Crafty Meggy

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Pinterest Pick Friday ~ 4th of July Wreath

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I’m so excited to show you this project!! I LOVE how it turned out!!

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I found the idea on pinterest a couple weeks ago when I was looking for one to make for this upcoming holiday. This one really stuck out to me! I had to search a couple of blogs to get to the tutorial for it, but I finally found it and got to work.

And let me tell you, this was NOT a one sitting wreath project!! It took about 3 hours to finish it completely. Of course, I was doing it at night while watching a new favorite TV show with the hubs, soooo, I would get distracted easily. It was very time consuming. If you’re not patient and like fast results, this wreath probably isn’t for you, but if you put on a favorite movie or watch TV, you can actually enjoy doing it.

Here’s the finished result:

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I used a LOT of pins!! I had to go back to the store to buy more because I ran out. I decided I was ok with leaving the pins in. At first I thought I’d pin a bunch and then glue the felt pieces on with hot glue, but that added another step and I really didn’t want to do that. I’m a lazy crafter! πŸ™‚

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the stars from sticker paper and then sandwiched floral wire I bought at walmart for $1.27 in between 2 star stickers.

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My rows aren’t as full as they could be. I might go back and add more for next year.

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I am really please with the finished project!! It turned out a lot better than I thought it would! Doesn’t it look great on my front door?!! πŸ™‚ If you want to make one head on over to Capital B where I got the tutorial from. It’s easy, just time consuming!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great weekend!!

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Pinterest Pick Friday ~ Not a Finished Project

I know it’s Friday and I do have a pinterest pick to show you, but it’s been a loooonnnggg day! I don’t feel up to writing a post with pictures. Sorry! I’m trying to build up more posts so I don’t get so behind. Next week I’ll be taking the week off. If you have any crafty or fun things you’ve been working on I’d LOVE to show them off!! Send me an email at cameramegan@gmail.com

Ok, even though I don’t have pictures to show you, I do want your opinion. I saw a picture on facebook and then again on pinterest where they decorated the front lid of the Silhouette Cameo. I LOVE this idea!! I’ve been thinking it looks a little too bare! I decorated my control panel when I first got it. You can see that post here. I still have the same butterfly paper on it today! I really like it! So, I’m thinking I might stay with the butterfly them, but I’m torn! There are a TON of cute fluourishes in the Silhouette Online Store. I think I already have some, too, but I am not sure which one I want to use. I know I want it to go from the right bottom corner to the left. I don’t want it to take up the whole lid, so it doesn’t have to be that big. I’m thinking I might want it to be a flowery flourish and I could use green and pink and purple. Here are some of the ones I’m looking at in the store:

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These are the ones I’m trying to choose from. What do you think? When I look through them I try figuring out my favorites so I can narrow it down and I just can’t. I know I’m not really into the last one. I think the pear blossoms and the swirl borders are my favorite. But that could always change! I’m very flaky like that πŸ™‚

I will most likely spend the next month pondering over this and then eventually make a decision and love it. But it really will take me that long to finally do it. I’m weird like that.

Thanks for stopping by today! sorry it’s not a very exciting post. If you have a craft you’d like me to feature, whether you’ve blogged about it or not, please email me!! cameramegan@gmail.com

I hope you have a great weekend!!

 

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Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Silhouette Notepad Covers

If you’ve been following my blog in the last week you know that I’ve shared a teacher appreciation gift idea. Yesterday I shared a tutorial on how to make a cover for the notepads. Today, I’m going to share with you a file I made with the Silhouette Studio program to make my notepad cover. Having the Silhouette makes it a lot easier, but you don’t have to have one to make this gift!

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So, to make the cover for a sticky notepad you will need:

Silhouette Cameo/Portrait

scrapbook paper

kraft cardstock

sticky notepads

Step 1 ~ Download the 5.5×8 file I made in Silhouette Studio HERE and the little tag that goes inside the envelope I have on mine HERE. They’re both Silhouette Studio files so you won’t have to do anything to them.

Step 2 ~Open up the files in Silhouette Studio. Put your kraft paper on your mat and put it in your machine and with the file named ‘notepadteachergift’ click the send to Sihouette button and let it do it’s work. Once it’s done you’re kraft paper will look like this:

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Step 3~ Fold along the dotted lines to make room for the mini pen.

Step 4~ Decorate the front cover to your hearts content!! You can use the Silhouette to get the rounded corners the same and to make sure the measurements add up. I’m really bad at measuring stuff so I just have my Cameo do all that work:)

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Step 5 ~ Now, you’ll want to print and cut the next file you downloaded. Open it up in Silhouette Studio. The file is all ready to be printed and then cut so click on the icon next to the Send to Silhouette button. It looks like a printer with a paper. Click that and it will make your print box pop up. Make sure you have your cardstock in your printer. I used pink, but you can use white or whatever color you want! click the print button and wait for it to print out.

