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!

The Groove December 2009

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A Christmas layout by shanave

 

In the Groove

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And in this issue, we’ve definitely included some things to make you happy.

First, we’ve turned the spotlight on the “results” of some of the awesome challenges hosted by Michelle, Carena, Donna and Esther in November. You’ll be amazed at the creative range possible with their kits and of course the magic of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!.

Next, we’ve got a simply gorgeous Christmas-themed freebie kit for you to enjoy, from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Wendy Gibson. Take her fun challenge and get two chances to win a FREE copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 or the mega expansion pack of your choice (see full details below).

There’s also a 10% off discount coupon for this month’s featured kits, details about an amazing new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Wedding-themed mega pack “Forever Love” that’s just become available, and a whole lot of fun and merriment.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Wonderful New Year to you all!

 

This AND That!

Thanks to Esther Barry (a.k.a. Granny) for her spectacular Groove challenge last month. She challenged you to take her cool freebie items and use them in various creative ways, including playing with shape and color (super fun and easy to do in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – click here for a tutorial). What amazed us about this challenge was the HUGE variety of layout types that you came up with!

To show you what we mean, we selected two groove-y layouts from the challenge that are each lovely, but also super duper different from each other:
 

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ValerieElaine – First Day Of School Layout

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tanni  – Summer of ’59 Layout

Variety IS the spice of life – thanks, Granny and all challenge participants! (Check out the challenge gallery by clicking here to see more layouts!)

Congratulations to challenge winners shanave and (check back for winner #2  – TBA soon!), who each won a copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software or the mega pack of their choice. Woo-hoo!

From a Wonderful Weekly Challenge!

Michelle is rocking the weekly challenges lately, and we sure love her creative and generous spirit.  Here are a couple of stand-out layouts from her Week 4 challenge:

 

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makeyesup – Color Matching Layout

 

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syliva esther  – My Lucky Life Layout

Beautiful! Check out all the fabulous entries for  November’s Weekly Challenges in the Weekly Challenge Gallery.

 

Introducing the new “Forever Love” Expansion Pack

 

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The new Forever Love mega expansion pack  for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is the perfect complement for wedding, engagement, honeymoon, and bridal shower scrapbooks –  in fact, for any romantic themed scrapbook project! At the amazing price of only $29.95, you get over $195 worth of stunning content for your wedding scrapbook projects.
Whether you want to create an elegant mood with antique flourishes and classic colors, or are looking for sleek, contemporary themes, you’ll find it all in Forever Love. This expansion pack comes with:

 Add Forever Love to your Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 content collection today. Click here to get it today!

Note: All prices are listed in USA currency. You must own Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 in order to install the Forever Love Expansion Pack. It cannot be used with version 1.0 or with any other software.

 

Blinkie Bonanza!

As many of you discovered in November, Donna Thomas has a talent for making blinkies – cool, animated “tags” that can be used in forum signatures. Last month, Donna challenged you to come up with the concept, and then used her artistic talents to bring your very own personalized blinkie to life!

dillie1 described Donna’s blinkie challenge thread perfectly (and seasonally!)  as a “a Blinkie Xmas Tree”. We couldn’t agree more!

Since the blinkies are all so unique and so cool when they actually blink (lol), we invite you to check out this thread by clicking here  to see last month’s blinkie showcase. It’s kind of like taking a drive to see all the marvelous Christmas lights!

Thanks Donna and all of you blinkie dreamers! :) And congratulations goes out to twpclerk, challenge winner, who won a copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 or the mega pack of her choice. Way to go!

A Month of Marvels!

Yet another challenge was taking place during all this fun (can you believe it? It was an awesome month!), hosted by designer Carena Scott.
With such a lovely kit, participants had wonderful time making absolute ayout magic.

Here are two that caught our eye for being beautiful, but also for being so creatively and artistically different from one another!

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 scrappyaggie48 – Gabrielle Layout

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TheFreeSpirit- Molly Layout

Creativity in action! Check out  Carena’s full challenge gallery here to see what you and your Scrapbook MAX! friends dreamed up!

Check back soon to see who won Carena’s challenge!

 

 The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

 

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 The Freebie includes items from Wendy Gibson’s lovely Christmas-themed kit!

The Freebie

All this talk of challenges has made you eager for a new one, right? Well all you need to do is download Wendy Gibson’s awesome Christmas freebie kit, and get busy scrapping! Click here to find the freebie thread, where you can download your goodies.

