Designs By The Seaside

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A BIG WELCOME BACK to Karen Lewis!! I have been a long time fan of Karen’s clean, modern-with-a-shabby-edge design style! I find her patterned papers easy to scrap with and love how well they work together (less thinking on my part). Her contribution this month is over-flowing with digital goodness, including something just for pocket scrappers! Let’s take a closer look at “By The Seaside” that is included in The Digi Files this month:



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Karen Lewis Designs’s contribution:



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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Fonts: Typewriter and Monster Paparazzi.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Template by TDD Life of Change.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

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

Name

I am Karen Lewis and I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband of 15 years and our daughter Caitlyn who is 12.

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When I’m not designing at the computer I can be found in my art studio painting. I’ve had a love of art since I was very young but put it aside in my late teens when that inner critique took over and I told me I wasn’t really an artist. My graphic design work reintroduced me and reignited my passion for ART. At the moment I’m into painting vases, pots & flowers in a very shabby, textural, impressionistic, whimsical style.


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started

I discovered paper scrapbooking in 2005. I was looking for a creative outlet and all the beautiful papers were enticing so I purchased a stack of supplies and sad to say I think I maybe did 3 layouts. Something just didn’t really resonate for me. I think I enjoyed buying the product more than actually using it. After about 6 months I switched to digital scrapbooking after coming across Shabby Princess’s site. Again the lure of beautiful papers sucked me in and before long I had a stash of supplies but at least this time I did actually create quite a few layouts.
After about 6 months though I was growing restless and I found myself more interested in learning how to create the digital supplies than using them in a layout. I did some google searching for tutorials and in February 2006 I started selling. Over the years I continued to learn about design & colour and I was fortunate to have some design opportunities come my way that enabled me to grow my business beyond just designing digital products. The biggest highlight was designing product lines with Pink Paislee from 2011-2013. Today I am a Graphic Designer & Artist who is living their dream.

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I love colour, pattern and texture and I love seeing how I can put them together to create eye pleasing designs. Often a design can start from seeing a quote, a colour combination, a piece of art or fabric.

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Computer: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC with Intel Core CPU @ 2.20GHz

Program: I use Photoshop & Illustrator

Camera: Iphone & GoPro camera

Anything Else: Wacom tablet

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A tip for designing – when designing papers it is important to make sure that the papers work together. You can have an awesome patterned paper but that doesn’t mean that it will compliment the other papers in the pack. So as I finish a paper it goes to a working Photoshop template where I will layer the papers and check that I have a good balance of colour, scale & what I call foundation patterns (think stripes & dots). If a paper doesn’t work I put it aside and recycle it for another kit.

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This kit was made as a complementary digital addition for Pink Paislee’s Portfolio paperline. The colour scheme is stylish and timeless plus with a theme that is centered on capturing and scrapbooking everyday moments the kit is a great versatile addition to have.

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You can’t go wrong with a classic boy kit and that is what makes it special and popular. The colours are stylish blue, green & grey which I chose because firstly I love that colour combination and secondly I think the colours are versatile to be usable for both baby layouts and then older boy layouts.

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Here are some of my favorite products by Karen Lewis Designs:

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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Karen Lewis Designs’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.

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Go have a look in Karen Lewis Designs’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Karen Lewis Designs

The following layouts were created using “By The Seaside” by Karen Lewis Designs and included in
The Digi Files during August, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Template by P Preslestnaya; Fonts: MTF Peach Cobbler, The Sharon.


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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

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Layout by Lauren. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Fonts: Typewriter and Monster Paparazzi.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs; Template by TDD Life of Change.

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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: By The Seaside by Karen Lewis Designs.

Let’s Talk Tech: What Type of Internet Connection Do You Have?

What Type of Internet Connection Do You Have?

I made the change from a DSL internet connection to fibre this week.

I’m not very techie, so I had to look up what these terms meant. According to Wikipedia, DSL stands for Digitial Subscriber Line, and it is:

a family of technologies that provide internet access by transmitting digital data using a local telephone network which uses the Public switched telephone network. … DSL service is delivered simultaneously with wired telephone service on the same telephone line. This is possible because DSL uses higher frequency bands for data. On the customer premises, a DSL filter on each non-DSL outlet blocks any high frequency interference, to enable simultaneous use of the voice and DSL services.

I had my DSL Internet connection for about 10 years and it was a definite improvement over our dial-up connection from the 1990s.

With DSL, I had a download speed of about 6 mega-bytes-per-second (mbps) and an upload speed of about 0.6 mbps. We could stream Netflix (but only one user at a time, reliably) and I used a cloud-based back-up system, but it was slow to upload so I ran it overnight. For a long time, DSL was the best option available in our area, so we were satisfied with what we had in terms of speed.

