The Groove November 2009


“Glorious” Layout by daisydilly

In The Groove

The response to NEW! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 has been unbelievable! We love that YOU love all the amazing new features, and are blown away by the level of creativity of the layouts being produced by our community.

In this issue, we’re showing off some of these amazing layouts to inspire you! And we’ve also included awesome tips, tricks and tutorials shared by our own community members that you’re going to love using in your next project.  There’s also a terrific freebie and challenge from Granny (with two chances to win Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software or choice of mega pack!), and a coupon to use in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.  Information about November’s design team challenge hosted by Carena Scott is also below.

A special thanks goes out to Donna Thomas (a.k.a. autisticwonder) for a GREAT design team challenge last month. Part of the challenge was to get participants to share as many tips and tricks about Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software as they were able. The result? A whole host of great things to try and learn in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! In fact, the thread was so inspiring, we’ve included some of these tips throughout this issue of The Groove.  And since we don’t have room for all the great tips in our newsletter, don’t forget to browse through the October 2009 challenge thread – find out new things to try!

 Don’t have Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 yet? If you buy today, you will save an awesome 20% off, PLUS you receive a mega bonus expansion pack (“Life Is Beautiful”) absolutely **FREE**!

Bend and Curve!

No, we’re not talking about yoga – we’re talking about the cool new things you can do with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

Text is taking to a whole new level with the capability of adding bend points to curve, stretch and distort (Caption Text), and write text along a curve (ribbon text). Click here for a tutorial on getting creative with your text!

For inspiration, check out the layouts below!


dillie1 – Curacao Layout


Marion – Dancing in the Streets Layout


Adding  A Pattern!

Here’s a quick tutorial from Michelle McCoy on adding a pattern to your text with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Thanks Michelle – great stuff! (Hint: Click on the images to enlarge and read Michelle’s instructions. You can also find Michelle’s tutorial in the October 2009 Design Team Challenge thread)


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3

 For another great tutorial (on making embellishments with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – COOL!), checkout poppabob’s awesome tutorial thread, complete with beautiful screenshots!

Pattern Panache!

Here are some fab layouts that showcase patterned text (love those autumnal designs!). Remember, the text you see isn’t word art (i.e., they’re not embellishemnts!). Kimmyann and KPierce typed in text to the text object box, and then in a few simple steps,  added cool patterns to the interior of the texts, and shaped the text until it looked just right!


Kimmyann – Nathan Layout


KPierce – Karen and John Layout


Tips and Tricks for using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

Some groovy tips and tricks from Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 users!

“With Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 we can for the first time use kerning which controls the spacing between each character and each line if it is multi line text. It is very useful to save space and make certain text (like vertical text) look a lot better. From any text property window you go to the advanced tab to change the kerning.”

KPierce – October 2009 Challenge Thread

“Did you know that you can now Zoom in and out in the crop window to help making your crop selection? If you have a scroll wheel on your mouse just scroll to zoom the photo in and out while in the crop window. If you hold down the CTRL Key and scroll, the crop selection changes size! How cool is that?”

poppabob – October 2009 Challenge Thread

More Layout Inspiration!

Here are some more layouts to inspire your next project. We fell in love with the rich palette of colors used in each one. So expressive!


mortmomof2- Favorite Thing Layout


omajo – Araluen Garden Layout


sacannon – The Beauty of Autumn Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!


The Freebie

This month, Esther Barry ( a.k.a. Granny) takes it away! Download Granny’s freebie from the challenge thread, and take the challenge!

In this challenge, I would like you to learn/practise using some of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0′s coolest new features. (If you don’t have the full version of the software, you can still participate! Just download the free trial version here.)

The Challenge

1. Use the seamless tiles in the kit to make a background (import as background>tile).
2. Import the other tiles as paper scraps to use as… paper scraps! LOL.
3. Use some of the tiles as shapes.
4. Make a caption text for your theme, and use one of the tiles as a texture for the text.
5. Use the frames and colorize them to match the colors of the tiles
6. Pins and buttons are optional

Remember – we have a great set of easy-to-follow tutorials available  if you’re looking for more information about Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 new features!

