Have you heard of Paper Works yet?
Y’all. I tried them out for their April collection and I’m in love.
Let me back up. Paper Works is a subscription-based stationary company. My words, not theirs. It goes like this: you subscribe for a month or a year or whatever you want (it’s commitment-free, but you can get a discount for doing a whole year) and you get beaucoups of gorgeous items like calendars, chore charts, verse cards, wall art, thank you cards, etc. The design changes every month and it’s always fresh and lovely. So when I opened up my April collection (ie the only one I’ve received so far), I couldn’t believe what all was inside the little package:
Yeah, that’s a dining table amount of swill.
There were a couple of each kind of card, which seemed just the right number: not so many that you got tired of the design, but enough that you could actually use them. I promptly sent a birthday note to my SIL.
Then there were these weekly lists. If you notice up at the top, their purpose isn’t designated, which I love. I made a “create” weekly list where I scheduled my quilting (I promise, it’s sexier than it sounds). The possibilities are endless, though: study schedule, shopping list, workout plan, work to-dos, etc.
The most pleasant surprise for me came when I found the scripture cards. There were a few large ones with lovely verses on them and then small cards for writing down scripture or other uplifting things. In college I memorized scripture on little cards like these with the Navigators, so I was all over this. Psst, if memorizing scripture is something you’re interested in, you should check out these adorable verse packs.
Then there was this adorable wall art (where to put: fridge? office? bedroom?) and these flexible pages for notes and lists. I love having these. I am frequently running for scrap paper to jot ideas down, so having something like this that’s a) adorable and b) on sturdy cardstock is awesome.
Ah, and for what I find to be the most useful item(s) in the package: the meal planning cards. I love that the grocery list and meal list are separate–one can stay on the fridge while the other goes with me to the store. I wish there were a few extra grocery list cards, but that is literally my only complaint from this entire experience. I really like the little breakfast/lunch/snack boxes on the weekly menu too. I often feel clueless when it comes time to feed the kiddos, so I wrote down ideas based on what we have in the pantry so that when it comes time for a snack, I just glance at the list. Easy.
I am forever writing to-do lists and these chore charts, house dailies, and intense spring cleaning list are right up my ally. It’s like an organizer’s dream. The fuel to turn an organized wannabe into the real deal. Yes please. I also felt challenged by the spring cleaning list to deep clean my house (you know, clean stupid stuff like fan blades). Seems like the decent thing to do.
Speaking of organized, here are the calendars. Did I color mine for our San Diego trip like a middle school girl? Yes. Yes I did. The other calendar is a meal calendar. My first impression: intense. But after looking at it for a minute, I’m excited about using it. I often run across neat recipes that I plan on using later, which turns into never. I love the idea that I could just go ahead and write it down for a week or two down the road so that I don’t forget. On a practical note, if you see panko on sale and you know you’re going to need it in two weeks, it could be very helpful for budget shopping as well.
Whew. Lots of goodies to look at. Like I said, I love it. I feel like Paper Works is the homemaker’s playbook. I highly recommend. It would also make a pretty stellar wedding gift. And for the price, this is a great value. Most subscription services are ridiculous, in my opinion; you pay so much for so little. This one is affordable, practical, and still so lovely. You can also opt for the digital only subscription ($9/month) where you print out what you need want in whatever quantity you want. Me like.
So have any of you guys tried this out yet? Comment below and tell me what you think.
Also, don’t forget about our upcoming giveaway. I want to know what you want our little shop to make!