Thursday, January 29, 2009

Make your own cards and scrapbook pages for Valentines Day!

Though I'd consider myself a pretty crafty person since Connor was born my crafting days have been pretty much at a still. Between constantly chasing my little man around to homework to the blog I barely have time to breath much less make my own cards. Though a few years ago I would have considered it a special treat to make cards for the people I love. I think that stems from the fact that I personally believe that there is nothing more special than a handmade card or a hand written letter. With that said I've always wanted to make a scrapbook but you can imagine if I don't have time for cards when would I ever have time for scrap booking?

With that said its been years, and I mean years, since I last touched a software package that helps you make cards or scrapbook pages. To be honest my last experience was in high school with dot matrix printer and to be totally honest back then without the use of a laser printer computer generated cards were a little disappointing so I really didn't know what to expect when it came to Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe and the Hallmark Scrapbook Studio Deluxe.

I was anxious to try out Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe as being on a student budget means saving money anywhere I can is always a top priority and with 30+ kids in the family we attend quite a few birthday parties and each birthday party means a new birthday card and it seems sometimes I'm buying two or three cards a week. So printing my own cards would be a dream come true not to mention a way to personalize my cards just the way I want to! So the question is was this new Hallmark Card Studio good enough to pass for real cards?

Well using the Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe is really not much different than using the version I remember from high school. After you set up the software you can browse the cards based on the type of event. More importantly Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe is not just for cards, I was really impressed to find out that you can also make calenders, postcards, stationary, invitations, and more! Connor's 2nd birthday is coming up sooner than I would like to admit and last year I think I spent 30+ dollars on invitations and even more with thank you cards for his birthday. This year I plan on making his invitations using the Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe which I'm excited to say will save me a ton of money!! Yay!

My biggest concern was the quality of the cards you can make with the software and with some trial and error I've found that the quality of the cards depends totally on your printer and the card stock you use. My first couple attempts I used the paper stock I used to use for my handmade cards.. and though the results they did come out looking like printed cards which is what I wanted to avoid. So I remembered I had some photo quality postcard stock in my secret stash and I set my printer to its highest photo setting and made a trial run postcard style invitation which is my favorite type for invites anyways as they are the cheapest to mail. The results were really fabulous and really unless you were looking for it you wouldn't know that I printed them on my printer!

I'm still playing with the Hallmark Scrapbook Studio 3.0 Deluxe but if the results are even remotely the same I'm pretty excited about the possibilities.

Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe
and Hallmark Scrapbook Studio 3.0 Deluxe are both available for purchase on the Hallmark Software website!

I have a copy of Hallmark Card Studio 2009 Deluxe and Hallmark Scrapbook Studio 3.0 Deluxe to give away to one lucky reader!

To enter :

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    • This contest will end Feb 30th at midnight!

188 Comments:

mar said...

I would work on our pictures of our trip to Disney World. I would like to put them in order and identify them.

kal said...

I would work on a project for all of our new baby pictures. Thanks.

Rick said...

Am working on a family history and these tools would be so helpful. Wonderful gift.

wendy said...

I would start a scrapbook peoject for my boyfriends and I relationship as my first project.

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Deci said...

Finally organize and present the 2008 pictures of our camping trips in the High Sierra, bears and all.

mthomson said...

I have an older version of Hallmark Card Studio (really old) that we use all the time to make cards. Much cheaper than going to the store to get one. I would love to be able to organize all my pictures! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristie said...

I would be playing with these all the time! I think I would start with making birthday cards for upcoming birthdays, then go right into making scrapbook pages for a trip I took a couple months ago.

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Kristie said...

Your button is in my sidebar.

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moonshadow43 said...

I would love to make some custom calendars to send all my family that live in other states!

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Ellen C. said...
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Ellen C. said...

I would use this software to make party invitations for my son's birthday.

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Ellen C. said...

I am a subscriber.

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cdziuba said...

I would make a whole bunch of birthday cards. It seems we always scramble at the last minute to find a card to go with a gift. I'd have a blast with this prize. cdziuba@aol.com

cdziuba said...

