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Two Days Only! Save 40% off Collections and Kits in the Scrap Girls Boutique until Midnight MST on November 30, 2011!

Ends Tonight!

Save 40% off all Collections, Kits, JIF 6's and Super 7 Spreads (including Commercial ones, too!) in the Scrap Girls Boutique until tonight at Midnight, MST!

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What's New

Digital scrapbook layout by Pebbles Jones

Layout by Pebbles Jones
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* JIF 6: Project Memories - Christmas *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Autumn Velvet 10301 Biggie Autumn Blaze Collection Mini Blessed Be Collection Biggie
Scattered Gold Embellishments   ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Color Correction 10301

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Autumn Velvet 10301 Biggie, Autumn Blaze Collection Mini and Scattered Gold Embellishments are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Sarah Batdorf

Slideshow Layout by Sarah Batdorf
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* Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Birthday Wishes *

Commercial license versions of Presentation Digital Scrapbook 1-2-3: Birthday Wishes are also available.

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Digital scrapbook layout by Jo Corne

Layout by Jo Corne
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The second product listed below is included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Brush Set: Month Clouds Vertical Picturesque Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Month Clouds Vertical and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Basic Shadows 6501 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Katherine Weaver

Layout by Katherine Weaver
Photo © Scott Liddell Photography
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The second product listed below is included in this month's Scrap Girls Club offering. Members receive a substantial discount on these club supplies. They are also available elsewhere in the Boutique at regular prices for those individuals who would rather not join a club.

Textables - Cats Embellishment Super Mini Picturesque Collection Biggie Meow Embellishment Mini
November Sky Collection Scattered Gold Embellishments ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Mask Clusters - Natural
ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Photo Basics 10301 Biggie   ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of Textables - Cats Embellishment Super Mini, Meow Embellishment Mini, Scattered Gold Embellishments, ScrapSimple Tools - Lightroom Presets: Photo Basics 10301 Biggie and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Micro Glitter 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin

Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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Glitzy Blue Collection Mini Winter Magic Collection Mini ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Icicle 6401

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Icicle 6401 are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Flanagan

Layout by Amy Flanagan
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Feeling Grateful Paper Super Mini Feeling Grateful Collection Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clusters 4

Commercial license versions of Feeling Grateful Collection Biggie and ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Clusters 4 are also available.

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If you have praise, comments, or questions for any of our Product Designers or Layout Artists, did you know you can send them a PM (private message) using the Message Board? It's easy!

If you are a registered user of the Message Board, just click on the "PM" box at the bottom of any of their posts to send them a message. Or, to check out more of your favorite designer's layouts, visit the Scrap Girls Design Team section of the Layout Gallery.

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Pick Your Family
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 40% off Collections Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • URGENT! Win $25 from Scrap Girls!!
  • Life Muse by Ro
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • Tips from the Pros: Adding an Effect to an Embellishment Using a Style
  • Designer Freebie
  • What's Happening at Scrap Girls?
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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The entire Scrap Girls team wants to say how grateful we are that you have chosen to participate with us. You'll never know just how much your support means to us and our families.

Ro
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IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Don't forget to check out the Retirement Sale section of the Boutique. Items in this section are always on sale for 30% off. The items you will find during any particular month will be discontinued permanently on the 5th of the following month. So if you see something you like, grab it while you can!

OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU

Customer Muses: Would you like to share your own Life Muse with our readers? To have your own essay considered for publication as a muse in the column for our special Saturday newsletter, send your essay to [email protected]. If your essay is selected, you will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique.

Way Cool Scrap Girl: We are so excited to have all of you meet some of the amazing people that have become Scrap Girls! If you would like to be spotlighted and win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique, send the following items to [email protected]:

  • 500-900 word essay about your experience with digital scrapbooking, Scrap Girls, and specific examples of how we have helped you.
  • A 600-pixel wide, 72 dpi copy of a layout you've created that uses Scrap Girls products, plus a complete list of those products.
  • A 100-pixels wide, 72 dpi picture of yourself.
  • Permission to use your statement.

Project SG Challenge: Stay motivated to scrap your current photos! Post your 2011 layouts in the Project SG Challenge Gallery to earn one point per layout each month. You can earn up to four points per month this way! Earn a bonus point each month by attending the monthly Project SG Chat! Each point gives you an entry into a quarterly drawing for a special prize! And at the end of the year, each month that you participated in will earn you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing for a 12 X 12, 52 page Keepsakes photobook from Color, Inc! Our fourth quarterly drawing winner will be announced in the Saturday, January 7th Newsletter.

