The Groove February 2011

Heart and Soul

In the Groove

Get inspired to scrap a Valentine for someone you love! Red is a great way to express your feelings (check out PaulaIN’s gorgeous layout above!), but as you’ll see below, you can also reach for other colours in the spectrum with dazzling results!

In this issue you’ll also find an absolutely gorgeous freebie and fun challenge from Michelle McCoy. If you’re looking for a way to get into the spirit of Valentine’s, this challenge is it!

Last but not least, we are offering an AMAZING DISCOUNT on the Forever Love Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – and Groove Readers like you are the first to know about it! Packed with romantic templates and elegant embellishments, it’s the perfect pack for scrapbooking Valentine’s, wedding, anniversaries, and more – read on and SAVE!

Beyond Red and Pink

Here are a couple of layouts that show us not to shy away from color when scrapping tenderhearted layouts. Think spring bouquets and vibrant rainbows to express the wonder of love! The first “love”ly layout is by Gotart. While red anchors the layout, bursts of warm colors express the warmth of the heart. Love how the arrangement of the elements draws your eyes to the center. Fantastic!

Heartstrings

This bold and beautiful layout by dillie1 stole our hearts! What a sweet picture of animals hanging out together in their special tent- tooooooo cute! Every pet lover out there is surely oooing and ahhing over this one. The bright colors add liveliness and fun, just like our pets do in our lives – nicely done!

My Animals

**BIG SALE: FOREVER LOVE EXPANSION PACK**

Forever Love Expansion Pack

It’s the month of romance, and what better way to celebrate than with a great deal on Scrapbook MAX!‘s most elegant, romantic expansion pack! This month, Forever Love for use with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 can be yours for just $14.95. You save $5 off the already low price (see everything you get)!

Forever Love is a spectacular downloadable collection of 100+ unique, customizable wedding template pages, 570+ embellishments, 140+ backgrounds, 75 paper scraps and 18 photo shapes – and until February 28, 2011 you can get it all for only $14.95! But you must use this special link to get to save:

GET FOREVER LOVE TODAY!

Note: Valid on new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Prices are in US dollars and do not include any taxes or handling fees that may apply. The Forever Love Expansion Pack requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Offer expires midnight, February 28, 2011.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Groove Freebie

The Freebie:

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

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Michelle McCoy has shared a romantic mini-kit with you to scrap Valentines, love letters, and other matters of the heart!

Michelle’s Challenge:

“We are doing a “Double Vision ~ Love Letter” layout for this challenge…
Download my mini kit. All pieces come from both my “I Need u” Kits…Use at least 4 items from the mini to make your layout…Choose ONE photo to use, but we are going to use it twice in our layout….

Add the photo to your layout and make it big. Add some transparency to it. Then make your layout like usual adding the same photo again with no transparency added to it.

Then write a love letter to the person/people that are in the photo you are using…

*Here’s my example layout for an idea….*

Sample Challenge Layout

Next, upload your layout to our gallery in theGroove Newsletter Challenges category, then post it here in this thread for us to see..It’s that time of month to share the love, so let’s see it!”

Find the freebie and challenge thread here!

February 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Michelle’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are February’s featured kits, all by Michelle McCoy (ideal for Valentine’s Day!).

Be sure to use the coupon code FEB-MMC 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 February 28, 2011, and type in the coupon code FEB-MMC, to receive your 10% off discount.

(Applies to new orders only)

I Need U Kit

I Need U Template

If I Could Kit

Love U Fuzzy Template

Valentine-a-rama!

Looking for more Valentine’s kits and templates? Be sure to check out the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store! Browse the latest kits by your favorite designers, or search by key words like Valentines, love, romance, wedding, engagement, and more!

Crafty Wishes

Daydreamer’s layout, full of yummy delights and artistic creativity, is the perfect way to express our Valetine’s wish to all of you digi scrappers – may the month be filled with “sweet scrapbook inspiration”!

Be Our Valentine

Look for next month’s issue on March 1, 2011!

