Cloth & Paper Stationery Box Review – April 2017
The Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Box is a monthly stationery subscription box from lifestyle and stationery shop, Cloth & Paper.
In addition to the Stationery Subscription Box, Cloth & Paper offers a pens-and-pencils-focused subscription called “Penspiration,” as well as a subscription that’s the two boxes combined into one.
With the Stationery subscription (what I’m reviewing today), you can expect 5-8 items, including desk items like paper pads, pens, note cards, and journals, as well as some occasional lifestyle goodies. According to their site, this box focuses on much-loved brands, too, including CLEANSE by Lauren Napier, MUSE BEAUTY, Smitten On Paper, Rifle Paper Co, Studio Sarah London, Katie Leamon, Tools to LiveBy, and their own designs.
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 Cloth & Paper Stationery, $38 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Cloth & Paper
The Cost: the Penspiration subscription is $18.00 a month, the Stationery Box is $38.00 a month, and the Penspiration & Stationery Box is $48.00 a month. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month pre-pay plans. Free U.S. shipping.
The Products: 5-8 stationery (and sometimes, lifestyle finds) from notable brands, as well as from Cloth & Paper’s collection.
Ships to: Worldwide
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This box’s sleek, minimalist aesthetic really appeals to me. I’ve got a great collection of colorful notebooks, pens, and supplies, so I’m excited to stock up on some more sophisticated styles.
All of the products come tucked inside this fashionable black drawstring bag.
Short Term Goal Mapping Cards – Value $10.00?
I know this subscription offers an array of stationery items each month, but I never would’ve expected these goal cards! I couldn’t find these on the Cloth and Paper site, so I linked to a somewhat similar product to give an idea of value. These unique notecards come printed with a timeline to fill out with the “steps” needed to achieve my goal. There’s also a spot to note how I’ll reward myself once I achieve what I’ve set out to do.
There are 20 cards, each of which has timelines printed on either side (so you can track 40 goals total). I’ve been doing a so-so job of tracking habits and goals using a bullet journal, so I’m eager to give this method a try. I also like that once I’ve completed a goal, I’ll have a physical reminder of what I’ve achieved. It’ll be nice to look back on when I’m feeling less than confident or facing similar goals in the future!
There’s even a set of instructions to help the process. I like the idea of breaking big goals into smaller goals to help the whole process feel less overwhelming.
This saying appears on the back of the card. It’s a surprisingly mindful sentiment for an exercise focused on change and facing challenges. But that balance is nice to have—it’s a good reminder to be patient with myself as I go through this process. If a goal doesn’t come true by the time I reach the bottom of a card… well… I’ll just reexamine it and try again!
Icon Pen in Gray – Value $18.00
This pen is available on the Cloth and Paper site. I love metallic gold, so I was excited about the color scheme of this pen. Though I will say, the gray didn’t look as classy as it could. I’m not sure exactly why, since I love gray… I just feel like black or white would look cleaner alongside the shiny gold accents.
The end with the clip is also the cap of the pen—you pull it off the end (if you twist it, you’ll take the pen apart) to reveal the tip. The ink is black and writes really smoothly with a 0.5mm line. The pen itself is on the heavier side and has a girth more like a permanent marker than a ballpoint pen. It’s easy and comfortable to write with—I tend to grip pens way too tightly, straining my hand, but that wasn’t the case here.
Smitten on Paper Message Memos – Value $12.00
I haven’t seen a message card in so long—I used them a lot in my teen years when I’d help out at the receptionist desk at my dad’s office. I don’t have anyone to take phone calls for, nor anyone who’s taking phone calls for me, but it might be fun to use this when I get a call about something I have to follow up on. It’d look way prettier to tack one of these gold-ink cards on my pinboard instead of scribbling notes away on a stray sheet of paper!
There are 25 square, notecard-weight pages in this pad. These cards look and feel so fancy that I’m hesitant to use them as day-to-day message memos!
25 J’Adore Sticky Notes – Value $2.50?
I couldn’t find these notes on the Cloth and Paper site, so I linked to something similar. You get 25 in this little stack.
I like the simplicity and sophistication of these notes. I could see using them for all sorts of things. And the fact that the pages are standard paper with matte, printed type makes me more inclined to use them for… whatever. They don’t have the sophistication of the notecard-weight message pad, so there’s no feeling like the pad is too fancy for my hastily scribbled note.
The sticky notes come on a card with this “Boss Babe” design on the back. Maybe I can frame it and use it as office decor once I’m done with the stickies.
Expenses Tracker – Value $6.99?
This was also an item I wouldn’t have expected to see in this box! But it’s super handy, as someone who has a good number of workplace expenses to track. There are 40 pages in this notepad, which features paper with a slightly heftier feeling to it (though not notecard-weight). I wish it was a little bit… prettier? Just since the other items in the box have something special about them (gold ink, pops of pink, etc.). This pad, in comparison, seems a little simplistic.
8 Notecards and Gold-Lined Envelopes – Value $9.12?
This is another item that felt a little too simple, given all of the other items in the box. The notecards here are completely blank on both sides, and the envelopes are similarly simple. The only standout part of these notes is the gold foil lining of the envelopes. They’re really pretty, but I wish the notecards themselves had a similar pop.
The info card suggests using these notecards as part of the goal-setting exercise. I can write “rewards” to pick from, or positive affirmations to help kick me along the goal process.
Verdict: I thought the goal kit in this month’s Cloth & Paper Stationery Box was really interesting and helpful. But I struggle with this box. The most striking items are also a little too fancy for me to feel like I can use them for day to day office tasks (like the sophisticated message memo pad), but the items that are less snazzy (like the J’Adore sticky notes or the notecards) don’t feel fancy enough to be in this pricier box. I know, I’m being a real Goldilocks right now. I just don’t know if it’s the practical match for how I work. If your office is a more curated space (for example, if you have a home office that you use more for personal projects or just as a fun, organizational retreat), then this box could be worth it for you. I calculated about $59.00 of value inside the $38.00 box (which has free shipping). That seems like a great value, but not if the pieces inside don’t suit my stationery needs (especially since the products are so specific—instead of just an all-purpose notepad, it’s a message pad or an expenses pad).
What do you think of the Cloth & Paper Stationery Box?