The Prizes

Here’s some exciting news! Throughout the month, Granny will be selecting two challenge winners who will each get a free copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software + Life Is Beautiful mega expansion pack (or, if they already own the software, a choice of one mega expansion pack!).

Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited or taxed. Prizes must be accepted as awarded (no cash value). Electronic download delivery only. The decision of the moderator is final.

October Winners

Challenges are always great fun, and last October was particularly exciting month with super-hopping challenge threads  and copies of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 to be won! Thanks to hosts Michelle McCoy, Donna Thomas, Fiona Storey, and Diana Carmichael for hosting great challenges that stirred up all of our creative juices. We hope that you the winners enjoy their prizes. Look for more exciting challenges with prizes and freebies in the coming months!

And here is a list of Challenge Winners!

September Weekly Challenges (Fiona Storey)

Groove Challenge (Michelle McCoy)

October Design Team Challenge (Donna Thomas)
The FreeSpirit

Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge (Diana Carmichael)

Winners of Random Drawing:




November 2009 Featured Kits

Below are November’s four featured kits, all by Esther Barry.  Be sure to use the coupon code EBA-NOV, 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 November 30, 2009, and type in the coupon code EBA-NOV, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code EBA-NOV exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).


Esther Barry – Pacifica Kit


Esther Barry – When A friend Goes Away Kit


Esther Barry  – When I Grow Up Kit


Esther Barry – My Book Of Treasures Kit


Creative Tricks With Scrapbook MAX! 2.0

We all know that Scrapbook MAX!-ers are creative. Here’s a couple of totally artistic, outside-the-box ideas for things you can do with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0.

First Trick:


sacannon – Autumn Layout With ‘Handmade’ pumpkin!

“The pumpkin (in the layout above) was made entirely in Version 2. It may not be the best pumpkin, be it shows what you can do with the software. I just used two different colors of paper. Used a circle shape on each. Adjusted the circle to an oval shape. Then layered alternating colors making each one slightly smaller than the previous one.

Then using a darker paper I shrunk it down to make a stem. I used another paper of the same color, but adjusted the color slightly darker. Used the cirle shape again. Stretched it to an oval shape again. Then made it smaller and placed it under the stem of the pumpkin. I also added a slight shadow under a couple of the layers of the pumpkin.”

sacannon – October 2009 Challenge Thread  (and we totally think the pumpkin ROCKS, sue!)

Second Trick:

 Using Embies to make frames

  • Open your paper scrap folder again CTRL + 3
  • Choose your paper scrap
  • Now go to Custom Shape, Select, Browse as before
  • Go to the Embie folder and choose an Embellishment with a nice clear outline, I chose my own Fiery Star
  • Now click Invert Shape, OK
  • Now using your embellishment has created a perfect frame, which you can lay over a photo to create a frame.

TheFreeSpirit – October 2009 Challenge Thread


Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

Great 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.


Katie Castilllo – Stop In For A Spell Kit



Deanne Gow-Smith – Country Harvest Template



Diana Carmichael – Be Kit


November Design Team Challenge

Looking for another fun challenge, and another chance to win Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software? Check out this month’s challenge hosted by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Carena Scott. Get all the details here!


Freebie “Sweetie” Mini-Kit by Carena

Look for the next issue of The Groove on December 1, 2009!

The Groove October 2009

NEW Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 IS HERE! 


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!



 KPierce – Memories Layout featuring curved text



 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!



 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.


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


 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:


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




 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.




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!





 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 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!


 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.


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.



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



  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:


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:


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):



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



 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.


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)!




“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))



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).


Michelle McCoy – Autumn Bliss



Michelle McCoy – Country Roosters



Michelle McCoy – The Great Outdoors



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!


 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.



 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.




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




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!



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 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!