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Finger Pointing – August 31

31 Aug

Finger Pointing – August 31

I can’t believe this is really the last day of August already.  Time sure does fly by quickly as you get older and more busy.  At our house we just got done celebrating my husband’s birthday and now we’re in to the family’s favorite time of year – college football season.  While my husband and my daughter will sit and watch football on TV all day every Saturday (from noon to midnight, literally) I will now have plenty of scrapping time. Woo hoo!!!

Today I have a some great pages for you.  It’s apparent in most of the pages I saw in the gallery that kids are going back to school and that summer pages will starting to become Fall pages….my favorite time of the year.  So let’s see what awesome pages I have to highlight today.

My first page is this fun looking Back To School layout by Ozegirl. I just love all the attention to detail in this layout! From the stacked background papers to the blending of the text and then the little notebook.  So cute!  I just love the addition of the pencils too.  The notebook really caught my eye. The little plastic inserts look almost real and I love how she has inserted little word arts and journaling along with photos.  This notebook look is just awesome and I think this is a technique I’m going to have to try for myself.  I feel inspired by this page to try something new!

 

This next layout speaks to the inner me.  AGED TO PERFECTION by sbpoet is a gorgeous art journaling style page.  I just love the mixture of the color with the neutral backgrounds.  The repeated image of the woman keeps your eye moving down the page.  The stapled top page with the main message really draws your eye in to the message.  The message of life not being how many years you’ve live but what you’ve experienced really rings true with me and reminds me to think a different way about birthdays and life.  What an striking and meaningful page!

 

Our third layout I’m featuring today is the beauty by mrsashbaugh titled Joyful I love this large focal black and white photo how it’s framed with lots and lots of layered and stitched papers.  Then the clusters; they are fabulous with the shadows and I love how the scrapper worked in the little kitty and the flair with some tied string. Such a nice balance!  Then the repeated photo at the bottom, but in color.  Such a pretty little girl and what a sweet photo.  I really love how the products fill the page but don’t make it feel to overwhelming.  Such a colorful and interesting page!

 

My next pick has a different feel entirely,  Engineer by Heather H has such gorgeous blending and and a feel of open space.  However, when you look around the background the whole thing is blended with papers, spatters, words and more, but it’s soft and subtle and feels light.  What really stands out to me in this whole layout is how the scrapper put the dark ship with the lighter boat just to the left of the photo.  The lighting here is so striking and really draws in your eye. Then incorporating a vintage photo really tells the whole story of the page.  I just love how this all works together beautifully!

 

My next pick also has some nice soft colors and it fits the page theme so perfectly!  BeYouTiful by Conniemiles is so beautiful indeed!  I love the dimension that her shadowing gives to the flower clusters.  Also, the little lace details sticking out from behind the layered papers is a very sweet touch that adds to the femininity of the page.  The black and white photo is very striking and I love how the scrapper cropped the photo down and then doubled it up at the bottom so it looks stacked.  A great technique! What a pretty page for a beautiful little girl!

 

My final pick for today is one of my favorite kind of scrapbook pages – a travel page.  Vacation Time by jwalls39 has me wanting to head over to the beach for an afternoon.  If only Mexico was a little closer. I love how she used the large photo in the back to set the scene. Then the layered photos and the mixed in elements gives this such a fun feel.  I love how she used a mixed of flower clusters and elements to keep your eye moving across the page.   I like the word art she used in her title and then the typewriter font is just the perfect touch. What a beautiful vacation page!

Well I hope my picks today encouraged you to sit down and scrap some pages or at least go out to the galleries and leave some love.  I hope all of you in the US have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!  Until next time….chao!

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Finger Pointing – August 30th

30 Aug

It’s so difficult to watch and read about the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.  Prayers for everyone in the path!  I feel so blessed to be able to sit in my home, healthy and dry, and check out the beautiful online galleries.  As I browse, I realize that I really don’t have a favorite style of page.  I LOVE them all.  A well-planned and executed page thrills me no matter what!  I have pulled my favorites, checked them out closely, cut my list to six, and I am now ready to show them to you.