Step 6 ~ Once you’ve printed off your tag put the paper on your mat and load it into your Cameo. Click on the Send to Silhouette button and hit skip the printing option, then hit continue. You’ll want to click ‘Detect automatically’ for the Cameo to detect your registration marks.

Step 7 ~ Once the registration marks are detected, make sure your cut settings are for the right kind of paper. Change your blade setting if you need to and then push Cut!

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Step 8 ~ Stick the tag into the envelope, if you created one like I did. You can buy the one I have from the Silhouette Online Store here.

Step 9 ~ Glue on the sticky notepads that you have and VOILA! You’re done!! πŸ™‚

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Like I said yesterday, I bought a bunch of different sizes and shapes of sticky pads at the dollar store. I was able to split most of the packs up and make multiple pads out of just one bag of sticky pads.

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This one is my favorite. I like having the 4 different colored smallish tags on the left.

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these notepads from me, I have them for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow, I have a fun recipe for you, compliments of my wonderful husband! πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

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Pinterest Pick Friday ~ General Conference Idea for Kids

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I’m Mormon. If you didn’t know that, well, now you do:) If you don’t know what General Conference is, basically, every 6 months (April and October) the leaders of the church hold a conference in Salt Lake City and broadcast it throughout the world. It’s Saturday and Sunday, 4 hours each day broken up into 4 meetings.

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I have a hard time with General Conference weekend… not because I take my kids to church and sit through all those hours, but because we stay at home and watch it on the internet (yeah, we’re cheap, we don’t have cable).

And by “we” I mean me. I usually watch all by myself. The boys will meander over to sit by me for a few minutes, but quickly get bored and go back to playing or whatever else. I’ve never been really good about MAKING them sit and watch with me. It’s hard to do! Do I want to fight them the whole time about sitting quietly and listening or do I want to enjoy it myself?!

I have always picked the latter, but last year I read a friends blog and she had this good idea on how to make the kids listen. I pinned it on pinterest and told myself to do it the next time General Conference came around and here we are….

SO, this is what I came up with:

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I bought these cute baskets on clearance at Walmart after Easter. I picked out candy my kids like and on Saturday and Sunday I will empty the candy into the baskets.

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If the boys sit and listen with me they will take a piece of candy everytime they hear the word attached to the basket.

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Yep, I used a word bubble file I got off of the Silhouette online store. I just deleted the heart in the one on the top right and then typed in the words I wanted the Silhouette to cut out.

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Please excuse the blurred vision on the TV. My 2 year old was watching Dora and I had to do this quick or else he would’ve wanted to eat all the candy!

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What do you do with your kids to help them listen and learn from General Conference? I would love to hear your suggestions!

Well, thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Easter/Spring Sign

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It’s no secret that I have a Silhouette Cameo and LOVE it!! If you’re new here and haven’t seen any of my projects with the Silhouette go ahead and search “Silhouette” at the top of my blog in the search bar. There are TONS of them! πŸ™‚

Today, I’m going to share a little sign that I made last week. It was so easy and fun! I haven’t been using my vinyl for a while so since I had it out for my Easter door hanging project I decided to make something else with it at the same time.

The Silhouette online store has a weekly free shape starting on Tuesday, speaking of which I need to go buy the one that came up yesterday. They also have a weekly clearance where most of the shapes are $.49 each. A few weeks ago I purchased one that was for Easter/Spring and I kept looking at it whenever I would open up my image library in Silhouette Studio, but I didn’t know what I would do with it. Last week it hit me that I could make a little sign!!

So, I got to work! My vinyl stash is very small and colors are limited, so because of that I decided to use a mixture of cardstock and vinyl. This is what I came up with:

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Isn’t it just so CUTE?!! I LOVE how it turned out!!

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Here’s my whole Easter area in my entry living room area of the house.

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It was really easy to make! First I cut out the purple vinyl, then the pink. I cut each word out individually and put the transfer paper on the front of them. I placed them on the sign where I wanted them. I pulled out the cardstock I wanted to use and cut out the chick parts. I glued them on with mod podge. Once everything was in the right place I put mod podge on top of it to make sure everything would stay put.

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I had a lot of fun making this sign! I’m really excited to make another one soon! I think this might be my new favorite craft! πŸ™‚

Did you like the shape I used from the Silhouette online store? You can find it here, called Bird Set.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’ll come back tomorrow for a fun and kid friendly recipe!

