Inspired by Sugary Fancy

The following layouts were created using “Little Boy” by Sugary Fancy Designs and included in The Digi Files during February, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Template by Trixie Scraps; Font: The Sharon.


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Layout by TiffLB. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Apps: Photoshop, Dropbox, BubbleFrame, LetterGlow and Project Life.


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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: GF Halda.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Messy date stamp (altered) by Michelle Coleman.

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Layout by Heddy. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Little Boy by Sugary Fancy Designs; Fonts: Bebas, Thirsty Script Regular, Pea Fruit Salad Doodles.

Using Flowers on Scrapbook Pages About Boys

Using Flowers on Scrapbook Pages About Boys

Do you use flowers on boy pages?

Generally, I’ve avoided flowers on pages about my young son in the past. He’s just not into them, unless you count actual flowers in dirt – and even then I think it’s the dirt that holds the most attraction for him. For scrapbooking him, I used a lot of boy kits that had really masculine-cute style elements, papers and colours. I’d look for things like stars, triangles, hexagons, and arrows to use as layering pieces on pages about him.

In the past year or so, I’ve been trying to let go of that, at least a little bit, if only to stretch my digi supplies and get more use out of kits. Also, I just like layering with flowers and leaves on my pages.

I know flowers can work on boy pages – we’ve all seen it done in the galleries. Also, I have so many everyday-life kits that include flowers and foliage and I’d like to use them on pages about my little guy.

I’ve found that flowers work for me on boy pages when they’re just a small portion of the overall page. I also find flowers work best when the journaling is clearly in my voice, writing about my son.

Here are a few recent “boy” pages that I’ve done with flowers to show you my take on it:

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Supplies: Best Day Ever by Brook Magee and Studio Basic Designs, Trifecta 12 Loose Buttons by Brook Magee

Supplies: Unexpected Moments Kit by Studio Basic, Adventure Awaits template by Two Tiny Turtles

Supplies: Strut Your Stuff by Heather Roselli Designs; Bogart template by Zoliofrope (retired)

I think the flowers are just small elements on otherwise boyish pages. I notice that I also gravitate towards gender-neutral to boyish colours which offsets the flowers a bit.

So, do you use flowers on boy pages? Why or why not?

Everyday Views

It’s been more than eight months since our family left Indonesia, and I miss it. Oh how my heart aches for that other home, that other life. My memories are so strong, so vivid, and so intense.

One of the things I was intentional about doing before we left was to try to capture everyday views…the things we see every day and usually don’t take the time to stop and notice, much less capture. By taking the time to hit the street and take photos of real life in Indonesia, it helps me remember.

How often have you thought to yourself, “I should have taken more photos of that house/trip/neighborhood/friend, etc before it was too late”? If we don’t take the time to stop and capture the everyday sites, we’ll miss key parts of our lives. Your street, your neighborhood, your local schools, your grocery store, your parks, and your city buildings are an integral part of your memories. It may feel a little touristy to carry your camera around town, but the results are worth it, I promise. These photos are so precious to me now that we are back in America.

Your everyday views probably look very different than mine, but they are no less precious. Get on out there!

Snow In Love

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We want to offer a big welcome to Southern Serenity Designs. Amber creates stunning templates with intricate designs and plenty of white space. We’re so excited to let you take a closer look at this month’s contribution.



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 Southern Serenity Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Rachael. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Chillout by Jenn Barrette; Fonts: Sanelma & GF Halda.

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Layout by Wendy. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Fab Date Tags by Shawna Clingerman; I Can by Shawna Clingerman; Font: DJB Smarty Pants.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; LJS Digital Designs Don’t Blink Kit; Fonts: Century Gothic, AR Cena, Thirsty Script Regular.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Little Boy by Sugary Fancy; Font: Courier New and EM Photogram.

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

Name

My name is Amber Morrison, and I live in Arkansas with my husband, our three children, and a crazy German Shepherd named Max. I love memory keeping, rainy days, the color pink, Chevy trucks, music, and reading.

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I really fell in love with the colors in the kit I used, and thought it would be perfect for this unique photo of my daughter and her dog, Briska. I used one of my templates with a wide photo format, and I think it worked really well. I love that about this page, the wide photo going all across the page, and the element clustering I did. When I finished my page, the photo was in color and the green of the water really took away from how warm the rest of the page was. So I decided to convert to black and white, and then tinted it warmer to give it a sepia look. If you ever have a photo you love but the colors don’t work with your kit, always remember that black and white, or sepia is a perfect option!



