The Groove Newsletter January 2009

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The Little Black Dress  – layout by Winnie W.

In The Groove

Happy 2009 from The Groove!

New Year’s conjures up glamor and elegance, cocktail dresses and champagne toasts.  We loved how Winnie’s layout (above) captured the magic and sparkle of New Year’s.

Now okay, okay - some of us tend to ring in the new year at home snuggled up on the couch watching movies rather than dressed to the nines (but having a great time, anyway!)! So although New Year’s may not always be glamorous, and though life is rarely all ”black and white”, that’s our theme for the month – and what could be more stunning than the contrast of black and white?

We hope that you enjoy the various striking black and white layouts we’re showcasing from Scrapbook MAX! members. We think they’re totally creative and inspiring for new year scrapping!Below, you’ll also find a fun Scrapper Profile, and a lovely freebie and challenge from Booster Pack Store Designer Carena Scott.

Enjoy 2009!
 - from your friends at Scrapbook MAX! and The Groove

Staying In The Shade

These two eye-catching layouts show us just how lovely sticking to all black and white (and maybe a touch of grey!) can be! Mary’s lovely photo is shown off with simple black and white touches. Michelle’s self-portrait sketch comes into focus with muted shades as a frame. Gorgeous!

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Black and White Layout by Mary (mh51)

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Self Portrait Layout by Michelle M. (wolvsie35)

Pass the Punch!

Black and white photos can also be set off by color, delivering a creative “punch”. Notice how your eye takes in the starker black and white photos first, and then moves on to absorb the colored background and elements (at least, that’s how these layouts spoke to us!). Linda shows us how black and white winterscapes can be jazzed up with color, while Pickngrin works a summer theme with just as much success. Lovely!

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Linda’s South Dakota Winter Layout

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Pickngrin’s ode to summer

Scrapper Profile

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Susie (twpclerk)

Meet Susie (a.k.a. twpclerk) a fabulous Scrapbook MAX! forum contributor, who you will also find to be very adventurous (just started kayaking!), humorous, and kind! Get to know a bit more about Susie below…
Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- That I am absolutely goofy, funny, straight laced, loyal and caring.
Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking? 
A- I actually found Scrapbook MAX! at a flea market, the lady had a table set up of her work and had the SBM program and I started from there.

 
Q- Do you have any “scrapbooking resolutions” for the New Year? (any particular project you plan to get started on, or a new skill you want to learn?)
A- I would like to get into the whole designing aspect. Right now all I do is make layouts; I would love to learn how to create embellishments, papers, etc.
Q-Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun? 
A- I collect roosters for my kitchen and snowmen for all over the house!!  My husband Ed and I started kayaking this summer.
Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- My beautiful family, my husband of almost 33 years, our son and his wife and our daughter and her husband. I have really been blessed by God far greater than I ever thought possible. They are everything to me.
Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I guess I would have to say the challenges. Being new to all this, they really help me explore the many different aspects of digital scrapping - and of course my family are the subjects of most of my layouts.
Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- It’s the holidays – probably will work on Christmas 2008 layouts.
Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- Angelina Jolie – so I could be married to Brad Pitt and be friends with George Clooney!! LOL.

Here are a few of Susie’s favorite layouts!

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The Groove Monthly Freebie

Challenge! 

The Freebie Part

Carena Scott has generously supplied a gorgeous freebie collection that could be used to create a stunning layout for your photos!

Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here is Carena’s challenge, using Carena’s freebie collection:

Do a multi photo layout using most of the elements and 1 paper and have a play changing the opacity of one element. Shapes are fine to use for either 2nd paper or photos. Mostly, enjoy exploring.

Share your layout in the The Groove’s January 2009 Challenge thread!

January 2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are January’s four featured kits, all by Carena Scott. This month, when you purchase any of Carena’s four Featured Kits, you’ll receive a discount for 10% off! Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart until January 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code CSC-JAN to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code CSC-JAN exactly as shown).

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Boy Zone Elements Kit

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Basic Frames Kit

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Botanicals Pack B Kit

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Sabrina Kit

Dreaming of a “Black and White” Christmas!

We loved these two holiday-inspired layouts that also followed our black and white theme. The first layout, by Eye, used color creatively within and outside of the photo to highlight the precious subject (what a cutie!). Carena’s layout has an old time feel, with a black and white photos and elegant touches of rich, festive colors in the surrounding elements. Beautiful!

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Layout by Eye

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Layout by Carena

Look for the next issue of The Groove on February 1, 2009.  Our theme is “Whimsical”. If you have a whimsical layout you’d like to share with us, please post it in this thread  or email it to us at newsletter [at] scrapbookmax [dot] com –  We may share your layout in the next issue of The Groove!

