Meet Kimberly K

BIO: Hey there, I’m Kimberly Kalil from sunny Southern Arizona. I’m a work-like-crazy mama to two kiddos Shelby and Cooper (7-year-old and 2-year-old respectively). I’m a wife to a very patient, loving accountant (Mike). I love my family (a bit obsessively if you must know). I love to steal kisses from my baby boy and hang out with my big girl. My husband is my best friend and we have such a fabulous time together.

I travel for business. A lot. I work (from home) as a consultant for a Danish company that makes software for newspapers. This means I travel to newspapers around the world and train their staff to use our content management and design system. I have a degree in journalism and spent many years as a writer and editor before my current job. Writing has always been my first love… still is.

I adore anything creative. I scrap. I sew. I paint. I take as many pictures as I can. I spend a lot of my free time working on crafty sorts of projects. I’ve been paper scrapping since college, but recently converted to digi (about 10 months ago). With my crazy life and busy travel schedule digi works better for me. Plus, I have spent so much of my work life using design programs such as Photoshop and InDesign … it feels more natural to me to be creating in this environment.

You can find me at my blog, This Kalil Life and you can see my latest layouts on Flicker (kimberlykalil). Come on over. Leave a comment. I {heart} comments.

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MY STYLE: Eclectic. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. I just so what makes me happy at the moment.

MY SCRAPPING IDOL(S): I have way too many to list. I love looking at oodles of pages and seeing how different each person choose to tell his or her story.

WHY I AM EXCITED TO BE ON THE TEAM: Why not? The Daily Digi is always packed with great inspiration and it’s seriously the best deal. Where else can you get so many digi supplies for such a great (low) price? Love it.

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How To Photograph A Silhouette

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I love silhouette photos. There is something mesmerizing about the story they hold without showing your subject’s detail. So much is left to the imagination for us to fill in our own interpretations.

How do you capture a silhouette?

Begin with Backlight

Bright light behind your subject is the easiest way to create a silhouette. A few places you can find it:

  1. In a open door
  2. In front of a window
  3. In front of the sun, especially when it is low in the sky, just above the horizon

Once you find the light, let your subject go. Let them play. Let them pose. Or simply find a scene with interesting objects.

Look for Strong Lines & Clean Backgrounds

You can create a stronger image by having less in the photo to compete with your subject. Like most photography, a clear story is easier to convey with minimal distractions in the image and good use of negative space.

Place your strongest lines at the third points in your photos. Avoid cutting through the center of your image with the horizon. The more recognizable your shapes, the more interest you will create in your photo.

CaptureYour365 contributor Jeannie Thiessen created a stunning view of the fair.

Expose For The Light Around Your Subject

Silhouettes are definitely a place where it benefits you to shoot in manual mode although you can be successful with other modes.

  1. Choose center-weighted or spot metering.
  2. Point your camera at the area of sky or light beside your subject.
  3. Adjust your light meter for a correct exposure. You have a lot of flexibility with your camera settings.  Start with an aperture around f/8.  To get a sharp image, choose a shutter speed that you can easily hand hold. Choose the lowest ISO you can get away with for your shutter speed.
  4. Check your LCD and histogram. Adjust your exposure and shoot again if needed.
CaptureYour365 contributer Deirdre Harger used the poor lighting inside the barn to create a dramatic silhouette of her daughter.

Shoot A Few

Try a few different angles and a few different settings.

Bracketing can be helpful in this situation to get a few options to work with. You’ll find the setting either in your camera menus or as a button on the back of your camera. Choose this option to take a a series of photos one stop over and one stop under what you’ve metered for.

Do A Little Post Processing

Once you move the photo into your processing software adjust the levels, shadows and highlights until you get the look you are hoping for. Don’t be afraid to up your blacks just a bit to get a darker silhouette.

Point & Shoot Silhouettes

Want to try it with your point and shoot? Find your backlit subject, turn your flash off, and aim your camera at the sky with your subject in the frame. Shoot. If you point your camera at your subject, the camera will try to expose for your subject losing the silhouette.

Have Fun

Give it a try. Play around. See what you can create. You can see even more silhouette inspiration on my Silhouette Pinterest Board.

What do you love about silhouettes? Questions about the technique? I’m here to help!

Katrina is a team member here at The Daily Digi, be sure to also check out Katrina’s CaptureYour365 for more great photography tips!


