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Cloth & Paper Stationery Subscription Review + Coupon – October 2018


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Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Box Review Top

Cloth & Paper is a monthly stationery subscription box from lifestyle and stationery shop, Cloth & Paper.

In addition to the Stationery Subscription Box, Cloth & Paper offers a pens-and-pencils-focused subscription called “Penspiration,” a stationery box focused on stationery items and a box combining the two. With the Penspritation and Stationery Box subscription (which I’m reviewing today), you can expect 5-8 stationery items plus 4-6 pens!

This review is of the Cloth & Paper Penspiration and Stationery, $48 a month, box. 

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About Cloth & Paper

The Subscription Box: Cloth & Paper

The Cost: $48.00 a month with free shipping to the US.

New Deal: Use code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 5-8 stationery (and sometimes lifestyle) from notable brands or from Cloth & Paper’s lux collection plus a variety of 4-6 pens or pencils.

Ships to: Worldwide

Our October 2018 Review

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Box With All Products

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Greeting Card Front

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Greeting Card Back

Each box comes with a greeting card with a message from Cloth & Paper.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Large Memo Pad Pack

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Large Memo Pad Open

Large Memo Pad

I LOVE this memo pad! I love the thick black border around the edges.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Large Memo Pad Side

It is printed on thick cardstock and has (just) 20 pages on the pad. It is a really big memo pad too, measuring at 7 inches by 5 inches.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Memo Goals Inbox Cards Pack

Memo Goals Inbox Cards

When I first saw this item I thought it was a pretty neat idea: mini memo, goals and inbox pads.

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But when I took them out of the packaging, I was in for a big shock.

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They weren’t pads, they are individual cards! I got 12 goals and inbox cards and 11 memo cards. I like how the goals and inbox cards have open bullet holes to work as a checklist, but I still don’t know how I feel about these being cards; it’s an interesting concept. They are like business cards: printed on cardstock and measuring at 2 ½ inches by 3 inches.

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Sticky Notes

Cloth & Paper, you know I love you and your sticky notes, right? I look forward to them every month and every month I get a new set. I really like the way these are set up, it reminds me of a magazine. The side has labeled these the Fall/Winter 2018 Note [edition], Issue No 1, Vol. 2. I didn’t subscribe last year, so was that Vol. 1?

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Each sticky is identical, from the barcode on the bottom left corner to the 01 on the top right. There are 16 lines on each one for notes, to-do lists or reminders. This is a pretty big sticky pad with 50 pages. The sticky part is also on the left side instead of the top. It measures at 4 inches by 3 inches.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Merci Beaucoup Cards With Envelopes Pack

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Merci Beaucoup Cards with Envelopes

This was a first for me in a Cloth & Paper box! I received eight thank you cards in an abstract black and white design. Merci Beaucoup (thank you so much) is in gold foil and the card also features a gold foil line going across the left corner.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Merci Beaucoup Cards With Envelopes 2

The card is paired with a black European style envelope, the perfect canvas for that white inked pen I received last month!

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The card measures at 6 inches by 4 inches and, of course, has a blank reverse side for your message.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Kaco Green Your Write Choice Fountain Pen Pack

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Kaco Green Your Write Choice Fountain Pen Open

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Kaco Green Your Write Choice Fountain Pen

I was so excited to receive my first fountain pen! It is so sophisticated looking in an ivory barrel with a grey ball on the end of the silver clip. They also sent us with 2 black ink cartridges and one ink cartridge that I can use to refill. I’ve never bought ink before and I must say, I am pretty excited!

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Kaco Green Your Write Choice Fountain Pen 2

I have never written with a fountain pen either and just fell in love with how easy it wrote. I am in love with this pen and am so happy I received one! Side note – it was a bit overwhelming opening the pen and trying to put it together. Yes, I tried to attach the ink cartridge to the ink-filled cartridge, more than once. I finally gave in and Googled how to put together a fountain pen. It would have been nice to receive instructions for fountain pen-newbs but I got it and it was worth it.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - 5 New Utensils 1

The next part of the review is of the Penspiration subscription. Cloth & Paper allows you to subscribe to this on its own or paired with the stationery box. With every Pensipiration subscription, you get this way cool see-through pen/pencil pouch to hold all your fantastic new writing tools!

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - 5 New Utensils 2

Each Penspiration subscription sends out 5 new utensils, mostly pens but lately, we have received some mechanical pencils too. This month we received 4 pens, one mechanical pencil, and an eraser!