As soon as I saw the thumbnail of Arte Banale’s Pompei in the gallery, I was hooked!  What an amazing page!  Once I stopped oohing and aahing over the impression this page made, I began to look more closely at all of the goodies she’s included.  Love the frame around that cute photo and the placement of the title.  And the brushwork under and around the photo is perfect. The way she has divided  the page is awesome.  And have I mentioned that the colors are gorgeous?  Love this!

Orange-o-lanterns by AmaneseFe is just so darn cute!  Love the circular design with the photo at the top and the journaling at the bottom.  And how cute is the placement of the swirl and the jack-o-lantern.  The flower cluster at the bottom right is just the finishing touch this page needed!  A fun, artistic layout!  Love it!

 Big 40! by LindyShay is a gorgeous page and I really  love the composition.  The black and white with the pops of red create a sophisticated look.  The textures give a wonderful dimension to the page.  That picture is perfect and the embellishments are subtle enough to draw your eye to it and to let it shine.  Stunning page!

I love to see masculine pages in the gallery and Adventurous by AFTdesigns is a gorgeous one!  The colors she’s used on the page are perfect for the beautifully blended photo.  And aren’t the sandal prints awesome!  Love the coloring on the title to make it stand out against each background.  The choice of the dotted paper for the background is perfect as it adds so much texture to the page.  This is awesome!

Tinisek digiscrap did an awesome job with layers on her page Mask Challenge with Eileen.  That photo is awesome and so is the out-of-bounds look on the frame!  I’m so lost when it comes to banners and she has placed hers perfectly on the page.  A great page for a great memory!

Where can I begin with describing my feelings when I first saw (and continue looking at) Scouting by bbe?  That beautiful photo just made my heart sing! Those eyes and his solemn expression … love!  And bbe has created a page that enhances the photo without overwhelming it or taking away the attention it deserves.  Love the geometric composition.  This page makes me feel so proud that I can only imagine what a mother or grandmother must feel when they look at it.  Superb!

Those are my six standouts for today.  I hope you can find the time to stop by the gallery (images and page names are linked) to leave the artists some love for these outstanding works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 28th

28 Aug

I am sure all of you have the tragedy of southeast Texas on your mind. My daughter lives there so it is especially heart-wrenching for me. I hope to take you away from your worries for a few minutes as you enjoy the picks for today.

Crystal tells the story of love in her page, Sweetness. The limited color palette is unexpected paired with a baby photo and makes a strong visual impact. Her layering of heart brushes, paper hearts and metal hearts add dimension, interest and emotion. Simply adorable.

 

Learning to Skim is is pure delight. Earlofoxford’s bold turquoise color palette highlights her series of photos fetchingly. The band composition is balanced beautifully by her butterfly borders.  This page is full of energy and frolic!

 

The artistry of Venetian Boatyard by profolly is exquisite. The textures, brushwork and photo treatment draw you into her enchanting scene. Using the design principle of repetition, the placement of the red string element is perfect. I am captivated by this page and impressed by the artist’s talent.

 

The symmetrical white space in Double Barred Finch by Amson creates a mood of peacefulness, and the pops of yellow add zest – a winning combination! I love the split photo and title. A very clever composition and first-rate photography.

 

By the Sea by Wombat mesmerized me. I love beach pages and this is glorious. She is a master of blending. The diagonal flow of elements and word art add to the mystery of the page. Exotic and dreamy!

 

Aug-Art-Doll by KarenW jumped out at me. There is much to revel in – the bird swooping in with a message of hope, the dancing doll, touches of glitter and splashes of vibrant color. A picturesque and poetic page. The more you look, the more you intrigued you become.

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 27th

27 Aug

Before I share some golden nuggets from the galleries today, I just want to take a little time to say that my thoughts are with everyone suffering the devastating floods in Texas. I can’t even begin to comprehend what it must be like to experience such adverse conditions and I’m wishing everyone affected, the rescue services, and others who are helping those in need, much strength and courage at this difficult time.

With this event in mind, I’m going to keep things pretty short and sweet as I highlight each project and leave them to do most of the talking.

I love the soft blending of the backdrop that supports the gentle layering of the elements and the black and white photo of Me + You by huyentrang43. A lovely mix of elements with great shadowing and that anchor each other, and a delicate colour combination make for a winning page!

