I suck at scrapbooking but I want to make a great scrapbook! Help please!

Ashley - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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I just had my first baby. She is 3 months old. I want to make her a scrapbook that she can keep forever and really love! However I am probably the worst scrapbooker in the world! I guess I'm just not all that creative! Any ideas?!

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Judy - posted on 09/18/2009

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The thing that makes scrapbooking is the journaling. When you make a page with several pictures tell the circumstances of why the pics were taken. Granma's visit, first trip to the park, etc. Even include the date as well as city and town or street. You never know how many times you are going to move between now and when the child is old enough to read or care.

Jocelyn - posted on 09/18/2009

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if you are bad at scrapbooking (which i don't believe lol) i would recommend getting one of those pre-made scrapbooks, where you just have to glue your pics in, or try digital scrapbooking (it can be as simple as dragging and dropping your pics onto fully pre-designed pages), or Creative memories has an album line/ paper line (all pre cut 4x6 sizes...milestones i think it is called, i can't remember...) so you just have to insert the paper into an album along with normal pictures (no gluing), or you can just steal that idea and cut out your own 4x6 paper and use a photo album with clear inserts :)

Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hey hun you don't have to be that creative any more. There are lots of kits for "babys' first year" "The year of the baby" and stuff like that. Hit Michaels, ebay, any scrapbook craft shop and look for baby stuff, the ideas will come to you.



We all want our stuff to be perfect and those special moments ... lol just get to you!!



You can also search online to see other peoples baby pages and those will give you ideas of what you want to achieve.



Good luck, don't procrastinate, copy, save & scan anything & everything so that you can recreate anything if it gets lost. heck i've scanned and copied maps of disneyland for our special book, tickets, stubs, etc.

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First of all, do not beat yourself up. Second of all, I bet you are much better than you give yourself credit for. And the bottom line is that anything you do/make your daughter will love because it came from her mother........



For ideas, I suggest checking out websites. I have a blog www.scraphappychristinescorner.blogspot.com. Blogs are great source of inspiration and information (and there are a lot of them out there). Creative Memories also has a great project center full of ideas (www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet).



As far as your pages - If you have just started scrapbooking - try kits that have all the coordinating products that you would need (there are some great baby ones on my site as well as ideas). Scrapbooking can be very overwhelming when you first start out because you want to be able to do it all at once. Just with everything else you build on your knowledge and abilities over time.



And last but not least, you little one is only 3 months old - you have time:0) And if you want feedback/help with a layout; post your layouts (or email). Everyone here would love to help.



Christine Chaillet

www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet

www.scraphappychristinescorner.blogspot.com

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Diana - posted on 09/15/2012

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Stampin' Up has a great digital program - My Digital Suite that is so easy to use. You should check it out - http://dianaa.stampinup.net. But if you want to go the more traditional route - I would look into templates as others have mentioned. I'm sure you are much better than you think. I thought I sucked for a long time too but now people tell me I'm pretty good - you can check out my gallery at -http://www.scrapbook.com/places/DianaA

Melissa - posted on 09/13/2012

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Try Kiwi Lane Designs. They have these stencil type things that work great for me although others may find them to be a little silly. Check out their website at kiwilane.com. They have lots of examples and videos that give you lots of ideas! You can also use sketch books which give you TONS of layout examples.

Jasmine - posted on 02/12/2012

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I do digital scrapbooking and use photoshop. Other than the initial cost of the software and getting books printed out at the end, there's really no cost to it. You can get templates, papers, embelishments, etc. on line for free. (you can also pay for some, but you don't need to). One thing I love about it, is the fact that I can do so much more with a picture. (make it bigger, smaller, change it to b&w, sepia, flip it around if it fits better, etc.) all from my computer; I don't need to get something printed out. It's also MUCH cleaner and easier to clean up. There's pretty much no mess at all.

I love jessicasprague.com. She has tons of ideas and classes for this sort of thing. There as some free beginner classes, and more advanced classe. She has ideas for different types of books, how to do neat effects, etc. And if you enjoy photography and want to learn more, she has great classes there.

