Happy Mail Unboxing: January

January Happy MailJanuary Happy MailJanuary Happy MailHey, guys! Can you believe it’s already January 10th?! That means it’s time for us to reveal the contents of this month’s Happy Mail package! If you already subscribed, your box will be shipping out today. If you are thinking about signing up, learn more and subscribe here

Here’s the Happy Mail unboxing video for January! Warning: If you subscribe and you want your box to be a surprise, you’d better not watch this! πŸ˜€ 


You can subscribe to Happy Mail here. Please share your packages with us on Instagram #ABMhappymail. Love you guys! Elsie 

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Janae Hardy, Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. 

  • I love all of the pieces of this months Happy Mail! I have been holding off ordering it because I wanted to choose between the Happy Mail or Messy Box but when is the Messy Box going to be available?

  • I love the happy mail idea, because of that I suscribed for a year although living in Spain. The thing is, I love the cards but I’m afraid that 7-8 cards every month is too much… I’m not sending 100 cards every year… I love the custom stickers and the notepad, are more useful for me.
    So, I think that the crafty mail would be more interesting and useful for my scrapbooking and crafts… We’ll see!! The idea is amazing, Thanks!!

  • YAY! So excited for mine to arrive… just got shipping confirmation yesterday πŸ™‚ And I swear you are reading my mind… I need a dude card for my bro (literally, my brother), a doxie-obsessed MIL birthday coming up, and I was starting to sweat a little about V Day for the hubs. SOLVED! And the stickers… I’m verklempt. LOVE. By the way… any update on when will Messy Box happen? Elsie… you’ve actually got me scrapbooking again (after 10+ years) and I can’t WAIT! xo

  • Sorry! We have to share the box each month for new subscribers as well! We never said it was a surprise box, although I can totally understand the appeal of that. πŸ™‚
    Hugs- Elsie

  • It’s tentatively set for a March launch, but we’ll announce for sure when pre-order begins. πŸ˜€ It’s REALLY cute! I’ve already designed 4 or 5 of them and I’m so excited to use them with the new albums we have coming out!
    xx- Elsie

  • The concept of Happy Mail is that you’ll build a collection of cards that is a pretty big variety! It’s not so much about making sure you use every card right away, it’s ok to collect them so you always have them on hand when you need them! :)) Plus, you can always share them with friends!
    I hope you like the new Messy Box! I’ll be sharing more peeks soon!
    xx- Elsie

  • Hehe! Thank you Hilary! It’s been a FUN creative challenge to try to do a big variety of cards every month. πŸ™‚

    Messy Box will most likely be out in March, but I’ll keep you guys updated as soon as pre-order begins!!

  • My favorite happy mail so far!! Well done elsie they are amazing…cant wait for the 25th(yep 2 weeks to arrive in france) like every month since i subscribed.. also cant wait for the messy box (think i already subscribed no???)since i started scrapbooking coz of you (i’m blaming you for this new addiction)…keep amazing us

  • I’m sure this has been asked before, so I apologize if I’m being a bother! How long does it take to get the package? I’m visiting family in Oklahoma, but will be back in Florida the end of next week. So I’m wondering if I should wait until I get back to Florida! Thank you so much! ~Amy~

  • I love using my cards! It’s nice to have a stash on hand and everyone LOVES receiving these special cards. I’m so glad I subscribed!

  • I love that there’s not much writing on the front of the cards so they could be framed as little prints too!

  • i wish you would open up your payments to paypal instant transfer people!! i keep checking and hoping you will add that option for all your store items :/ but also πŸ˜€


  • Love this month… your stuff is amazing.. and the paper quality is really great.. you design some amazing stuff! xo love you and your team Elsie! xo

  • Holy crap these are cute! Each month gets better and better! Can’t wait for mine to arrive πŸ™‚

  • Apologies if you’ve addressed this already (likely you have), but does the ABM team design these cards?

  • I think this is my favorite box so far! So excited! I love the I boxing videos, too!

  • well… it will be my second happy mail delivery and I think I’m hooked for good after this one πŸ˜€ I hope these two weeks will fly by, because I want it NOW!
    Congratulations, you’re doing a great job πŸ™‚

  • Love happy mail this month. I already have a use for three of them. So far I have only used one card. But I did use some of the to/from stickers and I live the notepads.


