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Week 2 Day 3 of Design School: More on Emphasis & Repetition

Hello Design Students!  We've officially reached the half-way point in our series.  How are you feeling?  I hope you're feeling more equipped to help make your projects go from good to even better!  This series has been so fun for me, and judging by your chatter on the board and the many amazing "homework" projects you're turning in - it looks like you're having fun with it too!

Alright, let's jump right in to what we have for you today.  Nichol and I have another set of layouts for you, and I've done some digging in my bookmarks and in the gallery for additional ideas on how to use these design principles.  I've also made up a printable sheet of yesterday's guest work with sketches, color combos and design tips.  Enjoy!



Nichol is following along in Design School for her popular video series, From Start to Finish, where she creates a layout and walks you through the process on camera.  She's used the principle of repetition by repeating clouds and bicycles (one element, plus her photos include a bike).  I also see some emphasis and hierarchy here; the thick black line in her title work draws your eye first, and then your eye moves from the largest photo to the smallest.  See her video and supplies and hear her thoughts by clicking here.

I hoped to demonstrate the principle of Emphasis in my layout this week.  This photobooth picture of my husband me taken at a family wedding is a recent favorite as it makes us both laugh.  I wanted to keep the message in my layout simple - we have fun together (and we think we're awesome!).  As I share in my description, because the contrasting pop of red is both in the center and unexpected, it helps to bring the focus on our goofiness.  I've also tried to pair a couple of opposites here - some very formal and intricate design pieces to compliment the wedding setting - and some more casual elements (like the font and our photo itself) that interrupts the formal feel.


I've shown you some new projects for today, let's go back in the archives of the gallery and see how these principles are demonstrated by our members and Garden Girls:

Using Repetition:


Here we see Repetition used in a couple of cards.  Julie has repeated two different camera icons, adding interest with variety.  Notice her background is split into two different solid cardstock pieces; a fun way to both use scrap pieces and keep the card from looking monotonous.  

In the Halloween card, iheartart has used repetition by clustering and layering sequin pieces beneath the window.  What a fantastic way to add texture!


In the above layouts, Shannon has used a couple shortcuts.  She's used a printing service offering a collage feature for scrapping an event with a lot of photos.  She's also taken a package of Jillibean Soup die-cuts and used them generously on her layout.  By repeating the number one, she's emphasizing the age/year of this birthday.  

In her second layout, Shannon has used a ton of buttons - love it!  She's added a great sense of texture to her page, used up her stash and she's grounded them by mounting them on a solid sheet of cardstock.


Kelli Crowe has managed to fit and repeat seven photos on a page by cropping them in closely and placing them above coordinating embellishments.  

Have a photo you love?  Create your own custom border with it by stacking duplicates on top of each other.  Notice one photo has color and is near the line guiding your eye from left to right?


Using Emphasis:


Do you ever have an itch to just play with your supplies?  Have fun and create your own custom patterns like Rhonda has done in the layouts above.  She's let them take center stage by enlarging them.


The layouts above are like works of art, emphasizing the theme by paper-piecing icons with which we are familiar.  Another way to have fun with your supplies!


A clever way iheartart has added emphasis is by coloring in the letters of her stamped image to spell "Hi."  These letters stand out from the rest, popping off the page.

A common way of adding emphasis is the use of white space like we see in this digital layout.  Not only does white space give one's eye a place to rest, it helps move our eye to the focal point of the piece.


We've come to the end of today's post - thanks for joining me!  We'll see you tomorrow with a lesson on color! - Jamie

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Week 2 Day 2 of Design School: Special Guest Projects

Good morning and welcome to another day of Design School!  What did you think of yesterday's lesson?  Do you have a favorite principle thus far?  Today we have another treat in store for you as our special guests have been putting the principles of Emphasis and Repetition to hard work.  Let's take a look and see how they interpreted them!  Be sure to click on each project to read more from our guests.  Scroll down also to the bottom of this post for a printable of sketches, color combos & design tips from yesterday's batch of projects.


Using the principle of Emphasis:

A great way to add emphasis to a layout when using multiple photos is to simply make one photo larger than the other.  Aphra has also enlarged her title.  Notice that she's layered warm colors, letting the accents pop off the page?

