The Groove June 2009

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A lovely page honoring Dad, by Valerie Elaine

In The Groove

In this second issue honoring parenthood and family, our focus falls on fathers. With love and understanding, they care and nurture us in the way that only dads can! We hope that you’ll enjoy the very special dad layouts features in this issue of The Groove.

You’ll also find your favorite features below, like the Scrapper Profile, and of course the Monthly Freebie Challenge, this month hosted by Fiona Storey (angelwithin) of the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.  Look for a special discount coupon, and more digital scrapbooking inspiration!

 

Cherished Fathers

Below are three amazing layouts that honor the memory of tremendous fathers. The love and creativity apparent in the designs are a tribute to the special people they remember. Thanks to these three ladies for sharing their scrapbooking ideas as well as their heart-felt memories.

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Marion – A Two-Page Layout, My Visit With Dad

mswizard - Dad Tribute Page

mswizard- Sharing Words For Dad

 Michelle McCoy - In Loving Memory Page for Dad

Michelle McCoy – Miss You Layout

 

Scrapper Profile

 

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Debby, a.k.a. fourfoxes

Meet Debby, a familiar face in the forums and avid digi scrapper! Some may know her as fourfoxes, and those who do know about her helpful nature and creativity. Get to know Debby better by reading her profile!

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been happily married to my husband, Doug for the past 18 years.  We have two beautiful daughters, Jenniveve age 16 and Allyse age 13.  I worked for 18 years in a doctor’s office, the last 10 as their office manager.  I currently work at the local elementary school for lunch/recess time and also in the after school program.  When I have time I LOVE to do digital scrapbooking.  I also enjoying reading, going to the gym with my friend and the occasional “girls night out” parties!  :)

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
I was always a traditional scrapbooker but it was time consuming and expensive so it sort of fell by the wayside.  One day I was “surfing the web” when I stumbled upon this wonderful product called Scrapbook MAX! downloaded the trial version and within a couple of hours I was totally hooked!  That was in 2006 and I’m still lovin’ every minute of it!

Q- If you were to create a scrapbook that included the most important people in your life, who would be on those pages? Why?
Funny you should ask that question because I have actually begun to do just that!  I have started a scrapbook about my parents.  I lost my mother in 2000 and my dad just two years ago.  Since that time, I have inherited many photos that belonged to them.  My sister and I have had such fun going through them and deciding what photos to include in the scrapbook.  Oh, the memories!  My parents were (and always will be) my heroes and I want to be able to pass on what they meant to me and what they were like to future generations. 

Q- What inspires you to create a layout? Where do you begin?
I usually begin with a photo.  I look to see if any one thing pops out at me that would guide me to a background or some type of frame.  Once that is chosen I just let my mind go wild and sort through the many wonderful kits I’ve aquired and go to work, many times using things from all over the place for just the right look.  If I can’t find anything in my kits that says – yeah, that’s it! – I try my hand at making my own paper and embies with RealDrawPro 5 or PhotoShop Elements.  Sometimes I truly amaze myself with the results!  LOL

Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
There are just so many, how do I choose?  I guess that the one feature that I love to use is the effects. When you choose advanced under the effects tab you can do so many different things and make a true ‘one of a kind’ layout. 

Q-What is the topic of your current scrapbook project(s)?
Besides my parent heritage scrapbook I’m working on my sister’s grandchildren’s albums.  I love to work with children’s photos.  They are so inspiring!  I’m also working on a school memory scrapbook for each of my daughter’s as well.

Q- What is your all-time favorite food?
Well, my favorite food would have to be . . . . .Italian!  I enjoy making my own pasta sauce with fresh herbs when I have the time.

Mmmmm…sounds delicious… Thanks for sharing, Debby!

Check out some of Debby’s favorite layouts below!

Debby - Brendon Sleeping Layout

Debby - Homecoming Dance  

Debby - Carson Layout

Debby - Autumn Leaves Layout

 

Our Dear Dads!

They hold us, guide us, teach us, and love us. Here are two very different but both very eye-catching layouts that tell dad how much we love and appreciate them.

 

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eye – I Will Be Home For Christmas Layout

Kimmyann - Dad Through The Years Layout

 Kimmyann- tribute to Dad through the years layout

 

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Fiona Storey - June Groove Freebie

Fiona Storey’s “Male Order” Freebie Mini-Kit

 

The Freebie Part

This month, Fiona Storey is sharing this very attractive, masculine freebie set with you – just in time for Father’s Day.  Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s Fiona’s challenge:

“Seeing it is June and most of us will be celebrating Father’s Day this month, I thought Fathers would be an apt theme! Using at least 3 embellishments and 1 paper from the Male Order mini kit scrap a page or card with a Father Theme.”

