The Groove Newsletter – October 2006

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – October, 2006

BOO! Welcome to the Halloween edition of The Groove (cool Halloween layout, don’t ya think?). Take a look inside for “frightening” tips, “chilling” inspirations, and a “spooky” layout contest! (Okay – maybe our content isn’t all that scary, but you’ve got to dig that groovy Halloween spirit!) And speaking of spirited…

NEW! Look for the Weekly Challenge in the Scrapbook MAX! forums, hosted by Julie C. Every week, Julie throws out a scrapping challenge (a theme, a type of font, a scrapping style, etc.) and looks for the best layout in that category. It’s been extremely popular right from the start– so be sure to take a look and join the fun!

Musings on Halloween

I live in the middle of Canada, and Halloween night is inevitably freezing. I recall cruel blizzards blowing into town on the very eve of October 31. Not that it stopped us – oh no! We trudged ahead in our door to door pilgrimage, pillowcases hopefully outstretched, shouting “Trick-or-Treat!” at the top of our lungs. Our mouths would water at the thought of all that candy inches from our faces, in need of parental inspection before we’d stuff ourselves silly on a school night.

But we’d first have to “stuff” our parka-ed, mufflered, mittened, capped, booted selves into our costumes. Snow White swelled to unsightly proportions. Superman looked as though the donut rather than kryptonite was his arch nemesis. We walked the streets in a stiff shuffle, bloated versions of our svelte, school-costume-party selves.

It finally dawned on me in my last year of trick or treating to masquerade in gear appropriate to the climate. I donned an ancient fur coat that had belonged to my grandmother, wrapped a scarf glamorously around my head, and sported elbow length gloves and knee high boots. I was a movie star, and oh so toasty!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: To group two or more objects together, hold Ctrl, select the objects with your mouse, and choose Edit > Group from the menu.

Groovy Tip #2: To avoid accidentally moving an object, right-click on the object, then select Pin or Lock.

Scrapper Profile

He cooks, he programs software, he’s handy, he makes music, and of course… he creates awesome scrapbook layouts! Meet Stephen from Arizona – another familiar face from our friendly forum family (whew! – now that’s alliteration!). Below – check out some of Stephen’s groovy layouts.

Q-Tell us a little about yourself.

A- My wife Shelley and I have lived in Phoenix, AZ area for many years. We have no children, but have two Black Labrador Retrievers that might as well be. I enjoy doing anything creative, so I’ve done many careers concurrently… I’m a professional chef, musician, programmer, multimedia developer and cabinet maker. I run my own software development business from my home.

Q- How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?
A- I’ve worked as a developer and designer on scrapbooking-type programs in the past, but I’ve never done any kind of traditional scrapbooking. For the last 15 years, I’ve created many CD-ROM interfaces, websites, games and programs, so when Scrapbook MAX! came along, it was a great fit.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?

A- Many of my influences come from ordinary everyday things or objects. I’ll see something on television or in the store and say “I can use that idea for a scrapbook page!”. Sometimes I think of a general category, like “Travel”, then think of a theme that will be appealing to the masses. I never really know what my layout will be until it’s finished. I’ve always been known for “thinking outside the box,” so many people have said that my scrapbooking style is very different.

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

A - Using an image swatch as a quick border around a photo.

Q- What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?
A- I love to travel, do photography, shoot video, play with my dogs and swim. I’ve recently started going to concerts. I love all types of movies and music.

Q- Who is your favorite movie star?

A- My favorite actor is Robert Deniro – He is one of those “once in a lifetime” actors that is great in anything he does. My favorite actress is Marg Helgenberger – great dramatic actress in both movies and television.

Some of Steve’s favorite layouts!

Click on “Happy Halloween”, “Winter”, and “Basketball” to view larger images.

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

Creative Genius

Self-publish a picture book!

A great project to do with the kids: Write out a draft of a short story- either an original or a retelling of a favorite. Think like a picture book – keep one action or event to a single page. Now get out the costumes and props and take a picture to accompany each page. Then the scrapping fun begins – put your text and pictures together with Scrapbook MAX!, print it out, and bind it in an album. You are now a published author and your children are the stars of their very own book!

