The Groove April 2008

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Baby Layout by Shelley C., Kansas

In The Groove

It’s spring – the season of new things! And what new thing is more special than “baby”! In this super special issue of The Groove, we’re celebrating layouts that put the focus on those beautiful, bouncing bundles of joy!

 Speaking of “New” and speaking of “babies”, we are delighted to present the ALL-NEW Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition.

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You’re going to be amazed by the premium templates and incredible baby themed-kits that are included. Read below for more details about this exciting “new addtion” to the Scrapbook MAX! family!

 

Babies “Making Faces”

There is no better expression of pure joy and wonder than on a baby’s face!Here are some adorable layouts that show off those priceless grins. Get inspired!

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Baby layouts (beginning top left) by Clara O.,TN, Julie Clark

Crystal Jozlin, Rochester MN and Carena

Debby Fuchs (a.k.a. fourfoxes)St. Clair Shores Michigan and scrappieaggie48

 

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groove Tip #1 : Scrapbook MAX! makes it easy to keep everyone informed about the new baby in your life. Simply scrap a “birth announcement” page using photos, baby elements and descriptive text, and email your good news to friends and family! It’s personalized, and quick and simple to send!

Groovy Tip #2 : Did you know that with Scrapbook MAX!,  you can make a screensaver out of your baby layouts (or any layouts!)? Choose File > Publish To> Screensaver. What a great way to bring a little extra joy to your work day!

 

 Scrapper Profile

 

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O2BNGdHope a.k.a Melanie

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Some of Melanie’s favorite layouts

Q -  If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A -  My friends would probably say “A quiet, responsible individual, too easily taken advantage of, that really needs to get a life of her own but is totally devoted to her grandchildren and so takes care of them while life passes her by.” I might agree with part of that; the part that says I’m totally devoted to my grandchildren.
 
Q -  How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A -  When my dad was still alive, he wanted to preserve all the old stories his brothers and sisters had told him over the years. Being what he called a 2nd generation baby, his siblings were all much older than he was. His oldest brother actually taught Dad in school. But Dad had waited too long and his brothers were developing Alzheimers by the time he tried to record the stories. After my Dad died having Alzheimers, too, I wanted to preserve those same family stories that he loved so the next generations could get a better sense of who these ancestors were. I created a traditional scrapbook with all the family stories I could collect from cousins but it was so very expensive that I NEVER planned to do one again. Then, one of the sites that I had ordered heritage papers from put a column on her website about Scrapbook MAX! & she recommended it so highly that I jumped right in and ordered it. I’ve never been sorry & I’ve gained a new family in the online community. Everyone there is so very helpful and I’ve learned so much from them. 
 

Q - Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A - Is there something fun besides scrapbooking? Hmmmm…….well…..I used to enjoy reading romances and ghost stories as a way to leave my troubles behind. I could live (for a short time) in a fantasy world where the troubles of life always end in happily ever after and the girl being swept into the arms of tall, dark and “perfect”. 
 
 
Q - Who are the most special people in your life.Why?
A - I have a lot of special people in my life. I consider my extended family (cousins, aunts, etc) to be special to me. We’re very close. My siblings and their families are Extra special and of course my Mom tops the list. Even my new SBM family is special to me. I feel so much for all of you here that my heart just aches. But the MOST special people are my 5 grandbabies.
 
 
Q - Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A - Ha Ha! I’m still new at this so I can get inspired just by something Granny says in a thread in the online community! But mostly from the galleries. I’ll see a particular layout or embellishment that will strike a chord in my memory and I’ll think, “Boy! I could use that with such and such picture” & I go from there. Sometimes it’s the picture itself. I’ll bring a special photo in first and then just start adding things around it. 
 

Q - Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A - I would have to say my favorite colors and embellishments would be anything considered “Heritage”. Being the family genealogist, I love finding papers and embies I can use with my ancestors’ pictures. I also adore Deanne Gow-Smith’s style. I’ve done several of her Victorian Series but I also use a lot of her flowered templates. Their realistic & almost dreamy quality appeal to the woman in me.  
 
Q - What is your next scrapbook project?
A - I have several scrapbooks going at the same time…I HAVE just started a Book About Me. Baby photos, how I got my name, what love means to me, these are the beginning of a scrapbook to be left to my grandchildren that would explain a little about who I am and what things I found important. Maybe some day one of them will become the family genealogist in my place and be excited to sit down and look through this Book About Me. 
 
Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A - Hidden behind the anonymity of this computer screen, you wouldn’t know this about me but……I blush! Profusely. I was once willed a hot pink “Blush Towel” in high school because my blushing was so famous. I had to walk to the front of the auditorium, in front of 700 people, to get it. It was not a pretty sight. So, in the literal sense, fame would not suit me. But if I could be any celebrity, I think I’d want to be Barbara Walters. I love to listen to stories and she’s heard a lot of stories from a lot of interesting people. I personally would be too shy to ask them any questions but if I were her, I’d know exactly what to ask to get the most interesting story. And then I’d want to scrap it.

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…more of Melanie’s favorites!

 

Annoucing the arrival of

 Scrapbook  MAX! Baby Edition

 

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It’s here! Scrapbook MAX! announces the availability of Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition! Packed with GORGEOUS baby-themed templates and AMAZING baby embellishment kits, this is the perfect tool for turning all those digital baby photos into scrapbooks that will quickly become cherished family heirlooms.

You’re going to be thrilled with all the extraordinary baby content included, professionally designed by various designers who contribute to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. No matter what sort of baby scrapbook you have in mind, you’re sure to find a theme that fits your style: classic, contemporary, feminine, masculine, bold, pastel, cute, funky….it’s all there!

Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition is an incredible value at $39.95 plus shipping and handling. (All told, it has a total value of over $250!).Buy Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition today and complete your Scrapbook MAX! collection.

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A GROOVY DISCOUNT FOR GROOVE READERS!

If you buy Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition between April 1 and April 30, 2008, you can receive 10% off your purchase! Simply type in the code GROOVEBABY at checkout.

Applies to new purchases only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Coupon code GROOVEBABY must be typed in at the time of purchase. Coupon expires April 30, 2008.

 

The Monthly Freebie Challenge!

Get in on the fun of our Monthly Freebie Challenge! Here’s how it works:

The “Freebie” Part!

Fiona Storey has generously supplied a freebie mini-kit to all our Groove readers based on her full kit called “Cranberry Rose” – “…an elegant kit with lots of interesting shapes and frames, plenty of journal boxes that can double up as photo mats, this kit can be used for any occasion. the name does not quite reflect the colour but more the cranberry colour used in spode chinaware.”

The “Challenge” Part!

Fiona has issued this challenge based on her freebie mini-kit:

“Create a layout using the mini kit using only 1 photo and 1 Quote – see if you can use all the mini kit items – recolour a little if you wish.”

FIND THE FREEBIE AND CHALLENGE IN THE “CHALLENGES AND CONTESTS” FORUM, AND GET SCRAPPIN’!

PLUS – three lucky, random challenge participants will get an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

Discount Coupon For

April 2008 “Featured Kits”

Love Fiona’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for more?

This month, when you purchase the full Cranberry Rose kit, or any of Fiona’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 April 30, 2008, and type in the coupon code APRIL-FST to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code APRIL-FST exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until April 30, 2008. Coupon code  must be used at the time of purchase and must be typed in exactly as shown.

 

Featured Kits for April 2008

 

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Cranberry Rose   

Days to Remember

 

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Delightful Denim

Olivia’s Dreams

 

Here’s how Fiona describes her design style:

“I would describe my design style as opulent & ever changing. I love lace, swirls, ribbons, bows, anything girlie and a little over stated really.My style is forever developing as I have a great thirst for knowledge so constantly learning new ways to design. As soon as I have mastered a new technique it appears in my next kit.”

Thanks for the freebie, featured kits,  and fun challenge, Fiona!

 

Creative Genius

Make Baby Shower Invitations with Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition!

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Template, papers and elements all from Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition

Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition comes with the perfect elements for creating gorgeous baby shower invitations! What could be more personal than an invitation you create yourself? And the best part? You can either print them to send in the mail, or email them to invited guests as an easy (and more cost effective!) alternative.

This invitation was made as a 4 x 6 page and looks great printed out on glossy photo 4 x 6 paper – slip it in an envelope, and you’re done! Of course, you can also email a Scrapbook MAX! invitation to your guests.

 

Inspirations

Nighty-night! Isn’t it great that we can capture these moments with a camera? Making a layout takes it to that “next level” – you get to create a true keepsake that really tells a story.  Won’t it be wonderful to show your grown up child a “snapshot” from his or her younger years?

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Sleepy baby layouts by LSignal and AmeliasMuma

 

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.

Kristi Cakebread – Boys Toys

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Julie Clark – Julie’s Spring Fling Kit

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Kathy Waddell – Heirloom Keepsake Heritage Add-On 1 Kit

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Christine Smith – Garden Glory Template

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Donna Thomas – Flourishing Frills Set #1

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Siobhan Kite – Enchanted

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The Groove Wants YOU!
 

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today! Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com

Next Month in The Groove
 

We’re celebrating April Fool’s Day…in MAY! Get ready for some fun!