Papergang from Ohh Deer: The subscription box story so far

Papergang Ohh Deer Subscription Box

Papergang from Ohh Deer is the latest craze: a subscription of stationery to feed your habit every month! Over the past 3 months I have been enjoying the novelty of stationery being delivered to my door and have filmed a Youtube video or three of the unboxing process – and if you haven’t watched them, WHY aren’t you subscribed to my Youtube channel!? There are a few other creative bloggers who are also making unboxing videos and I’ve really enjoyed seeing their reactions and the variations (if any) between the boxes.

For beauty bloggers there are make up subscription boxes like GlossyBox and Birchbox, but they never really appealed to me. When I heard that there was going to be a stationery subscription box I was pretty excited, but actually I didn’t sign up straight away. Why? Well, I already had a very healthy stationery stash – did I really need more notebooks and pens? But then a tweet from Ohh Deer saying something along the lines of ‘Just the last subscription box left now’ and I couldn’t resist – I’m an impulse buyer! Stationery isn’t a necessity but it is very nice, and is something I can always get excited about: it’s a perk/hazard of being a creative. The box is £11.90 (£9.95 and £1.95 for postage in the UK) but the contents are worth more, so it definitely makes it worth it.

So it’s 3 months and 3 boxes of stationery later, and I wanted to share what we have so far. It takes a bit of time to understand the standard and quality of a subscription, but I set myself a deadline to decide after box number 3 – should I keep or stop my subscription? YOU DECIDE!

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For each box I’ve filmed an unboxing, so make sure you watch to see my reactions and hear me just chat nonsense about stationery. If you love stationery and are considering treating yourself or a special someone to a subscription, maybe the Papergang box is the one? The fun of the subscription box is that you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get (unless someone posts a flatlay on Instagram before yours has arrived), so if you need help making the decision then let me take you through the contents of the first 3 boxes:

Box 1 contents:
– Papergang embroidered patch
– Kraft paper notebook with gold foiling detail and lined pages
– Patterned notebook with plain pages
– Two natural wood pencils with gold foil words
– 3 greetings cards

Box 1 rating:
3 out of 5 – As it was the first box I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t blown away if I’m honest. A limited amount of boxes also included a Daily Doodle book, which I saw all over twitter and so I’ll admit that I was slightly disappointed when I didn’t receive one. As it was the first box it was setting the tone for the whole series, and when I opened my box and found that I hadn’t received one of the books it kinda tainted the whole box. It felt like some subscribers had been rewarded, with others not. I know that it was a late addition to the box and they didn’t have enough for everyone, but in my opinion it would have been better to not include the books. It just seemed a bit unfair as we had all supported the launch of the new box equally.

Papergang Stationery Subscription Box

Box 2 contents:
– Ding Ding ruler
– Tropical print notes pad
– Metallic ink A4 Pineapple print
– Metallic ink A5 flamingo print
– 2 greetings cards

Box 2 rating:
4.5 out of 5 – I really loved the 2 metallic ink prints in this box; they’re simple but beautiful. I also really liked the ruler (I already have the longer black version) and the tropical print notes pad. This was a definite improvement on box number 1.

Papergang Stationery Subscription Box

Box 3 contents:
– Cacti print lined notebook with foil detailing
– Cacti print shopping list pad with magnet
– 2 pencils with foil detail leaf
– 1 greetings card
– Gold & silver crane scissors

Box 3 rating:
4 out of 5 – There are no words to describe how excited I was when I opened this box and saw these scissors! OHEMGEEEEE. They are so beautiful! I mean, the rest of the box is nice too: the cacti print is very on trend right now. But for me, the scissors just over shadow everything else in the box. I have eyeing up fancy scissors on Instagram for so long, so it’s amazing to finally have a pair of my own. Do they even cut? I don’t know and I don’t care ha

Papergang Stationery Subscription Box

Papergang Stationery Subscription Box

And that is the Papergang story so far.

Ok, one last thing: I just wanted to mention the little animal nets that are incorporated into the packaging every month. It’s a lovely idea, and keeps the boyfriend happy for an hour whilst he tries his hand at making them 🙂 Thanks Jack! We’ve got a rhino, deer and hare so far… I wonder what’s next.

And talking of what’s next: The theme of box number 4 has been announced! You might have already seen it across social, but just incase: it’s going to be a popular one by illustrator Gemma Correll. The payment for this box already went out of my bank (honestly) before I had made my decision, so I will be doing a 4th unboxing video – look out for that on my Youtube channel!

As I mentioned in Unboxing video 3, when you think about it, it’s quite a lot of money to be spending on stationery every month (especially when I was just made redundant!) so as much as I love making the videos, I’m not sure if it’s an expense I can continue with…

Are you sold on Papergang? Sign up for your monthly subscription here 🙂

What do you guys think? Should I quit whilst I’m ahead? Do you enjoy the unboxing videos? Let me know your thoughts on the idea of a stationery subscription AND also what is your favourite thing from boxes 1-3.



  • Leanne

    22/06/2016 at 1:46 pm

    I think this is such a great idea but like you I have way to mush stationery as it is for now! Definitely a good gift idea to keep in mind though x

  • erin

    22/06/2016 at 5:19 pm

    Ohhh. Prints! I love the idea of subscription boxes, but I also struggle with “What do I do with all this stuff?” and I really don’t need anymore notebooks, but the prints and cards would be totally up my street.

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