The Challenge

Wendy’s Merry Christmas Challenge Is This:

Download the freebies, and make a Christmas-themed layout. (Fun, free and stress-free, too. Perfect for the holidays!)

Find the Challenge thread here.

The Prizes

Here’s some exciting news! Two participants in Wendy Gibson’s December 2009 Groove Challenge will be selected as winners. Each winner will get a free copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software + Life Is Beautiful mega expansion pack (or, if they already own the software, a choice of one mega expansion pack!).

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited or taxed. Prizes must be accepted as awarded (no cash value). Electronic download delivery only. The decision of the moderator is final.

 

December 2009 Featured Kits

Looking for kits similar to this month’s fab freebie? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are December’s four featured kits, all by Wendy Gibson. Be sure to use the coupon code WGI-DEC, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store until December 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code WGI-DEC, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code WGI-DEC exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

 

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 Wendy Gibson - Christmas Traditions Backgrounds Kit

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Wendy Gibson – Christmas Mini Album Template

 

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 Wendy Gibson – Christmas Traditions Embellishments Kit

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Wendy Gibson – Birthday Bash Template

 

Looking for that perfect Christmas or Holiday themed kit for your scrapbook pages? We’ve got an amazing selection of festive kits and templates in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Be sure to “stop by” the online store as you check off your list…even if that means getting something nice for yourself!

 

A Christmas Pooch!

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If this doggie face doesn’t make you melt, I’m not sure what will! Thanks, dillie1!

 

Have a fun, special and Merry Christmas!

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The Groove December 2008

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Happy Holidays From The Groove!

It’s that time of year again – time to gather with friends and family, deck the halls, prepare and enjoy fabulous food, and celebrate the goodness that is in the world.

Could there be a more precious time of year to remember in gorgeous scrapbook pages? In this issue, you’ll see some of our holiday favorites from Groove readers. We hope they inspire your own festive digi scrapping projects!

As always, we have an awesome freebie and challenge – this month from designer Fiona Storey - to further flex those scrapping muscles (see below)!

And if you need even more scrapping inspiration, we hope you’ll take advantage of our AMAZING coupon for shopping in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store (20% off!)- it’s a great time to stock up on kits for the holidays and the year to come! (More details below!)

 

The Joy Of Christmas Past

The holidays bring with them such cherished memories. You probably have a stash of older photos, either in a shoebox, old photo album, or perhaps already scanned onto your ‘puter.  This holiday season, take a break from the hectic pace, and walk down memory lane by scrapping a page or two with a special photo from yesteryear. It’s a great way to recapture the childlike wonder of the season. It may also make a touching gift for someone you love. Enjoy these two gorgeous layouts by scrappers known for their vintage pages, sacannon and Gotart.

 

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Christmas Joy Layout by sacanoon

 

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Christmas “Heart” Layout by Gotart

 

Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store: Save 20% off! 

This is a great time to stock up on kits for holiday scrapping, and scrapping in the New Year! When you purchase ANY KIT in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store now through December 31, 2008, you’ll save 20% off!

All you need to do is fill your cart with your favorite kits, and enter the coupon code JINGLEBELLS in the coupon code field. You’ll save an amazing 20% off of your order!

Shop and save in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store at:

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/digital-scrapbooking-kits/

Use the code JINGLEBELLS all throughout December 2008!

Offer valid only in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store and applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other offer.Coupon code JINGLEBELLS must be entered at the time of purchase. Coupon expires December 31, 2008.

 

Holidays in the Booster Pack Store!

The Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store is a great resource for gorgeous, creative kits to suit all of your digi scrapbooking occasions. And that goes for holiday scrapping as well! Just do a simple search for Christmas, Holidays, and other key holiday words, and you’ll see what we mean!

These lovely layouts were made by designers who used their own holiday kits (available in the store) to put them together. Have a look, and imagine the possibilities!

Nativity Layout 

Layout by Siobhan Kite, using her Nativity Kit

Carena -Merry Christmas Layout

Layout by Carena Scott, using her Xmas Wonderland Elements Kit 

Donna Thomas- Merry Christmas Layout

Layout by Donna Thomas, using her Christmas Felt ALpha Kit

 

The Heart of Christmas

It’s a true delight to see children enjoying the holidays. And it’s not just about getting gifts – this is a magical time, somehow. These are times of wondrous stories, sparkling surroundings, and special traditions that children love. And doesn’t seeing the bright eyes of a child remind you of being one yourself? That’s part of the magic!