The Groove January 2011

Snowy Creek

In the Groove

Happy New Year and Best wishes for 2011!

In this issue, we’re taking a look at lovely Christmas layouts that some of our community members have made using the brand new Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. (The first example is above by lindaathome, using the pack’s “Frosting” kit – isn’t it adorable?) Christmas Wishes is the perfect digital scrapbooking collection to help capture the holiday magic of your favorite photos. As Groove readers, you can take advantage of special introductory pricing, extended just for Scrapbook MAX!-ers like you! Read on for all the details.

You’ll also find an elegant challenge and freebie from designer Fiona Storey, and a great discount to use on her featured kits. Get into the Groove for an inspiring start to 2011!

Snow, Snow, Snow!

You know the Christmas movie, and you know the song… ValerieElaine’s layout makes you want to sing it out loud! With elements from various kits from Christmas Wishes, including “Merry Berry”, the festive brrrrr factor is vividly brought to life!

Fun In The Snow

Introducing the New Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack

Celebrate the enchantment of the season with Christmas Wishes, a gorgeous collection of Christmas-themed digital scrapbooking kit and template sets designed for use with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 dollars for this amazing digital content – but we’re extending our introductory pricing and offering it all to you for only $14.95 until January 31, 2011. Use the following link to get Christmas Wishes for this fantastic price:

Get Christmas Wishes today!

Note: Prices are in U.S. dollars. You must use the link above to get this discount. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Introductory pricing expires midnight, January 31, 2011. The Christmas Wishes Expansion Pack requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Below is just a small sample of some of the gorgeous kits that are part of Christmas Wishes – get inspired to scrap all those holiday pics! To view everything that’s included, click here.

Victorian Christmas Kit

Christmas Friends Kit

Christmas Gifts Kit

Celebrating Christmas Kit

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

The Freebie:

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

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Fiona Storey has shared an elegant Victorian-themed mini-kit with refined sensibilities.

The Challenge:

Challenge: Using at least three (3) items – or all of them – from the freebie kit, make a page honouring a friend or person you admire.

Find the challenge thread here!

January 2011 Featured Kits

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

Be sure to use the coupon code FST-JAN 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 January 31, 2011, and type in the coupon code FST-JAN, to receive your 10% off discount.

You’ll find all four kits in the Featured Content section of the store. (Be sure to type in the code FST-JAN in the coupon code field exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only)

Past Lives

Bee Happy

Mega Pix

Violet Hill

More Snow, and a couple of doggies!

Who knew that there could be so much snow in Texas? It sure is pretty, and Kimmyann’s magical layout captures what must have been a truly enchanting site! Blending kits such as “Frosting” and “Flurries and Frost” from Christmas Wishes, Kimmyann shows us that icy blues are just as Christmas-y as red, gold, and green!

Record Snowfall

We couldn’t resist including this little page. These pups don’t always wear their jackets, but when they do, it makes for a great photo op! Elements are from a combination of “Merry Berry”, “Frosting”, “Kids Christmas”, and “Flurries and Frost” – all from Christmas Wishes.

Puppies At Christmas

* * A special thanks to Michelle McCoy for hosting an awesome challenge last month, where the three featured Scrapbook MAX!-er layouts, inspired by the chilly Christmas season, were taken from! Great fun – check it out for more “frosty” layout inspiration!

All the best in 2011 – see you next month on February 1, 2011!

The Groove November 2010

Baby Blue by Rachel

In the Groove

This month, our theme is “Those Beautiful Blues”. Who says that the blues have to be sad? Not the fab scrappers in our community! We know you’ll enjoy and get inspired by the gorgeous blue-toned layouts featured this month – from deep, inky indigos to powder blues, you’re sure to fall in love with blue all over again!  

We’ve also got a fun feature story about two Scrapbook MAX! -ers meeting in person, and of course the ever-popular monthly freebie challenge hosted this month by Katie Castillo (with a 10% coupon to use in the store!). Read all the details below.  

Happy Scrapping!  