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Paper Easter Egg Kids Craft

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Since the boys are on Spring Break this week I wanted to make sure they weren’t just sitting around watching TV all day, every day. I found a couple of crafts to make with them and spent some time getting one ready for them on Sunday. They sat down and did it individually yesterday and we’re all so excited about the outcome! It turned out really cute!

Here’s the original pin and the original post on minted.com. I fell in LOVE with the idea immediately when I saw it on pinterest and last week when I was trying to figure out what crafts I could do with the kids this one seemed simple enough. I cut out all the strips of paper with my Silhouette. I could’ve just as easily done it with my paper cutter, but when you have a machine that will make multiple cuts at one time why not use that?!! πŸ™‚ I also bought an Easter Egg shape off the Silhouette online store and used the outline of it to cut out the Easter Egg shape._MG_8853

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I laid out all the strips of paper and let the boys choose which colors and patterns they wanted on their egg.

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Brynnan helped his little brother by gluing on the strips he picked out. It was sweet! πŸ™‚

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Sorry the egg isn’t in focus, but I couldn’t resist posting the picture anyway! Just LOOL at that cute face!!

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Jonas was a MASTER at this project!! He was so careful to glue them on close to each other and it was so cute, he didn’t want to have his look like Brynnan’s, BUT he DID want his too look a little bit like Tinian’s!

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Ta-Da! Jonas kind of had a Vanna White thing going on in this picture. I thought it was funny πŸ™‚

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The finished projects!

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Once they were all dry, I cut the ends off so they wouldn’t hang over into the next eggs frame. I had a frame with a mat for 3 4×6’s so I decided to keep the mat and glue the eggs onto the white paper that came with the frame.

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Here’s how it looks on the wall. My friends husband brough the painting on the bottom right back from China and gave it to us as a gift this last fall. Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!! It a finger painting done with pencil. Just amazing!!

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These pictures are hung on the wall in the kitchen that head down the stairs. I’ve been wanting to put something there along with the finger drawing, but I haven’t had anything until now.

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When you sit down at the table you stare right at it. The boys were so proud of it! They kept asking who’s egg was whose. In hind sight, I wish I had put the one on the left in the middle since the strips are kind of slanted and the other two aren’t, but oh well. You live and learn πŸ™‚ (I would switch them around, but I glued them down to the paper so they wouldn’t move and I was putting them in the frame.)

What do you think? It was so easy to do! You don’t even need a Silhouette to do it, either! Just pull out your handy ol’ paper cutter and slice away. You can make the strips as big or as small as you want.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have a GREAT Tuesday!

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Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Easter Door Hanging

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I am so excited to show you this today!! I had a lot of fun making it yesterday! I found the idea on pinterest. I posted it to my Easter Ideas board and when I was out looking for supplies the other day I couldn’t find everything that I wanted so I improvised and changed it up a bit from the example.

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This is it hanging on the door. I am SO in LOVE with how it turned out!! I was planning on making it look like the one from pinterest, but when I started putting it together I realized my frame was a lot bigger and my eggs were smaller. I had the paper flowers from a LONG time ago! I’ve been wondering what I was going to use them for and this was THE perfect project!!

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I had my Silhouette cut out the little chicks and the grass and then hot glued them all to the frame.

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Don’t you just LOVE this paper?!! I got it on super sale aΒ  couple years ago andΒ  I wish I would’ve grabbed more!!

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I LOVE how the eggs turned out!! πŸ™‚ I got them at the Dollar store!! They came in a twelve pack and they’re glittery. SO fun!

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I am so glad I decided to make this instead of a normal wreath. It was so fun!! I’m sad it only is going to be up for 2 weeks, but I guess I can always use it again next year:)

Before you go, if you can please go check out my facebook page! I need your opinion on some sewing posts. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday!! πŸ™‚

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Shirts

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Ok, I’m back with more pictures of the boys in their shirts! πŸ™‚ I had a lot of fun making them! I’m excited for the next holiday so I can make some more heat transfer shirts! I believe it is my new favorite crafty thing to do!!

I think I mentioned a while ago that I was contacted by Expressions Vinyl asking me to do a sponsored post for them. The company is actually based in Idaho Falls, which is where I live! When I found that out last year I was SOOOO excited!! If only I had enough money to buy tons of stuff from them all the time!! LOL They used to actually have their warehouse about 5 minutes down the street from my house! It was great! BUT they recently moved to a bigger place in the outskirts of town so I now have to drive for about 10-15 minutes to get there. Heaven forbid!! πŸ™‚

Anyway, the guy I was in contact with told me to pick a project and let him know what products I would need and he’d get them ready for me. All I had to do was come pick it all up. I decided on St. Patty’s Day shirts and a couple other projects that I still have yet to get to. I had never used heat transfer paper before, let alone heat transfer vinyl! I was very intrigued by it so I asked him to gather green flocked heat transfer vinyl for me to use.