There's a lot of stuff on the internet, too. Just google free digital scrapbooking, and lots comes up. Over time you'll find your favourites, and which sites have the style you want.

I thought I was horrible too, but I've really found my style and know what I like. I've had one book printed out (an ABC book) and shortly I'll be printing out my pages for 2011 in review.

Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 02/10/2012

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One product that I stumbled upon at a scrapbook expo a year ago is Kiwi Lane Designs. They are templates that allow you to design your page before cutting. The best way to understand is to look them up! Kiwilanedesigns.com/org? Anyhow, I get into major creative funks. These templates have allowed me to complete pages in no time at all! They are wonderful :) Happy scrapping!

Lisa - posted on 01/31/2012

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Checkout my site www.Lisermae.myctmh.com, we have great books and also our Work shops on the goal are awesome, good luck

Sherry - posted on 11/22/2011

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Hi ashley .. I always look On blogs n other websites to get inspired and it normally helps to get ideas ..

Judy - posted on 11/19/2011

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I have been scrapping for 4 years now and I have improved over the years. Unless you are really talented it is impossible to do what most of us think of as an excellent job. a few things to remember are
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get the pictures and mementos in a book.
2. journal on the pages telling what is going on and why the pictures. (first outing, first solid food, first crawl, etc. Tell who was present and where you were. and who else is in the picture or with you at the time. This way when you are no longer around people will be able to under stand what was going on. I have scrapped pictures of my kids when they are little and I have no idea who all is in the pictures(their friends) I have forgotten over the years and we have moved a few times since they were taken.
3. The last thing I want to say is there is no wrong way to scrap. You will learn new techniques as you progress. If there is a scrapbook store near by take some classes and go to the open crops. You will learn new tecniques from others and see what others are doing.

Samantha - posted on 11/19/2011

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buy you some scrapbook magazines and if that doesn't give you inspiration I dont nkow what will, but remember start by one page at a time keep notes and records of things you would like later to put in a scrapbook, you dont need to do it all at once good luck and congrats on the baby:)

Catherine - posted on 11/15/2011

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You have many replies to think about, but right now even if you don't actually "Do" any scrapbooking pages, start saving things that you want to put into your scrapbook: hospital arm tag, babies footprints, copy of birth certificate, pictures. Start a box to collect all the things you want to incorporate into a scrapbook. If you do nothing else for the first 6 months, at least you will have all the things together. I've been scrapbooking/card making for about 10 years now, and that was one piece of advice I got later one, but wish I would have had when my daughter was born. Save all the school pictures, hand written notes, you can make copies of them and include them also.

I'm a Stampin' Up Demonstrator (www.stampingwithskreee.stampinup.net) and you can check out products and ideas if you like. It can be overwhelming at first, so go slow, but do something every day to get closer to your goal. You'll be glad you did. There are also people who will make your first book for you (myself included), so you only have to insert pictures and some journaling. Sometimes if you are too busy that helps a great deal. Anything you do will be a step closer to what you want, so start exploring your options.
Good luck, and let me know if I can help.

Danielle - posted on 10/25/2011

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Here is a video: it's kind of fast paced, but after I watched it I felt better, I hope it works for you too

Valarie - posted on 10/25/2011

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I use powerful digital scrapbooking software for all of my scrapbooking because they have hundreds of templates! All I have to do is pick the one I like, upload my pics, and then click and drag my pictures into the space where the picture goes! You can check it out on my website - www.digiscrapyourlife.com.

Julie - posted on 09/27/2009

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It's impossible to suck at scrapbooking...I used to think that and now I'm creating albums digitaly and traditionally, I have become a creative memories consultant and base my life around scrapbooking. I think of it this way at least you want to scrapbook. I wish for once second my mom would have seen the importance of it. I am the youngest of 6 and finding a picture of me is harder than finding a needle in a haystack...this is very sad for me because my child hood is important. That is why i have done all of this because i know my kids will one day want to cherish everything they did. Scrapbooking is not about what anyone else thinks...its about what you think. check out my website and some of the products we offer, there are so many things to help people with scrapbooking. If you don't like all the cutting and pasting try digital, if you don't like digital try our slide it collection, it gives that traditional scrapbooking look without having to do all that work. Let me know if i can help in any way...I LOVE THIS STUFF!!! www.mycmsite.com/juliemccabe



one more thing just be patient with yourself, scrapbooking is supposed to be fun and reflect all the things that have happened.