Suggest a Challenge, Win a Prize! Have a great idea for a Gallery layout challenge? Submit it to [email protected]. If your challenge idea is chosen, you will win a prize! Friday will be Customer Challenge Day, so keep an eye out on the Message Board calendar. It will be fun to see what YOU come up with for us to do!

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Of course, it is a surprise what you will get because birthday presents are always surprises! But you will like it for sure because most people like money.... Anyway, make sure your Message Board email address is current and that you have the correct date entered into your profile to participate.

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URGENT!
Be one of 12 people to win $25 Christmas CASH from Scrap Girls!

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Get ready to capture the magic of the Christmas and holiday season! You could be one of 12 people who will win a $25 pre-paid Visa gift card!

Let me explain...

If you are one of the many, many, many who have told me over the years how much you love, love, love my annual 12-part Christmas story, thank you! I write each story from my heart – sometimes it takes weeks and months, and sometimes the inspiration comes so overwhelmingly fast that I have been known to pump out an entire story in a two-day, no-sleep marathon.

This year, I was inspired to ask you to be part of creating a very special experience for the Scrap Girls community. You see, this year, the 12 Days of Christmas will come from your heart. That's right – YOU! I want to hear YOUR stories of Christmases past. I want to share YOUR stories of the marvels and miracles of the season.

So I'm going to do something I've never done before. I'm going to feature one story every day for 12 days, beginning December 13th. And because I want this to be extra special, I am going to award a prize that I've never handed out before...cash. The author of every story that gets selected will receive a $25 pre-paid Visa card that you can use anywhere in the world that Visa is accepted.

CONTEST RULES

Here's what you need to do to be one of the 12 stories that are selected:

  1. Write a 500-word (maximum length, please) story that tells about something you have experienced during Christmas or the holiday season sometime in the past. Or tell a story that has been handed down through the generations in your family. All I ask is that it be true (to the best of your knowledge) and somehow connected to you. (Please don't send us a retelling of something you read somewhere else!) Make this a story, a retelling of an actual event, not just a collection of thoughts about why you love Christmas or the holidays.

    Was there a time when you saw something miraculous happen at Christmas or during the holidays? Can you recall a first Christmas or holiday memory with your loved one, your child, or maybe the last Christmas or holiday with your great-grandmother? We love to share good stories around here, and we don't mind having to grab a tissue, so write with all your heart to speak to our hearts!

    We will edit the story as needed for clarity, grammar, punctuation, length, etc., though we will make every effort not to change the meaning of anything you write. However, the better you write, the less we have to edit, and the happier you will make our editor!

  2. Submit a layout or a photo that goes with your story. Any layout or photo of a craft product submitted must use only Scrap Girls supplies.

    You don't have to make a layout or a craft project to have your story selected, but we would like to have some kind of image such as a photograph to go with the story. People enjoy stories best when they have images to connect to.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Submit two sizes of each image that accompanies your story:
    1. 600 px wide (72 dpi)
    2. 300 px wide (72 dpi)
  2. Attach images to email, as described below.

STORY REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Story should be written in a word processing program, such as MS Word or Works. If you don't have one, you can download a nice one without charge from OpenOffice.org.
  2. In the document, you will include:
    • Your story
    • Your complete contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address)
    • Supply list for any layouts/craft projects images you are supplying. Give us the name of the product (must be from Scrap Girls). If you can include the link to the Scrap Girls product page, it would be super-helpful to our newsletter team.
    • Image file names
  3. Attach the document containing this story, etc. to your email.

SUBMITTING YOUR STORY

  1. Email your story to [email protected]
  2. Subject line: My 12 Days Story
  3. Attachments, which include:
    • Story document
    • Scrap Girls publication release (Download it HERE)
    • Images (see above)
  4. The deadline for the story submission is Midnight, MST on Tuesday, December 6th.
  5. One entry per person.

HOW YOU WILL KNOW IF YOUR STORY HAS BEEN SELECTED

Just to keep things interesting, we're not going to tell anyone if they have been selected ahead of time! You'll just have to hop out of bed every morning and rush to your computer and open up your Scrap Girls Newsletter with all the wonder of a child on Christmas morning and look to see if your story got published that day!

After the newsletter is published, we will send the daily winner the good news and will tell them how they will receive their $25 pre-paid Visa card.