After I picked it up I was SO excited to give it a try, but since I don’t have all the time in the world to craft all day long, I kept putting it off. I have 3 days over the last 2 weeks that I penned the project in to work on and none of those days did I even so much as TOUCH the vinyl!

FINALLY, two days before St. Patrick’s Day I was in crunch time mode! I forced myself to learn how to do it and get them done. I used 3 different designs, because my older two are getting to the point where they don’t want to wear the same clothes, they made that VERY clear to me when I told them they had a choice in what went on their shirts. I showed them pictures from my pinterest board and gave them a few ideas of my own.

I designed them in the Silhouette Studio program, making sure I flipped them horizontally. I realized the side of the vinyl that I thought was the top, was actually the bottom! LOL My Silhouette cute out the shapes flawlessly and I got to work placing them on the shirts and ironing them on. It was Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

I LOVE how they turned out and so did the boys, except for Tinian, who really could care less! I made his a size too big in hopes that he can wear it again next year. I think his is my favorite! πŸ™‚

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Why do I love Tinian’s the most? If you guessed the chevron shamrock, you guessed right! πŸ™‚ I got the shape from the Silhouette online store. It came with a bunch of other designed shamrocks.

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I also got Jonas’ cute little phrase from the Silhouette store. I love the saying Pinch Proof! πŸ™‚ I did change this one up a little bit because he said he didn’t want the dots on it so I erased them and we were all happy:)

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Brynnan said he just wanted one big shamrock. I was surprised! I thought he would want to go all out and have a cool phrase to go along with his shamrock. This one was so easy and done in just minutes! πŸ™‚ I got the shamrock from the Silhouette store in the same set as the chevron one.

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I wanted to make this into a tutorial, but I was so anxious to get them all done that I kept forgetting to take pictures of the whole process! LOL Maybe when I use up the rest of my heat transfer vinyl I’ll go slow and take pictures for you. It really is so easy! And the flocked vinyl is SO cool! I love how soft and pretty it looks on the shirts!

I want to say thanks to Expressions Vinyl for sponsoring this post. I really enjoyed working with them and using their product! I will definitely be a return customer and hopefully soon! I need to stock up on some vinyl for more projects:)

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! ~ Valentines Gifts & Decor

Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s finally here! My kids were so excited this morning. I think mostly because I made them little mail boxes and put little presents in them. I placed them on the table at each of their places and my 6 year old found them first. He came running into my room and said “Thank you, Mommy!! I love the boxes!” It was so sweet!

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These are the boxes he was talking about. I got a file for a 3D mail box on Silhouettes online store. I had my Silhouette cut out 3 of the boxes and then put them together last night.

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I bought some fun goodies to put inside them and the boys all loved them! Tinian has been snacking on his cinnamon hearts off and on this morning:)

I wasn’t able to make the teacher gifts I wanted too, but I did make the boys’ Valentine’s for their classes. They turned out cute:

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I got the idea from pinterest. I was going to do pictures of them holding their hands out flat and have the saying on the card be, “Will you be my buttercup?” and tape on a buttercup, but I couldn’t find the small buttercups. The only ones I found were heart shaped and too big:P So, this was my second idea.

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Here’s the computer file. It’s a little easier to see them this way.

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They both wanted to pose with their valentine boxes that they made. Can you tell they’re excited?! πŸ™‚
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Whatcha Craftin’ ~ Birthday Cards

I’m taking a break from Christmas crafts for a little bit to make up some birthday cards. We have 3 birthdays in December in our extended family and I’ve been bad at keeping up on them!! I really hope the cards arrive on time! They’re all right around Christmas!

Anyway, I thought I’d share the 2 cards I made last night instead of sewing!!!! (SIGH, I really think I hate myself sometimes!! Why can’t I just do both sewing and making cards in one night? It’s either all or nothin’:p)

So here they are:

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I absolutely LOVE adhesive foam dots and strips!! They’re soooo fun to add to cards and scrapbook pages! If you’ve never used them stop what you’re doing and go to Michaels. Fist get a 50% off coupon, then find the package atΒ Michaels and buy them. With the coupon they should only be $1.50 or less. Soooo worth it!!

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I used my silhouette to cut out the shapes and phrases. I even got to show a new friend how to use the Cameo!! It was fun!!

That’s what I’ve been up to this week, besides sewing. I’m slowly coming to a finish on all my gifts. I have 1 big gift left to finish tomorrow and the 2 and a half pj’s to finish for the boys. I can’t wait to be done!!! Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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