Kelly - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

I suck at scrapbooking but I want to make a great scrapbook! Help please!

I just had my first baby. She is 3 months old. I want to make her a scrapbook that she can keep forever and really love! However I am probably the worst scrapbooker in the world! I guess I'm just not all that creative! Any ideas?!


I am the same way. My mom never made me a scrapbook but kept important drawings, pictures,etc. And it means a lot to me. It's not fancy but still memorable. So I think it is all about the effort. I envy the ones who are scrapbook perfectionists.But whatever you do will be meaningful.Kelly

Suzanne - posted on 09/26/2009

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Ashley, please, don't be so hard on yourself! Remember that EVERY SCRAPBOOK is UNIQUE BECAUSE EVERYONE IS UNIQUE ! No one can mess up because even a mistake can turn into something cute!
I felt the same way you do, I use to say I couldn't draw a straight line with a ruler LOL, but I can't believe the compliments I have been given!!!!! Just go with your heart, you will be fine!!! Suzanne

LaTasha - posted on 09/26/2009

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Ashley! I was given a scrapbook from my team at work before I left for maternity leave...they even started the first two pages for me. My baby was 3 mos before I started using it. I sat down and just did what I felt, before I realized it 3 hrs had flown by. When I showed my 1st attempt at a family gathering people raved. I took the long route to say...just try it! I'm so totally hooked now. Good luck and have fun. AND DON'T SAY YOU SUCK AT ANYTHING!!!!

Monica - posted on 09/25/2009

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When i had my twins and i wanted to start scrapbooking too, and i thought there is no way i can, im not creative. luckily my friend was a Creative Memories consultant and she helped me out by starting with something simple. look for kits that coordinate and that u like. here is a link to help you start looking at ideas...not sure where u r from, but my friends and i get together to scrapbook and share ideas and that really seems to help.



www.mycmsite.com/monicafranks

Roz - posted on 09/25/2009

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There are some excellent books and magazines which can suggest page layouts, needed tools and kits. One I like is Scrapbooks etc. which has a "cleaner" approach than some of the other mags. I think Becky Higgins also has a clean style - clean meaning mostly photos and not too many embellishments. She has published several inexpensive books.

If you check a local scrapbook store (LSS) they often offer beginner classes. The store in Hagerstown, MD also has done a "Baby Album In A Day" class. You choose the sex of baby, make lots of pages all ready for you to adhere pics to. Good Luck!! Talk to us - we love this stuff!!

Amy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I just started scrapbooking with a company called heritage makers you can look it up under heritagemakers.com It is online scrapbooking and is wonderful and the best part is you can do a whole book and publish it and when you get it it is hard bound just like an actual book. and there are ideas already on there that you can just add pictures to or you can create your own.

Robin - posted on 09/24/2009

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The Creative Memories site also can give you the name of a consultant in your area. I belong to several scrapbooking crops in my area. I go to a day one and 2 night ones during a month's time. These consultants will be able to get you started with ideas, etc. That is how I started. I absolutely love going to these. It's also a block of time that I can sit down and do it. When I'm at home, I'm interrupted by the phone, things I think need to be done, etc. It's a block of time just for me. My confidence has grown tremendously due to new ideas and positive remarks by the others that I can do it!

Dawn - posted on 09/24/2009

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A very easy way to make photo books is to use one of the online photo places and drop your pics into pre-set up photo books (such as shutterfly). They are great quality and allow you to type your comments. If you prefer to write on your pages... get an archival quality pen/marker and write on your pages yourself - be sure to let the ink dry before moving on but it does stay and allows personalization.

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2009

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I good way to scrapbook if you are not good at it is go to Wal-mart.com and load your pictures into their photo center and you can make scrapbook pages right online and they will either send them to you or you can go pick them up at any walmart. I love to scrapbook and I looked at their different pages and they have a decent set up and it is not too expensive. Good Luck!

