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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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!

The Groove July 2010

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Eye – Guitar Layout

In the Groove

This month, we’re featuring layouts that will be music to your ears. You’ll love the “harmony” of colors, elements and photos all inspired by musical themes.

We hope you’ll be inspired to “compose” a creative layout of your own when you take a look at what talented members of our online orchestra…a-hem…community have come up with!

We’ve got your favorites, namely a freebie and challenge by Deanne Gow-Smith, a discount on featured kits, and a spotlight on some cool new kits and templates from the store to check out.

Feeling Groove-y!

These kids are really grooving! These photos say it all – music is magic. We love the fun musical elements and “classical” elements used in both of these layouts. Bravo!

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Melissa – Music Man Layout

Crystalinminn- Catch The Beat Layout

CrystalInMinn- Catch the Beat Layout


Our New Look!

If you haven’t already noticed or if you’re new to the site – www.scrapbookmax.com (and The Groove) has a brand new look! We’ve given the whole site a fresh new feel and made it easier to navigate. Take a moment to explore – we think you’ll like what you see. We hope you enjoy our new and improved website!

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

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July 2010 Freebie by Deanne Gow-Smith

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 Deanne Gow-Smith has shared a picture perfect freebie that has endless possibilities!

Here’s Deanne’s Challenge:

Experiment with cropping embellishments!

* No embellishment is to be used “Whole”
* “Crop” your embellishments and use them in a layout in their cropped form.

Find the freebie challenge thread here!

July 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Deanne’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are July’s featured kits, all by Deanne Gow-Smith from her stunning Victoriana digital scrapbooking kit series.

Be sure to use the coupon code DGO-JUL to get 10% off any of the Deanne’s four featured Victoriana kits. Simply add any of the  Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until July 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code DGO-JUL, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code DGO-JUL exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

Search Deanne’s section in the store
for coordinating Victoriana templates and other packs in this very special series!

Deanne Gow-Smith - Victoriana Adelaide Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith- Victoriana Adelaide Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith - Victoriana Albert Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith- Victoriana Albert Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith - Victoriana Earline Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith- Victoriana Earline Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith - Victoriana Edward Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith- Victoriana Edward Kit

Say It With Music!

Here are two contrasting musical layouts with different styles but equal appeal! The first has many layered embellishments and gorgeous colors galore. The second uses neutral tones and minimalist design. Both stunning and inspiring!

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Mrs Peel – Piano Lessons Layout

Tanni - Rhythm Layout

tanni – Rhythm Layout


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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Home Sweet Home II Kit by Michelle McCoy

Mistica- Sand In My Toes Kit

Sand In My Toes by Monja Wessel

Katie Castillo - Freedom Template

Freedom Template by Katie Castillo

A Star is Born!

This is what the magic of music is all about – getting into your very own groove! We love this layout – great pic, and fresh style!

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makeyesup – Audition Layout

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

The Groove May 2010

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 Rosie’s grandma – Layout feautring wild flowers

In the Groove

You know the expression – April showers brings May flowers! And scrappers and photographers alike know that flowers dress up a scrapbook, and even make for great photo themes! Check out the lovely flower layouts featured this month, ranging from soft and romantic, to bold and funky. Get inspired to make your own floral layouts “bloom”!

We’ve got your favorites – scrapbook inspiration, great deals, and a freebie challenge from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Katie Castillo!

And here’s some extra-awesome news! We’re clearing out some of our classic  items in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store to make room for fantastic **new** kits and templates.  This month, you can save 40% off  kits or templates found in the Last Chance category  (designs that are about to be retired) using the Groove’s special coupon code. Read on for more details!

Soft and Sweet

These layouts capture the delicateness of flowers, suggesting those first tender blooms of spring. The pastel colour choice of the first layout is as soft as a cool breeze, and the white theme of the second gives the impression of lace. Romantic and elegant!