I'm so excited to see what you are going to send me! I think that this year's 12 Days Newsletters will be the best yet!

- Ro

Life Muse

Rozanne Paxman
Rozanne Paxman

Hand-drawn cartoon by Ro

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Muse: To be absorbed in one's thoughts; engage in meditation. Not intended to solve the world's problems, another person's problems, or to cover topics completely. One does not have to agree with musings to enjoy them, just as one does not have to be the same as someone else to appreciate who they are.

Would you like to earn a $20 Gift Certificate? Send your own muse to [email protected]. If it is selected for publication in the Scrap Girls newsletter, you'll get to have fun shopping!

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November's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Syndee Nuckles.

Exclusive content from the Scrap Girls Club.

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)

The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).

With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
  • 1 Embellishment Mini
  • 1 JIF 6 Plus Page Set
  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Jiffy Easy Page Album
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Color Palette

November's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Syndee Nuckles


JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album


Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Syndee Nuckles using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Syndee Nuckles
using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Computer scrapbook layout by Chere Kaye Edwards using November's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Cheré Kaye Edwards using November's Scrap Girls Club
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Tips from the Pros

Adding an Effect to an Embellishment Using a Style

Note: Tutorial created using Photoshop CS2 with Windows XP

The ScrapSimple line of products allows the digital scrapbooking artist to customize elements. One of these products is the Photoshop layer style. Layer styles can add various characteristics to existing embellishments, alphas, and background papers with the click of a mouse.

For example, as you are working on a digital layout, you may find that you want to use a certain embellishment in that layout, but it looks too "new," and perhaps it would look better "aged." This can be accomplished with certain layer styles. In this tutorial, you will learn how to add an effect to any digital scrapbooking embellishment easily and quickly so that it coordinates perfectly with your digital layout.

To illustrate the ease of using layer styles to add an effect, such as an antique effect, open an embellishment of your choice in Photoshop. An embellishment with clean, bright colors will work best for this purpose so that the effects of the layer style can be appreciated. For this tutorial, a dragonfly from Kashmir 3 Embellishment Mini has been opened into Photoshop. Also, the styles ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Antiqued 5101 Super Biggie have been loaded into the Styles Palette.

Under Image, go to Duplicate to make a copy of this image. Place the images side by side on your workspace so that you can see the difference as you experiment with the various layer styles.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Duplicate embellishment.

With the dragonfly layer of the second image active, experiment with the various antiqued layer styles until you are satisfied with the look. For this tutorial, style #7 was chosen because of the wrinkled texture as well as the darkened antique look it provided.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Apply layer style to get an antiqued effect.

If a digital scrapbooking layout or altered art project required a lighter effect for the dragonfly, a style such as ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Luminescent 5101 Biggie could be used. In the example below, style #7 from this set was applied, adding the same texture as the previous example, but with a white sheen, suitable for more ethereal digital projects.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Add a different layer style for an ethereal effect.

Layer styles that add effects such as these can be used on alphabets and word art as well as embellishments, and they can also be used on background paper. To achieve this, simply right-click on the background layer in the Layers Palette and choose "Layer from Background," then click "OK" to convert the locked background layer into an editable layer. At this point, the desired layer style can be applied. In the example below, ScrapSimple Tools – Styles: Luminescent 5101 Super Biggie (style #5) was added to the Kashmir 1 Paper background paper to change the texture and give it a different lighting effect.

Digital Scrapbooking Tutorial Screenshot: Layer styles can be added to background papers.

ScrapSimple Tools – Styles allow you to have more control over the look of your digital elements, customizing them as needed to create pleasing digital scrapbooking layouts.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Durin Eberhart

Layout by Durin Eberhart
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ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antiqued 5101 Super Biggie ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Luminescent 5101 Super Biggie Kashmir 3 Embellishment Mini
Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie Fade to Gray Collection Biggie Realms of Glory Collection Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Antiqued 5101 Super Biggie, ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Luminescent 5101 Super Biggie, Kashmir 3 Embellishment Mini, Just Before Dawn Collection Biggie, Fade to Gray Collection Biggie and Realms of Glory Collection Biggie are also available.

Durin Eberhart
Article written by Durin Eberhart

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Learn to make digital scrapbooking layouts and more! – Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Find out how easy it can be to learn how to create digital scrapbook layouts, edit photos, use and make brushes, recolor papers and embellishments, make your own simple backgrounds and embellishments, save and share your layouts and much more!

