The Groove August 2012

Beach Layout - tin tin

In the Groove

There are still a few great weeks of summer left and we plan to hold on for as long as we can! We’ve included some bright, summery layouts for you to enjoy such as tin tin’s awesome beach layout above (love how the layout looks perfectly sandy!). Michelle McCoy’s cute summer freebie mini kit will be perfect for your pages, and we’re also highlighting some fun kits from the store that will add some color and punch. Read on for more details!

You’ll also find a terrific profile on designer Michelle McCoy along with some of her layouts made by Scrapbook MAX! members. And don’t forget to look for a discount on this month’s featured kits!

Scrapbook MAX! Designer Profile

Meet Michelle McCoy, a Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kit Designer, and very active challenge host – often with multiple challenges on the go! Besides her creativity and great freebies and kits, Michelle is known for her friendly, helpful personality, her courage, and her ability to make everyone feel at home! Learn more about Michelle in the profile below and get a super-cute freebie when you participate in her challenge. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! :)

Michelle McCoy

I’m thrilled to be the featured designer of the month and to be a part of the SBM community. My name is Michelle McCoy and I’m a single mom of two wonderful sons. I’m no longer able to work due to many medical conditions. I’m a Diabetic who recently had my right leg amputated. I also have heart disease, neuropathy, a rare skin disease and a kidney disease that requires me to be on Dialysis 3x a week to stay alive. It has changed my life, and I am grateful to have so much love, support, encouragement and positive thoughts from family, friends and from the scrapping community.

I got involved with digital scrap-booking while searching for a birthday card to print and came across Scrapbook MAX!. It looked interesting, so I went to the website, loved the community and the software! I’ve been hooked ever since and have been designing for almost 5 years now as Crafty Scraps. I am always trying to inspire others, whether they are first time scrappers or scrappers that have been creating beautiful things for years! My favorite kits are any with my snowmen in it! In my free time, I like to write poetry, relax with my kids and spend time with my furball – Boo Bear.

Here is a collage of a few of my favorite layouts made by the SBM community, using my kits:

Michelle's Favorite Layouts

Great collage – trust Michelle to get this creative! ;) – and beautiful layouts Lori, Jana, Sandrine and Linda!
- The Groove Editors

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

August 2012 Freebie

Each month a designer shares a freebie with Groove Readers and challenges you do to something fun with it! Find Michelle’s “turtle-themed” freebie and “sticker” challenge here!

Note: The challenge takes place in the forums here. But because Michelle included two mini-tutorials, we thought we’d include it here, too. Feel free to use Michelle’s tips in any layouts you are working on!

August 2012 Freebie Challenge hosted by Michelle McCoy
(To participate in the challenge, click here.)

Instructions:

*Download my freebie kit.

*Use one of the papers in the download on your layout.

*Add a title on your page making it look like a sticker. You can do this by adding a Caption (Object > Caption), and clicking on the Advanced tab in the Caption Properties box. Here you can adjust the outline. By making the outline white and very large (I adjusted the outline size to 30.9) your caption looks like a sticker. Here is a visual aid to help!:

Click on the above image to enlarge.

*Bring in another background from the my mini kit into your work space as a Paper Scrap or a Photo.

* Change colors if needed

* Now, change the shape from your shapes folder using these instructions:

Shapes and Shadows

Click on the above image to enlarge.

*You can use anything else on your page to finish it up.

*Upload your page to the gallery, then here in the post.

* Thank you for playing!!!

- Michelle

Get a Discount on Featured Scrapbooking Kits

Love the style of Michelle’s freebie and the kits showcased in her cute collage above? You can get 10% off of four of Michelle’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 MMC-AUG. Applies only to the kits found in the Featured Content section of our store, new orders only. Offer expires August 31, 2012.

StoneWashed

El-Lee

Chicken Soup

Monkey Around

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:

Aloha - Katie Castillo

Monsters - Siobhan Kite

Play Day - Amanda Wittenborn

Summer Love

Is there anything more romantic than a beach wedding? We fell in love with fonzzy’s beach wedding layout, especially her use of the gorgeous blue background. Its color said “the sea” and also contrasted beautifully with the lighter tones of the beach and bride’s gown. Gorgeous!

