Busy Bee Stationery “Gratitude Journal” Review + Coupon – November 2018


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Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Box Front

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

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Open Box Front

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.)

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - All Products Front

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

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Info Card FrontBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Info Card Back

Each month we are presented with a card that introduces the month’s theme. November’s Busy Bee theme is Gratitude Journal!

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Gold Journal Cover FrontBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Gold Journal Cover Back

Heidi Swapp Gold Journal Cover – Retail Value $12.00 (Found on sale here for $5.75)

When I first saw this item in the box, I was pretty excited.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Cover Outer FrontBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Cover Inner Front

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.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Minc Gratitude Kit FrontBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Minc Gratitude Kit Back

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.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Kit Envelopes Front 1Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Kit Envelopes Front 2

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.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Color Shine 3 Pack Front

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Color Shine 3 Unpacked Front

Heidi Swapp Color Shine 3 Pack – Estimated Value $14.99 (Different colors found here)

The next item I received are these color shines in Citron (lime green), Teal and Gold.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Color Shine 3 Pack Closer

Each bottle contains 1 ounce and is acid-free and non-toxic.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Heidi Swapp Color Shine 3 Pack Sprayed Color

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.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Chalk Marker Packed Front

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Chalk Marker Unpacked FrontBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Chalk Marker Open SideBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Chalk Marker with Unpacked Closer

Chalk Marker by American Crafts – Buy a pack of 5 for $11.73 (Found here for $9.72)

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.

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins Packed Front

Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins

These were my favorite in the whole box!

Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins Unpacked Front 1Busy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins CloserBusy Bee Stationary Novermber 2018 - Maggie Holmes Decorative Pins Unpacked Front 2

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.

Check out all of our Busy Bee Stationery reviews and more stationery subscription boxes in the Paper Subscription Box List!

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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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