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DIY Wedding Invitations – How to ‘Design it Yourself’ Without the Stress of ‘Do it Yourself’ 

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When you dream about your wedding, how do you imagine it? Have you considered DIY wedding invitations ​as you want them to be unique and personal to you both? If the answer is yes, STOP right there! The DIY or ‘do it yourself’ approach whilst very personal can also be very time consuming. Unless you have the skills required, it can also be very stressful. (Have a read of ‘Why You Need a Wedding Stationer’ for more information.)

So, here’s my suggestion. Rather than ‘do it yourself’ how about ‘design it yourself’ and let me do the rest? Your exclusive luxury wedding invites can be designed by you and handmade ​with skill and perfection ​by me.

I recently worked with Ellie on her ‘DIY’ wedding invitations. Ellie and her partner Mark wanted very unique and personal handmade wedding invitations and the outcome was just perfect.

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Getting to know my client

‘Hiya, I’ve been following your page for quite some time now and it’s finally time for me to start thinking about ordering our wedding invitations… I have a few ideas as to what we’d like …’

Ellie got in touch via my Inspired by Lisa facebook page which she had been following for some time. She had been searching for her dream wedding invitations without success. Ellie had a collection of saved images for inspiration along with a head full of ideas. She knew the look that she wanted to achieve but couldn’t find it anywhere.​ ​We talked about the wedding venue, the chosen colour scheme and the look that they both wanted to achieve for their wedding invitations. The wedding venue was particularly important as it is on a beach in Ilfracombe in Devon. This was to become the main theme for the invitations.

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Unique ‘DIY’ wedding invitations

Ellie sent me various images she had collected for inspiration. She was also very keen to fulfil her own ideas. Ellie and Mark had their own wedding logo which had already been uniquely designed for them to use throughout their wedding. T​his logo was a must for their wedding invitations too.​ They had also recently had an engagement photoshoot on a beach in Ilfracombe and really wanted to make use of their beautiful images.

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Design Ideas

I discussed at length with Ellie, several design ideas. It was important at this stage to discover what Ellie liked and disliked and the design elements that were most important to her. I listened to Ellie’s requirements and looked at the images she had sent me for inspiration. I shared several images of wedding invitations that I had already made along with suggestions of how I could incorporate everything that she wanted and keep with her beach theme. Ellie particularly liked my Meadow pocketfold design with the wash background and a personalised belly band.

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Handmade wedding invitation samples

These handmade wedding invitations were going to be very bespoke and a sample would definitely be required. Ellie wasn’t quite sure what I meant by some of the design elements that I suggested, however she was happy for me to try design ideas.  She was confident in my skills as well as my understanding of her ideas and the look she wanted to achieve. I produced 2 samples based on all that we had discussed. This meant she had some choice and alternative ideas to consider.​ ​Before making Ellie’s samples, we discussed the possible cost of subsequent invites to keep things transparent and informed.

‘You’re literally the best! Never been more thankful for stumbling across a Facebook page. (I was getting stressed about finding a stationer) x’

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DIY Wedding Invitations Order

‘Hi Lisa! We received our samples yesterday and are absolutely over the moon with what you’ve put together for us. So I’ll get in touch in the next day or so to confirm everything and have a look at starting to write the info etc we’d like xx’  

Ellie and Matt received their samples and were ​over the moon. Ellie was very precise, and after discussions with her Maid of Honours, she ha​d​ a few tweaks that she wanted me to try for her. The third sample was sent and we were good to go!

‘So we received our third sample today…… and we absolutely LOVE IT!!! The logo looks amazing the way you’ve done it. Thank you so so much for adapting it all, it all looks amazing.’

‘I know I’m a perfectionist but thank you so so much for your patience. They are going to be PERFECT!!! Xxx’

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Final handmade bespoke wedding invitations

The next stage in the process was for Elle and Matt to place their order. Once the design was approved, Ellie sent me all of the wording that she would like to include in her invitations. I arranged it accordingly and sent proofs via email. Of course, there were many unique touches to the wording such as icons instead of headings and very personal wording.

