Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oh, the Places You'll Go! New Beginnings

We had a FANTASTIC New Beginnings last night. Our theme was based on the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

The invitation:

This is what the room looked like:



Each girl participated in some way (some with decorations, others with speaking parts). We had an AWESOME guest speaker. She is a musician and has written mostly EFY music. She connected so well with the girls. The best part of the night was her performing an original song, written for our New Beginnings that had "Oh, the Places You'll Go" in the title, but she tied it in to Stand in Holy Places.

We gave each girl crazy Seuss-like socks to remind them to always let their feet take them to holy places.

The socks:


The girls LOVED the socks. They put them on right away and some were willing to pose for me.



I got the socks from Target. Here are the files for invitations and sock label:

87 comments:

  1. Looks amazing!! I would love a copy of the song!! russcurve@q.com

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    1. Chris-our New Beginnings was so great, and the one thing that made it so was that song! Our guest speaker, Staci Peters, actually finished the song on her way to our event. So, no music. :( She plans to send the song to her song-finisher guy, so I'm hopeful it will be published soon. I'll let you know if I get an update.

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  2. Awesome idea! I am trying to download the file so that I can change the date on the invitation...but it won't let me open the file. Could you send me the file in an email to see if that would work? Thanks for the great idea!
    kiranorr@gmail.com

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  3. This is adorable! Pinned it! Funny enough our ward is doing Dr Seuss tonight for NB! Happy to borrow ideas. If I blog it, we'll link back for sure. Your night turned out SO cute!!
    XOXO

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    1. I would love you to send me a link! Good luck with NB!

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    2. Hi Ann,

      I'm the new stake camp director in Portland Oregon and we've decided to use this theme this year at camp. Will you please send me the links on this post to my email so I can make some changes. I would also love the banner, sign post, poem for the socks (GREAT IDEA) and the words to the song if you have them. Thank you so much!!!! My email is trisha.papenfuss@gmail.com

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    3. Can I have everything Trisha got too? Thinking about doing that theme for camp also. Sdcdtc@juno.com

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    4. Do you have this in a Jpeg so I can change the date on the invite? We are doing this for New Beginnings this year!

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  4. Fun! Did you use a template to print & cut all the shapes for your banner and for the sign posts?

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    1. My husband created them in Microsoft Publisher. If you have Publisher, I can email them to you. I downloaded the Seuss font for free (font name Doctor Soos Bold) and printed the letters from my computer.

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    2. Yes, I do! dj.ecom at gmail dot com
      Thanks!

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    3. Hi Ann, i love all your ideas. we are planning to use the same theme for our new beginning. would you mind to send me too the templates for the banners and sign posts? michellepuyat @ gmail . com

      thank you!

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    4. I can please have the templates for the banners too? I love your Idea it's so cute and fun! melissa.cardon@gmail.com Thank you!!

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    5. I'd love of the banner and sign template too!
      kara.rosenlund at gmail dot com

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    6. Thanks for the ideas. I'd love the template for the banner also. My email is
      rkpadilla@baybfarm.com

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  5. Could you send me the file for both the socks and the invitation in an email. I love it. We are also doing Dr. Seuss for New beginnings. I loved all your ideas, thanks for sharing.
    My email is noahross2000@yahoo.com.

    Thank you.

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    1. In the blog post, I've included a couple of files. Both the invitation and socks tag were created in Microsoft Publisher. If you have Publisher, the link should work for you. If not, I can send you a jpg copy. A jpg copy should allow you to change the date and any other wording on the invitation. Hope that helps! (I'll send you an email later tonight.)

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  6. I LOVE this!!! We are doing this same theme in a couple of weeks but I'm just struggling to put the actual program part together as we're a brand new presidency. We've got the refreshments and decorations down :)--but stuck on how to pull the program together. Would you mind (if it's not too much trouble) sending me a copy of your program--just the thing you handed out for everyone to follow along with that night???? Sorry if that's the most random request ever. marisab2@yahoo.com. Thanks!!!

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    1. Marisa-I'd be happy to send it to you! Look for it in your email inbox.