When I first spotted You by Tinkelbel, I initially thought the story was about three different children, probably siblings. But on closer inspection, I discovered that it’s the same child at different ages. I love the treatment of these images, how seamlessly they merge together, and the pretty brushwork. A fabulously composed ‘then and now’ page with a difference!

Some of my favourite layouts are ‘all about me’ pages and this one by mcurrt joins my faves. I love the design of this, the different shapes, colours and elements work together so well while the journaling block spanning a third of the page is going to be wonderful to look back on in future years. I would have loved to have looked over the shoulder of the artist while she created this masterpiece!

I always admire layouts with bold use of colour and a show stopping image. Lost in Wonderland by Sanka demands attention! Cute and whimsical clusters, one with a motivational message, balance the page beautifully and the large image steals the show, quite rightly too! Simply stunning!

Templates are always a good starting point and I love how keuntje has made this one her own for her Remember the Good Times story. Aptly chosen elements are in keeping with the theme, I love all the detail here and the split journaling works perfectly. So much goodness!

I was instantly drawn to End of Summer by Ann06 with it’s delicate tones, sketchy and blended art work and those gorgeous butterflies. I also like the composition which provides the eye with a place to rest before taking in the detail of this page all over again. So peaceful and calming, and oh so pretty!

So those are my picks for today. I do hope you’ve enjoyed them and if you have a spare moment or two, please click on the links above and leave the artists a comment or two, I know they will appreciate it! And as we go into the back end of August this week, take care and I’ll see you back here again in September.

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Finger Pointing – August 26th

26 Aug

Hello All!  The weekend seems to be flying by for me, but I couldn’t let Saturday end without sharing some of the eye candy I found in my cruise through the galleries tonight.  I hope you find them as beautiful as I do.

New Eyes – Roxana

The bright yellow paint on my first pick, New Eyes by Roxana, is the thing that caught my eye from the gallery.  I tend to like yellow as I find it to be a happy color.  Pair it with red and gray, throw in the word happy as well, and you totally have me hooked.  Even better, find a way to make the yellow really stand out like Roxana did.  The fact that there is no yellow in her photo or papers, means that splash of paint and single button really make a statement against the white background.  The pops of red on the page further enhance the happy feeling of this beautiful page.

New York Bound – Katherine

New York Bound by Katherine is a subtle, graphic beauty with a magazine feel that I really like.  I love the use of black and white on the scenic photos to help tell the story of her weekend get-away while also making sure her lovely colored selfie stands out.  The touch of red in the title work is very eye-catching and extremely appropriate for New York, aka The Big Apple.  Katherine journaling is well written and was fun to read.  I especially got a chuckle out of her tip and will be keeping it in mind if I ever travel by train.  This is part of a two page layout and the second page is just as good so check it out as well.

PL 2017 Week 20 – Dunia 

The photo series in my third pick, PL 2017 Week 20 by Dunia, is what drew me to the layout.  Each and every photograph is beautiful and they all work well together to keep your eye moving around the page.  I am especially enamored with the leg shot as the delicate white lace against the bruised knees speaks so loudly of being young, playing hard, and learning to pick yourself up after a fall.  The kissing photo is a masterpiece that works as an anchor to pull the “loving” theme together in a wonderful way.  With such lovely photos, Dunia was smart to keep the rest of the layout simple and thus allow them to shine.

Happy Memories – kim21673

Kim21673 has always been one of my favorite scrappers for many reasons that are highlighted in layouts like Happy Memories.  First off, she has adorable kiddos who take adorable photos like this one.  Second, she knows how to choose and use color to highlight her cute photos and third, she always creates stunning clusters.  Kim’s clusters on this page are full without being overwhelming — they show her son off, not up — and have amazing shadow work that adds depth and a strong sense of realism to the layout.  Finally I love that she is not afraid to use a ton of flowers on a boy page.

