The Groove August 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – August 2007

In the Groove

“Friends Forever” is this month’s “Groove-y” theme. To celebrate, you’ll notice that we’re featuring more work than ever by our dear friends from the online Scrapbook MAX! Community – that’s you, folks! This, we promise, is just the beginning of a new trend – look for more and more layouts by our very own Community members in future issues of The Groove…maybe even YOU!

As usual, we’ve got a tantalizing freebie for you to check out…this one’s by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry (a.ka. the incomparable “Granny” – read below for details)! We’ve also got another exciting layout contest, with a challenging design twist (see below). And of course, happy scrappin’, friends!

Friends Forever – Through Thick and Thin

There’s almost nothing more precious in the world than a friend. Through thick and thin, laughter and tears, togetherness and distance, friends make us laugh, keep us strong, and believe in us even when we can’t seem to believe in ourselves. The following layouts beautifully capture the essence of friendship – when faced with the passage of time, or separation by great distances, true friendship endures the challenge.

“Circa 1950”by juliehclark and “A Hero’s Welcome” by Marion

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Find cool websites with content you can use in Scrapbook MAX! by visiting the new forum in our online Community called:“Favorite Sites For Scrapbook MAX!-ers”.

Groovy Tip #2: Shapes can really enhance a theme! Don’t forget to check out the shapes that comes with Scrapbook MAX! when working with photos or paper scraps.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Michelle McCoy (a.k.a. wolvsie35), a friendly, helpful, and talented voice in the Scrapbook MAX! online community, as well as a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Get to know Michelle a little better by reading her interview below, and check out some of her favorite layouts!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- I’m caring, creative, always wanting to please others.

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- I love to take photos and be creative with them.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A- Design needlepoint patterns, draw, write poetry, bowling, listen to music, spend time with my family and my dog Boo Bear (newfoundland/chow mix).

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- First off, my mom. She has been there for me through everything and is always supportive, no matter what or how crazy my idea may be. Second, would be my two boys. They are always interested in my new creations and willing to help me in any way. Thirdly, my fiancé – he has become my inspiration by giving me the support I need and never complains when I become too busy with designing.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I find my needlepoint designs to be my main inspiration. They come from my drawings, then I make a cross stitch design for them and sew them. The more things I can make with my designs, the more content I am. My family and friends through Scrapbook MAX! also bring light to everything I make.

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- Ideas are flowing non-stop now that I’m a designer for MAX!…My next focus will be making templates from my kits.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I wouldn’t want to be a celebrity but I think if I could be an angel for a day, I would help people realize that life is too short to take it for granted.

Check out some of Michelle’s favorite layouts!

Country Apples, Gorgeous, Snowman, and Cutie

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The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

You’re going to love the elegant freebies this month! Many thanks to our wonderful and generous “Granny”, Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry!

Click here to get your Freebies!

Love Esther’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $3.99!

Creative Genius

Here’s a chance to wear your favorite layouts on your “sleeve” – or on your chest, your tote bag, your pillowcase, or any other place you dream up! That’s right – we’re talking T-Shirt transfers! Create a great “transferable” layout, then check out your local office supply store for the special transfer paper required. Follow the printing instructions, choose the item that you want to transfer your masterpiece to, and then get out the ol’ iron! And, since we’re celebrating friends this month, why not take up this creative genius challenge and make a t-shirt for a friend, featuring your “friend”-liest layout, of course!

Contest: “Friends Are Like Rainbows…”

This month we’re looking for friend-themed layouts…but there’s an added challenge! In your design, you must either incorporate the 7 colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), OR creatively complete the phrase “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” in journal text or in a caption (e.g., “Friends Are Like Rainbows, Follow Them And You’ll Find Gold”). Hey, maybe you can even do both…Get creative!!

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 Monday, August 27, 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.

“Wonderfully Whimsical” Contest Winners!

1st Place Winner!


By Wendy S.
Rome, Italy

Glub! Glub! – We feel like we are floating about in Wendy’s wonderfully whimsical 1st Place Layout. What great fun!

Congratulations to our Runners-up!

“Forever Friends” By Shauna S., Ammon, Idaho and “Dragon Dream” By mrsaboyer

Runners-up: Shauna captured friends hamming it up for the camera; the definition of “whimsy”! And of course, mrsaboyer’s dragon theme and photo of wondrous expressions remind us of the delight and whimsy of childhood imagination.

Congrats to all participants!


Days of Fun and Friends! Friendships formed in childhood can last a lifetime, so now is the time to gather those precious pictures of children playing, laughing, and just plain being silly together – and make fab friend layouts! The memories may last a lifetime, and a great layout will help keep those memories “picture perfect”! Get inspired by the fantastic friend layouts below by chipperis and CrystalInMinn!

“Best Friends” By chipperis and “Soccer Fun” By CrystalInMinn

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 [email protected]

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates “The Great Outdoors”! Plus – look for August’s “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” contest winners!