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    2. I am in the same boat as Marisa... new presidency. We have the decorations and treats down. But the rest is still a struggle. Would love the program idea as well. Thanks Sheri
      bandsallen@juno.com

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    3. I am also a new YW president with the task of New Beginnings. I would also love all of these documents e-mailed to me at larafhale@gmail.com (program, signs, invitation, sock label). Thanks so much! It looks awesome!

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  7. Ann,
    Thanks for the fantastic idea. COuld you email me the Publisher file for the banner and sign posts please! I would love to see the program as well if you could also include that.
    Email: miriampowell@hotmail.com

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  8. Hi Ann

    The YW looked like they had a great night ....well done!
    We are also doing DR Seuss for NB next week too.. I would also be grateful for the publisher file if possible please

    Email: lisa@omega-alpha.com

    Thank you

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  9. Ann,
    Your night looked awesome! Could I also get a copy of your program/handout? I would really appreciate it, as that is where I am also stuck.... Thanks so much! marktonij4@gmail.com

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  10. Could I also get a copy of your program. I'm new to this and it is all foreign to me. juliestratton@hotmail.com
    Thanks

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  11. Your sock poem is so dang cute! We're giving socks this year too, but your poem is much cuter than the saying I had done originally. I'm so glad I procrastinated on doing all the tags for the year up. I'm definitely changing to yours instead. Thank you soooo much for sharing!
    Thanks,
    Tara

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  12. Ann,
    I love your ideas! I've been working on a similar New Beginnings for next week and would love it if you could email me the Publisher file for the banner and sign posts as well as your program if it's not a problem. Thanks so much!
    Julie
    email: jucboris@msn.com

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  13. I would also love the banner/signpost templates and an idea of your program. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Jennie
    jbchubbs@gmail.com

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  14. I would love a copy of the banner and signs, if it's not a hassle. Thank you so much for the ideas!
    heathersharee at gmail.com

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  15. Could you email me a copy of your banner and sign posts? I would greatly appreciate it! We are are a brand new presidency and trying to quickly throw together a New Beginnings program. You have such cute ideas! melissawraymond at gmail dot com. Thank you!

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  16. Can you please send me a coy of your banner template and signs as well? Amandakchase@gmail.com Thanks!

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    1. I would love a copy of the banner, sign posts, and program too! meaganlshumway at gmail dot com.

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  17. Thanks so much for being so awesome to share your talents! You help not-creative people like me look good! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Would love to get copies of your banners, program and signs if possible?
    we are a new presidency also and would love to use this idea if possible...
    Thank you

    Kim Engard
    wendykym@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm joining the rest of the crowd requesting the file for the arrows on the sign post. We're making them tonight, and I noticed that file isn't available with the others. Would you mind sending it to me at meghan.hoyos at gmail.com? Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

    Also, where did you find the socks for the girls/how much were they a piece? We're having trouble finding some that fit in the budget.

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  20. Hi there, I'm hoping on with everyone else! I would LOVE the banners and arrows on the sign posts please. lauraunga@gmail.com

    Thanks so much!!!!

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  21. Hello! I would also love to get the banners, arrow signs, and program! That would be great.

    Please send it to: paigebischoff@gmail.com

    Thank you so much! This is seriously a lifesavor!

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  22. I love your ideas and they will go so well to use for our New Beginnings. Can you please email me the banner and the sign posts? I cannot get those two pdf files to open. edblake2@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your hard work and then sharing it with the rest of us. I will continue to check back on this blog for new awesome ideas!

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  23. I love your ideas for New Beginnings. Can you please email me the banner and the sign posts? denisedmarshall@gmail.com I cannot get those two pdf files to open. Thank you so much! Your creativity and hard work are super helpful! Thanks again!

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  24. Thank you so much for adding the signpost and banners. I have installed dropbox but I am still having trouble opening the PDF. Is there a chance that you could email the templates? My email is jbchubbs@gmail.com. Thanks again, your ideas have been a great help.

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  25. i know you have had several request but could you possible email the banner and templates to me as well? thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  26. I forgot to add my email account jenhawkes7@hotmail,com

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  27. I am wondering if you might be able to repost the banners and signs. It is not popping up in dropbox. Thank you!

