ZenPop Japanese Stationery Pack Review – September 2018


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Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Box Top

ZenPop Japanese Stationery Pack is a subscription box brought to you by ZenMarket filled with unique Japanese stationery and studying goods handpicked by their staff in Japan.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Box Open Top 1

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.)

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Box Open Top 2

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - All Products

About ZenPop Stationery Pack

The Subscription Box: ZenPop Stationery Pack

The Cost: $29.50 a month with free international shipping. Save with longer commitments.

The Products: 12 or more cute and useful stationery items like pens, notebooks, stickers, and more.

Ships to: Worldwide

Good to know: Past boxes are sometimes still available via their marketplace.

ZenPop Stationery Pack September 2018 “Back To School” Review

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Thank You Note Front

The box includes a thank you note with a coupon code to use on their site.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Info Card Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Info Card Front

I find ZenPop’s info sheet to be really helpful since a lot of the packaging isn’t in English. It gives you a rundown of each item and this month’s theme is “Back to School.”

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Hako Fusen Sticky Notes Packed Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Hako Fusen Sticky Notes Packed Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Hako Fusen Sticky Notes Unpacked Front 1

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Hako Fusen Sticky Notes Unpacked Front

Hako Fusen Sticky Notes – Estimated Value $3.52 (similar item found here)

These sticky notes are perfect to mark pages in a book or binder and are neatly enclosed in a small case, so they won’t stick to anything else in your bookbag! I love the happy, fun, and colorful design.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Shitajiki Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Shitajiki Inside

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Shitajiki Back

Shitajiki

In Japan, it is common to place a plastic board under the paper that you are writing on to ensure a smooth surface, and to avoid marking the other sheets below. This board features a playful design full of animals. The board measures 5″ x 7″, making it easily transportable in whatever bookbag you’re using. I have horrible handwriting, so this item isn’t really of value to me. I’ll probably let my son decorate it with stickers.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Zebra Mildliners Packed Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Zebra Mildliners Packed Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Zebra Mildliners Unpacked Top

Zebra Mildliners (5 pack) – Retail Value $10.00 (on sale for $5.82)

Highlighters are a back to school staple, and these “mildliners” boast that they are milder on your eyes due to their mild colors. Gosh, what they won’t think of next – and here I was still using neon yellow.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Zebra Mildliners Differ Color

And here they are swatched. The colors still seem fairly vibrant to me, but since I never had a complaint about standard neon highlighters I will certainly add these to my supply for additional variety.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Big Mouth Sticky Notes Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Big Mouth Sticky Notes Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Big Mouth Sticky Notes Unpacked Front

Big Mouth Sticky Notes

I received the piggy (out of 4 choices, including a panda, frog, or cat). The pig’s mouth is wide open, and a thought bubble floats above his head to contain your thoughts. You can use these notes separately or as a funny little set, and I plan to use my around the house with some one-liners to make my hubby chuckle when he stumbles upon one.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Word Cards Front

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Word Cards

So, I admit – I’m a *cough* few years removed from academia and I didn’t know what these were when I opened the box. After some googling, I realized these are the new “flashcards.” Back in my day, we used index cards – but this is a great idea! This little bound stack of blank cards lends itself well to that use, providing you have tiny/neat handwriting.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Science Boy Stickers Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Science Boy Stickers Unpacked Front

Science Boy Stickers

These adorable stickers are sure to make a teen girl swoon. For me though, I love that the stickers are on a clear background and they have shadow outlines on the blue paper. I am going to let my son use these as a matching game, he is really into matching sticker shapes to outlines right now and this will give me a few minutes of sanity while he entertains himself!

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Video Game Washi Tape Top

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Video Game Washi Tape Side

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Video Game Washi Tape Bottom

Video Game Washi Tape

I love washi tape and use it for a variety of purposes – from gift wrapping to crafts to scrapbooking I am starting to build quite a supply! It’s useful, adorable, and adds some whimsy to whatever you’re designing. I love the video game theme – it makes me want to run and collect gold coins!

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Animal Memo Pad Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Animal Memo Pad Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Animal Memo Pad Open

Animal Memo Pad

I love this versatile kitty notepad and plan to use it when I must leave notes to my cat-loving mother in law while she babysits my son! These notes are about 6” x 3” but are perforated across the middle so you can decide to use a whole or half based on your communication needs.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Pentel – Energize Pencil Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Pentel – Energize Pencil Closer

Pentel – Energize Pencil (0.5mm) – Retail Value $4.92

I’ve always been a big fan of mechanical pencils. This one is awesome – featuring a rubber grip (making it comfortable to hold) as well as a “slide and sleep” style, meaning that it’s retractable for when you’re not using it. It really has a great hand feel.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Smart Scissors Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Smart Scissors Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Smart Scissors Upacked Front

Smart Scissors

This was the standout item for me! I love these scissors. They unfold easily and take very little space. I crochet a lot, and these are perfect to throw in my craft bag. They take very little space and are far less bulky than traditional scissors. I found them to be sharp enough to cut through paper and thread easily, although that’s probably about the extent. I doubt they’d cut through tougher material easily.

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Pentel Front

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Pentel Back

Zenpop Stationary September 2018 - Pentel Closer

Bonus Item: Pentel – Petit Correction Tape

This one is for subscribers only, so if you buy the pack as a one-time purchase, you won’t get this item. This correction tape is in a cute little tube, but I had difficulty making it tear neatly as you can see in the photo. It ended up looking messy and wasn’t my favorite product.

Verdict: This month’s ZenPop Stationery Pack had a great variety of back to school items. The standout for me was the smart scissors, I also really liked the mildliners, piggy post-it, and washi tape. There were a few misses for me – mainly the plastic board and the flashcards – but that’s the hand you’re sometimes dealt with subscriptions. Overall I was pleased and felt like the box itself was a good value, although I couldn’t find many of the items online to truly quantify the retail value of the merchandise I received.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, November will be your first box.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $29.50 + free shipping, which means that each of the 11 items in the box has an average cost of $2.68.

Check out all of our ZenPop Stationery Pack reviews and more stationery reviews in the Paper and Stationery Subscription Box Directory!

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Written by Colette Christian

Colette Christian

Colette’s subscription addiction started innocently enough with a few beauty boxes in 2013. As her life has evolved, so have her subscriptions – and some of her favorites now include boxes that cater towards lifestyle (Popsugar Must Have), pets (BarkBox), and children (Gap Outfit Box and Mac & Mia).

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3 Comments

  1. I. NEED. THAT. WASHI. TAPE. IN. MY. LIFE!! 😊

  2. Whoa, that is the best washi tape ever! I am a big fan of the Zebra Mildliners, too. I already have them, otherwise might have purchased this box.

  3. I really adore those scissors and am so glad I’ve found them on Amazon because I kind of wanted this box just for the scissors!

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