Beach Wedding - fonzzy

Look for the next issue of The Groove on September 1, 2012!

The Groove February 2012

Valentine Layout

In the Groove

February is the month of love, romance and sharing love-ly pages with friends! We have a jam-packed issue for you this month with gorgeous layouts, a freebie challenge, the chance to get a custom-made designer kit, and the latest scrapbook news!

Enjoy the “Valentine’s” edition of The Groove, starting with SBM Diane’s gorgeous layout above – recently a “Layout of the Day” featured on our new official Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page (more details below)!

**NEW**Visit our Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page

Come visit our brand new Scrapbook MAX! Facebook Page. There are lots of reasons to stop by, including our Tip of the Day, Designer Kit of the Day, and our Featured Layout of the Day selected from our gallery (it just might be yours!). We also keep you up to date with the latest scrapbooking news and kits.

There’s lots of fun already and we’re just getting started – lots more to come! So stop by our page, leave us a comment, tell your friends, “like” us, and get in on the fun!

The Groove Freebie Challenge

Michelle McCoy - Groove Freebie

This month, designer Michelle McCoy is challenging you to make lovely valentine-inspired pages with her adorable freebie mini-kit, and practice your “colorization” skills using the tools in Scrapbook MAX!2.0.

Visit the challenge thread in the Challenge and Contests Forum to find all the details and the cute freebie kit.

February 2012 Featured Kits

Are you loving Michelle McCoy’s Groove Challenge Freebie? Looking for kits with Michelle’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store (and great for Valentine’s layouts)! You can save 10% off by adding any of these four featured kits to your cart and typing in the coupon code FEB-GROOVE at checkout. Offer is valid on new orders only from the Featured Content section – expires February 29, 2012.

Beary Love

Love Me

Love U Fuzzy

Paris Cafe

New Kits Inspired by Scrapbook MAX! Scrapper

Scrapbook MAX! user Linda DuBois shared this wonderful story with us about how a search for a particular kit inspired a Scrapbook MAX! designer’s special creations…

Mount Rushmore

I have the most wonderful experience with Scrapbook MAX! that I would like to share with you. My name is Linda DuBois and I am very, very, new to digital scrapbooking. I am so new that I easily become overwhelmed looking for the right papers and embellishments to create my pages with. I have Photoshop Elements, and can use it, but stumbled across Scrapbook MAX! and immediately purchased it, and thus started my love for Scrapbook MAX! and their kits and templates.

My husband and I are retired, and this past fall, we finally were able to take one of our dream vacations in our motor home. We live in PA and had certain places in the west that we have wanted to visit most of our lives. So, our new adventure began and my desire to scrapbook our adventure became a dream. I wasn’t making much progress with my pages, even with the beautiful kits available for Scrapbook MAX!, and the ability to even use other papers and embellishments from other sources. It just wasn’t coming together.

I asked Scrapbook MAX! designer Deanne Gow-Smith if I could send her pictures of my pages and tell her what I didn’t like.This was the start of a very endearing dialogue between Deanne and I. Before I knew it, Deanne was busy creating three very custom and special kits just for my scrapbooking needs. I do not know how, but Deanne somehow knew exactly the look that I was trying to achieve. Her new kits for Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Yosemite are absolutely stunning, and are exactly what I wanted for my pages. What a wonderful way to scrapbook. If you need something, these ladies will create it just for you! Thanks Deanne for the wonderful pages, and thank you Deanne and Scrapbook Max for making my job documenting this wonderful trip so easy.

– Linda Dubois

What a great story, Linda! Thank you for sharing it with us, and for sharing your lovely layouts (below). It sounds like you had a true holiday adventure, and a great experience remembering it through your pages!

Yellowstone Hot Springs

Yellowstone Cave

Deanne Wants to Design A Theme Based on Your Ideas!

From Deanne Gow-Smith:

I recently had the experience of custom designing three kits for a Scrapbook MAX! Community Member, Linda. Linda had been a a trip to Yosemite, Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore and had photos to make a memorable scrapbook but needed the KITS.