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started

I started teaching myself to use Photoshop in 2006 for photo editing and discovered digital scrapbooking in early 2007. I immediately became obsessed! I had never paper scrapped before but always loved seeing my friend’s layouts. It was just too messy for me though, with small kids so I never got into it. When I found digi I was enthralled. I could make as big of a mess as I wanted on my layouts and had nothing to clean up!! I began designing templates in 2011 just playing around. I loved using templates and always wanted to make them myself. In early 2012, after getting a huge response to my freebies, I began selling my products in my first store.

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Creating my templates is so soothing for me, I get into a zone and the whole world melts away. It makes my heart happy! I am inspired by everything around me. Magazine ads, music, things I see on tv, product packaging even. I am very visual, so when I see something that catches my eye I am always thinking, hey I could turn that into a gorgeous layout design!

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Computer: I use an old HP desktop with Windows 7 and only 4 GB of RAM. It’s so slow and has issues but still serves it’s purpose! I currently only have one monitor but plan on getting set up with another soon!

Program: I use Adobe PSE 10 most of the time when designing, but also have the Adobe CC.

Camera: Nikon D5100



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My tip would be to just create what makes you happy and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. If you like it, that’s all that matters!

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I love these templates because first they were inspired by my favorite Green Day song, and second, I love the layers. I choose these colors by just browsing autumn palettes on Pinterest. I love how warm they are!


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Hot Summer Nights is one of my most popular products and people tell me they love them because of the sprawling elements placement. Your eye is drawn to move across the page and everything just flows together. I was inspired by the color palette on this set. I found it on Pinterest and fell in love with the bright hues that contrast with the dark blue.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Amber:


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


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Inspired by Southern Serenity

The following layouts were created using “Snow in Love” by Southern Serenity Designs and included in
The Digi Files during February, 2015:


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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs;
Chillout by Jenn Barrette; Fonts: Sanelma & GF Halda.


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by Rachael. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Adorkable by Jenn Barrette; Font: The Sharon.

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by Wendy. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Fab Date
Tags by Shawna Clingerman; I Can by Shawna Clingerman; Font: DJB Smarty
Pants.

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Layout
by Monica. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; LJS
Digital Designs Don’t Blink Kit; Fonts: Century Gothic, AR Cena, Thirsty
Script Regular.

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Layout
by Anne. Supplies: Snow in Love by Southern Serenity Designs; Little
Boy by Sugary Fancy; Font: Courier New and EM Photogram.

Tech Talk: Solar Chargers

I remember being in middle school, sitting at our family’s first home computer, pretending that I could “talk” to other computers. If I remember correctly, I had seen something like that on an episode of Silver Spoons and I was mesmerized. I remember sitting there thinking, “This is fun, but this could never, ever happen.” Little did I know that just a few years later, “talking” to other people through the computer would be something in my home. That dial-up sound of AOL is forever imprinted in my brain!

Since that time technology has changed so fast and I can hardly keep up. Every day there are new and amazing gadgets and gizmos that beckon us to come and buy. Many of them are easy to pass up, but then there are those things that are very useful.

Today I want to share with you one of those things. Our family is getting ready to go camping and due to poor planning on my part and high tourist season on South Florida’s part, there were only non-electric camping sites available for our dates. Normally, I don’t mind being unplugged, but our work and ministry situations just don’t allow us to go off the grid for five days. I knew that we could charge our phones in the car, but I wasn’t sure how much driving around we would be doing and I didn’t want to hop in the car just so we could have power.

So, I started researching options, and reading a blog of a family of 14 traveling full time in their RV, came upon this: The Anker 14W Dual Port Solar Charger.

It’s so simple! You leave it out in the sun (or you can attach it to your backpack while you hike) and the sun gives you limitless power. It’s about the size of a piece of paper and weighs less than two pounds. You can also use it to charge one of Anker’s external battery packs which then can be used to charge other things (like laptops!)

The reviews are great and I’m really excited to try it out! It will be perfect for our unplugged camping week!


What about you? Have you ever used solar chargers? What has your experience been?

Mobile Memory Keeping Tips and Tricks (plus FREE download)

Guess what!? I did it! I created ONE layout to document everyday in January, on my phone! I have LOVED every minute of it! I don’t worry about getting the layout done on the actual day (too much pressure). I will often do 2-4 at one time. It’s so fast and easy to get them done, that it’s EASY to catch up!!