Contest: “Happy Halloween”
It’s Halloween season – time for pumpkins, candy, costumes, black cats and full moon fever! To get into the “spirit”, The Groove is hosting a “wary, scary” layout contest! We want ghosts, ghouls, and goblins – even if they are the “cute” variety. Send us your best Halloween page layout…if you dare! The winning layout will be published in the next issue of The Groove and the winner will receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad!
To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ size options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes October 25, 2006, Midnight (CST). Good luck! **Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.
“Back to School” Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Kristy C. from Rockford, MI – our “Back to School” layout contest winner! Besides the adorable scholars en route to class, we love the summery sunflowers that compliment the yellow and black school bus in the background. What a good eye!
Top marks to all entries! We’re preparing ourselves to be “scared silly” (in a good way!) by your submissions for next month’s contest.

Inspirations

Variations! Choose a “focal” picture for your page. Paste several copies of the picture, each cropped differently. Or, surround your main picture with several other pictures taken from the same photo session, and bring your page to life! (Thanks to Kristy C. who provided the adorable “Dylan” layout!)

Click on “Dylan”, “Friends”, and “Birthday” to view larger images.

Totally Textured! Add texture and interest with photo effects. Right-click on your photo, then choose Effects and experiment with the options in the list. Hint: Emboss and Crackle create particularly “touchable” images.

Click on “Grasshopper”, “Baby Boy”, and “Gardening” to view larger images.
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:

The Groove celebrates Thanksgiving! Plus – look for October’s “Happy Halloween” contest winner!

The Groove Newsletter – September 2006

The Groove
Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – September, 2006

In the Groove

This month, The Groove celebrates “Back to School”. We’d like to give the first official “A+” to Scrapbook MAX! for the exciting new features included in the latest software upgrade (version 1.0.4.1)! Features include: the option to order online photo finishing directly through Scrapbook MAX (COOL!), the ability to import pages from other scrapbooks into your current scrapbook (AWESOME!), the ability to email your scrapbooks directly through Gmail (FAB!), and more (WOO-HOO!)!

Here’s a tip: To make sure you are working with the latest version of Scrapbook MAX!, go to Help > Check for Update in the SBM menu bar.
Musings on “Back To School”

September is an ending and a beginning. For me, it always feels like the true New Year, full of promise and potential.

There is always a change in the air on the first day of school. A sort of chill – not unpleasant – that signals the end of summer. Like the school bell, it calls us back. Back to freshly sharpened pencils and brand new stacks of paper and desks impeccably organized. Back to chalk boards with the new teacher’s name written on it in large, even letters. Back to friends and recess and lunch boxes and the playground and improvised soccer tournaments and skipping rope.

September calls parents back to routine, back to a quieter household, back to lingering a little longer over the morning cup of coffee. Back to homework at the kitchen table, back to reading out loud, back to priceless artwork on the fridge, back to piano lessons, back to basketball try-outs.

Back to wondering how it is that the fifth grade was twenty years ago – or even more – when it could just as easily have been yesterday.
Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Choose Page> Import to insert a previously made page into your current scrapbook (a great new feature in SBM!).

Groovy Tip#2: To change your page size, go to Page > Settings. Then, click on the Size tab and make your selection.
Scrapper Profile

Meet Wendy G., a talented digital scrapper and a member of the friendly Scrapbook MAX! “forum family”!

Q- Wendy, if we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A – Hmm…Tough question! I try not to think about what people think of me. I guess maybe they’d say creative, giving, and talented?

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A - I fell into digital scrapbooking naturally. I was dabbling in website design and digital graphics creation before I even knew what scrapbooking was. I then found that scrapbooking was a natural extension of the type of graphics I was already creating.

Q -Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- My family is the most important thing in my life, specifically my husband, son and two daughters. I would be lost without any of them. My husband is my biggest fan and is very supportive of what I do.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A - My inspiration comes from many sources. Life in general inspires me, especially when dealing with crisis – the emotions bring out the best in my work.

Q- Do you have a “signature” color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- I am a doodler. I love using hand drawn accents and pen stitching on traditional scrap layouts as well as on digital layouts. I also love to use the color red for the “wow” factor.

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- I am currently developing templates and graphics for use with Scrapbook MAX!.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I honestly don’t think I’d like to be anyone other than myself. I love who and what I am at this point in my life and that suits me just fine!

Some of Wendy’s favorite layouts!

Click on “Solitude”, “Serene”, and “Play Ball” to view larger images.

