The Groove October 2010

pumpkin-layout-maggiemae

MaggieMae – Jack-O-Lantern Layout

In the Groove

October is the traditional month of jack-o-lanterns, bags of candy, and scary stories. But digi scrappers have another tradition – making layouts of their own adorable ghosties! This issue, enjoy some of our favorite Halloween-themed layouts by Scrapbook MAX!-ers featuring charming boys and ghouls…um…girls. (We’re looking forward to seeing new Halloween layouts in the gallery later in the month, too!)

Read on (if you dare!) to find a spooky challenge and freebie from Siobhan Kite (we think you’ll find it’s very “gourd”). There’s also a discount coupon for some of Siobhan’s not-at-all-scary kits in the store (in fact, they’re just plain gorgeous!).

Happy Scrapping, and Happy Halloween!

Boo-tiful Layouts!

Have you ever seen a cuter skeleton or more adorable little tiger? These layouts capture the fun of Halloween (look at that skeleton in lemonaded6363′s layout beam from ear to ear!). We also love how the little images in ScrapBug’s layout tell a whole story of a first Halloween – where our Halloween baby goes from being not-so-sure, to happy, to asleep!

halloween-layout-lemonade6363

lemonade 6363 – Halloween Layout 2008

halloween-layout-scrapbug

ScrapBug- Halloween Layout

Halloween Humour!

These are just awesome photos! From the fun striped tights of a spunky witch in WendyG’s layout, to the hilariously unexpected duckling photo (what a great get-up!) in LadyTrish’s page, you had us laughing so hard, we didn’t hear the trick-or-treaters at the door!


halloween-layout-wendyg

WendyG- Witch With Striped Tights Layout

halloween-layout-ladytrish

LadyTrish- Cute Little Duckling Layout

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie Challenge!

siobhan-kite-halloween-mini-kit-000-page-1

Halloween-themed freebie kit by Scrapbook MAX! digital kit designer Siobhan Kite

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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Siobhan Kite has shared a spooky Halloween-themed kit (elements in blacks, oranges, and a balancing charcoal grey – very nice!). Get ready to make some “hauntingly” beautiful pages!

Siobhan’s Challenge:

USING ONLY THESE ELEMENTS, CREATE A LAYOUT. WHEN ADDING A PHOTO, GO TO THE ADVANCED TAB ON THE PROPERTIES BOX AND MANIPULATE THE COLORS TO CREATE A SUPER CREEPY DISPLAY.

Find the challenge thread here!

October 2010 Featured Kits

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

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

siobhan-kite-just-so-cute-backgrounds

Siobhan Kite – Just So Cute Backgrounds

siobhan-kite-the-fairies-2-kit

Siobhan Kite – The Fairies 2 Kit

siobhan-kite-fairy-backgrounds-and-papers

Siobhan Kite – Fairy Backs and Papers

siobhan-kite-dolly-template

Siobhan Kite – Dolly Template

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:

katie-castillo-happy-fall-yall-add-on-kit

Katie Castillo – Happy Fall Y’all Add On

michelle-mccoy-change-of-weather-kit

Michelle McCoy – Change of Weather Kit

monja-wessel-dreaming-of-christmas-backgrounds

Monja Wessel – Dreaming Of Christmas

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Watch for the next issue of The Groove on November 1, 2010…

The Groove September 2010

merrymum-twins-layout

MerryMum – Twins Layout (week of August 1-7)

In The Groove

Happy September, everyone! This month’s Groove-y theme is “Hot off the Press!”.  We’re featuring our five-or-so favorite layouts posted in the gallery in August  – one for each week (plus a bonus)!  We started above with MerryMum’s lovely heritage layout featuring twins, from last month’s Groove challenge. Thanks for making it a difficult task to choose – hope everyone enjoys seeing some of the terrific stuff posted last month showcased here in The Groove.

And in case all this inspires you to devote more time to scrapping, which it’s sure to do, we are having a “Back 2 Scrap” sale in the digital kits and templates store! This month, when you spend $5 or more on kits and templates, you will save an amazing 20% off your order! As a Groove reader, you’re among the very first to know – find all the details below!

We’ve got your favorites too – inspiration, a great freebie and challenge from designer Kristi Cakebread, and some of the latest releases in the store. It’s that time again – time to get into the scrapbooking groove!

Whimsical Nature Layout

We fell in love with celtic-mom68′s ode to dragonflies in this stunning, fantasy-filled layout. It looks just like a scene from a favorite storybook fairytale. This is our layout pick for to showcase for the week of August 8-14  – beautifully done!

celtic-mom68-dragonfly-dance-layout

celtic-mom68 – Dragonfly Layout

Love Is …  A Layout

irma’s instincts to make this amazing photo the focus of the layout are spot-on. You get lost in this beautiful child’s innocent eyes, drawn in by the fantastic frame. Understated colors add to the elegance. Our fave layout for August 15-21!

irma-love-is-layout

irma-  Love Is Layout

Huge “Back 2 Scrap” Sale in the Store! -Save 20%

Now is the time to stock up on digital kits and templates to scrap all those summer photos, and photos  you’re sure to take in the exciting months to come. That’s because until September 30, 2010, you can save 20% off your entire order!