Apps I’m using::

  • Project Life App
  • PicStitch App
  • LetterGlow App
  • DropBox

I’ve shared my process in these posts:

What about the days I don’t have photos?

There have been days that I go to scrap and there are a couple of, not very good photos for that day. Here are some of the ways I’ve gotten around that:

  • take a photo representing something you did that day, after the fact (both of the photos below were taken a day or two later):

  • add a screenshot of your calendar for that day
  • add a screenshot of a map (for the layout below, I only had the photo of the gas price, so I used Google Maps and took a screenshot on my phone of our route):

  • grab an image from the web of a show, movie, or thing we did that day:

If I get to the middle or end of the day, and don’t have photos, I will screenshot the weather, text conversations, music I’ve been listening to, or anything else that applies. I’ve found some good scrapping content this way. Here are a few of my favorite pages using these techniques:

February Date Cards

Thanks to Kami for supplying all of us with some FREE date cards to use all month long! Download the 4×3 and the 3×4 for lots of options!

It’s A Beautiful Friday

Studio Flergs & Zoe Pearn, The dynamic duo from Down Under, Zoe Pearn and Studio Flergs, has teamed up again to bring you this fabulously sparkly kit! Full of gorgeous, girly colours, and enough gold accents to make the girly girls in all of us happy.

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The White Stuff by Erica Zane from Sweet Shoppe Designs is perfect for scrapping your wintery memories!

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Jenn Labre has her second kit out for her Life Captured collection. Life Captured: February is so sweet and perfect for scrapping with this month!

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Textured Neutrals 01 arrived at Vinnie Pearce’s store!

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Paper Hearts Templates Volumes 4 and 5 by Meagan’s Creations are fun, layered digital scrapbooking templates for your cute and lovely layouts! Save 30% through Sunday, February 8th, with a special bonus buy of 40% off when you purchase both!

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A masquerade of Digital Scrapping Fun. This collection is perfect for Parades, Character Photos, and Mardi Gras. 20% off this week only.

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Fuss Free: Royale 1 & 2 were designed to
coordinate with Royale. Created with the Southern
Belle in mind, these templates are a great way to document Mardi Gras
parades and parties, princess photos, and magical events! Now through
Feb. 13th, if you purchase Set 1, you’ll receive Set 2 FREE! The
templates are Fresh Fruit priced at 20% off for the first week of
release.

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Liz has 2 new sets of templates this week. One will help you get a head start on your 2016 Calendars and one is a pocket style set that will help you scrap those weekly photos. Both are 20% off until 2/13/15.

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A New MidWeek Release concludes the Winter Template Album with a BONUS CoverSet, plus some fun layered transfers to kick your blending up a notch. Watch for a *remarkable* collection debuting in the aA store today!

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Add some truth and beauty to your pocket scrapbooking with these gorgeous, hand-lettered pocket cards from Two More Days.

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Great deal @ Studio Blagovesta! Capturing Life 2014 mega kit bundle! All 12 kits of CAPTURING LIFE SERIES for 2014 together! Grab them all and save 60%!

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The perfect Collection to record those moments of little disasters & accidents!

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Color My Love is a new, more colorful Valentine kit. Introductory price is 20% offf February 6-8 only at Scrap Stacks!

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Heartstrings is new this week from Kimeric Kreations.

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Save 25% off Old Hollywood, the latest new release from Courtney’s Designs.

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That’s it for today!

Birds of a Feather

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We couldn’t be more excited to welcome ForeverJoy to The Daily Digi this month. Her designs are filled with beautiful color schemes, tons of unique elements, and amazing creativity. Birds of a Feather, her kit in this month’s Digi Files, is bursting with beauty. Let’s take a better look.



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 ForeverJoy Designs’s contribution:

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Photo by Haylee McGuire Photography.

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Layout by Anne. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Fonts: Didot and EM Photogram.

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Layout by Jacki. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs; Paintstroke Chatter – All Year Thru by December (stamp) by CD Muckosky.

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Layout by Janet. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Birds of a Feather by ForeverJoy Designs.

