The Groove March 2008


“Green” St. Patrick’s Day Layout by Aggie Girl


In The Groove

In many places, March is a month where things begin to get “green” again. Throughout this issue, you’ll notice that many of the layouts have a green theme to help us celebrate the new beginnings of the season.

We also have some “new” and exciting features to share with you – like our brand new challenge format  – where everybody gets a little something (hint…designer-made FREEBIES!), plus a discount deal on featured kits from our store.

So read on for all of your Groove-y favorites, and more!

Ideas for “Around the House”

No, we’re not promoting a new cleaning product or suggesting that you re-decorate! When we say “Around the House”, it’s in relation to scrapbooking (of course!). So though this may be the month of “spring cleaning” your house, we hope you’ll look at your house with a “scrapper’s eye” for layout inspirations!

Perhaps it’s a pattern in the draperies or area rug that gets your creating juices flowing. Or maybe it’s a view from a window, or an ordinary day at home that turns into one of your fondest memories. Get inspired by the layouts below from Fiona Storey and O2BNgHope that take home and family as a starting point for scrapbooking inspiration!



Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1 – Use a Photo as a Background! Just open up your photos folder, and drag and drop your favorite photo into the Scrapbook MAX! design space. Select ‘Background’ in the drag and drop assistant. The creative possibilities are endless!

Groovy Tip #2 – When exporting a template, make sure that you choose to “remove photos”. This ensures that your template is a “fresh canvas” for those you share it with!

Scrapper Profile



Meet Mary (mh51) - a talented scrapper (love those art posted layouts!), and a delightful presence in the forums. Read on and get to know this generous, humble and all-around lovely lady!

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.
A- I am happily married (second time around)  to Bob.  He’s my best friend.  I have two loving, caring sons and two WONDERFUL grandsons.
I was born in Scotland and migrated ‘south’ to England when I was 25yrs old.  I’m quite a private person, not too good with words & having difficulty describing myself!! I love spending time with family and am VERY ‘close’ to my sister Helen.

Q- How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?
A- I just cannot remember… I was making paper cards only for a short time & only for family members and I think I was browsing the web looking for some supplies and stumbled across Scrapbook MAX! and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

Q- What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?
A- My main interest HAS to be my grandsons, Sam & Ben.  I just cannot imagine life without them. Travel has to come pretty high on my list also.  We have now visited ALL of the 50 USA States and quite a bit of Europe also.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A- I just find a ‘subject matter’ ~ drag into SBM ~ and take it from there. As you all probably know I use quite a lot of art posters & just can’t get away from the floral theme.  We had quite a large garden before moving to apartment living, so I suppose that love of flowers never leaves you.

Q- Tell us about the layout you are most proud of and why.
A- Sorry ~ I’m not that conceited.

Q- What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! so popular?
A- Its Members & the Forum.  I check it EVERY day and almost every hour.  Everyone is so friendly & helpful.  I love the community spirit.  We have many talented people and I just adore the work of Deanne Gow-Smith ~ our very own MOONBEAM.  However does she keep coming up with such great work… it just gets better & better.  I wish I had her vision.

Q- Who is your favorite movie star?
A- Had to think about this one…. And if I have to choose one I would probably say Denzel Washington. He’s so versatile and I don’t think he’s made a bad move yet! (psst..sound like YOU, Mary!)

Check out some of Mary’s favorite layouts below:

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The Scrapbook MAX!

Community Welcomes YOU!

For those of you who have not yet joined our free Online Community, the time is now! Get great scrapbooking tips, join interesting, informative (and sometimes downright wacky!) discussions (in a good way!),  and post your questions about Scrapbook MAX! – our active community of thousands of members means you have support and fun at you fingertips 24/7!

And the best part? A CONTINUOUS SUPPLY OF DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING FREEBIES! In our Community’s Sharing Corner, you’ll find new freebie templates and embellishments posted all the time by generous and talented “Fellow MAX!-ers”

Join the fun and find some friends in the Scrapbook MAX! Online Community. Here’s how to register (it’s fast, secure, and free!):
Step 1: SIGN UP:

Step 2: ACTIVATE: You’ll receive an email from us after you register. Follow the link to activate your account.

