Saturday, April 14, 2012

sketch support blog hop | let’s party


*If you are just starting at my blog, make sure you begin at the Sketch Support blog to begin the hop!
Welcome to the blog hop to get to know the design team for Sketch Support! My name is Christine Chain. I am a preschool-based speech-language pathologist, wife, and mother of three--Brandon (7), Olivia (6 in a week!), and Abbie (3 1/2).

The hop is running today, April 14. If you leave a comment on each blog, you get a chance at some individual prizes on each blog, as well as a chance at another prize from Sketch Support!
In addition to many chances at prizes, I hope you enjoy going from blog to blog, seeing the wonderful takes on this sketch:

09 june basic sketch

*If you want a downloadable version of the sketch, please get it at Sketch Support.
Here’s my take on the sketch:

03-let's-party

Supplies – patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Fancy Pants; letter stickers: Thickers by American Crafts, My Little Shoebox; tags & buttons: American Crafts; ink: Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink by Ranger

I really liked this sketch & was glad that I got to scrap some pics from my son’s birthday party in February. I kept the photos & paper pieces the same sizes as in the sketch, but I did make a few variations.

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1) I decided to use journaling strips. Mostly because I had adhered the paper & photos & then realized I still needed to write something! I could’ve just hand written it, but I didn’t want that look on this layout.

I also changed the arrow to another strip of paper & a button. I didn’t have any arrows and didn’t like the ones I tried to make. So I grabbed a pack of fun buttons that went with the paper I was already using.

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2) Again, I didn’t use arrows. This time I thought I needed something bigger, so I used two tags; one on top vertically, and one underneath horizontally.

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3) I forgot the title was supposed to go across the photo until after I printed it. I totally could’ve cropped it differently, but thankfully I could still fit what I wanted to say above the photo. I still have two lines & I love how it turned out!
And because this is a “get to know you” blog hop…let’s get to know me!

How long have you been scrapbooking? I’ve been “scrapbooking” (as we all know it) since sometime in late 1999. However, I’ve been cropping photos, trying to organize them in albums (yes, the old “magnetic” ones!), labeling them, and adding stickers & other tid-bits since probably 7th grade…back in 1989. Wow!

Why did you start scrapbooking? I didn’t like how when you opened my parents’ albums, you didn’t know what you were looking at (besides lots of pictures). They took tons of photos, and had tons of albums, but the only information was the year on the spine of the album. So when I started putting together my own photo albums in 7th grade, I cropped my photos down and used a sharpie on the page so anyone would know what they were seeing. I even added my own little cute titles on each page! As time went on, my pages (and style) evolved into what it is today.

What is your favorite time of day to scrapbook? If I could choose? In the afternoon when my kids are playing in the next room. But I usually don’t get to choose & scrap late at night.

How often do you scrapbook? Only a couple of times a week now. Sad smile Boo! I just went back to work 4 days a week this last August, so between that & three kids…well, I scrap when I can!

Where do you scrapbook/what does your space look like? I have an office, and I have a desk. But that desk has been hidden under a bunch of supplies for a while. I really need to clean it up & reorganize…but I’d rather scrap (or shop!).

When I'm not scrapbooking you can find me...at one of my girls’ dance classes, at my son’s baseball games, or running errands at Target. And generally behind a camera at the same time.

What is your favorite thing about using sketches? I don’t have to think! Ha! My brain is on overload all day long, so when I want to unwind by scrapbooking, I just want to play with my photos & some paper, and know that they will look great when I put them together because I started with a great sketch!

What is your favorite sketch from Sketch Support? Hard to choose! I love them all, but as I went back thru a bunch of my older layouts, this one caught my eye:

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Based on this sketch:


I like that there is a lot patterned paper, a few accents, and a large block of photos that can be resized as needed.

Thank you for visiting my blog! Feel free to scroll around, and please sign up to follow if you want to keep track of my posts. And be sure to leave a comment to get a chance to win one of two “Sketches for Scrapbooking” books! I am giving away Allison Davis’ most recent editions: One-Pages Sketches volume 2 and Travel Sketches.

The contest closes Monday 4/16 at 6pm, PDT.

125 comments:

  1. Gosh, I love both of your pages! They are so fun! Great photos too!

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  2. I love the background paper on your layout. Nice colors. It looks like you had a fun time with the boys. I too think stories need to be told vs looking at photos only. This should be the reason we all create scrapbooks.

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  3. very cute! i especially like your favorite design page!

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  4. My son states he loves your layout (actually he loves laser tag!!) But I also think your layout is great!!

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  5. TFS. I love your Friday night lo!

