The Groove June 2009

Valerie Elaine-Dad Layout

A lovely page honoring Dad, by Valerie Elaine

In The Groove

In this second issue honoring parenthood and family, our focus falls on fathers. With love and understanding, they care and nurture us in the way that only dads can! We hope that you’ll enjoy the very special dad layouts features in this issue of The Groove.

You’ll also find your favorite features below, like the Scrapper Profile, and of course the Monthly Freebie Challenge, this month hosted by Fiona Storey (angelwithin) of the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.  Look for a special discount coupon, and more digital scrapbooking inspiration!


Cherished Fathers

Below are three amazing layouts that honor the memory of tremendous fathers. The love and creativity apparent in the designs are a tribute to the special people they remember. Thanks to these three ladies for sharing their scrapbooking ideas as well as their heart-felt memories.

Marion - Two Page Spread - Dad Layout

Marion – A Two-Page Layout, My Visit With Dad

mswizard - Dad Tribute Page

mswizard- Sharing Words For Dad

 Michelle McCoy - In Loving Memory Page for Dad

Michelle McCoy – Miss You Layout


Scrapper Profile


Debby- fourfoxes

Debby, a.k.a. fourfoxes

Meet Debby, a familiar face in the forums and avid digi scrapper! Some may know her as fourfoxes, and those who do know about her helpful nature and creativity. Get to know Debby better by reading her profile!

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been happily married to my husband, Doug for the past 18 years.  We have two beautiful daughters, Jenniveve age 16 and Allyse age 13.  I worked for 18 years in a doctor’s office, the last 10 as their office manager.  I currently work at the local elementary school for lunch/recess time and also in the after school program.  When I have time I LOVE to do digital scrapbooking.  I also enjoying reading, going to the gym with my friend and the occasional “girls night out” parties!  :)

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
I was always a traditional scrapbooker but it was time consuming and expensive so it sort of fell by the wayside.  One day I was “surfing the web” when I stumbled upon this wonderful product called Scrapbook MAX! downloaded the trial version and within a couple of hours I was totally hooked!  That was in 2006 and I’m still lovin’ every minute of it!

Q- If you were to create a scrapbook that included the most important people in your life, who would be on those pages? Why?
Funny you should ask that question because I have actually begun to do just that!  I have started a scrapbook about my parents.  I lost my mother in 2000 and my dad just two years ago.  Since that time, I have inherited many photos that belonged to them.  My sister and I have had such fun going through them and deciding what photos to include in the scrapbook.  Oh, the memories!  My parents were (and always will be) my heroes and I want to be able to pass on what they meant to me and what they were like to future generations. 

Q- What inspires you to create a layout? Where do you begin?
I usually begin with a photo.  I look to see if any one thing pops out at me that would guide me to a background or some type of frame.  Once that is chosen I just let my mind go wild and sort through the many wonderful kits I’ve aquired and go to work, many times using things from all over the place for just the right look.  If I can’t find anything in my kits that says – yeah, that’s it! – I try my hand at making my own paper and embies with RealDrawPro 5 or PhotoShop Elements.  Sometimes I truly amaze myself with the results!  LOL

Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
There are just so many, how do I choose?  I guess that the one feature that I love to use is the effects. When you choose advanced under the effects tab you can do so many different things and make a true ‘one of a kind’ layout. 

Q-What is the topic of your current scrapbook project(s)?
Besides my parent heritage scrapbook I’m working on my sister’s grandchildren’s albums.  I love to work with children’s photos.  They are so inspiring!  I’m also working on a school memory scrapbook for each of my daughter’s as well.

Q- What is your all-time favorite food?
Well, my favorite food would have to be . . . . .Italian!  I enjoy making my own pasta sauce with fresh herbs when I have the time.

Mmmmm…sounds delicious… Thanks for sharing, Debby!

Check out some of Debby’s favorite layouts below!

Debby - Brendon Sleeping Layout

Debby - Homecoming Dance  

Debby - Carson Layout

Debby - Autumn Leaves Layout


Our Dear Dads!

They hold us, guide us, teach us, and love us. Here are two very different but both very eye-catching layouts that tell dad how much we love and appreciate them.


eye - Father Layout Christmas Theme    

eye – I Will Be Home For Christmas Layout

Kimmyann - Dad Through The Years Layout

 Kimmyann- tribute to Dad through the years layout


The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Fiona Storey - June Groove Freebie

Fiona Storey’s “Male Order” Freebie Mini-Kit


The Freebie Part

This month, Fiona Storey is sharing this very attractive, masculine freebie set with you – just in time for Father’s Day.  Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s Fiona’s challenge:

“Seeing it is June and most of us will be celebrating Father’s Day this month, I thought Fathers would be an apt theme! Using at least 3 embellishments and 1 paper from the Male Order mini kit scrap a page or card with a Father Theme.”

Find the challenge thread here.


June 2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are June’s four featured kits, all by Fiona Storey. Be sure to use the coupon code FST-JUN, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until June 30, 2009, and type in the coupon code FST-JUN to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code FST-JUN exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).


Fiona Storey - Violet Hill Kit

Fiona Storey – Violet Hill Kit

Fiona Storey - Male Order Kit

Fiona Storey – Male Order Kit

Fiona Storey -Dinosaurs Kit

Fiona Storey – Dinosaurs Kits

Fiona Storey - Naturally Yours

Fiona Storey – Naturally Yours


Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

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.

Carena Scott - Sweet Pea Part One

Carena Scott – Sweet Pea Part One


Siobhan Kite - Lil Miss Pink Kit

Siobhan Kite – Lil Miss Pink


Katie Castillo - A Pocket Full of Posies Kit

Katie Castillo – A Pocket Full of Posies Kit


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

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