Carena’s Sale and Scrap Challenges

Welcome to a “Special Edition of The Groove” with Guest Author and Scrapbook MAX! Kit Designer Carena Scott! We are thrilled that Carena is sharing her time and talent to bring us all such amazing scrapbook inspiration.

Below you’ll learn a bit more about Carena, see some of her amazing layouts, get great invaluable design tips, a scrapbooking challenge or two, and more! Plus, there is a one-week, 20% off sale going on in Carena’s category in the Scrapbook MAX! kit store – the coupon code and all the details you need to get your discount are found at the bottom of this post.
Thanks Carena -and enjoy, everyone!

Let me Introduce Myself – Carena’s Designs

Hi everyone. For those who don’t already know me, my name is Carena Scott and I have been a digital scrapbooking designers since 2007. I have a daughter – Caitlyn – currently 10 3/4 years old and growing up way too fast. You will see Caitlyn featured in my layouts in the gallery often. I would love to scrap photos of her more often but currently she is at that awful age where she doesn’t want photos taken. Oh RATS! What am I to do? This drives me crazy and so often I have to bribe her to get a photo at all and then they aren’t always the most pleasant of expressions on her face. You know what I’m talking about – pulled faces – strange weird head angles.  Anyway that’s enough about Caitlyn. I guess she is pretty much the normal for her age.
Now as for me – I take care of my elderly mother (recently turned 80 years old). Middle of last year sadly she broke her hip while I was out helping the school with a maths class. She has recovered but hasn’t returned to what she was before the fall.
My design style I would class as REALISTIC STYLE – I love to photograph and painfully extract flowers and leaves to place into my kits. I work with a Canon G10 Camera which I just love. Gives such beautiful clear pictures and a pleasure to work with. Besides the usual scrapbooking style of flowers, ribbons, papers, embellishments I also love to explore SCENE BUILDING LAYOUTS. This for those who haven’t seen before is where you make a scene and extract people and place into the scene. Read further for a look of some examples of this. It’s great fun if you haven’t already tried it. I was very pleased when Scrapbook Max Version 2 Software was released with the eraser tool included in it. Totally awesome and ideal for these scene layouts. It takes time to get used to it but well worth the effort.
Besides designing, watching tutorials to expand my knowledge of scrapbooking and photo editing software, taking care of my family – I then try to avoid housework as much as possible, LOL, I am involved with Scouts. Previously I was a Kea/Cub leader (age group 5.5 years to 10 years) but have put this aside for now and am on the committee as Chairperson for our group. Scouts has been lots of fun and I’ve also been involved with Camps, fundraising etc.
Anyway – that gives you a small insight to me and my activities. Now it’s time to show you some of my   scrapbooking kits and layouts. I hope to meet you at SBM Forum – see the article on Let’s Explore the Forum and Gallery Together further down the page. See you there.

SALE ANNOUCEMENT – 20% OFF Carena’s Designs
from 26th April to 3rd May at Scrapbook Max Store
SEE HERE

*FULL DETAILS and COUPON AT THE BOTTOM of POST*

Panda in the Bamboo – Scene Kit by Carena’s Designs

NEW RELEASE in store now SEE HERE and ON SALE WITH COUPON
Below are some examples layouts made from the Panda in the Bamboo Collection. They have parts from some or all parts of the collection in them. The first 2 are mine featuring my daughter Caitlyn. This was when she didn’t mind photos being taken of her. LOL
The 2nd two layouts are done by Marnie and Elaine. Marnie shows the kit being used in the more traditional style of layout with photos and frames added. Elaine (right) shows her extraction skills and supreme scene building skills. She is such an expert at these. To see the layout better please visit her gallery at SBM HERE. She has another awesome layout using this kit also – see here both feature her grandchildren.
Now of course – sadly we all might not have the skills and expertise as Elaine does (which comes with many years experience) but that’s not to say we can’t make awesome layouts. This is why I love to also make CLUSTER Sets. These are so quick and easy to use. Remember not only can you use them on their own but also add other extra embellishments to them from the kits and paper packs. This is a scene cluster set but the other regular cluster sets can be used and twisted as you like. Remember to hang parts off the edge of your pages. Not everything needs to be centered. Enjoy
Whenever you are stuck for an idea, don’t know where to start? well a cluster will kick start you off. Also be sure to check out the – pre-made papers or stacked paper packs. Already the layout has been started for you.
Above is a layout I did using no papers – just a simple white background and I used a shape to give the black border – or you could start wth a black background and add a white paper. Like so often, there is more than one way to achieve a look.
I used the Cluster frame from then Panda in the Bamboo Cluster pack and popped in a photo of Caitlyn which was taken just a couple of days ago. It was a case of push her out the door to get her to stand where I wanted her and quickly snap the photo. I even threatened she wouldn’t go to Camp unless she did it for me. LOL I’m such a mean mum. It wasn’t exactly the expression I wished to capture. Best thing right now is I have all this free time while she is on school holiday camp for 5 days. I don’t think I could have concentrated properly with her around to post this for you all to read.

and another of my favourite kits is: Days Gone By Collection

by Carena’s Designs

Here we can see the Entire Collection – all available at Scrapbook Max as Individual purchases.
Below are some layout examples – The first 2 are layouts I’ve done. Yes, The one on the right is indeed ME. The one on the left is my Great grandparents.
The 2 layouts above are done by charliesnana and JeanAnn. Both fabulous layouts and I thank my Creative Team for all their work to help me show my kits to you all. They are truly inspiring.

