Tuesday, June 20, 2017

July PostBox By Postmark'd Studio Review

Postmark'd Studio is a stationery and gift boutique that has just launched their subscription service, PostBox. They kindly sent me their inaugural box to share with you and I think you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Postmark'd Studio was founded in January of 2017 and they launched their website just recently on June 1. Their mission is to revive letter writing to support meaningful human connection. In today's digital age, it seems like more and more people are circling back to "snail mail" and handwritten communication and I personally love it! It's important to reach out with a card or letter every once in a while.

The PostBox subscription costs $25 per month with $5.95 shipping ($30.95 total). Each shipment will contain four handcrafted artisanal cards, one postcard, postage stamps, and an "artsy doodad" such as a pen, pencil, or knick knack. Each box is curated around a theme and will allow you to creatively show your loved ones you care.

There are discounts for longer subscription lengths (these prices include the $5.95 shipping):
  • Three months at $85.35 prepay
  • Six months at $163.20 prepay
  • 12 months at $240 prepay
There is also a reward for 12 month subscribers, you'll receive free shipping and a free 13th box. The 13th box ships upon payment of the 12 month subscription.

As you can see from the photo above, the PostBox packaging is excellent. Everything was shipped in a thick envelope and the contents were between two pieces of cardboard for extra protection.

I normally take photos of the packaging for any subscription I receive, but I really wanted to showcase how thoughtful and well-done the PostBox presentation is! I almost didn't want to untie everything because it was so neat and pretty.

There were two extra inserts, one is the light blue card with Postmark'd Studio logo on it. This is a postcard itself with space for writing and addresses on the opposite side. The other card had letter writing tips and instructions on how to draw a fun whale doodle and information about the cards inside on the other side.

As promised, the package included four beautiful handmade cards and one postcard. The extra knick knack item was a pen, and the postage stamps were neatly packaged inside a separate little envelope.

I love these cards! Obviously the theme is whales and it couldn't be more appropriate for me. I'm sure the beautiful artwork will be appealing to everyone, but I especially like these cards because I was obsessed with marine biology when I was younger. I think the postcard (top left) is a Humpback Whale, the black whale below it is a Right Whale, and the red and blue card features a Blue Whale. Here's more info about each card:
  • Have a Whale of a Time (postcard) - This is from Noteworthy Paper & Press, located in Missoula, Montana, which is a team made up of Taylor Valliant and Amy Dolan. Both women are passionate about paper and letterpress and create splendid stationery for all.
  • Whale Hello! (far right) - This card is by August & Oak, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The husband and wife team of Haley and Adam use their original illustrations and turn them into delightful cards.
  • Herman the Whale (top) - This card is by Reyn Paper Company in Atlanta, Georgia. They've made it their mission to create unforgettable greeting cards and paper gifts.
  • Whale, Whale, Whale What do we have here? (bottom) - This card was created by Kelly Shields, a letterpress artist and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. She combines computer designs with the old-fashioned printing process to create beautiful cards. This design was designed by her daughter.
  • Whale, Congrats! (far left) - MAN vs. GEORGE DESIGN, a company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, created this card. Their designs are a wash of color and vivid graphics that create a perfect harmony of image and text.

Last up is the assortment of stamps. There were four in the package with varying designs. I love getting stamps like this because I usually just buy the basic ones that are available at the post office, so getting fun designs adds even more flair to your letters.
Bottom Line: I am in love with PostBox! I think this box is very well curated and features absolutely beautiful cards and stationery. The inaugural shipment was perfect for me and I adored all of the whale designs. I think PostBox from Postmark'd Studio is an excellent subscription for anyone who loves stationery and handmade cards!

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