Babies in Blues

We love the different moods created by different shades of blue. The deep blue has an intensity that draws you in, while the pale blue suggests dreamland. Well done, ladies!  

Lavendar by JustBnSharon

Forest Fantasy by dillie

Purple’s Like Blue, Too!

We love the purpley blue magic in this layout. So soothing and elegant! The border made of greenery really makes everything “pop”!  

Purple Blue Delight by KapiColors

Thanks You Breast Cancer Challenge Participant!

Last month, we held a one-week challenge to raise money in support of breast cancer research. Participants were asked to donate whatever they could to help this great cause…and your generosity was absolutely amazing!    

Over the course of that one week, you helped us raise over $1500!! We are thrilled with the results and couldn’t have done it without your generosity. A HUGE  thanks to all who participated.  

WAY TO GO!!  

Scrapbook MAX! Special: Scrapbook MAX! Friends Get Together In Person! 

…and it almost didn’t happen, as you’ll discover by reading the journal text in this great layout (click on the layout to enlarge it)! Read how dedicated Scrapbook MAX!-ers Michelle and Maureen decided to meet when they realized they’d be in the same location. They enjoyed putting real faces to names, and we just loved to hear about it. Scrapbooking really does bring people together!  

Maureen and Michelle - Layout by Michelle McCoy

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Applelicious Kit by Katie Castillo

 The Freebie:  

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, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Katie Castillo has shared a lovely 5 x 7 page based on her Applelicious line of designs (see sample images).  

The Challenge:  

Make 3 layouts with Katie’s freebie page. For the first page, pop in the perfect photos, but don’t change anything else (you can add journaling if you wish). For the second page, using the same photos, rearrange the embellishments and other elements to layout the page in a different way. For your third page, choose new photos, and alter the colors of the page (you can rearrange the items on this one or leave Katie’s layout intact).  

Find the challenge thread here!  

November 2010 Featured Kits

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

Be sure to use the coupon code KCS-NOV 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 November 30, 2010, and type in the coupon code KCS-NOV , to receive your 10% off discount.

You’ll find all four kits in the Featured Content section of the store. (Be sure to type in the code KCS-NOV exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only)  

Happy Fall Yall Kit by Katie Castillo

Applelicious Kit by Katie Castillo

Whos at the Zoo Kit by Katie Castillo

Tutu Cute by Katie Castillo

Blues in Twos

Two more fabulous blue-toned layouts to cap off this special colour-themed issue of  The Groove. Sassy’s takes inspiration from the soothing waves, and makes us feel like dangling our toes in the water. Melissa  was inspired by the blue eyes of the star of her layout, using gorgeous moody shades. 

Blue Heaven Layout by Sassy

Blue Web Layout by Melissa

 Look for next month’s issue of The Groove on December 1, 2o1o!

The Groove October 2009

NEW Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 IS HERE! 

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Michelle McCoy: Butterfly Layout  – made with NEW Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

 

You may have already heard the great news – we are thrilled to announce the release of a brand new, improved and enhanced version of Scrapbook MAX! - NEW! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! we’ve kept the fast, fun, easy workflow of version 1, but have added in a whole lot more dazzle for your pages!

You’ll be amazed at all of the amazing artistic and creative things you can do with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0.  Bend, curve and squish your text or flow it along a curve; colorize embies and photos to your exact specifications; add outlines and patterned fills to text;enjoy complete control over the blur, distance, angle and even color of your shadows – and SO MUCH MORE! (Read our HUGE Feature List here!) PLUS – it’s all spruced up with a super fast graphics engine, awesome output quality, and more to make your scrapbooks works of art.

Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is already a hit! In this issue of The Groove, we feature layouts from our members made with the new software and using some of the great new features. we’ve also included some handy mini-tutorial screenshots to help you get acquainted with the program.

We also have a fun new challenge and freebie by Michelle McCoy that gives YOU a chance to win a copy of the new software (see below for details!). Read on to get inspired!

 

Get Creative With Your Text!