‘Hello lovely! Just wanted to let you know that I FINALLY put our invites together last night and got them all posted this morning. They’re absolutely perfect – can’t wait for people to start receiving them!! X

‘They’re exactly what I wanted and a million times more x’

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Thank you

When Ellie first contacted me, she had no idea what to expect​ from me but knew what she wanted to achieve​. After much conversation she gained trust in my knowledge and experience and felt confident that I was able to achieve what she wanted. Thank you so much to Ellie and Mark for choosing me to make their perfect wedding invitations for them. I am very excited to be making their matching ‘on the day’ stationery soon.

‘Just wanna say a massive thank you to Lisa for our wedding invitations. They’ve been sat here for a few weeks now but yesterday evening I finally put them all together and posted them out this morning. They are absolutely PERFECT. I am, annoyingly, an absolute perfectionist when it comes to things like this and had Lisa tweaking the tiniest of things over the course of us designing these and putting our ideas together and not once did she object. They are absolutely everything we thought they’d be and so much more – I’ve never been more grateful to have stumbled across a Facebook page. I cannot wait for our guests to receive them over the next few days! Thank you so so much Lisa, you are so great! I’ll continue to recommend you to anyone that asks and we’ll be in touch soon to organise our signage’ – Ellie and Matt

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Save The Date – Reasons Why You Should Send Wedding Save The Date Cards

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Once you have booked the wedding date, your wedding planning to-do list will be full steam ahead. Wedding save the date cards may well be one of the first items on your to-do list. Possibly with a question mark. Whilst not mandatory they are a very useful way of making sure your guests are available for your wedding date. I know from experience that the earlier you can let your guests know of your wedding date, the more likely they are to be able to attend. I chose not to send wedding save the date cards when I got married. As a result some of my most important guests had already booked their holidays. Here are a few useful reasons why you should send wedding save the date cards.

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What is the purpose of a wedding save the date card?

A save the date card is essentially alerting your guests that they are invited to your wedding and a formal wedding invitation will follow. Your guests can mark the date on their busy calendars. This allows them to make plans around your wedding date and avoid double booking. Let’s face it, who doesn’t have a busy schedule these days (well, in normal times which are coming)? Many people book both personal and professional dates and events well in advance. The more notice you can give your guests the more likely they are to be able to attend. Wedding save the date cards are also particularly useful if the wedding is abroad or your guests will need to travel. This allows them extra time to make arrangements. 

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When should we send our wedding save the dates?

Save the date cards can be sent as soon as you have booked your wedding date and confirmed your venue. If you have booked your wedding date a long time in advance and would like to wait a little, then a good time scale would be 12-18 months before your wedding to send save the date cards. Bear in mind that you will need to have a confirmed guest list before sending wedding save the dates. Once a save the date card is sent, your guest will expect a formal invitation to follow so you can’t un-invite them at this stage! My advice would be to only send them to those you know you 100% want at your wedding. You can always add to the list as you go.

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What information should you include on wedding save the date cards?

The great thing about save the date cards is that you can keep them simple. As mentioned earlier, this is simply to notify your guests that they are invited to your wedding and should save the date in their diary. Your names, wedding date, and the location are sufficient. It is important to mention the location if the wedding is going to be abroad or if your guests will need to travel. However, some couples like to keep the venue secret for a little longer. If you plan to send wedding save the date cards to both day and evening guests you should also specify this on the card to avoid any confusion at a later date. My advice would be to send save the dates to your day guests initially and then consider the evening guests a little later on.

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Can’t we just send wedding invitations really early and not send save the date cards?

Quite often a lot of information will need to be included in a wedding invitation. It will need to include the venue, time of ceremony, possibly menu options, local accommodation, gift information, RSVP card with reply date etc. (For more help with this click here.) Much of the information that needs to be included may not have been finalised at the early stages of planning. It is also possible that you may not have finalised your wedding colour scheme. This would need to be reflected in your invitations. It is not essential to show your wedding style and colours in your save the date cards. If necessary they can be made in neutral colours. This also adds to the anticipation of receiving the actual wedding invitation.

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Brides prerogative

So you have booked your wedding date and the excitement is building. You want the whole world to know you are getting married. You are probably simply just too excited and can’t wait to share your wedding date with your guests. This is a perfect reason to send wedding save the date cards! This will also build up more excitement and anticipation for the wedding as your guests will eagerly await formal invitations.