The Tattered Pear: An Instant Connection

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We are fortunate to have Lauren as part of our team here at The Daily Digi. She emailed me a few months ago and told me about her new venture, The Tattered Pear and I was so excited with the idea! I love seeing talented designers team up and two designers that work well together creating a label, was something unique. Lauren and Valerie still design independently but consistently put out new products together under the Tattered Pear label as well. The Tattered Pear designs have a distinct whimsically eclectic look and have quickly become popular with scrappers.  Let’s take a closer look at “Bookmarked” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using The Tattered Pear’s contribution:

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Bookmarked” by The Tattered Pear and included in The Digi Files #32; My Words Only Vol. 2 by Captivated Visions (template).
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Bookmarked” by The Tattered Pear and Close to Heart by Designs by Kat (Love word art) included in The Digi Files #32; Instagram Template Freebie by Cathy Zielske; Aqua Stitching by BaersGarten; Fonts: Hero, CK Ali Font.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: “Bookmarked” by The Tattered Pear and included in The Digi Files #32; Fonts: Pea Annie and Ostrich Sans.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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Names: Lauren Reid & Valorie Wibbens
Hometown: (Lauren) Texas & (Val) Colorado
Family: (Lauren) Husband & 3 kids (9, 9 & 6) (Val) Husband & 3 kids (15, 13, & 5)

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We both were paper scrapbookers before going digital and were both scrappers before turning designers independantly. This year we decided to team up and create The Tattered Pear label after working together on a past colloration called Kitchy Kamera. We had an instant connection from the first time we worked together and became great friends and as they say, the rest is history! Our theory is, two creative minds are better than one!

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Lauren: Honestly, I’m inspired by everything I see from art, to toys, to clothing… as well as by Val.. working as a team makes the process to much fun and definitely inspiring!

Valorie: You name it! I especially love fun uses of color!

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Valorie: Mac (2TB); PSCS4 & Illustrator CS4; Nikon D70 (dreaming, too, of a full frame!)

We also both use Wacom Bamboo Tablets.

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Valorie: Always keep a notebook with you, around the house, in your purse, to write down the funny things your kids say all the time! You think you’ll remember it later, more times than not you don’t! I love scrapping about the funny things my kids say!

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Here are some of my favorite products by The Tattered Pear:

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Receive 35% off The Tattered Pear with coupon code 2SILLYfriends through August 30, 2011!

Go have a look in The Tattered Pear’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

Inspired by Tattered Pear

The following layouts were created using “Bookmarked” by the Tattered Pear and included in The Digi Files during August:

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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Bookmarked” by The Tattered Pear and Close to Heart by Designs by Kat (Love word art) included in The Digi Files #32; Instagram Template Freebie by Cathy Zielske; Aqua Stitching by BaersGarten; Fonts: Hero, CK Ali Font.
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Making Your Own Subway Art and Type Posters

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I love type! I (Steph) love to study letter forms and how each one is unique in different fonts. I also love looking at beautiful combinations of fonts when put together to create art. It truly makes my heart happy (I know, I’m a geek!).

I have a Pinterest board set up to pin great examples of type. The items I pin are usually type posters…posters or ads created with great type combinations. It’s really amazing to see how creative people can be with type!

I thought it would be fun to make my own poster with a phrase on it that has been a big part of my life the past few months (I’ll share more on that on The Digi Show this coming week). I knew it wouldn’t be hard, but figured there were probably some tutorials out there already that I could look over. I found a couple that I read through before getting started:

Blogging With Bobbi has some great suggestions for using rulers and grids (which I would suggest). After step 4 of her tutorial, my guides still weren’t showing up. I found that there was one more step I needed in order to see them:

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I just went to View> Show> Grid and that turned them on. I also added some guides by selecting the move tool, clicking on the ruler and dragging (which creates a guide), then dropping it one half inch from each outer edge. I also dropped a guide at the center point to help me lign up my fonts. Here’s what my canvas looked like (the blue lines are the guides, the black is the grid):

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Oopsie Daisy Blog has some screen shots of how she lined up her fonts for her poster. These are helpful to get you going.

If you are in the full version of Photoshop, you can adjust the kerning (space between characters) to help fill up the space. I did this for the word “family” on my poster. Adjusting Kerning isn’t an option in PSE.

Here’s what my poster looked like in Photoshop when I was done:

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Would you like to give it a try?  Here’s a list of the fonts I used (from top to bottom):

Onyx (default font for Microsoft)
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Impact (default font for Microsoft)
AR Blanca
Onyx
Fontleroy Brown
Lobster
Riesling

You can use any fonts you want, you don’t have to use mine. It’s a super fun way to experiment with type and how different fonts look together.

Ideas for Digital Scrapping Your Magical Memories

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Supplies: Everyday Moments by Lauren Grier and Jennifer Barrette; Everyday Life – The Daily Digi members exclusive; template is from my (Steph) free class with Big Picture.

I (Steph) have shared on many occasions how much I love to travel with my family. One of my favorite places to visit is Disney…Disney Anything! I always come home with way more photos than I know what to do with. I want the memories documented because they are the best. I know I am not the only one with this frustration. Although I am going to share my tips for scrapping Disney photos, these tips can be applied to any big event or vacation.