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Sheet

I was also so happy to see that we received this Test Sheet. They left it out of my sub last month and I was genuinely disappointed. This is such a small detail to a pen/pencil subscription that matters.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Holder Pen 2B Mechanical Pencil Pack

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Holder Pen 2B Mechanical Pencil Open

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Holder Pen 2B Mechanical Pencil

I really want to talk about this pencil! It really looks like a pen! It has a slick black barrel that feels like a pencil due to its shape. It also has a silver grip, clip, and a retractable top.

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But the lead is what made me gasp. It’s one of the bigger utensils I have received at 2.0mm.

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I was genuinely surprised that it wrote so lightly for being so thick. This is a really great tool for my husband since he does residential survey work and has to do a lot of drawing/sketching.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Holder Pen 2B Mechanical Pencil

I also appreciate how it came with 12 refillables.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Zebra Sarasa Pen 1

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Zebra Sarasa Pen 2

Zebra Sarasa Pen

I LOVE this pen! It’s a retractable pen that features a white barrel with a blue clip and blue grip. It is a standard size at .05mm.

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But the best part? BLUE GEL INK! We receive a ton of black inked pens with Coth & Paper, and while I love them and all the different styles I do wish we received more blue inked pens! I work with legal documents at the office and need to sign documents with blue ink. I hate that I receive all these awesome pens that I can only use for notes.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Chenle Metal Pen 1

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Chenle Metal Pen

I am not going to lie to you, I wasn’t impressed with this pen at an initial glance and feel. It is pretty thin and just looked mediocre. It’s a .05mm pen that features a light blue metal barrel and has a cap with a black clip.

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But when I wrote with this pen, I was blown away. It wrote so smooth and the black gel ink was so black; I instantly fell in love. I learned a valuable lesson today: never judge a pen by its barrel!

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Blue Metal Tri-Sided Pen 1

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Blue Metal Tri-Sided Pen

I really like the color of this pen’s metal barrel – it’s so blue! Other than that, it wasn’t impressive and it didn’t wow me. It is a .05mm black inked retractible pen.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Blue Metal Tri-Sided Pen 3

I was also unimpressed with the way it wrote. It is very rare to get a pen that doesn’t impress me or that I don’t instantly love, so I wasn’t disappointed because Cloth & Paper always delivers.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Monami Co. Gel Pen 1

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Monami Co. Gel Pen 2

Monami Co. Gel Pen

This last pen is one of my favorite pens. It has such a pretty teal barrel and a has a cap. I tend to favor capped pens vs retractible pens. When opened, it features a clear grip.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Monami Co. Gel Pen 3

I expected this pen to write amazing and it absolutely did. It has black gel ink and is .05mm.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Marie’s Triangular Eraser Pack

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Marie’s Triangular Eraser 1

Marie’s Triangular Eraser

The last item we received is this eraser, which is great because our Holder Mechanical Pencil did not feature an eraser.

Cloth & Paper October 2018 - Marie’s Triangular Eraser 2

It is your standard eraser, but its shape really makes it easy to grip. I also felt like it required little effort to erase whereas some erasers will really make you work.

Verdict: I really liked the box this month, my favorite votes go to the memo pad and fountain pen. I also really liked the way the Chenle Metal Pen wrote and the way the Monami Co. Gel Pen looked and wrote. And of course, I loved our blue-inked Zebra Sarasa pen. I hope to see more blue-inked pens in the future! It would also be cool to receive a jar of ink for our fountain pen. I am always impressed with the materials I receive from Cloth & Paper and look forward to every month.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but it looks like you have until the 16th to subscribe and receive the November box.

Coupon – Use code TRYCLOTHANDPAPER to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $48.00; I received 11 items, 13 if you count the pencil pouch and lead refills. Not counting the pencil pouch and refills, each item has an average cost of $4.36.

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What do you think of this month’s Cloth & Paper Penspiration and Stationery Box?

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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

7 Comments

  1. The eraser package says “for high light.” Does it work with highlighters too?

  2. You can find lots of fountain pen newbie videos from Goulet Pens on YouTube. I recommend Anderson Pens for your ink sample needs. I actually work for a fountain pen company, so just let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Carol, are there ever spoilers for this box?

    • Hi Pamela!

      I’ve noticed that Cloth & Paper will release their unboxing on their website before I receive my box but I don’t ever see spoilers come out before then.

      Carol

      • Ok great thanks. I’m one of those people that keeps my eye on a box, loves 2-3 in a row and then gets a bummer of a box, lol. Just my luck. So I’m trying to be more careful and lookout for spoilers. Thanks!

  4. I look at the index style cards as being similar to an old fashioned shopping list. You can write the things you want to get done that day on the card, stick it in your purse, and check it off as you get things done. Oh, and if you journal, you can add the card to your journal at the end of the day!

    • Great points, Vanessa! I’m definitely going to put these to use!!

      Carol

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