The Groove August 2009


Birthday Boy Layout by kimbob

In The Groove

What can be more fun than a birthday party! This month, we’re celebrating fun, festive, and fabulous birthday layouts. Whether you’re an August or February baby, you’re invited! ;)

To kick off the party, check out kimbob’s bright, funky birthday layout above! Doesn’t it make you smile? Get inspired by this design and all the others as you enjoy this month’s issue.

We’ve also included your favorites  – freebies, a challenge, a scrapper profile, a digital kit store discount, and an AWESOME deal on PhotoSpark digital photo album software!! Read below for the full scoop.

Fun and FUNNY!

It’s a birthday – is it any surprise that things may start to get a little wacky? We love these two layouts for the laughs that they’ve captured forever. The facial expression in Pickngrin’s layout is priceless (this superman cutie apparently didn’t want anything spoiling his heroic cake – including candles!). And Michelle, Michelle – you sure know how to have fun! Great layouts that will make even a non-birthday day all right!


pickngrin – You Lit My Cake On Fire Layout


Michelle McCoy – Party Time Layout


One Week Only!: Get PhotoSpark

 Software for only $15

From the makers of Scrapbook MAX!, PhotoSpark is a complete digital album kit for Windows, perfect for anyone who loves getting creative with their photos. You can even use PhotoSpark‘s content in Scrapbook MAX! - a great way to expand your kit collection (details below).

For one week only, get PhotoSpark for only $15 – that’s an awesome $24.95 off the regular price! But you have to hurry – this offer is only good until August 7, 2009!

Click here to get PhotoSpark for only $15 

(HURRY! expires August 7, 2009)



PhotoSpark comes with everything you need to make impressive albums with your digital photos. Includes professionally designed album themes and page layouts, hundreds of photo-realistic clipart images and patterns, caption and journal text features, and more.

Click here to see what’s included in PhotoSpark!

and Click here for instructions on using PhotoSpark‘s content in Scrapbook MAX!.

Perfect for the person on your list who loves getting creative with their photos, including yourself!

Offer is good only on PhotoSpark software using the link given in this offer. Prices are in US dollars and do not included shipping and handling. Offer is good on new orders only and cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.  Expires August 7, 2009.


Scrapper Profile

Meet Marshalynn, a friendly, fun scrapper and fan of Scrapbook MAX!. Get to know more about her!

Q - If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A – “With Marsha, what you see is what you get, her family is most important to her above all else. She knows when to be funny and laugh and when to be serious and get the job done”.
Q –  How did you find out about Scrapbook MAX!?
A –  A video on Youtube.

Q-  Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A – Photography, Cross Stitching, Cooking, Decorating, Shopping and movie nights with the kids.

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A-  My husband Rusty, most amazing man I have ever known. My girls…Staci, Katie & Meagan…they are little mini-me’s!

Q-  Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- The love of my family. Colors and shapes reminds me of people so I try to match them together. Example…my Mother loved lavendar and flowers, so she gets a floral and lavendar layout.

Q-  Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A-  I LOVE pinks…florals, ribbons, butterflies, lace and buttons and brads!

Q-  What’s your next scrapbook project?
A - 100+ pictures from July 4th Family BBQ and then 167+ pics taken today, spent the day in downtown Dallas with my daughter…I’m SO behind!
Q-  What is your favorite feature in Scrapbook MAX!?

A-  The ability to purchase the beautiful work of the pros and have it expand my library!

Q – If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A-  Hard question…I would have to say Oprah Winfrey. She has the finances and ability to help so many people who seriously need a hand up in this world. If I were her, I would start with the homeless, the hungry and the sick children in the United States – we need help here at home too.

Thanks, Marsalynn! Here are some of her lovely layouts shared in the Scrapbook MAX! forums:






The Groove Monthly Freebie



featuring a birthday-themed mini-kit by Steve Russell

The Freebie Part

This month, Steve Russell is sharing this fun, festive freebie set with you –perfect for any birthday bash.  Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s the challenge:

Download the freebie kit. Using at least three of the elements, create a birthday layout with your favorite birthday pics!

Find the challenge thread here.

August  2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are August’s four featured kits, all by Steve Russell.  Be sure to use the coupon code IRE-AUG, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until August 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code IRE-AUG to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code IRE-AUG exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).



Steve Russell – Birthday Bash Kit (full version)



Steve Russell – Mom’s Taxi



Steve Russell – Beachcomber Kit



Steve Russell – Now Appearing Kit


Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

Great 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 – Orange Spice Kit



Deanne Gow-Smith – Sky Pink Lime


Katie Castillo – By The Sea


Through The Years…


We love Winnie49′s birthday layout that creatively usese photos of the birthday girl “through the years.” What a terrific keepsake showing how far someone has come. Plus, that cupcake looks yummy (tee-hee!).

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

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