Find the challenge thread here.

 

June 2009 “Featured Kits”

Love Fiona’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for kits with a similar style?

Below are June’s four featured kits, all by Fiona Storey. Be sure to use the coupon code FST-JUN, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until June 30, 2009, and type in the coupon code FST-JUN to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code FST-JUN exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

 

Fiona Storey - Violet Hill Kit

Fiona Storey – Violet Hill Kit

Fiona Storey - Male Order Kit

Fiona Storey – Male Order Kit

Fiona Storey -Dinosaurs Kit

Fiona Storey – Dinosaurs Kits

Fiona Storey - Naturally Yours

Fiona Storey – Naturally Yours

 

Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

New kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store each month. Be sure to stop by and check out our awesome selection of embellishment kits and template sets, professionally-designed to work with Scrapbook MAX!.

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

Carena Scott - Sweet Pea Part One

Carena Scott – Sweet Pea Part One

 

Siobhan Kite - Lil Miss Pink Kit

Siobhan Kite – Lil Miss Pink

 

Katie Castillo - A Pocket Full of Posies Kit

Katie Castillo – A Pocket Full of Posies Kit

 

Look for the next issue of The Groove on July 1, 2009!

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The Groove Newsletter January 2009

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The Little Black Dress  – layout by Winnie W.

In The Groove

Happy 2009 from The Groove!

New Year’s conjures up glamor and elegance, cocktail dresses and champagne toasts.  We loved how Winnie’s layout (above) captured the magic and sparkle of New Year’s.

Now okay, okay - some of us tend to ring in the new year at home snuggled up on the couch watching movies rather than dressed to the nines (but having a great time, anyway!)! So although New Year’s may not always be glamorous, and though life is rarely all ”black and white”, that’s our theme for the month – and what could be more stunning than the contrast of black and white?

We hope that you enjoy the various striking black and white layouts we’re showcasing from Scrapbook MAX! members. We think they’re totally creative and inspiring for new year scrapping!Below, you’ll also find a fun Scrapper Profile, and a lovely freebie and challenge from Booster Pack Store Designer Carena Scott.

Enjoy 2009!
 - from your friends at Scrapbook MAX! and The Groove

Staying In The Shade

These two eye-catching layouts show us just how lovely sticking to all black and white (and maybe a touch of grey!) can be! Mary’s lovely photo is shown off with simple black and white touches. Michelle’s self-portrait sketch comes into focus with muted shades as a frame. Gorgeous!

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Black and White Layout by Mary (mh51)

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Self Portrait Layout by Michelle M. (wolvsie35)

Pass the Punch!

Black and white photos can also be set off by color, delivering a creative “punch”. Notice how your eye takes in the starker black and white photos first, and then moves on to absorb the colored background and elements (at least, that’s how these layouts spoke to us!). Linda shows us how black and white winterscapes can be jazzed up with color, while Pickngrin works a summer theme with just as much success. Lovely!

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Linda’s South Dakota Winter Layout

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Pickngrin’s ode to summer

Scrapper Profile

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Susie (twpclerk)

Meet Susie (a.k.a. twpclerk) a fabulous Scrapbook MAX! forum contributor, who you will also find to be very adventurous (just started kayaking!), humorous, and kind! Get to know a bit more about Susie below…
Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- That I am absolutely goofy, funny, straight laced, loyal and caring.
Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking? 
A- I actually found Scrapbook MAX! at a flea market, the lady had a table set up of her work and had the SBM program and I started from there.

 
Q- Do you have any “scrapbooking resolutions” for the New Year? (any particular project you plan to get started on, or a new skill you want to learn?)
A- I would like to get into the whole designing aspect. Right now all I do is make layouts; I would love to learn how to create embellishments, papers, etc.
Q-Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun? 
A- I collect roosters for my kitchen and snowmen for all over the house!!  My husband Ed and I started kayaking this summer.
Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- My beautiful family, my husband of almost 33 years, our son and his wife and our daughter and her husband. I have really been blessed by God far greater than I ever thought possible. They are everything to me.
Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I guess I would have to say the challenges. Being new to all this, they really help me explore the many different aspects of digital scrapping - and of course my family are the subjects of most of my layouts.
Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- It’s the holidays – probably will work on Christmas 2008 layouts.
Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- Angelina Jolie – so I could be married to Brad Pitt and be friends with George Clooney!! LOL.

