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Boxcitement Subcription Box February 2017 Review & Giveaway

Who doesn't love a jam packed box of surprises arriving in the post each month?

Boxcitement sent me over their latest box to play with and it's a lot of fun. They have a subscription service for monthly stationery/gift boxes, each of them themed to boost your creativity. The theme for this box is 'Head of the class', a throwback school inspired assortment of items.

The card within this box describing the contents reads:

Whether your school days bring back great memories or would best be forgotten forever, we hope this month’s box will bring a smile to your face! From a retro dinner-money purse and cute stationery to our stylish maths-inspired jewellery, it’s all about being head of the class!
— Boxcitement

One of the key notes to mention before I go through the box is that Boxcitement design and create everything themselves, meaning that you won't find this gear anywhere else. I made a quick unboxing video showcasing what's included. Plus you can win your own Boxcitement box at the end of this post!

So let's go through the goods..

  • Polka dot composition style exercise book - A 24 page A5 lined notebook. I'm pleasantly surprised by the paper quality, it's a lot nicer than the exercise books I had in school!
  • Set of square notecards - Great for using as mini greetings cards or jotting little notes down to stick up in your workspace. They're fun and bright, what more could you ask for?
  • Laser engraved cherrywood ruler - It reads "Rules are made to be broken..." and it's a fantastic little ruler, I'm a fan of the woodgrain.
  • An Aspara metallics extra-dark pencil - admittadly not under the 'everything is designed and made by Boxcitement' rule but this is a perfect addition to fit the theme.
  • 'Perfect' pin badge - Pins have been extremely popular as of late and I personally think this 'Perfect' one  was specifically designed for me. Just a thought.
  • A fluffy pink zip pouch - This one is pretty self explanatory
  • A sewing project kit - Fab little mini kit of everything you need for a sewing project. Fabric, padding and some extras to sew your initials.
  • Acrylic necklace - Inspired by tools from a maths set, it's a nice and modern gift.
  • Finally an achievement certificate - Because if you can't award yourself, how the hell are you gonna award somebody else?

I had a lot of fun with my first Boxcitement box and I think that's the point, a bunch of surprises once a month to put a smile on your face. Where's the harm in that?

These boxes are available with or without a subscription, although the price lowers if you subscribe so keep that in mind.

One off boxes retail at £15-20 a box and the monthly subscription comes in at £15-18 a month. Considering all that's considered I think it's pretty good value, and would make an excellent gift! You can find out the full details about their pricing and full subscription info by visiting their website.

You can also nab yourself an extra 10% discount on the subscription by signing up to their newsletter, which you can do here, plus by signing up to their newsletter you also get a downloadable e-zine full of craft projects. I've signed up myself and it's definitely given me the creative bug.


The awesome folks over at Boxcitement were generous to offer one of their boxes to giveaway to one of you! It's super simple to enter, all you have to do is sign up to the Boxcitement newsletter (don't forget you'll also get a 10% discount code with this) and enter your email in the form.
One winner will be drawn on Friday 10th March and contacted using the email entered.

*COMPETITION CLOSED*


Huge thanks to Boxcitement for sending this box for review! You can find Boxcitement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Thanks for reading,

Adam

Posted on March 2, 2017 and filed under Competition, Day to Day Stationery.

Galen Leather Handmade Notebook Covers

I'm no stranger to leather stationery accessories, especially blue ones! I was recently sent a couple of items from Galen Leather to try out and they seem to check all of the boxes! In the video below I go through the two different models I have, the iPad air/Extra Large Moleskine cover and No. 55 Field Notes cover.

All of Galen Leathers products feature locally sourced vegetable tanned leather in Turkey. Each item is hand stitched and hand burnished to create a well made leather cover that will stand the test of time. With a bunch of different dyed leathers to chose from it can certainly be overwhelming! I went for the Blue leather, it's a stunning deep cobalt blue shade.

No.55 Field Notes Cover retails for $44.

Sized for standard pocket sized notebooks it makes a great on-the-go notebook cover, conveniently it also fits a passport! I'm going to make use of this cover when travelling as a travel wallet to keep the essentials to hand.

iPad Air & Extra Large Moleskine cover retails for $98.

This cover is made to house extra large Moleskine notebooks, or any notebook of a similar dimension (7.5"x9.75") which happens to be a similar size to the iPad air or the 9.7" iPad Pro. There aren't many places my iPad doesn't come with me and I'm always looking for a good way to keep it well protected. This definitely does the job, and with the amount of pockets on this folio come in really handy! The elastic closure on this is different to generic elastic closed notebooks/folios where the elastic comes over the spine to secure instead of over the outer edge. Takes a little adjusting to get used to but works just as well. 


All in all I'm incredibly impressed with the craftsmanship and build of these covers, and there is no doubt that the leather is of amazing quality. I'm looking forward to including these in my daily use and seeing how the leather begins to wear and age! The finishing touches like information cards and an Evil Eye talisman charm with every product is really good attention to detail. And every product has a lifetime cover if it's not up to quality, I love seeing a brand stand behind their products and offer something like this. It's a testament to their desire for creating quality items.

Galen Leather make a whole host of different leather cases, covers and sleeves for just about anything. Take a look on their website to see what they have available.

Thanks to Zeynep and Yusuf for sending me these products for review!

 

Posted on June 27, 2016 and filed under Day to Day Stationery.