The Groove October 2011

In the Groove

Halloween-tanni

It’s the not-so-spooky month of October! Not-so-spooky because of all the candy and chocolate – and also because we’re going to tell you how to get over $100 worth of Halloween-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! (details below!).

Throughout this issue, enjoy layouts to inspire your own Halloween creations from Scrapbook MAX! community members (like tanni’s great layout above, from The Groove challenge archives!). We’re also featuring sample layouts to show off just some of the amazing templates you’ll find in our brand new Halloween Expansion Pack (more exciting info below)! Want more for your “Trick or Treat” scrapbooking bag? How about a delightful freebie and challenge from designer Kirsten Smit, and a discount offer on some of Kirsten’s pretty and hip designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Halloween Fun “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Halloween Fun Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Chock full of pumpkins, treats, and beyond (princesses, pirates, autumn themes – more!) this is a stunning collection of Halloween-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of October 2011, you can get it for the special introductory price of only $14.95 US by using the link below!

Click here to learn more, and to find the Buy Now button to get this fantastic price!

Halloween Fun includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. It’s SUPER SWEET for scrapping all things Halloween – parties, trick or treating, Halloween games, school events, costumes…Plus we’ve packed this collection with so many classic styles, themes, and colours, we’re sure you’ll use this pack all year long (think birthday parties, hayrides, trips to the country, jumping in autumn leaves – and more!). Offer ends October 31, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

Special introductory pricing ends October 31, 2011. Use the special link to get this discount. Applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Halloween Fun requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Rattlin’ Bones

Cute Skeleton

Who can resist a skeleton with such an adorable smile? We had so much fun digging through the gallery archives to look at past Halloween layouts, and this was one of our favorites! Isn’t this charming? Nice work, lemonade6363!

Sample Layouts from Halloween Fun Expansion Pack

Below are four sample layouts from our new Halloween Fun Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. To see everything that you get with this “spooky” and versatile pack, check out our What’s Included Page.

Use Halloween Fun to scrap traditional Halloween pages, like trick or treating, costume dress up, and jack-o-lantern carving!

From Michelle McCoy’s “Alpha Frenzy” :

From Steve Russell’s “Pumpkin Patch”:

For more traditional Halloween layout possibilities, check out our super cute “Halloween Yummies”, “Trick or Treat”, and “Twoo Whit Twoo Woo” themes!

You can also scrap fall themed pages with Halloween Fun, with or without a nod to October 31st!

From Fiona Storey’s “Oatmeal Hue”:

For another versatile autumn theme, check out the elegant “Autumn Air”

Use Halloween Fun all year round whenever fun and fantasy come into play!

From Siobhan Kite’s “Princess”:

For more fun and games, we also have an enchanted fairy theme and a swash-buckling pirate theme!

See everything you get in Halloween Fun here!

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Heartlace-Kirsten Smit

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge. 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 Kirsten Smit is offering you a lovely, lacy heart-themed kit. You’ll be challenged to make two layouts about the people you love (and one of those people is YOU!). For all of the details please check out the October 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

October 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Kirsten’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store! You can save 10% off these four featured kits by typing in the coupon code KSM-OCT at checkout.

WORTH

Sari Market

Lush

Magic Metal

EEK! A Spider!

Here’s a final layout to end our not-spooky issue of The Groove. Okay – maybe it’s a bit spooky, but it’s kind of cool, too! Great photo, and lovely Halloween-themed layout, MaggieMae. Happy Halloween!

Spider-MaggieMae

Look for the next issue of The Groove on November 1, 2011!

The Groove July 2011

4th of July

In the Groove

Happy Canada Day and 4th of July, and a big hooray for wherever you call home! July is a month of fun and celebration, and we hope you’ll enjoy kicking it off with The Groove!

In this issue, you’ll find layouts celebrating the spirit of “home”. You’ll also be challenged to make a home-town pride layout of your own, and be eligible to win one of three Mega Expansion Packs for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

Read on for news on the latest digital scrapbooking kits, and for fun scrapbooking inspiration!

O, Canada!

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1. This year, Canada is 144 years young! Here are two gorgeous red-and-white layouts. ValerieElaine gets into the spirit with a fireworks display, and Marion displays gifts she received from Canadian friends made in our very own Scrapbook MAX! community – how cool is that?

ValerieElaine - Canada

Marion - Canadian Gifts

4th of July – “Take Two!”