Here are a few of Susie’s favorite layouts!

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The Groove Monthly Freebie

Challenge! 

The Freebie Part

Carena Scott has generously supplied a gorgeous freebie collection that could be used to create a stunning layout for your photos!

Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here is Carena’s challenge, using Carena’s freebie collection:

Do a multi photo layout using most of the elements and 1 paper and have a play changing the opacity of one element. Shapes are fine to use for either 2nd paper or photos. Mostly, enjoy exploring.

Share your layout in the The Groove’s January 2009 Challenge thread!

January 2009 “Featured Kits”

Love Carena’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for kits with a similar style?

Below are January’s four featured kits, all by Carena Scott. This month, when you purchase any of Carena’s four Featured Kits, you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until January 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code CSC-JAN to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code CSC-JAN exactly as shown).

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Boy Zone Elements Kit

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Basic Frames Kit

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Botanicals Pack B Kit

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Sabrina Kit

Dreaming of a “Black and White” Christmas!

We loved these two holiday-inspired layouts that also followed our black and white theme. The first layout, by Eye, used color creatively within and outside of the photo to highlight the precious subject (what a cutie!). Carena’s layout has an old time feel, with a black and white photos and elegant touches of rich, festive colors in the surrounding elements. Beautiful!

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Layout by Eye

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Layout by Carena

Look for the next issue of The Groove on February 1, 2009.  Our theme is “Whimsical”. If you have a whimsical layout you’d like to share with us, please post it in this thread  or email it to us at newsletter [at] scrapbookmax [dot] com –  We may share your layout in the next issue of The Groove!

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The Groove September 2008

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Layout and template by Deanne Gow-Smith

Showtime template page from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition

In the Groove

Gather your pencils, pack your knapsack, don’t forget your gym shorts and an apple for the teacher – it’s back to school time! Whether your kids are starting a new year or your school days have been over for a while, isn’t there something about September that makes you feel that something new is starting? A change in the air, back to routine, back to old friends, time for learning new things?

To celebrate ‘Back to School’ in all its forms, The Groove is dedicating this issue to school themed layouts from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition. With its bright, hip, school-themed templates and kits made by designers from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, you and your kids are sure to love it! We’ll show you how it’s great not only for scrapping school memories, but for livening up school projects and assignments as well! (We’ve even included a coupon for 20% off the regular price – find the details below!)

Read on for more about scrappin’ for school, and for your usual favorites! (A freebie and challenge by Steve Russell, a Scrapper Profile, and scrapbooking inspiration!)

 

Scrap School Milestones!

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“Front Page” layout by Michelle McCoy – from “Early Years” (Michelle McCoy – School Edition)

 

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“Roxie” layout by Donna Roe – from “School Friends” (Donna Roe – School Edition)

There are so many memories and milestones associated with school! First day of class, favorite teacher, new best friend, school events, a special project. What better way to preserve your photos of these moments than by scrapping a special school page or album? Your kids will cherish their special pages for life. Be sure to do a bit of journaling to help preserve the memory!

Head Of The Class!

Not only can you scrap your special school memories with Scrapbook MAX! School Edition, students can use it to add fun, excitement, and pizazz to their school assignments! Great for homeschool and classroom use. Here are just a few great school ideas:

Make a portfolio of your schoolwork – burn to CD-R for safekeeping!

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(Embellishments from School Edition)

 

Print out a poster for your favorite school club or event – try a large size like 12 x 12 for maximum impact!

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From “Around The World” template (Steve Russell – School Edition)

 

Create stunning pages for a Family Tree assignment!

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“History” Layout from “Family Tree” Template (Fiona Storey - School Edition)

 For more great ideas for students, check our our brand new Teacher’s Corner – you’ll find ideas, layout samples, and information about classroom lab pack pricing!

 

Scrapper Profile

Julian P. a.k.a. Pink Lollipop

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Meet Pink Lollipop – a super-friendly, creative and helpful member of our Scrapbook MAX! Online Community!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?