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mverno said...

my first project is to work on the huge collection of pictures of my grandson

Becca said...

I set a goal for myself to send birthday cards to all my (and my husband's) immediate family. I've done pretty well, and am sending anniversary cards now too. I'd love to create a years worth of cards so I have them on hand to send out when each special date is coming up.
beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

jceko77 said...

I would work on my daughters' birthday party invites first
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jceko77 said...

I am a subscriber
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tutugirl said...

I would work on my daughter's baby album. I'm so far behind and this looks like the tool that I need to get it done.

mom2anutball said...

I wouwork on my sond birth first! I am really far behind in my scrapbooking! Great giveaway!

mom2anutball said...

Im a subscriber!

wigget said...

i'd work on a baby-themed scrapbook for my sons

valerie2350 said...

i'd love to make cards with pics of my kids!

valerie2350 said...

email subscriber

Aura said...

My babies are turning 1 next week, I would love to make them a scrapbook

Aura said...

My babies are turning 1 next week, I would love to make them a scrapbook

Aura said...

My babies are turning 1 next week, I would love to make them a scrapbook

Aura said...

I subscribe

Fangirl Jen said...

I'd make a scrapbook of my upcoming vacation to Mexico.

Fangirl Jen said...

I am a subscriber and your button is on my blog.

dbadour said...
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dbadour said...

I would like to make a scrapbook for my son about the time we lived in Germany.

dbadour said...

I subscribe to your newsletter.

Sara said...

I am a subscriber!

Sara said...

I would like to scrapbook about my graduation!

Brimful Curiosities said...

My little guy's 1st birthday is coming up. Would love to try it out for the invites and then scrapbooking the memories. Thanks.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Email subscriber.

FawnGeorge said...

I would use the scrapbook Studio to finally make my book for our wedding pictures. We've been married for 3 1/2 years and have not done anything with our pile of wedding pictures. I really need something like this to help me get them in a book. I hope I win. I love making cards. I would use the Card Studio to make our thank you cards for when we moved and had our friends help move us.

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Victoria said...

I'd like to make a scrapbook for my nephew with pictures from his last visit here with me. utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

I love you card for my husband

Whimsical Creations said...

I would work on a book for my mom.
=) melanie
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melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber

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Marilyn said...

I would work on my vacation pictures when I went to Hawaii

Devon said...

I would scrapbook my wedding!

ps9906 said...

I would make a book for mother in law of all her children and grandchildren.

1agordon said...

A book of my last vacation to Las Vegas

bleatham said...

I would work on our Seattle vacation pictures and the pix of my new great nephew!

bleatham said...

I'm a subscriber!! Thanks so much!

Deborah Stinson-editor said...

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I'd work on cards for that; especially one for my daughter. She loves it when I make her things! sierramuse8 at aol.

Karen said...

I'd finally get to some of the baby pics !!

ktgonyea at gmail.com

lmurley2000 said...

i would like to make the 3D cards and other projects, i have one of the later ones like this and they are fun to make and create things on. thanks for the giveaway.

ACW said...

I would scrapbook my trip to Brazil in college. And send my mom a card!

ACW said...

I also subscribe via google reader

lfhpueblo said...

I would use various stationery pages and type in various size fonts and types some fun info for each family member. I'd type on the stationery page their name, it's meaning, and where it originated in history. I'd give it to people with either their birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, Anniversary gifts, or a simple thank you gift. I'd probably roll up the page like a scroll and tie it with a pretty ribbon. For the youngsters in the family, I'd probably laminate flat it or put it in a frame. I'd include their date of birth at the top. They could then incorporate the page into their own physical scrapbooks, or scan it and use it in their digital scrapbooks, or hang it up on a bedroom wall. I think it's fun that people know their name, meaning of the name, variations of the name throughout history and location where it was used before.

lfhpueblo said...

I subscribe, and I can't type correctly. In my post above of typed flat it, it should be it flat. I hate when my hands don't type the words in the right order. P.S. I'm terrible in English, but good in math, so go figure.

Teresa said...