Procrastinator – Lizzy Carroll

As a fellow procrastinator, I love this page by Lizzy Carroll on principal alone.  I can totally relate to all the word art strips, the stickers, and other themed elements like that awesome sloth and the cute smilie flair.  While I love all the bits and pieces of this page, my favorite part is definitely the background.  Using two such different and bold papers to create a cohesive background is tricky but Lizzy pulled it off perfectly.  The white stripes and white dots compliment each other, while the black stripe and teal backing create a eye catching contrast that is both unique and fun.

Meeting Donald – GlazeFamily3  

My final pick of the day is a Disney layout by GlazeFamily3 called Meeting Donald.  I may or may not have mentioned in the past that I love Disney and therefore Disney layouts, so of course this page grabbed my attention.  While the photo is adorable — it’s hard to tell who is more excited Donald or the little girl — I was pulled in by the composition and colors on this one.  GlazeFamily3’s use of triangles is fabulous!  Not only do they look good, but they work well to pull your eye to the photo.  The same effect happens with the colors.  Because they are not a perfect match for the photos, they seem to make the colors in the photo pop even more.

That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed the layouts I shared with you today.  If you have time, please click on the individual links to leave some love for these memory keepers.  Thanks!  :)

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Finger Pointing – August 25th –

25 Aug

Hello once again! As usual, my week was a crazy one, which, thanks to my baby girl (a 21 years old baby! LOL) went as smoothly as a week of our lives can be, but made it impossible for me to post last night so, here I am on the almost afternoon on a Saturday, almost sunny, in an (also almost!) peaceful state of mind, especially after getting around the galleries to share with you some of our most amazing artists!!! Here you are, from yesterday (just a couple of galleries this time!)

Shadow, by the awesome beszteri: Not sure if you have noticed, but I rarely start a post with the art journal pages, but in this case? I couldn’t NOT post this as a starting point, because there is so much awesome, so much creativity, beauty, wisdom and I  could carry on with adjectives to enhance this awesome page but I am sure you are more than capable to feel these by your own self. The talent Eszter has is obvious in each ad everyone of her pages, and in this one with also much strength, it made me stop for quiet a long time to just bask in the amazing feeling of the visuals, composition, technique, overall beauty and then the amazing wisdom of that quote which is a good reminder to (I am sure) most of us. Absolute Stand Out!!!!!

Ocean View, by also awesome 3Littleks:  it becomes so difficult to avoid common words with someone like Brenda, because, like with Eszter, she has all these qualities that make perfection in every way, possible. She is one of these talented people whom, even though we have never spoken beyond galleries or forums or chat scraps, I have this amazing feeling of knowing her so much, enjoying the knowing of her family life and her own feelings with so much delight through her always amazing pages. As usual, here she manages to give us so much with that always impressive elegance of her blank space beauty. I am so in love with the amount of photos and how amazingly well worked with those masks (one? two? three? whatever the number, AWESOME!) the delicate addition of the elements, and the beautiful journaling… I know I would be willing to go back in an instant if possible too!!!! Absolutely, and amazingly wonderful!!!!

Juneau, by another awesome, JillW: even though I have come a long way and have now grown and learned that scrapbooking can hardly be tied to a simple definition, if you ask me what it is, I still would answer to the linear simplicity of memory keeping with beauty and application of the arts. I don’t accept the “craft”  definition because if you, looking at these amazing creations, don’t see art, I would not waste another minute arguing my case. In this page, I see all that reflected. As I said, even though I have grown to learn to understand, love  and admire the elegance of the minimalism in scrapbooking,  the importance of showing photos & enhancing them with wonderful art is my passion and in this page my heart sings in every pixel, every piece of the composition brings joy. The big photo, not being the sunny stereotype of the travel brochures, makes me even more wanting to investigate the page and then discover every awesome part of the cluster of elements, the perfect layering, the absolutely awesome shadows, the overall perfection of all put together. The row of anchors is perfect to frame the gorgeous smaller photo, and the choice of font is so in sync with the whole thing (I had to look closer to see if it was text or some border beautifully painted!), it is all so very beautiful…my heart keeps singing, and my traveler soul is in need of movement!!!!

