The #paperhaul launch box arrived pristinely through my letterbox in a sturdy but thin cardboard box, which perfectly protected its contents. I just about remembered to take a photo of the box before I tore into it with curiosity (there were literally no clues on the website as to what the box would contain apart from ‘lovely paper goods’ at this point!
Lo and behold, it turns out that #paperhaul is the definition of the magical “brown paper packages tied up with string” and pretty much became my favourite thing.
Every month has a theme and this month’s looks to be travel and adventure. There’s a little baked-in social media encouragement as the first thing you see is a large blue sheet of paper with the #paperhaul branding that urges you to write a word that describes the box to you and share it with your friends.
The box contained:
- 2 greeting cards with envelopes
- 3 postcards
- 2 double sided square papers for scrapbooking
- 1 sheet of stickers
- 1 washi tape
- 3 printed tags with string
Immediately there were a few things that struck me. First, these products are great quality – the postcards are sturdy, the cards printed on thick paper, the washi tape is actually sticks to things without flying off… there’s no cutting corners on quality here!
Second was certainly the variety. One of my secret fears with subscription boxes, especially boxes that are aesthetically driven (as this one certainly is) is that the products just won’t be my style. But as you can see from the picture, the Crafty Creative ladies have managed to put together a box that not only has a surprising variety of different types of item, but also that does something altogether more impressive: whilst still maintaining one theme and a group of items that looks great together aesthetically, there are so many different design styles that there will certainly be at least a few items that any subscriber will love! A case in point is the vintage painting-style portrait on one of the postcards compared to the clean lines and flat design of the scooter greeting card.
The washi tape is downright adorable. If anyone is unaware of what washi tape is, it’s essentially paper tape (it feels a little like masking tape to the touch) and the trick is to find one that does what it’s supposed to do: stick to something in such a way that it could hold it in place, but also allow you to peel it off (and often move it to another location) without leaving a sticky residue. And this stuff is the real deal. There are a million different ways to use it but I like to use mine mostly in gift wrapping and to decorate mail.
The colours of the scrapbooking paper are incredibly vivid and the designs are beautiful. There were two sheets in the box and the photo here actually shows the front and the back of each sheet side by side. Again, fantastic quality.
The only thing I felt was missing from the box was a little information about the products, maybe their designers/origin and I would personally think it would be amazing to see a little behind-the-scenes of how the products came to be chosen (maybe just a link to a blog post on this would do rather than a full print out).
Other than that, a quick calculation in my head from what I know of these products show that the value is pretty close to the £10 mark (probably a bit over or a little under depending where you buy your supplies) which is exactly what the box costs (plus P&P).
It’s worth mentioning that 10p from every box goes to the charity PostPals and also that with a December launch, it was a breath of fresh air to see a non-Christmas theme! All in all this box is filled with beautiful, varied paper goods that are excellent quality and is sure to make paper goods lovers around the world sigh with contentment.
Treat yourself to some happypost, and then why not spread the paper love by sending off a lovely postcard to a loved one.
10p from each box sold will be donated to the UK charity PostPals.
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