The Groove August 2012

Beach Layout - tin tin

In the Groove

There are still a few great weeks of summer left and we plan to hold on for as long as we can! We’ve included some bright, summery layouts for you to enjoy such as tin tin’s awesome beach layout above (love how the layout looks perfectly sandy!). Michelle McCoy’s cute summer freebie mini kit will be perfect for your pages, and we’re also highlighting some fun kits from the store that will add some color and punch. Read on for more details!

You’ll also find a terrific profile on designer Michelle McCoy along with some of her layouts made by Scrapbook MAX! members. And don’t forget to look for a discount on this month’s featured kits!

Scrapbook MAX! Designer Profile

Meet Michelle McCoy, a Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kit Designer, and very active challenge host – often with multiple challenges on the go! Besides her creativity and great freebies and kits, Michelle is known for her friendly, helpful personality, her courage, and her ability to make everyone feel at home! Learn more about Michelle in the profile below and get a super-cute freebie when you participate in her challenge. Thanks for sharing, Michelle! :)

Michelle McCoy

I’m thrilled to be the featured designer of the month and to be a part of the SBM community. My name is Michelle McCoy and I’m a single mom of two wonderful sons. I’m no longer able to work due to many medical conditions. I’m a Diabetic who recently had my right leg amputated. I also have heart disease, neuropathy, a rare skin disease and a kidney disease that requires me to be on Dialysis 3x a week to stay alive. It has changed my life, and I am grateful to have so much love, support, encouragement and positive thoughts from family, friends and from the scrapping community.

I got involved with digital scrap-booking while searching for a birthday card to print and came across Scrapbook MAX!. It looked interesting, so I went to the website, loved the community and the software! I’ve been hooked ever since and have been designing for almost 5 years now as Crafty Scraps. I am always trying to inspire others, whether they are first time scrappers or scrappers that have been creating beautiful things for years! My favorite kits are any with my snowmen in it! In my free time, I like to write poetry, relax with my kids and spend time with my furball – Boo Bear.

Here is a collage of a few of my favorite layouts made by the SBM community, using my kits:

Michelle's Favorite Layouts

Great collage – trust Michelle to get this creative! ;) – and beautiful layouts Lori, Jana, Sandrine and Linda!
- The Groove Editors

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

August 2012 Freebie

Each month a designer shares a freebie with Groove Readers and challenges you do to something fun with it! Find Michelle’s “turtle-themed” freebie and “sticker” challenge here!

Note: The challenge takes place in the forums here. But because Michelle included two mini-tutorials, we thought we’d include it here, too. Feel free to use Michelle’s tips in any layouts you are working on!

August 2012 Freebie Challenge hosted by Michelle McCoy
(To participate in the challenge, click here.)

Instructions:

*Download my freebie kit.

*Use one of the papers in the download on your layout.

*Add a title on your page making it look like a sticker. You can do this by adding a Caption (Object > Caption), and clicking on the Advanced tab in the Caption Properties box. Here you can adjust the outline. By making the outline white and very large (I adjusted the outline size to 30.9) your caption looks like a sticker. Here is a visual aid to help!:

Click on the above image to enlarge.

*Bring in another background from the my mini kit into your work space as a Paper Scrap or a Photo.

* Change colors if needed

* Now, change the shape from your shapes folder using these instructions:

Shapes and Shadows

Click on the above image to enlarge.

*You can use anything else on your page to finish it up.

*Upload your page to the gallery, then here in the post.

* Thank you for playing!!!

- Michelle

Get a Discount on Featured Scrapbooking Kits

Love the style of Michelle’s freebie and the kits showcased in her cute collage above? You can get 10% off of four of Michelle’s kits this month (pictured below) available in the Featured Content section of our store! All you need to do is add the kits to your cart, and use the coupon discount code MMC-AUG. Applies only to the kits found in the Featured Content section of our store, new orders only. Offer expires August 31, 2012.

StoneWashed

El-Lee

Chicken Soup

Monkey Around

New Releases in the Scrapbook MAX! Kit and Templates Store

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store each month. Below is just a small sample of some of new kits recently added to the store by various designers:

Aloha - Katie Castillo

Monsters - Siobhan Kite

Play Day - Amanda Wittenborn

Summer Love

Is there anything more romantic than a beach wedding? We fell in love with fonzzy’s beach wedding layout, especially her use of the gorgeous blue background. Its color said “the sea” and also contrasted beautifully with the lighter tones of the beach and bride’s gown. Gorgeous!

Beach Wedding - fonzzy

Look for the next issue of The Groove on September 1, 2012!

The Groove November 2011

In the Groove

The sun is golden and the air is crisp -there’s something special about the great outdoors at this time of year! This month, The Groove is helping you to jump into autumn as though it is a great big pile of leaves!