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We are planning for a brighter future

Whilst save the date cards are not as essential as your wedding invitations, they are very useful. It is the perfect way to ensure you have your most important guests at your wedding. With the postponement of many weddings throughout 2020 and now 2021 due to COVID-19, the future is looking extremely busy for weddings once they return. Making sure your guests save the date for your wedding in advance has never been so important as we all begin to catch up on the holidays and events we have missed. We are all keen to plan and fill up our diaries again with exciting things to look forward to. Now more than ever we want to be surrounded by our family and friends so don’t leave it to chance. Send a wedding save the date card!

Let’s get planning and looking forward.

We absolutely love our Save The Day cards that Lisa made for us. We chose a lavender theme and Lisa is going to work with us to incorporate lavender into the place settings on the day. The service was amazing, Lisa is so friendly and we are so excited to send the cards out ♥️‘ – Kerry & Richard

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If you are ready to order your save the date cards or would like more information about any wedding stationery please get in touch by clicking the button below.

Wedding Stationery Staffordshire – 10 Items of Wedding Stationery you Didn’t Know you Needed for Your Wedding Day

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The wedding invitations were sent months ago! The RSVP’s are finally in and the guest list has been finalised. It’s nearly time for your BIG DAY. Here are 10 items of wedding stationery you didn’t know you needed for your wedding day?

1. Church Wedding Ceremony Order of Service Booklet

If you are getting married in a Church, an order of service booklet is an important part of your wedding stationery. You and your guests will need to know the order of the ceremony and at what points they are required to join in with singing and prayers. The booklet will also include hymns and readings.

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Image by James Tracey Photgraphy

2. Civil Ceremony and Reception Order of the Day

We all love to know what is happening and when, right!? A wedding day is perfectly planned and timings are vital to keep the day running smoothly. Including an Order of the Day as part of your wedding stationery will please your guests enormously by telling them where they need to be and at what time. They will especially love to know what time they are being fed!!

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Image by Inspired by Lisa

3. Wedding Guest Seating Plan

This element of wedding stationery can be a real show stopper as well as functional. If you would like your guests to be seated at certain tables for the wedding breakfast, then this is essential. There are lots of creative ways to display your seating plan from traditional ornate frames with floral decoration to individual tables in vintage frames.

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

4. Table Names or Numbers for each Table

When your guests have found their name on the seating plan, they then need to find their table. Whether you have simple numbers or have chosen a name for each table, this will coordinate with your seating plan. Choosing a theme or names for your tables can be a great way of adding personal and unique touches to your wedding day.

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5. Guest Table Place Setting

A place setting, possibly a place card or tag, is not just an item of wedding stationery but can often be a wedding keepsake too. Guests love to take home a snippet of your day as a reminder of the fun they had. I also think this is an important part of your table decoration and can be displayed in so many creative ways.

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography
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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

6. Wedding Breakfast Menu

As wedding stationery goes, I believe this one is vital! Your guests will want to know what they are about to eat. Whether you have a set menu, or your guests have chosen what they wanted to eat beforehand, they will need a reminder. If your guests chose there menu before the wedding day having personlaised menus is a great help. Often they made their choices months in advance. Would you remember what you chose?

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Image by Chelsea Shoesmith Photography

7. Personalised Wedding Guest Book

This is a very personal and much loved item of wedding stationery for you to keep forever. Asking your guests to leave messages in your guest book is a lovely thing to read as Mr & Mrs after your wedding day. It is also a lovely way to look back in years to come at the ‘expert’ advice that was offered. I am sure there will a giggle or two in there.

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8. Personalised Wedding Card Post Box

Your wedding guests will bring cards, which may often contain gift vouchers or cash. A safe and obvious place to leave cards is really useful. This can also match all of your wedding stationery and be a useful item to store your memories in after the day.

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Image by Inspired by Lisa

9. Wedding Day Signage

Signage is a great way to describe or give helpful instructions for certain parts of your wedding day. This can include things such as ‘welcome to our wedding’ sign, cake flavours for your wedding cake, reserved signs on the Church pews, or even to remind guests to sign your guest book. These are just a few ideas of which there are many more.