  • Happy mail makes me so happy! It always brightens my day to find the envelope in the mail!


  • Hello =) I’m new to your site, and I’m absolutely fascinated by it. I’d love to subscribe, but I’m currently living in Tokyo, is it possible for me to sign up?

  • Love my happy mail so much, especially the art prints they are so cool. In fact some of these cards are so cute I kinda want to frame them as art.

  • I am loving Happy Mail so much, it’s so fun and such good value!

    One piece of feedback I’d like to give is that I would prefer less flat postcard-style cards and more folded cards. Obviously, I understand that would be more expensive but I feel a a lot less likely to give the postcard style cards – I guess they feel cheaper? or less appropriate? – and I’d rather have less items overall with a higher proportion of openable cards, than more postcard style cards.

    Love your work, ABM!

  • What I’ll be doing is giving away cards to friends that might have a better use for them. For example, I don’t have anyone to make out with so that will be better off with someone else haha. Plus then it gets people who might not send too many cards to send some.

  • I am so excited for this month. Those stickers look awesome. My New Year’s Resolution is to send more cards. This is helping me fulfill that! Thanks for doing this. You all are brightening people’s days all over the world!
    PS I like getting lots of cards. Building my collection.

  • Just want to say I really look forward to this and it’s so hard for me to not watch the video! I want it to be a surprise but maybe I’ll wait til next month πŸ™‚

  • I love getting Happy Mail and I think the cards are great to keep in your stash. I HATE a whole lot paying 3-5 dollars for a card at a grocery store, etc. And these cards are so darn cute……!!!!

  • love the cards and love coupons are great options esp this valentine’s month.. thoughtful cards, love the dud one!


  • Hello!

    Not trying to be a downer because I was REALLY excited for my box but you should make i known that you cannot cancel your service without paying a huge cancellation fee. It’s not really advertised anywhere. It’s such a bummer that if I want to cancel my box because i’m moving across the country and don’t need the clutter that i’ll have to pay almost $100.

    So, just a warning to people thinking about buying…only do it if you definitely want to pay for an entire year of service! I love your blog and was super excited to support you guys but now i’m just mostly disappointed.

  • Oh yay! Watching this reminded me I needed to send some cards out from the other months πŸ™‚ you guys are the coolest

  • I love that you have included cards for guys – with three brothers finding enough nice and not girly cards is a constant battle!

  • My 7 year-old and I LOVE getting our Happy Mail each month (she can’t wait for the “Dolly” dog card…she said she’s keeping that one for her room :))

    I also want to thank ABM for getting us into SCRAPBOOKING! Who knew?!?! Christmas brought us a mother-daughter gift box full of your supplies plus papers, tapes, stickers, paper cutter, etc (by far, our fave is the emoji stamps and bold letter stamps!) We have been enjoying our time together creating books, cards as well as art for ourselves and as gifts. We even your Happy Mail art in our creations…SO many great uses.

    Keep Rockin’ Paper Crafts! We <3 You!

  • We have a team of people designing them. I design some, our designer (Ryan) does a lot and the Studio Calico team sometimes designs too. It’s a team effort!
    xx- Elsie

  • Feedback received!
    It is true that we would have to do less cards to do more folded, but I will keep that in mind for future months! πŸ™‚
    xx- Elsie

  • Hi Katie,
    I hear you. The reason we are able to offer such amazing prices and value is because of the commitment that customers make. The higher the commitment, the lower the price. And there is an option for a one month commitment without a cancellation fee.

    The cancelation policy is on our site. I made sure to read it all when we first started and I felt that it was clear. This is important to me. If you have any suggestions for how to make it more obvious I would love to hear them.

