Challenges Freebies and Fun!

Whether you’ve never participated in a digital scrapbooking challenge before or you’re looking for a new one every week, it’s always worth checking out the Challenges and Contests forum.

Designers and creative members inspire us all with their challenge ideas, helpful tips, and encouragement. Check out a challenge today! (Note: you must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! community to post and comment – registration is quick easy and free – just go to the Community page and click ‘Register’ to begin!)

The Groove – A Holiday Special

Hello Groove Readers!

‘Tis the season of celebration, joy and family gatherings. As scrapbookers, we’re also looking forward to designing pages with the special photos and memories the season is sure to bring.

To help get you into the holiday spirit, The Groove presents a special contributor – Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Katherine Zdonczyk (a.k.a. MagicalReality Designs) – with winter and holiday design inspiration PLUS a special one-week holiday sale for you to enjoy (full details below)!

Get to know more about Katherine and enjoy her dazzling winter, Christmas, and holiday-themed creations.

KATHERINE ZDONCZYK – SCRAPBOOK MAX! KIT DESIGNER

I am Katherine aka MagicalReality Designs. I am a 34 year old Libra, married for almost 16 years and have a 13 year old son and a 11 year old daughter. I have been a designer since the beginning of 2006.

My main “signature” style is mostly fantasy/fairy type things and very magical, with LOTS of sparkles!!! but I do offer other styles too, so you can always find something you like.

In 2005 I finished school for police sciences, criminology and legal assistant but the passion and obsession for photography and digital graphics just took over my life..ha ha .

Well – we’re rather glad it did, Katherine!
- The Groove Editors

One-Week Sale on Katherine’s Kits (Until December 16, 2014)

For one week only, you can get 20% off on Katherine’s kits! To get the discount, please visit Katherine’s category in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store. Add a minimum of $5 worth of Katherine’s kits to your cart, then type in the code SNOW exactly as shown into the ‘Coupon Code’ field before checkout. You must type in the code at the time of purchase to get the discount. Hurry – offer is one week only and ends on December 16, 2014! Valid on new orders only.

Kits by Katherine Zdonczyk

Below are some of Katherine’s favourite kits, perfect for the season (click on the images to find them in the store)!

Find these winter and holiday-themed kits – plus much more for scrapping all year round – in Katherine Zdonczyk’s Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kit and Templates Store category! Don’t forget to use the coupon code SNOW at checkout until December 16, 2014!

**Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Groove!**

Family History Challenge

Welcome to a Special Edition of The Groove with guest contributor SBM Diane!

This Special Edition of The Groove is hosted by Diane, a.k.a. SBM Diane – a longtime member and inspiring challenge host in the Scrapbook MAX! community forums. Diane shares some of her scrapbooking history and inspiration, as well as some of her favourite layouts (including this autumn-themed stunner she made with Carena’s Autumn Crunch kit and a photo-blending technique – beautiful!) .

October Challenge

And of course, Diane wouldn’t leave us without a challenge – her latest challenges us to do a bit of digging…read on to learn more! Thanks for your contributions, Diane!

The Groove Editors

Scrapbooking with SBM Diane

Hello, My name is Diane. Many of you know me here at the forum as SBM Diane. I have been digital scrapbooking with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software since 2010 and love it. The software is easy to use and allows you to create beautiful layouts. Not only can you create scrapbook pages, but also hybrid crafts that you can print out. Digital scrapbooking has become my favorite hobby, next to photography, and paper crafts.

I have participated in many challenges since then to learn the digital scrapbooking art. I also joined CT groups to perfect my techniques. Below are some of my favorite layouts with different design techniques.

For September’s Groove challenge we made paper shape masks for our layout:

September Shapes Challenge

For this layout I created a scene using By Frog Pond from Carena’s Designs:

I Spy Challenge

Paper shapes are one of my favorite techniques because they help dress up a layout. Here is a layout using a kit and paper shapes from Crafty Scraps:

Paper Shapes

Photo extraction is another favorite technique. It works especially well for scene layouts. I used Beauty Blossom from Magical Reality Designs.

Photo Extraction Technique

This is a name plate hybrid project I created using Bella Grace from Just So Scrappy:

Name Plate Project

Diane’s October Groove Challenge

For the October Groove Challenge we are going to work on our family history. I would like those joining in to search through your family history photos and find your oldest ancestor. I would then like you to create a layout about that person or persons. You will need to add the date to your layout, including any journaling you have. The journaling can include just the names of the individuals. If you have any information on your ancestors please add it to the layout.

At the end of the Groove challenge a layout with the oldest date documented will be chosen to win a copy of the Family Thanksgiving Scrapbook Max 2.0 Expansion Pack. Let’s see how far back we can locate our ancestors!

JOIN THE OLDEST ANCESTOR CHALLENGE HERE!:

I also host a related, ongoing challenge on Family History. The “My Family History Challenge” can be started by members at any time to complete a family history album for yourself (prizes are periodically offered). Please check it out here:

October 2014 Challenges

Diane’s layout selections throughout this issue have certainly shown us what results you can be inspired to achieve when you join a challenge. There are always a number of awesome challenges going on in the forums that can teach you so much – and are often with freebies and prizes to sweeten the experience! :)

Check out these challenges today:

KapiScrap’s Halloween Challenge

Kimmyann’s I Spy Challenge

CraftyScraps My Color Challenge

More challenges are added all the time – to view the latest, check here in the Challenges and Contests Forum:

**Thanks for reading – see you next time in another Special Edition of The Groove!**

Challenge-Mania and Huge Storewide Sale!

