The Groove February 2012

Valentine Layout

In the Groove

February is the month of love, romance and sharing love-ly pages with friends! We have a jam-packed issue for you this month with gorgeous layouts, a freebie challenge, the chance to get a custom-made designer kit, and the latest scrapbook news!

Enjoy the “Valentine’s” edition of The Groove, starting with SBM Diane’s gorgeous layout above – recently a “Layout of the Day” featured on our new official Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page (more details below)!

**NEW**Visit our Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page

Come visit our brand new Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page. There are lots of reasons to stop by, including our Tip of the Day, Designer Kit of the Day, and our Featured Layout of the Day selected from our gallery (it just might be yours!). We also keep you up to date with the latest scrapbooking news and kits.

There’s lots of fun already and we’re just getting started – lots more to come! So stop by our page, leave us a comment, tell your friends, “like” us, and get in on the fun!

The Groove Freebie Challenge

Michelle McCoy - Groove Freebie

This month, designer Michelle McCoy is challenging you to make lovely valentine-inspired pages with her adorable freebie mini-kit, and practice your “colorization” skills using the tools in Scrapbook MAX!2.0.

Visit the challenge thread in the Challenge and Contests Forum to find all the details and the cute freebie kit.

February 2012 Featured Kits

Are you loving Michelle McCoy’s Groove Challenge Freebie? Looking for kits with Michelle’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store (and great for Valentine’s layouts)! You can save 10% off by adding any of these four featured kits to your cart and typing in the coupon code FEB-GROOVE at checkout. Offer is valid on new orders only from the Featured Content section – expires February 29, 2012.

Beary Love

Love Me

Love U Fuzzy

Paris Cafe

New Kits Inspired by Scrapbook MAX! Scrapper

Scrapbook MAX! user Linda DuBois shared this wonderful story with us about how a search for a particular kit inspired a Scrapbook MAX! designer’s special creations…

Mount Rushmore

I have the most wonderful experience with Scrapbook MAX! that I would like to share with you. My name is Linda DuBois and I am very, very, new to digital scrapbooking. I am so new that I easily become overwhelmed looking for the right papers and embellishments to create my pages with. I have Photoshop Elements, and can use it, but stumbled across Scrapbook MAX! and immediately purchased it, and thus started my love for Scrapbook MAX! and their kits and templates.

My husband and I are retired, and this past fall, we finally were able to take one of our dream vacations in our motor home. We live in PA and had certain places in the west that we have wanted to visit most of our lives. So, our new adventure began and my desire to scrapbook our adventure became a dream. I wasn’t making much progress with my pages, even with the beautiful kits available for Scrapbook MAX!, and the ability to even use other papers and embellishments from other sources. It just wasn’t coming together.

I asked Scrapbook MAX! designer Deanne Gow-Smith if I could send her pictures of my pages and tell her what I didn’t like.This was the start of a very endearing dialogue between Deanne and I. Before I knew it, Deanne was busy creating three very custom and special kits just for my scrapbooking needs. I do not know how, but Deanne somehow knew exactly the look that I was trying to achieve. Her new kits for Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Yosemite are absolutely stunning, and are exactly what I wanted for my pages. What a wonderful way to scrapbook. If you need something, these ladies will create it just for you! Thanks Deanne for the wonderful pages, and thank you Deanne and Scrapbook Max for making my job documenting this wonderful trip so easy.

– Linda Dubois

What a great story, Linda! Thank you for sharing it with us, and for sharing your lovely layouts (below). It sounds like you had a true holiday adventure, and a great experience remembering it through your pages!

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Yellowstone Cave

Deanne Wants to Design A Theme Based on Your Ideas!

From Deanne Gow-Smith:

I recently had the experience of custom designing three kits for a Scrapbook MAX! Community Member, Linda. Linda had been a a trip to Yosemite, Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore and had photos to make a memorable scrapbook but needed the KITS.

I enjoyed making them so much with all her input for desired elements that I wondered if there are many other scrapbookers who would like a KIT made especially for them with a theme maybe they have been unable to find anywhere. So, I came up with this idea:

If you have an idea for a kit that you would like me to consider designing, all you have to do is email me at this month (February 2012) with your request for a specific KIT theme. Add lots of details of what you would like to see in it: colours, type of embellishments, wordart, etc. I will select one of suggestions I receive, and create a custom designed KIT and a TEMPLATE for the winner.

Just for participating and emailing me your request and suggestions, you will receive 1 x FREE KIT valued around $5.00.

Note: THE WINNER of the custom-designed kit is invited to post a layout that they make with this kit in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. We’d love to feature it and the story behind your request in an upcoming issue of The Groove!

Travel Kits Deanne designed for Linda:


Find Yellowstone in the store here.


Find Yosemite in the store here.

February 2012 Challenges

There’s always something going on in the Scrapbook MAX! Challenges and Contests Forum! Here’s what to keep your eyes open for:

February Challenge Schedule

February 1-29, 2012 – The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge (Michelle McCoy)

February 1-29, 2012 – Designer Monthly Challenge – January 2012 (KapiColors)

February 15-29, 2012 – Mid-Month Challenge (Deanne Gow-Smith – approximate start date is the 15th)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a great idea (and awesome photo and layout) from lgenosky. Why not make personalized Valentine’s cards with your kids pics right on them? Smaller sizes are the perfect thing to print out and distribute to family, school friends, etc.! Wishes that are truly from the heart!

Valentine Card

Look for the next issue of The Groove on March 1, 2012!

February 2012 Challenges and Freebies

Michelle McCoy - Groove Freebie

In this month of Valentines, share your love of scrapbooking by joining a scrapbooking challenge!

Michelle McCoy – The Groove February 2012 Monthly Challenge (Freebie Mini kit!)

