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.


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!


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!**