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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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!

The Groove March 2010

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lemonade6363′s  Green-themed Layout

(This cutie is no grouch!)

In the Groove

Lucky ol’ March is here, and with it spring is around the corner! To celebrate, we’ve included fresh layouts that incorporate green as their standout color – in unexpected ways. Check them out to inspire YOUR creativity!

We also have a freebie challenge that will have you in a spring tizzy! Fiona Storey’s springlike elements are gorgeous (as usual), and they are yours to use. Find the freebies and challenge details below.

Happy March, happy spring, and let The Groove inspire your layouts this month!

Color Theory

Certain colors just go together. Sometimes this is because they are completely opposite and they help each other “pop”. That’s the case in the layout below – we love how Diana (knzus) used purples and greens grounded by white to put together this lovely layout. It all looks even fresher because the tones are muted and not too bold. Pretty and unexpected!

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knzus – Love Shines From the Heart Layout

Greens and Neutrals

Another way to make greens catch the eye is to layer it on a neutral. Kimbob’s grassy green elements on a grungy, neutral background are ingenious! We love how the natural green color catches your eye, but doesn’t distract from the subject of the layout – the photos of “good friends”. Fabulous!

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kimbob’s Good Friends Layout

Greening Up a Storm

This layout by sacannon was just so creative! There is so much artistry – using the main image as the background with an embossed image effect, focusing on a single frost-covered tree as the subject, and of course the pop of green (and touches of lively red), which make us think of warmth and life despite the storm. Inspired!

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sacannon – Winter Storm Layout with Greenery

The Monthly Freebie Challenge

 

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Freebie Mini-Kit by designer Fiona Storey

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 free-spirited, springy kit with great colors and embellishments!

Fiona’s Challenge:

Using at least 4 items from this kit (one item MUST be a butterfly or dragonfly),  scrap a ‘spring’ layout. You may add other items from other kits but remember to give credit.
 
Your page must include text that has one of the following words on it: “Spring” ”Dragonfly” or ”Butterfly”  (e.g. Like “Butterfly Dance” “Spring at Last” ). Let your creativity spring into life!

Find the freebie challenge thread here!

March 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits similar to this month’s lovely freebie? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are March’s four featured kits, all by Fiona Storey.

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

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Fiona Storey – Eternally Spring Kit

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Fiona Storey -Delightful Denim Kit

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Fiona Storey – Lace Dreams Kit

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Fiona Storey – Naturally Yours 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.

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Siobhan Kite – Bunnie Template

 

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Julia Corley – Lilly Dreams Template

 

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Diana Carmichael – Artwerk Kit

Watch for the next issue of The Groove, coming April 1, 2010!

The Groove February 2010

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 An adorable layout in red by akela

In The Groove

February is here – a month of love and romance that has us seeing red – in a good way, that is!

In this issue of The Groove, we’ve fully embraced the Valentine spirit. You’ll find “red” layouts, a “love”ly challenge and freebie by Booster Pack Store designer Diana Carmichael, a special 20% off offer on the all-new Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – and more!

Read on for the full scoop –  and celebrate life, love and “scrappy-ness”!

 Erase-a-rama!

Last month, we introduced an awesome new feature added to Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – an eraser (HOORAY!)!! We called for your most creative layouts using this tool, and boy did you respond! We’ve posted some of our favorites below, but you all sure made it hard to choose. For more terrific layouts showing you what you can do with this super-easy-to-use tool, check out this thread in our forums (you’ll find some great tips and suggestions offered by our members, too!).

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Carena – Caitlyn with a Crocodile Layout

 

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kds_24_f- “Popeye” Layout  (what a face!)

 

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omajo – Creative Layout

Eraser Tip: To zoom in on the object you want to erase, use your mouse wheel!

  The Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 –

**SPECIAL OFFER!**

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Looking for the perfect scrapbooking content to scrap wedding, bridal shower, engagement or any romantic themes? (Remember Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!).

Look no further than the Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, on sale now for 20% off the regular price:

Click here to get 20% off Foreve Love until February 28, 2010.

Forever Love comes with everything you need to create dazzling pages that celebrate love and romance.  We send it to you as a download immediately after purchase, and  it imports automatically into Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 so you can get started right away!  This pack comes with:100+ unique, customizable wedding-themed template pages; 570+ embellishments; 140+ backgrounds; 75 paper Scraps; 18 photo shapes.

Click here to see everything you get!

You’ll love the variety of styles: elegant, contemporary, crafty, classic, fun and more!

