glued on, most likely. There’s no adhesive backing on this flower.
I couldn’t find this exact product (the cream color) online, so I linked to the same style in a different shade!
2 Brass Clips from Maya Road – Value $0.73
Speaking of clips, there are two shiny ones in this box. They’re both pretty small (their mouths are only about an inch wide), and they don’t have too much tension, so they’re easy on your fingers. I’m using one to mark pages in one of my notebooks right now, and the other to hold a small bag of pasta shut, haha!
2 Mason Jar Tags from Maya Road – Value $0.83
These tags are each almost the size of a business card. They have the outline of a jar on the front but are blank on the back. They come with a hole punch, which has me imagining threading some colorful embroidery floss through and using them as gift tags. Wouldn’t it be neat to use them to tag something like a jar of cookie mix? It’d be jars on jars on jars.
Coffee Die Cuts – Value $1.00?
There are also these two die-cut shapes. They look like they could be coffee shop logos with the name parts cut out, don’t they? The interesting thing about these is that, on one side, they have a woodgrain texture (you can sort of see it in the photo). I don’t associate coffee cups with woodgrain (maybe a pretty coffee shop countertop…), but I appreciate that they’re something other than plain brown.
Pocket Me “Love Is You” Sticky Notes – Value $4.29?
I couldn’t find this exact coffee design online, so I linked to a similar item from the brand.
Unlike regular sticky notes, these ones are like little paper shirt pockets. You can write on them, of course, but you can also tuck small items inside!
There are 10 in the pack. They’re actually sturdier than I imagined they’d be, though I’d recommend only putting flat items in the pocket. Also, note that they’re only as sticky as regular sticky notes, so they probably won’t hold things and hang (on the fridge, or on a wall calendar, for instance). My first idea for these notes is to stick one inside a greeting card with a tiny photo inside. If you and your partner are a fan of coffee dates, that could be the perfect Valentine’s craft!
Coffee Washi Tape – Value $1.00?
I couldn’t find this exact style of tape online, so I linked to something similar. That said, I think $1.00 is a little low for washi tape, which typically goes for around $3.00 a roll.
This tape is minimalist and marvelous at the same time. I love the crisp way the white illustrations represent the many forms of my favorite beverage.
These stickers are made by Creative Mercantile, and the value is based on a similar smaller sheet of stickers. They’re matte, so you can write on them if you want, though they are pretty dark already. They’d be great for remembering a coffee date with your loved one!
This is another one that wasn’t online, so I linked to a similar item. These stickers are also easy to write on and provide more whitespace to do so than the first, darker set of stickers. The style is a bit whimsical for my taste, but I bet I know someone who’d appreciate seeing one of these sealing the envelope of a greeting card. And I do think the coffee ring on the bottom left is a very cute, familiar-yet-unexpected sticker concept!
Again, this sheet seems like it’s exclusive to this box, so I linked to a similar item. This sheet is my favorite in terms of style. The illustrations are simple, but also a little imperfect, which gives them character. I will say I noticed that the jug of milk looks like it has a little dead face with Xs for eyes, and now I can’t un-see it, ha!
This sheet also seems unique to this box, so I linked to a similar item. I like that this page includes some longer strips that can be used like washi tape in planners, journals, and scrapbooks. I might have to turn that “Coffee keeps me going…” sticker into a magnet. That is me to a T!
This might be my favorite item of the box. These sheets of washi stickers are so elegant with their gold details, fine floral pattern, and nearly transparent backing.
I also love that some of the designs are drawn in a way that makes them perfect for coloring in yourself.
This set of stickers feels much more fall than late winter to me. That said, the color palette is perfect for this coffee box, and they cover a lot of occasions!
1 Sheet of 58 Stickers from Suatelier – Value $1.80
Okay, no THESE are my favorite items in the box! These tiny transparent stickers are so charming. I love the variety—you can just imagine little adventures unfolding looking at these designs. I’m so excited to have these in my collection!
Verdict: This Mercantile Mail box was brimming with fun coffee finds. I estimated there to be about $33.00, which is a few dollars more than the $24.95 price of the box. Mercantile Mail does a great job of including LOTS of high-quality products into each month’s shipment, and this month was no different. And I have to say, I love the idea of using coffee as a theme!
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