The Groove December 2007

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Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration

 

In The Groove

The holidays are a magical time for many reasons. The gathering of family and friends, festive food, traditions, music, and…memories. And so, The Groove is celebrating memories this month, specifically “Vintage Memories” –  a theme that suggests reaching back to a time gone by, capturing the essence of what made those times special.

Look through your favorite “vintage” photos and put together a layout for our special “Vintage Memories” contest (see below for details). And of course, don’t forget to download this month’s gorgeous freebie from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store Designer Deanne Gow-Smith (see below).

 

Vintage Memories

 

What else are our photographs but memories? And what better way is there to add depth, texture, and “lasting-ness” to those photos than through carefully crafted scrapbook layouts? How incredible that we live in a time where the images of our past can be viewed in the present, and carried with us into the future! Get inspired by the dazzling vintage layouts below (“Family Retro by grannywin, and “Alice” by MaggieMae):

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Grannywin would like to give the following credits: My thanks to Weeds and Wildflowers.com for the grunge paper, SAC for the corners, and Granny for the glasses. I appreciate all the “goodies”.

 

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

 

Groovy Tip #1: You work hard on your scrapbooks. Remember to save your Projects and Published files, and original Templates regularly on CD-R for “safe-keeping”. By default, these are stored on your computer under My Documents > Scrapbook MAX!

Groovy Tip #2: If you have lost or forgotten your password for our Online Community, please click on the following link and then follow the instructions to reset your password.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/forums/login.php?do=lostpw

 

Scrapper Profile

 

 Diana Carmichael

 Newton, Kansas

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Meet the generous and dynamic Diana Carmichael, otherwise known as “knzus”. In addition to being a regular and helpful presence in our Community, Diana is a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Get to know her better!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

A. I’m a born-and-raised native Kansan, married for 12 years to my soulmate, Jerry, who is my love and my best friend. I have two grown sons from a previous marriage, and six grown stepchildren. Together, we have been blessed with five grandchildren so far – three boys and two girls – whom we adore and find such joy in spending time with. Known as “knzus” on the SBM forums, I’m a designer for Scrapbook MAX! in my spare time, which amazingly parallels my regular work as a home-based webpage designer/consultant.

Q. How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?

A. I had begun just as recently as a year ago to scrapbook with “real” materials for my genealogy projects (I had never scrapped before in my life!), when one day, while perusing the internet for downloadable/printable papers, I ran across Scrapbook MAX!. I read all I could about the program and digital scrapbooking. I downloaded the trial version and the rest, as they say, is history!

Q. What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?

A. Besides the grandkids and genealogy, I have been an avid gardener all of my life (my garden areas grow larger with each passing year!). I read almost non-stop during the rest of my time – mostly Christian fiction and anything historical, especially that related to the 1800s. I also sketch (pencil) and sew (quilts and crafts), and Jerry and I enjoy being a part of and active in our church.

Q. Where do you get your layout ideas?

A.There is a lot of variety in this answer! Sometimes I will use life around me, or see something in a book or magazine, or be drawn to the way someone else has done theirs. It all depends on the moment and the mood!

Q. Tell us about the layout you are most proud of and why.

A. This is most decidedly the family pose from our family portraits we had done in 2006. I matched the papers and embellishments to the predominant color we all wore, which gave it a very classy holiday look. It happened to be near the holiday season at the time of the portraits, so it made for a beautiful layout that was printed and framed for our parents.

Q. What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! so popular?

A. It’s such an easy program to understand and learn, and has a great user-friendly interface. Problems figuring something out? Just use the Scrapbook MAX! Help or User’s Guide (under “Help” in the browser menu). There is SO MUCH that can be done with this program!

Q. What is your favorite Scrapbook MAX! tip or trick?

A. The one I use most is very simple: To give an overall “matching tint” effect to a layout, I choose a paper with the color I want to use via the “Paper Scrap” button and move the “Transparent/Opaque” slider until I find the amount of transparency I like and apply it. This adds a little bit of tint to the whole layout and even makes your photos match the layout colors.