In new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, you can get creative with your text: add outlines, fill your text with patterns, images and gradients, bend, curve and distort your captions, squish and stretch your characters, and more! Below are a couple of creative examples of what you can now achieve with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – remember, what you see below are not “word art” embellishments; it’s actual typed text that you can now easily and artistically manipulate to get the results you want!

 

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 KPierce – Memories Layout featuring curved text

 

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 Marion – Cruise Ship Pool Area Layout featuring curved text and a gradient color fill

 

Mini-Tutorial #1: Step-By-Step

To Creative Text!

 

Below is a simple step-by-step mini Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 tutorial demonstrating how to change a plain caption into an outlined text filled with a pattern, and curved and bent into a fun shape to liven up a layout.  HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Remember – this is just the beginning of what you can do with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! The best way to learn is to play around – you’ll be amazed at your creative possibilities!

  

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 Step 1: Add caption text to your page. Double-click on the text to call up its Properties box.

Step 2: Set the Style of text to Image/Pattern, and choose Select Image to browse to any image on your system that you wish to use as the fill for your text.

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 Browse for an image on your system – we chose an orange paper scrap from the Cloth category:

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 We also chose to use the “Ridiculous” font – one of the fun new creative fonts included free with your software. Select a new font directly from the Properties box:

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Step 3: Click on the Advanced tab for more options.

 

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 Step 4: On the Advanced tab, you can check the Show Outline box to add an outline to your text. You can then pick the color for your outline from the color selection box, and adjust the thickness of your outline with the slider.

 

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Step 5: We added our caption text to the page and right-clicked on it. From the drop-down menu that appears, we selected “Bendable”. Now we can drag and pull the dots that appear on the lines above and below our text to shape it into fun patterns. We can even right-click along those lines to add more bend points for more possibilities!

 

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 Dragging the bend points to get our text “into shape”!

 

Wasn’t that easy? And aren’t the results amazing!

Check out our free trial on www.scrapbookmax.com and see what you can do! Or, better yet, buy the full version today and save 20% - PLUS get a free bonus mega expansion pack collection, “Life Is Beautiful” – full of enhanced templates and thousands of pieces of content!

Colorize and Tint – A Rainbow

of Possibilities!

You’ve never been able to adjust the tint and colorize with such precision and ease! Make all of your photos and embies color-perfect with our easy new tools that put all the control in your hands. On the Advanced tab on the Properties box for embies and photos, simply select the Adjust Color box, and use the sliders to alter Hue, Saturation, and Lightness – watch the adjustments as they happen so you can get the exact results you want!

Plus, anytime you are shown a color selection box in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, choose More Colors to enable an eye-dropper color picker. Simply move the eye-dropper onto a color you love anywhere on your layout, and select it to colorize your object.
How cool is that!

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 Omajo’s Rock And Roll Waltz Layout- embies have been colorized using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0′s new color/tint feature!

 

Mini-Tutorial #2:

 Colorize An Embellishment!

 

We made this layout and love it  – but think that a blue-toned froggie would be a better match for this page. That’s no problem with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

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Step 1: Double-click on the froggie embellishment to call up its Properties.

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab.

Step 3: On the Advanced tab, select the Adjust color box. Then slide the Hue, Saturation and Lightness slider bars until the color is the one you want. You’ll see the changes occur in “real time” as you slide the bars.
We created the perfect denim blue for our frog with a couple of simple slider adjustments.

 

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 Step 4: Add the colorized embie to your page and voila!

 

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  Easy as 1-2-3! And remember, you can adjust the color of photos too with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

NEW in Scrapbook MAX 2.0:

Color Picker “Eye-Dropper” Tool!

HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Here’s another colorizing tool in new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Whenever you are presented with a color selection box like this:

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you can use activate the eye-dropper tool to select a color from anywhere on your page as the color you use to colorize your object! (Note: in this example, we’re working with the color selector box that appears on the Caption Properties Box, but you’ll find the color selector box in other places, too!)

Simply click the arrow on the color box, and choose More Colors:

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Then, move your mouse to select a color from your page as shown here (we’re selecting the pink shade of the stitched apple embellishment):

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Click your mouse and the eye-dropper grabs this color to colorize your object!

