March Maker Monthly

Hi friends! I received the March Maker Monthly Box a week ago!

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Maker Monthly is a monthly subscription box that features a journal, sketchbook or planner combined with a set of writing tools and art supplies. It’s $20 a month with free shipping in the US (+$5 Canada/ +$10 Worldwide). It appears from their Instagram, they have been putting out boxes since June or July of last year.

Here’s a little look at the products inside, theme, and cost per items, if they were purchased separately, a little commentary, etc. I hope you find this informative and enjoy! :)

Theme: Spring

  • Field Notes Notebooks ‑ Sweet Tooth (3‑Pack) – $9.95 – Something I was looking forward to and glad I received a 3 pk, I was definitely wanting to try all the colors – I loved the orange/rust color the best, nice thick paper for drawing
  • Sakura Pigma Graphic 1 (1) – $2.20* – a pen I already owned, it’s a solid pen, permanent and works well
  • General’s Charcoal Pencil (1)- $0.95 – I haven’t used charcoal in a while, so it took me a bit to get used to, it was very smooth and smudged nicely
  • General’s Cedar Point #333 2HB (1) – $0.50 – nice pencil, smooth, didn’t think it was anything fancy
  • Sakura Pen Touch 1.0mm Fine point in white (1) – $3.20* – Not my favorite, even though it flowed well, it is not opaque enough for me.
  • Paper-mâché Pencil box (1) $1.95 – a nice solid box though, just a little plain
  • March Newsletter – $0 – Cute newsletter, talks about the products
  • Postcard $1 – nice postcard from Jessica Hische
  • Mini photo $1? pretty design from Giorgia Karerina

Prices were calculated from the Maker’s shop regular stock prices or jetpens (marked with *), unless noted. Approximate total items cost for the March Maker’s Monthly Box = $20.75

Unfortunately, I’ve been finding the Maker’s Monthly Boxes a little lean for the $20 price recently -which is honestly why I haven’t been reviewing them, especially so when I also get the iPenBox around the same time. Packaging on this month’s box was kind of thrown together as if someone was in a rush, see photo below.

I really do miss the monthly calendar they included in previous boxes and even though the notebook(s) that come with the box are something that I look forward to, the writing tools are a bit “meh” :( I’m hoping things will pick up next months, I promised myself I would review the next few months.

Here’s a little sketch I did using all items in the box:

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More photos:

Do you do any subscription boxes? Which one(s)?

Thank you so much for reading/looking!

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I was not compensated for this post, I purchased the Maker Monthly subscription and all thoughts are my own opinions. Photos taken with Samsung NX mini (with and without flash). As with any ink and product photos, I try to be consistent in color. What you see on your monitor might not be the actual color, but it should be a fairly close representation. Thanks!

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  • Keith McCleary

    The March box came together very late, might be why it felt rushed together. You and I seem to have some of the same problems with some of these boxes: we do a lot of discovery of new stuff on our own so when something comes in we already have, we’re underwhelmed. I had a similar issue with this month’s ScribeDelivery box. Hope that the April Maker Monthly actually ships soon so they get back on track.

  • Totally agree, Keith! Thanks for the insight!
    I’m crossing my fingers for Maker’s – I do like their collections, just want them a little more amped up – whatever that means :D – and I really do miss the calendar ;)

  • Miss Thundercat

    thanks for the review! I was thinking about getting a subscription but with the underwhelming contents (also with a lot of items I already have) I think I’ll pass on this one. by the way, love the drawing you did!

  • Thank you so much! Glad I could help! :)