Outgoing Mail - Black, White & Neon Fun!

I'm trying to get back into the habit of sending mail. 

I told myself back in January that I'd send one great package or piece of mail each month in 2016 - a small challenge. But, as is the way, life gets in the way, and suddenly it's May... and I haven't sent a parcel since that first one in January.

So this month, I'm re-challenging myself to actually start sending mail again. It must be all that fabulous snail mail inspiration over on Instagram! First, I put together a couple of bold black, white and pink parcels to send to creative friends... here's a peek...

Whenever I put together a snail mail package, I like to have a jumping off point - a particular card, theme or colour scheme that I then build the various components around. In this case, I was inspired by a set of envelopes I had crafted out of uncoloured colouring book pages. The bold black and white patterns were the perfect place to start.

But then, of course, I couldn't resist adding a bit of colour. And, when in doubt, pink is always the answer!

So I gathered up all my black, white, gold and pink materials and supplies and set about putting together a package I thought anyone would love to receive in the mail. 

An assortment of stickers and buttons and washi tape samples is always fun!

Then added some fun stationery treats - an adorable notebook, a lovely postcard and those aforementioned envelopes.

Finally a hand drawn card to write my message in - because I can't resist an opportunity to doodle flowers! 

And then, time to make the outside of the mail as fun as the inside. 
Washi tape, stickers. doodles and collage elements. I love the final look...

So I had to try it on the back too!

How about you? Where do you find inspiration when sending pretty mail?

Book Giveaway - Paper + Tape: Craft & Create

Now that I've introduced you to my new book "Paper + Tape: Craft & Create" and given you a peek at at some of the projects inside (perhaps you've even tried one or two), I thought it was the perfect time for a book giveaway!

I'd love to share a copy of this project-packed craft book with one of you PLUS a fab grab bag filled with eight assorted rolls of washi tape. Just add some pretty paper and a pair of scissors and you'll be ready for crafty fun!

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment below answering the question:
"What's your favourite thing to create with paper and tape?"

For an additional chance to win, tweet about the giveaway with the tag #paperplustapegiveaway.
For additional chances, pop over to Instagram or Facebook and look for the above photo!

Good luck!

Giveaway prize valued at $50.
Giveaway open to Canada / US residents over the age of 18. 
Giveaway closes Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 11:59pm.
Winner will be randomly selected from all entries on Monday, May 16th, 2016. Winner will have one week after notification to claim their prize. If winner does not claim prize, a second winner will be randomly selected.

The Write Love Initiative - Instagram Auction

Did you know that April is National Letter Writing Month? 

To celebrate this month of snail mail, Vancouver's The Anthropology of Giving is in the midst of a month of wonderful letter writing events. "The Write Love Initiative" is all about inspiring and encouraging others to embrace letter writing as a form of communication.

This Sunday (April 24th), The Anthropology of Giving is holding an Instagram Auction in support of The Writer's Exchange. Ashley, the founder of The Anthropology of Giving, is raising money to support a class of inner-city kids and their teacher as they create a publishing project with the Writer's Exchange. Update: The Write Love Auction raised $1400 for The Writer's Exchange!

The auction includes an array of wonderful donations from lovely businesses like Uppercase Magazine, Flow Magazine, Swell Made, Q&A Letterbox and Omiyage. (That's our cute & colourful letter lover's set in the picture!)

The Writer's Exchange works with over 700 kids every year, has a team of over 150 volunteers and encourages kids to enjoy reading and writing (while having FUN!)

I do hope you'll visit The Anthropology of Giving's auction tomorrow! Bidding is open to international buyers for most items and all prizes include complementary shipping.