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)

The Groove July 2009

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Tina Sudweeks -Summer Layout, using Tina’s template “A Summer Tease”

 

In The Groove

Those long, hot summer days are here again! Time to run through the sprinkler, make a pitcher of cold lemonade, and then scrap those unbeatably fun summer memories! This month, we’re showcasing layouts that capture the joyful spirit of summer, with a great palette of colors, and a touch of whimsy. We hope these layouts inspire you to scrap your own memories - between ice cream cones and bbq’s, of course!

We’ve also included your favorites below- a Scrapper Profile, and the monthly freebie challenge, hosted this month by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack designer Donna Thomas. Kick back, sip that lemonade, and enjoy The Groove! 

Carefree!

Oh, to be a kid in summer – no worries, just endless weeks of fun! Moonlightpearl and Wendy Gibson’s layouts below remind us how to be carefree! Note the contrast in colors used, and how a rich palette or a pastel theme work equally well. Take your cue from the tones in your photo for inspiration!

Moonlightpearl - Chris Layout

Moonlightpearl – “Chris” Layout

 

Wendy Gibson - Charlie Taury Layout

Wendy Gibson – “Charlie Taury” Layout

 

Reflections on Summer

We know that summer has just begun, but we couldn’t resist including these two layouts that each have a reflective quality – a feeling of “looking back” at summertime. With the use of cool blue and grey tones, somehow these layouts hint at that touch of coolness in the air at summer’s end. Beautiful work!

 

pickngrin - The Sandbar Layout

pickngrin – The Sandbar Layout

 

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Winnie49 – Summer’s End Layout

 

Scrapper Profile

Lillyskite

Portrait of Lillyskite

Meet Lillyskite, a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, and all around friendly and creative person!

Q- Tell us one thing about yourself that others are often surprised to learn.
A-My Name Siobhan is Irish Gaelic and is pronounced “shi-von”

Q- What made you interested in digital scrapbooking?
A- I draw pixel graphics and was contacted by a lady to make graphics for digital scrapbooking – had no Idea about this kind of thing!lol
So I googled it and was pretty taken by what I saw..:O)

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A- My imagination, mostly. I have two daughters so I usually go girly on most things.
 
Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
A- Well that would be that it is easy enough for my girls to use. So it can be a family hobby :O)

Q- What tip would you share with a newbie to Scrapbook MAX!?
A- Simply Enjoy Yourself!:O) And, do not be afraid to ask for help as there are so many lovely ladies and gents always there [in the Scrapbook MAX! forums] to help :O)

Q- What’s the subject of the scrapbook that you are working on right now?
A- Lol! Always Kids…Just fun things.
 
Q- How would you describe the style of the kits that you design?
A-I have been told I am a whimsy artist over the years so I think I will have to say “Whimsy” :O)

Q- What is your favorite time of year? Why is it special?
A-Christmas… Wish it was everyday [for] 1. The religious side, and 2. Because I really believe the world seems so much happier.
Love the Music, the decorations, just everything.
 
Q- Who inspires you? Why?
A- arrhh… This is a hard one. I took sometime to think on this. I hope you mean Life in general..:O)
Well there are so many great people, and I love true stories of struggles and survival in everyday life, and could fill 1000 000 pages of names:O) I will say it is the songwriters that can produce a song that can bring a smile or a tear or warmth to your heart. If we did not have photos,the songs would be [the photos]as they can take you to times in your past in a moment:O) I would love to have the gift to do this.

Thanks, Siobhan! Check out some of Lillyskite’s favorite layouts below (elements from her Erins Eden kit, found in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store):

Lillyskite - Erins Eden Layout 1

Lillyskite - Erins Eden Layout 2

Lillyskite - Erins Eden Layout 3

 

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

Donna Thomas - For The Love of Freedom Challenge Kit

Preview of this month’s fabulous freebie kit by designer Donna Thomas

The Freebie Part

This month, Donna Thomas is sharing this bright, bold freebie set with you – in time to celebrate the freedom of the coming summer months, and what that means to you!  Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s Donna’s challenge:

The THEME: For LOVE of FREEDOM

The CHALLENGE: Simply use at least 3 items from the kit to create a layout with the theme “For LOVE of Freedom,” and what this means to you!