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

Name

If you’re reading this, then I trust your awesome judgment and can let you in on my something very few people know about me. I have super powers. They came to me once I picked up my fist little Kodak 110 with the ice cube flash cube- and have grown steadily stronger though the years. I have discovered the power to freeze time. I photograph, journal, scrap and repeat- and just like that- memories are saved forever- and my voice will be heard through generations- even if it only in 9 point century gothic. I get to use my powers to help others as well- I create graphic designs that (I hope!) help add a creative and artful touch to memory keeping. And because the real world can be a bummer, I always work to spread a little joy in my designs. We all could use some more of that right?
My studio is in my sunny home office in Long Island, New York. With 2 boys 8 and 16, I live in a world of Legos and zombies, football and rugby- and the fast approaching college application process. Is it any surprise that I find joy and a little escape from the grit of my man cave escape in my work? When people ask how I manage working from home so well- I smile and blush a bit. But we’re friends- so, I can tell you the truth. I’m terrible at it. Doing it all” that is. Thankfully my awesome husband of 20+ years is my biggest cheerleader and fan- and helps with corralling the loose ends when deadlines get fierce. Most days, one thing will take center stage, and the others will fight for a place on my plate. Lots of times things end up on the floor. I have resigned myself to being able to get 80% of my day done well. The other 20%- well, that’s what guilt is for, right? And takeout food.

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I love the Retro feel of this layout- and it never fails to crack me up as I look back on it! You can check out how I got the halftone effect in
this tutorial:

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started

About 6 years ago, I saw my first digi layout in a Jessica Sprague Special Interests magazine- and it really blew me away- I knew it was something I had to learn. I must opened Photoshop a hundred times and closed it down 99- until I finally got the hang of this world of layers- (thank goodness for YouTube because I am a very visual student). After awhile , blissfully unaware of how much I needed to learn to become a successful designer, I submitted my designs to several shops. Ouch. Each turned me down over the course of a year- but in each rejection- I (almost) always got terrific feedback- and suggestions on areas that I could improve on. Finally after about 18 months of non-stop trial and error and countless late nights and pizza dinners- I was accepted to a shop. It has been an awesome ride since then! The lesson here is, don’t ever give up. If you are an aspiring designer, any time you get turned down, be gracious and find out why. I promise, it’s not personal. Ask for 5 things you can do to make your designs better. Now, it’s not fun reading these comments. But you have to put your game face on, read it, own it and get better. I never stop asking for feedback. Except from my mother. She loves everything I do. 🙂

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Gosh- what doesn’t? It can be an image in a magazine, a pattern on fabric or a song- but no matter what inspires me to start out at the drawing board- the idea needs to have a little soul in order for it to take life and become a design. I can’t just create a design about flowers- but take it a step further- say, dandlions- and the way that they are the preferred bouquets of little one everywhere- now you have real inspiration. That was my first design at The Lilypad.

tools

Computer: I am currently on a wonderfully loyal old HP workhorse running Windows 7 with 8 gigs of Ram. I have one monitor- though I am looking to expand to a double monitor this Spring when we move my office around. I really am not very techie- if you can believe that! In clicking around my system to find the specs- I just discovered my computer was manufactured by Joy Systems- how cool is that?!

Program: I work in Photoshop and Illustrator. And Keurig. (that’s my coffee machine!)

Camera: I LOVE my Cannon Rebel 3Ti- (I am hoping for an Iphone too add to the shooting mix!)

Anything Else: Love my Ipad mini! Cozying up on the couch with the never ending scroll of Pinterest and my Feedly blog reader after a long day is such a treat!

tipstricks

Never stop learning and trying new things- always push your style! Participate in challenges- browse through the galleries- not to compare yourself to others- but to see if there are any new tricks you’d like to make your own!

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This is always a hard question- because really, if i didnt love them, they wouldn’t make it off my hard drive! But some, well, they hold a special place in my heart. I LOVE the
Wild One Page Kit because I worked so hard to capture the spirit of my favorite book of all time, “Where The Wild Things Are.” And it was my first design I ever submitted. Not the one I have in the shop of course! Read the back story.

But right at this moment?
THIS IS SCARY has to be my favorite. It really makes me laugh out loud!


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THIS IS SCARY was inspired by the real life horror story I am living in- being the parent of a teen! I guess all my anxieties about college applications- Drivers Ed and other scary teen miscellany just made it to the surface and spilled out onto the drawing board! I worked the colors to mimic those fun campy retro 3D Horror movies- I love how it translated!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Renne:


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


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Use coupon code FJLUV-10 for 10% off (including sale items) at ForeverJoy Designs. (Offer expires Sunday February 8, 2015, 11:59 pm.)



Go have a look in Renne’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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