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MaggieMae – Flower Petals Layout

 

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AmeliasMuma – Beauty Layout

 

The Bold and the Beautiful

We love colours that deliver a punch! Here are two examples: in the first, a stunning flower is the photo subject (with ultra contrasting violets and greens). In the second, funky, stylized flower embellishments adorn an adorable photo of a girl at play. Fresh, fun and lovely!

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Pelle- The Groove April Challenge- Rhododendron Layout

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stitches – Fruity Flowers Layout

 

**LAST CHANCE SALE in the

Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store!**

We’re doing some spring cleaning in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, clearing out some older favorites to make room for some spectacular new inventory. This is your last chance to get the designs that we are about to retire (once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!). Plus right now, when you purchase kits and templates from the Last Chance category in the store, you can save 40% off your order!

To get 40% off your order, select at least $10 worth of kits and templates from the Last Chance category (over 500 items to choose from!), and use the special coupon code LASTCHANCE at checkout (type in exactly as shown). You’ll get 40% off of your order! This offer is valid through May 31, 2010 – it’s a great opportunity to stock up on kits, and your last shot at these kits before they are retired!

 Visit the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store today.

 Note: Applies only to kits and templates sold in the Last Chance category of the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store (new orders only).  Order must have a minimum total of $10.  Coupon code LASTCHANCE must be entered at time of purchase exactly as shown. Offer expires May 31, 2010. The kits and templates sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store are designed to work with Scrapbook MAX! software.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

 

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May 2010 Freebie by Katie Castillo

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 Katie Castillo has shared a colorful, funky, and fun freebie that you’ll adore.

Here’s the Challenge:

Using at least two (2) of Katie’s freebie embellishments, and one (1) background paper, make a layout that also includes a caption or journal text with the word “flowers” in it.

For extra fun: alter the colours of your layout in Scrapbook MAX! to make a second version of the same page with a whole different feel!

Find the freebie challenge thread here!

 
May 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits similar to this month’s awesome freebie? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are May’s four featured kits, all by Katie Castillo.

Be sure to use the coupon code  KCS-MAY to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store until May 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code KCS-MAY, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code KCS-MAY exactly as shown.  Applies to new orders only).

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Katie Castillo – I Do Believe In Fairies Kit
 

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Katie Castillo – So Jordan Kit

 

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Katie Castillo  – Fly Me to the Moon Kit

 

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Katie Castillo – Backyard BBQ Kit

 

Autumn Bouquet

Though we may assosicate flowers with spring, let’s not forget about the gorgeous autumn palette. Bright golds, fiery reds, blazing oranges. There are few sights more breathtaking than the turning of the season from summer to fall, as showcases in this lovely layout.

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O2BNGdhope – Tyler-Give-Thanks-Fall-Flowers Layout

 

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

The Groove April 2010

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Family Heritage Layout by O2BNGdhope

In the Groove

We have a jam-packed issue waiting for you this month!

Our theme is “Family Heritage”. We’re featuring absolutely stunning layouts that we love from our Scrapbook MAX! members’ gallery that perfectly reflect this theme. You’ll be as amazed as we were at the range of interpretations of the heritage style – from breathtakingly elegant, to fresh and colorful. There are so many inspiring ways to pay tribute to family history, as you are sure to discover!

Plus, exciting news – we have added a Family Heritage Mega Expansion Pack to our collection of content packs designed exclusively for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Not only that, we have loads of new free banners and blinkies designed exclusively for Scrapbook MAX! for you to grab. And not only THAT (does the fun ever stop?), we have a terrific freebie and creative challenge for you this month from designer Deanne Gow-Smith. More details below!

Vintage Magic

These gorgeous layouts show just how creative you can be with older photos. Don’t be afraid of colour when doing heritage pages. Neutrals are always lovely, but sumptuous colours can also be very elegant.

