The Groove March 2011

Funny Guy

In the Groove

We’re putting the spotlight on “All Things Green And Groovy!”. All the featured layouts in this issue have more than just a hint of green (in honor of the month o’ shamrocks). Besides a similar color inspiration, these layouts capture someone or something that makes the heart sing. (We’ve started off with Michelle McCoy’s awesome and hilarious tribute to her son above!) Get inspired to scrap a fresh green layout in honor of someone or something that you love!

Below you’ll also find an amazing challenge and freebie by Scrapbook MAX! store designer Vicki Pasterik, plus a groovy discount to use on featured kits. Read on to recharge your digital scrapbooking know-how!

Dreamy Greens

We love the dreamy quality of these two layouts! The gorgeous black and white photo in QuinnsGM’s heartfelt layout captures the innocence of childhood. Grounding the wistful photo in neutral, moody greens gives the layout depth and character – creative and very sophisticated! In quite another way, mh51′s green layout wakes up our senses and makes us experience the wonder of stumbling upon a patch of wild garlic on a forest hike right along with her. So unusual and “wonder-full”!

Quinn

Wild Garlic

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Challenge by Vicki Pasterik

March Challenge

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge based on that kit. 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 Vicki Pasterik is asking you to think of the alphabet in a whole new way, using each letter to describe a character trait that you possess. Very creative and cool!

Here’s Vicki’s challenge:

“The freebie mini-kit is called, “The ABC’s of Me”. It includes a background paper, a frame, a title, a flower and a complete uppercase Alphabet that all match.

The challenge is to make a layout of yourself (or someone else) that includes a photo and one character attribute for each letter of the alphabet. I have included the sample I made of myself. (This is harder than you’d think. It took me longer to come up with the words to describe me than it did to scrap the layout! :) ) ”

(Groove-y tip: Pressed for time? You can still be a part of the challenge! Instead of using the whole alphabet, use only the letters of your name or the name of the person you are scrapping and think of attributes for each of these letters.)

Challenge Sample

Vicki describes how she made the stunning sample layout above. (You can try these techniques if you wish, or layout your page using Vicki’s kit in a different way!) :

“There is one teal background paper in the kit. To get the look in my sample, I simply opened a paper sample and chose the white construction paper included with SBM. Then, I lowered the transparency to 30, sized it to an inch smaller than my background paper and centered it horizontally and vertically. I then added the teal background as a paper scrap and stretched it to a rectangle to divide the title from the rest of the page.

For the photo effect, I took a full color photo and duplicated it (Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V). The top photo I converted to grayscale. Then I lowered the transparency of the grayscale photo until I achieved the look I wanted. The easiest way to line up both photos is to align them both to the top and left side of your layout. Then group them into one element.”

March 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Vicki’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are March’s featured kits, all by Vicki Pasterik (ideal for spring layouts, and there’s one for your winter memories, too!).

Be sure to use the coupon code MAR-VIP to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Content below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until March 31, 2011, and type in the coupon code MAR-VIP, to receive your 10% off discount.

(Applies to new orders only.)

Find these kits in the Featured Content section of the store!

Spring Beauty Template

Spring Beauty Kit

Baby Dear Vintage

Snow Angel

Go, Green!

Team colors are worth a thousand words and a thousand cheers! We love the sporty spirit of these two layouts, with team loyalty set off in vibrant greens. The first by makeyesup captures the excitement of a football match (known as soccer in some parts of the world). We love how the photo and embies bring us “right onto the pitch”! Next up is Marion and family, cheering on their fave football team. From those happy smiles, it looks like things turned out just as you all wished! :)

Game Day

Packer Backers

**NEW RELEASES!** – Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates 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! digital scrapbooking software.

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

Lil Cutiez-Siobhan Kite

JunkArt-Deanne Gow-Smith

Vintage Rose-Monja Wessel

Watch for the next issue of The Groove on April 1, 2011!

The Groove February 2011

Heart and Soul

In the Groove

Get inspired to scrap a Valentine for someone you love! Red is a great way to express your feelings (check out PaulaIN’s gorgeous layout above!), but as you’ll see below, you can also reach for other colours in the spectrum with dazzling results!

In this issue you’ll also find an absolutely gorgeous freebie and fun challenge from Michelle McCoy. If you’re looking for a way to get into the spirit of Valentine’s, this challenge is it!

Last but not least, we are offering an AMAZING DISCOUNT on the Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – and Groove Readers like you are the first to know about it! Packed with romantic templates and elegant embellishments, it’s the perfect pack for scrapbooking Valentine’s, wedding, anniversaries, and more – read on and SAVE!