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10. Finally…..Do you Need Wedding Stationery or Wedding Stationary?

Wedding stationery and wedding stationary are very often confused. A lot of people use the wrong one when contacting me about their wedding stationery. So hopefully this will help;

STATIONERY is a noun that means tools used in an office or for writing such as paper and pens. You can remember E for Envelopes or ER in paper.

STATIONARY is an adjective used to describe something that is still or not moving. Remember the AR in parked car.

I hope this gives you a good idea of what wedding stationERy you will need. You definitely don’t want a stationARy wedding day! If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and wedding stationery, please do get in touch. I can provide all of what you need to match your wedding day theme.

Several of the images used within this blog are from a recent photoshoot that was photographed by the wonderful Chelsea Shoesmith Photography. To see behind the scenes at the photoshoot at The Upper House, please read my blog post. Other professional images where specified are by James Tracey Photography and Katie Mortimore. Non-professional images are taken by me!

Lisa xx

The biggest thank you ever to Lisa for making such beautiful stationery for our wedding day. Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with from my first enquiry before I’d even placed an order, and she captured my vision perfectly. She works to such a high professional standard, I couldn’t find fault with any of her work. The quality of the materials Lisa uses is just stunning and really makes everything feel like it’s been made with love and care. Lisa was so friendly and professional, I didn’t feel rushed at all, everything worked around my timings and when deliveries were convenient for me and when the deliveries came everything was packaged with the upmost care so nothing was damaged – including my table plan which came in a frame! I cannot thank Lisa enough or recommend her highly enough, if you truly want something bespoke and luxurious that’s made with love and care with fantastic attention to detail then you must must must order with Lisa xxx ‘ – Pia

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Rustic Wedding Invitations – Jessica and Mitch’s Rustic Wedding Stationery for their Wedding at The White Hart at Lydgate

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I first met Jessica and Mitch in May 2019. Having found me through Instagram, Jessica got in touch to discuss rustic wedding invitations and stationery. The wedding date was set for Friday 21st February 2020 in a Church and followed by a reception at The White Hart Inn at Lydgate. Jessica loved my handmade wedding stationery, but couldn’t make a decision as to what she wanted for her rustic themed wedding. We decided that a face to face consultation would be best. I met with Mitch, Jessica and her lovely Mum Julie in May 2019. After much discussion and cups of tea, they had chosen their perfect rustic wedding invitations with matching rustic wedding stationery.

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Choosing Rustic Wedding Invitations and Stationery Perfect for Their Wedding Theme

Jessica had already seen one of my rustic wedding invitation ranges that she was in love with. The range is called Rural and features Kraft card (which is a brown, recycled card), with lots of rustic textures. Having viewed many more ideas from my design ranges, she fell in love with an ivory iridescent card which has a beautiful soft shimmer. This was chosen for the main body of the day wedding invitations and evening invitations. This was combined with the Kraft card and textures to make their perfect rustic wedding invitations.

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Rustic Wedding Invitation Styles

I have a range of rustic wedding invitation types including pocketfolds, traditional folded cards and flat cards. After discussing how much information Jessica and Mitch wanted to give their guests, we started planning for the style of invitation. It was also important to Jessica that her guests were able to have their invitation on display in their home.She wanted to put her own stamp on things too, so opted for a traditional folded card with an internal pocket with design adaptions to my Rural design range.

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Deciding what Rustic Wedding Stationery to Have ‘On The Day’?

As the wedding ceremony was in a Church, an order of service was required for the guests. They wanted to keep it simple, so we agreed on a smaller order of service booklet. In keeping with their rustic theme, the booklets would be displayed in a straw filled basket for guests to collect on entering the Church. For the wedding breakfast tables, they required a menu booklet for the centre of each table. Jessica also hired a fabulous wooden, light up heart on which to display her table plan. I made each table separately in the theme of her rustic wedding invitations. Each table was in a wooden frame.

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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Adding Personal Unique Touches to Their Wedding Day

Jessica has a large circle of friends and each of them would have been Bridesmaids had it been possible. She really wanted to make each of these girls feel special and a very important part of her wedding day. She asked me to make small personalised cards to be attached to gifts for each of them.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

Working with Jessica and Mitch on all of their rustic wedding invitations and matching stationery was an absolute joy. After their wedding, they wrote me a wonderful review for which I am very grateful.