I enjoyed making them so much with all her input for desired elements that I wondered if there are many other scrapbookers who would like a KIT made especially for them with a theme maybe they have been unable to find anywhere. So, I came up with this idea:

If you have an idea for a kit that you would like me to consider designing, all you have to do is email me at emaildeanne@gmail.com this month (February 2012) with your request for a specific KIT theme. Add lots of details of what you would like to see in it: colours, type of embellishments, wordart, etc. I will select one of suggestions I receive, and create a custom designed KIT and a TEMPLATE for the winner.

Just for participating and emailing me your request and suggestions, you will receive 1 x FREE KIT valued around $5.00.

Note: THE WINNER of the custom-designed kit is invited to post a layout that they make with this kit in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. We’d love to feature it and the story behind your request in an upcoming issue of The Groove!

Travel Kits Deanne designed for Linda:

Yellowstone

Find Yellowstone in the store here.

Yosemite

Find Yosemite in the store here.

February 2012 Challenges

There’s always something going on in the Scrapbook MAX! Challenges and Contests Forum! Here’s what to keep your eyes open for:

February Challenge Schedule

February 1-29, 2012 – The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge (Michelle McCoy)

February 1-29, 2012 – Designer Monthly Challenge – January 2012 (KapiColors)

February 15-29, 2012 – Mid-Month Challenge (Deanne Gow-Smith – approximate start date is the 15th)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a great idea (and awesome photo and layout) from lgenosky. Why not make personalized Valentine’s cards with your kids pics right on them? Smaller sizes are the perfect thing to print out and distribute to family, school friends, etc.! Wishes that are truly from the heart!

Valentine Card

Look for the next issue of The Groove on March 1, 2012!

The Groove October 2011

In the Groove

Halloween-tanni

It’s the not-so-spooky month of October! Not-so-spooky because of all the candy and chocolate – and also because we’re going to tell you how to get over $100 worth of Halloween-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! (details below!).

Throughout this issue, enjoy layouts to inspire your own Halloween creations from Scrapbook MAX! community members (like tanni’s great layout above, from The Groove challenge archives!). We’re also featuring sample layouts to show off just some of the amazing templates you’ll find in our brand new Halloween Expansion Pack (more exciting info below)! Want more for your “Trick or Treat” scrapbooking bag? How about a delightful freebie and challenge from designer Kirsten Smit, and a discount offer on some of Kirsten’s pretty and hip designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Halloween Fun “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Halloween Fun Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Chock full of pumpkins, treats, and beyond (princesses, pirates, autumn themes – more!) this is a stunning collection of Halloween-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of October 2011, you can get it for the special introductory price of only $14.95 US by using the link below!

Click here to learn more, and to find the Buy Now button to get this fantastic price!

Halloween Fun includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. It’s SUPER SWEET for scrapping all things Halloween – parties, trick or treating, Halloween games, school events, costumes…Plus we’ve packed this collection with so many classic styles, themes, and colours, we’re sure you’ll use this pack all year long (think birthday parties, hayrides, trips to the country, jumping in autumn leaves – and more!). Offer ends October 31, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

Special introductory pricing ends October 31, 2011. Use the special link to get this discount. Applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Halloween Fun requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Rattlin’ Bones

Cute Skeleton

Who can resist a skeleton with such an adorable smile? We had so much fun digging through the gallery archives to look at past Halloween layouts, and this was one of our favorites! Isn’t this charming? Nice work, lemonade6363!

Sample Layouts from Halloween Fun Expansion Pack

Below are four sample layouts from our new Halloween Fun Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. To see everything that you get with this “spooky” and versatile pack, check out our What’s Included Page.

Use Halloween Fun to scrap traditional Halloween pages, like trick or treating, costume dress up, and jack-o-lantern carving!

From Michelle McCoy’s “Alpha Frenzy” :

From Steve Russell’s “Pumpkin Patch”:

For more traditional Halloween layout possibilities, check out our super cute “Halloween Yummies”, “Trick or Treat”, and “Twoo Whit Twoo Woo” themes!

You can also scrap fall themed pages with Halloween Fun, with or without a nod to October 31st!

From Fiona Storey’s “Oatmeal Hue”:

For another versatile autumn theme, check out the elegant “Autumn Air”

Use Halloween Fun all year round whenever fun and fantasy come into play!