First, we have some great featured layouts from our gallery showing off some fun in the fresh fall air – like lindaathome’s spirited layout above!

Next, we have details about an all-new Thanksgiving Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of Thanksgiving and fall-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! (details below!).

Last but not certainly least, we have a GORGEOUS freebie kit and challenge from designer Carena Scott – that and more layouts and kit showpages to get you inspired to scrap the season!

NEW! Family Thanksgiving “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Family Thanksgiving Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This is a richly colored and versatile collection of Thanksgiving and fall-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of November 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!

Family Thanksgiving includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and 44 unique template pages. Themes such as Harvest, Family Album, Travel, Thanksgiving Cards, and Fall Country make this collection a must-have for scrapping family, friends, and autumn moments. Offer ends November 30, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

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

**See Sample Layouts Below Using the NEW Family Thanksgiving Expansion Pack!**

From Katie Castillo’s “Autumn Burst” (Family Thanksgiving Expansion Pack):

From Michelle McCoy’s “Harvest” (Family Thanksgiving Expansion Pack):

From Fiona Storey’s “Its All Relative” (Family Thanksgiving Expansion Pack):

SALE ON THE HALLOWEEN FUN EXPANSION PACK – EXTENDED UNTIL NOV. 5, 2011!

Did you miss out on our introductory offer for “Halloween Fun”? There’s still time to save! We’ve carried over our spook-tacular introductory offer on this Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 expansion pack until midnight, November 5, 2011!

Grab it now and scrap all your Halloween memories. With over $100 worth of digital scrapbooking goodies, the $14.95 sale price is too good of a ‘treat’ to miss!

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

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

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 Carena Scott is offering you a dreamy set of elements for creating dazzling layouts. For all of the details please check out the November 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

November 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Carena’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 NOV-CSC at checkout. Offer is valid on new orders only in the Featured Content section – expires November 30, 2011.

A Dream Comes True

Paper Shapes Vol. 2

Golden Forest

Once Upon A Time

Playing Through the Seasons

Here are two amazing layouts by Scrapbook MAX! community members. Daydreamer captures the spirit of those golden days of autumn with neutral colors and rustic embies. Victoria64 invites us to embrace the frosty chill of winter by featuring a hockey game cast against icy blues, and warmed up by balsam greens. Beautiful work, ladies – and you can see the joy on everyone’s faces!

Fall

Winter Hockey

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

The Groove August 2011

Kit by Deanne Gow-Smith

In the Groove

Read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of summer-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! Throughout the issue, we showcase a small sample of all the incredible items included in this amazing new pack. We also share the 3 winner of last month’s “Scrap Your Hometown” challenge, and a summer-y freebie and challenge from designer Katie Castillo. You’ll also find a discount offer on some of Katie’s bold and crisp designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Summer Vacation “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This bold, bright collection is chock-full of summer-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of August 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!

Summer Vacation includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. It’s AWESOME for scrapping all of summer’s many activities – camping, bbq’s, block parties, day at the beach, or afternoons lounging in the backyard! Summer comes once a year, but you’ll be scrapping sunshine all year long with this great pack! Offer ends August 31, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

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

Get in the Swim of Things!

Check out these kits included in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! “In the Summer Time” (Deanne Gow-Smith) is set on the beach, and combines ocean blues and sunny yellows to show off all your beach pics! “Splish Splash” (Michelle McCoy) is for when you and the family spend the day cooling off in the pool – whether in-ground or inflatable! Remember – all the kits in this pack come with coordinating, full-editable templates!

In The Summer Time

Splish Splash

The Great Outdoors

Summer days mean heading outdoors, whether that means into the wild, or into your backyard! Scrap fishing trips and lakeside adventures with Steve Russell’s “Fishing” kit. Head out for a picnic with Fiona Storey’s colorful “Al Fresco” Kit (featuring picnic scenes for beach, park, bbq and more!).

Fishing

Al Fresco

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The Groove August 2011 Freebie Challenge

Freebie Mini-Kit

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 Katie Castillo is offering you an utterly adorable and “juicy” freebie kit and challenging you to work on a summer theme. For all of the details please check out the August 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

August 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Katie’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 KCS-AUG at checkout.

YoHo Templates

Serenity Templates

YoHo Kit

YoHo Extra Alphas

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Below are even MORE kits sets found in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack! (Click here to learn more about the pack and get an awesome discount price!)

Vacations and “Stay”- Cations!

Are you packing up the car and heading cross-country? Or is your summer all about tending your own garden paradise? Whichever way you choose to enjoy summer, we’ve got the perfect kit for scrapping your summer pics. Kit sets below by Michelle McCoy and Fiona Storey

Everything Packed

Cottage Garden

Congrats to Challenge Winners!