Creative Genius

Digital scrappers are famous for “thinking outside the page”. Every month, we feature examples of imaginative uses of Scrapbook MAX!. Read on and get inspired!

Free Your Fridge!
Kids love to display their artwork and school projects on the fridge, but who has the space for it all? The Scrapbook Solution: take digital photos of each masterpiece, and make a “School Projects” digital scrapbook that will last forever – complete with titles, dates, and other details. And unlike fridge art, you can send the artwork scrapbook to family and friends!

Despite the grunts and groans, most of us secretly loved heading back to school. This month, we want to see your best school-related page layout. First day of kindergarten, band concerts, science fairs, track and field days, etc. – like your English teacher told you, be creative! The winning layout will be published in the next issue of The Groove and the winner will receive a fabulous Scrapbook MAX! mousepad!

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Medium size’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes September 21, 2006, Midnight (CST). Good luck! **Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“On Vacation” Contest Winner

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Congratulations to our “On Vacation” contest winner: Marion W. from Janesville, Wisconsin, USA! What a striking black and white collage! We sure love Marion’s use of strong lines and sense of graphic proportion. Way to go, Marion – and thanks to ALL contest participants for your fabulous entries!

Inspirations

Black and White. Add a touch of elegance to your scrapbooks by turning color photos black and white. To do so, right-click on your photo, then choose Effects > Grayscale. Tip: Use bold colors with your black and white photos for a real “pop”!

Click on “Wedding Romance”, “Pals” and “Joy” to view larger images.
Opposites Attract. Use “mirror images” of a great photo! One easy way to do it: Right-click on your photo and choose Flip Horizontal. Use it when a “flipped” image better suits your layout, or for artistic expression! (Thanks to Julie L. from Mead, WA for her inspirational layout below featuring an adorable face…”times 8″!)

Click on “Laugh” , “Giraffe” and Giraffe Flipped” to view larger images.

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!

Next Month in The Groove:
The Groove celebrates Halloween! Plus – look for September’s “Back to School” contest winner!


The Groove Newsletter – August 2006

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – August 2006

In The Groove
They say that a change is as good as a rest. We, your groovy editors, can’t think of a better change than a well-deserved vacation! Of course, holidays have a special place in the hearts of digital scrappers because: vacations = memories = photos= scrapping. We hope you’ll share your favorite holiday layout with all our readers by entering our “On Vacation” page layout contest! (See below for details). Whether you choose to sun yourself on a beach in the south of France, or happily cram yourself into a tent – kids and all – at the local campground, enjoy!
Musings on Vacations
Quick! Pack your bathing suit, flip flops, camera, and sunscreen – it’s time for vacation! For me, vacations come in two varieties. First, I think of road trips filled with car games, maps, and camping gear. These trips always begin with a packing frenzy. Clothes, beach wear, sandals, hats, sunscreen, tents, pillows, coolers, snacks, and excitement – all crammed into a car or camper. Once you arrive, you settle in for relaxing strolls, adventurous bike rides, and evening campfire gatherings. The menu includes hotdogs, roasted marshmallows, and your favorite chips.

Vacations can also mean 8-hour plane rides to fun and exotic destinations! Disney World, France, Italy, Australia, Asia – wherever your dream spot may be… just don’t forget your passport, camera, map, and dictionary. I revel in the tourist role; the hustle and bustle of sightseeing, snapping pictures, gathering memorabilia, and planning the next day’s activities. Don’t you love to collect pamphlets, flags, postcards, and stamps? And of course, trying new restaurants and foods is all part of the package. Then, you return home with souvenirs, great stories, and a thousand pictures!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

GROOVY TIP#1 : In Scrapbook MAX!, you can quickly change the properties of an object by double-clicking on it.
GROOVY TIP #2: Move objects around your page using your keyboard. Select the object and press one of the cursor keys to “nudge” the object in that direction one pixel at a time.

Scrapper Profile
You might be wondering about the design team that creates the templates included with Scrapbook MAX!. Well, wonder no more! We had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Karin, a truly groovy part of the design team.

Marnie- Karin, what are your hobbies (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?

Karin- Reading, attempting to knit things, and playing with my dog.