Last year, fibre optic internet was installed in my neighbourhood. We finally took the plunge and subscribed this week. Again, Wiki says that fibre communication, “is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fibre.” Sounds impressive — my new Internet plan is supposed to have up to 15 mbps to download and 10 mbps to upload. We subscribe to an unlimited data plan because we stream TV and Netflix and use cloud-based back-up.

It’s too soon to say how fibre will change our Internet habits, but I anticipate more Netflix streaming, backing-up more, and streaming more music.

Now I’m curious:

What type of Internet connection do you have at home? Do you have monthly data caps? Does your speed or data limit impact your digital scrapbooking?

PS – If you don’t know your actual data speed, you can go to your Internet Service Provider web site where they’ll usually have a speed test, or use an independent speed test site like SpeedTest.net.

Erasing My Husband

Aren’t there days when we just wish we could erase someone from our lives? Well, you can…at least from your photos!

In this seven minute video tutorial I will show you one of the ways that I use my
clone stamp tool. I needed to erase my husband…and now you can too!

Beach Sketchbook

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I’m so THRILLED to have Julia from Studio JMdesigns joining us, once again, in The Digi Files! I LOVE Julia’s whimsical hand drawings that she includes in her collections! There are just so many of them and they are all so unique! It was so much fun to read about Julia and how art is such a big part of her life and that includes her designs. Our team had so much fun creating with her contribution this month and I know you will too! Let’s take a closer look at “Beach Sketchbook” that is included in
The Digi Files this month:



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Julia Makotinsky’s contribution:



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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky; Fonts: The Distressed Duchess font by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.Fonts: Courier.

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

Name

I’m Julia Makotinsky or JMdesigns in a digiland. I’m russian and was born in Moscow, but have been living in New York for the past 22 years now. I graduated from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) as an illustrator in 1998 and been designing ever since. Art was always my passion in any form, even as a child I was always going to some art schools, but I think it was planted in me by my parents as they both are an artists themselves. Besides drawing for my kits, I also enjoy knitting, felting, designing jewelry, photography or finding something new… I’m not a morning person, but I guess most artists are the same way 🙂 most of my creativity comes later in a day, but I always enjoy the process, and try to learn new things, techniques as I go.

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Like I said I’ve graduated from FIT as an illustrator, and these are just some of my paintings I’ve done and wanted to share. I don’t have as much time to actually paint lately, but I do use actual paints and sketches for my digital kits sometimes. Usually I just sketch and paint straight on my computer, but those are the paintings I’ve done using oil paints, watercolor, acrylic and some other media.



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started

Well, I was always into photography and been designing and printing my own photo books using other designers digital kits, and then I’ve decided to try and design my own stuff. As I was learning how to do that, I’ve actually tried and submitted my work to two digital supplies stores to see if I can get into, but nope…being a no name designer/beginner I was declined 🙂 It only encouraged me to learn more and try harder with all the pointers I was given by those stores and I’m grateful for them. Then in 2008 I applied and completed an apprentice program at “Little Dreamer Designs” with Michelle Coleman. For about 4 weeks we were given different tasks to complete with instructions and tutorials from Michelle, and that’s where i really learned A LOT, and been accepted as a designer. I will always be grateful to Michelle for all the tips and pointers she gave me and taught me through out my stay there. She was always a great inspiration and remains to this day!!! After that I’ve joined an amazing team at Scrapbookgraphics.com in 2011 and it’s been my home ever since. I enjoy my staying there, it’s a wonderful place to be, with amazing group of talented designers, very easy going, professional and fun store to be a part of.

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Every day stuff, books, something I see on the streets, walking the beach ( I live right by the beach). Pinterest ofcorse, Anthropologie catalogs, or any other design catalogs that catch my eye…

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Computer: I’m a PC girl, I use DELL, it’s about 5 or 6 years old. I’m not into technical stuff, so when I bought it I just told the guy I need fast machine with lots of memory 🙂 well actually my husband helped to choose it, but I told him what I said above 🙂

Program: I use Photoshop as long as I can remember, Illustrator (can’t live without it), ArtRage, SketchbookPro (what I used for all my “Sketchbook Series” and I absolutely LOVE it). Oh, and wacom tablet with all the above programs, can’t be without it 🙂

Camera: I have SONY SLR camera, but been using my iphone camera lately A LOT 🙂 with all the photo apps now, I just enjoy playing with it. But if I really really want a good camera for something in particular I take my brother’s Cannon 🙂 It’s huge and heavy but photos are just yummy…

Anything Else: I also use Epson Perfection scanner…got to have it for when I doodle something on paper and need to transfer it into photoshop.