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  28. Hey! The Sign Posts aren't opening up and we think this is so cute! Could you send me the jpg file as well? All of the rest opened and are working great! rachel@ingenuitymatrix.com

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  29. Hi Ann,
    I love this idea and we are borrowing it for our NB night this coming week. I popped by to grab the file for the banner and signs but the Dropbox file doesn't seem to be working. Would it be too much trouble for you to send me a copy? I don't mind making them myself, but it would save a bit of time if I could use yours. They are much cuter than what I would come up with. My presidency really appreciated all your ideas and your willingness to share your talents with us. You are really helping out those of us in a small ward who are stretched pretty thin with all our responsibilities. Thanks again!

    Pineapplelesson at yahoo.com

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    1. I am having the same trouble I can't get the banner & signs to open. Is it possible I can get them too? Thank you for sharing
      itzme7tina@hotmail.com

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  30. I also would love a copy of the banner and signs. My dropbox is not opening for them. Thanks so much for sharing!
    Hetblox@gmail.com

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  31. Hi Ann
    I love all your ideas here! I was wondering if I too could get the files for the sign and banner. My drop box isn't working either! Thank you so much!
    Amber
    amberkbrown11@gmail.com

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  32. Hi Could I get the program, signs and banner emailed to me as well! We love the idea! jenniferjensen1@mac.com Than you so much!

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  33. Ann,
    I absolutely love your ideas and decorations! Looks like the young women did too.
    We are hoping to do something similar at girl's camp this year. I would love your signs and banners emailed if possible. Thanks for sharing your creativity!!
    Jeanie
    jearl@alpinedistrict.org

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  34. Could I get you to email me a copy of the banner and signs?


    Thanks!
    Crystalmstalker@gmail.com

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  35. I love this!! Could you email me the banner and the signs? Thanks so much!
    Christie
    turbyto@aol.com

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  36. We would LOVE this for our girls at camp (which is the same theme). I wasn't able to download it from your link. Would you be willing to email it? My email address is hnt1678@hotmail.com. Thanks!!!

    Heather

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  37. I would really appreciate a JPEG for the invite, I will link it back on my blog and pinterest. Thank you. tnchansen@hotmail.com

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  38. This is awesome! We are totally using it for our New Beginnings in Las Vegas. Would you mind sending me the sign posts & banner & any other printed materials you wouldnt mind sharing? We would really appreciate it!

    Thanks so much!
    Sarah
    2sarahdavis@gmail.com

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  39. Love your ideas. Can you please send me the sign posts and banner.

    Thanks,
    Shannon
    shannonrlowe@sbcglobal.net

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  40. Ann,
    We are getting ready to do our New Beginnings. My cousins did your theme in her ward and sent me pictures. It is such a cute idea we would love to do it for our ward. Can you please send me the banner, sign post and invitation. I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks,
    Michele
    byuhi86@comcast.net

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  41. Very cute. can you send me the banner, sign post and sock? thanks! wcollins21@cox.net

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  42. Hi Ann! I'm interested in possibly having your musician Stake Speaker come speak at our girls camp this summer. Can you get in contact with me? I'd love to exchange information and possibly get in touch with her.

    Let me know!

    Thanks!

    Kristina
    kristinastucki@gmail.com

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  43. Hi Ann. LOVE this stuff!!! Could I have the files for all of them in Publisher? I downloaded the socks and invitation. Now I'm looking for the banner and sign for the post. Thank you!
    tjdebrot@hotmail.com

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  44. Hi Ann! LOVE everything that you have done! Would you please email me all of the file you have for the invite, poem, banner, and signs. As well as the program. Thanks for sharing your talents!! My email is onewildefamily at yahoo dot com

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  45. Ann- I was wondering if you know if Staci Peters finished the song she performed for your your YW. Oh the places you'll go is our theme for girls camp. We are trying to find a song that goes with the theme but haven't found one that seems to fit! Please let me know if you have any information on the song. Also I would love to have you send me the banner, sign post, invitation and sock poem. I am so grateful for creative people who are willing to share.
    Thanks
    Tiffany C.

