The Groove May 2009


Tribute to Moma – by kimmyann

In The Groove

In May and June, our thoughts turn to Mothers and Fathers. In the next two issues, we’re celebrating parenthood and family with great layouts of beloved children and dear parents, grandparents, and other loved ones.

From old-fashioned, to funky, to fabulous, we hope you enjoy these family-friendly layouts, and get inspired to create your own special keepsakes.

As always, look for a great freebie and challenge – this month by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store Designer Wendy Gibson (it’s a Mother’s Day theme!), a terrific discount, and other fun scrapbooking stuff!


Family Foundations

Here at The Groove, we love highlighting layouts that have a vintage quality. The digital age breathes new life into our cherished family photos. Scan them, lay them out, and dress them up with great embellishments to display them with pride as mh51 has done. We love the look so much, that even newer photos can be given that vintage age with the right elements – (love the look, angelwithin!)


mh51- vintage photo layout


angelwithin – anniversary layout

 Scrapper Profile

Terri P

Terri Pittman a.k.a. “pickngrin”

Meet Terri, a.k.a. “pickngrin”, a talented scrapper and great friend of the Scrapbook MAX! community. Get to know her better below, and check out some of her awesome layouts!

Q- You have one word to describe yourself – go for it! (You can explain why you picked that word, if you wish!)
       Imaginative. My brain is on high gear at most all times thinking about how things would look together or how to make something out of nothing.

Q-What got you interested in digital scrapbooking?
      Honestly, the main reason is because I am too big a slob to keep paper scrapping supplies organized. Also because it is cheaper and a whole lot more fun and flexible.

Q- What are your non-scrapbooking hobbies?
       Well I went to school for photography so that is my main hobby. I love going out in the boat and hanging out with my family. I also like to play computer games, like Nancy Drew mysteries and the
tycoon games. I also love to read books from authors such as Fannie Flagg, Alice Ross, Phillip Gulley and I love the Harry Potter series. I LOVE LOVE LOVE going anywhere that has roller coasters (the bigger, steeper and faster, the better)
Q-Who are the most common “subjects” of your scrapbook pages and why?
      My son Cameron is who I scrap the most. It is really over-whelming how many photos I have of him. Although it is sad to say that even though he is now six years old, I have never finished his one year book. I also love to scrap family and clients that I have done photo shoots for.

Q-Where do you find the inspiration for your layouts?
     Sometimes it is the photo, sometimes the kit I may be working with. I also find tons and tons of inspiration from seeing other people’s layouts. Or if I have scrappers’ block, I like to look at magazine ad’s for different products or companies and sort of scrap lift advertisements. Martha Stewart ads are always a good place to start for that. Then there are the monthly and weekly challenges here at Scrapbok MAX!  -they always inspire something new that I may not have thought of.

Q- In one sentence, tell us what you think is the best feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
      That would have to be the paper shape option.

Editor’s Note – to add a shape to a paper scrap or photo in Scrapbook MAX!, double-click on your photo or paper, then choose Custom Shape and Change Shape from the shape gallery. Next, pick your favorite shape!

Q-Do you have any helpful digital scrapbooking tips and tricks that you can share?
     Wow that is a hard one. I guess it would be to tell people to practice their photography skills. Try to get the sharpest, most colorful pictures when snapping your camera. I have seen some layouts that are kinda blah but pictures are amazing, in turn making the whole page sparkle. Also trying different layout styles. Sometimes I love making full blown layouts while other times I love negative space layouts.

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
      Like I said, I am still working on my son’s first year of life book. Then I will do his 2nd year and so on to try to get caught up with how fast he is growing. It is just kind of hard finding little boy stuff that fits him, which is almost impossible. He isn’t into trucks, bugs, action-heroes, sports or dinosaurs. So along with making his books I am trying to create papers and elements for his books.

Q- Name your two favorite movies.
      Seriously? Only two? Wow……To Kill a Mockingbird has to be up there and if you base what I have seen the most times, it would have to be You’ve Got Mail, I watch that everytime I am sick, sad or alone in a quiet house with no boys (husband or son) wanting to drill or hammer something.

Check out some of Terri’s favorite layouts:






Cherished Children

We asked designers from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store to submit inspiring layouts featuring special kids in their own lives. We love how the steely grays set off the gorgeous nature photos in Esther’s “Brandon” layout. And Diana’s cool blues and craft paper embellishments give her family layout a ton of charm. Thanks to Esther Barry and Diana Carmichael for sharing this month!



Brandon Layout by Esther Barry  (“Granny”)


Family Layout by Diana Carmichael (“knzus”)

Psst… Love Diana’s “heart-felt” embellishments? Look for her “My Heart” kit here:


Groove-y Congratulations!

Below is a special layout by Marnie, co-Editor of The Groove and new mom! Aren’t these amazingly adorable photos of her baby daughter’s first easter? Congratulations, Marnie – have a happy “first Mother’s Day”!


The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!


Get this great Mother’s Day themed freebie from Wendy Gibson, and participate in the challenge (details below)!


The Freebie Part

This month, Wendy Gibson is sharing this lovely, feminine freebie set with you - just in time for Mother’s Day.  Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s Wendy’s challenge:

“ Mum’s The Word …so let’s celebrate mom in style! My challenge for May is for all scrapbookers to create a scrapbook page all about Mom!  Without our moms we wouldn’t be who we are today! Showcase all the love you feel for your mom using some or all of the freebies I’ve created just for you!  Or, if you are are Mom, make a page about yourself as a mother, you deserve to be celebrated too!”

Find the challenge thread here.

Thanks, Wendy! Below is a layout that Wendy made using her freebie to show you some scrapbooking possibilities:



May 2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are May’s four featured kits, all by Wendy Gibson. Be sure to use the coupon code WEN-MAY, to get 10% off  your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until May 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code WEN-MAY to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code WEN-MAY exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).



Flutterby Kit


The Secret Life of Boys Embellishment Pack


My Favorite Things


The Secret Life of Boys Paper Pack

Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

Many 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 recently added to the store by various designers.



Donna Thomas – Circus Clowns Kit


Deanne Gow-Smith – Lavendar Lights



Kathie Woolery – Autumn Breezes Booster Pack


Look for the next issue of The Groove on June 1, 2009!

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