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When I draw or extract an element, once I’m done I always apply a black stroke around it to see if I have any stray or unwanted pixels so i can see them easily and erase or remove before i save it. If it all looks clean I just remove the stroke and save it. I also use a lot of shortcuts, it saves a lot of time!

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I always loved Halloween, ALWAYS 🙂 and designing Halloween kits is such fun for me. This particular kit is just one of Halloween kits that I love for the colors and all the fun elements in it.


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Christmas kits are always popular, I guess what makes this particular kit popular are the bright colors, not your most traditional one, but fun and playful. I did have a lot of fun sketching all the characters in it and it turned out to be cheerful and festive at the same time.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Julia Makotinsky:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Julia Makotinsky’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Store-wide sale! 30% OFF
Julia Makotinsky’s store with the code jm30off
now through September 20th.



Go have a look in Julia Makotinsky’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Julia Makotinsky

The following layouts were created using “Beach Sketchbook” by Julia Makotinsky and included in The Digi Files during August, 2014:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky; Template by Scrapping with Liz; Font: Love Ya Like A Sister.


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Layout by SuzyQ. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky; Fonts: The Distressed Duchess font by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Beach Sketchbook by Julia Makotinsky.Fonts: Courier.

Daily Digi Digest 62: D4

Katie and Peppermint join me for another installment of the Daily Digi Digest
Discussion (D4). This month, we are answering questions about video and QR codes, Lightroom, what we are listening to, and updates on our own scrapping. Be sure to email us your questions at D4@thedailydigi.com

You can Download here or Subscribe in iTunes.

Steph’s Pick:
Pandigital Photolink Scanner

Katie’s Pick:
Instagram Blog

Peppermint’s Pick:
Cooksmarts

Scrapping Faster With Lightroom

CREDITS: There’s Always Blue and Eclectic Moments by Kaye Winiecki; Every Day Bouquet (journal card altered) by Quirky Heart; Font: DJB Storyteller.

With less and less time to devote to my personal scrapping, I decided to harness the strengths of Lightroom to speed up my process. Lightroom comes with the ability to create collages of photos which is so fast to do. But, Lightroom won’t let you add drop shadows or layer papers and elements well. So, I set out to find a way to create my photo collages in Lightroom, export the completed page to Photoshop where I can add drop shadows and decorate them with my favorite digi kits. It works brilliantly and I’m able to scrap through an entire year’s worth of pictures in just a couple weeks once the set up work is done! (If you want to skip the setup work, I do have pre-designed Lightroom templates available for purchase, and a bonus free sample at the end of this tutorial.) This tutorial does assume that you are already familiar enough with Lightroom to import your images, create collections and find your away around a bit (find more
Lightroom tutorials here).


1) Set up collage templates in Lightroom. (Or install the preset templates – a free sample is below – and skip this step. A video tutorial is in the download.)

  • Open Photoshop and save a solid black 5×7 as a jpg.
  • In Lightroom, import the 5×7, create a new collection and add the black 5×7 to it.
  • With the collection selected, go to the PRINT module on the top right.

  • Click PAGE SETUP on the bottom left of the screen. Set your page size to 12×12. Some windows users aren’t able to do this unless they install a large format printer. Try one of the large format Epson printers.

  • Now your screen should appear as a 12×12.
  • We need to change some settings before we begin. Under the LAYOUT STYLE section, choose CUSTOM PACKAGE.
  • Under RULES, GRID & GUIDES, I recommend turning on the rulers, page grid and image cells.
  • Under Print Job, choose JPG FILE, 300ppi, sharpening (optional), media type (to your preference), JPG Quality (100), Check CUSTOM DIMENSIONS on and enter 12×12, use sRGB for color management.

  • Now, let’s start adding boxes for our photos. Expand the CELLS section and click one of the sizes to add it to the page. Or, click the arrow next to a size to edit it. Continue adding boxes to your collage and drag them around on the page until you are happy with the layout.

  • Let’s save our template. First, click the + button to the right of the TEMPLATE BROWSER on the left side. Click the FOLDER drop down and choose NEW FOLDER and then name the folder. Now, name the template, ensure the new folder is selected and click CREATE to save your template.

  • If you want to make changes to the template and save over it, right+click on the template name in the Template Browser and choose UPDATE WITH CURRENT SETTINGS.


