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!

A Challenge, A Freebie and a Great Sale!

Kit by KapiScrap

Presenting a Special Edition of The Groove with lots of treats and fun in store for you! This issue is hosted by Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Sandrine Boarqueiro-Verdun (a.k.a. KapiScrap). A big thanks to Sandrine for sharing her creativity – and a FABULOUS freebie!

THE CHALLENGE

Join in on Sandrine’s super scrapbooking challenge bursting with originality! The reason it’s so original? It’s all about YOU! (And if that wasn’t reason enough to join, Sandrine is giving away a gorgeous summer-themed freebie to everyone who participates. Full details below.)

Here are the challenge instructions from Sandrine:

Make a layout page (square size) to introduce yourself. You should add at least one picture of yourself.

As you design your page, please use ALL of the following items:

1) some of your favorite things
2) quirky stuff you like or do
3)your favorite movies/TV shows/food/snack/music
4)what is most important to you
5) your hobbies
6) your favorite season…

Once you’ve made your page, please post it in this Challenge Thread.

Here is a sample page which introduces me. I have used It’s a Scrapping Thing, which is one of my latest kits:

Introduce Yourself Challenge

THE FREEBIE

Everyone who participates in Sandrine’s challenge will receive a link to download this freebie add-on to Sandrine’s “Summer in the City” Kit series – great for all those summer pics you’ve been snapping! (Thanks Sandrine :) )

A Freebie from KapiScrap

In order to be eligible for this freebie, you need to participate in the above challenge, posting your page here by August 31, 2014 . At the end of the challenge, Sandrine will send a private message to all participants with a link for you from which you can download your prize.

THE SALE

ONE WEEK ONLY! Save 20% Off on Digital Kits by KapiScrap (Sandrine Boarqueiro-Verdun)

For one week only, you can get 20% off on Sandrine’s kits! To get the discount, please visit Sandrine’s category in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store. Add a minimum of $5 worth of Sandrine’s kits to your cart, then type in the code SUMMERTREAT 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 August 20, 2014! Valid on new orders only.

Here are some of Sandrine’s favourite kits (a great time to scoop them up with your 20% off coupon code!):

Travel Memories

Get Your Kicks

Sandy Shores

Sandy Shores

Fun at the Beach

Beach Paradise

Baking Memories

Spooky Hallow

A ‘Designer Story’ and Scrapbooking Challenge

Page by Lindaathome

Welcome to another Special Edition of The Groove, hosted by Scrapbook MAX! digital kit designers Kaye Savic and Deanne Gow-Smith. Kaye tells us the story of how this dynamic duo has come together to make creative new kits that are sure to dress up your pages. Then, join the fun of a new scrapbook challenge – not only may you learn a new Scrapbook MAX! technique or two, just for participating, you’ll get a special 20% coupon to use in the store (details below)!

Enjoy this issue, and be inspired not only by Deanne and Kaye’s beautiful kits, but the scrappers who use them (see their layouts featured throughout).

– The Groove Editors

A Creative Friendship by Kaye Savic

Deanne and I have known each other for about 20 years. We even worked together in the same store for a while. About 15 years later we came into contact again. Deanne was working as a designer with Scrapbook MAX!, I had no idea that digital scrapbooking existed. Deanne showed me photo books that she had made with Scrapbook MAX! software and told me about how she had a section in a store called Scrapbook MAX! where she sold digital kits.

Page by Kimmyann

This was a whole new world to me, a new and exciting and artistic outlet. She gave me lots of her kits and suggested I download Scrapbook MAX! and said: play and see how you go! She had shown me something that allowed me to express an avenue of art that was hidden inside of me.I came to the website and was into it all! I loved the challenges and learned so much.

Page by Letha

Deanne kept encouraging me to think about becoming a designer, but I didn’t have the confidence. So I became part of her Creative Team. After a few years, Deanne suggested we collaborate together and create kits. This way we could pool our strengths and together create collections that could be quite large – large enough to create a whole photo book with a coordinating theme.

So we brainstormed, and while she puts together the main kits, we both produce everything with the same elements as coordinated add ons – anything we could think of that would be needed to make an entire printable book of the same theme. The collection ends up being quite large and people can have a wide variety of products from us.

Page by SBM Diane

We are both enjoying working together again and being in touch all the time because you see we now live thousands of miles apart. This is kind of special for us to do collaboration work and be in contact almost daily. We have a wonderful CT group that is whipping up some awesome page layouts too. Hopefully Deanne and I will keep on doing Collaboration Collections for a long time to come.

- Kaye Savic (Saviscrap)

Thanks, Kaye! Here is a sample of the beautiful items you will find in Deanne and Kaye’s collections:

Grunge DK Frames

Grunge DK Stamp Clusters

Wispy Clusters

Challenge by Moonbeam (Deanne) and Saviscrap (Kaye)

This month we have a special challenge for you! To participate, visit our challenge thread here.

This challenge was inspired by one of our community challenge participants, Fonzzy! She created a challenge that required people to make their own embellishments from items in their home. Someone asked how to save them as PNG files.

So for this challenge what we want you to do is to grab from 3 separate kits in your own collection:

2 flowers
1 heart
1 star

…Then to recolour them to match another kit you use for your LO. You can save them as PNG files and add them to your kit.

So to save as a PNG file you recolour the way you like it, make sure the image is clicked onto and right click and then save as PNG. Save it into the kit you used, but rename it something like Kaye’s recoloured flower, just so you know it is something you have added in and not part of the original kit.

Feel free to use any other elements you like with the main kit that you use, but you must use the 3 items I mentioned at least twice each. You can also recolour them as many times as you want.

A COUPON FOR PARTICIPANTS!
If you take part in the challenge described above, Deanne and Kaye will send you a special coupon code at the end of the challenge valid for one week allowing you to save 20% off on purchases of $10 or more in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Store. Please note that in order to receive this coupon you must participate in this challenge – that is, you must post a layout that follows the above instructions in this challenge thread by the contest’s end on July 5, 2014. (Participants may submit multiple layouts to the challenge thread; however, only one coupon code per participant will be sent.) The challenge closes on July 5, 2014.