Welcome to another Special Edition of The Groove with guest contributor Kimmyann!

You know Kimmyann from the Scrapbook MAX! online community as an exciting, creative challenge host with a knack for helping out with questions and cheering scrappers on. Kimmyann shares some of her story below and some of her favourite layouts (so far) … as well as another one of her signature challenges for you to try!

Read on for Kimmyann’s story PLUS details about a HUGE sale in the store, and other exciting scrapbooking info!

And now, from the desk of Kimmyann…

Hello, my name is Kimmyann and I am a scrapoholic!!I have always liked to dress up my photos and if you look through my photo albums you will also see I have always loved shapes too. I would trim my “hard copy photos” into shapes. On March 1, 2009 while searching the web for an alternative to paper scrapping, due to time, space, and MESS, I came upon the wonderful SBM website and have been hooked ever since. I downloaded the trial version and within a few hours had to have the full version. No mess, No clutter (except disk space), and the options are endless with digital scrapping. Hook, Line, and Sinker!!

Kimmyann found a great program and community. Everyone was so inviting and helpful. This is why I try to help with as many with questions as I can – my way of paying it forward.

I joined many challenges in the beginning trying to learn the software and soon became one of Knzus’s CTs. I have been on several different CT groups and I Love every minute of it.

Here are some of my favorite ‘Kimmyann’ pages

My very first page I made using SBM and Fiona chose my page as the winner for the challenge (…first page is almost like a first pet, you never forget how hard you tried to make it perfect!):

Nat and Possum

My favorite Happy Color Page:

Happy Family

I also love this one using Carena’s “My Beach Kit”:

Fun in the Sun

I love how this page turned out, using Sandrine’s “A Taste of Summer Addon Kit” and Donna Thomas’s “Alignment Shape’s kit”:

Deep Thought

Some of Kimmyann’s Favourite Layouts from the “SBM Family”:

Letha’s Pages are always beautiful and inspiring:

Layout by Letha

Sandrine’s pages are always fun to see and she is a very talented designer:

Spooky Hallow

Donna’s pages are full of inspiration and hope. This page just makes you smile!!:

Happiness

Thanks Kimmyann for a great write-up, and for everything you do for our community! Find Kimmyann’s CHALLENGE later in this issue!

**HUGE SALE IN THE SCRAPBOOK MAX! DIGITAL KIT AND TEMPLATE STORE!!**

It’s time to stock up on fabulous digital kits and templates from the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store. Right now, when you shop in the store during our FALL FUN SALE, you can receive a whopping 30% off your entire order! Now is the time to stock up for birthdays,school days, family days, Christmas, holidays, and every day!

Here’s how it works:

- Add at least $10 worth of kits and templates to your cart
- At checkout, type in the coupon code FALLFUN in the Coupon Code Field exactly as shown
- HURRY! Sale ends on October 15, 2014 and is valid on new orders only.

A Challenge from Kimmyann!

So everyone knows Kimmyann loves a good challenge and coming up with challenges is fun, too. I am constantly thinking of what could be a fun challenge.

Here is My First Groove Challenge:

SHAPES!! I want you to use SBM and make your own shape(S). It is really easy!!

- Open Scrapbook MAX! to a new scrapbook. (I named mine Shapes.) Leave the Background white.
- Now choose a Paper Scrap and color change it to solid black (HINT: bring in the paper as a Photo which will allow you to use the eraser on it in the next steps).
- Choose any shape from SBM. Bring it in as a Photo, place it on the white background stretch it to the size you want.
- Now you can customize the shape you just brought in by applying OTHER SHAPES shapes to make whatever you want OR use the black tile and the eraser to block out and/or erase parts of the black tile to make your desired shape.
- Once you’re happy with it, Click on Page >Save As Image and send it to a file for your Shapes folder ( Settings should be Custom – 100 – 4×4)
- Click OK.
- Now make a page using your shape!! Remember SBM2 you can even invert your shape, so you get 2 shapes for the time of 1.
– Post your page here to join the challenge.

Here is the shape I made:

And here is my page (I used the shape twice – I used the standard shape on the picture, and the inverted shape on the green background paper):

Get involved in the challenge here. Have questions? Kimmyann will be popping in on the challenge to help! (PLUS – watch this challenge thread for an exciting prize announcement – get involved in the challenge to be eligible!)

Have Fun And Big Hugs from Kimmyann!!

Speaking of Challenges:

Check out SBM Diane’s ONGOING My Family History Challenge. If you’ve ever wanted to create a scrapbook tribute honouring your history, now is the chance to find motivation, inspiration, and specific ideas to support you! Plus, look for occasionally prize announcements!

Another great challenge from Sandrine (KapiScrap) is also on the go right now. Now is your chance to Customize Your Forum Signature for Autumn!