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?