M- If you were to create a scrapbook that included the most important people in your life, who would be on those pages?
K- My family, friends and pet – is that cheating? Of course there’s also my large, close, extended family…thank goodness Scrapbook MAX! is so expandable that I can fit everyone in!

M- Where do you find your inspirations?
K- My favorite layouts have been inspired by patterns and funky color combinations that scream “the 70s”. Coffee mugs, placemats, and retro clothing are a great source for scrapbook ideas!

M- Tell us about the three pages from the Scrapbook MAX! templates that you are most proud of and why.
K- Page 1 of Baby Boy – I love the soft colors that are perfect for baby, and the little blue footprints!

Page 1 of Imagination – I think bright, primary colors are so fun for kids. And who doesn’t like dinosaurs?
Page 3 of Olden Days – My grandma’s old photo albums, the ones with the black pages and faded, sepia-toned photographs, inspired this album.

M- In one sentence, tell us what you think is the best feature of Scrapbook MAX!.
K- Point, click, scrap – perfect!

M- Finally, tell us about the scrapbook project(s) you are currently working on.
K- A dinosaur-themed scrapbook for my hilarious godson, and a “travel diary” of a recent trip to Victoria, B.C. with my husband.

Creative Genius
Digi scrappers are famous for “thinking outside the page”. Every month, we feature examples of imaginative uses of digital scrapbooking. Read on and get inspired!

“I use Scrapbook MAX to communicate my son’s milestones to Grandma and Grandpa who live far away. Just last month, my son started walking. I made a three-page scrapbook filled with footprints and ‘hoorays’. After receiving the “My First Steps” album through email, my mom called to say that she didn’t feel so far away!”

- submitted by a groovy Scrapbook MAX! user

Contest: “On Vacation”

Vacations are often the highlight of the entire year. They’re fun, exciting, and rejuvenating! The Groove wants to see your favorite vacation page for this month’s “On Vacation” contest, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve seen! The winning layout will be published in the next issue of The Groove and the winner will receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad!

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Medium size’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes August 24, 2006, Midnight (CST). Good luck! **Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

July 2006 “Summer Fun” Contest Winner

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Congratulations to our “Summer Fun” contest winner: Julie C. from Nashville, Tennessee! We loved Julie’s summery colors, cool pattern combinations, and her fantastic use of layering. Thanks, Julie, for your fun and inspiring layout!
And thanks to everyone for your fabulous entries. Picking one winner was a challenge! We’re looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for next month’s contest (see above for details).
Inspirations

Behind the Scenes. Do you tend to snap a lot of “scenery” pictures – rolling hills, interesting trees, beautiful sunsets? Use one of these pictures to make an attractive page background. Just enlarge the picture to fit the page. Then, right-click and choose Effects > Blur or > Gauze. If you’d like, you can adjust the opacity bar to make the image more transparent. Then lock the picture to your page. It’s that easy!

Click these links to see larger “Hawaii” and “Sunsets” images.

Embellishment Rainbow. Found the perfect embellishment, but it doesn’t match your page’s color scheme? Simply use the Advanced Effects to alter the color. Right-click on the object, choose Effects > Advanced, and click on “Adjust Color”. Then slide the bars to adjust hue, saturation, and lightness until you get the right look!

Click these links to see larger “Dog Bone” and “Dog Bone With Color Adjusted” images.

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:

The Groove celebrates Back to School. Plus – look for August’s “On Vacation” contest winner!

The Groove Newsletter – July 2006


The Groove
Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – July 2006

Welcome to the first ever edition of The Groove – an inspiring newsletter for digital scrapbookers! Each month, you’ll find “musings” on a theme to get your creative juices flowing, bright ideas for scrapping, design tips and tricks, contests, freebies and more! You’ll meet other digi scrappers who tell us a bit about themselves in our Scrapper Profile section – in fact, why shouldn’t that scrapper be you! (See details below under “Scrapper Profile”). Everyone knows that the best part of digital scrapping is sharing. So read on, and get in The Groove!

Musings on a Summer Day


When I think of summer, I immediately remember the last day of school. It’s been quite a few years since my school days. But the summer still evokes thoughts of fidgeting in my seat, trying to focus on the probably not-all-that-important last lesson of the year. The hand on the clock creeps toward the end of the school day. It’s hopeless.

