I love stationery, so when I saw a half-price offer on the October 2019 Papergang box, I couldn’t pass it up! Find out what I thought in this review.
Papergang is a monthly subscription box by the quirky online stationery store, Ohh Deer. Every month a different artist designs the box, with all items created specially. Each box is dispatched on the 5th of each month. Possible items include notebooks, postcards, greeting cards, notebooks, desk accessories and art prints.
For every 4 boxes sold, 1 tree is planted in partnership with the international development charity Tree Aid (full details here) — so with a year’s subscription, you could plant three trees!
Papergang offers either a rolling monthly subscription, and 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions (paid upfront). The one-off subscription is £14.99 per month with free UK shipping.
The October 2019 Papergang box
I received the October box a few days ago. This month’s box was created in partnership with the Blurt Foundation, a charity dedicated to increasing understanding of depression and supporting those who suffer from it. This means that as well as the money towards Tree Aid, Papergang donates £1 from each box to Blurt. This seems particularly apt as 10th October is World Mental Health Day.
All items in the box were designed by Mélanie Johnsson. Mélanie is an artist, graphic designer and letterer originally from France, who now lives in Margate. Her main messages are around protecting the planet, positivity and mental health — a perfect match with Blurt!
The box arrived beautifully packaged, with all items wrapped in orange tissue paper. Inside the box is a booklet with information about Blurt and what they do, and a Q&A with Mélanie, which I think is a great idea.
The items in this month’s box are:
1. The Happiness Planner
The Happiness Planner is really cute, with a bright and colourful cover. It includes a sheet of stickers with patterns and messages like ‘take care’, listen to your gut’ and ‘you do you’ to decorate the planner with. The planner is quite small (B6 size — slightly larger than A6) so it’s convenient to carry around.
It has two pages per day, and it’s undated so you can start using it anytime. I really like that it has a to do list with lots of space for each item as well as a schedule that runs from 5am to midnight — often ‘to do’ lists are far too small and don’t have enough room! It has space to plan a fun thing you’re going to do each day and to write positive things that happened today, which is a great idea as that makes a huge difference to your mental health. The second page is for notes and a space for doodles, and to note what you are looking forward to tomorrow — again, I really like this as I often have lots to write! The whole diary is the same.
2. A poster to colour
The colouring poster has the message ‘trust that beautiful things are coming’ and has a competition. You have until 28th November to take a picture of your decorated poster and submit it to win 6 months of Papergang boxes. I will be entering and I’ll post some pictures of mine here later in the month!
3. Dual-tip colouring pens
The dual-tip colouring pens have a brush nib on one side and a fineliner nib on the other side. I received four bright colours in pink, orange, yellow and blue — a great match to the colours of the box!
4. Six postcards
The six postcards are ‘scratch and reveal’. Each one has a colourful pattern on the front that can be scratched off. I am really curious about what is revealed underneath each design! These are really cute and I will be posting these to friends over the next few months.
5. A calendar insert
The calendar insert is the only item I am disappointed by. First of all, the text and numbers are in yellow with an orange shadow on each one, like a 3D image. This makes it almost impossible for me to read and it hurts my eyes! Secondly, if you wanted to use this as your October 2019 calendar, then the week would start on a Tuesday (so that the numbering matches up) which makes no sense! I was looking forward to using this in my Bullet Journal as my October calendar but because of this I can’t use it.
Overall I think this is a great subscription box. Even at full price, the items are fantastic value for money and really high quality. My favourite items are the postcards — I’ve never come across ‘scratch and reveal’ cards before! I love that all items are designed specifically for the box, and so they all match. It’s also a huge plus that the boxes are sustainable and that Papergang donates to charity. I will be keeping my subscription to Papergang and look forward to seeing what they come up with next.
This review is not sponsored — I purchased this box with my own money and was not asked to review it! However, if two people use my referral link I will receive a free box — so feel free to subscribe using my link if you have enjoyed this review.