Find the challenge thread here.

 July 2009 “Featured Kits”

Love Donna’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for kits with a similar style?

Below are July’s four featured kits, all by Donna Thomas. Be sure to use the coupon code DTH-JUL, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until July 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code DTH-JUL to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code DTH-JUL exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

 

Donna Thomas - Circus Clowns Kit

Donna Thomas – Circus Clowns Kit

Donna Thomas - Blue Dot Special Kit

Donna Thomas – Blue Dot Special Kit

Donna Thomas - Birthday Paper Maker Shapes Kit

Donna Thomas – Birthday Paper Maker Shapes

Donna Thomas - Around The World Templates

Donna Thomas – Around The World Templates

 

Fresh and Sweet! 

 

 Kimbob - One Fine Day Layout

Kimbob- One Fine Day Layout

We love this pretty and whimsical layout featuring a gorgeous wedding photo. While many wedding layouts are embellished with traditional or old-fashioned elements, kimbob shows us that sweet, contemporary elements can be just as romantic. Get inspired by this precious layout!

 

The Patriotic Spirit!

Grannywin - Happy Birthday America Layout

Grannywin – Happy Birthday America Layout

Many nations around the world celebrate important holidays in July. Grannywin’s pays tribute to the birth date of the United States, celebrated on July the 4th, with fireworks-inspired elements and a delicious slice of apple pie. Mmmmm…the layout is so sweet, you can almost taste it!

 

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.

 

Michelle McCoy - Jerry Kit

Michelle McCoy – Jerry Kit

 

Fiona Storey - Angel Whispers Template

Fiona Storey- Angel Whispers Template

 

Diana Carmichael - A Sweet Sorbet

Diana Carmichael- A Sweet Sorbet Kit

 

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

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The Groove March 2009

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A lovely friendship layout by Winnie49

 

 In The Groove

From the beloved book “Anne of Green Gables”, we learn the delicious phrase “Kindred Spirits”. What is a kindred spirit? A friend, certainly, but more than that. It’s a bond, an understanding, a sense of “I’ve always known you!” between two people that has always been there, somehow, even before they had ever met!

This month in The Groove, we feature layouts that pay tribute to special friendships. And from the looks of the photos in these layouts and the love with which they were made, surely these are all ”Kindred Spirit” layouts!

Get inspired to scrap a layout for your kindred spirit. Wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift to send as a surprise email, or to print out and frame?

Below, you’ll also find a Scrapper Profile, and a freebie and challenge from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Crystal Longbrake. This challenge has an extra twist, so be sure to be sure to get the details!

My Family, My Friends

Friends are a blessing in life. So it’s a double blessing when members of our own family are also our dear friends! We love how these two layouts celebrate the joy of friendship and family. Scrappyfrog’s “Cousins” layout captures a magical day together. Tackettup’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” layout is full of joy, silliness, and laughter – just what a great family friendship should be brimming with!

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Scrappyfrog – “Cousins” Layout

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Tackettup – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Layout

 

Through Thick and Thin

These layouts are the perfect “bookends” for the things we experience together as friends. The first layout, by LindaPete, recalls a shared moment of sophistication, elegance, and celebration, all in gorgeous pastel tones. The second layout by Wickel, paints in vibrant blues and  breathless words, the adventure, abandon and spirit that also comes with friendship. Through thick and thin, friends are with us always!
  

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LindaPete – “Sno Ball 2008″ Layout

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Wickel – “Flying High” Layout

 

Scrapper Profile

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Crystal Longbrake

Meet Crystal Longbrake, a.k.a. DigiScrapalicious, a friendly forum member, and Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer. Get to know more about Crystal below, and check out some of her favorite layouts!

