July 2010 Freebies and Contests

July is here, and it’s the perfect time for scrappin’. Check out the fun and freebies available this month in the Scrapbook MAX! community – find details on the two month-long challenges happening in our community below!

Deanne Gow-Smith

Deanne Gow-Smith

July 2010 Monthly Challenge
Designer Deanne Gow-Smith hosts this month’s Groove Freebie challenge, and is encouraging you to crop creatively! Using the beautiful freebie embellishments that Deanne has provided, create a layout. Here’s the challenge – don’t use any of the embellishments “whole” – you must figure out a way to crop them in a way that complements your page. Get all the freebie and all the challenge details here

July 2010 Monthly Designer Challenge

Attention all digi scrappers: you must check this out – the July Designer Challenge is brought to you by not one, not two, but THREE of our illustrious Scrapbook MAX! designers! The challenge is to celebrate the love of your country, whichever wonderful one it may be…and Diana Carmichael, Michelle McCoy, and Tina Sudweeks are supplying freebies to help!

Here’s the challenge from our three “partners-in-crop”:

1. Download Michelle’s, Tina’s and Diana’s freebies kits… we will each be posting them separately, so watch for them!
2. Use at least ONE item from EACH of our kits (that means 1 from Michelle, 1 from Tina and 1 from Diana), but of course use more if you want… and then…
3. Scrap a page about what you are PROUD of in the country where YOU live, OR, if you are in the USA, scrap a July 4th page!
4. Upload your pages to the Design Team Challenges gallery AND THEN copy/paste the image link in this thread for all of us to enjoy! (That’s the “linked image” code under your uploaded layout.)

Click here to find more designer challenge details and the above-mentioned freebies!

The Groove July 2010

Eye - Guitar Layout

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!

Melissa- Music Man Layout

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

Deanne Gow-Smith - July 2010 Freebie

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!

Mrs Peel - Piano Lessons Layout

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:

Michelle McCoy - Home Sweet Home II

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!

makeyesup- Audition Layout

makeyesup – Audition Layout

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

June Freebies and Contests

Here’s what’s happening in June in the Scrapbook MAX! community – it’s hopping, as usual!

Fiona Storey

Fiona Storey

June 2010 Monthly Challenge
Designer Fiona Storey hosts this month’s designer challenge, and helps you “get your curve on”. Using photos you wouldn’t normally scrap, and trading in straight lines for curves only, this challenge promises to be fun! Here’s a twist – the photo you start with does not end up in the layout – use it for color inspiration only! Get all the challenge details here
Monja Wessel

Monja Wessel

The Groove June 2010 Freebie Challenge
The Groove Newsletter’s challenge this month includes a breathtaking freebie from designer Monja Wessel, known for her beautiful photo-realistic design style. Get all the challenge details here
Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy’s “Scrappin’ Challenge 21″
Look for designer Michelle McCoy’s fab weekly challenges throughout the month, beginning with Scrappin’ Challenge 21. Design a layout that follows Michelle’s instructions and makes use of her color swatch, and you’ll get a free kit designed by Michelle (seriously!!). Look for more Scrappin’ Challenges each week throughout the month – and get all the details about this week’s challenge here

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!