Offer ends February 28, 2010 and applies only to the Forever Love Expansion Pack and to new orders only. You must use the special link to receive your discount. The Forever Love Expansion Pack requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software. (To purchase Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software, click here.)

Gorgeous Layouts made with content from the Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0:

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The Monthly Freebie Challenge

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Preview of “Love”-ly Freebie Kit by Diana Carmichael

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 Diana Carmichael has shared a gorgeous,  kit in sumptuous red and purple tones.

Diana’s challenge:

Using at least three (3) of the freebie kit items, scrap a layout using at least one of the following titles:

    Funky Love
    Love Is _____ (you fill in the blank)
    Color The World With Love
    How Do I Love Thee? (tell us the ways!)

Find the freebie and challenge here!

February 2010 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 February’s four featured kits, all by Diana Carmichael.

Be sure to use the coupon code DCA-FEB, 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 February 28, 2010, and type in the coupon code DCA-FEB, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code DCA-FEB exactly as shown.  Applies to new orders only). 

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Evening Romance Kit

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Wild Spring Kit

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Tweetness Template

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Little Farm 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.

 

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Michelle McCoy – i Need u Kit

 

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Monja Wessel – My Secret Garden Elements

 

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Katie Castillo – Cupid Kit

Shades of Red

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To conclude our February issue – A wonderfully creative layout with a red theme by nannybernie.

Watch for the next issue of The Groove, coming March 1, 2010!

The Groove November 2009

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“Glorious” Layout by daisydilly

In The Groove

The response to NEW! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 has been unbelievable! We love that YOU love all the amazing new features, and are blown away by the level of creativity of the layouts being produced by our community.

In this issue, we’re showing off some of these amazing layouts to inspire you! And we’ve also included awesome tips, tricks and tutorials shared by our own community members that you’re going to love using in your next project.  There’s also a terrific freebie and challenge from Granny (with two chances to win Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software or choice of mega pack!), and a coupon to use in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.  Information about November’s design team challenge hosted by Carena Scott is also below.

A special thanks goes out to Donna Thomas (a.k.a. autisticwonder) for a GREAT design team challenge last month. Part of the challenge was to get participants to share as many tips and tricks about Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software as they were able. The result? A whole host of great things to try and learn in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! In fact, the thread was so inspiring, we’ve included some of these tips throughout this issue of The Groove.  And since we don’t have room for all the great tips in our newsletter, don’t forget to browse through the October 2009 challenge thread – find out new things to try!

 Don’t have Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 yet? If you buy today, you will save an awesome 20% off, PLUS you receive a mega bonus expansion pack (“Life Is Beautiful”) absolutely **FREE**!

Bend and Curve!

No, we’re not talking about yoga – we’re talking about the cool new things you can do with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

Text is taking to a whole new level with the capability of adding bend points to curve, stretch and distort (Caption Text), and write text along a curve (ribbon text). Click here for a tutorial on getting creative with your text!

For inspiration, check out the layouts below!

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dillie1 – Curacao Layout

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Marion – Dancing in the Streets Layout

 

Adding  A Pattern!

Here’s a quick tutorial from Michelle McCoy on adding a pattern to your text with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Thanks Michelle – great stuff! (Hint: Click on the images to enlarge and read Michelle’s instructions. You can also find Michelle’s tutorial in the October 2009 Design Team Challenge thread)

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Step 1

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Step 2

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Step 3

 For another great tutorial (on making embellishments with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – COOL!), checkout poppabob’s awesome tutorial thread, complete with beautiful screenshots!

Pattern Panache!

Here are some fab layouts that showcase patterned text (love those autumnal designs!). Remember, the text you see isn’t word art (i.e., they’re not embellishemnts!). Kimmyann and KPierce typed in text to the text object box, and then in a few simple steps,  added cool patterns to the interior of the texts, and shaped the text until it looked just right!

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Kimmyann – Nathan Layout

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KPierce – Karen and John Layout

 

Tips and Tricks for using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

Some groovy tips and tricks from Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 users!

“With Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 we can for the first time use kerning which controls the spacing between each character and each line if it is multi line text. It is very useful to save space and make certain text (like vertical text) look a lot better. From any text property window you go to the advanced tab to change the kerning.”

KPierce – October 2009 Challenge Thread

“Did you know that you can now Zoom in and out in the crop window to help making your crop selection? If you have a scroll wheel on your mouse just scroll to zoom the photo in and out while in the crop window. If you hold down the CTRL Key and scroll, the crop selection changes size! How cool is that?”

poppabob – October 2009 Challenge Thread

More Layout Inspiration!