Q-  Tell us one thing about yourself that others are often surprised to learn.
Hmm…my life is an open book, I’m not mysterious and am pretty open and approachable so I don’t think there’s much that would surprise anyone…does that mean I’m boring? hehehe

Q- What made you interested in digital scrapbooking?
I was pregnant with my second child and I realized I still didn’t have my first child’s baby book done (he was seven at the time). I knew I needed to find a quicker more economical way to do it since the traditional way wasn’t cutting it.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
I digiscrap like I paperscrapped. I love the traditional layouts where the pictures are the main focus.

Q- What’s your favorite color (in general)? How about to scrap with?
My favorite color is brown. It’s become a joke with my friends, every time I buy something in a different color, they’re all like “what it didn’t come in brown?”. I scrap with the colors from my pictures, I like the scraps to compliment the event I’m trying to document.

Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
My favorite feature has got to be the movies. I love to share my layouts with others using this.

Editors’ Tip: To publish your scrapbook as a movie, in Scrapbook MAX!, go to File> Publish To> Movie

Q- What tip would you share with a newbie to Scrapbook MAX!?
If you see a template you like but want to use different papers or colors that’s ok. Open the template and switch out each embellishment and paper scrap to your liking. It’s an easy way to do a quick layout.

Q- What’s the subject of the kit that you are working on right now?
It’s called “No Sleep for Braden” and it’s a boy’s pajama kit. It all started with my son playing “No Sleep Til Brooklyn” on Guitar Hero during a sleepover and kind of spiraled from there.

Q- How would you describe your scrapbooking style?
My scrapbooking style is simple clean and neat. I like my pages to tell a story and I try to include some journaling.

Q- Who do you admire most? Why?I admire my Mom the most. She’s a trooper and one of the strongest women I know.

Here are some of Crystal’s favorite layouts!

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“Pigtail” Layout

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“Elijah” Layout

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“Eden” Layout

 Thanks for sharing, Crystal!

 

Friends For Life! 

Not only are the layouts themselves absolutely gorgeous, but just look at the smiles on these ladies’ faces – sheer joy of being together! Pickngrin’s fresh, whimsical elements are the perfect backdrop for the photos of these lovely friends. And scrappyaggie48′s neutral-toned, elegant design sets off the sparkling grins worn by these two beautiful ladies.

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pickngrin – “My Friend Forever” Layout 

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scrappyaggie48 – “The Two A’s” Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie
Challenge!

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This month’s freebie is based on Crystal’s “Botanically Yours” Kit!

The Freebie Part

Crystal Longbrake has shared these elegant freebies, perfect for any sophisticated layout! Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Use at least three pieces from the freebie kit and create a layout. Share it in The Groove’s March 2009 Monthly Freebie thread! (find the freebie attached to the first post in the thread, plus additional elements posted throught the thread on March 1 – see “BONUS CHALLENGE” description for  the exciting details!)

** BONUS CHALLENGE**: The challenge described above lasts the whole month of March, 2009. HOWEVER -throughout the day on March 1, 2009, Crystal will be adding more elements to the freebie kit in the The Groove’s March 2009 Challenge thread (about 2 elements every hour from 1pm-5pm central time!). Be sure to check in every hour or so and download even more freebies! And not only that, if you post a layout that steps up to the challenge by 8pm central time on March 1, you might win a free kit of your choice from Crystal’s selection in the store! Crystal will be randomly selecting a layout posted on March 1 by 8pm CST, so get scrapping!

March 2009 “Featured Kits”

Love Crystal’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for kits with a similar style?

Below are March’s three featured kits, all by Crystal Longbrake. This month, when you purchase any of Crystal’s three Featured Kits, you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the three Featured Kits to your cart until March 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code CLO-MAR to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code CLO-MAR exactly as shown).

 

 

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Crystal Longbrake – Botanically Yours Embellishments

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Crystal Longbrake – Unabridged Embellishments

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Crystal Longbrake – This Little Piggy Embellishments

Offer applies only to featured kits, new orders only. Coupon code CLO-MAR must be used at the time of order. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Offer ends March 31, 2009.  

 

Booster Pack Store:
New Releases

Many 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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Carena Scott – Arthur Papers Kit

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Michelle McCoy – Cocoa Mint Pages

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Blue Diamond Kit

 

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

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