The Groove Newsletter January 2009

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The Little Black Dress  – layout by Winnie W.

In The Groove

Happy 2009 from The Groove!

New Year’s conjures up glamor and elegance, cocktail dresses and champagne toasts.  We loved how Winnie’s layout (above) captured the magic and sparkle of New Year’s.

Now okay, okay - some of us tend to ring in the new year at home snuggled up on the couch watching movies rather than dressed to the nines (but having a great time, anyway!)! So although New Year’s may not always be glamorous, and though life is rarely all ”black and white”, that’s our theme for the month – and what could be more stunning than the contrast of black and white?

We hope that you enjoy the various striking black and white layouts we’re showcasing from Scrapbook MAX! members. We think they’re totally creative and inspiring for new year scrapping!Below, you’ll also find a fun Scrapper Profile, and a lovely freebie and challenge from Booster Pack Store Designer Carena Scott.

Enjoy 2009!
 - from your friends at Scrapbook MAX! and The Groove

Staying In The Shade

These two eye-catching layouts show us just how lovely sticking to all black and white (and maybe a touch of grey!) can be! Mary’s lovely photo is shown off with simple black and white touches. Michelle’s self-portrait sketch comes into focus with muted shades as a frame. Gorgeous!

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Black and White Layout by Mary (mh51)

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Self Portrait Layout by Michelle M. (wolvsie35)

Pass the Punch!

Black and white photos can also be set off by color, delivering a creative “punch”. Notice how your eye takes in the starker black and white photos first, and then moves on to absorb the colored background and elements (at least, that’s how these layouts spoke to us!). Linda shows us how black and white winterscapes can be jazzed up with color, while Pickngrin works a summer theme with just as much success. Lovely!

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Linda’s South Dakota Winter Layout

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Pickngrin’s ode to summer

Scrapper Profile

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Susie (twpclerk)

Meet Susie (a.k.a. twpclerk) a fabulous Scrapbook MAX! forum contributor, who you will also find to be very adventurous (just started kayaking!), humorous, and kind! Get to know a bit more about Susie below…
Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- That I am absolutely goofy, funny, straight laced, loyal and caring.
Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking? 
A- I actually found Scrapbook MAX! at a flea market, the lady had a table set up of her work and had the SBM program and I started from there.

 
Q- Do you have any “scrapbooking resolutions” for the New Year? (any particular project you plan to get started on, or a new skill you want to learn?)
A- I would like to get into the whole designing aspect. Right now all I do is make layouts; I would love to learn how to create embellishments, papers, etc.
Q-Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun? 
A- I collect roosters for my kitchen and snowmen for all over the house!!  My husband Ed and I started kayaking this summer.
Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- My beautiful family, my husband of almost 33 years, our son and his wife and our daughter and her husband. I have really been blessed by God far greater than I ever thought possible. They are everything to me.
Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I guess I would have to say the challenges. Being new to all this, they really help me explore the many different aspects of digital scrapping - and of course my family are the subjects of most of my layouts.
Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- It’s the holidays – probably will work on Christmas 2008 layouts.
Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- Angelina Jolie – so I could be married to Brad Pitt and be friends with George Clooney!! LOL.

Here are a few of Susie’s favorite layouts!

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The Groove Monthly Freebie

Challenge! 

The Freebie Part

Carena Scott has generously supplied a gorgeous freebie collection that could be used to create a stunning layout for your photos!

Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here is Carena’s challenge, using Carena’s freebie collection:

Do a multi photo layout using most of the elements and 1 paper and have a play changing the opacity of one element. Shapes are fine to use for either 2nd paper or photos. Mostly, enjoy exploring.

Share your layout in the The Groove’s January 2009 Challenge thread!

January 2009 “Featured Kits”

Love Carena’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for kits with a similar style?

Below are January’s four featured kits, all by Carena Scott. This month, when you purchase any of Carena’s four Featured Kits, you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until January 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code CSC-JAN to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code CSC-JAN exactly as shown).

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Boy Zone Elements Kit

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Basic Frames Kit

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Botanicals Pack B Kit

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Sabrina Kit

Dreaming of a “Black and White” Christmas!

We loved these two holiday-inspired layouts that also followed our black and white theme. The first layout, by Eye, used color creatively within and outside of the photo to highlight the precious subject (what a cutie!). Carena’s layout has an old time feel, with a black and white photos and elegant touches of rich, festive colors in the surrounding elements. Beautiful!

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Layout by Eye

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Layout by Carena

Look for the next issue of The Groove on February 1, 2009.  Our theme is “Whimsical”. If you have a whimsical layout you’d like to share with us, please post it in this thread  or email it to us at newsletter [at] scrapbookmax [dot] com –  We may share your layout in the next issue of The Groove!

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