 

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 In this example, we’ve colorized our text with the eye-dropper so that it coordinates exactly with the stitched apple embellishment – how cool is that?

 

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie Challenge!

It’s been an exciting few weeks with the release of new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, so we’ve made sure to provide you with a super exciting challenge and freebie! Michelle McCoy has shared a terrific freebie and a very cool challenge.

FIND THE FREEBIE AND CHALLENGE THREAD HERE!

PLUS! each week in October 2009, Michelle will be randomly selecting a layout made by a challenge participant – the creator of that layout will win a FREE copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 or, if you already have the software, the mega Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack of your choice (Bundle Of Joy or Back To School)!

 

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“Stamp It” Challenge!

by Michelle McCoy

This month I thought I would try something easy, but different from the ordinary “Fall” or “Halloween” theme for October.  I think this challenge will keep your ideas flowing since there are so many ways to be creative with this.
Here is what I want you to do…
1.)  Download freebie.
2.)  Using the stamp templates provided, you are to make a layout look like a postal stamp..basically we are making our own personal stamp, but as a layout. Templates provided can be used for 12×12, 8×8, 5×7 or 4×6 in size.
3.)  You can ONLY use items from the kit provided. But you MAY change the color of anything you use and you may make other embellishments out of the backgrounds as well…
4.)  Upload your layout to the gallery and add the image or link to your page, here in this thread.
5.)  ALL participants have a chance to win the new updated Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software (or, the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Mega Pack of your choice  – Bundle Of Joy or Back To School). Every week, I will randomly pick someone who places a layout for this challenge. So if you don’t win the first week, don’t’ give up, make another page for the second week, etc etc…Good luck to you!
6.)  If you would like to share your template for others to have, by all means, upload the .smt file here as well..

I hope you have fun with this one, and remember, if you have any questions…Pleeeeeeease ~ ask away…((HUGS))

FIND THE FREEBIE AND CHALLENGE THREAD HERE!

 

October  2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are October’s four featured kits, all by Michelle McCoy.  Be sure to use the coupon code MMC-OCT, 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 October 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code MMC-OCT, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code MMC-OCT exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).

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Michelle McCoy – Autumn Bliss

 

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Michelle McCoy – Country Roosters

 

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Michelle McCoy – The Great Outdoors

 

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Michelle McCoy – Jungle Buddies

 

 Shape UP!

 
You’ve always been able to have fun with photoshapes in Scrapbook MAX!  – but now, in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 there’s another option: INVERT your shape! So, instead of cutting around the perimeter of your photo or scrap, you can “cut out” the interior of it (like the cookie dough that’s left on the counter after you’ve cut out the cookie!). This gives you another creative way to design layouts! Check out what Wendy and Val have done with inverted shapes below. Following that, we show you how easy it is with a mini tutorial!

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 Booster Pack Store Designer Wendy Gibson uses an inverted shape  to jazz up her layout.  She used her Applelicious and School Days kits for the great elements – find them in her section of the store here.

 

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 Valerie Elanie made this gorgeous layout making use of the invert shape feature.

 

Mini-Tutorial #3: Invert a Shape!

 

Getting creative doesn’t get any easier than this! Using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, invert your photoshapes for endless creative possibilities! HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Step 1: Double-click on your photo or embellishment to call up it’s Properties. Choose Custom Shape, and then the Select button to find the shape you want to add.

 

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 We added a “galaxy” type shape to a blue paper scrap:

 

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Step 2: To invert the shape – meaning that we’ll be cutting the shape OUT of the paper scrap instead of around it – simply check the Invert Shape box (just below the Custom Shape box). And you’re done!

 

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed this special issue of The Groove as we celebrate the release of New Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Learn more about it on our site, and remember to check out our free trial at www.scrapbookmax.com. And if you buy today, you’ll save 20% off the regular price, PLUS you get the jam-packed content collection Life Is Beautiful absolutely FREE – all the details are on our site!

Thanks for reading – see you next month!