Here is another example of enlarging a photo to create focus.  Kimberly has framed the trio of photos with her spider web lines and strip of twisted fabric - creating a good sense of tension in the center of the layout.



Using the principle of Repetition:

Pick a shape and repeat it and you're bound to have great results!  See how Suzanne has repeated circles in her page?  She's also chosen a patterned paper that has a pattern repeating circles.  Don't limit yourself and repeat the same accent exactly, have fun playing with your supplies and making each accent a little bit different for variety.

Kathy has created a bright and colorful layout by repeating similar colors and bird accents.  Look further though and you will see she's repeated another subtle touch - stitching!


Repetition is a great principle to use when mass-producing cards.  A side note - while it's a simple card, Lea has added so much interest by including a few different textures - twine, gems, and buttons help to make this card shine. 


Who's with me?  Were those gorgeous projects or what?!  Join me tomorrow as we explore how to use these principle even further and listen to Nichol in her Start to Finish video series as she uses one of our principles as well! - Jamie


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Week 2 of Design School: Emphasis & Repetition

Week 2 of Design School: Emphasis & Repetition

Hello and welcome to Week 2 of Design School! Are you ready to dive into another lesson? This week we are studying the principles of Emphasis and Repetition - two principles I've found to be my favorites! We have a mini lesson for you with examples of fabulous projects we found in our gallery, along with a set of brand new projects from the Garden Girls. Scroll down for this week's homework challenge (and chance to win!) and the printable lesson sheet. Let's get started!


The purpose of the principle Emphasis is to guide the eye and create focus. When you set out to create your next layout or card, ask yourself, "What do I want the viewer to take away from this?" There are many ways we can create Emphasis to help tell our message. A few examples are size, color, and contrast.


An easy way to create focus is to MAKE IT BIG. This could be done with a favorite photo or a series of hand-cut embellishments like the pages we see above. What else can you enlarge within your workspace? A title or sentiment? Your journaling, an accent?


One can bring focus through line and shape, as well as color. The swirling lines gathering in the center of this digital paper lead your eye to the collage of Allison's road trip photos.   Warmer colors like pink, orange and red stand out, while cooler colors tend to recede.  The additional layers of red bordering the contrasting black and white photo help bring the viewer's eye to the subject of this layout by RitasCottage.

Lines made up of rhinestones and jewels give focus to a heart-centered card.  The use of product help support the sentiment.



A third way to bring emphasis to a project is by using hierarchy. Both this card and layout repeat an element, and yet both bring emphasis to one element in particular. Do you see it? A blue star hovers above one candle while the others are matched with a yellow flame. One silly photo is given a thick frame while the others serve as building blocks in a collage. Creating focal accents such as these also help break up a design and prevent it from being predictable. How else can you emphasize an accent on your project? A letter or number, or maybe a color photo in the midst of black and white?

Moving on to our next principle: repetition. This is a fun one and is used often! Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but just by multiplying an element in your design you can create unity.





Repeat an element, a few lines of journaling or a mini composition like Susan did in her double page layout. Notice she repeats the combination of cardstock, photo, number, journaling and set of brads? A shortcut for using repetition? Use one of the many patterned papers that use this design principle available in our industry!


See how the Garden Girls used these principles in these brand new projects full of tips. Get ready to bookmark! You're going to love them:





That wraps up the first lesson in this week's theme. Now, for the homework! You guessed it - I want you to use one of these principles in your next project. Don't forget to check the challenge checkbox when you upload it to the member gallery; you have through next Sunday, the 4th, to turn it in. The randomly selected winner of a prize pack made up of your favorite brands will be announced on the Education board next Monday.

Join us tomorrow as we see work from our very special guests - what a treat we have in store for you! 

- Jamie


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Day 5 of Design School: Kristina's Picks & A Free Printable

Happy Friday, Design Students!  Can you believe we're at the end of our first week in class?  Time has flown!  

I hope you've enjoyed the lessons we've packed in as we've taken a look at the principles of Balance and Unity, as well as the elements of design.  We've seen samples from the Garden Girls, our special guests, gallery spotlights and work from Erica and myself - today we're going to take a look at how a few manufacturers include these principles in their designs.  