Happy 235, USA! Whether you’re celebrating with a town parade, a barbecue, or a gathering with family and friends, we hope you enjoy this special day! Does the layout below look familiar? Check out stangergirls’ 4th of July layout featured at the top of the newsletter and the second one below. She shows us how you can take the same favorite photo and use it in a completely different way, still getting spectacular results. It’s all about getting creative (and using a photo as many times as you want is the advantage of going digi!). Gorgeous!

stangergirls - 4th of July

Groove Layout Challenge – Spectacular Prizes!

Nanna Susie - Parade

July is a month of fun, celebrations and home-town pride! That’s why The Groove is challenging you to make a layout celebrating wherever it is you come from (Nanna Susie’s Parade layout above is great inspiration!)!

What makes your city, town or country special? Get creative, and make a layout to show off your special place. Then, post your layout in the Challenge Thread here (visit the thread for posting instructions).

Now here’s the super fun part – the names of three challenge participants will be drawn at random and each of these winners will get the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Mega Expansion Pack of their choice! (Please note that Mega Expansion Packs require Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software to work). You heard right – you can win a Mega Expansion Pack just for participating in this fun challenge!

SBMAX 2.0 Expansion Packs

What’s a Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack? So glad you asked! :)

An Expansion Pack is a set of awesome digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates pack made by some of the top designers in the industry, exclusively for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. We currently have 8 different packs available (and counting!), including themes such as Birthday, Christmas, Baby, Family Heritage, and more! Each pack comes with at least 10 premium digital scrapbooking kits and 10 premium templates. You get over $100 worth of items in each pack, for only $19.95 per pack!

Learn more about our Expansion Pack collection – collect them all today!

**NEW RELEASES!** – Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates!

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:

Siobhan Kite - Pansy Pink Template

Get Siobahn’s Pansy Pink Template today!

Tropical Island Kit

Tropical Island Kit

Get Monja’s Tropical Island Kit today!

Carena Scott - Aussie Kit

Get Carena’s Aussie Kit today!

Deanne Gow-Smith - Jaded Blue Kit

Get Deanne’s Jaded Blue Kit today!

Look for next month’s issue of The Groove on August 1, 2011!

The Groove April 2011

Always Mum

From the new “Fresh As Spring” Expansion Pack – Always Mum by Siobhan Kite

In the Groove

Read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of new digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! We’ve also got a delicious freebie and challenge from designer Katie Castillo, and a fabulous offer on some of her stunning designs. Packed with savings and spring inspiration, this is definitely an issue you don’t want to miss!

Introducing Fresh As Spring for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

Introducing the NEW! Fresh As Spring Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This amazing collection of spring-inspired digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates is sure to “freshen up” your scrapbook pages.

Fresh As Spring includes 360 spring-inspired embellishments, paper scraps and backgrounds, and 41 unique spring-themed template pages. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of April 2011, you can get it for the special introductory price of only $14.95 US using the special link below! (And as Groove readers, you’re the first to hear!). Offer ends April 30, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

Get Fresh As Spring for only $14.95 US!

Special introductory pricing ends April 30, 2011. Use the special link to get this discount. Applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Fresh As Spring requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Here is just a taste of what you’ll find in this beautiful collection:

Fleur de Mom

Sweet Temptation

Little Girls

Read on in The Groove (just below the Freebie Challenge and Featured Kits sections) to see more stunning samples from “Fresh As Spring”! To see everything that you get, check out the “Fresh As Spring” What’s Included page here.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Freebie alphabet coordinates with this stunning kit!

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 Katie Castillo is offering you an adorable freebie alphabet, coordinating with her lovely Have Tea With Me collection!

The Challenge: to make a “friendship” layout using “friend-inspired” words. Find all the details plus the freebie here.

April 2011 Featured Kits

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

Be sure to use the coupon code APR-KCS to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Content below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until April 30, 2011, and type in the coupon code APR-KCS , to receive your 10% off discount. (Applies to new orders only.)

Find Katie’s four “Have Tea With Me” kits in the Featured Content section of the store!

A Special Kit from Katie Castillo

From Katie:

“This kit was made for Autism Awareness. 100% of my portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this kit will go to Hope For Brady which is a group I am part of to help purchase some therapy tools for Autistic children which are not covered under their medical insurance.”

Find Hope for Brady by Katie Castillo here.

NEW! Fresh As Spring Expansion Pack – More Samples!

Spring Occasions

The new Fresh As Spring Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is perfect for scrapping any layout requiring a fresh, pretty touch, whether they are spring-themed or celebrating any special occasion year round! For instance, you’ll find the perfect kits for scrapping Mother’s Day, Elegant Teas, and Heritage albums! (Sample layout uses Fleur De Mom template by Diana Carmichael.)

