The Groove April 2010

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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!

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 January 2010

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An adorable Christmas layout by mollie

(from the December 2009 Groove Challenge, hosted by Wendy Gibson)

 Happy New Year –

and Happy New Eraser!

You asked, and we listened! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 now comes with an AMAZING new eraser tool!

The eraser tool is included in the latest release of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. If you own Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, upgrade for free by going to Help > Check for Update in the menu, and follow the instructions. If you purchase Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 today, you  will immediately be sent a link to download the very latest version of the software – including the new eraser. Right now you also get 20% off  the regular price and a free mega bonus pack!)

USING THE COOL NEW ERASER!

Simply click on the photo or embellishment that you want to work with, then click on the eraser tool on the toolbar.

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Holding down the left button on your mouse, “erase” the portions of your object that you want to have disappear!

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Oops! Did you erase too much? Simply click on the “brush” tool on the eraser dialog, and go over the spots where you may have gotten too eraser happy. This restores your image! (Want to restore your whole image? Just select “Reset” on the eraser dialog.)

 

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Using the eraser, my little dachshund looks like he’s popping out of the frame – how cute (and how easy!!)

LOOKING FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE ERASER?

The Help File has GREAT information and tips about using the eraser. You can access Help by clicking on Help in the menu, and searching for the topic you want to read about. Or, click on the tool you want to learn, and click on the Help button that appears on that tool’s dialog – this will take you to just the right spot in the Help file!

The best way to learn just about anything in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software is to play around. But when you’re looking for a little more info, the Help File is your best friend!

SHOW OFF YOUR ARTISTIC ERASING!

The creative possibilities are endless! And we want to see what YOU do with the new eraser tool. We’re challenging you to post your layouts that show off your creative erasing talents in this thread. We will feature our favourite three in the next issue of The Groove!

The Groove Freebie Challenge!

 

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“Golden” freebie kit by designer Steve Russell

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 January 2010 gallery (coming soon) and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Steve Russell has shared a gorgeous, golden kit for you to play with.

The challenge: Using as many items in this kit as you can, scrap a layout. Your page must include text that has the word “gold” in it (e.g. Like “Searching for a heart of gold”). Let your creativity “shine”!

Find the Challenge thread here! 

January 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 January’s four featured kits, all by Steve Russell.

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

 

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 IRE  – Love Song Kit

 

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IRE – Hockey Player Kit

 

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IRE- Birthday Bash Kit

 

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IRE – Mom’s Taxi Kit

Holiday Kits for Holiday Pics!

Looking for great kits to scrap your Christmas and Holiday photos? Look no further than the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.

Below are a few great Christmas and Holiday themed kits and templates to check out. (Looking for more selection? Just type in a key word in the Search box on the store’s home page. You’ll find lovely kits and templates galore!)

 

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 Tina Sudweeks – Bright Christmas Kit

 

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Diana Carmichael – Christmas Love Template

 

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Katie Castillo – Hollly Jolly Add-On Kit

 

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Michelle McCoy – HoHo Santa Template

 

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Siobhan Kite – Happy New Year Template

 Have a fun-filled, scrap-happy 2010!

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A gorgeous  Christmas layout by Sylvia Esther

(from the December 2009 Groove Challenge, hosted by Wendy Gibson)