Who better to hear from about these designs than our buyer herself?  Here is Kristina with her "picks" as she shares how these principles can be seen in a handful of lines in the Two Peas store, as well as how these products can help us use these principles in our creativity.  Be sure to scroll down for a special freebie and challenge, as well as a printable from yesterday's lesson.


Featured products: 7Gypsies Off the Wall | Bo Bunny Et Cetera | Prima Printery | Simple Stories Happy Day


Next, we have a freebie for you!  Because who doesn't love some extra goodies in their stash of supplies?  Just click on the image to download and print.

Let's take it a step further though.  I don't want you to just print and play - I'm challenging you to use an element (or 2 or 3 or 4...) from this sheet of freebies in a project that incorporates the principles of Balance and Unity.  You got it  - another homework assignment!  I'm giving TWO randomly selected challenge winners a a prize pack made up of Simple Stories goodness - one of the brands you saw in today's video.  You have one week to upload your project to the member gallery - don't forget to check the challenge checkbox under 'Member challenges."

Lastly, if you found yesterday's lesson on the Elements of Design helpful and would like a copy, click here to download.

That's a wrap for this week!  See you on Monday as we explore...

Hierarchy/Emphasis & Repetition!

- Jamie


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Day 4 of Design School: the Elements of Design | More on Balance & Unity

Day 4 of Design School: The Elements of Design

Hello Peas! Welcome to another day in class at Two Peas Design School. How are you doing thus far? From what I'm seeing you're doing a great job with your homework! Gold stars (and badges!) all around. Didn't we tell you it's more fun than algebra?!

Okay, let's dive right in with Day 4. Our digital product manager, Erica Hernandez, came up with two amazing layouts when I asked her to play with the principles of Balance and Unity this week. We'll first take a look at her pages, and then segway into another mini lesson - this time on the elements of design (not to be confused with the principles of design, don't worry - we'll get there!).


You'll want to be sure and click on her layouts to read how she applied the principles, but here are some additional thoughts on her work:

In "Looking at the picture" Erica has divided her page in half giving weight to both sides. She's balanced the green in her photo with a butterfly and the cardstock peeking out the lower right-hand corner. She's used some conceptual harmony with her childlike title; I love that she's filled in the openings of her letters. She's also made a very subtle accent beneath her journaling with the letters "IZ" for Izzy.

The sun element and use of yellow help to unify the second page's theme of Erica's love for sunflare. These are the obvious ways she's tied the pieces together. Read her description for her other thoughts. I know when I read it I went, "Aha! Yes!"


Thanks so much for playing along, Erica! Now let's move on to our mini lesson: the elements of design.

We've said from the beginning the main focus of this series is to study the principles of design. If the principles are the "tools" in our "toolbox" for papercrafting, then the elements of design are the nuts and bolts that we handle. They are the items we're manipulating, and the principles are the hammers, screwdrivers, and other things for which I'm not remembering the names (can you tell I'm not handy?!).

The elements in design are as follows: line, shape, value, color, space, texture and typography. Let's check out each one:

Lines are everywhere. They help to move our eye from point A to point B. When connecting to other lines, they can hint at a 3-dimensional form (such as an artist's sketch) or can be abstract. They help define and divide space and shape.


A grid made up of lines organizes the elements in this page, creating a home for every piece. A simple line helps tell the story of an adventure, of going from one place to the next.

Shapes are created when lines connect, as well as when color and value are used to create edges. Geometric shapes are everywhere in our products and tools. Put them to use or create shapes of your own!


A popular shape we're seeing being used is a honeycomb, or hexagon, shape.

Space can be defined as the area created by the placement of visual elements. A couple examples: you can create a space by overlapping pieces, pulling elements together. You can also think of positives and negatives. What shapes do you see when you add and/or remove pieces?


Here are two examples of using the negatives in a design. We're seeing a lot of masking with sprays like the laundry line Wilna has created by misting with white over chipboard pieces laid out on a green cardstock piece. Look also at the leftover pieces once you've created a die-cut piece. Lucy Abrams created a beautiful card with the negative piece of a butterfly die.