Beyond Red and Pink

Here are a couple of layouts that show us not to shy away from color when scrapping tenderhearted layouts. Think spring bouquets and vibrant rainbows to express the wonder of love! The first “love”ly layout is by Gotart. While red anchors the layout, bursts of warm colors express the warmth of the heart. Love how the arrangement of the elements draws your eyes to the center. Fantastic!

Heartstrings

This bold and beautiful layout by dillie1 stole our hearts! What a sweet picture of animals hanging out together in their special tent- tooooooo cute! Every pet lover out there is surely oooing and ahhing over this one. The bright colors add liveliness and fun, just like our pets do in our lives – nicely done!

My Animals

**BIG SALE: FOREVER LOVE EXPANSION PACK**

Forever Love Expansion Pack

It’s the month of romance, and what better way to celebrate than with a great deal on Scrapbook MAX!‘s most elegant, romantic expansion pack! This month, Forever Love for use with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 can be yours for just $14.95. You save $5 off the already low price (see everything you get)!

Forever Love is a spectacular downloadable collection of 100+ unique, customizable wedding template pages, 570+ embellishments, 140+ backgrounds, 75 paper scraps and 18 photo shapes – and until February 28, 2011 you can get it all for only $14.95! But you must use this special link to get to save:

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Note: Valid on new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Prices are in US dollars and do not include any taxes or handling fees that may apply. The Forever Love Expansion Pack requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Offer expires midnight, February 28, 2011.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Groove Freebie

The Freebie:

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge based on that kit. 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 Michelle McCoy has shared a romantic mini-kit with you to scrap Valentines, love letters, and other matters of the heart!

Michelle’s Challenge:

“We are doing a “Double Vision ~ Love Letter” layout for this challenge…
Download my mini kit. All pieces come from both my “I Need u” Kits…Use at least 4 items from the mini to make your layout…Choose ONE photo to use, but we are going to use it twice in our layout….

Add the photo to your layout and make it big. Add some transparency to it. Then make your layout like usual adding the same photo again with no transparency added to it.

Then write a love letter to the person/people that are in the photo you are using…

*Here’s my example layout for an idea….*

Sample Challenge Layout

Next, upload your layout to our gallery in theGroove Newsletter Challenges category, then post it here in this thread for us to see..It’s that time of month to share the love, so let’s see it!”

Find the freebie and challenge thread here!

February 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Michelle’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are February’s featured kits, all by Michelle McCoy (ideal for Valentine’s Day!).

Be sure to use the coupon code FEB-MMC to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until February 28, 2011, and type in the coupon code FEB-MMC, to receive your 10% off discount.

(Applies to new orders only)

I Need U Kit

I Need U Template

If I Could Kit

Love U Fuzzy Template

Valentine-a-rama!

Looking for more Valentine’s kits and templates? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store! Browse the latest kits by your favorite designers, or search by key words like Valentines, love, romance, wedding, engagement, and more!

Crafty Wishes

Daydreamer’s layout, full of yummy delights and artistic creativity, is the perfect way to express our Valetine’s wish to all of you digi scrappers – may the month be filled with “sweet scrapbook inspiration”!

Be Our Valentine

Look for next month’s issue on March 1, 2011!

The Groove January 2011

Snowy Creek

In the Groove

Happy New Year and Best wishes for 2011!

In this issue, we’re taking a look at lovely Christmas layouts that some of our community members have made using the brand new Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. (The first example is above by lindaathome, using the pack’s “Frosting” kit – isn’t it adorable?) Christmas Wishes is the perfect digital scrapbooking collection to help capture the holiday magic of your favorite photos. As Groove readers, you can take advantage of special introductory pricing, extended just for Scrapbook MAX!-ers like you! Read on for all the details.

You’ll also find an elegant challenge and freebie from designer Fiona Storey, and a great discount to use on her featured kits. Get into the Groove for an inspiring start to 2011!

Snow, Snow, Snow!

You know the Christmas movie, and you know the song… ValerieElaine’s layout makes you want to sing it out loud! With elements from various kits from Christmas Wishes, including “Merry Berry”, the festive brrrrr factor is vividly brought to life!

Fun In The Snow

Introducing the New Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack

Celebrate the enchantment of the season with Christmas Wishes, a gorgeous collection of Christmas-themed digital scrapbooking kit and template sets designed for use with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 dollars for this amazing digital content – but we’re extending our introductory pricing and offering it all to you for only $14.95 until January 31, 2011. Use the following link to get Christmas Wishes for this fantastic price:

Get Christmas Wishes today!

