5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Die-namics Storage

Print Alright, we’ve gotten your stamp and stencil stash under control. What’s next?

Yes, it’s definitely time to tame your growing collection of Die-namics! From oh-so-cute to girly and graphic, there’s a dizzying array of dies to be had, and if you’re anything like me, YOU WANT THEM ALL!

From simple do-it-today to completely revolutionary, we’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of ideas for you to peruse. Warning – this post may cause you to forego all laundry folding, dish doing, dinner making, and errand running.

OK – I know you’re just DIE-ing to get started, right? Let’s cut to the chase and get started! {I enjoy puns so much, don’t you? *wink*}

Dienamics Storage and Organization Solutions

Let’s set the scene — your new dies arrive in the cutest little box from My Favorite Things. At this point, everything else in life ceases to exist. Give yourself permission to go DIRECTLY to your die-cutting machine for the sake of organization. I’m not even kidding!

Here’s what Julie does. When the new Die-namics arrive, she cuts every single die in the set and and puts the results with the dies. I know that there are times that I don’t know what it will look like until I cut, so I love this idea! And she gets to play with and squeal over her new Die-namics immediately. See? Permission granted.

Julie

The large and small clear pockets from My Favorite Things are an excellent solution for getting everything organized. You can see how Michele has used both sizes for her Die-namics.

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Don’t forget to label everything! We’ve created printable label templates for you to download for our MFT stamps, stencils, and Die-namics. These .doc files are fully editable and are compatible with 1 3/4″ x 2/3″ 8195 Avery Return Labels, 1 3/4″ x 1/2″ 8167 Avery Return Labels, and all comparable sizes. You can find them HERE.

On Monday, Barbara shared a smart tip about storing Die-namics that are compatible with stamp sets all in one pocket. What a clever idea!

In Keisha’s pretty craft room, stylish storage is the name of the game. Find a great basket and store your Die-namics there. You can see that she makes use of the clear pockets as well.

Keisha

If there’s a die you use ALL OF THE TIME, why put it away? Jody hangs her often used dies on hooks for easy access. Having what you use the most within arm’s reach is a must to spur on your creativity!

Jodi

A simple shoe organizer like this one pictured or the over-the-door versions can make organizing simple and affordable. You would be surprised at HOW much those pockets can hold and how durable they are. They are also great space savers. Thanks to Teri for this fantastic idea.

Shoe storage Teri

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Cindy gathers all of her Die-namics in the My Favorite Things  pockets and files them away in this handy bin from InterDesign (she got this idea from Jennifer McGuire). The bins work great for stamps, too. You can find them HERE. I wonder if InterDesign knew that their refrigerator bins were perfect for die and stamp organizing? I kind of doubt that!

Cindy

Sharon uses the same bins as Cindy. And here’s what’s pretty nifty — at 12″ x 4″ x 14.5″ these bins fit many cube storage options like these from IKEA. Make sure you measure before you buy, though. Not all cubes will work.

Sharon

I love Kim’s clever idea! She took the Cricut Organizer from Organize More and placed it on its side in a drawer in her custom craft cabinet featured on Monday’s post. As many others, she finds the clear pockets in both sizes helps keep everything together.

Kim

If having EVERYTHING out in the open is more your style, we have several cool ideas to create a statement in your craft area.

When my sister and I moved into our town home last March, we were delighted by the possibilities in the walk-out basement. We decided to remove the doors from the laundry closet to open things up and then got the brilliant idea to use it for craft storage. We turned it upside down and placed it against the wall. The dies attach to Avery printable magnet sheets that you can find HERE. The slats are awesome for placing completed cards, too! PS – I need to add MORE soon. Thanks to Erin Lee Schreiner, MFT Challenge & Inspiration Creative Team member for the magnet sheet tip!

Susan Doors

Speaking of Erin Lee, she simply places her magnet sheets on the wall – what a statement that makes! Her little red-headed guy is pretty enamored with it!

Erin wall

Barbara has an impressive solution in her room as well! She places her dies on the doors of the closet in her craft room. Raise your hand if you want to visit Barbara and take advantage of that collection of Die-namics!

Barbara

I don’t know about you, but this post has been kind of amazing, right? Before you get started on the idea of your choice, take a look at awesome prize we’ve gathered for two lucky winners. We’ll ADD to your Die-namics stash with the following dies Stitched Ovals, Emmitt Alphabet and Number & Symbols, and Pierced Circle STAX, but also give you the fantastic resource of 100 Small Storage Pockets.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know what manual die-cutting machine you use and what you love about it. All winners from this week will be announced next week!

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And would you believe that there’s SO MUCH MORE to learn! Make sure you visit the blogs of our Design Team for even more tips, tricks, and ideas for Die-namics storage and organization.

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  • Abbie Bryant

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    WOW! I am loving all these posts giving me such great tips on storage and organization of my supplies! Thank you so much! I use a cuttlebug as my manual die-cutter, I love it! I use it all the time! Thank you again!