When I went to the site, it said the Hallmark Card program could make unique cards for special occasions. The first thing I would do is make Valentine Cards or Birthday Cards for four family members that have birthdays in February and March. But what I really love is scrapbooking, so this is what I am most interested in!
TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

I subscribe by email :)
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Princess Golden Hair said...

I would use it for our pictures from out trip to San Lucia.

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Phyllis said...

I would like to make and print my own greeting cards

MaggieM said...

First, I would complete a Christmas scrapbook for my daughter-in-law who is patiently waiting, then birthday cards and invitations for my granddaughter's birthday. Just thinking of all the images and embellishments I could print off the Scrapbook 2009 brings tears of joy to my eyes. I have always made my own cards, so now I could make them look more professional with the Hallmark Card Kit! Yahoo!

maggie@mannwieler.com

MaggieM said...

I subscribe/follow by email :)

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Anonymous said...

I would make greeting for everyone I like and love.

Rebecca said...

I've spent the last two years working on a cookbook for my son, who is now on his own and missing home cooked meals. We live thousands of miles from our 'home' area and you can't get the food we grew up on at any restaurant. Although I was always artistic and crafty, I am struggling with this project. I was adding pictures of him or family members that used to make this for him and it turns out that my creativity does not extend to scrap books. He has watched anxiously for this present for the last few years and is about to give up hope. And I'm about ready to just print them up and put them in a card file, but the scrapbook was such a great idea.

Tracy said...

I would start by creating Valentines Day cards for all my friends and family and send out some major love to my peeps ;-)

patty said...

I would put together a scapbook of my daughters. I have been wanting to do this for a long time.

K Amos said...

I would like to make some calendars

Francine said...

My son is getting married and I want to be able to help them in as many ways as possible. This would be ideal!! Thanks so much for creating the possibility!
ftallent@cfl.rr.com

aajacques said...

My first project would be a scrapbook of my new baby.

stampedwithgrace said...

I'm having a baby in April, so I'd work on baby pages!

stampedwithgrace said...

your button's on my blog :)

Jenna said...

I would create things for my wedding.

Jenna said...

I subscribe!

cathirushing said...

FAMILY HISTORY BEFORE IT IS ALL LOST

Don A. said...

I would scrapbook about my cruise to Egypt!

Brenda S. said...

I would love to make some custom calendars to send all my family that live in other states! Thanks!
Stampnsark@aol.com

Sunnyvale said...

Photo greeting cards

DePro said...

My anniversary is on Valentines day and it's hard to find an Anniversary Valentines card. I'd work on that for sure.

windycindy said...

Hi! I would start on a Mini-Journal
for each of my two sons. Many thanks for the chance to win such a fantastic prize! Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am subscribed to your site!
Thanks again, Cindi
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Dree said...

I would use my grandmother's photos of her family while she was growing up.

miriama said...

I would give this to my daughter who would use it for the scrapbooking.

miriama said...

I subscribe

Pat Connors said...

My wife is addicted to scrapbooking. Thank you for the chance to win her something useful.

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Delilah said...

This would go great with my scrapbooking projects. I would be so excited to win this prize. Thanks for the contest!

Finamoon said...

I would love to start scrapbooking my box of pictures and pictures I digitally have first.
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Finamoon said...

I subscribe.
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susan1215 said...

I would love to make some custom calendars

julie604 said...

I could definitely use the card maker. I tried making our Christmas cards on my own and didn't get them all out before Christmas. I need all the help I can get. ;)

shopannies said...

graduation is right around the corner so i would say graduation cards or a scrapbook page about the 12 years of school for my daughter

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shopannies said...

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her5boys said...

I would work on Valentine's Day cards for the family!

Barb K. said...

I would start making birthday cards for everyone in my big family!

pickledseeds said...

I would make a scrapbook of my wedding (that took place 14 years ago!). Then I would make birthday cards for all my family and friends.

Dave said...

My first project will be a calendar of photos of my nephews for my mom. Thank you for the great give-away.

Haggatha said...

If I won this, I would take all of the pictures from my mothers childhood, and through until now and organize them and scrapbook them up and put them on cd's for any family members that would like to have them. This of course will take me a very, very long time because my mother is 68 yrs old and that's a lot of memories to go thru. LOL the fun part is trying to remember who half the people were. :)

Anonymous said...

