Maker Monthly February 2016

Maker Monthly is a subscription box that sends out premium journals, notebooks, writing tools, and accessories.  They only have one plan option and that is $20.00 a month, auto renewing.  I have had a few issues with this subscription, however they are all of my own making and they have been accommodating in helping me correct them.  I originally ended up signing up twice do to a lack of patience and they refunded me one plan outright.  I also had not received my January box and wasn’t sure about how long it should have taken and they reached out to me to ask if I had and then got it out to me.  Their customer service has been outstanding!

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Again the box very clearly lets you know what month it is and who it’s from.  The outside of this box makes me very happy.

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Opening it up showed me a few treasures but didn’t offer up any idea as to what the items were.

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This month there was a sheet included that told you what you would be receiving and also gave news about the company and site.  They have just opened a shop up where you can purchase things to add to your box and also past items available for sale.  If I could, the prices are taken from their listings.

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Yasutomo Niji Roll-$4.95

This roll up pencil case can hold 36 of your favorite writing or drawing utensils.  It has multiple snap options to keep it closed depending on how full you fill it.  I obviously have waaaaaayyyyyy more than 36 pens but I could keep my current bests in here and switch things out as I find more exciting ones.

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Copic Multiliner SP, Brush Tip in Pink-$9.95

This is a nice pen!  It is more like a marker actually but writes smoothly and seems almost like a highlighter but so fine point.  I’ll say one thing about this box, they know their pens and do not disappoint.

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Write Notepads & Co. Pocket Notebooks, 3 pk-$9.99

SQUEEEE!! Notepads make me so happy but I never want to spoil their perfect blank pages with nonsensical scribblings.  These books come lined, blank, and grid paged.  They have a letterpressed cover with a place for you to write your name to claim it as yours.  Inside there is also a card with a number code on it.  You enter the code on their website and it takes you to the site of the school that they helped out with the purchase.  Mine was Furley Elementary School in Baltimore.  The company is based out of there but anything that makes schools better is a good thing!

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Lumi Metallic Decal-Bonus Item

This is I think mostly just advertizing for Lumi but it is a adhesive decal that says “Make it til’ you make it”.  It will look cool on something, maybe a bag or even a piece of cardstock that can be framed.   It is shiny silver and they also gave a code to get $5.00 off your order before March 31.

My February box had a value of $24.89 plus decal.  I’m a little disappointed with the value and that fact that there is only three pieces this month.  I guess it is more than the cost, but only if you live in the States.  While I am happy with the pieces that came in, I feel that I wanted more.  This one may be getting the cut for my list.  With the exchange rate being still crazy and not being overjoyed with what I’m getting it doesn’t seem right to keep it.

Maker Monthly January 2016

Maker Monthly is a subscription box that sends out premium journals, notebooks, writing tools, and accessories.  They only have one plan option and that is $20.00 a month, auto renewing.  I have had a few issues with this subscription, however they are all of my own making and they have been accommodating in helping me correct them.  I originally ended up signing up twice do to a lack of patience and they refunded me one plan outright.  I also had not received my January box and wasn’t sure about how long it should have taken and they reached out to me to ask if I had and then got it out to me.  Their customer service has been outstanding!

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The box is nicely shipped.  It has the month on a huge sealing sticker and while the box is plan beyond that it still looks professional.

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There is no info card included.  I’m not sure if that is standard or just because my box was shipped out later.  I couldn’t tell much about what I received from the first look but I was excited nonetheless.

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If this box had shipped on time this calendar would have been good.  It is plain but yet has an aesthetic I like.  I’m hoping February’s box shows up soon so I can have one for March.

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Higgins Black Magic Waterproof Drawing Ink-$6.52

Interesting start to the box.  I have not had a liquid ink in years and all I can think right now is that I must keep this away from the children!  I’m sure this will be an excellent in for writing as well as drawing, which I suck at.

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Rhodia Dotpad No.16-$7.90

Squeeeeee!!!! Paper is my favourite thing. Well one of them anyways.  This is an awesome notepad.  It was so hard to get the picture to work out but the pages inside are lined with a dot grid.  This has 80 pages and the paper is wonderful feeling.  It almost feels glossy but it’s not.

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Pental Arts Aquash Water Brush-$5.99

This is an interesting item.  You fill it with water and then you can use it with watercolours and paints to make different lines and effects.  As I mentioned above I cannot draw however my Mom paints with watercolours so I’ll give this to her and hope she can use it.

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Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker N15 Black-$8.40

This is a nice marker.  The thicker end is like a felt brush and the other side is just like a regular marker.  This will be useful in lots of ways and I shall add it to my pen collection.

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Prismacolor Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil, Jet Black, Extra Smooth-$6.59

I will just use this as a regular pencil but it is a nice addition to the box.  I had originally thought that it was a pencil crayon and I’d have been happy with that too.

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Last out of the box was a dip pen.  This has a super fine nib and just a plastic body.  I do own and have previously used dip pens and now with my new ink I might have to give it a go again.  It’ll take some practice to not make a huge mess but I think it’ll be fun.

My January box had a value of $35.40 plus the dip pen.  I am happy with this box and think that while it may be slightly leaning towards artists more than writers I’ll give it a few more months to make up my mind.  The notepad was excellent and the fact that they included ink for the one pen shows good planning.  Maybe next month will have pens more in my wheelhouse but I am not going to complain about what I got.  All stationery is good stationery.