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Lets explore the Forum and Gallery Together

For anyone who doesn’t frequent the Scrapbook Max Forum and Gallery – I wanted to show you around. There are many fun and exciting things happening and it’s a most fabulous place to not just learn new things but also make lots of new friends. I know sometimes people are concerned about interaction in Forums. You are right to think that there are a lot of suspicious people out in the internet world but if this is what is stopping you from joining us at SBM Forum, then let be assure you we are a friendly group of mostly ladies who are interested in scrapbooking. So, why not come and explore and check us out. Really we don’t bite.  Below I’ve listed some starting places for you. Can’t wait to see you – click on the links – it’s a great place to start.
  1. Introduce yourself. How long have you been scrapping? Doesn’t need to be personal information. Don’t lurk no more – We want to meet you.
  2. Check out the Video Tutorial Section HERE or our Tips Area HERE
  3. Challenges - A great place to learn and explore and interact new friends made. Everyone is welcome – in fact the more the merrier.
  4. Sharing Corner – Freebie SBM templates and Embellishments
  5. New Release information from our wonderful designers.
  6. Gallery Area - Great inspiration can be found here. Have you been short of ideas? Come visit the gallery and you won’t ever be stuck for an idea every again. We would also love you to share your layouts with us. We would love to be inspired by your layouts also.
There is really just so much to explore – this is just a starting point. Come and check it all out – and of course – come and explore my gallery where I showcase all my (Carena’s Designs) Digital Scrapbooking Kits HERE and you will find the other designers there also. Totally awesome.

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Carena’s Recipe Challenge – GO HERE

Steps:
  1. Make a page with a solid white background.
  2. Choose one color to feature (in my example I choose blue)
  3. You can use only tones of your colour choice with black & white in your layout. (in my example the flower buds had small amounts of green – so long as it’s minimal)
  4. Use a shape to frame your entire page and color it either Black or your color choice.
  5. Add a Black and White photo and tint it in the smallest amounts of your chosen color. Must be barely detectable.
  6. Add 8 to 15 embellishments to your page. Remember only in your color tones or black and white. How you arrange them is up to you.
  7. Add some text in various sizes – a quote/verse.
  8. Remember to add shadows to all of your elements to give depth of field. Don’t over do it. Remember the rules of shadows – the greater the distance from the item to the surface – the further away the element – the closer the element the closer the shadow. Imagine your elements are laying on top of a piece of paper with the light coming from the top and slightly to the side.
  9. Lastly save and share your layout with us in the forum and gallery. Remember to give credits for the designer and kit used in your layouts in the gallery.
Here is my layout example for you to have a look at. I hope it helps inspire you and helps you understand my instructions.
Above is my Challenge Layout
Below is the kit I used: Natural Breeze by Carena’s Designs
Available at Scrapbook Max Store HERE
Below is some layouts by my Creative Team
charliesnana, emst, Victoria32 and one by myself.
For further inspiration – Check out my Gallery HERE
For everyone who joins me in the forum and participates in the challenge I have a CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION GIFT: Loving Breeze Paper and Clusters by Carena’s Designs
Challenge is OPEN from now until end of May so you have plenty of time to participate.
See you in the Challenge Forum HERE where you can get further information
but also get to see what everyone else has come up with – It’s great way to learn, make new friends
and get inspired to create, create and create even more beautiful scrapbooking layouts.
DIRECT CHALLENGE LINK HERE
FREE MINI ABOVE with Carena’s Challenge Participaton
See details above.
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Kayes Famous Challenges – All about YOU!

This is what she is asking for this round.
I want this challenge to be all about YOU!
I want a themed page to be about you and something just normal in your everyday life – a
bad hair day, getting your nails done, a day in the garden are just some examples.
I would like to see at least 4 photos, they could be consecutive ones – taken one
after the other.
Easy!
SO please come and join both Kaye and myself in some fabulous challenges this month. I want
to thank Kaye for providing a number of challenges in the past months. She has so many
great ideas. If you haven’t checked them out – then please do. You can find there HERE.
Although her previous challenges have ended, you will still learn heaps from them.

Lastly that’s all I have for you this month but don’t forget to check out my SALE.
20% OFF from 26th April to 3rd May 2013 (SEE COUPON BELOW FOR DETAILS)
Hurry to enjoy the savings in my store HERE.
I’ve really enjoyed putting this newsletter together.
I hope I haven’t bored you tooo much. LOL
Have a great scrapping day. Cheers from Carena’s Designs
SEE COUPON DETAILS FOR SALE BELOW

HOW TO SAVE 20% Off on Carena Scott’s Kits Until May 3, 2013

**To get 20% off on Carena’s kits, please visit Carena’s category in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store. Add a minimum of $5 worth of Carena’s kits to your cart, then type in the code CLUSTERS 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 May 3, 2013!