Q. Who is your favorite movie star?

A. The outspoken Katherine Hepburn because she brought such an unconventional and straightforward quality to any movie she was part of during her lifetime. I especially like her in the movie “Rooster Cogburn (…and the lady)” in which she co-starred with John Wayne (1975).

Check out some of Diana’s favorite layouts below!

 

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**Free** Holiday Template and Kit!

 

‘Tis the season of giving – and Scrapbook MAX! wants to give YOU a very special holiday gift!

When you purchase Scrapbook MAX! between November 20 and December 31, 2007, we will send you a 5-Page Christmas Template Kit and a beautiful Christmas Booster Pack Kit absolutely free! These gorgeous kits were created by Booster Pack Store Designer Julie Clark and have a total value of $9.90.

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Sample pages from the FREE Holiday Template (limited time offer)

Remember – Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software makes a great holiday gift for all the scrapbookers on your list (even if that person is you!). And no matter who you are buying for, when you purchase Scrapbook MAX! between November 20 and December 31, 2007, you get a little special something for yourself!

Buy Scrapbook MAX! (and get a free gift) today!

 

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

 

It’s time to “scrap” all those fabulous fall photos you’ve taken in the last couple of months! Here to add some dazzle to your digi pages is a gorgeous set of autumn-themed embellishments generously shared by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Deanne Gow-Smith!

 Click here for your freebies

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Creative Genius

 

Make holiday ornaments and decorations  with Scrapbook MAX!. We went wild for this crafty idea from Scrapbook MAX! Community Member, Jelayne. Here’s what she had to say about her “ingenious” hobby!:

“I am a crafter who can’t draw a straight line to save my life. So I use
digital art / software to do the drawing part (i.e., of handmade decoration projects) and then cut, paste and glue to my hearts content. I like to do easy projects that can be done in a short amount of time and that don’t cost an arm and a leg to make. Often I see a craft idea in a magazine and I use a program like, Scrapbook MAX! to recreate
it for my own use.”

 - Jelayne U. (aka Jo or workingjo3), Monroe. WI

 

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 SPECIAL “GROOVE-Y” BONUS!

Jelayne has generously shared her Christmas Party Template with you so that you can make your own Christmas decorations with Scrapbook MAX!. Make adorable Name Cards for Place Settings (can also be used as Christmas Tree Ornaments), and a lovely Christmas Table Centerpiece. Thanks, Jelayne!

Contest: Vintage Memories

Time to pull out the photos from a “time gone by” and create a Vintage Memories layout! As usual, we leave the definition of “Vintage” up to you – but we want to see something in the photo or in the layout design that evokes another era. We’ve seen some gorgeous examples already in the gallery, so we’re anticipating beautiful entries this month!

Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the Vintage Memories contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Thursday, December 27 , 2007, 5:00pm (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. Register for free here!

First-Place Winner in our

“Real-Life Superstars” Contest!

 

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Layout by Marion

This layout is a touching tribute to a very special man. Marion’s beautiful page captures the essence of what it means to be a real-life hero;  a person who teaches, exemplifies, and inspires the best human qualities.

 Our Runners-up!

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Layout by Paula K., Cascade, WI

Paula K. is right – this winning smile instantly makes you feel joy! (We think the color-coordination in this page also has superstar quality!)

Paula would like to give the following credits: The frame cluster is from Moonbeam’s Been Framed pack. The “recolored” button flowers are from “Dragon Dreams” by Zan, the papers and other embies are from “Dark Forest” found in SBM

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Layout by grannywin

Grannywin has cause to be proud of the real-life superstars in her life. We applaud the creativity of her evocative, “fiery” color scheme, which reminds us of the challenges and dangers these firefighters face daily.

Inspirations

 

Vintage Embellishments! We love how the embellishments and background schemes of these two layouts evoke the same era as the photos. You’ll find great vintage-themed embellishments in the Sharing Corner – why not search there for the perfect elements to compliment your “Vintage Memories” contest layout (hint! hint!) (Thank you Marion and Gotart for your contributions!)

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The Groove Wants YOU!

 

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today! Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com

 

Next Month in The Groove

 

The Groove celebrates “Celebrations!”. Plus, look for December’s “Vintage Memories” contest winners!

