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Birthday Surprise in the Mail

Last month for Aubrey’s birthday I organized a surprise for her. We blew up a picture of her and cut it down into cards, 112 to be exact. Then I sent them to her family and friends all over the world with instructions to send them back with love notes and drawings. The whole week of her birthday she kept getting cards from friends and family like pieces of a puzzle. It turned out really great. Not all of the cards made it back but we knew that would happen and I kind of like that some got lost or forgotten.

The picture is of her brilliant burglar costume from last Halloween.

(POST EDIT: Here are the instructions.)











  1. the binghams.

    May 6, 2010

    oh gosh that is the coolest idea EVER. i love it. you are a serious genius.

  2. Color Collective

    May 6, 2010

    OMG!! LOVE IT!

  3. Emily

    May 6, 2010

    Fantastic idea!

  4. Melissa Blake

    May 6, 2010

    Brilliant idea!! :)

  5. Tonia Conger

    May 6, 2010

    Cute idea Jordan! As always!

  6. Cara Rank

    May 6, 2010

    i cannot wait to do this project. a good friend turns 30 in june, and i will be doing this for her.

  7. simplesong

    May 6, 2010

    you are too cool. love this idea.

  8. celi.a

    May 6, 2010

    That is so gorgeous and thoughtful! And I love the final effect. Awesome.

  9. Emily

    May 6, 2010

    this is brilliant!

  10. radhi

    May 6, 2010

    i must repeat how genius this is. so perfect. thanks for sharing!

  11. The Mel B

    May 6, 2010

    Genius!
    I reposted here (http://dropandanchor.blogspot.com/2010/05/best-idea-ever.html) hope you don't mind!

  12. Janaan

    May 6, 2010

    Love this! Is it bad if I do something like this for myself?

  13. Katie

    May 6, 2010

    Ooh, I look forward to that tutorial! Fab idea

  14. Schmath

    May 6, 2010

    That's awesome, but what I really want to know is what is that giant knitted thing she is standing on? Is it a knitted couch? Because if it is, I want it. I wonder where I can get giant yarn like that.

  15. ampersandity

    May 6, 2010

    i love this idea — what a thoughtful gift!!!

  16. Chelle and Aaron

    May 6, 2010

    That is awesome, i really might have to try it…

  17. J & K

    May 6, 2010

    Genius. It makes me want to cry it's so perfect.

  18. chiara

    May 6, 2010

    awesome! so creative!

  19. Adrienne

    May 6, 2010

    This is the best idea! EVER! You did it again. Never cease to amaze me.

  20. Chris

    May 6, 2010

    you are one creative chica. well done you! wicked idea!

  21. heidi

    May 6, 2010

    i love it.
    i wish i would know about this fabulous idea sooner…my sisters birthday is this saturday and i would love to do this for her. next year i suppose.

  22. Inha

    May 6, 2010

    brilliant and heartfelt – you are amazing!

  23. anika

    May 6, 2010

    super cool.

  24. Kim

    May 6, 2010

    awesome.

  25. You Are My Fave

    May 6, 2010

    That would make for the very best of birthdays. Love it!

  26. Allison

    May 6, 2010

    How did you blow the picture up to such a huge size?

  27. JKA

    May 6, 2010

    great idea!

  28. Damaris

    May 6, 2010

    This idea is amazing. good job. as always.

  29. Be Like the Squirrel, Girl

    May 6, 2010

    Wow, what a fantastic idea!

  30. Isa

    May 7, 2010

    this is nothing short of ingenious. And I love, love, love the pictures!

  31. Mathilde

    May 7, 2010

    I love this idea. Our bridesmaid did the same for our wedding two years ago.
    We had a period of one year between our civil wedding and the church wedding. Every week we received a letter with a card. The finsished picture showed our engagement kiss:-)

  32. Cati Basmati

    May 7, 2010

    Coolest idea EVER!
    Now I know what to do for my brother's wedding :-)

  33. Sarah Bradley

    May 7, 2010

    This is so great! You're so creative Jordan! :)

  34. Estelle

    May 7, 2010

    Genius. Can I please steal this idea?

  35. chelsea

    May 7, 2010

    Love this idea and also love the styling in these photos. Her side braid is too adorable.

  36. Mia D.

    May 7, 2010

    Wow, how clever! That's a great idea.

  37. Caroline, No.

    May 7, 2010

    Brilliant! (I love her plait, too!)

  38. Design Darling

    May 7, 2010

    jordan, you've outdone even yourself — and that's saying something. what a spectacular idea. i'm speechless, just completely blown away.

  39. Wahzat Gayle

    May 7, 2010

    THis is a SUPER SUPER idea! I will do a version of this for my birthday LOL. So what if I will be turning 40 not 4. LOL

  40. Annabanana

    May 7, 2010

    very clever

  41. The Social Secretary

    May 7, 2010

    so cute! I love those pics, too. great idea!

  42. Melissa Allam

    May 8, 2010

    so very clever and sweet. What a sweet surprise for your friend.

  43. ohchanti

    May 10, 2010

    Plain genius.

  44. Rendy

    May 10, 2010

    This is spectacular! My niece is graduating from high school and I am so doing this for her. I've already started gathering addresses, I have a picture, and all I am waiting on is the instructions from you, Jordan! Thanks!

  45. L A M A R T I N É

    May 10, 2010

    wow this is brilliant

  46. EAMCR

    May 10, 2010

    This is such a great idea! I plan on putting this into action for my sister's 30th b-day.

  47. Cloggsy

    May 10, 2010

    What an amazing idea!

  48. The Lil Bee

    May 13, 2010

    That is the most amazing idea EVER, Jordan!

  49. Amanda

    May 13, 2010

    I must do this! But how did you get the picture so big?

  50. Ashlyn

    May 14, 2010

    Very cute – the styling is very Color Me Katie :)

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