Candice - posted on 09/23/2009

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I Love to scrapbook but sometimes I just dont/ have the time to sit down and come up with a page and lay it all out so i go and get the magazines out at the library bring them home (its free and we all know what $$ is like on EI) and use the pages in there for inspiration. The I just add my own touch to it, like if the page is red and my daughter is wearing pink I just change everything to the correct shade. that way you aren't really copying right???



She is going to love it anyhow when she is old enough to appreciate it, so just go with the flow! Enjoy it....

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2009

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I am sure you are not giving your self enough credit! I don`t think there is any wrong way to scrapbook!!!! We all have our own visions on what we want them to look like. I think you just need a little help. Pick one tecnique ( spelling not good ) in scrapbooking that you enjoy doing pick a photo get your paper to match and then get a magizine for ideas.....go online.....look at other people`s albums......its ok to copy others ideas! It called scraplifting! LOL I like to look through magazines and get ideas and to take 2 or 3 pages and make my own using something from each one. Maybe having a friend join you or joining a group that scrapbooks would help. Don`t ser your expectations to high and start off simple. Any change to the photo makes it look amazing. Adding words....or journaling is useful too and adds a nice touch to the page. Don`t be scared and let your mind waunder!!!!!! Good luck and have fun! I am sure it will be great whaen you are done!

Amy - posted on 09/23/2009

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It's not about creating the PERFECT looking scrapbook...it's about creating something from YOU personally....and putting together items that your child will enjoy looking back on some day.

I am a hard core perfectionist and was finding myself "fixing" pages I had done in the past. I've now made a deal with myself that I can't do that ...one because it's all about the process and two I'll never get caught up if I keep going backwards.



Getting together with friends or even going to places like Archiver's (Scrap Mania's are GREAT) they always are willing to show new ideas and teach new techniques.

Tina - posted on 09/23/2009

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I suggest you do what I did when I first started. I watched a lot of scrapbook shows to get ideas for doing the books. I have a scrapbook program on my computer that I use from time to time and I try laying my page out before I make permenant to see how I like it.

Colleen - posted on 09/22/2009

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Watch channel 352, it is the BYU channel, it has a great scrapbooking show on called Scrapbookmemories you can also go online to scrapbookmemoriestv.com and they are the same as the show and get great ideas! I love it and watch faithfully!

Nicole - posted on 09/22/2009

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Honey it is almost impossible to suck at scrapbooking!! The most awesome thing is the pages are always uniquely you! I laugh when I look back at some of my begining pages but they are some of my favorite...it's the love you put in them! One tip...DO NOT try to be toooo particular! You will drive yourself crazy! Have fun with it!

Tosha - posted on 09/22/2009

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It's ok, so do I. I used my cards from my showers and ribbons and other things...Just cut them and put them in there...the effort is what matters! Mine isn't perfect, but a few sentimental touches here and there go a long way.

Kim - posted on 09/22/2009

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I sell Close to my Heart the thing I love most is they have beginner pages all you do is put the pictures on them.. Just remember you dont have to be creative what makes the books to me is what you as a Mom writes in them.. I sit and read what I write to my kids and they love it.. You will be surprised how much they will just sit and look at them.. Dont stress..

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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I'm sure you don't suck!! When I'm stuck for idea's I pick up a copy of Scrapbook ETC. magazine. They have great idea's! Otherwise I hit Chapter's and check out some of the books they have there. It'll be great when your done! Just hang in there until you find a scrapbooking style that works for you!

Kelly - posted on 09/22/2009

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I used to feel the same way!! I finally decided to keep the book simple in the beginning. I did "meeting Abby" pages. These had mostly photos of people the first time or so hey held my daughter. I did a page with a letter from mommy and daddy. To decorate I used some stickers or cut a piece of paper to put under the picture as a frame. I also looked at a lot of premade scrapbooks in the stores to see if there was anything I might like to do. Hope this might help

Luci - posted on 09/22/2009

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No one SUCKS at scrapbooking. The beauty of it all is to make it your own. No matter what you do, it's beautiful because it comes from your heart and own creativity. Plus the more you do it and the more people you talk to, you get more idea's, tips, and inspiration. Also if you have the chance to attend local cropping classes or events it will help you greatly. Most of all just have fun and it will be great no matter what you do!