2) Create drop shadow overlays. (You can skip this step if you Print your finished collage to a PDF instead. See Step 3.)

  • Now we need to export a blank version of this template to Photoshop. Drag the black jpg from the photo bin into each photo spot so you end up with lots of black boxes on the page.
  • Click PRINT TO FILE on the bottom right. Save the template as a JPG.
  • Open it in Photoshop. Get the magic wand tool (W) and Shift+Click on each black box to select it. Copy to a new layer by clicking CTRL/CMD+J.
  • Now delete the original layer (or fill with white.)
  • Select the new clipping layer and add a drop shadow style. Save this file as a layered TIF or PSD for use later.


3) Create your collage in Lightroom.

  • Return to Lightroom. Add your photos to your collection in the LIBRARY MODULE. With the collection open, click the PRINT MODULE.
  • Drag and drop your pictures onto the picture spots. If your photos are not cropped as you like, pop over to the DEVELOP MODULE, crop the picture and then pop back to the PRINT MODULE and it should update. To move your photo, hold in the ALT/OPT key and drag inside the photo box. You will only be able to move it left/right or top/bottom if there is more to the photo.
  • Click PRINT TO FILE and give the layout a name.

  • To print your
    finished collage to a PDF instead, choose Print to: PRINTER
    instead of JPG FILE, then choose the PDF option for your operating
    system.
  • On a Mac, click PRINTER, then PDF, then SAVE AS PDF.

  • On a PC, click PRINTER, Choose AdobePDF from the drop down. Or, install doPDF and choose that from the drop down.


4) Embellish your layout.

  • Return to Photoshop and open the overlay. Open the layout you just saved. Copy and paste it into the overlay file.
  • Clip it to the overlay layer to allow the drop shadows to show through.
  • Now you can add a background paper, your favorite embellishments and journaling!


This layout took 30 minutes at most, with the majority of my time spent picking out my kit and deciding how to do the journaling, with a few minutes spent documenting my steps along the way. So much faster than the 2 hours my traditional layouts often take!

To give scrapping with Lightroom a try, download
this free template and import it into Lightroom. A video tutorial on how to use the templates can be found here. If you want to skip the creation of the templates and jump right into scrapping with them, check out my full line of
Lightroom templates (on sale through August 15th). If you want to purchase a video on the entire process of creating your template, you can find out more on my blog.

To learn more about Lightroom Print Module, visit Adobe’s
Lightroom Help.

TO DOWNLOAD THE INSTALLATION VIDEO, CLICK HERE.

Welcome the Designers of The Digi Files #68

Happy Daily Digi Day!! A
brand new issue of The Digi Files
has already been downloaded by many members, and some are even scrapping with them!! We have some incredible products and designers this month!! I’m SO EXCITED to share the lineup with you!

In The Digi Files this month, we have SEVEN full size products (never
released in digiland before) from fabulous designers for only $7.50! It’s an UNBELIEVABLE deal and
it really is THE best deal in digital scrapbooking!
Grab them here, if you haven’t already! Here is a look at the designers
for this month:

Julia Makotinsky

Karen Lewis

Fiddle Dee Dee Designs

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Vinnie Pearce

Jenn Barrette

Baers Garten Designs

Our members love “Daily Digi Day!” Many of the annual members have
already been downloading for a few hours because they get access when
the calendar changes to a new month. Here’s what our members said in the
comments yesterday:

I love the variety of everything offered. If you can’t find it at the Daily Digi – I figure you don’t need it. I am pleased every single month and can’t wait for the magic hour to check the new offerings. – Shawna

Continuing to love this site. I have discontinued all my other digiscrap subscriptions (as I now have almost 1.5 TB of digi scrap goodies), but THIS ONE I keep. – Heather

The Quirky Heart kit in this month’s downloads was a new designer and style for me. I would probably have never purchased it on my own. But I had a ball creating some layouts for my teenage grand-daughter with it. Thanks for expanding my horizons once again! – AJ

I love these kits more and more. I’m still so excited to open each one with great anticipation and the excitement grows as my mind blossoms with ideas. And it’s been almost two years!! It’s so much fun! – Mary K

I’m so addicted to The Daily Digi! Amazing deal on fabulous high quality products, inspiring layouts and techniques in the Playbook, and wonderful tutorials and articles the whole month long! The best thing about the last day of the month is that its so close to the first! – Jennifer

PS: Congratulations to the FOURTEEN random winners selected from
yesterday’s comments, each person won $10 in product from one of last
month’s designers. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget in
yesterday’s post to see if you won! All winners will receive their prize
via the email listed in Rafflecopter within 48 hours.