Last month, The Groove challenged you to create a layout celebrating your home town (or country!). We saw some fantastic layouts – thanks to all who participated! Check out all the fabulous entries here.

Three participants were chosen at random, and will receive the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack of their choice (woo-hoo!). Here are their “hometown pride” layouts!

by SBM Diane

By Pixy Girl

by alohagrrl

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

The Groove June 2011

Party by Michelle McCoy

In the Groove

Read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of new birthday-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! Throughout the issue, we showcase just a taste of all the incredible items included in this amazing new pack. Plus, learn about a freebie you can get just by signing up for the Scrapbook MAX! community, and a free software update for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 owners. We’ve also got a stunning freebie and challenge from designer Deanne Gow-Smith, and a fabulous offer on some of her elegant and creative designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Birthday Bash “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Birthday Bash Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This fun, festive collection is absolutely bursting with birthday-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of June 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!

Birthday Bash includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. We’ve even included a special bonus embellishment set with over 65 bonus birthday items! . It’s perfect for scrapping anyone’s birthday, from 0-100! (And as Groove readers, you’re the first to hear!). If you know someone with a birthday :) – you’re going to want this pack! Offer ends June 30, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

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

Free Software Update Available for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Owners

For all those who own Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, we have just released a new free update that includes performance enhancements and a couple of fixes for minor bugs. Be sure to update your software by going to Help > Check For Update in the Scrapbook MAX! menu, and follow the prompts to get the patch.

Get into the Party Spirit

Check out these kits included in the new Birthday Bash Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, and celebrate! Party (Michelle McCoy) is chock full of colorful papers and embies to make your birthday pages shine, and Numbers Up (Fiona Storey) includes super-cool number frames that you can fill with a “collage” of photos. Not only that, kits in this pack come with coordinating templates – “SURPRISE”!

Party

Numbers Up

It’s His Birthday!

Looking for kits and templates to scrap his birthday? Then look no further than Birthday Bash! With great content for male birthdays-whether he’s a brand new baby, little boy, teen, or forever young grandfather-you’ll find fantastic items to scrap with! These kits by Michelle McCoy and Fiona Storey.

His Day

Valiant Revelry

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The Groove June 2011 Freebie Challenge

Freebie Mini-Kit

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 Deanne Gow-Smith is offering you a stunning freebie kit and challenging you to work on Father’s Day Theme. For all of the details please check out the June 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

June 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Deanne’s signature elegance? 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 DGO-JUNE at checkout.

Melted Butter

Men Only

Stuart Green Tartan

Books N Learning

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Below are even MORE kits sets found in the new Birthday Bash Expansion Pack! (Click here to learn more about the pack and get an awesome discount price!)

It’s Her Birthday!

Whether you are scrapping a page for your little fairy princess or your beloved great-grandmother, the kits and templates included in Birthday Bash have fantastic design inspiration! For instance, you’ll love Birthday Fairy by Siobhan Kite, and Beautiful Birthday by Vicki Pasterik!

Birthday Fairy

Beautiful Birthday

You’re Invited!

We know you’re going to fall head over heels for this Card making set by Diana Carmichael! Birthday Bash includes a template and coordinating kit for making printed birthday invitations, birthday cards, and thank you cards.Complete with instructions, fold lines, and inserts this will make your original card-making crafts a snap! not only that, the template pages are fully editable, so you can tweak, re-color, add and subtract and use is again and again!

Cards

The Trendy Set!

This is the ideal kit and template set for scrapping teen and pre-teen birthdays, with fresh colours, hip design and fun embellishments (by Diana Carmichael – find it in Birthday Bash).

My Day

Every Party Needs a “Goody Bag!”

The Birthday Bash Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is jam-packed with 10 premium birthday-themed kits and coordinating templates. But we know that no party is complete without a grab bag, so we’ve included a BONUS EMBELLISHMENT PACK with over 65 EXTRA BIRTHDAY ITEMS!. Learn more about Birthday Bash today!

Grab Bag Extras

Find out what’s included in Birthday Bash and get a great discount price here!

A Freebie With a Birthday Spirit!

Birthday Forum Freebie

In the spirit of celebrating birthdays, Scrapbook MAX! is offering anyone who is signed up in the Scrapbook MAX! online community this terrific new freebie embellishment kit by designer Michelle McCoy. It will be emailed to you on your birthday if you have included your birthdate in your forum profile. If you haven’t already, sign up for the community today – and if you have, all you need to do is wait for your special day to roll around!

Happy Wishes to One And All!

Valiant Revelry by Fiona Storey

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