I ran a bit late with this one. The nice folks at Scribe Stash were kind enough to supply me with a box for review in July. They’ve got a really good selection of customization options including the colors you want included and genre preferences. I went with cool colors and YA horror.

July Box1

I do really like that the name I gave them for customized items was stamped on the box. That is just super cool to me and it’s a nice touch that I haven’t seen before.

July Box2

Digging into the box itself there’s a new release novel, Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki, it sounds really cool from the blurb so I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. There’s also a rather nice notebook, it’s pages are unlined and they feel fantastic. The paper feels top tier and I’m going to be looking for a project for this note book in the near future.

July Box3

But then we get to the rest of the scribe aspect of the box. Beyond that notebook, the rest of the box is a bit underwhelming. None of it really fits together beyond the color scheme and none of it, aside from the bookmarks, is anything I couldn’t find shopping around town. The book marks were a fun touch.

While you do get your money’s worth here, the writing implements and second writing pad leave me with the impression that Scribe Stash goes too hard on letting customers customize their boxes, so they stretch themselves super thin to have new release books for each choice and stuff for each color combination. It leaves it feeling scattered because, to account for any choice combination, they can’t have any sort of box theme to tie everything together. They can’t really have anything that ties specifically to any one of the books either. This isn’t something I expected myself to say walking into this, but I think that cutting back on options and having a cohesive monthly theme would let Scribe Stash have across the board higher quality items and let them dig into nifty things that they couldn’t while having to juggle so many combinations of items.

I think that I like the box better in concept than in practice, but I do very much like the idea of what they’re doing and hope that they continue doing well.

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