The Stationery Selection Review – May 2018
The Stationery Selection is a stationery subscription that carefully curates with famous stationery brands and zakka (misc. goods) shipped directly from Japan.
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About The Stationery Selection
The Subscription Box: The Stationery Selection
The Cost: $34.95/mo + shipping
The Products: Stationery and miscellaneous office/study items like pens, washi tape, and stickers.
Ships to: Worldwide ($10-$13 to the U.S., depending on where you live)
Good to know: One-time boxes are also usually available for $36.95 + shipping.
The Stationery Selection May 2018 Review
There is a slight change to the info sheet this month. They’ve started putting the list of items on the back of the title sheet instead of a separate one. Great idea!
mt Washi Tape in Tree – Retail Value $3.50
What a lovely washi tape this month! I love the way tall skinny trees like birch look and this tape is filled with different kinds of branches! I don’t have anything like this with photo-realistic wood so I’m excited to add it to my collection.
Nishi Shuku Origami Paper in Bird – Estimated Value $5.90 (similar linked)
Nishi Shuku is a Japanese illustrator I’ve grown to know and love through my various stationery subs! Her drawings and paintings are so beautiful often feature nature. This set of origami paper has four different designs that have different birds along with shooting stars in a pleasing color palette. There are four square sheets of paper of each design and the back shows you a few ideas on how to use them in various ways other than folding origami. These are so nice that it makes me not want to use them but I must share them with others!
Planets and Stars Washi Stickers
These washi stickers of planets and stars are special because they were designed by Mits from The Stationery Selection herself! They have a really delicate watercolor look and were created using swatches right from her personal journal. So pretty!
3120 Watermark Kaishi Paper by Hiroko Takahashi
I received paper much like this back in November’s The Stationery Selection box. The brand and artist are different but the “watermark” kaishi paper has the same look. It’s a very thin delicate paper that has a design burned into it so it’s partially see-through. You can use it to write letters or a myriad of things like wrap small gifts, use as tissue paper, or decorate a journal.
Classicky Label Book – Retail Value $6.50
I love this little pad of paper labels! It has a really vintage design and each page contains two labels that are perforated in between to easily tear apart. These don’t have any glue on the back but you can use a glue stick or tape to affix them to a notebook or anything else you may want to dress up with a nice boardered label. Very unique!
Tokyo Antique Wax Sticks in Gold
I don’t do a lot of wax sealing but now that I have these two sticks in metallic gold, perhaps I will! You just have to light these like a candle and once it burns you allow the wax to drip onto something like an envelope. Once it cools a little, you can use a stamp (like the one below) to imprint a design and seal the envelope closed. These are sure to last quite a while since not much is needed!
Classiky Porcelain Seiko Okada Hot Air Balloon Stamp – Retail Value $12.00
Gosh, this is just so cool! In my many years of rubber stamp collecting, I somehow never came across porcelain ones! Not only can you use these with a regular ink pad, but you can use this with the wax seal as well in place of a metal stamp! The hot air balloon was designed by Seiko Okada and comes with a small cork pad as a stamping surface so you don’t make a mess of your desk. The porcelain automatically makes it feel very special and I love just gazing upon it on my desk! Can’t wait to use this more!
Sailor Dual-Ended Brush Pen
I know I always say I need to work on my brush lettering skills and wouldn’t you know it – I never do (as you can see by the above writing sample). This cool black with red glitter brush pen has two sides: one thin and one thick so you can easily switch between doing larger or more detailed writing. Although I can’t read it, I appreciate that it comes with some helpful tips on how to write.
Verdict: This month’s Stationery Selection had some really unique offerings this month with some more standard favorites. The porcelain stamp is definitely my favorite and the various different papers are all really special! The sealing wax was also a very different item as well as the washi tape being a fun new deisgn. Very happy with this delivery!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but sign up before the 20th to receive July as your first box.
Value Breakdown: At $47.95 for this box, you’re paying about $5.99 per item.
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What’s your favorite item from this month’s Stationery Selection?