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My Process

In the past, I have always scrapped vacations chronologically. After hearing how Anna Aspnes and Kim Lund approach these projects, I am changing things up a bit.  Here’s how I am breaking down this huge event so it is more manageable and doable:

  • I am going through my photos chronologically and selecting a group of photos by subject and editing them.
  • As I edit the photos, I am saving the edited versions in a folder named with a layout number and a subject.

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  • I have photos from the Teacups on multiple days, so I will put all of the Teacup photos in that folder called “Layout1-Teacups”. When I am all done sorting, I will decide if I am going to create just one layout with all of the Teacup photos or a couple of layouts. It will mostly be decided by how many photos end up in that folder.
  • Once I know how many photos for each layout, I will be able to select templates OR pull the photos into FotoFusion to create a collage from.
  • I have all of my kit previews tagged in Lightroom so I can pull up all of the supplies that I think are great for Disney scrapping at one time.

All of this could also be done in any tagging program and set up a tag for each layout/category instead of a folder.

One thing that I have learned over the years about my Disney scrapping is that I rarely use Disney themed kits. I love them and buy most of them, but I typically match supplies to the photos and we don’t usually wear typical “Disney Kit” colors when we go to Disney.  Here are some of the kits I have used and loved for Disney:

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Here are some layouts that Aaron shared from his recent trip. He had some tips to share too:

“I actually have shied away from using Disney themed kits this time around.  I like the layouts I am doing better.  As for getting them all done, what I did was I looked through my pictures and grouped them by what I would do a layout about.  Then I listed all the layouts I wanted to do, and I cross them off as I get them done.  Here are my faves so far…”

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Here are some of MissKim’s favorite kits to use on Disney layouts:

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Kim also shared this cute layout:

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Here are some more digital scrapbooking kits that I think would be GREAT for scrapping Disney (some are themed and others have great colors that would work well):

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That really is just the beginning of kits out there that can be used for Disney Scrapping! There are so many fun themed, bright color kits in our digital scrapbooking community! I’m ready to put on some Disney tunes and scrap, how about you!?

Meet Aaron

BIO:Aaron Morris, a.k.a “Sir Scrapalot”, has been a member of the digital scrapbooking community for nearly four years. His layouts have been featured in many print and online publications. Aaron has worked as a teacher for Masterful Scrapbook Design, and shares his tips, tutorials and techniques for scrapbooking on his blog. He also writes guest posts for Simple Scrapper, The Daily Digi, and the Funky Playground Designs blog and is a member of the design team for Wild Dandelion Designs, Amanda Heimann Designs, Cindy Schneider Designs, and The Daily Digi. In the past, Aaron has designed product for Polka Dot Plum, Funky Playground Designs, and Scrap Matters.

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Whimsical, fun, layered…I go with the flow.

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I believe strongly in what Steph is trying to do here at The Daily Digi, and I am excited to be part of it.

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Deals Abound

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There are lots of good deals and fun things going on around digiland right now. This week, we are going to start right here at home…

We had a great time recording this weeks episode of The Digi Show! This week, we answered our listeners questions. We discussed everything from getting started in digital scrapbooking, printing layouts, if you really need Photoshop, to why there is a divide among digital and paper scrapbookers and even my (Steph) last name!

Every four months that members are subscribed to The Digi Game, they get access to exclusive kits created by past contributors to The Digi Files. We want to thank the designers that contributed to our most recent collection that goes out to members after their 8th payment (or during the 8th month for annual members), “My Journey, My Life” (follow the link to see everything inside). This was a color scheme that members voted for a few months ago. They also selected the theme:

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Enjoy 30% of this weekend on Janet’s bestselling BIRTHDAY BOOK!  Use coupon code BIRTHDAY30

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Kaye Winiecki and Studio Basic have this great collaboration that is 20% off the entire weekend:

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Hello + Add on by Sabrina’s Creations and it is 20% off this weekend as well:

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Jennifer Labre Designs is having a creative team call! Get those apps in to join this fabulous team!

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All of Wendyzine’s Scrap It Actions are on sale through the end of August:

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An elegantly soft new kit out, Winding Down by Heather T.,
with many brushes and masks…

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Misty Cato shares her approach for using a photo as a background along with the some great tips on her blog.

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JennCk Designs has a bright and fun new kit. Dahlia is on sale 30% off – as is everything else in her End of Summer Sale!

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Don’t forget to get your submissions for the 3rd Annual Create a Kit contest in with Traci Reed! The deadline is looming!

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Have you been looking around Chelle’s new blog??? Check out the tutorial section and the weekly Words on Wednesday with Chelle!