Note: Prices are in U.S. dollars. You must use the link above to get this discount. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Introductory pricing expires midnight, January 31, 2011. The Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Below is just a small sample of some of the gorgeous kits that are part of Christmas Wishes – get inspired to scrap all those holiday pics! To view everything that’s included, click here.

Victorian Christmas Kit

Christmas Friends Kit

Christmas Gifts Kit

Celebrating Christmas Kit

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

The Freebie:

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge based on that kit. 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 Fiona Storey has shared an elegant Victorian-themed mini-kit with refined sensibilities.

The Challenge:

Challenge: Using at least three (3) items – or all of them – from the freebie kit, make a page honouring a friend or person you admire.

Find the challenge thread here!

January 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Fiona’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are January’s featured kits, all by Fiona Storey.

Be sure to use the coupon code FST-JAN to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until January 31, 2011, and type in the coupon code FST-JAN, to receive your 10% off discount.

You’ll find all four kits in the Featured Content section of the store. (Be sure to type in the code FST-JAN in the coupon code field exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only)

Past Lives

Bee Happy

Mega Pix

Violet Hill

More Snow, and a couple of doggies!

Who knew that there could be so much snow in Texas? It sure is pretty, and Kimmyann’s magical layout captures what must have been a truly enchanting site! Blending kits such as “Frosting” and “Flurries and Frost” from Christmas Wishes, Kimmyann shows us that icy blues are just as Christmas-y as red, gold, and green!

Record Snowfall

We couldn’t resist including this little page. These pups don’t always wear their jackets, but when they do, it makes for a great photo op! Elements are from a combination of “Merry Berry”, “Frosting”, “Kids Christmas”, and “Flurries and Frost” – all from Christmas Wishes.

Puppies At Christmas

* * A special thanks to Michelle McCoy for hosting an awesome challenge last month, where the three featured Scrapbook MAX!-er layouts, inspired by the chilly Christmas season, were taken from! Great fun – check it out for more “frosty” layout inspiration!

All the best in 2011 – see you next month on February 1, 2011!

The Groove December 2010

Laila and Ava

In the Groove

‘Tis the season, and this month we’re decking The Groove in Red, Gold, and Green! You’ll love the layouts made by our talented Scrapbook MAX! community members reflecting these rich colours. We begin above with an absolutely adorable “red” layout above by lindaathome – it warms the heart! Plus, we’re showcasing kits and templates from our store that reflect the holiday hues.

Below, you’ll also find a Christmas freebie (and friendly challenge!) from Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Diana Carmichael, perfect for scrapping Christmas past, present and future! Plus, there’s a discount coupon to use on 4 of Diana’s featured kits.

Get into the Christmas Spirit with The Groove!

Regal Red Layouts

Vivid red is the colour of holly, Christmas ribbons, and the perfect contrasting colour to set off Christmas greens. Memphisfran uses crimson red in all its glory below to showcase amazing photos. Beautiful!

Nik and Jasper

Looking for a fun Christmas kit that features spectacular, vivid reds? Check out this Christmas kit from Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Katie Castillo!

Christmas Cookies

Glittering Gold

The richness and shine of this precious metal tone adds instant elegance to a layout. We love the use of gold by nannybernie to mark a very special occasion – and just look at the happiness that shines from the photo, too!

Wedding Layout

Looking for a Christmas kit that glitters with golden-tones? Check out this Christmas kit from Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Siobhan Kite!

Christmas Angels

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

December Freebie

The Freebie:

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge based on that kit. 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 Diana Carmichael has shared a delightful Christmas-themed mini-kit with plenty of sparkle (see preview image above)!

The Challenge:

Challenge: Using at least three (3) items – or all of them – from the freebie kit, make a page with a snowy, frosty winter theme!

Find the challenge thread here!

December 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Diana’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are December’s featured kits, all by Diana Carmichael.

Be sure to use the coupon code DCA-DEC to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until December 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code DCA-DEC , to receive your 10% off discount.

You’ll find all four kits in the Featured Content section of the store. (Be sure to type in the code DCA-DEC exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only)

Southwest Desert

Tweetness

Watercolor Day

Be

Gorgeous Green

Green is the colour of Christmas trees and wreaths, and the colour of life even in the wintry days of December! We love this tribute to nature – and the colour green – by Aussie Annette.

Little Green Frog

Looking for a Christmas kit showcasing fresh greens? Check out this Christmas kit from Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Michelle McCoy!

Santa Bear II

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from The Groove! “See you next year” on January 1, 2011!