September Mambi Happy Planner Spread by undeniably awesome Jenn McCabe: I maybe a bit biased here as she is my Friend, my confident and my rock, my listener and adviser, but hey…she got to be all that because it all started with me admiring her pages so, so much, and the power she has through them to make one’s day so much better…so the biased doesn’t quiet count…right? Her pages are all delightful, awesomeness in every way possible, and when she goes hybrid, oh well, then I want to make my life happen, so I can have a planner like this!!!! Love the way all is super clean and ready to be filled with busy times, and the idea of having life recorded like this, and that in later times someone, 50 or a hundred years in time, will be able to look back and have a beautiful account of life in our era…or even if only ourselves looking on these in 10 years, looking at the beauty and color, the super cute elements and labels and, as if the visuals weren’t enough, she shares with us how she made the most of the planner set…. so that my heart sings even louder!!!!!!

You Are My Favorite by OH so awesome Rubia Padilha aka Studio Basic Designs, whom, despite all her awesomeness (as much as a scrapper as with her designs) she is so humble that I am sure she rather I was highlighting some other page from her designer gallery….which I could have, as each and every page posted is more than amazingly awesome (I should mention Hey Jude, Nietis, Donna, Keeley-B, Mother Bear and more but I reckon you better go see for yourself HERE) still, Rubia’s page calls me and I click and I fall in love over and over again!!!!! Even if you haven’t gone through the whole Brian’s story with her, you can’t but melt your heart with that gorgeous little face, that cheeky smile that reaches the eyes and goes through your heart, and then all the explosion of superb additions on that hand-made feeling I so much love for my own pages!!! impossible not to fall in love. The layering behind the photo is already a work of art. LOVE the mixture of a very much smaller frame that plays with the photo white and makes the eye make a double take, and then come back to discover more, like the black small frame and all that myriad of gorgeous layering on the left bottom corner,  that amazingly gorgeous tittle work with a perfect choice of pattern (which to me- in my own scrapping-  is an achievement!!!) the mixture with the different textures including the metal word art, my heart is so full of joy and when you think she has done it all and is perfection… you read the journaling done both in English and in Portuguese, with those words we could really try translate but our language is so rich, we would need to use so many English ones… oh I’m almost overwhelmed but there is more so I see the bracket and that cute camera element, and the balance of color with the top pat of the tittle is joyful too….. so I could carry on, but I am going to be cheeky and go into the fact that, in Portuguese, she says the boy is only hers….I have news for you Ruh, you are sharing him with us (even if in a minimal way) at least with his crazy Brazilian “auntie” that would love to hold her daughter growing so she can marry him one day!!!!  (hey, didn’t Madonna & Elba both married boys 25 years their juniors? there is less than that with Brian & Sarita!!!LOL) Blissful. enchantingly full of perfection page!!!

Ellie Standard Time by another awesome fav of mine, LeeAndra, not only I LOVE each and everyone of her pages, but I have seen by now a pattern of how our lives seem to have so many similarities, even though I know we are probably very different (starting by the fact that I maybe old enough to be her mum!) She is so talented, so very talented, I know her only through her pages, gallery comments and forums, some chat/scraps  but her talent is so great, she pours her soul and her every day with such quality, I have grown to love her as if she was living around the corner from me and we were having coffee every other day…she also has this special gift with her photo-less pages: never afraid of journaling LOTS and capturing the every day with literary beauty, and in this page specifically, the creativity starts in the tittle, extends to the gorgeous visual composition and goes into the journaling which made me smile and laugh and think how much it applies to my own daughter (only mine should know better, at 21 years old!!! LOL)  Love the way she makes me understand that what I see as laziness can actually be one of those amazing discoverings of special talents our kids have….and inspires me to get all this into paper myself.  The choice of template is perfection, love the geometric creativity and her application of color and the awesome subtle addition of that busy pattern in the bottom left corner…again, and again, and again, LOVE this girl, LOVE this page!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoying the Beach, by another superbly amazing creative, DeannaJ: Here is another of the eclectic awesome creatives, the kind that shines in no mater which style she takes on, an amazing memory keeper with so much beauty and passion, I take inspiration in each and everyone of her pages. I love looking at the ways she creates to never make her pages alike, and still, even one can recognize her a mile away, each and every page has its originality and is full of beauty and the love for her amazing family. When I first saw this one, I thought it was a one photo blended…and to my surprise I see there are in fact 3 of them!!!  Love how beautifully they are blended, how gorgeous the subtle patterns are incorporated to the images, like the net in the bottom and those white doodles at the top, I can see her thinking on composing and love discovering how much there is through the beautiful shadows here, just enough with very few elements and the addition of those amazing waves at the bottom…..Love the tiny bits of yellow to cut through the almost monotone composition, there is love, peace, beauty, relaxation and that awesome way of memory keeping she has …so so glad to have come across this!!!!!Pure awesome!!!!!