The Groove October 2007

The Groove

October 2007 – Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration


In The Groove

“Sports” is this month’s energetic theme! Though we know that all of our readers are Olympic-quality scrappers, we wanted to celebrate some of our other recreational hobbies. So whether you have some great pics of yourself as pinch hitter for your community baseball team, or your child is gearing up for a black belt in karate, we want to see your sports and recreation-themed layouts!

This month’s freebie is from the Magnificent and Magnanimous Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Michelle McCoy (love those “M’s”!). Check below to find ‘em! Also, before you “hit the showers”, check out our sporty layout contest, with a challenging design twist (below). GO TEAM!!!

Sports, Of Course!

Bases are loaded. You crouch down, ready to begin your race. Your skis are waxed and you’re off to hit the trails. Coach goes over the plan for the championship game one last time. You get the picture: ENERGY, ANTICIPATION, ADRENALINE, and of course, FUN are what sports and recreation themed layouts are all about! Get inspired with the layouts below, and then go and scrap your own!



“Hockey” – by Terry T., Boise, Idaho and “T-Ball” – by Daneta D., Petrolia, Texas


Digital Scrapbooking Tips


Groovy Tip #1: 8 x 8 is the default scrapbook page size in Scrapbook MAX!. But by choosing Page> Settings and clicking on the Size tab, you can alter your page size to the one that best suits your design needs!

Groovy Tip #2: Have you made a template that you want to share with other Scrapbook MAX! users? Find easy instructions on how to share your own Scrapbook MAX! templates by clicking here!

Scrapper Profile


Meet Johana M. (a.k.a. “omajo”) – a delightful Scrapbook MAX! member with fresh ideas and a joyful, creative design touch! Get to know more about her below, and enjoy some of her favorite layouts!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- Well probably, an active woman who likes good company and good food, especially ‘ice cream’!

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A- My other hobby is flower arrangement- I love flowers! I also enjoy having a cuppa with close friends and good company. But most of all, I love dancing with our 3 years old granddaughter.

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- It’s hard to say. I like everybody in my family. Been married for 38 years now, so I must say, my husband is special! My two sons and two daughters in-law are very special to me. And the most special are Tania and Matthew, our two grandchildren.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- My inspiration comes from looking at other people’s layouts in the galleries, and also from magazines and other media advertisements. Nature and the surroundings are also an important source of inspiration.

Q- Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- I really love happy spring colors; green, orange, yellow, pink and mauve. The type of embellishment that I love is hard to say; it really depends on the layout. But, I like flowers and beads.

Q- What is your next scrapbook project?
A- I have lots in my mind at the moment! Since I just bought PhotoSpark, I’d like to make an album for our grandchildren, part using Scrapbook MAX! and part using PhotoSpark.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- Hahaha! Never thought about this before… but anyway, I would want to be like Martha Stewart, because her shows are about art and cooking and other wonderful tips.

See some of Johana’s favorite layouts below!

“Wedding Anniversary” and “Joy”

Interested in being one of The Groove’s profiled scrappers? Write to us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com for details.

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The Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store is known for its GORGEOUS embellishment and template Booster Pack kits, and its awesome prices. Well…the kits are still gorgeous, and with our FABULOUS FALL SALE, the prices are even better!September 28 through October 31, 2007, when you spend a minimum of $10 in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, you can save 10% off of your order!* Just type in the coupon code FALL2007 during the checkout process.

The best part? You can use this coupon AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT! So take advantage of reduced prices and stock up on kits by our team of professional designers, made just for Scrapbook MAX!.

* Offer applies to new orders only. Valid exclusively on purchases made in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store (minimum purchase of $10). May not be combined or used with any other discount.

Visit the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store today!


 

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

Jazz up your pages with Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Michelle McCoy’s fab mini-kit (from “Jazzie” Embellishment Pack #885)!

Click here

to get your Freebies!

Love Michelle’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $5.00!

Creative Genius

Mmmmmmm…something smells tasty….