From Siobhan Kite’s “Princess”:

For more fun and games, we also have an enchanted fairy theme and a swash-buckling pirate theme!

See everything you get in Halloween Fun here!

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Heartlace-Kirsten Smit

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge. All you need to do is download the freebie, create a layout that steps up to the challenge, upload it to the Groove challenge category in the gallery, and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Kirsten Smit is offering you a lovely, lacy heart-themed kit. You’ll be challenged to make two layouts about the people you love (and one of those people is YOU!). For all of the details please check out the October 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

October 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Kirsten’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store! You can save 10% off these four featured kits by typing in the coupon code KSM-OCT at checkout.

WORTH

Sari Market

Lush

Magic Metal

EEK! A Spider!

Here’s a final layout to end our not-spooky issue of The Groove. Okay – maybe it’s a bit spooky, but it’s kind of cool, too! Great photo, and lovely Halloween-themed layout, MaggieMae. Happy Halloween!

Spider-MaggieMae

Look for the next issue of The Groove on November 1, 2011!

The Groove August 2011

Kit by Deanne Gow-Smith

In the Groove

Read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of summer-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! Throughout the issue, we showcase a small sample of all the incredible items included in this amazing new pack. We also share the 3 winner of last month’s “Scrap Your Hometown” challenge, and a summer-y freebie and challenge from designer Katie Castillo. You’ll also find a discount offer on some of Katie’s bold and crisp designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Summer Vacation “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This bold, bright collection is chock-full of summer-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of August 2011, you can get it for the special introductory price of only $14.95 US by using the link below!

Click here to learn more, and to find the Buy Now button to get this fantastic price!

Summer Vacation includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. It’s AWESOME for scrapping all of summer’s many activities – camping, bbq’s, block parties, day at the beach, or afternoons lounging in the backyard! Summer comes once a year, but you’ll be scrapping sunshine all year long with this great pack! Offer ends August 31, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

Special introductory pricing ends August 31, 2011. Use the special link to get this discount. Applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Summer Vacation requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Get in the Swim of Things!

Check out these kits included in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! “In the Summer Time” (Deanne Gow-Smith) is set on the beach, and combines ocean blues and sunny yellows to show off all your beach pics! “Splish Splash” (Michelle McCoy) is for when you and the family spend the day cooling off in the pool – whether in-ground or inflatable! Remember – all the kits in this pack come with coordinating, full-editable templates!

In The Summer Time

Splish Splash

The Great Outdoors

Summer days mean heading outdoors, whether that means into the wild, or into your backyard! Scrap fishing trips and lakeside adventures with Steve Russell’s “Fishing” kit. Head out for a picnic with Fiona Storey’s colorful “Al Fresco” Kit (featuring picnic scenes for beach, park, bbq and more!).

Fishing

Al Fresco

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The Groove August 2011 Freebie Challenge

Freebie Mini-Kit

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge. All you need to do is download the freebie, create a layout that steps up to the challenge, upload it to the Groove challenge category in the gallery, and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Katie Castillo is offering you an utterly adorable and “juicy” freebie kit and challenging you to work on a summer theme. For all of the details please check out the August 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

August 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Katie’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store! You can save 10% off these four featured kits by typing in the coupon code KCS-AUG at checkout.

YoHo Templates

Serenity Templates

YoHo Kit

YoHo Extra Alphas

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Below are even MORE kits sets found in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack! (Click here to learn more about the pack and get an awesome discount price!)

Vacations and “Stay”- Cations!

Are you packing up the car and heading cross-country? Or is your summer all about tending your own garden paradise? Whichever way you choose to enjoy summer, we’ve got the perfect kit for scrapping your summer pics. Kit sets below by Michelle McCoy and Fiona Storey

Everything Packed

Cottage Garden

Congrats to Challenge Winners!

Last month, The Groove challenged you to create a layout celebrating your home town (or country!). We saw some fantastic layouts – thanks to all who participated! Check out all the fabulous entries here.

Three participants were chosen at random, and will receive the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack of their choice (woo-hoo!). Here are their “hometown pride” layouts!

by SBM Diane

By Pixy Girl

by alohagrrl

Look for next month’s issue of The Groove on September 1, 2011!