I would work on my daughters Baby/Scrap book. She is 19 months old and I just finished the pages of her baby shower.
Thanks,
Linda
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Mindie100 said...

I would work on my son's baby album...yes he is turning 3 but being the second child this baby book is on the back burner.

whitten100 @ yahoo dot com

hale2005 said...

First project will be making Easter cards!

Margaret said...

I'd make a family tree scrapbook.My aunt has a large collection of family pice going back as far as 7 generations.Would be great for next year family renioun.

LIDARKSIDE said...

I would work on baby books for our two children.

Kari said...

I'd work on an album for my sister, she has a new baby who is only a few weeks old!

Kari said...

Im also a subscriber and follower!

cpullum said...

I would put all of our winter pictures together first!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

rosannepm said...

A scrapbook of my son
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rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber
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amweeks said...

I would start with that Scrapbook Studio Deluxe (wow! 1,200+ Templates and 7,000+ Hallmark Art Images?!). I have a few years worth of my childrens' pictures that I haven't done a THING with! I would make each of them a beautiful memory book of their first years!

amweeks said...

I'm a subscriber!

Leane said...

I would work on a baby book for my son (who is 18 mo. already)...this would be a great win, and a great way to get me started on it....

Leane said...

I am a long-time subscriber.......webleaneATyahooDOTcom

superdavefive said...

I would use this to make up custom photo albums and make custom cards/ invitations.

Thanks for the contest.
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Butterfly said...

I would definitely work on organizing all the pics of my kids.

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Butterfly said...

I am a subscriber.

Debbie Criss said...

My sister-in-law loves scrap booking. Her birthday is in April. I would love to win for a gift. Please enter me, thank you

Julie D said...

I would start working on my kids' scrapbook stuff.

Julie D said...

I have your button.

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
would love to do some calendars for my grandkids

cdrury said...

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stupendousdan said...

I'd make a birthday card for my brother.

janetfaye said...

I would love to make Easter cards for my family.

Thank you!

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janetfaye said...

Subscribed.

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doodlegirl said...

birthday cards

jill190 said...

I have scrapebook the old fashion way!

tsslug said...

I am a scrapbooker
I sure would like to win
I am a subscriber

Anonymous said...

Linz said:
Wonderful giveaway -
I'd use it for my travel pictures.
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Rick said...

Give it to my Mother :p

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Erica said...

I would use it to make invites for my baby's first birthday! Thanks for the giveaway!




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Becky said...

I would use it for my youngest granddaughters upcoming birthday! This looks like it would be a blast to use.

Thanks so much!

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shawn said...

I think i would do a scrapbook project for my sister-in-laws wedding & our trip to it..

shawn said...

i subscribe

Think about it said...

scrap booking or maybe wedding invitations.

Tanya Wilson said...

I would love to be able to work on some more creative scrapbooking projects with my kids. Thanks for the entry!

Sarah S said...

I would make my son's 2-year birthday invitations!

Sarah S said...

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elizberry said...

I would work on a card with pictures of my son for grandma! elizberry {at} aol {dot} com

Kimberly said...

I have a huge box of family photos, some of them very old. I'd use this to get those organized once and for all! This looks like a really great product. Thank you!
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Anonymous said...

I could sure use an updated version. 4 beautiful granddaughters! what do you think?mkgrbs@embarqmail.com

sallyanne03 said...

I would start working on my daughter's scrapbook, that I have good intentions of STARTING! sallyanne03@gmail.com

sallyanne03 said...

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Jayfr said...

My daughters have been wanting to do something creative on the computer. This looks good. We'd probably do a project scrapbook page for a birthday party.

Gabriel J. said...

I would crate unique calendars to share with my family.

deedleweedle said...

A variety of birthday cars, so I'd always have some on hand.

Jammie said...

I love making my own cards its more personal and I love scrapbooking on the computer

TX_Jen34 said...

I'd like to scrapbook my millions of pictures!!

Beverley said...