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Vickimp – Heritage Layout

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CrystalInMinn-Musical Heritage Layout

 

Introducing the New

“Family Heritage Expansion Pack” for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

 

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Introducing the NEW! Family Heritage Mega Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 *. Packed with amazing heritage-themed templates and elements professionally designed for use with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, your pages are sure to shine. From elegant, old-time themes to whimsical contemporary ones, your family photos will find a lasting scrapbook backdrop.

Think of the possiblities: family trees, geneaology pages, scrapping older scanned photos, elegant themes for contemporary family photos, and much, much more.  Your family memories are precious – be sure to scrap them in style!

The Family Heritage  Expansion Pack comes with 100 template pages, 79 backgrounds, 778 embellishments, 98 paper scraps, and 39 shapes. Best of all, you get all of this for only $29.95! Click here to see everything that is included.

Click here to get the Family Heritage Expansion Pack today!

*Requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Heritage Layouts made with content from the NEW! Family Heritage Expansion Pack:

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Scrapbook MAX! Banner and Blinkies!

 

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A few samples of the new free banner/blinkie collection 

Looking for a fun way to dress up your website, blog or forum signature? Check out our brand new collection of **Banners and Blinkies** on our media kit page (find them under Banners)! Simply download the size and style you like, and post it on your blog, website, in your signature –  wherever you want to tell the world you’re a Scrapbook MAX! fan! (If you use the banners or blinkies, be sure to link them to www.scrapbookmax.com)

This gorgeous set of static and animated banners and blinkies was designed by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Donna Thomas (a.k.a. autisticwonder). Here’s a  bit about Donna:

I’m a self-taught, hobbyist designer. My new-found friend (and fellow Booster Pack Store designer) Fiona Storey and I joined the site within 24 hours of each other. Instantly liked her! Started chatting on “MAX!” and have never stopped! We had a ball coming up with new ideas and ways to teach folks how to use their great Scrapbook MAX! program! That is where my heart for designing has come from and I only design for MAX! and no one else! This is my scrapbooking home!

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Click to view Donna’s special 150 x 50 Scrapbook MAX! Blinkie

 **And here’s some exciting news – Donna has generously offered to personalize  her special 150 x 50 Scrapbook MAX! blinkie design just for you! If you’re interested, please contact Donna (autisticwonder) through the private message system in the Scrapbook MAX! forums. She will give you instructions, and you’ll be on your way to blinkie town!**

Thanks so much, Donna! Your blinkies rock!

- from the Scrapbook MAX! Team

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

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 Deanne Gow-Smith has shared an elegant freebie that she is inviting you to have some “color fun” with!

Deanne’s Challenge:

  • Take the items in this kit and change the colours of everything (double-click on your item in the Scrapbook MAX! design space, click on the Advanced tab and use the adjust colour / hue settings in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0)
  • Make a color co-ordinated layout (with your new “colour scheme”)
  • Be sure to re-colour your background image. Here’s how:

Import a background paper from this kit into the design space as a “Background”.  Double-click on the Background to call up its Settings. On the Settings dialog, keep Background Image selected, but at the same time choose a colour from the color selector. Then, use the transparency slider. Your chosen hue will shine through your background image!

  • Add text, making sure to use the colour blend or image/pattern buttons.

 Find the freebie challenge thread here!

 

April 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 April’s four featured kits, all by Deanne Gow-Smith.

Be sure to use the coupon code DGO-APR 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 April 30, 2010, and type in the coupon code DGO-APR, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code DGO-APR exactly as shown.  Applies to new orders only).

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Addicted to Pink Template

 

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Aglow Template

  

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Deanne Gow-Smith- Blissful Kit 

 

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Blissful Template

 

All in the Family

We’d like to leave you with three special Family Heritage layouts in celebration of this month’s theme. We felt that each of these layouts told a very special story, in words and in images. Imagine how wonderful it will be to look back at these pages, made with love and care, and to share them with future generations… We hope this issue inspires you to create your own family heritage pages!

 

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ameliasmuma-Family Love Layout

 

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Gotart – Hem Your Blessings Layout

 

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MaggieMae – Grandma Teien Layout

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