Challenge theme: Colorize to match the included swatch, and make original embies using included papers and your own shapes.

Deanne Gow-Smith – Moonbeam’s Mid-Month Challenge

Challenge theme: Starts on or around February 15, 2012

Sandrine Boarqueiro – Designer Monthly Challenge

Challenge theme: Starts on or around February 1, 2012

Michelle McCoy – Look for Michelle’s ongoing Scrappin’ Challenges

Chock full of freebies, prizes and great scrapbooking ideas!

January 2012 Challenges

There are awesome Scrapbook MAX! challenges this January to get you inspired to scrap in 2012! Click on the links to go to join the challenge thread, and get all the instructions.

Fiona Storey – The Groove January 2012 Monthly Challenge (Freebie Mini kit!)

Challenge theme: New Year’s Resolutions and hope and dreams for 2012

Deanne Gow-Smith – Mid-Month Challenge (Freebie Kit and Prize for best layout!)

Challenge theme: Scrap a challenge you’ve faced.

Sandrine Boarqueiro – Designer Monthly Challenge

Challenge theme: make customized papers using a special caption technique (amazing results!)

The Groove January 2012

Letha - A Family Affair

In the Groove

Happy New Year and a wonderful 2012 to all of our Groove readers! In this issue, we’re reviewing some of our favorite layouts made by scrappers like you! We also have the details about a MAJOR SALE in the Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store (it’s the perfect time to stock up for the year!).

If that wasn’t enough fun, you’ll also get the scoop on a number of awesome challenges taking place in the forums this month, with fabulous freebies and prizes (we’re talking entire kits here – just for trying!). Kick off a new year of scrapbooking and inspiration with The Groove!

A Year in Review

It’s no secret that we have a very talented group of scrappers in our community. We’ve selected a handful of our favorite layouts posted in our gallery in 2011 (we don’t have room to show you all of them here! :) ). We are always amazed with the range of styles and themes you scrap.

Letha’s layout showcased above is an absolutely stunning heritage page. Below, you’ll also find a modern and creative winterscape (KapiColors), a richly colored outdoor page with a country feeling (eye), and a bright, sunshine-y summer layout (lindaathome). Anything and everything can be scrapped with Scrapbook MAX! and your imagination!

KapiColors - Let It Snow

Eye - Primrose Lane LAyout

lindaathome - Summer Layout

Huge “NEW YEAR” Sale in the Store! – Save 20%

This month, when you spend a minimum of $10 in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store, you can save 20% off your order! Just fill up your cart, and type in the code NEWYEAR exactly as shown in the coupon code field before you checkout. You’ll get a whopping 20% off your order.

Now is the perfect time to get gorgeous Christmas kits for all those great photos you snapped, and to stock up on kits and templates for the coming year! Checkout some of the latest kits and templates at the end of this issue – and of course, we have THOUSANDS of items to choose from on all kinds of great themes!

Note: Coupon code NEWYEAR must be typed in the coupon code field exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Minimum purchase of $10 – valid in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store only. Expires January 31, 2012.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Promises Freebie - Fiona Storey

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge. All you need to do is download the freebie, create a layout that steps up to the challenge, upload it to the Groove challenge category in the gallery, and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Fiona Storey is offering you an awesome freebie (pictured above) to work with! For all of the details please check out the challenge thread here.

January 2012 Featured Kits

Are you loving Fiona Storey’s Groove Challenge Freebie? Looking for kits with Fiona’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store! Remember, you can save 20% off when you spend $10 in the store by typing in the coupon code NEWYEAR at checkout. Offer is valid on new orders only – expires January 31, 2012 (see full details on this sale above).

Granmas Roses


Family Affair

Woodland Faye

Challenges and Freebies

Each month, there are a number of exciting challenges that you can take part of in the Scrapbook MAX! community hosted by members of our very talented Scrapbook MAX! Design Team. Scrapbooking challenges a are a great way to improve your scrapbooking skills, find encouragement and feedback, get some exciting freebies and prizes, and of course – have a great time!

Whether you’re a beginner or a scrapbooking master, get involved in the fun (click on the links below to get to the Challenges and Contests Forum and find your challenge)!

January Challenge Schedule

January 1-31, 2012 – The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge (Fiona Storey)

January 1-31, 2012 – Designer Monthly Challenge – January 2012 (KapiScrap)

January 15-31, 2012 – Mid-Month Challenge (Deanne Gow-Smith)

January Mid-Month Challenge

To start the year of with a great bonus, the January Mid-Month Challenge will give you a FULL size KIT to work with, so all participants are ” winners” just for entering the challenge. There will ALSO be a prize at the end of the month for the winner – a full size kit of YOUR choice from my store.
So put your thinking caps on and start thinking up ideas for your page entry… What can you scrap about a “Challenge in your Life”? Think about the journaling too. Details and rules will be announced when the Challenge opens Jan 15th 2012.. See you there, Deanne

**NEW RELEASES!** – Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store each month. And remember – all through January 2012, you can save 20% on orders of $10 or more (see above for all the details!).

Below is just a small sample of some of new kits recently added to the store by various designers:

Deanne Gow-Smith – Pretty Petals:

Pretty Petals

Katie Castillo – Peppermint Patty Decorated Monograms:

Peppermint Patty Monograms

Sandrine Boarqueiro-Verdun – Noel en Rouge et Blanc Set 2:

Noel Rouge et Blanc

Michelle McCoy – Snow Time:

Snow Time

Monja Wessel – Someone Like You:

Someone Like You

Siobhan Kite – Nativity:


Carena Scott – Winter Is Coming:

Winter Is Coming

Look for the next issue of The Groove on February 1, 2012!