My husband and I would enjoy making our own greeting and Christmas cards.

Ken said...

First I'd get that stack of assorted photos organized into scrapbooks and later print holiday cards as needed. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

buba49 said...

we are working from a two year old set time to upgrade .
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Kathy said...

I would take all of the wonderful photos that I've taken of my 2 granddaughters, and make a scrapbook with the photos along with poetry that I've written throughout the years. I think that when they were older, they would appreciate this.

turboterp said...

I would start working on my niece's May birthday party!

paula h said...

I would work on doing some scrap book pages of my son for his baby book.

kathy pease said...

i would start making easter cards :)

kathy pease said...

im a subscriber klp1965@myfairpoint.net :)

techyone said...

I'd do a family tree scrapbook for my son. He helps me work on the genealogy and is real interested in it.

AmberRose95 said...

I have pictures of our trip to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island that need to be put into the scrapbook--this would most certainly help! Thank you for the contest!

AmberRose95{at}gmail.com

AmberRose95 said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Bonnie in FL said...

with 19 grandkids I would love to win this so that I can make cards fit for the child and occasion not the geniric cards in the stores

Anonymous said...

I would love this to make my own personalkzed greeting cards! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

Bev said...

I would begin the project of scrap booking my kids' photos. Thanks for the contest.

jb said...

I would start making post cards for a party I am going to have.
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Taylor said...

Art design for some jewelry I'd like to make. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

Jinxy and Me said...

I would make birthday cards for all of my relatives!

Jinxy and Me said...

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jcamp2020 said...

I love doing calendars. I did three of them at the beginning of this year. If you haven't done them before, you should try it out. They make great gifts.

Ummm...Conner must be keeping you in another world..'cause this contest ends on February 30th? :) Been there, oh, yeah!

Brooke said...

First would test some stuff out then most likely I would be making a scrapbook of the kiddos for the grandparents...

justicecw said...

I would love to organize all my son's baby pictures! justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

I am a subscriber. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would make all My cards for the year and date them and have them ready and I would send You a MAJOR THANK YOU NOTE kaysweep@att.net

Ardy22 said...

My first project would be to make a nice birthday card for my niece

Ardy22 said...

also subscribe via email!

coriwestphal said...

My hubby has a bday coming up in March. I'd make him a nice bday card! Thanks!

coriwestphal said...

I'm a subscriber.

Amy said...

I would make a scrapbook for each of my 3 children. I've been wanting to do this for some time now, and this software would really help.

Lynn H said...

I alwats wanted to start scrapbooking and if I win this, it might encourage me to get started! Thanks for the chance for this great giveaway!

jayne said...

I would use it to make cards for my family and friends! Thank you!

Carolyn said...

My daughter would probably want this and she'd make cards for her friends and scrapbook with her brother.

Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

Angela said...

My parent's 50th anniversary is coming. It would be great to make them a scrapbook of their years together.

Kathy said...

Our first grandchild is due in May! You know what I'm going to do with this great prize. Announcements, scrapbook you name it! Thanks for the giveaway.

donnac36 said...

Im embarassed to admit that my second niece is a year and a half old and I havent even started a scrapbook for her yet. I have made many for her older sister. This would really help me get started!!
donnac36@comcast.net

Tylerpants said...

This would be fabulous for making some Easter cards!

Tylerpants said...

Im a subscriber.

leelee said...

I'd love to use this to make birthday cards, it'd save me a small fortune!

Bakersdozen said...

First I would work on 2 birthdays that are coming up in my family. Then I would tackle Easter. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

kat said...

My grandchildren always look forward of getting cards from me like birthday, Easter or any other holiday and I would love to learn to make my own.

Reyn said...

I do genealogy, was trying to figure out a way to make a pretty photo album/scrapbook for all of the old family photos. Hallmark Scrapbook Studio Deluxe 3.0 would make it so much fun.

Heather said...

I would work with all the photos from our last vacation.

Heather said...

subscriber

Peggy said...

I would have so much fun! Plenty of birthday and anniversary cards. Plus I enjoy sending a card just to say hello.
Thanks for this awesome giveaway
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