Ready to learn advanced techniques? – MORE Scrapbook Software Secrets Revealed
Learn to use paper templates, embellishment templates, custom shapes, styles, and brushes to make your own supplies. Learn advanced clipping mask and lighting blend techniques. Learn to make and use patterns. Learn to make brushes from your own doodles. Learn to extract images from photos. Learn work flow techniques that will speed up the layout creation process and advanced photo editing skills and much, much more!

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Keri Schueller

Layout by Keri Schueller
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Brush Set: Label Love Label Special

Designer Freebie by Keri Schueller coordinates with her Brush Set: Label Love,
part of this month's ScrapSimple Club offering!

Brush Set: Label Love ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Mod Love Spring Play Collection Mini

Commercial license versions of Brush Set: Label Love and ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Mod Love are also available.

Keri Schueller
Today's freebie designed by Keri Schueller

* There is a "free download" button on the details page for each gift. You don't need to put them in your shopping cart unless you are shopping for other items. Also note that if you are slow reading your newsletter, you may find this freebie has already been retired, as the freebies are only available as gifts for about two newsletter cycles.

What's Happening at Scrap Girls

Crops and Chats

East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, November 30th - 10:00AM MST

Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On November 30th, we'll do a quote challenge! Create a layout using a meaningful, inspiring or funny quote. It can be in place of journaling, or use a beloved quote as a starting point for your journaling. Any quote is OK! Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!

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Speed Scrap Crop
Wednesday, November 30th - 6:00PM MST

It's time for some Speed! Join Carla (CRS) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) at 6pm MT for the Speed Scrap Crop! We'll give you some tasks, spread out over an hour, and you create the layout! You can check out some of the past Crops in the Speed Scrap Gallery!

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Project SG Chat
Thursday, December 1st - 6:00PM MST

Join April (April Showers) and Shannon (tinkerbell11) in the chat room on Thursday, December 1st at 6pm MT for the monthly Project SG Chat. If you aren't sure what the project is, join us to find out the details. You can even win fantastic prizes for joining in!

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What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique Chat
Friday, December 2nd - 9:00AM MST

Join April (April Showers) and Theresa (teecee) at 9am MT on Friday mornings to chat about all the wonderful new products in the Scrap Girls Boutique! What are your favorite new items? Is your shopping basket full? What did you kaboodle? Have you already done layouts or other projects with your new goodies? Come tell the designers how much you love their work! You never know who will show up. There's a thread every Thursday, and now there's a chat too!

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NSBR Chat
Monday, December 5th - 7:00PM MST

What is NSBR? It's a non-scrapbooking related chat! We talk about everything, including some scrapbooking and usually chocolate. It's a great chance to meet new friends, catch up on what everyone is up to, and just relax. If you have a problem, we'll lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. Have some great news to share? We'd love to celebrate with you. So join us, Carla (CRS) and Lei (Bride) at 7pm MT!

Games

November Message Board Game: Thankfulness Game!

It's time to give thanks for all the large and small blessings in our life! Each day during November, with the exception of Sundays, a member of the Welcoming Committee will post the name of an item for which we are thankful in the official game thread. To participate in the game, you will search the Scrap Girls Boutique and Gallery for layouts including that item, and then post a link to either the product or gallery page in the game thread.

Each member who links to a Boutique product layout will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3 Gift Certificates. Each member who links to a gallery layout (and leaves love on the layout) will be entered in a drawing for one of five $5 Gift Certificates!

For complete details, visit the Monthly Message Board Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.

Contests

November Monthly Layout Contest: This November, let's be a tourist in your own town! Show us around and tell us what makes the area you live in so special! Why do you live there? You can scrap about your town, city, county, or state. Share those layouts in the November Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on November 30th. Be sure to list your credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Card to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

Club Concepts Layout Contest: Post your new layout using the current club selection (either the Scrap Girls Club or the ScrapSimple Club) in our Scrap Girls Club Members Gallery or the ScrapSimple Club Members' Gallery. Be sure to list all of the Scrap Girls products you used. If your layout is chosen, it will be showcased as a Club Concepts layout winner, and you will win a $5 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!

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Check our message board calendar if you have any questions about what is happening at Scrap Girls. All event times are given in Mountain Time Zone unless otherwise noted. Need help converting time zones? Check out the World Clock - Time Zone Converter. (Use 'USA-Utah-Salt Lake City' as the location for the Mountain time zone.)

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Haven't received your prize as a contest winner? Please send an email to [email protected] and we'll get it out to you right away!

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