Below, we feature three layouts that capture the innocence, wonder and heart of being a child during the holidays. Thanks to ValerieElaine, pickngrin, and twpclerk!

 

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“Mandy” Christmas Layout by ValerieElaine

 

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Dear Santa Layout by pickngrin

 

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 Snowman Layout by twpclerk

 

Scrapper Profile

Linda S.

Linda S. a.k.a. LSignal

Meet Linda, a.k.a LSignal, a talented digital scrapper, and helpful forum member.  Get to know more about her below, and check out some of her favorite layouts (we love Linda’s creativity!).

Q- If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?
Gosh, I have no idea.  Maybe a cat.  They are independent, smart and beautiful.  My husband is allergic to cats, but we had them growing up.
 
Q- How long have you been digital scrapbooking and what got you started?
I have been digital scrapbooking for about two years.  I can’t remember how I discovered it, but I was hooked after my first page.  I love scrapbooking without the cleanup.  The forum was a fantastic help.  I am always trying to turn my friends on to digital scrapbooking.
 
Q- What are your non-scrapbooking hobbies?
I have gotten into digital photography, recently.  I, also, enjoy my telescope.  I hope to eventually get into astrophotography, but I have a lot to learn.  
 
Q-  Tell us about your family.
I have a husband and two boys, ages (almost) 6 & 8.  We don’t live very close to any other family.
 
Q-  There’s a blank screen in front of you. How do you begin your layout?
That is a hard question.  I start with whatever is exciting me about the project.  Sometimes, I start with an embellishments, but, usually, that means that I put the pictures on a white background and begin searching through my stash of stuff for inspiration.  Then I just work through trial and error.  Hopefully, at some point, the muse speaks, and I get a vision of what I want to create. 
 
Q- Tell us about one layout that you are particularly proud of and why.
 I am not a designer, so I usually work from kits, etc.  Often, my pages reflect the vision of the designer, and not me.  I am most proud of the stuff that I have done that comes from my own sense of creativity. I am very proud of a page I did of my son holding up a trophy.  The embellishments came from a kit, but I feel like I made it my own, and I had to learn new skill in order to make the page.
 
Q- What is the best part about using Scrapbook MAX!?
It is so easy!  I am getting better using photo editing software, but I never use it to actually make a page.  Nothing beats Scrapbook MAX!.
 
Q- Describe your favorite time of year.
Easter is my favorite time of year.  I love the religious significance.  I, also, love Christmas.  Thanksgiving is usually a lot of work :) but my kids love Thanksgiving.

Thanks, Linda!

Check out some of Linda’s lovely layouts below!

LSignal - Pumpkin Festival Layout

 LSignal - Swimming Lessons Layout  

 LSignal - Pinewood Derby Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie

Challenge! 

 

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Timeless Elegance Freebie from Fiona Storey

 

The Freebie Part

Fiona  Storey has generously supplied a an elegant freebie collection that could be used to scrap romance-inspired holiday pages, or any pages requiring a touch of class!

Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here is the challenge, using Fiona’s freebie collection:

Use the freebie background and at least three of the freebie embellishments to make your own elegant layout!

Share your layout in the The Groove’s December 2008 Challenge thread!

December 2008 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are December’s four featured kits, all by Fiona Storey. Remember, when you use the discount coupon code JINGLEBELLS until December 31, 2008, you’ll receive 20% off your purchase (see details above!)

 

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Fiona Storey – Timeless Elegance

 

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Fiona Storey – Country Christmas Kit

 

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Fiona Storey- Invitation to Love Kit

 

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Fiona Storey – Mega Pix Kit

 

Window on a Winter Wonderland

For those of us who live in climates where it snows, there are few things more magical than waking up early to a dazzlingly white, perfectly still winter morning after a snowfall. What a sight it is when each branch looks like it’s been frosted by hand – what a feeling to see the dangling icicles but feel toasty warm inside!

We loved how these two layouts captured the feeling of such a morning! In Michelle’s (wolvsie35) layout, we have a sense of looking in from the crisp winter day, and in Eye’s layout, the wonder of looking out at the white landscape spread before us. Gorgeous!

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Winter Layout by wolvsie35 

 

  Eye-Winter Layout

Winter Layout by Eye

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Look for the next issue of The Groove on January 1, 2009.

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