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  6. Very adorable interpetation of this inspiring sketch. Thanks for showcasing it. love your photos, colours and products. nice to read about you Christine! thanks for the blog hop and opportunity to win awesome prizes!

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  7. Love the way the pictures just pop against your background. I always enjoy seeing your work.

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  8. Great layout, love the background paper. The accents are great and really highlight the pictures.

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  9. I LOVE your layout! So simple but looks so great!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Love your layout! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Fun page! I really like your color choices!

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  12. I love both of the layouts in your blog! TFS!

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  13. What a great page and adorable banner on the top!! Love your pages. Thanks for the chance to win the sketch books.

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  14. Great layouts. Your kids are adorable.

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  15. Awesome, lo's!

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    {Pattie's passion}

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

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  16. I like it. Your title balances the with your photos so nicely. And I've always like journaling stripes, I've never been able to place them very well, yours is great.

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  17. Great take on the sketch. The photos are very "active" (what little boys aren't?), so it's perfect that you went with "mellow" papers that really showcase the photos.

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  18. Love that page, PP background is fabulous! thanks for sharing!

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  19. Congrats on being chosen for the Sketch Support team! Love how the red leads your eyes throught the layout :)

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  20. Great pics. Love the embellies & PP.

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  21. Wow, great take on the sketch! I really like the way it turned out! Your photos look great, even without a mat. I tend to go mat crazy, and I love your look. Thanks for taking time to share!

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  22. I love your clean scrapping style, well done on the sketch, I love your layout. It is good to learn a bit more about my fellow DT members.

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  23. Christine, I always love your layouts and this one is no exception!! I grew up in Fair Oaks and my family still lives in Sacramento. In fact, my mom is at the Green T 5th birthday bash crop today (I hope you are too)!! Thanks for sharing your great pages!

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  24. what a fun page, thanks for sharing it

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  25. Great LO. I also really like the one you chose as your fav from sketch support

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  26. I like the buttons instead of the arrows!

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  27. Fun layout. I really like all your choices for embellishments, everything goes so well!

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  28. cool layout! they look like they had a great time!

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  29. Very cute and fun layout. Love the colors. TFS

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  30. Love your take on the sketch! Great layout!

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  31. Great layout! I love how you used one tag behind the other.

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  32. Very cute!! I like your pattern paper as the background and your cardstock in front of that. Everything goes together very well.

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  33. Great layout! Looking forward to seeing more of your work on Sketch Support.

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  34. Thank you for the inspiration! It's been fun to see how all the designers interpret the sketch.

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  35. Love your clean lines. Great sketch.

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  36. wonderful work! I absolutely adore sketches! this hop has been such a motivational and inspirational experience! thanks so much!

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  37. Great clean lines with just enough embellishment IMO!

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  38. Great pages. Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Awesome layouts Christina! Thanks for sharing :)
    -Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  40. i am getting so much inspiration from this blog hop i know what i will be doing tonight while everyone is at work! thanks!

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  41. What a great page---love the paper selection! Your journal strips are so neat and look perfect there! Thanks for sharing a bit about you and for the chance to win!

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  42. A fun layout with great paper and photos! Thanks for sharing today!

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  43. I do believe your favorite sketch could be MY favorite sketch! Love how you used it!

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    Thanks for this chance!

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  45. Great page - looks like they had a fun time! Love the journalling strips - they give a really clean look. Am adding you to my Reader for future browsing!

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  46. I love your LO, the papers and embellies are great, and I just love the bday pics, so cute!

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  47. Your layout is just great :) I like anything that has 'stitching' too! The photos are great, what fun :)

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  48. Great layout! Really like the stitching on the title! Thank you for letting us get to know you better and a chance to win a great prize!

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  49. Those red stripes really grab your attention! Love the layouts and use black & white photos a lot for the "busier" papers myself.

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    1. The photos and the event really worked well for this sketch! great job!

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  50. Great layouts and clean lines!!! Love the stitching. The black and white pictures stand out with the colors on the layout. The Travel Sketchbook is great, thanks for giving us a chance to win.

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  51. I love the background you used and how you did your title. Very cute pictures! Nice job!

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  52. I love the papers you chose! I love the big alpha print as the base and the yellow cardstock (it looks like cardstock on my screen) in place of the pp in the sketch. Thanks for the chance for the Travel Sketchbook . . . I'm traveling in a couple of weeks and the sketchbook would come in very handy!

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  53. Love your layout. I really like how your used print paper for your page and solid paper behind the pictures.

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  54. What great layouts and they just shout out FUN!!! Thank you for inspiring me.... I haven't scrapped for the past few months and this hop is really making me want to!

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  55. the letters you used for your title on the first layout are very popular! I'm gonna need to get me some too!