Value is the tone within a color and has to do with the range of blacks and whites within the hue. Did your art teacher ever have you do a value scale in school? You would have been instructed to push down on your pencil and scribble back and forth, going from putting down a lot of pressure to very light pressure? That is value! Value is "valuable" (haha! Couldn't resist!) because it can help tell the story or message you're wanting to give, provide contrast, help set your mood, and give direction and depth.


Chelsea chose to work with a black and white color scheme, letting value play a very important role in her design. Her message to her daughter is about sparkling in the light; the high contrast in the deep blacks and white-whites help tell this message. This second layout, Baby Love, does not have a high contrast in value - there are not a lot of shadows and darks and lights. Having a similar range in value, coupled with the pastel color scheme, creates harmony in a page about a soft and fluffy kitten! Notice her light and cursive title; value can also be in the weight of an object. Think how different this page would look had her title been heavy?

A popular design element, color, is next. This is a vast element as there are so many possibilities and many complex theories behind the element. We will be exploring color again later in the series, let's keep it simple today and just remember that color can be a powerful piece for not only making your design aesthetically pleasing, but can evoke emotion as well.


One easy trick for using color to make your design pleasing to the eye is to use complimentary colors (colors opposite each other on the color wheel). Pixiegirl1981 has paired yellow with purple, and added neutral like black and white, to create one very sweet page! Dani T uses a color often associated with happiness and joy, yellow, to document a good day with her girls.

Texture is a fun element to use - and we have so many options in the papercrafting world as our products are full of texture. Think ribbon, mist, chipboard, beads, twine, embossing...there are so many! Texture adds contrast and interest to a project like the examples below.


And last, but certainly not least, is our friend, typography. Typography is one of those elements I personally feel I'd like to get to know more. There is an art to using it with hundreds of books written about the subject. Type is like a mystery man you want to date and figure out, maybe take out on the dance floor for a twirl or two (please bear with my analogy!). And because it is more complex, we'll discuss this element more later in our series (along with color!). For now, we'll scratch the surface with these two examples of how type can be pure eye candy:


Shew! If you made it all the way through today's lesson, you get triple the gold stars! I hope this has left you inspired and sparked the wheels to turn in the creative left-side of your brain! Join me tomorrow for the last day of Week 1 in Design School as Kristina picks up her Kristina's Picks series for Design School, and we have a freebie for you! - Jamie


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Day 3 of Design School: More on Balance and Unity

Day 3 of Design School: More on Balance and Unity

Good morning, Peas!  Today is another day of Design School - are you ready?  I have coffee in hand and homeade chocolate zucchini bread at my side, ready to dive in. Today we will continue to explore how we can use Unity and Balance in our designs.  We have a couple new layouts for you - Nichol and I have been working on these principles in our projects.  We'll also give you a list of ways to stretch these principles and provide you with another printable featuring sketches, color combos and design tips from our special guest projects we saw yesterday (weren't the fabulous?!) - just scroll down to see that.  

Okay, let's jump into Day 3!


A new round of projects using this week's principles:

Top Ten List by Nichol Magouirk

Every week Nichol Magouirk shares her process for creating her scrapbook layouts in her From Start to Finish video series.  She's using Unity in her layout for today - to see the video, supplies and additional info, see it here.  Nichol brings unity to her layout by repeating elements like borders, tags and stamped sayings.  She's reinforced the outdoor feel in her layout with floral patterns and a yellow, green and brown color scheme (visual harmony).  She's arranged the tags above her photo series in a playful way, moving one's eye up and down, mimicking the busyness of her little girl hard at play (conceptual harmony).

I'm playing along in this week's theme and kept Unity in mind when scrapping my niece and the similarities I see between her and the Dr. Seuss character of Cindy Lou Who.  As I state in my description, I was careful to choose elements I felt fit this theme and made the layout feel "whole." I grabbed an image of Cindy off the internet for an obvious accent. I also chose for the title an alphabet style I thought was wonky and a bit childlike - like the style of Dr. Seuss. Lastly, because The Grinch is a Christmas story, I added a bit of holly. I chose an illustrated accent (as opposed to a realistic accent) to further reinforce the cartoon-y feel. I chose a polka-dotted pattern as I thought it was fitting for a layout about a sweet little girl; they remind me of a pattern one might find on pajamas. :)


Some additional thoughts on achieving Balance and Unity in your project.  We spotted these layouts in our gallery!


