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

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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:

GET FOREVER LOVE TODAY!

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

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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 October 2010

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MaggieMae – Jack-O-Lantern Layout

In the Groove

October is the traditional month of jack-o-lanterns, bags of candy, and scary stories. But digi scrappers have another tradition – making layouts of their own adorable ghosties! This issue, enjoy some of our favorite Halloween-themed layouts by Scrapbook MAX!-ers featuring charming boys and ghouls…um…girls. (We’re looking forward to seeing new Halloween layouts in the gallery later in the month, too!)

Read on (if you dare!) to find a spooky challenge and freebie from Siobhan Kite (we think you’ll find it’s very “gourd”). There’s also a discount coupon for some of Siobhan’s not-at-all-scary kits in the store (in fact, they’re just plain gorgeous!).

Happy Scrapping, and Happy Halloween!

Boo-tiful Layouts!

Have you ever seen a cuter skeleton or more adorable little tiger? These layouts capture the fun of Halloween (look at that skeleton in lemonaded6363′s layout beam from ear to ear!). We also love how the little images in ScrapBug’s layout tell a whole story of a first Halloween – where our Halloween baby goes from being not-so-sure, to happy, to asleep!

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lemonade 6363 – Halloween Layout 2008

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ScrapBug- Halloween Layout

Halloween Humour!

These are just awesome photos! From the fun striped tights of a spunky witch in WendyG’s layout, to the hilariously unexpected duckling photo (what a great get-up!) in LadyTrish’s page, you had us laughing so hard, we didn’t hear the trick-or-treaters at the door!


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WendyG- Witch With Striped Tights Layout

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LadyTrish- Cute Little Duckling Layout

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie Challenge!

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Halloween-themed freebie kit by Scrapbook MAX! digital kit designer Siobhan Kite

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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Siobhan Kite has shared a spooky Halloween-themed kit (elements in blacks, oranges, and a balancing charcoal grey – very nice!). Get ready to make some “hauntingly” beautiful pages!

Siobhan’s Challenge:

USING ONLY THESE ELEMENTS, CREATE A LAYOUT. WHEN ADDING A PHOTO, GO TO THE ADVANCED TAB ON THE PROPERTIES BOX AND MANIPULATE THE COLORS TO CREATE A SUPER CREEPY DISPLAY.

Find the challenge thread here!

October 2010 Featured Kits

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

Be sure to use the coupon code SKI-OCT 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 October 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code SKI-OCT , to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code SKI-OCT exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

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Siobhan Kite – Just So Cute Backgrounds

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Siobhan Kite – The Fairies 2 Kit

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Siobhan Kite – Fairy Backs and Papers

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Siobhan Kite – Dolly Template

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

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:

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Katie Castillo – Happy Fall Y’all Add On

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Michelle McCoy – Change of Weather Kit

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Monja Wessel – Dreaming Of Christmas

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Watch for the next issue of The Groove on November 1, 2010…

The Groove August 2010

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ValerieElaine – Canada Layout from July monthly challenge

Scrapbook Challenge Mania!

The Scrapbook MAX! community is your go-to place for tips, techniques, and help with digital scrapbooking.

It’s also where you’ll find tons of scrapbooking challenges every month (weekly, monthly, mid-monthly  – sometimes more!), featuring fun, freebies, and friendly encouragement. This month in The Groove, we’re featuring layouts from recent challenges to show you just how fun they can be  – and the amazing results!

To check out the latest challenges and jump on in, please visit out Challenges and Contest thread. To read about what’s going on right now “at a glance”, check out our Freebie and Contests page on our website. Come back often as new challenges are added all the time!

Weekly Challenge Fun

Michelle McCoy has been filling the community with weekly challenges, and they’re great! Her recent two-part challenge was lots of fun (Scrappin’ Challenge 25) first, participants had to pick 3 numbers. Then, Michelle posted a numbered list with challenge requirements – whatever numbers you picked, these were the requirements you had to include in your layout . So if you picked 1, 3 and 7 you had to:

1. Put your title sideways
3. Use 20 Brads or more
7. Use a metal accent/embellishment

Totally fun! Here’s a couple of the challenge layouts that were made.


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dillie – Weekly Scrapbook Challenge Layout

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lindaathome – Weekly Scrapbook Challenge Layout

Check out the rest of the weekly challenge results here!

Monthly Challenge

We have a host of hosts among our fabulous design team – designers who generously take the time to come up with super creative challenge ideas, and coach us all along. A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO YOU ALL  – SHOOOOUUUUUTTTT!!!