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Connie Prince has some great deals going on right now:

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I love this fun school kit out by Dianne:

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You know I love bright colors in kits and this one by Melissa Bennett is no exception:

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I also thought you would like to know that Adorama Pix has a GREAT deal on their books right now (8×8 and 12×12) and ends on 8/23:

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P.S. The random winner chosen from yesterday’s comments was Jenny. She won $10 in product from Meredith Cardall. 🙂

My Journey My Life

“My Journey My Life” is an EXCLUSIVE collection to THE DAILY DIGI that is FREE to subscribers of THE DIGI GAME after their eighth payment. “My Journey My Life” contains: 115 papers, over 200 elements, 5 layered templates, 1 Shutterfly-ready brag book (5×7), 4 alphas, and 2 brush sets. This amazing collection was created by 33 of the top digital scrapbooking designers (all of whom are previous contributors to THE DIGI FILES).

Here’s a closer look at everything that is included in “My Journey My Life”:

Allison Pennington:

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Chelle’s Creations:

Connie Prince

Danielle Engebretson:

Dianne Rigdon

Elise’s Pieces

Heather T.

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Jenn Lindsey

Jennifer Barrette

Jennifer Labre:

Karla Dudley

Kaye Wineicki

Laura Banasiak

Micheline Martin

Miss Kim

Misty Cato Designs:

Pamela Donnis:

Sir Scrapalot Designs:

Traci Reed

Tracie Stroud

Wendyzine Scraps:

Mscraps Designers:

Katie the Scrapbook Lady and The Daily Digi:

Special thanks to Janet Phillips and Melissa Bennett for their behind the scenes contributions!

Check out this video for a slideshow of the kit contents:

Meredith Cardall Designs: She Choked On a Blue Adhesive Tab

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I’ve only met a handful of designers in real life and Meredith is one of them. We met at a conference just about a year and a half ago and I thought she was so sweet and kind. I had heard her name around digital and knew she had been designing for quite a while. I love her designs, the bright colors, and her great talent for combining different patterns, especially in her papers. Let’s take a closer look at “Sweet Caroline” that is included in The Digi Files this month:

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Here are some layouts created using Meredith Cardell Design’s contribution:

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: “Sweet Caroline” by Meredith Cardall Designs and included in The Digi Files #32; Doodle Border and Frame Hanger by Lauren Reid; Font: Daily Birdie.
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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: “Sweet Caroline” by Meredith Cardall Designs and included in The Digi Files #32; They Once Were by Amy Martin (template), Font: Gimme Space.
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Layout by SirScrapalot. Supplies: “Sweet Caroline” by Meredith Cardall Designs and included in The Digi Files #32; Half Pack 10 by Cindy Schneider (template); One Little Bird and Jenn Barrette (shadows); My Four Hens (photo actions); Font: The Frog by Heather Hess.
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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Supplies: “Sweet Caroline” by Meredith Cardall Designs and “In One Word: Love” by Studio Basic Designs both included in The Digi Files #32; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter and Scriptina.
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Layout by Kimberly. Supplies: “Sweet Caroline” by Meredith Cardall Designs and included in The Digi Files #32; Hello Sunshine by Wish Bliss Studio/Biograffiti (template); Fonts: Hero, CK Ali.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our “Team Inspiration” page.

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My name is Meredith Cardall. I am a southern girl transplanted to the rocky mountains of Utah. My husband and I have been married for almost ten years. We have two beautiful daughters. Hannah is 6 and Ainsley is 4.

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I started paper scrapping when I was in high school. I LOVED to take pictures. Even in high school, I always had my camera with me. When it came time to get ready for college, I knew that I couldn’t take 20 photo albums across the country with me. So, I selected my favorite pictures and created scrapbook pages with them. I paper scrapped for 8 years.

One day in 2005, when my older daughter was learning to crawl, she choked on a blue adhesive tab. It absolutely terrified me. I Googled “computer scrapbooking” and found a couple of websites and I was hooked. I was accepted on a Creative Team almost immediately. One of the requirements was to create prizes for challenges, so I started learning how to create my own elements right away. But I didn’t start designing professionally until September of 2008. I absolutely love designing!

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I am inspired by colors, nature and of course, my children. I love colors and textures. I collect paint and fabric swatches simply because I like to look at them. Pinterest is my new favorite website so that I don’t have to have all those things on my desk!

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Computer: My computer started out as a Dell Inspiron, but most of its guts have been replaced over the years. I use Windows 7 (love it!!!). I have 3GB RAM (hoping to upgrade SOON).

Programs: Adobe Creative Suite CS4 and Artrage Camera: Nikon D60

Everything else: Genius Tablet, Epson Perfection 4490 scanner (hoping to upgrade both soon)

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Go have a look in Meredith Cardell Design’s store! We will randomly select a winner from the comments to win $10.00 in product from her store! (Comments must be posted before midnight EST to qualify)!

 

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