‘Lisa made our invites for our big day and then went on to make our order of service, signs, table plan names, menus etc. Everything was such beautiful amazing quality, Lisa was always great to communicate with and everything really was perfectly made. Thank you again Lisa, Love Jess and Mitch! xxx’

Wishing Mr & Mrs Thomson the most wonderful life together. Thank you for choosing me to be part of your special day.

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Image by James Tracey Photography

For more 5* customer reviews, please take a look here. Thank you to Jessica and Mitch for allowing me to use their professional photos from their wedding day by James Tracey Photography. Please check out his beautiful website. All other images are from Inspired by Lisa. If you would like to discuss your wedding invitations and stationery, do get in touch. Jessica and Mitch chose my Rural design range as a starting point for their rustic wedding invitations and stationery.

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Image by James Tracey Photography
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Wedding Invitations and Stationery – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Wedding Stationer

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Once you have set the date and booked your wedding venue, you will be starting to think about your wedding invitations and stationery. Personalised wedding invitations are pretty important if you want some guests right!? With all of the excitement and planning, you may have great intentions to make your own wedding invites. Here are 5 reasons why you need a wedding stationer instead.

1. Setting the Wedding Day Tone with Your Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Your wedding invitations are the very first insight your guests will have into your wedding day. What a joy to open that luxury envelope to find the most perfect wedding invitation. Setting the tone for one of the most exciting and important days of your life. The quality of your wedding invites says a great deal about what to expect on the day. A wedding stationer knows just how to set that tone for you, working with a variety of budgets. With all good intentions, there is a difference between handmade and homemade! A professional handmade wedding invitation requires a great deal of skill and should exude quality, no matter what the budget.

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2. Making Wedding Invitations and Stationery Requires Experience, Knowledge and Skill

Believe it or not, making wedding invitations and stationery, takes a great deal of skill. We are experienced in what we do and do it all day, every day. It may sound silly, but if a line isn’t straight, you and your guests WILL notice. That takes practice too, even with a design degree! As professional wedding stationers, we have the knowledge to advise on styles, from rustic wedding invitations to elegant table plans, as well as card choice, wedding invitation wording, and ‘on the day’ wedding stationery. Inspired by Lisa has grown from strength to strength since 2007 and I am very proud to have a wealth of knowledge and experience. This experience doesn’t just include designing and making personalised wedding stationery, but also a knowledge of helpful wedding planning tips too.

3. How to Find Inspiration

Wedding stationers are a very creative bunch. Being able to offer clients inspiration based on their ideas is essential. You can Pinterest until your heart’s content, but then knowing how to execute an idea or adapt it to suit your wedding theme takes time. Inspiration is all part of the design process and having somebody to offer you inspiration and a solution is key to achieving the look that you desire.

4. Do you Have Time to Spare?

Time is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of making wedding invitations and stationery. Planning a wedding is time consuming and can be very stressful. Having a wedding stationer is a guarantee that you will alleviate some of that stress. How many people under-estimate their time? Do you really have time in your busy lives to design your wedding stationery, source quality supplies, print, cut and assemble carefully to a standard that you are happy with? I have lost count of the amount of panicked brides that contact me, not realising that making wedding invitations was MUCH more difficult than they anticipated. DIY wedding invitations will cause you unwanted stress!

5. Wedding Invitation Wording and the Many Variations

This can be a bit overwhelming, as chances are; you have never done this before. When it comes to wedding invitation wording, there are a multitude of things that can be included and different ways to word them. Your wedding invites need to look beautiful as well as serve a purpose without going over the top with information. We can also offer lots of advice on how to word your invitations based on your family arrangements. You definitely don’t want to upset your new in-laws with this one. Oh, and not forgetting that elephant in the room….gifts!! I have written a more in-depth blog on What To Include in Your Wedding Invitations well worth a read.

Working with a wedding stationery company will offer you peace of mind. The stationery will be finished on time and stress free. Another tick on your ever expanding to-do list too! Please get in touch for a very informal chat to see how I can help you, so that you can enjoy your wedding planning, without the stress! Check out my Instagram and Facebook pages for regularly updated inspiration.

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