More elegant sets included in Fresh As Spring:

Mothers Touch

Elegance

Children at Play

With winter fading into a mere memory, the air is once again filled with the laughter and play of little boys and girls. Scrap these happy moments you’ll treasure forever with kits included in Fresh as Spring. You’ll even find the perfect sets to scrap baby moments, like baby showers, or those first precious smiles. (Sample layout made with Michelle McCoy’s Happy Baby template.)

More fun-inspired themes included in Fresh As Spring:

Little Boys

Shooby Doo Wop

Flowers and Gorgeous Greens

Of course, what would spring be without the thought of flowers blooming and greenery once again coming to life! You’ll find plenty of floral and green themes in Fresh As Spring, perfect for a whole range of layouts. Take a look at these lovely sets bursting with life, also included!

Always Mum

The Best Day

Here’s another lovely sample layout to get you into that joyful spring frame of mind! From Elegance by Michelle McCoy:

Look for the next issue of The Groove on May 1, 2011!

The Groove March 2011

Funny Guy

In the Groove

We’re putting the spotlight on “All Things Green And Groovy!”. All the featured layouts in this issue have more than just a hint of green (in honor of the month o’ shamrocks). Besides a similar color inspiration, these layouts capture someone or something that makes the heart sing. (We’ve started off with Michelle McCoy’s awesome and hilarious tribute to her son above!) Get inspired to scrap a fresh green layout in honor of someone or something that you love!

Below you’ll also find an amazing challenge and freebie by Scrapbook MAX! store designer Vicki Pasterik, plus a groovy discount to use on featured kits. Read on to recharge your digital scrapbooking know-how!

Dreamy Greens

We love the dreamy quality of these two layouts! The gorgeous black and white photo in QuinnsGM’s heartfelt layout captures the innocence of childhood. Grounding the wistful photo in neutral, moody greens gives the layout depth and character – creative and very sophisticated! In quite another way, mh51′s green layout wakes up our senses and makes us experience the wonder of stumbling upon a patch of wild garlic on a forest hike right along with her. So unusual and “wonder-full”!

Quinn

Wild Garlic

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Challenge by Vicki Pasterik

March Challenge

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 Vicki Pasterik is asking you to think of the alphabet in a whole new way, using each letter to describe a character trait that you possess. Very creative and cool!

Here’s Vicki’s challenge:

“The freebie mini-kit is called, “The ABC’s of Me”. It includes a background paper, a frame, a title, a flower and a complete uppercase Alphabet that all match.

The challenge is to make a layout of yourself (or someone else) that includes a photo and one character attribute for each letter of the alphabet. I have included the sample I made of myself. (This is harder than you’d think. It took me longer to come up with the words to describe me than it did to scrap the layout! :) ) ”

(Groove-y tip: Pressed for time? You can still be a part of the challenge! Instead of using the whole alphabet, use only the letters of your name or the name of the person you are scrapping and think of attributes for each of these letters.)

Challenge Sample

Vicki describes how she made the stunning sample layout above. (You can try these techniques if you wish, or layout your page using Vicki’s kit in a different way!) :

“There is one teal background paper in the kit. To get the look in my sample, I simply opened a paper sample and chose the white construction paper included with SBM. Then, I lowered the transparency to 30, sized it to an inch smaller than my background paper and centered it horizontally and vertically. I then added the teal background as a paper scrap and stretched it to a rectangle to divide the title from the rest of the page.

For the photo effect, I took a full color photo and duplicated it (Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V). The top photo I converted to grayscale. Then I lowered the transparency of the grayscale photo until I achieved the look I wanted. The easiest way to line up both photos is to align them both to the top and left side of your layout. Then group them into one element.”

March 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Vicki’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are March’s featured kits, all by Vicki Pasterik (ideal for spring layouts, and there’s one for your winter memories, too!).

Be sure to use the coupon code MAR-VIP to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Content below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until March 31, 2011, and type in the coupon code MAR-VIP, to receive your 10% off discount.

(Applies to new orders only.)

Find these kits in the Featured Content section of the store!

Spring Beauty Template

Spring Beauty Kit

Baby Dear Vintage

Snow Angel

Go, Green!

Team colors are worth a thousand words and a thousand cheers! We love the sporty spirit of these two layouts, with team loyalty set off in vibrant greens. The first by makeyesup captures the excitement of a football match (known as soccer in some parts of the world). We love how the photo and embies bring us “right onto the pitch”! Next up is Marion and family, cheering on their fave football team. From those happy smiles, it looks like things turned out just as you all wished! :)

Game Day

Packer Backers

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

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:

Lil Cutiez-Siobhan Kite

JunkArt-Deanne Gow-Smith

Vintage Rose-Monja Wessel

Watch for the next issue of The Groove on April 1, 2011!