The Groove September 2008


Layout and template by Deanne Gow-Smith

Showtime template page from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition

In the Groove

Gather your pencils, pack your knapsack, don’t forget your gym shorts and an apple for the teacher – it’s back to school time! Whether your kids are starting a new year or your school days have been over for a while, isn’t there something about September that makes you feel that something new is starting? A change in the air, back to routine, back to old friends, time for learning new things?

To celebrate ‘Back to School’ in all its forms, The Groove is dedicating this issue to school themed layouts from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition. With its bright, hip, school-themed templates and kits made by designers from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, you and your kids are sure to love it! We’ll show you how it’s great not only for scrapping school memories, but for livening up school projects and assignments as well! (We’ve even included a coupon for 20% off the regular price – find the details below!)

Read on for more about scrappin’ for school, and for your usual favorites! (A freebie and challenge by Steve Russell, a Scrapper Profile, and scrapbooking inspiration!)


Scrap School Milestones!


“Front Page” layout by Michelle McCoy – from “Early Years” (Michelle McCoy – School Edition)



“Roxie” layout by Donna Roe – from “School Friends” (Donna Roe – School Edition)

There are so many memories and milestones associated with school! First day of class, favorite teacher, new best friend, school events, a special project. What better way to preserve your photos of these moments than by scrapping a special school page or album? Your kids will cherish their special pages for life. Be sure to do a bit of journaling to help preserve the memory!

Head Of The Class!

Not only can you scrap your special school memories with Scrapbook MAX! School Edition, students can use it to add fun, excitement, and pizazz to their school assignments! Great for homeschool and classroom use. Here are just a few great school ideas:

Make a portfolio of your schoolwork – burn to CD-R for safekeeping!


(Embellishments from School Edition)


Print out a poster for your favorite school club or event – try a large size like 12 x 12 for maximum impact!


From “Around The World” template (Steve Russell – School Edition)


Create stunning pages for a Family Tree assignment!


“History” Layout from “Family Tree” Template (Fiona Storey - School Edition)

 For more great ideas for students, check our our brand new Teacher’s Corner – you’ll find ideas, layout samples, and information about classroom lab pack pricing!


Scrapper Profile

Julian P. a.k.a. Pink Lollipop


Meet Pink Lollipop – a super-friendly, creative and helpful member of our Scrapbook MAX! Online Community!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?

A-They will describe me as kind, friendly and funny type of person. :P

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- Through Scrapbook MAX! of course – the first scrapbooking software that I bought for myself as my birthday present this Feb.2008. Getting to know the wonderful and funny members in the forum has inspired me greatly to start this ‘addictive’ hobby. Since then I been SB like ‘nutz’.. LOL.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A-Well….. I SB most of my time, love reading, watching movies and playing with my cat ‘Samy’. He is a gentle and lovely guy which is why we love him so much. We adopted him last November and we are so glad we did. :)

Q- Who are the most special people in your life.Why?
A-Ohh… a ‘bunch’. .. my parents, my hubby and my wonderful in-laws (including my hubby’s relatives) my Winna and my best friend ‘Lynn’. Lynn is like a ‘part’ of me and always there for me. We’ve known each other since high school.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- Ever since I started SB, I’ve been more ‘sensitive’ about ‘stuff’ around me. My cat Samy is my ‘main model’ cos he is so full of ‘tricks and surprises’. LOL.. Sometimes, when I see a tree and find it so beautiful, immediately I want to take a picture and do a layout with it.  The challenges held in our forums where members show their creations have inspired me alot too.

Q- Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- Yes, I love Pink for papers or embellishments!  :) However, I will still base my layouts on the picture before deciding the color ‘theme’ I like to use. 

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- I’ve been doing scrapbooking for my friends. The ‘biggest’ project I have now is for my father and mother in-law, they just came back from their India and Singapore trip and have taken lots of beautiful pictures. :) I plan to create an album for them as a gift.:P

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I don’t really wish to be any celebrity for one day, but I wouldn’t mind having Celine Dion’s beautiful voice as it is so powerful and ‘rich’. {wink}

Enjoy a few of Pink Lollipop’s stunning layouts!



Save 20% off on Scrapbook MAX! School Edition



The Groove has a great offer for you this month. When you purchase Scrapbook MAX! School Edition before September 30, 2008, you can receive 20% the regular price od $39.95. Just type in the coupon code PENCIL at checkout. It’s the perfect edition for scrapping school memories, and even jazzing up homework! Buy today and save!

Offer applies exclusively to Scrapbook MAX! School Edition – new purchases only. Coupon code PENCIL must be typed in at checkout. Offer expires September 30, 2008 and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Calendars, Journals, and More…OH MY!

Did you know that the School Edition was designed in consultation with professional teachers? We asked teachers  – what kind of kits and templates do you want to see for your students? A popular response – kits for journaling, organizing, and scheduling! See some of the kits made in response to this great request:



“School Calendar” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)



 ”My Journal” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)



 ”Getting The Scoop” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)


Favorite Subjects!

The School Edition also includes kits and templates on class subjects like science, art, math, and drama for all your school scrapbooking needs. And we didn’t forget about important school events like theatrical productions, sports, and awards. See some samples below!



“Budding Scientist” template (Steve Russell - School Edition)



“Artistic Flair” Template (Deanne Gow-Smith – School Edition)



“School Spirit” Template (Tina Sudweeks – School Edition)


 School Layouts…And Beyond!

Of course with any scrapbooking elements, you can put them to use however you see fit – no matter what the theme! Check out how Julie Clark put the hip, funky, and feminine “Friends Forever” template from the School Edition to use to scrap the first moments of her daughter’s life.

Congratulations, Julie – and thanks for sharing these special pictures!


From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)



From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)


The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

The Freebie Part

Steve Russell has generously supplied a freebie collection of ”masculine” elements to all our Groove readers, based on several of his kits available in the booster pack store (picture below). Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread

The Challenge Part

Steve has issued this challenge based on his freebie collection:

  • Using at least 4 items from the mini kit, create a “masculine” layout that showcases your favorite guy (husband, son, friend or whatever)
  • You can add whatever additional elements or papers of your choice except…
    they must be “masculine”… no flowers, ribbons or bows are allowed!
  • Have fun!!


Discount Coupon For
September 2008 “Featured Kits”


Love Steve’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for similar themes?

This month, when you purchase any of Steve’s four Featured Kits (all pictured below), you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until September 30, 2008, and type in the coupon code SEP-STR to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code SEP-STR exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until September 30, 2008. Coupon code must be used at the time of purchase and must be typed in exactly as shown. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.



Wanted Outlaws



Gone Fishing Kit



Father’s Day Kit



American Football Kit


Booster Pack Store:

 New Releases


Have you been shopping lately? Dozens of new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store each month. Be sure to stop by and check out our awesome selection of embellishment kits and template sets, professionally-designed to work with Scrapbook MAX!.

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


Carena Scott – Bugs Delight Kit


Fiona Storey – Caffe Macchiato Kit


Deanne Gow-Smith – Wedded Bliss Template


Look for the next issue of The Groove on October 1, 2008.

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