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A Beautiful Mess – Messy Box Subscription Review – March 2017

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Messy Box is a monthly scrapbooking subscription from A Beautiful Mess. Each month, you’ll receive cards, papers, and other supplies designed exclusively for subscribers.


Each shipment features cohesive colors and patterns. The individual designs are unique, but they look like they’re all part of the same (adorable) family.


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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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Set of 4 Scrapbooking Sheets (9″ x 12″)

These sheets are the largest and the lightest weight of the box. They’re card stock sheets with a matte finish, but they seemed just a tad less stiff than the other items in the box.

The theme this month is gardening, and I am loving plants and the raindrops prints!


Set of 4 Large Journal Cards (4″ x 6″)

These journal cards are made of light card stock and have designs on either side. Here are the flip sides:


I like that some of the flip sides are fill-in for customization.


Set of 8 Small Journal Cards (3″ x 4″)

Again, these cards have designs on the back as well:



Set of 12 Square Journal Cards (3″ x 3″)

More double sided cards! I love the pastel colors and the succulent illustrations!


If you aren’t using these for scrapbooking, they could work well as gift tags, too.


Cement Ink


Every month, Messy Box includes a few extras in addition to the standard scrapbooking cards and sheets.


This month we got a stamp pad and some garden-inspired stamps.


Garden Stamps


I really like this cement grey ink!


Wooden Leaf Cut-Outs


These cut-outs range in size from 1 inch to 3 inches across and are thin enough to be glued on a scrapbook page. (I think they would be an unexpected decor addition to a wrapped gift, too.)

Verdict: I think Messy Box does a great job of consistently delivering gorgeous designs in beautiful palettes. You can definitely buy planner items cheaper elsewhere, but everything in this box is exclusive to A Beautiful Mess, so if you like these designs, the value is definitely there!

What do you think of the March 2017 Messy Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

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. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

1 Comment

  1. This will probably be my last month with them. I should have looked at more reviews before jumping on the $5 first box deal. They seem to always have the same muted tones, and while I like muted tones on a limited basis, they are definitely not for me all the time. Hmm, I’m the same way with makeup, interesting.

    Their products, including Happy Mail, which I also get, are definitely high quality; not being thrilled with their colors and some of their themes (last month, ugh, I hate anything to do with “busy”) is just a matter of taste.

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