Step 3: SIGN IN: Once you’ve registered and activated an account, you can sign in and download embellishments.

The Groove’s (first-ever)

Monthly Freebie Challenge!

So we were thinking…”our readers love freebies”.  And then we thought some more…”our readers are always up for a layout challenge”. And that’s how THE GROOVE MONTHLY FREEBIE CHALLENGE was born! Here’s how it works:

The “Freebie” Part!

Kathie Woolery  has generously supplied a freebie mini-kit to all our Groove readers based on her full kit called ”Primavera Promises” – “Tender pink flowers, blue skies, and the first sweet green grass; this mini-kit coordinates with Primavera Promises and features five springtime backgrounds in a watercolor on canvas texture and ten elements to help you celebrate Spring!”

 The “Challenge” Part!

 Kathie has issued this challenge based on her freebie mini-kit:

Create a layout using all three colors of papers and at least five elements (i.e., the papers and elements from the free mini-kit).” Upload your layout to your gallery, and then post a link to your layout in a reply to this thread (also where you’ll find the freebie kit!!!).


PLUS – three lucky, random challenge participants will get an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

Discount Coupon For

March 2008 “Featured Kits”

Love Kathie’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for more?

This month, when you purchase the full Primavera Promises kit, or any of Kathie’s four Featured Kits (all pictured below), you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until March 31, 2008, and type in the coupon code MARCH-KWO to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code MARCH-KWO exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders only until March 31, 2008. Coupon code  must be used at the time of purchase and must be typed in exactly as shown.

Featured Kits for March 2008


Primavera Promises Kit

Days Gone By Kit


Looking For Love Kit

Bare-Footin’ Kit


Here’s how Kathie Woolery describes her design style:

“I would have to describe my design style as realistically textured. I prefer designing (and using) realistic backgrounds and elements with a feeling of substance like cardstock, linen, lace, chipboard and painted wood.”

Thanks for the freebie, featured kits,  and fun challenge, Kathie!


A special Freebie from our


 Tired of freebies yet? We didn’t think so!!!

Sometimes “seeing green” is just right! Enjoy Scrapbook MAX! Community Member Wickel’s lovely St. Patrick’s Day template page to get you into the spirit of green!

Find Wickel’s “Think Green” template in our Sharing Corner.



First Place Winner

in “The Four Seasons” Contest



by ryansmom66

Isn’t this fantastic? Besides the stunning photo, we love how the color palette of the layout shows off its best features. The crisp white background sets off the dazzling carpet of leaves at the feet of this stunning couple, not to mention the dazzling wedding gown! And the red elements and border pick up the richest tones in the leaves, as well as in the bouquet. Simply genius!

Our Runners-Up


makeyesup provided us with a frosty feast for the eyes  – her stunning Winter Layout. What lovely photos and icy color choices – perfection!

We also loved KPierce’s Spring Butterfly Layout, another page that “took flight”. The pastel colors gave the page an airy quality, perfect for showcasing the delicate winges of these regal butterflies!

Congratulations to all who entered The Four Seasons contest. We look forward to seeing your entries in our brand new “Monthly Freebie Challenge” thread, where everyone gets something, including freebies and fun!


The layouts below combine the two themes running throughout this issue of The Groove: around the house, and “green”. What is more “homey” than food, such as the fresh baked cookies in Michelle McCoy’s Lucky Charm Dance layout, or the “good food/good wine” theme of jamiept’s page (with a sophisticated green background)?

Get inspired, and focus on your plate the next time you need a “fresh” layout idea!


Booster Pack Store:

 New Releases

Have you been shopping lately? Dozens of new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store each month. Be sure to stop by and check out our awesome selection of embellishment kits and template sets, professionally-designed to work with Scrapbook MAX!.

Below is a small sample of some of new kits added to the store in February 2008 by various designers.


Deanne Gow-Smith – Victoriana Series Adelaide

Stacey Kluczny – Sweet Memories


 Fiona Storey – She Remembers

Esther Barry – Dance With Me


 Carena Scott – All Male

Michelle McCoy- Paddy Green

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

Hold on to your hats…we have a wonderful and wacky “April Fool’s” issue in store for you next month!


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