* Enlarge a photo and let it take up one side of your project; on the opposite side, fill it with embellishments, journaling, etc.  

*If you're a digital or hybrid scrapper, look for templates that have created balance in the composition and let it do the work for you. If you're a traditional scrapper, look for sketches that have a balance you're looking to try.  

*As shown in this third layout, create a collage of your favorite patterned papers to place opposite a photo.


* Use proximity to create harmony.  By clustering elements closer together, you're making separate elements feel as though they belong together.

* If you are wanting to focus on a color to help reinforce the theme in your layout, try using a black and white image so that it does not distract the viewer from the overall feel you are wanting to convey.  For example, the color red helps show the emotion in the page above.  A black and white photo does not introduce competing colors and helps unify the page.

* Look at your product stash with fresh eyes.  In the third layout pictured above, Jody could have thought "antique hand icon" and reserved it for vintage-only projects.  She could have looked her her collection of twine and reserved it only for tying buttons or packages.  Instead, she added a small, but powerful, handmade embellishment that tells the viewer her daughters have their father wrapped around their fingers.  Her journaling doesn't even have to include this thought - the embellishment unifies her message.


We have one last helpful tidbit for you today - the printable sheet of sketches, color combos and and design tips from yesterday's batch of guest projects can be accessed here.  We hope this will be helpful for you as you work away from your computer.  By the end of our series, you could have a full binder of Design School lessons and printables!

We'll see you tomorrow!

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Day 2 of Design School: Special Guest Projects

Week 1 Special Guest Projects

Welcome back to class, Peas!  I've been so thrilled to hear how yesterday's lesson and the anticipation of this class has been inspiring for you; I can't wait to see more of how you interpret the principles as our event unfolds!  

The amazing thing about our hobby, and all art forms in general, is that we have this built-in permission to "break the rules."  And yet, these principles are our friends in that if we opt to use them, they will always give us good design results.  No matter your style, these will work - and that is what we will see today as we take a look at the projects of our special guests!  (Be sure to scroll down for our next printable - sketches and color combos from yesterday's Design Team projects!)


Let's first check out those that were assigned the principle of Balance (click each layout to see tips from the artists):

A Journey to Sri Lanka by Celine Navarro

A symmetrical design does not necessarily mean a square and boxy look.  Celine introduced curves like you see in the transparency, woodgrain strip and globe element, and soft edges with her punch, stitching and scallops.

Falling Leaves by skermit12

Both Celine and skermit12 turned to using a photo collage for clean and symmetrical lines.  (Many online printing services offer the option of creating a collage when uploading your photos to have them printed; you can also use digital templates and your photo-editing software to create them yourself!)  Skermit12 gives a helpful tip for remembering symmetrical design: "...if you were to draw a line down the center of the page, all of the objects on one side are mirrored on the other side. They aren't always identical objects, but similar in terms of number of objects, "colours, etc.

Teacher Thank You by APet

APet is careful to add a piece on one side of her asymmetrical card when placing a visually heavy piece on the opposite side.  Her layered flower, use of string, buttons and grosgrain ribbon add additional texture.

This digital layout by SuperiorPea has a couple balance principles at work.  At the center of her page she has distributed her elements and photos in such a way it creates radial symmetry, while if you zoom out and look at her page as a whole it is very symmetrical.  Distressed corners frame the piece and draw your eye toward the center.


Next, we'll see projects using the principle of Unity (Again, click the projects to read what the designers had to say):

Peaches by Amy Heller

Amy Heller has used a number of things to create this unified layout about picking peaches.  Remember from our lesson yesterday that harmony can be both conceptual and visual?  She's used both here.  Amy has used a peachy-pink color palette and several round embellishments like the fruit itself, while tying in obvious nature-themed embellishments like trees and outdoor images to help further tell her story. 

Last Day of Third Grade by Amy Heller

Does this layout look like it has a similar style to the one above?  That's because Amy had so much fun with this theme she made two amazing pages for us!  Ledger and grid papers, a notebook edge, chalkboard pieces and an alphabet strip are just a few of the elements she's chosen to unify her school-themed page.

