Papergang by Ohh Deer Stationery Box Review + Coupon – February 2018
Papergang is a monthly stationery subscription box from quirky UK design team, Ohh Deer. Each month they partner with a different artist and have a theme to bring you paper goods and desk accessories.
The packaging is always awesomely eye-catching, and usually, they pair with a monthly artist whose designs are featured both on the box and on the goodies throughout it. This month’s theme is omg-what-is-happening-to-my-eyes neon pink (to coin my own term for it), designed by the Ohh Deer team. Guys, I wish I could possibly have found a way to convey how brilliant this pink stuff is in my images, but you’ll just have to take my word for it—or, hopefully, you got this box in the mail, too! On the back of the box are two bookmarks that you can cut out to spiff up your reading experience.
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The Subscription Box: Papergang
The Cost: About $14.81 USD (10.95 GBP) + shipping.
Coupons: Buy a 3-month subscription and save 50% off your first box, no code required, just link here! You can also get a free box with a 6-month subscription or 2 free boxes with a 12-month subscription!
The Products: Each month you’ll receive a box full of papery goodness. The product selection will vary, however, it will include the likes of greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories, and art prints.
Ships to: the US and Canada for $3.99 USD (£2.95), UK for $3.86 USD, Australia for $7.79 USD, and Worldwide (shipping costs vary).
Good to know: Papergang partners with Tree Aid to make sure that for every four boxes they sell, one tree gets planted in the African Drylands, which helps with vital food and income.
Papergang February 2018 Review
Papergang includes a fun little info booklet each month that matches the box and theme of the contents! Let’s go through it together…
Open the booklet and you’ll find the contents of this box (Box #24), as well as an intro into the world of bullet journaling if you haven’t heard of it already.
The next pages walk you through it in detail. It explains that a “bujo” is a little bit of every type of journal wrapped up into one. Sounds similar to what’s going on in the notebook I carry around in my purse, but undoubtedly prettier. Maybe I can pick up a few pointers for making mine better! They also have a little interview with Instagrammer @jhonstudies, who they say is a bullet journal expert.
These two pages show an example of a bujo in action.
Next are some tips for getting started, like a key you can use for your own bullet points and a checklist of supplies you’ll need to get your bujo started (hint: most of them are included in this box!)
Finally, more bullet journal inspo and a couple of bookplates you can cut out ‘n’ affix to your own in case you should ever lose it (ugh, losing one of these after putting your lists and creative touches in it sounds horrifying, doesn’t it?).
And, on the back cover, a friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is on Sunday, March 11 in the UK. Gotta say, I really appreciate the reminder. It always sneaks up on me.
Pink Bullet Journal – Listed Value About $8.54 USD (£6.95)
Here she is, ladies and gents! Your blank bullet journal, ready and waiting to be filled with your creative life happenings! The cover is matte, with a shiny, almost iridescent “Day to Day” print on the front. I included a picture of the binding because I love it so much. It looks hand-bound—though there’s no mention of it in the info booklet—in that it’s made up of a handful of smaller journals all bound into one. That allows it to lie open flat while you’re writing in it, which I find to be an asset not overlook. I also love that it’s got dotted pages so you can space out your creative layouts nicely! The last photo is of my first stab at a bujo. I did a little four-day calendar for the first page, then broke down some Sunday plans on the second page. The first page felt a little too confusing with all the colors I used, so I tried to keep it more consistent for the second page. I could see myself having some serious fun with this!
Neon Ruler – Listed Value About $3.63 USD (£2.95)
This is a way cooler version of those transparent plastic rulers we had in elementary school. It’s seriously so bright and has measurements up to 18. Thing is, I can’t figure out what the heck unit of measurement is going on here. My husband found me holding it up to a tape measure, scratching my head, and tried to help, but had no luck. I then thought to see if it matched up with the little dots on the pages of the bullet journal, and…success! Pretty much this is just a straight edge that can help you space out your bullet points.
Neon Zip Bag – Listed Value About $5.62 USD (£3.95)
Here’s another item that’s as bright as the face of the sun! I want to clarify that I make these declarations with a full heart and a huge smile; this color is immeasurably rad. This plastic pencil case has a Ziploc-style closure and it came with these 3 pencils in it. It’s pretty roomy, and it has space to open up so you can fit some washi tapes and other creative tools that might be thicker than your average pencil.
Neon Pack of 3 Pencils – Listed Value About $3.63 USD (£2.95)
These colored pencils are super fun, but not very dark. I know the doodles, especially the yellow one, are probably hard to see. I’d say they’re a bit glowy-er in reality than they appear in the photo, but not much darker. These might be better for shading and doodling than they are for writing. Also, hopefully, you have a pencil sharpener lying around! I have one around here somewhere from a drawing class I took in college (clearly I had my priorities straight, right?), but I suppose they’re easy/cheap enough to get your hands on if you don’t have one already.
Stickers – Listed Value About $5.62 USD (£3.95)
Now, this is where the real fun is had! As someone who kept a paper planner all through high school and college, and took great pride in the presentable way each week looked, I am very into what’s going on here. I totally used a complex sticker system to convey certain things—though they were mere gold stars and colored dots—so this sticker system has me all pumped up.
Greeting Card -Listed Value About $3.07 USD (£2.50)
We now break from our regularly scheduled bullet journal business to bring you this uh-dorable greeting card! I’ve seen these “Little Miss” designs on T-shirts and tote bags and things, and it looks like this Little Miss Fun gal was designed in collaboration with Ohh Deer. It’s blank inside, so you can use it for whatever occasion you wish. I think it would make a great “just because” card to send to a friend.
Bonus: February Calendar Card – Estimated Value $1.35? (£1?)
Finally, the riso printed calendar that’s always included as a little bonus item in each Papergang box! It goes along with the bright pink theme throughout the rest of the box, and I really like that it calls out some holidays (and “holidays) on the side, as well as offering space for your own notes/date call-outs. I like that Papergang always includes this little calendar for several months ahead so you have time to plan and don’t run the risk of receiving it after the month has already begun.
Verdict: Y’all know by now that Papergang can do no wrong in my eyes, and even as someone who kind of avoids hyper-girly things such as the color pink, I am totally obsessed with this month’s theme! It’s just bright enough to enter into the category of “bordering on obscenely weird” which is, among other things, what makes me tick. I received a bullet journal, ruler, pencil case, 3 colored pencils, calendar sticker set, blank card, and a bonus calendar card, which added up to about $32 USD. That’s an awesome value, considering the box itself is $18.80 USD, including shipping costs!
To Wrap Up:
Coupon – Buy a 3-month subscription and save 50% off your first box, no code required, just link here! You can also get a free box with a 6-month subscription or 2 free boxes with a 12-month subscription!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $14.81 + $3.99 shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box (considering the 3 pencils as one set) has an average cost of $3.13.
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