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Busy Bee Stationery “Kraft Time” Box Review + Coupon – October 2018

BusyBee October 2018 - Box front view

Busy Bee Stationery is a monthly subscription box that offers stationery items that are normally themed.

BusyBee October 2018 - box open view

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

BusyBee October 2018 - all products view

About Busy Bee Stationery Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Busy Bee Stationery

The Cost: $39.90 a month + free US shipping. Save with 3 or 6-month subscriptions!

The Products: 5-10 items to help with journaling, letter-writing, and planning!

Good to Know: There is no style profile, all boxes are the same and tie into each the month’s unique theme

Ships to: US for free, Canada for $7.50, and worldwide for $12.50

Busy Bee “Kraft Time” October 2018

BusyBee October 2018 - info card front view

BusyBee October 2018 - info card back view

Each month you get a card that introduces the theme. October’s Busy Bee theme is “Kraft Time”! This month’s card also appears to feature vendors that Busy Bee uses. I am really excited to present the items in this month’s box, so prepare for lots of awesomeness!

BusyBee October 2018 - Stapler box front view

Gold Plated Desktop Stapler – Retail Value $15.00 (Found for $10.49 here!)

BusyBee October 2018 - Stapler box back view

The first item I received is this super-awesome golden stapler by American Crafts.

BusyBee October 2018 - Stapler front view

It is small and sturdy and so reflective! This stapler can sit on your desk and double as a mirror to check your lipstick (or your teeth) after lunch.

BusyBee October 2018 - Stapler open view

It opens as a traditional stapler does. It didn’t come with any staples, but that’s okay!

BusyBee October 2018 - Stapler bottom view

The bottom also has a grip so it won’t easily fall off your desk should you bump it by mistake. I really like this item. I am getting my home office together, so it is the perfect addition! Yaaay!

BusyBee October 2018 - Label Sticker Roll box view

Label Sticker Roll – Retail Value $5.00 (Found here for $2.50!)

The next item I received in this month’s box are these label stickers.

BusyBee October 2018 - Label Sticker Roll open view

Now, I have never seen these before, but they are definitely so cool and perfect for those who mail a lot of cards. There are 30 labels in this roll.

BusyBee October 2018 - Self Inking Stamp pack front view

Self-Inking Hello Stamp – Retail Value $8.00 (Found here for $4.80)

Busy Bee also included a stamp in the October box.

BusyBee October 2018 - Self Inking Stamp open top view

It is a circular, self-inking stamp with a teal handle.

BusyBee October 2018 - Self Inking after Stamp view

It stamps out “hello” in a message bubble in black ink. It’s super cute! While I don’t have a need for it now, I will find a purpose for it, so I am keeping it in my craft corner.

BusyBee October 2018 - Gel ink pack front view

TUL Mixed Metal Elements Dots Gel Pens – Retail Value $7.99

You guys, these pens are AWESOME! I got four 0.7 mm pens with different colored polka-dot barrels: pink, purple, blue and yellow.

BusyBee October 2018 - Gel ink open view

They write in black ink that literally just glided from the pen onto the paper. I love these pens. They are just fantastic!

BusyBee October 2018 - Notebook front view

Notebooks with Pockets and Inserts – Retail Value $4.00 (Found here for $3.69)

BusyBee October 2018 - Notebook top view

The next item I got in this month’s box was a pair of notebooks. The notebooks are a stylish brown, one in a wood pattern and the other with a leather look with gold accents.

BusyBee October 2018 - Notebook open front view 1

Now, this did throw me off a bit. Each notebook has 4 pockets that contained a separate page for notes.

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The leather design with gold accents had striped pages in the pockets of the notebook, with just one per pocket page.

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And the wood-patterned notebook had grid pages in its folder pockets

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In between the pockets are white, blank pages for notes or sketches. But the downside? There are only 10 white pages. These notebooks aren’t made to hold too much.

BusyBee October 2018 - Letterpress Ink Pad box front view

Letterpress Gold Ink Pad – Retail Value $4.00 (Found here for $3.20)

The final item in this Busy Bee October box is this gorgeous gold ink pad.

BusyBee October 2018 - Letterpress Ink Pad open box front view

It really is very gold! I don’t have stamps but will go get some just so I can utilize this ink pad.

Verdict: Busy Bee Stationery hasn’t really impressed me since the first one I reviewed in July, but this month was different. I let out ooohs and ahhhs as I opened it up and pretty much swooned over every item. I am really happy Busy Bee upped their game this month. This is the kind of box that will make (and keep!) subscribers like me happy. Also, the box’s value exceeded the cost of the box at $43.99.

The Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will get the November box

Value Breakdown: The box costs $39.90 + free shipping, which means that each of the items in the box has an average cost of $6.65. The proportional cost of each item via the box is:

  • Stamp pad – $3.63
  • Pocket notebook set – $3.63
  • Pens – $7.25
  • Stamp – $7.26
  • Label stickers – $4.54
  • Stapler – $13.61

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Written by Carol Castaneda

Carol Castaneda

I am a mother of 2 going on 3 soon and enjoy the little things in life, especially in surprise form! Monthly subscription boxes give me that surprise every time I see the mailman delivering them! My favorite boxes include beauty boxes, lifestyle boxes and anything pregnancy-related boxes; my all time favorite is my FabFitFun subscription.

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  1. Tül pens are the bomb! They are always the pen I grab for, if they haven’t been “borrowed” by my college age son. I love those notebooks, too…I may have to try this sub if it continues curating like this box. Thanks for the review!

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