Last month, three designers  – Diana Carmichael, Tina Sudweeks, and Michelle McCoy – teamed up to bring you July’s challenge. You got to download freebies from each designer, then using one freebie from each of them, you were to make a page celebrating your national pride. Mid-month, folks were then challenged to recolor their layouts – awesome!

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kimmyann – Freedom Layout

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pixie – God Bless USA Layout

Check out the rest of the monthly challenge results here!

How do I participate in a Scrapbook MAX! community challenge?

It’s fun and easy  – just follow these steps!

1. Log in to the Scrapbook MAX! Community forums (if you aren’t a member yet, click on Register at the top right hand part of the page and follow the steps – it’s fast, free, and secure!)

2. Go to the Challenges and Contest forum and see what’s happening!

3. Click on one of the latest challenge threads in the Challenges and Contests forum.

4. The first post in the thread will give you the challenge’s specific requirements. If there is a freebie to use for the challenge, it will be attached to this post. Download the kit or template if there is one from this post.

5. Make your page within the time frame required by the challenge, and post it in your Member Gallery. You can then post a reply to the thread including a link to your image.

6. If you have any questions, other friendly challenge participants, challenge hosts, and moderators will be glad to help!

**Ten Reasons to Take a Scrapbooking Challenge!**

There are so many reasons to take the fun scrapbooking challenges
offered in our community. We’re listing ten below – in no particular order – but we bet you’ll find there are dozens more!

1. They’re fun and friendly.

2. You’ll learn new scrapbooking techniques.

3. You’ll find out how to use cool and exciting features in Scrapbook MAX! software.

4. You’ll get inspired by layouts posted by other members, and by comments made about your contributions!

5. Some of the top digital designers in the biz run these challenges – you can benefit from their experience and creativity!

6. There are often gorgeous freebies to use for the challenges, and sometimes even prizes just for participating!

7. You might find yourself scrapping a layout in a totally unexpected way – and loving it!

8. They’re a great way to get out a scrapping rut if you find yourself in one.

9. You’ll meet friends who share your passion.

10. You’ll find encouragement to scrap to the best of your abilities (sky’s the limit!)

The Groove Freebie Challenge!

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Memento challenge mini-kit by Fiona Storey

Speaking of challenges, here’s one to enter today! Each month, a featured 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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Fiona Storey has shared a “memorable” kit perfect for scrapping heritage photos!

Fiona’s Challenge:

Using at least ONE background and FOUR items from the mini kit you are to Scrap your heritage photos. Photos MUST be taken prior to 1970, and your page must have something on it that depicts the date, be that a title, numbers or an item that depicts the era.

Find the challenge thread and freebie here!

August 2010 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 August’s featured kits, all by Fiona Storey.

Be sure to use the coupon code FST-AUG 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 August 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code FST-AUG , to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code FST-AUG  exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

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Fiona Storey -Magical Memories Template

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Fiona Storey -Cherished Moments Kit

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Fiona Storey -Peaceful Spirit Template

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Fiona Storey -Little Man Kit

Mid-Month Challenge

Just when you thought we’d surely exhausted how many challenges we could offer, enter the mid-month challenge! The first by Fiona Storey was “sketchy” – in a good way! :) Here were the details for July’s mid-month challenge – you all did GREAT!:

1) Using the sketch given in the first post as inspiration create your version of the layout
2) you MUST use at least ONE colour from the pallette attached (attached to first post)
3) ALL pages must be uploaded to the gallery and the link/image posted in this thread
4) Challenge runs for TWO weeks & ends Saturday 31st July 2010

Here are a couple of offerings submitted mid-month challenge-istas – superb!

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mh51- mid-month challenge layout

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ksd_24_f- mid-month challenge layout

Check out the rest of the mid-month challenge results here!

The Groove’s July Challenge

Last but not least, we at The Groove bring you a challenge every month, including an awesome freebie by a Scrapbook MAX! digital kit designer! Last month, Deanne Gow-Smith was up to bat, and she challenged us to crop up her freebie elements to layout a cool page. Super creative, and ya gotta love a freebie, too!

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daydreamer- Groove Challenge Layout

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scrappyaggie48- Groove Challenge Layout

Check out the rest of the Groove’s July challenge results here.

Once again a huge…

!!THANK YOU!!

…to the fabulous designers who bring you challenges in the Scrapbook MAX! community every single month! Get in on the challenge fun, and be sure to check out our amazing kits and templates by our stellar design team in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store!

Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store

**NEW RELEASES!**

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:

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Polka Dot Parade Kit

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Kristi Cakebread – Southview Kit

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Siobhan Kite – Pink Dreamer Kit

Watch for next month’s issue of The Groove – coming out September 1,  2010!