Simply spend a minimum of $5 in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store.  Be sure to type in the code BACK2SCRAP exactly as shown in the coupon code field before you checkout. You’ll get a whopping 20% off your order – sweet!

It’s time to treat yourself and dive into a new scrapbooking adventure. What are you waiting for? Let’s go shopping!

Note: Coupon code BACK2SCRAP must be typed in the coupon code field exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Minimum purchase of $5 and valid in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store only. Expires September 30, 2010.

Tantalizing Textures

The textures in stmac’s layout are – well- tantalizing! Take a close look at the photos and the embellishments. The crackled effect gives a delicate, time-worn look to the layout, suggestive of antiques and precious memories – things worth saving. Beautiful photos, too. Our pick for the stellar layout of August 22-28.

stmac-marly-layout

stmac- Marly Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

garden-mini-kit-preview

Garden Mini-Kit by designer Kristi Cakebread

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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Kristi Cakebread has shared a  fresh gardening-themed kit (great colors!) perfect for scrapping any photos that speak of love, tenderness, and gentle pride.

The Challenge:
Gardening is about tending to something with tender loving care, and watching it blossom. This month, we’re challenging you to pick a photo of something you are proud to have tended with love  – could be a person, an achievement, or anything that fits this idea.  Make two layouts with this photo using the mini-kit: one using any combination of the elements “as is”, and in the next, re-color the elements you choose to closely match the main colors in your photo. The layouts can be identical (except for color) or completely different, but the photo or photos should be the same. Have fun!

Find the challenge thread and freebie here!

September 2010 Featured Kits

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

Be sure to use the coupon code BACK2SCRAP to get 20% off your order (minimum purchase $5). Simply add any of the  Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until September 2010, and type in the coupon code BACK2SCRAP exactly as show, to receive your 20% off discount (Applies to new orders only).

kristi-cakebread-soutview-template

Kristi Cakebread – Southview Template

kristi-cakebread-smiles-and-giggles-template

Kristi Cakebread – Smiles and Giggles Template

kristi-cakebread-nobody-knows-but-me-kit

Krist Cakebread – Nobody Knows It But Me Kit

kristi-cakebread-nobody-knows-but-me-backgrounds

Krist Cakebread – Nobody Knows It But Me Kit

Filled with Grace-ful Laughter

We loved the breezy feeling of simplicity in TheFreeSpirit’s lovely layout. It truly captures the innocence of a child’s smile. I mean  – just look at that adorable face! The color combination is particularly soothing and has us breathing a sigh of contentment. Our pick for the week of August 29-31.

thefreespirit-grace-layout

TheFreeSpirit – Grace 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.

**REMEMBER: This month you can get 20% off on orders of $5 or more by using the coupon code BACK2SCRAP. See above for the full details!**

Below is a small sample of some of new kits recently added to the store by various designers:

michelle-mccoy-summer-smiles-kit

Michelle McCoy – Summer Smiles Kit

siobhan-kite-dolly-template_0

Siobhan Kit – Dolly Template

deanne-gow-smith-youth-comes-once-kit

Deanne Gow-Smith – Youth Comes But Once Kit

Another August Favorite….

sassy-best-friends-layout

Sassy – Best Friends Layout

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

The Groove May 2010

rosies-grandma-ontario_-_brimming_with_life

 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!

maggie-mae-october-2009-flower-petals

MaggieMae – Flower Petals Layout

 

ameliasmuma-beauty-600

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!

pelle-the-groove-april-challenge-rhododenron

Pelle- The Groove April Challenge- Rhododendron Layout

 stiches-fruity-flowers-003-page-4

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

 

freebie-preview

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).

katie-castillo-i-do-believe-in-fairies-kit

Katie Castillo – I Do Believe In Fairies Kit
 

katie-castillo-so-jordan-kit

Katie Castillo – So Jordan Kit

 

katie-castillo-fly-me-to-the-moon

Katie Castillo  – Fly Me to the Moon Kit

 

katie-castillo-backyard-bbq-kit

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.

o2bngdhope-tyler-give-thanks-web

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

 

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

The Groove April 2010

o2bngdhope-family-heritage-layout

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.

vickimp-heritage-layout

Vickimp – Heritage Layout

crystalinminn-musical-heritage-layout

CrystalInMinn-Musical Heritage Layout

 

Introducing the New

“Family Heritage Expansion Pack” for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

 

expansion-pack-images-003-family-heritage

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:

heritage-layout-1-page-1

heritage-layout-1-page-2

heritage-layout-1-page-3

 

Scrapbook MAX! Banner and Blinkies!

 

banners-and-blinkies

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!

sbm-blinkie-150x50

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).

deanne-gow-smith-addicted-to-pink-template

Deanne Gow-Smith – Addicted to Pink Template

 

deanne-gow-smith-aglow-template

Deanne Gow-Smith – Aglow Template

  

deanne-gow-smith-blissful-kit

Deanne Gow-Smith- Blissful Kit 

 

deanne-gow-smith-blissful-template

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!

 

ameliasmuma-family-layout

ameliasmuma-Family Love Layout

 

gotart-hem-your-blessings

Gotart – Hem Your Blessings Layout

 

maggiemae-grandma-teien-layout

MaggieMae – Grandma Teien Layout

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