Callinote August Review + Unboxing

*product was received free for review
Today we unboxed one of the coolest ideas ever!


A monthly subscription box that encourages girls to be the best version of themselves. 
Each month girls are sent a kit to create a hand designed journal.
Kits start at $16.95

Check out our unboxy box video

Here’s the Box Breakdown
I love that this is a girls box that doesn’t feel the need to be pink! 
Great change of pace -just really nice, simple packaging. And of course a hand written note to Ms. Penny Layne!
Here is everything that we received in the August Callinote
All the contents needed to make a wave themed journal!
(Love this by the way!)

So, what is all this stuff?

A Jar of Daily Sparks
This is a little mason jar (in the video I didn’t realize what it was… my bad!) filled with different journaling ideas. Some are different emotions, some are daydreams. All intended to “spark” the imagination of the child. This is awesome! I wish I had been doing this since she could write!
We picked one at random to start with tomorrow and got jealousy. We’ll see how that goes!
Moleskine Journal
Love these colors! That gray is so pretty! I was really impressed that they included a nice notebook and I really want to use this opportunity to impress upon my daughter how important it is to take care of her things. Also pictured, the note and the instructable.
Anchor, Paint, and Brush
This is really cute. I will admit doing the unboxing video (the ones with the kids can get crazy) I didn’t realize what this project was all about. I thought we would be decorating the anchor — finally afterwards when we sat down and looked at the directions and saw how it all came together to make this really cool wave journal I was super impressed!
Pen, Stars, and Sticky
Obviously, every journal needs a pen! The string and stickers are craft embellishments.

Okay, so now what?

Let’s put this baby together!

Putting this together was a breeze! 
Three bands of different blue paint get painted on to form the wave.
Penny applying the blue bands of paint. The instructions even had some helpful tips like putting some paper in between your cover and pages while you are painting to keep the pages clean. That is why the tissue paper is in there!
Our final white band of paint.
Now we let it dry.
This is the hardest part for me, I am so impatient!
Next, we put the anchor on the string and thread it into the prepunched holes on the notebook
After we take our little sticky and put it between the anchor and the notebook to securely fasten the anchor on. 
Finally we add our star stickers!
And that is it! Voila! A finished journal!

So, in summary

We look for three things in a subscription box; quality, curation, and presentation. This box is so good guys. The quality is there. A lot of times craft boxes can feel cheap, not because they are but because it’s a lot of “little” items and you can’t really see the value with a large ticket item like in some other boxes. With this one however, the quality is clear from the moment you open it on. Curation is excellent — this is such a simple craft but so relevant and pretty and not too feminine. I like that I don’t feel like “girly” stuff is being forced on them! And it’s presented well as well. There is a fourth thing that is really important about this subbox and that is it’s intention. The well meaning purpose of this box is so good! To encourage girls to be better, to think harder, dig deeper, and dream bigger. Being a Mom of three girls I’ve given much thought to their futures and I, too want them to be secure in who they are as people. 
If you have a daughter who likes to write. A niece who looks up to you. A granddaughter you think needs some extra encouragement this subscription box is for you. In fact I don’t think there is one young girl out there who wouldn’t benefit by receiving this monthly subscription box. And with a price like $16.95 a month it isn’t breaking the bank either! I really enjoyed doing this and I’m certain my daughter did too! This gets a seal of approval from us!

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