Busy Bee Stationery “Gratitude Journal” Review + Coupon – November 2018
Busy Bee Stationery is a monthly subscription box that offers stationery items that are normally themed.
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.)
About Busy Bee Stationery
The Subscription Box: Busy Bee Stationery
The Cost: $39.90 a month + free US shipping. Save with 3 or 6-month subscriptions!
The Products: The contents of the box will vary month-to-month but always include 5-10 items that help with journaling, letter writing, and planning.
Ships to: the US for free, Canada for $7.50 and Worldwide for $12.50
Good to Know: There is no style profile, all boxes are the same and tie into each the month’s unique theme
Busy Bee Stationery “Gratitude Journal” November 2018 Review
Each month we are presented with a card that introduces the month’s theme. November’s Busy Bee theme is Gratitude Journal!
When I first saw this item in the box, I was pretty excited.
It is a beautiful golden journal cover that has a black, velvet inside. It is bound with an elastic band. Of course, there weren’t directions for how to attach this to a journal, but I think it is pretty simple; simply insert a journal and secure it with the band.
Heidi Swapp Minc Gratitude Kit – Retail Value $15.99
So this was new to me. When I initially opened the box, I thought I was getting all the materials to create a journal, but I didn’t. I received this set, which is really cool but it is to be used with a Minc machine, which is a foil machine. I have never heard of this before, and of course, now I want one.
Here is everything I received in the kit: 5 file folders, 3 coin envelopes, 2 frames, 13 tags, and 4 titles. For those that have the Minc machine, they would choose a foil and choose the piece they would want to pop and run it through to create a whole new piece. It all seems pretty neat BUT it is disappointing that we received a kit for a machine that people may not have. So that was kind of a bummer.
The next item I received are these color shines in Citron (lime green), Teal and Gold.
Each bottle contains 1 ounce and is acid-free and non-toxic.
The colors are really pretty when sprayed! When I looked up more about this product though, I learned they are best used with artesian chips. You spray, wipe off the excess and voila! A new piece.
Chalk pens and markers are a newly found obsession of mine. The one I received in my box is not like others. The tip is round and reminds me of a real piece of chalk, but it wrote like a marker. It is removed using a wet cloth.
These were my favorite in the whole box!
I received 8 pins total. Three had pearl-like pieces with a floral design, two had a solid rhinestone, one pink one blue and the other 3 were colored bows. Each one is set on an antique gold pin and the round ones have a beautiful gold design around them. I am super bummed to see that these are no longer in production. These alone make me want to start scrapbooking.
Verdict: I was really happy with this month’s Busy Bee Stationery box. I liked being introduced to the Heidi Swapp products that eventually led to my discovery of the Minc foil machine. Ultimately, it gave me ideas for Christmas for my super crafty sister who already has the Cricut. While I was not able to find the value of the individual chalk marker or decorative pins, the values I did find totaled $42.98 which exceeds the subscription’s $39.90 a month cost.
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will get the December box.
Coupon – Use code MSA10 to save 10% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box costs $39.90 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $7.98.
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What do you think of this month’s Busy Bee Stationery?