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  • F Bond

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    I love my Sizzix vagabond machine. I also use my spellbinders grand calliber – I like the large plates on that one. So many ideas for storing dies. So happy for this post because now I can choose which one I think would work for me. Your printable labels are the best! I plan on definitely using those. And using the doors- a great idea.

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  • maeghan m

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    I use a big shot- sturdy and easy to use!!!

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  • Bonnie Sharp

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    OH I use the Big Shot -amazing machine! How exciting to find some “do-able” die storage! I absolutely LOVE the magnet sheets on our closet doors – perfect!

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  • Brandi R

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    Just love seeing all the great and creative ways everyone is stashing their stuff! ♥ Some FANTASTIC ideas!!!

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    • Brandi R

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      oops was so in awe of the storage ideas I forgot to mention…..I use a bigkick vintaj and I love it! Love the portability of it more than anything, and it’s just easy peasy to use 😉

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  • Jacqueline Valade

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    I currently use the Tim Holtz Vagabond…got it for Christmas last year to replace the Cuttlebug I’d used for years. I LOVE the automatic machine so much and can crank out multiple die cuts in half the time.

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  • Rubeena

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    Omg these are fabulous ideas!!!! Can’t wait to try some of them to see if it works for me. I have a big shot for now since I’m new to crafting and I love how it cuts!

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  • Kim Hill

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    Oh my, bring on the dies! I use a combination of cutters–if I’m mass producing cards, I will often got to one of my electronic cutters, but for smaller productions, I use either my Sizzix big shot or my Ebosser. Have to say, though, because both live on a shelf, I usually go for the Sizzix because it’s lighter. 🙂 The think I love about the die machines over the electronic is that I can cut fabrics without adding sizing and I can cut through chipboard and heavier materials without worrying about messing up my blades or switching out housings. When I’m doing mixed media projects being able to switch between materials with ease is key.

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  • Pam LaRue

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    I have the cuddlebug. I like it because it is smaller. But I’m thinking about getting the new sizzix machine since it has a bigger cutting service.

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  • Becky Carafa

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    I have a Big Shot, and I couldn’t live without it! I love it because it’s a workhorse!

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  • Cindy Coutts

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    LOVE this series with such fab ideas! I use a Big Shot with a magnetic plate. I love it the best because it sits right behind me and I can just turn around without getting up to use it. I have to walk across my teeny tiny space tripping all the way to my Vagabond because I have too much stuff.

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  • Lai-Yoke

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    I love my cuttlebug and it has been with me for 6 years already and never regret buying it!

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  • Sue S

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    I have the spellbinder’s Grand Caliber. I was about to purchase a Big Shot when I saw that Spellbinders is bringing out a new machine for both types of dies. I love organization tips.

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  • donna smit

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    I use a big shot and i LOVE it!! So easy to use and the magnetic platform has changed my life!

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  • Whitney W

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    big shot! I love it

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  • Bev

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    I use a Big Shot and I love how simple it is to use.

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  • Ann S.

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    I have a Big Shot and I love it! I started out with a Cuttlebug, and was perfectly happy with it until I took a few local classes and used the Big Shot several times. It seems easier to crank and more stable. I am amazed at the die collections of the MFT Design Team! So jealous!

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  • Jill A

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    I love my cuttlebug—-It is small and portable. I have seen lots of great storage ideas–thanks!!!

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  • liz

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    I have a Cuttlebug which I’ve had for years, it has never failed me and it is my trusty sidekick. I love that it accepts such a wide variety of die formats without issue, allowing for an amazing diversity of creativity!

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  • Sue G.

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    What awesome ideas, will definitely have to incorporate a few of those!!
    For years I used only a Cuttlebug, but last year I splurged and bought a Sizzix Big Shot, now I use the Big Shot for cutting dies and the Cuttlebug for embossing folders, that way I don’t have the change the plates, both are ready to go for either project!

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  • Francine

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    I use the cuttlebug and really like it cause I can use almost any die in it

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  • Angela DeAnda

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    I gifted myself the pretty blue Sizzix Big Shot, 3 Christmases ago and I love it!!

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  • Cynthia Smith

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    Wonderful and creative storage solutions for dies!

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  • Amy McCue

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    I have a big shot. I use it all the time! This is such an excellent series! I swoon for those magnet holding doors!

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  • Jennifer Thompson

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    I love this blog hop. So many great ideas! I use a Big Shot. I use die cuts on almost all my cards and really love the Magnetic platform to hold the dies in place.

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  • Pam Sosnowski

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    AWESOME idea’s!!! I’m sitting here wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?” I have the cuttlebug and the Vagabond…LOVE them both, makes card making so much easier! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Erica

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    I use the big shot and love that I can use it for cardstock but also for felt, vellum, acetate, fabric and paper etc.. AND With all the coordinating dies these days, no more fussy cutting.. Yay!!!!!

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  • cathy

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    I love the idea of the closet door being used for storage.
    I have the same doors in my craft room and never thought of using them for storage. Great idea! Once again, thanks for the inspiration.