Why not create attractive recipe cards using Scrapbook MAX!?
To make your own signature recipe card, simply choose Page > Settings, select the Size tab, then choose Small Photo for 6 x 4 recipe cards, or select Custom to set your own widths and heights (smaller recipe cards are often 5 x 3). Now add pictures, embellishments, and “journal” the recipe itself right on the page. What better way to preserve those family food favorites forever!

(In fact – a little recipe book “homemade” with Scrapbook MAX! would make a terrific gift! Check out Wendy’s (Australia) recipe card to the right, made with Scrapbook MAX!, and get cookin’! )
Contest: Go, Team!

We’re looking for layouts that celebrate sports and recreation! So play ball, game on, stick that landing, etc., etc.! But here’s the added challenge: your TEAM COLORS must be the most prominent colors in your layout’s background! (If your layout doesn’t feature a team or uniform, use any two prominent colors of your choice for your backgrounds.)

Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the

contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Friday, October 26, 2007, 5:00pm (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“The Great Outdoors” Contest Winners!

1st Place Winner

For getting up close (maybe too close!!) to the Great Outdoors and making a super layout, 1st Place goes to “ ‘Bearly’ getting’ by…” by poppabob!

Congrats to our Runners-Up!

 

Runners-up – MomsCorner brought us a winter wonderland with cool colors and great nature embellishments. And Michelle M.’s layout was a great “catch” – we love the “water bubble” effect of the polka dot background in “Nature Boy” .

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations

Keeping things “uniform”! Sometimes, layouts call for a whimsical blend of colors…and other times, it’s all about “matching”. That’s what we love about these two layouts – the colors of the background really highlight and complement the colors in the sports uniforms. Follow mint and crazcat3835’s lead – taking cues from the uniform in a sports-themed layout makes for a real winner!

“Johnny”, By mint and “Coby Wrestling”, By crazcat3835

 

The Groove Wants YOU!

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today! Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com


Next Month In The Groove

The Groove celebrates “Real-Life Superstars!” Plus – look for October’s “Go, Team!” contest winners!

The Groove September 2007

The Groove


Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – September 2007

In The Groove

“The Great Outdoors” is this month’s “Groove-y” theme. So take a moment and step away from the computer (come on – you can do it!), and take in the beauty around you. Maybe it’s an elegant cluster of trees, a stunning sunset, or a favorite fishin’ hole that inspires you – the Great Outdoors has an endless supply of layout inspirations!

As for your favorite Groove feature, our monthly freebie, wonderfully talented and popular Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Deanne Gow-Smith is sharing embellishments from her Sunflower Citrus template! Read below for more details. We’ve also got an outdoors-y layout contest, with a challenging design twist (below).

The Great Outdoors!

Summer may be coming to an end in some parts of the world, and in others it’s just beginning! Of course, no matter what the season, there’s always something to enjoy about the Great Outdoors: a shimmering lake on a hot summer day, the golden tones of autumn, a winter wonderland, the first buds of spring…Take a look at your outdoor photos and make a layout celebrating your moments in the sun (or rain, or snow!). To get inspired, check out the fantastic outdoors-y layouts below!

 

“Gone Fishing” – by Kim B., Port Elizabeth, South Africa; “Pool” – by Maureen K., Alsip, USA

Digital Scrapbooking Tips


Groovy Tip #1: Is there a special feature that you’d love to see in Scrapbook MAX!?Let us know about it in our Suggestions forum! Our developers regularly evaluate your suggestions in planning software updates and upgrades.

Groovy Tip #2: Remember to use the handy “layering” buttons found in your toolbar (Bring To Front, Bring Forward, Send Backward, Send To Back) to stack and arrange photos, paper scraps and embellishments in just the right order!

Scrapper Profile

Meet Irene Varner, a.k.a. Eye, a generous and creative presence in our Scrapbook MAX! Online Community. Check out some of her signature layouts, too!

Q- Tell us one thing about yourself that others are often surprised to learn.
A- That I am human—–Not! Just kidding. I guess they all know me too well so I cannot surprise them one bit.

Q- What got you interested in digital scrapbooking?
A- I was looking for a program that would be simple and with which I could design and print 12 x 12 pages. Found Scrapbook MAX! on a night that I could not sleep and tried the free trial. I was hooked in less then 3 days.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A-Layout ideas come to me very quickly. As most can see, I like to frame layouts as it brings them to life—like a tear to the soul. I try to make every layout different. I love to use unusual stuff as I like to be different.

Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
A- Scrapbook MAX! is one big Favorite Feature to me. It is such a perfect program.

Q- What tip would you share with a newbie to Scrapbook MAX!?
A- The tip I would share is never be afraid to be adventurous with colors. A lot are afraid and stick to neutral colors. Use the colors and please try framing faces, etc. You can never go wrong.

Q- What is the subject of the scrapbook that you are working on right now?
A- Right now I am working on making some more freebies for all to have. I love to give. By the way I never need credit. Once I give it is now yours to do with whatever you want.

Q- Heard any good (clean) jokes lately? Please share!
A- Not much for jokes. Never like them as I feel I laugh enough in my life!

Check out some of Irene’s favorite layouts!

Nature’s Best, Solar System, Gentle Spirit, Beach Fun

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The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

Celebrate the sunshine with some lovely Sunflower Citrus embellishments by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Deanne Gow-Smith!

Click here to get your Freebies!

Love Deanne’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $5.00!

Creative Genius

Digital Greeting Cards!

Wish a friend happy birthday, cheer up a pal in need, or send your holiday greetings with Scrapbook MAX!. That’s right – you can use Scrapbook MAX! to design totally original, completely personalized greeting cards for friends and family! Then, share your creations digitally through email or on the web, or print them out to mail or attach to gifts.

We’ve noticed plenty of layouts expressing well-wishes and greetings among our online community members in our own gallery – what a great way to stay in touch and show you care. (Why not follow Marion’s example (above, right) and make a digital scrapbook card for a friend! )

Contest: “The Great Outdoors”

We’re looking for layouts that celebrate The Great Outdoors! So hunt through your pictures of all your great adventures camping, at the beach, in the garden, or wherever the sun (or moon!) is shining! But here’s the twist: you have to include three different nature-themed embellishments (for example: a leaf, a stone, and a seashell) in your layout!

Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Thursday, September 27, 2007, 5:00pm (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“Friends Are Like Rainbows” Contest Winners

“When It Rains”
By Tina S.
Salt Lake City, UT

For her captivating colors and touching story, Tina S. earns 1st Place in our “Friends” contest – Lovely!

Congratulations to our Runners-up!

Friends Are Like Rainbows,” by Evelyn I. Peebles, Scotland

and

My Friends,” by Kim B., Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Evelyn I. dazzled us with a bold band of color, a stunning rainbow photo, and group of friendly faces. We also loved Kim B.’s fresh take on rainbow colors by mixing them beautifully with neutrals – and of course, love those friend pics!

Inspirations

Size surprise! Besides the popular 8 x 8 format, Scrapbook MAX! gives you the option to create layouts in different sizes (e.g., 12 x 12, Letter, Letter Tall, Custom, etc.) Just choose Page> Settings and click on Size, then choose the page size you prefer to work with. This feature is especially convenient if you are printing out your pages and need to fit a particular album size. Check out pages presented in a couple of different sizes below!


“Pick-A-Boo ” By Lindie K., East Sussex, U.K.

and

“Colorful Playtime” By Marnie W., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Groove Wants YOU!

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas – Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com today!

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates “’Sports” Plus – look for September’s “The Great Outdoors” contest winners!

The Groove August 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – August 2007

In the Groove

“Friends Forever” is this month’s “Groove-y” theme. To celebrate, you’ll notice that we’re featuring more work than ever by our dear friends from the online Scrapbook MAX! Community – that’s you, folks! This, we promise, is just the beginning of a new trend – look for more and more layouts by our very own Community members in future issues of The Groove…maybe even YOU!

As usual, we’ve got a tantalizing freebie for you to check out…this one’s by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry (a.ka. the incomparable “Granny” – read below for details)! We’ve also got another exciting layout contest, with a challenging design twist (see below). And of course, happy scrappin’, friends!