Autumn Splendor by Char4355

Doesn't this card make you wish Autumn began tomorrow?  I'm ready to cozy up with a mug of cider!  Char has created unity in her card by looking to a Fall color scheme, sentiment and stamp.  Even her patterns further reinforce the Autumnal feel in a subtle way.  Notice that she's tied a flower to her sentiment - very appropriate and clever!


That wraps up today's guest projects.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did and that they've motivated you to continue working on your homework!  Speaking of your homework, we've made a cheat sheet for you from yesterday's projects.  Download and print this sheet for design tips, sketches and color combos.  I hope it's helpful for you!

Come back to class tomorrow as Nichol uses one of this week's principles in her Start to Finish layout and video, and for another mini lesson!

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Welcome to Design School at Two Peas!

Welcome to Week 1 of our Design School series!  Jamie Sorenson here.  As a graphic design student, I am excited we get the opportunity to bring you a series that combines ideas for both design and papercrafting.  We are so excited to have you joining us and to explore these principles of design together.  Each week we will be discussing two principles used in good design.  We will define those principles, ask ourselves how we can apply them, and experiment with them in our papercrafting!  Our first two principles?  Balance and Unity.  Are you ready to begin?  Let's get started on our first lesson!

(Be sure to scroll down to see the project created by the Garden Girls for this week's principles)


Balance is the visual distribution of elements.  There are a few types of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.  Symmetrical balance means there is equal visual weight on either side of a center point.  This can be vertical or horizontal.  Here are a few examples of symmetrical balance we spotted in our member gallery:

Home by jbarksdale   When I Grow Up by Cindy Tobey   Hello Friend by Dani T

Asymmetrical balance is the distribution of unequal elements within a composition having a balanced end result.  Here are a few examples of asymmetrical balance we spotted in our member gallery.  Notice how blocks of paper, an enlarged letter or a series of paper strips balance the photos?

So Thankful by Kandis Smith   A Year of You by Susan Weinroth   BFF by Alexis

When balance is achieved by distributing elements equally around a center point, it is called radial symmetry.  See these few projects from our gallery for examples:

I am Paige22   Congrats by Amy Heller   World Travel by Kelli Crowe

Our second principle is more like two principles we are combining into one - continuity/unity.  Continuity is similar to direction; it lead's one's eye from one point to the next.  Unity is the sense that all the pieces in a composition belong together.  Both of these can be used in creating harmony within a design.  One can create harmony conceptually - bringing together ideas not necessarily obvious to the eye, or visually - using ideas and elements that are apparent to the eye.

Think of the theme-driven scrapper.  Visual harmony can be achieved by telling one's story and incorporating product that obviously links to that story.  Or perhaps a monochromatic color scheme is used to evoke the emotion of the occasion.  Conceptual harmony can be achieved by using product more subtly.  Let's take a look at how these are used in these projects:

Trick or Treat by Tomoko Takahashi   Golden Memories by Morgane44   Guilty as Charged by harpersmama

Tomoko chose Halloween-themed products for her card and therefore created visual harmony in the pieces.  A painterly, yellow-orange layout further emphasizes the treasured, "golden" memories Morgane44 documents.  And harpersmama carefully chose numbered tags and die cuts that create subtle, conceptual harmony as she journals on the topic of not being able to resist cute clothes for her girls.


More lessons on this week's principles from the Garden Girls (click to view):

Learn by Laura Craigie   



To download and print today's lesson, click here and take it with you to your crafting space!  Look out for more printables including sketches and color combos later this week.



You probably use balance and unity without even thinking about it, but being aware of these principles can be extra tools in your tool box when you set out to create your next masterpiece.  With each Monday lesson we'll be giving you "homework" for the week.  Use one of these principles (or both!) in a project and upload it to the member gallery.  You have through this coming Sunday at 11:59 pm CST to turn it in.  Be sure to check the appropriate challenge checkbox.  We will be sending a box of goodies to the challenge winner (announced on the Education board).

We hope you enjoyed today's lesson.  Stop in tomorrow as we see how these principles were used by our special guests!

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