Here are some more layouts to inspire your next project. We fell in love with the rich palette of colors used in each one. So expressive!

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mortmomof2- Favorite Thing Layout

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omajo – Araluen Garden Layout

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sacannon – The Beauty of Autumn Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

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The Freebie

This month, Esther Barry ( a.k.a. Granny) takes it away! Download Granny’s freebie from the challenge thread, and take the challenge!

In this challenge, I would like you to learn/practise using some of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0′s coolest new features. (If you don’t have the full version of the software, you can still participate! Just download the free trial version here.)

The Challenge

So…
 
1. Use the seamless tiles in the kit to make a background (import as background>tile).
2. Import the other tiles as paper scraps to use as… paper scraps! LOL.
3. Use some of the tiles as shapes.
4. Make a caption text for your theme, and use one of the tiles as a texture for the text.
5. Use the frames and colorize them to match the colors of the tiles
6. Pins and buttons are optional

Remember – we have a great set of easy-to-follow tutorials available  if you’re looking for more information about Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 new features!

The Prizes

Here’s some exciting news! Throughout the month, Granny will be selecting two challenge winners who will each 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.

October Winners

Challenges are always great fun, and last October was particularly exciting month with super-hopping challenge threads  and copies of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 to be won! Thanks to hosts Michelle McCoy, Donna Thomas, Fiona Storey, and Diana Carmichael for hosting great challenges that stirred up all of our creative juices. We hope that you the winners enjoy their prizes. Look for more exciting challenges with prizes and freebies in the coming months!

And here is a list of Challenge Winners!

September Weekly Challenges (Fiona Storey)
angelfaye
ryansmom66

Groove Challenge (Michelle McCoy)
Kazr
tanni
Oceania
makeyesup

October Design Team Challenge (Donna Thomas)
sacannon
O2BNGdhope
nannybernie
Kimmyann
dillie1
The FreeSpirit
nanwu
KPierce

Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge (Diana Carmichael)
Eye

Winners of Random Drawing:

MrsPeel
Marion
Liyie

 

 

November 2009 Featured Kits

Below are November’s four featured kits, all by Esther Barry.  Be sure to use the coupon code EBA-NOV, 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 November 30, 2009, and type in the coupon code EBA-NOV, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code EBA-NOV exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

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Esther Barry – Pacifica Kit

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Esther Barry – When A friend Goes Away Kit

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Esther Barry  – When I Grow Up Kit

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Esther Barry – My Book Of Treasures Kit

 

Creative Tricks With Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

We all know that Scrapbook MAX!-ers are creative. Here’s a couple of totally artistic, outside-the-box ideas for things you can do with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0.

First Trick:

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sacannon – Autumn Layout With ‘Handmade’ pumpkin!

“The pumpkin (in the layout above) was made entirely in Version 2. It may not be the best pumpkin, be it shows what you can do with the software. I just used two different colors of paper. Used a circle shape on each. Adjusted the circle to an oval shape. Then layered alternating colors making each one slightly smaller than the previous one.

Then using a darker paper I shrunk it down to make a stem. I used another paper of the same color, but adjusted the color slightly darker. Used the cirle shape again. Stretched it to an oval shape again. Then made it smaller and placed it under the stem of the pumpkin. I also added a slight shadow under a couple of the layers of the pumpkin.”

sacannon – October 2009 Challenge Thread  (and we totally think the pumpkin ROCKS, sue!)
 

Second Trick:

 Using Embies to make frames

  • Open your paper scrap folder again CTRL + 3
  • Choose your paper scrap
  • Now go to Custom Shape, Select, Browse as before
  • Go to the Embie folder and choose an Embellishment with a nice clear outline, I chose my own Fiery Star
  • Now click Invert Shape, OK
  • Now using your embellishment has created a perfect frame, which you can lay over a photo to create a frame.

TheFreeSpirit – October 2009 Challenge Thread

 

Scrapbook MAX! 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.

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Katie Castilllo – Stop In For A Spell Kit

 

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Country Harvest Template

 

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Diana Carmichael – Be Kit

 

November Design Team Challenge

Looking for another fun challenge, and another chance to win Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software? Check out this month’s challenge hosted by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Carena Scott. Get all the details here!

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Freebie “Sweetie” Mini-Kit by Carena

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