Note: Offer applies only to digital kits and templates sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store, on orders of $5 or more. Coupon code CLUSTERS must be typed in the coupon code field before checking out. Valid on new orders only, expires May 3, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.**

The Groove September 2012

Fall - DaraD

A lovely layout from a past Groove Challenge (February 2008)

In the Groove

**The Groove is moving to a new home!**

Beginning next month, your favorite scrapbooking newsletter is taking on a new and exciting format – on Facebook! You’ll still find all your favorite features: great scrapbooking tips and tricks, digital freebies, scrapbooking challenges, outstanding layouts by Scrapbook MAX! community members, spotlights on designers and scrappers, and more. But best of all, with our new Facebook format, instead of getting one monthly newsletter, you’ll be getting scrapbook inspiration and news posted several times a week for scrapbooking fun all month long!

Now, get even more “groove” right now on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/scrapbookmax – there’s already tons of content to explore. Be sure to “like” us in order to make sure you’re getting all the most recent updates – and don’t forget to tell your friends!

Thank you to all our loyal readers who have tuned in to The Groove each month since 2006. Throughout this issue, we’re featuring some spectacular layouts from past Groove contest for you all to enjoy!

Happy Scrapping!
The Groove Editors :)

Memories of Goin’ Retro

Retro - Fiona Storey


Remember this fun and funky contest from March 2007? We loved looking through all your great “yesterday” layouts, especially the Groove-y ones! :)

Scrapbook MAX! Designer Profile

Carolyn Ritter

Meet Carolyn Ritter, a “new” Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kit Designer, – although she has been making gorgeous designs since 2007. We’re so glad to have Carolyn aboard! If you haven’t already checked out Carolyn’s ever-expanding category in the store, now is the time! Combining a love of craft, an ability to design on many themes, and an obvious flair for color, Carolyn’s designs are sure to inspire your projects! In fact, Carolyn has shared a beautiful fall-themed freebie for you to enjoy, and a fun challenge to get you scrapping (read on for more details). Learn a bit more about Carolyn now as she introduces herself in her own words.

I’m a mom of two young adult children, a pastor’s wife and a crafter. I have always loved all types of crafts — sewing, crocheting, knitting — you name it, I liked it. So, of course, when scrapping became popular, I was right there with everyone else. I was a traditional paper scrapper for many years (and still scrap that way occasionally since I have so many things to use up).

However, I have also enjoyed working on my computer. When I found digital scrapping, I knew it was a “match made in heaven”. LOL!! But my love for the two combined didn’t stop there. I loved all the digital kits that were out there, but I just never seemed to have what I needed for my layout. That’s when I decided to really learn my program and become a designer. That was back in very early 2007. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and look forward to many more years of designing.

I enjoy creating most any type of kit and there are many things that inspire me. However, I think that my favorite ones are seasonal kits, especially fall and winter as those two seasons are my faves. As I get more kits uploaded to the store, more of those types of kits will be there. I have lots of ideas for future kits, including a wedding series. I’m excited about being part of this community!

And we’re excited to have you with us, too! Thanks, Carolyn! ;)

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Welcome Fall Freebie

Get involved in a fun challenge to expand your scrappin’ skills – and get a fun freebie in the process! This month, designer Carolyn Ritter has supplied a fabulous fall freebie that you’re going to love. The challenge is to make not one but two layouts, one on a fall theme, and one re-colored for a different seasons. Click here to get the freebie, the challenge details, and to get started!

Christmas Past

Christmas - Nannybernie

We’ve certainly had some beautiful Christmas and Holiday layouts submitted for Groove Challenges over the years! This is one of our favorites from December of 2009 by nannybernie. Feels like Christmas in September, doesn’t it? :)

Get a Discount on Featured Scrapbooking Kits

Love the style of Carolyn’s freebie above? You can get 10% off of four of Carolyne’s kits this month (pictured below) available in the Featured Content section of our store! All you need to do is add the kits to your cart, and use the coupon discount code CAR-SEP. Applies only to the kits found in the Featured Content section of our store, new orders only. Offer expires September 30, 2012.

Coffee - Embellishments

Coffee Backgrounds

Keep On Truckin

Bundle of Joy - Girl

New Releases in the Scrapbook MAX! Kit and Templates Store

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store each month. Below is just a small sample of some of new kits recently added to the store by various designers:

Fun in the Sun III – Sandrine Boarqueiro-Verdun

Fun in the Sun


New Orleans – Amanda Wittenborn

New Orleans


By Frog Pond – Carena Scott

By Frog Pond

Goodbye – and Hello!

Summer Fun - Julie Clark

This layout was The Groove’s very first content winner, all the way back in July of 2006! What a gorgeous summer layout by Julie C. – it still inspires today (isn’t that the great thing about scrapbooking? Keeping memories and moments alive)!

Well, we’ve had some great times as a monthly publication! We hope you’ll join us for our new chapter on Facebook as an even better, more interactive, more news and inspiration packed “scrapbook groove”!

Be sure to Like us on Facebook and tell your friends today. And…stay Groove-y!

– The Groove Editors :)