Corrine - posted on 09/22/2009

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When I first started scrapbooking I found books to help give me ideas. It might be cheating but it helped. You can also buy kits in the craft and scrapbook stores that you just put together they come up with the ideas for you. Hope it helps... GOOD LUCK!!

Linda - posted on 09/21/2009

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I'm impressed you are ready to start scrapping at 3 months!! I was just grateful for a night's sleep at this point. Anyway, there are lots of great ideas as several of the ladies have mentioned. Close to My Heart has several "How To" books which give you the base layouts and cutting instructions - you pick your papers. You can get matched paper kits from CTMH and many other companies. While I'm a consultant for CTMH, I love a lot of other companies papers. I'm not creative but I can copy with the best of them!! :)

I agree with getting organized and making sure you scan things in. We are military and move. Stuff gets lost and it's horrible when you can't find something. When I finish with pictures - scrap the day/event, I've taken to renaming the file (picture file) and putting "SB" after the original title so I don't scrap it twice (since having a baby I've done this twice).

And last but not least - no matter what you do, do it. No one else will care how good it is, whether things look this way or that, mistakes - no one will notice but you. I just took out the first scrapbook I did 12 years ago - oh my!! It's very funny to look at now. You'll see your own personal growth this way. My baby girl and family do not care - they just love looking at the books.

Linda
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Tina - posted on 09/21/2009

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aw, hun, theres no rule to scrapbooking! its whatever you want, wherever you want! i used to just buy a book, then a bunch of cool paper, stickers, pens, and add lots of pics! now you can buy scrapbook sets with all the fixings and everythings pretty and matches! what i like to do, cause it's fun to look back is make each page about the month - 1st month old, 2nd month old, etc, up to a year old....and characterize to your taste, and add little captions to remind you (in the later years) of milestones, funny quotes, etc.... Have Fun with it!!!

Vickie - posted on 09/21/2009

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Don't sell yourself short! There are wonderful scrapbook albums & kits out there to help you get started. Once you start looking at decorated pages, stickers, ribbons, embellishments, etc. you'll soon start coming up with all kinds of ideas to go with your photos. Michael's, Joanne's & A.C. Moore are always having sales & each one has things that the other places don't. You'll discover in no time at all that you're going to find just the right pages to go with each & every photo!

Angie - posted on 09/21/2009

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Premade scrapbooks work really well, they also have magazines full of ideas. I got a journal to keep up with thoughts, ideas, dates etc. They days go fast and it's hard to keep track of everything. Simple is best; you don't need to have all the "stuff" on the pages. You'll improve with time. I thought my first book was really awful but, looking back -8 years later. It's not so bad and I'm glad that I have it.



Good luck!

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Oh Dear Ashley...the only bad scrapbook you'll ever make is the one you DON'T make. I just copy what I see in magazines/idea books...no artistic ability to do that!!! :o) My kids both love to look at their baby books and I know yours will too. Only requirement: journal, journal, journal!!! No matter if you type and glue it on or you hand write it...my kids LOVE learning about themselves and the family just from what I've written for them.

Jenna - posted on 09/21/2009

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a great place for cheap scrabooking materials, kits, and ideas is orientaltrading.com. I order almost all my scrapbooking stuff from them and it gets easier when you jus jump right into it. I am not the craftiest person, but just getting some colored sheets and some stickers, really makes a difference!!

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Everyone is a great scrapbooker. I speak from experience. I am the most boring and plain person when it comes to my albums. My mother-in-law is so detailed and creative about her albums it makes me sick. But over time in your books just remember one thing-your pictures are what is most important. Matte your pictures and focus on bringing out the little things in the pictures first. Don't worry about stickers or embellishments right off. When your ideas get going, you won't be able to stop. just worry about that beautiful smile

Kimberly - posted on 09/19/2009

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Picaboo is a really good resource. They have all kinds of pages and designs and you can print them right from your home printer or you can purchase the finished book through them. www.picaboo.com

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