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  56. Great layout. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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  57. Love this layout - thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. Your layouts are beautiful! The favorite sketch you picked is my favorite, too! I made my all time favorite LO of my daughter using that sketch!

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  59. Thanks for telling how and why you made the sketch changes. It's refreshing to see how to fix a miscalculation of size.

    I love the second layout because I'm on a washi kick and it's perfect for that!

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  60. Oh wow, your unexpected pattern paper background and card stock strips is fantastic!

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  61. This page makes me smile, Christine!! The photos are so fun and I love the Amy Tan alphas you used! And I really like that you used the neutral color pieces of paper behind your photo area...really makes everything else pop!

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  62. great party page...love your favourite too

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  63. This was really a great page and also love your take on your favorite sketch. I like that one for the same reasons.

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  64. I love your creative directions on the sketches! Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Love your work!I actually stalk your blog now and then, I have family in Orangevale and Citrus Hts and I lived in Roseville during my first year in college, went to high school in Truckee, even though now I am living in Massachusetts! So I love seeing what you scrap about and reminding me of home... Your kids are adorable and love your style! Glad you are on the design team!

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  66. Fun pages. I love those thickers.

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  67. Great LO! I love the buttons and the different fonts for your title!

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  68. Love your clean and simple style and your choice of colors is just perfect. Looks like the boys had a great time! ~Bev~

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  69. Another fan of your clean and simple style. Saving your blog to my favs!

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  70. Love your take on the sketch! That tag is my fav! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

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  71. I love your clean style. I so love when photos are the focus of the layout. I'm now following you. :) And thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. This is now the 3rd layout in our blog hop with those AC stitched Thickers (in one color or another). They are my favorite!

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  73. i love those thickers, though mine seem to fall off and need extra glue, do you fine that? great layout, thanks!

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  74. I really enjoyed your layouts !!!

    Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win !!!

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  75. Love that layout from your favorite sketch. That is one I will be scraplifting the details of for sure! THANK you for the inspiration push!

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  76. Love it!!!
    The color combo is great and your take on the sketch really makes things look nice and cohesive. I printed the completed LO so I could lift it!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  77. I like how you changed things up and that you explained what you did (and why). Fun background paper and colors. Enjoyed your blog! Thanks!

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  78. Such a fun layout! The photos are great - boys being boys! Love everything about it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  79. Love journaling strips to tell the story

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  80. Why dont I come up with pages like this? Gorgeous!

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  81. Great layout. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  82. Definitely one of my favorites. Love the clean style. Had to pin it!

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  83. I love the red strips, they really pop off of the page. Great take on the sketch.

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  84. great layout! love the color combos you use.

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  85. Love both of your layouts- can't wait to see more. thanks for sharing.

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  86. I love the simple, yet eye catching look of this lo!

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  87. Great clean LO with lots of details!

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  88. Great layout! Love the way your improvisations turned out just right!

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  89. I really love your style and how your photos take the center of your work. TFS
    Michelle

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  90. Such a cute clean layout. Love the sketch you chose as your fave too. That is not one I have. I'll have to go try it out.

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  91. I really like your layout! I also really like that you're an SLP because I am too!

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  92. Love your page!! Fun and fabulous!!

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  93. I like the way you kept the background papers solid to keep attention on your photos. And WTG for getting decent photos at one of those party places too...and the boys are even looking at the camera! (well, mostly ;) )
    TFS!

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  94. What a fun page for a fun party. We just did one of those for the first time for my son, LOVED IT and want to do it again.

    How pretty your fave sketch is, love it.

    Thanks for the chance to win and how cool that you started so young!!

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  95. Love your layout. Really like the clean lines and how the pictures pop!

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  96. What a fun page. Thanks for sharing.

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  97. I love the way you used the tags together, but going in 2 different directions.

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  98. Love the take on the sketch, and the background paper!

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  99. I love the paper you used and how you added a few extra strips of paper. Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Lovely layout, thanks for the inspiration.

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  101. Hi Christine, I love the friday night layout! Simple background colors really makes the colored paper & accents pop as well as the black & white photos! Beautiful!

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  102. Love your pages!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Selenaintx

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  103. Love the products and color combo that you used! It looked like a fun party! Great work on your favorite sketch example as well.

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  104. Great page. I love your color choice and embellishments.

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  105. Great LO, thanks for sharing!

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  106. Beautiful page, great work.

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  107. Your colors in this layout are my favorites! :)I love love the journaling tags!

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  108. What a fun page Christine! A great photo of the dudes hangin' out!

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  109. This is such a great page, Christine! I love those flair buttons and your color choices!

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  110. Love your layout....so fresh and playful!
    Pam

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