Last but never ever least, Vacation Highlight by another awesome lady, eve11ne: I remember discovering her in 2014, when I was writing GSOs for Andrea of Little Green Frog Designs (rest in peace, my amazing Friend). It was after I had fallen in love with templates and discovered how NOT easy it is to interpret a template well, especially when we talk about extremes. It isn’t at all easy to compose a really great blank space, minimalist page, as it isn’t easy to create, like in this case, a page that fills the whole of the surface,  without making it confusing and making you want to move into something else……and here is, without a doubt, a page so amazing to follow, so beautifully clean yet full of amazing perfection… the choices to fulfill the template and interpret it so that is easy to follow and a delight to stop to read and discover, the gorgeous freshness and fun with the colors, the amazing surprise to look closer and see it is an actual winter page…and even more of a delight to read it is South Korea. One of my daughter’s best friends, Nadia, has been feeding us (literally and culturally) South Korea for years, and she is traveling to spend a month there is just a week, plus we are going for Korean barbecue on Monday!!! LOVE this page, love the affinity I feel as we also travel to see family and have so much same and different, I always love her pages but this is one for the “to lift, most definitely” list!!!!!! Amazing art with all the passion of memory keeping!!!!!!

This will be all from me today. As usual, you know you can reach their original galleries by clicking on the high lit name of the LO and author. We all know how much a word or two of praise can make our day for the better, so, please, take a minute or two to do so!!!! Congratulations to all these awesome creative ladies and Thanks to you all so much for stopping to get inspired and amazed with us, have a great weekend!!!!!

 

 

 

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Finger Pointing – August 24th

24 Aug

Happy Thursday, everyone!! I’m running a little behind this evening, yikes! We got in late from football and then I totally got lost in the galleries. So many beautiful pages to see and so many wonderful artists! I won’t waste any time and get right to my choices for tonight!

First up is Prag by sucali. I am so in love with this simple yet beautiful design. The photo is absolutely gorgeous and that striped paper is the perfect accent. I love the globe card and creative word art title! Wonderful shadow work and the sequins really bring out the gold color in the photo! Lovely use of white space!

Next up is NBK Template Challenge by cocodou. The out of bounds work on the photos of this one is fabulous!! I adore that red dress and the red paint and word art that picks up on it. Beautiful texture on the back ground and I adore how the paint conveys the feeling of her twirling around. This is just perfectly scrapped!!

I was really drawn to all the amazing layers in Back to the Books by laceybittner! I love all those paper pieces and fabulous stamps on the background. Great use of the anchor pieces like the staple and clip. Her shadow work is absolute perfection!!

I’ve mentioned before how much I love great boy pages and I found another one in My Boys by stormchaser! I seriously love how she included so many flowers but it still looks so wonderfully “boy”! I love the added gears and the great title work and placement. Great choice of patterns and beautiful shadow work. The journaling is so sweet. I just love it all!!

How eye-catching is Just My Type by Roxana? The black and white jumped out at me immediately in the gallery and all those gorgeous patterns in the sunburst design look incredible! The stitching is done to perfection and that photo is beyond adorable!! Love how the title work stands out and the red heart is such a wonderful touch!

And to follow up the great black and white, how about all the gorgeous color in Slidin’ by KingsQueen82. What a bright fun series of photos! I adore the title work and all the scattered hearts and flowers. It all stands out so beautifully on the kraft background. The pattern at the top is such a great touch!

And that’s it from me for tonight. I hope you enjoyed my choices and hope you’ll take time to leave some love for these amazing artists! Until next time, see you around the galleries!!

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