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Friday, April 13, 2012

{welcome to town: a survival guide}

I'll never forget the day we moved into town.  My husband had just finished graduate school, and this was the first place we were going to live that was "for real"...not for school, but for an actual job.  It's not a big town, in fact, it's on the smaller side, but that didn't stop me from feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to figure everything out, from stores and parks to libraries, dentists, doctors and more.  We had just made a huge move across the country for school a couple of years before, and had finally felt settled when it was time to move again. Starting from scratch is hard, no matter why or where you're moving!


I created this fun and easy "welcome to town" survival guide that's perfect to give to a new friend or neighbor that's just moved to town.  It's small and compact, and can easily tuck into a purse or diaper bag for easy reference. You can fill them in on all the best places in town...groceries, restaurants, libraries, parks, farmers markets, outdoor activities, hair salons, and all the other tidbits that would be so helpful right from the start. Tie this book onto a bag of treats with a ribbon, and you've got a wonderful gift that anyone would appreciate.

I included a cover page, and 5 information cards:  food, services, shopping, things to do, and a blank one for favorites.  Favorites in my town would include blueberry patches, baseball games, cider mills, the farmer's market, and city forest--you can add anything you love about where you live and want to share with them.  


SUPPLIES:
  • PDF File
  • white cardstock
  • plastic name badge holders (2.5 x 3.3)
  • book ring
  • ribbon
DIRECTIONS:

Print out the PDF FILE, and cut out the pages with a paper trimmer. Fill in the blanks with the information you'd like to share. Slide the pages into the name badge holders, and put them on to the book ring.  Tie a few pieces of ribbon on the ring, and ta-da, you're done!


 
*If you'd like the psd files so you can type your own text, please e-mail me at brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com, and I'll be happy to send them to you!


16 Comments:

Blogger Petey's Projects said...

What a great idea! Super cute and helpful...this would be a great addition to a welcome basket!

April 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger labbie1 said...

I LOVE this idea! Having lived in over 30 houses and in several states and now traveling full time in our 5th wheel, this would be very welcome! Clever girl!

April 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Really cute! What fonts did you use? They are super cute!

April 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger K_dubzzz said...

Love this idea!!! It will be treasured by many!

April 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Amanda Lynn said...

That is adorable! What a great idea!

April 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Janae -- Thoughts in Vinyl said...

Such a cute idea! So smart ;)

If you are interested, I am having a give away on my blog...worth over $100 of craft projects here is the link http://www.thoughtsinvinyl.com/blog/2012/04/give-away-worth-over-100.html

I would love it if you wanted to take a peek!
Thanks!
Janae

April 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger kierste said...

Ginger--

I used Gentle Redhead, Ck Cursive, and Century Gothic!

April 13, 2012 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

this is too cute. i just pinned it!

-Lauren

April 13, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
OpenID emeraldpie said...

What a great idea. Its perfect for visitors too.

April 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Apr. 14, 2012. Thanks again.

April 14, 2012 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Apr. 14, 2012. Thanks again.

April 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Justina F. Lee said...

Cute and thoughtful!

April 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Gallegos Newsletter said...

Thank for sharing this great idea! We live in Ohio and our family lives in Utah - so we are lucky enough to get lots of vistors over the years....This is a fun idea to use for when we have someone coming to town....

Love it!

April 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

This is darling - as someone who moved out of state, I can tell you it is so valuable!! TFS!

April 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

This is darling - as someone who moved out of state, I can tell you it is so valuable!! TFS!

April 16, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Camille @ Makoodle.com said...

What a great idea. I am thinking of doing this as a project for Activity Days.

April 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM  

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