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  46. Ann- I was wondering if you know if Staci Peters finished the song she performed for your your YW. Oh the places you'll go is our theme for girls camp. We are trying to find a song that goes with the theme but haven't found one that seems to fit! Please let me know if you have any information on the song. Also I would love to have you send me the banner, sign post, invitation and sock poem. I am so grateful for creative people who are willing to share.
    Thanks
    Tiffany C.
    mtcarter95@gmail.com
    -sorry for the duplicate message, I'm new to the blogging thing!!!

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    1. Yes did she finish the song??? rowburyfun@gmail.com

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  47. Where did you find the blank arrow and hands? I would love to change/add places to these. Each girl is going to share their holy place and I would love to do those.

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    1. Wendy- I could not figure out how to respond to you directly, so I'm hoping you somehow get this message. I made the arrow and hand signs and would be happy to send you blank outlines of both. Please send me your email address and we can figure it out. Thanks!

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  48. It is wdrichards1(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you for replying!

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  49. Love, love, love your ideas! We would like to use this theme for our YW in Excellence program in November. Any chance I could get you to email a jpeg file of your invitation to me? I would like to get them out ASAP. Thanks so much for sharing! tandbhatch@yahoo.com

    Brenda

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  50. Love your ideas! We are doing a Dr. Seuss theme for our young women in excellence. I love the invitation but I need to change the date. Could you send me a jpeg file or the publisher file? Thanks so much! steph.2@hotmail.com

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  51. Another request-- what a fabulous talent you have! Would you mind sharing the invitation and anything else from this night with me as well so I can change some info? many thanks! toushay73@gmail.com

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  52. Fantastic ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! We are going to use this theme for YW in Excellence this month. Would you mind sharing what you used for the stands for the signs? I have dowels for the sign posts and was planning on using the flag pole stands, but they don't fit. Is there an easy plan B before I return the dowels and look for a different size?

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    1. Kim--I used the flag pole stands that belong to the Boy Scouts. I didn't use dowels--I used PVC pipes that were 1/2" wide. The 1/2" fit so perfectly that I didn't have to alter them at all once they were stuck into the flag pole stands. They just stuck straight up! Hope that helps. Best of luck at YWIE! --Ann

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  53. I would really like to use your quote for the socks. We are having YW in excellence tomorrow and I thought it was fitting for that as well. Question for ya though---is there someone I should be giving credit to for the quote? I didn't see a name but I didn't read through everything. I was also thinking of just adding the line, "Oh the places you'll go with personal progress" at the top. Is that appropriate since I would be using your quote with it?

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    1. I just wanted to make sure you knew what I meant by giving credit. I know the first part is from Dr. Seuss, but I didn't know about the second part. Thanks again!

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    2. The first part of the poem is from Dr. Seuss, and the second part from me. You don't have to give me credit on the tag, just link back if you blog about it. I love the thought of adding the personal progress line at the top--go for it!

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  54. Thank you so much for sharing all of your cute ideas! Could you please send me the banner, roadsigns and your program? I can't seem to get them to print. Thanks! pawg62@hotmail.com

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  55. Love this! What an awesome way to share your talents! Thanks for helping out someone completely un-creative!

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  56. This is Wonderful!!.. Would love templets to signs and program! Thanks you for letting us share your ideas! honehill@hotmail.com

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  57. I would like to use this theme for a Relief Society activity & was wondering if you could e mail me your program outline & other publisher files! Thanks so much for sharing your talent! 1elmermom@gmail.com

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  58. Would I still be able to get a copy of the sock poem and the invitation? You are so talented!
    lesagustafson@gmail.com

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  59. I would love the inviatioan and all other things if possible to my email. thanks.
    Tracy

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  60. I love this! Could you send me the blank signs (arrows and hand) as well? malindanelson@hotmail.com

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  61. So, I LOVE this idea and want to use or for our upcoming New Beginnings in January. Any chance you could email me the templates, arrows, hands & anything else I might need. I would appreciate it SO much! It's tifbrowning@gmail.com. Thanks again!!!!

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  62. Can you tell me where you got the bags for the popcorn?

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  63. Thank you so much for sharing!!! Your ideas have inspired me!

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  64. What a fun night! Your ideas have inspired us as we plan our New Beginnings for this year. I wasn't able to download any of your files for some reason. Do you think you could send them to me? From a very grateful sister in New Jersey, Trish (trisha_manwaring@yahoo.com)

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