Friday 28 June 2019

Unboxing Papergang Box - No. 40 - June 2019 Edition - Under The Sea*

Happy Friday Everyone x I hope you've all had a fab end to the week and I hope that the sun is shining where ever you are? It's been a gorgeous in my little part of County Durham today and with tomorrow set to be even hotter, there is nothing better than a trip to the beach. Unfortunately I think the farthest I'll be going this weekend is Tesco so I'll try and console myself with June's sea shore themed Papergang box.

I received my first special priced Papergang box last month (read my post here) and I was impressed enough to continue on with my subscription. Alas this box was full price, but I'm really happy with it so I'm not complaining. In keeping with the summer weather and a lot of news stories recently this box has a sea and sea creature them, and as well as the regular donations to Tree Aid, £1 from every Under The Sea themed box sold will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society, who's aim is to protect our seas, coasts and marine wildlife.

The plain brown cardboard box comes with a beautifully designed outer sleeve, featuring the Papergang cut out logo, and a green toned sea creature design on one side, and a blue whale cut out on the reverse.

Open the letterbox friendly brown cardboard box, and you're greeted by a lovely little parcel, all neatly wrapped in a single sheet of bright blue tissue paper, which you can of course reuse.

The first thing that you get in the box is a little information booklet in the same green toned sea creature print. It contains a lot of useful information on how to cut down on single use plastics, and it gives you a little bit more information on the work of the Marine Conservation Society.

The booklet also tells you a little bit about the designer of the box, one of Ohh Deer's in house designers, Jack Carter, and his inspirations, and motivations.

From the first moment that you peel back the tissue paper it's obvious that every single item shares the same theme and the same sea creature design - every item has been designed to work together and I think that's exactly what makes this box so unusual - everything is thought out and nothing seems to be just thrown in to make up the value.

A5 Perfect Bound Notebook - RRP £8.95

The first item in the box is a gorgeous soft backed, A5 notebook. Printed in the UK is features a dark blue / teal cover with a fun brightly coloured sea creature design, with circular foil accents and lettering.

Despite being a soft back it's really sturdy and really good quality. it features white alternate lined and plain pages making it ideal for journalling, or just writing, drawing and doodling. 

Like all of the items in the box this notebook is exclusive to the box so it isn't available separately but similar perfect bound notebooks retail at around £8.95 from Ohh Deer.

Enamel Pin - RRP £5.95

I mentioned in my previous Papergang post that I preferred pins and badges, to iron on patches, so I was really happy to receive a pin in this months box.

It seems as though Narwhals are the new unicorns, they're everywhere at the moment, and as yet I haven't embraced the trend, but with this gorgeous gold tone, black, blue and white enamel raised pin, I can embrace the unicorn of the sea, without looking childish.

Again this pin is exclusive to the box but similar sized pins retail between £4.95 and £5.95 on Ohh Deer.

Sticker Sheet - £1

Something else that I mentioned in my previous Papergang post was my love of stickers, I've loved stickers since I was tiny, and I still get way too excited when I see some nice ones, and these are particularly cute.

With a dark blue, teal green background and bright colours, these stickers are the perfect companion to the notebook. You get plants, starfish, whales, dolphins, narwhals, an octopus, and how amazing is that hammerhead shark? It isn't the biggest sheet of stickers I've ever seen but STICKERS! There are no prices on individual sticker sheets like this on Ohh Deer but packs of four seem to retail at around £4.95.

A5 Art Print - £9

Next up a small art print featuring the same sea creature design as the outer box, holographic foil dots, and the almost familiar phrase now "THERE IS NO PLANET B" in a faded pink typeface. This isn't the thickest of card stock in fact it's actually more of a thick paper but it's a nice print and I think it would like nice either framed or just stuck to a noticeboard, in a lot of settings. I can't really find anything comparable on the Ohh Deer website so I can't really give you any idea of a price other than the £9 price tag that Papergang have quoted.

2 x Metal Straws - RRP £5.50

Okay, look at the item description, and look at my photos - spot the mistake? Yup instead of two metal straws I got three, all lovingly protected in a lovely silhouetted sea creature designed fabric pouch.

I've got to say that I am not the biggest fan of paper straws, they might look nice and be kinder to the environment but in my experience they always go soggy and start falling apart, so I was actually debating on whether or not to buy myself a set of metal straws, but now I don't have too!

Unfortunately they didn't come with a cleaning brush, but I managed to get one on ebay for 99p so I'm a happy bunny and I will be putting these in my handbag to use with my frappuccinos.

I can't find anything like these on Ohh Deer but you can get them pretty much anywhere now and they are a worthwhile investment.

Universal Calendar Card - No Value Given

Like in last months box, June's selection also contains a universal calendar card, so I think these cards must be a regular item. In keeping with the marine theme but this time in a slightly different shade of turquoise, blue it features the same sea life design, and again spaces for you to customise the card to what ever month you chose. There is no value placed on the card.

As much as I liked my first box, I have to say that I actually prefer this one, it contains stickers, some nice stationery pieces, and a pin that I'll definitely wear. The standout for me though has to be the straws, I drink an awful lot of iced coffees and frappuccinos in the summer months so they will definitely help me cut down on my own personal use of single use plastic. If you fancy trying Papergang for yourself July's box is now on sale and the theme is In Bloom, I love florals so I can't wait for this particular box to arrive - check out Papergang to find out more x 

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