A-They will describe me as kind, friendly and funny type of person. :P

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- Through Scrapbook MAX! of course – the first scrapbooking software that I bought for myself as my birthday present this Feb.2008. Getting to know the wonderful and funny members in the forum has inspired me greatly to start this ‘addictive’ hobby. Since then I been SB like ‘nutz’.. LOL.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A-Well….. I SB most of my time, love reading, watching movies and playing with my cat ‘Samy’. He is a gentle and lovely guy which is why we love him so much. We adopted him last November and we are so glad we did. :)

Q- Who are the most special people in your life.Why?
A-Ohh… a ‘bunch’. .. my parents, my hubby and my wonderful in-laws (including my hubby’s relatives) my Winna and my best friend ‘Lynn’. Lynn is like a ‘part’ of me and always there for me. We’ve known each other since high school.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- Ever since I started SB, I’ve been more ‘sensitive’ about ‘stuff’ around me. My cat Samy is my ‘main model’ cos he is so full of ‘tricks and surprises’. LOL.. Sometimes, when I see a tree and find it so beautiful, immediately I want to take a picture and do a layout with it.  The challenges held in our forums where members show their creations have inspired me alot too.

Q- Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- Yes, I love Pink for papers or embellishments!  :) However, I will still base my layouts on the picture before deciding the color ‘theme’ I like to use. 

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- I’ve been doing scrapbooking for my friends. The ‘biggest’ project I have now is for my father and mother in-law, they just came back from their India and Singapore trip and have taken lots of beautiful pictures. :) I plan to create an album for them as a gift.:P

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I don’t really wish to be any celebrity for one day, but I wouldn’t mind having Celine Dion’s beautiful voice as it is so powerful and ‘rich’. {wink}

Enjoy a few of Pink Lollipop’s stunning layouts!

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Save 20% off on Scrapbook MAX! School Edition

 

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The Groove has a great offer for you this month. When you purchase Scrapbook MAX! School Edition before September 30, 2008, you can receive 20% the regular price od $39.95. Just type in the coupon code PENCIL at checkout. It’s the perfect edition for scrapping school memories, and even jazzing up homework! Buy today and save!

Offer applies exclusively to Scrapbook MAX! School Edition – new purchases only. Coupon code PENCIL must be typed in at checkout. Offer expires September 30, 2008 and cannot be combined with any other offer.

 

Calendars, Journals, and More…OH MY!

Did you know that the School Edition was designed in consultation with professional teachers? We asked teachers  – what kind of kits and templates do you want to see for your students? A popular response – kits for journaling, organizing, and scheduling! See some of the kits made in response to this great request:

 

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“School Calendar” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)

 

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 ”My Journal” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)

 

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 ”Getting The Scoop” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)

 

Favorite Subjects!

The School Edition also includes kits and templates on class subjects like science, art, math, and drama for all your school scrapbooking needs. And we didn’t forget about important school events like theatrical productions, sports, and awards. See some samples below!

 

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“Budding Scientist” template (Steve Russell - School Edition)

 

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“Artistic Flair” Template (Deanne Gow-Smith – School Edition)

 

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“School Spirit” Template (Tina Sudweeks – School Edition)

 

 School Layouts…And Beyond!

Of course with any scrapbooking elements, you can put them to use however you see fit – no matter what the theme! Check out how Julie Clark put the hip, funky, and feminine “Friends Forever” template from the School Edition to use to scrap the first moments of her daughter’s life.

Congratulations, Julie – and thanks for sharing these special pictures!

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From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)

 

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From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)

 

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

The Freebie Part

Steve Russell has generously supplied a freebie collection of ”masculine” elements to all our Groove readers, based on several of his kits available in the booster pack store (picture below). Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread

The Challenge Part

Steve has issued this challenge based on his freebie collection:

  • Using at least 4 items from the mini kit, create a “masculine” layout that showcases your favorite guy (husband, son, friend or whatever)
  • You can add whatever additional elements or papers of your choice except…
    they must be “masculine”… no flowers, ribbons or bows are allowed!
  • Have fun!!

 

Discount Coupon For
September 2008 “Featured Kits”

 

Love Steve’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for similar themes?

This month, when you purchase any of Steve’s four Featured Kits (all pictured below), you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until September 30, 2008, and type in the coupon code SEP-STR to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code SEP-STR exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until September 30, 2008. Coupon code must be used at the time of purchase and must be typed in exactly as shown. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

 

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Wanted Outlaws

 

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Gone Fishing Kit

 

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Father’s Day Kit

 

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American Football Kit

 

Booster Pack Store:


 New Releases

 

Have you been shopping lately? Dozens of new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store each month. Be sure to stop by and check out our awesome selection of embellishment kits and template sets, professionally-designed to work with Scrapbook MAX!.

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

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Carena Scott – Bugs Delight Kit

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Fiona Storey – Caffe Macchiato Kit

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Wedded Bliss Template

 

Look for the next issue of The Groove on October 1, 2008.

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