The Groove May 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – May 2007

“Mother and Daughter” Layout by Carol D. – read her profile below!

In the Groove

April showers bring May flowers – and May brings with it Mother’s Day! This month, we’re celebrating “mothers” in our Musings, and in our brand new May layout contest, called simply “I Love You, Mom!” See below for more details.

Speaking of special, you are going to LOVE this month’s gorgeous freebies – a mini-kit designed by superbly-talented Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer, Kathleen Woolery! Plus, Scrapbook MAX! presents Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition – including a fab limited-time discount just for you! Scroll down for the full scoop!

Musings on Mothers

Imagine: you have the worst flu of your life. What do you crave – Hot soup? A cozy bed? Your favorite slippers and pajamas? How about mom? There is something about the soothing comfort and nurturing of a mother that we never stop longing for. Moms have the ability to bandage any wound and wipe away the biggest tears, no matter how old we are!

Around Mother’s Day, it seems appropriate to feel in awe of the selfless nature of motherhood. Mothers spend so much of their day in service of others. To top it off, they really love this role. They relish making lunches, driving to soccer practice, and telling bedtime stories. Moms wear many hats: cook, chauffeur, nurse, teacher, fashion consultant, and friend to name a few. When asked how she does it, most mothers will say, “It’s easy when you love your children so much!”
Other than appreciation, the best gift we can give mom is time – time to herself to indulge in her own hobbies and entertainment.

Whether it’s shopping, getting a facial, watching movies, gardening, or scrapbooking, mom deserves it! Happy Mother’s Day to our moms all around the world!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Click on the envelope icon in the toolbar to email your scrapbook right from within Scrapbook MAX!.

Groovy Tip #2: Want to make page 2 very similar to page 1? While on page 1, choose Page > Duplicate.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Carol D. (a.k.a. caz38), a talented and inspiring friend of the Scrapbook MAX! forums. Read on to get to know Carol a little bit better!

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.
A- I live in a smallish city in NSW Australia. I live with my DH and our 4 boxer dogs. I have a stepson Steid and our almost 5 year old grand daughter Jett. I work part time as a sales assistant at Big W (like Walmart).

Q- How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?
A- I started paper scrapping first and a friend told me about digiscrapping. So I checked out a few sites and then I found Scrapbook Max! and went on from there.

Q- What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of
course)?

A- I enjoy spending time with my family and our dogs. I like to fish, do patchwork and cross stitch.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A- I like to check out the galleries and see what everyone is doing. There are so many talented people out there. Then I usually choose my photos and then go through my stash and choose my papers and embellies and it seems to just grow from there. Sometimes a layout will change many times until I am happy with it.

Q- What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! popular?
A- I think it is very versatile and extremely user friendly. I am learning to use CS2 for my designing which I have just started at Deco-Pages, but I always come back to SBM for my layouts as it has so many great features but is easy to use. It is great for the beginner and also has a lot of special features for the more experienced scrapper.

Q- What is your favorite Scrapbook MAX! tip or trick?
A- One of my favorite things I like to use is the shapes and opacity as they can give such varied results. I can use the same kit over and over and still get so many unique results.

Q- Who is your favorite movie star?
A- I love Sean Connery. I’m showing my age now. LOL I guess some of the younger members will read this and say “who?”

Psst…Don’t worry, Carol. We all think Mr. Connery is pretty groovy!

Have a look at some of Carol’s favorite layouts below!

Mother and Daughter, Mud Pies, The 30’s, and Father and Son

Interested in being one of The Groove’s profiled scrappers? Write to us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com for details.

“Here Comes” Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition

Scrapbook MAX! is proud to present Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition. This exciting new edition of Scrapbook MAX! includes Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software and a wedding-themed content pack bursting with gorgeous elements, perfect for weddings and romantic occasions!

At $39.95, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition makes a unique and affordable gift for the bride-to-be and newlyweds on your list. Plus, with over 30 new scrapbook templates (150 pre-made pages) and 20+ new kits, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition is a terrific way for users of the “Classic Edition” to expand their digital content collection!

Click here to view the thousands of elements that we’ve included. You’ll find a whole range of styles, colors, textures, and themes to capture the magic of your special celebration!

Best of all, you will save 15% if you purchase Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition by May 31, 2007! Be sure to enter the discount code WEDDING on the online purchase page.

Buy now and save!

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

We have a real treat for you this month! Our “very own” Kathleen Woolery, an amazing designer from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, has generously provided awesome spring-themed embellishments for you to enjoy (check out a screenshot of the lovely goodies below!).

Click here to get your Freebies!

Love Kathleen’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $3.95!

Creative Genius

“Scrap” a Speech for the Bride and Groom!

Showing slideshows at wedding receptions has become very common. Why not – it’s a great way to highlight cute childhood pictures and show the evolution of the bride and groom’s relationship. Here’s a twist: Create a slideshow with Scrapbook MAX! (either the “Classic Edition” – or better yet, the new “Wedding Edition”!). If you’ve been asked to give a speech for the bride or groom, use pictures, captions, and speech bubbles to help tell their story. You can narrate right along with the slideshow. You can even burn copies of your presentation on a CD-ROM as a wonderful wedding keepsake – it’s sure to be a hit!

Layout Contest: “I Love You, Mom!”

Post your best “mom” page in our “I Love You, Mom!” Layout Contest! Get creative and capture the love, joy, humor, wisdom (etc. etc. etc.!!!!) of motherhood! Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Friday, May 25, 2007, Midnight (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

Contest Winners: “Spring Into Spring” (April 2007)


1st Place Winner!


“Thank God For Little Girls”
By Trish J.
Clarksville, TN

Our 1st Place layout from Trish J. lifts the spirit, like the first days of spring! We love the wildflower garden design and the sweet little girls who capture the joy of a spring day!

Runners-up!



“Spring in My Yard” by Carol E., Bethlehem, PA and “Apple Time” by Johana M., Winthrop, Australia

Check out the humorous “ladybug sayings” in Carol E.’s fresh spring layout. And be dazzled like we were by Johana M.’s refreshing use of warm colors to welcome spring.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations


Shoes-ies and Foot-sies! A scrapbook page centered around a “feature theme” can be very artistic. Take a snapshot of those darling little shoes and build your layout on a “foot-sie” theme. Or go elegant and expressive and use a picture of a bride and groom’s linked hands. Use your imagination, and make layouts with a fresh perspective!

Little Sandals by Denise W., St. Cloud, MN and Tap Shoes by Julie C., Nashville, TN

Double Take. Choose a favorite photo and use it twice on your page. Make one image more transparent with the opacity bar (slide the ruler toward “Transparent” in the Properties box). Play with sizing and layering to create an artistic effect.

“Imagine” and “Handsome Pup”

The Groove Wants YOU!

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today! Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates Father’s Day! Plus – look for May’s “I Love You, Mom!” contest winners!

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