My mind is far from fractions and maps and report cards. I’m already at the family cottage where my brother and I are taking our first leaps of faith into the ice-cube cold lake. I’m at the beach carrying pail after pail of water to fill the moat around the enormous sand castle I’ve just built. I’m sitting under the blazing sun on the warm green grass of our front lawn licking a grape popsicle.

A silly grin spreads over my face – even now – as I contemplate the endless march of weeks upon weeks of freedom filled with play dates and bike rides and water fights and ice cream and road trips and sunsets and campfires. School’s out – summer’s on!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

GROOVY TIP#1 : A scrapbook on a CD-ROM makes a great gift!
GROOVY TIP #2: …keep family and friends in touch by emailing your digital scrapbooks.

Scrapper Profile

Get to know Marnie, who we feature in this month’s “Scrapper Profile”! As well as being a friendly and helpful “regular” on the Scrapbook MAX! forums, Marnie is part of the design team that put together the stellar templates included with Scrapbook MAX!.

Heeeeeeeeere’s Marnie!




Karin - Let’s start short and sweet! You have one word to describe yourself. Go for it!
Marnie- Driven.

K- Your LOs display a range of styles and moods. Where do you find your inspirations?
M- I find inspiration everywhere! It’s amazing how the color scheme on a notepad or an architectural pattern can trigger a layout idea. When I begin to get “scrappers block”, I look for consistent patterns, placements, or colors in my recent layouts. Then, I start a new layout by purposely doing the opposite of my usual. This often sparks a new approach! And of course, my fellow Scrapbook MAX! forum members are a great inspiration.

K- The templates you helped design for Scrapbook MAX! are awesome! Tell us about the three pages you are most proud of.
M- Thanks!
Page 1 of Spring Garden – This one isn’t cluttered and seems to have the right balance. I like the colors and layering. This entire package is feminine, yet slightly rustic.
Page 2 of Baby Girl – This background separated the page so nicely! I can just imagine a picture of mom with baby and another of dad with baby.
Page 3 of Classic Romance – I love the vertical hanging triple-frame offered in this kit! This layout offers so many possibilities! For example, you could crop the larger photo in three different ways.

K- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX! in one sentence.
M- Hmm, that’s tough – there are so many! I suppose my favorite feature is the custom shape option for all paper scraps and photos- I love the torn edge look for photos.

K-Any helpful digital scrapbooking tips and tricks that you can share?
M- I like combining the grayscale and opacity effects on a picture in order to create an interesting background.

K- One last question- favorite pig out snack?
M- Without a doubt, chips and dip!

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

Creative Genius

Digi scrappers are famous for “thinking outside the page”. Every month, we feature examples of imaginative uses of digital scrapbooking. Read on and get inspired!

“I use Scrapbook MAX! to make collage pages. I fill the entire page with overlapping photos and make heavy use of different photo shapes for interest and texture. A collage makes a great keepsake for school events, fun trips, sports tournaments, you name it!”

- submitted by Nancy H., Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Contest: “Summer Fun”

Road trips, sand castles, BBQs, ice cream …This month’s contest is about all things summer! We’re looking for the best summer-themed page layout out there. The sky’s the limit for designs– just make sure your page clearly has something to do with summer. The winning layout will be published in the next issue of The Groove and the winner will receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad!

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Medium size’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes July 22, 2006, Midnight (CST). Good luck! **Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“Groove”-y Design

Karin is part of the SBM design team. Her favorite layouts are “groovy” ones (like her top!). We’ll be posting our contest winners’ layouts here in the coming months- but for now, let Karin’s groovy dog design get you “in The Groove”!

Inspirations

Tie it with a bow! Dress up your page with ribbon. Place a strip of ribbon or skinny paper scrap across your page, then add a flower, bow, button, brad, or other embellishment. You can even cross two ribbons to create a “wrapped present” feel. “Secure” with an embellishment. Fancy, shmantzy!

Click these links to see larger “Valentine’s Day” and “Baby Blue” images.

Feature a great face! We all have those great candid shots that deserve special attention in our albums. Baby’s cutest pout, hubby’s gorgeous smile, Johnny’s clown face. Give these shots special attention by cropping the photo to feature only the face. Then choose a circular photoshape to set off that great mug!

Click these links to see larger “Hey There!” and “ABC” images.

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:
The Groove celebrates travel and vacation. Plus – look for July’s “Summer Fun” contest winner!