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  • Talitha

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    These are great ideas. Right now my dies are filed away on magnetic sheets. I need a way to make them more visible and accessible. I use a Big Shot machine which works great for me. Thanks for all the helpful storage ideas.

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  • Talitha

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    These are great ideas. Right now my dies are filed away on magnetic sheets. I need a way to make them more visible and accessible. I use a Big Shot machine which works great for me. Thanks for all the helpful storage ideas.

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  • Anja

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    Can one have enough dies *hehe*? Great storage solutions!
    In most of the cases I use my Cuttlebug because it’s so handy and doesn’t need much space.

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  • Jamie Greene

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    I actually have three! The cuttlebug, evolution, and big shot. The Big Shot is by far my favorite, I get great results every time:)

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  • Joann L.

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    Such great ideas! I have the cuttlebug, I really like the way it folds up, makes it great for storage space. Thanks again for sharing these ideas!

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  • Mary Ellen Harrison

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    I use the original Big Shot. I have had it since it first came out and I love it. My machine is calibrated perfectly so I rarely have to use shims. The handle even broke off and I love the way this one works so much that I didn’t want to buy a new one so my husband put nuts and bolts on it to hold it all together.

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  • Jill Norwood

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    Incredible post! Great info! I have a cuttlebug at my embossing station. I use a vagabond for die-cutting.

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  • Lee

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    So I started out with a cuttlebug but due to having surgery on my hand I switched to a big shot and I LOVE it! It’s very stable and I don’t hurt my hand trying to hold it down while cranking through my dies and paper. It does take up a lot more space (original reason for the cuttlebug purchase) but I’m very glad I bought it.

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  • Teresa

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    These are TERRIFIC ideas! (They are to DIE for! Pun intended!!! LOL) I just got inspired here with an idea of my own!!! Want to hear it??? My old dishwasher had inter-changeable front panels (different colours to match your own kitchen! Remember those?) I saved them when I replaced it with my new one. I am going to frame them and hang them like a pic. on my craft room walls to stick ALL of my dies on! Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas and maybe some one will like mine!

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  • Kailash

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    I love my big shot because it is quick and simple to use:-)

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  • Donna Phelan

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    My manual die cutter is my CuttleBug I love that primitive-gets-the-job-done machine! This is my second one, the first I actually popped apart, my sandwich was too thick lol Thanks for all of the great hints and tips for storage. I really need to purge my craft room…..said everyone! 😉

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  • Robin

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    I use a Big Kick….love my dies!

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  • Dana W

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    i use a big shot, I’ve n ber used anything else so i can’t compare it to anything. It works great for me!

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  • SabineV

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    wow fabulous ideas for die storage!

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    • SabineV

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      ooops. I use both the big shot and the cut n boss! Love that the cut n boss does 8×11!

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  • Pat Phillips

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    Your articles on craft room organization and stamp storage come at a perfect time since this is exactly what I’ve been doing. This weekend I spray painted, framed and hung a large peg board on the wall. Then I attached 6 green buckets purchased at a Dollar Store and sorted all my Copic markers into them by color family. I have several baskets on the peg board now to continue organizing. I’m trying to decide what to do with my dies and folders that I use in my Cricket. You ladies are giving me wonderful and useful ideas. Thank you.

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  • Farida

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    I use the spellbinders wizard and i love it because its a good manual die cutting machine! (And also because it’s purple, that makes me happy! :))

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  • Starr Reynolds

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    I have a Big Kick, I like it because it’s quieter than my Cricut.

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  • Dot Freel

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    Love the doors ideas to hang all the dies on! I have a Cricut machine and the Cuttlebug and prefer the cuttlebug since I can just run things through so much easier than setting up the Cricut and sticking the paper down and etc. I wish I had gotten the larger Sizzix with the magnetic plate though.

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  • Betty H.

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    Oh my goodness! So many great ideas! Oh to be organized and know what I have at a glance. Thanks so much for the great inspiration!

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  • Charity Chamberlain

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    I use the Sizzix Big Shot machine in the teal color but I am now wanting the new wider one 🙂 I love the Big Shot because it’s longer and more sturdy. other machines I found to be a bit tipsy and you had to really grip on them as you run the platforms through. But the big shot stays in place. Of course I loved the color too 🙂 There are so many wonderful ideas on how to store Dies! Love them all! All of them also had me salivating at the amount of Dies they have, lol! I’m building up my stash, slowly but surely, lol! Thank you everyone for all the tips and inspiration!

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  • So Howard

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    I use the Cuttlebug. I love it because it’s easy to use and it can also emboss.

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    • Jean Bullock

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      Great die storage ideas. I store mine in a binder with magnetic sheets but it’s getting too heavy, so I need to change how I store them.

      The die cutting machine I own right now is the Sizzix Big Kick (Big Shot). I love my machine because it is small and portable and cuts and embosses well. However I would love to upgrade to the new Big Shot Pro Plus. I need the wider width. It’s heavy enough to cut without having to hold onto the machine and the longer handle makes it so easy to turn.

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