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Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Box Review – May 2017

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The Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Box is a monthly stationery subscription box from lifestyle and stationery shop, Cloth & Paper.

Check out my review of the May 2017 Cloth and Paper box!

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. 

Check out my review of the May 2017 Cloth and Paper 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

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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.

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This info card lists out all of the products inside this month’s box.

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Avant Garde Clutch Pencil – Value $13.90?

I’d never heard of a clutch pencil before (and I spend an embarrassing amount of time searching for “cluth pen” online, since that’s what it says on the info card… whoops!), but it’s essentially a more sophisticated version of a mechanical pencil. The idea is that the body of the pencil “clutches” the lead, rather than the lead being a part of the pencil.

I couldn’t find this exact item online, so I linked to something similar to give an idea of value.

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This pencil has a nice weight to it. I don’t think it’s real gold, but it is super pretty. And the thick lead can be replaced when it runs out! I’m a little worried about how I’ll sharpen the pencil since it’s not something I can use in the traditional twisty sharpener I use with all my other wooden pencils.

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Box of 1.3mm Lead Refills – Value $5.25?

This plastic box comes with a set of assorted 1.3mm lead refills that can be used with the clutch pencil. I couldn’t find this exact item online, so I linked to something similar.

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I got some regular silvery-gray lead, as well as some fun colorful ones! I love the bright pink!

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Numbers Folder Set of 5 – Value $18.90

I really liked this set of folders! They’re made of a material that reminded me of watercolor paper—it’s slightly textured but very crisp and sophisticated nonetheless.

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The folders are on the smaller size—they’d be perfect for stowing in a planner (especially if you hole-punch ’em). The perfume-inspired gold lettering on the front of each one is really pretty!

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Dots Bookmark Tabs – Value $3.00?

I couldn’t find these online, so I just guessed at the value.

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These little sticky notes are so cute! I like the idea of using the lighter colored ones for actual notes and the darker, charcoal notes for just marking pages. Of course, I could also use a gel pen on the gray ones, which would look really cool.

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Cube Bookmark Tabs – Value $3.00?

I guessed at the value of these notes, too, since they were also hard to find online. These are the same smallish notes as the Dots but in a cube shape.

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Apart from the blush colored stickies, these can’t be used as notes, since they’re darker and patterned.

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CEO Sticker Set – Value $5.90

I’m no CEO, but I like having these kinds of stickers to mark appointments and other events on my desk calendar. I like the crisp, minimalist design.

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Commodity Storybook – Value $30.00

This was an unexpected find in this box! This “book” is actually a little container for 15 fragrance samples from the company Commodity.

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There’s a whole bunch of floral, woodsy, and other fragrances inside the neat, tidy package.

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Each 1.5ml vial has a little spray top to it. You could easily mix and blend the fragrances together to create a signature scent.

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The booklet inside the “book” explains all of the scents and what notes they contain. I love traditionally masculine fragrances, so I’m so happy to have things like “Leather” and “Whiskey” in the mix.

Verdict: I liked the unexpected mix of items in this month’s Cloth & Paper Stationery Box! The fragrance kit was probably my favorite element, even though it has very little to do with stationery. The pencil was interesting, too. These are definitely items I wouldn’t go looking for on my own, but which make my desk set-up feel sleek and professional. I calculated about $80.00 of value inside the $38.00 box (which has free shipping). I think that value is fair this time around unless of course, you don’t dig the perfume kit. If you were expecting more stationery and less of a lifestyle angle, then I could see this particular box being kind of a disappointment. I really loved the perfumes though—the packaging and the scents themselves echo the aesthetic of the subscription, even though the idea of perfume is a little off the beaten path for a stationery box.

What do you think of the Cloth & Paper Stationery Box?


Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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Comments (7)

  1. I love this box and the colored led for that pecil looks fun! I want everything ! Thanks for reviewing.

  2. At first I thought the perfume wasn’t a good fit for this box, then I remembered I used to spray notes with perfume! I know it’s a stretch, but maybe that is what they were going for? Either way, I like the box!

  3. I’m so happy to see a pencil/pencil only sub for $18. Like a good Virgo, I hoard pens and I love a good quality pens. I think I have to check it out!

  4. That pencil was the result of a kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago. The pencil came in gorgeous colors: cobalt, rose gold, silver, and black I think.
    Also there was a small, flat sharpener to put a point in the lead which I prefer because the lead is so large. I use my pencil every day at work.

    • Ah, very nice! Thank you for explaining, Laurie! I don’t think I would’ve caught that myself 🙂

  5. I love this month’s box. This is the #1 box on my wish list but I’m holding off on all new subs for the next two months.

  6. Anna – You don’t need to sharpen the lead in a clutch (or cluth!) pencil. You usually just press on the end that is opposite of where the lead comes out, or you click a button, etc. to make the lead advance.

    I’m interested in good pen and stationary subs, but this one completely lost me with the inclusion of perfume! It actually boggles my mind as to why they would have the largest value item be something so unrelated to their main theme. It’s one thing to include a sample of hand cream, but I just can’t imagine anyone subbing to a pen and stationary box, opening it up, and thinking “yay! I got a perfume collection!!” Not to mention that a lot of people don’t wear perfume and/or may have allergies to it.

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