Friends Forever – Through Thick and Thin

There’s almost nothing more precious in the world than a friend. Through thick and thin, laughter and tears, togetherness and distance, friends make us laugh, keep us strong, and believe in us even when we can’t seem to believe in ourselves. The following layouts beautifully capture the essence of friendship – when faced with the passage of time, or separation by great distances, true friendship endures the challenge.

“Circa 1950”by juliehclark and “A Hero’s Welcome” by Marion

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Find cool websites with content you can use in Scrapbook MAX! by visiting the new forum in our online Community called:“Favorite Sites For Scrapbook MAX!-ers”.

Groovy Tip #2: Shapes can really enhance a theme! Don’t forget to check out the shapes that comes with Scrapbook MAX! when working with photos or paper scraps.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Michelle McCoy (a.k.a. wolvsie35), a friendly, helpful, and talented voice in the Scrapbook MAX! online community, as well as a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Get to know Michelle a little better by reading her interview below, and check out some of her favorite layouts!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- I’m caring, creative, always wanting to please others.

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- I love to take photos and be creative with them.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A- Design needlepoint patterns, draw, write poetry, bowling, listen to music, spend time with my family and my dog Boo Bear (newfoundland/chow mix).

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- First off, my mom. She has been there for me through everything and is always supportive, no matter what or how crazy my idea may be. Second, would be my two boys. They are always interested in my new creations and willing to help me in any way. Thirdly, my fiancé – he has become my inspiration by giving me the support I need and never complains when I become too busy with designing.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I find my needlepoint designs to be my main inspiration. They come from my drawings, then I make a cross stitch design for them and sew them. The more things I can make with my designs, the more content I am. My family and friends through Scrapbook MAX! also bring light to everything I make.

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- Ideas are flowing non-stop now that I’m a designer for MAX!…My next focus will be making templates from my kits.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I wouldn’t want to be a celebrity but I think if I could be an angel for a day, I would help people realize that life is too short to take it for granted.

Check out some of Michelle’s favorite layouts!

Country Apples, Gorgeous, Snowman, and Cutie

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The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

You’re going to love the elegant freebies this month! Many thanks to our wonderful and generous “Granny”, Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry!

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Creative Genius


Here’s a chance to wear your favorite layouts on your “sleeve” – or on your chest, your tote bag, your pillowcase, or any other place you dream up! That’s right – we’re talking T-Shirt transfers! Create a great “transferable” layout, then check out your local office supply store for the special transfer paper required. Follow the printing instructions, choose the item that you want to transfer your masterpiece to, and then get out the ol’ iron! And, since we’re celebrating friends this month, why not take up this creative genius challenge and make a t-shirt for a friend, featuring your “friend”-liest layout, of course!

Contest: “Friends Are Like Rainbows…”


This month we’re looking for friend-themed layouts…but there’s an added challenge! In your design, you must either incorporate the 7 colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), OR creatively complete the phrase “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” in journal text or in a caption (e.g., “Friends Are Like Rainbows, Follow Them And You’ll Find Gold”). Hey, maybe you can even do both…Get creative!!

Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Monday, August 27, 2007, Midnight (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“Wonderfully Whimsical” Contest Winners!

1st Place Winner!

“NemoNicole”

By Wendy S.
Rome, Italy

Glub! Glub! – We feel like we are floating about in Wendy’s wonderfully whimsical 1st Place Layout. What great fun!

Congratulations to our Runners-up!

“Forever Friends” By Shauna S., Ammon, Idaho and “Dragon Dream” By mrsaboyer

Runners-up: Shauna captured friends hamming it up for the camera; the definition of “whimsy”! And of course, mrsaboyer’s dragon theme and photo of wondrous expressions remind us of the delight and whimsy of childhood imagination.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations


Days of Fun and Friends! Friendships formed in childhood can last a lifetime, so now is the time to gather those precious pictures of children playing, laughing, and just plain being silly together – and make fab friend layouts! The memories may last a lifetime, and a great layout will help keep those memories “picture perfect”! Get inspired by the fantastic friend layouts below by chipperis and CrystalInMinn!

“Best Friends” By chipperis and “Soccer Fun” By CrystalInMinn

The Groove Wants YOU!

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today! Contact us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates “The Great Outdoors”! Plus – look for August’s “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” contest winners!