    Thanks so much for your feedback! πŸ™‚ -Elsie

  • Sooooo excited for Messy Box! I check the shop about once a week for updates, ha πŸ™‚

  • I am so excited about this month! I’m a high schooler and self proclaimed stationary addict, so your idea of creating a card collection is perfect for me. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

  • I am not a big ‘card sender’ either, so I did not register to Happy mail. Although I love all the designs and would love to craft with some of this outstanding material. Can’t wait for messy box to come out! πŸ™‚

  • Eeee!! I can’t wait until I can finally subscribe! I start my (very first real) job at the end of Jan… I am so excited for this! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for being accommodating for your international readers! Down in New Zealand, we often get left out of things! haha

  • Thanks Elsie!! I can’t wait!!

    I was packing up our loft and I found some of your items from your lines with KI!! I was so happy I hoarded those πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to use them once we are in our new space.

  • My four year old just saw me looking through this and thinks the dog card is hilarious! He said ‘I laughed because he wears the glasses and that top’ and then laughed again. Think you have a fan πŸ˜‰

  • Great cards! I’d love to sign up for this. But before I do, I’d like to know what is the “standard” size of most of the cards in the Happy Mail? We have kind of strict standards in my country regarding this and if it does not fit in the standard measurements, you have to pay an extra fee to be able to send it. Last question, how much are the shipping fees to Europe?

  • Eeeeeeeee! Can’t wait for mine to arrive! I live in Australia, so I’m actually still waiting on last months (which is no wokka-moleys guys) just excited!!!

  • Hi CharlΓ¨ne! The cards are various sizes. Our mail system is the same way, and some might require extra postage. The worldwide shipping cost is $5 πŸ™‚ -Jacki

  • I always want to wait to get the package and be surprised but I get too excited and can’t resist looking at what’s inside! Can’t wait even more for it to arrive πŸ™‚

  • So I just picked up my happy mail, little brown envelope, not as cute or exciting as the big white one from last month, but I was intrigued all the same.

    Opened it straight away and out came one envelope. That’s it. Just one single red envelope. Really? More than a little confused.

    I went to my goodies from last month, remembering one card had been missing it’s envelope, but nope it’s not the envelope to match that! I guess I should be asking for that too then, as well as the rest of my January package.

    Pretty upset guys, been following this blog and loving it for over a year now and thought Happy Mail was a dream come true. Been disappointed both months so far.


  • Hi Sarah,
    First of all, it doesn’t sound like your January package has arrived yet. If you are in the UK (I saw UK on your email address) then that is normal as they just shipped on the 10th and it should be arriving to you soon. πŸ™‚

    Regarding the red envelope, if it is the long one then it goes with the dachshund card that will be in this month’s box (January).

    I would never want anyone to be disappointed in Happy Mail! We work so incredibly hard on it and so far we’ve had glowing reviews from customers. If there is anything at all that we can do to help you, please let us know! You can contact our customer team here- http://shop.abeautifulmess.com/conversations/new

    Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚ -Elsie

  • Hello ABM! I’m thinking of starting a stationary collection/ kit for my 10 year old daughter. Something fun since she is big on writing thank-you notes and sending birthday cards. Would you recommend this for a girl that age? Any insight would be appreciated. I know this is geared towards adults, but the colors are so fun and the prints are magical. Thanks!

  • Elsie & Emma — I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting my Happy Mail subscription!!! I force myself NOT to watch your unveiling until the telltale happy envelope arrives on my doorstep. Then I rip into it to see the happiness revealed! After I unveil it myself, I check out your video unveiling, so I get to do the reveal TWICE!!! Thank you both for giving us jam packed happiness in an envelope each month. Your designs! Your color choices! Your humor! I love Happy Mail ‘cuz it makes me, well, you know, h.a.p.p.y. ~ All the best, Jane

  • I found you this morning in the Yahoo News stories. I read a your story and your blog. What fun! I had to find out what this Happy Mail thing was all about and I LOVE IT! I am believer in writing a personal note instead of email, and having the perfect card on hand can make it even more special. I am in sales and keep cards at my desk to send to clients. This will be perfect for me. My coworkers come to me sometimes and ask if I have an extra card on hand, now I know I will– always. You sold me! I will be signing up today!!! So glad our paths crossed this morning.

  • Hi Beth! Thank you so much for checking out the blog! We really appreciate your kind words, and we’re thrilled that Happy Mail is a perfect fit for you! πŸ™‚ -Jacki

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