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The Groove November 2008

pkdoll - Vintage Burgundy

A lovely layout by pkdoll that takes us back to the elegant parlours of yesterday. Thanks for sharing!

In the Groove

We’ve packed The Groove with your usual favorites, but we need to begin with some BIG news (drum roll please…)

Scrapbook MAX! now offers BOUND PHOTOBOOKS, and other amazing PRINTED PRODUCTS (think puzzles, keychains, stickers and more!!) with WORLDWIDE SHIPPING (and super low prices!). As a subscriber to The Groove, you’re among the first to hear! Find more information below ( we know, we know…this is HUGE!).

When we called for vintage layouts, many of you responded with incredible layouts featuring family memories from year’s past. We thank you for sharing these special moments with us, and want to congratulate you on telling a story with your photos by making a layout – this is the essence of scrapbooking, isn’t it?

Be sure to read on for a fabulous freebie offering and unique monthly challenge, both by designer Carena Scott. Look for a special discount on some of her featured kits!

Have fun reading The Groove (and get ready to do start checking off your Christmas list!).

Vintage Layouts, Family Memories

Below are a few of our favorite family memories vintage layouts. What they have in common, besides special family photos, are soft colors and elegant elements. We love how though the different pieces remind us of the past, they also have a timeless quality. And this reminds us that though the people in our vintage layouts may no longer be with us, the way they touched our hearts go on and on.

Thank you to twpclerk, bluevelvet and scrappymammawgf.

twpclerk- Vintage Family Lovebluevelvet - Vintage Tea Cup and Ribbonsscrappymammawgf - Vintage Mothers and Daughters

Cherished Collections

It’s really true that a picture is worth a thousand words. And if that’s the case, then a collection of treasured photos can hold a novel’s worth of memories. We loved these two layouts that combined several photos to paint a beautiful story – or a beautiful picture – of special lives lived. Thank you, sacannon and scrappyfrog for sharing these special layouts!

sacannon - Vintage AncestorsScrappyfrog - Vintage Shadowbox

ALL NEW!

Scrapbook MAX! Now Offers Photobooks, Prints, and other Printed Products – Ships worldwide!!!

Hold on to your hats…THIS IS HUGE!!!

Scrapbook MAX! now offers bound photobooks and a wide variety of other amazing print products. You are going to be blown away by the items offered! 8 x 8 hardbound photobooks, gorgeous prints, personalized puzzles, mugs, t-shirts, key chains, stickers…and the list goes on!

Just go to http://prints.scrapbookmax.com and follow a few easy steps to add your layouts and photos to your favorite items. The quality is top-notch, and the prices are super low! You’re gonna love what you see!

Make stunning and original keepsakes for yourself, or heartfelt, personalized gifts for family and friends. (A GREAT way to start crossing off that growing Christmas list – easy to shop, and so meaningful to give! – For a step-by-step guide to purchasing printed products, click here.)

Best of all – products ordered ship anywhere in the world so all Scrapbook MAX! fans can take part. (Paypal and major credit cards accepted.)

So don’t wait another minute – check out our amazing printed products, and make them shine with your layouts and photos!

Scrapper Profile

Carena Scott Carena Scott (and lovely daughter!)

Get to know Carena Scott, a Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store Designer (she supplied The Groove’s freebie and challenge this month – see below!), and friendly, knowledgeable, always-ready-to-help presence in our online community. Get to know a bit more about Carena (can you say “line dancing” and “Sean Connery”…?).

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.

A- Well I’m not that interesting really. I’m a single mum to my darling daughter – Caitlyn – whom you all must know quiet well as she is my favourite subject to scrap. I live in New Zealand. I had 17 years in Brisbane, Australia but am happy to now be back in my beautiful home land. When I left school I went into the banking and worked for Westpac Bank for a number of years both here in New Zealand and Australia. I think that is where some of my curiosity comes from in how to work out how something is done. I’ve always had an interest in numbers and analyzing things.

Q- How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?
A-I got interested in scrapbooking thanks to my neighbour. She wanted to put a collage of pictures together of her family and asked me how to do it. At that time I wasn’t scrapping but decided it could be done in “Word” and promptly went about putting my own collage of Caitlyn’s photos together. I somehow put this together and ended up searching scrapbooking on the internet and was totally hooked. My early pages I uploaded started from about the 10th April 2006. So really not that long ago. In about October 2007 I entered a designers competition and from then on there’s been no stopping me. With a lot of determination I find myself here today as a designer here at Scrapbook MAX!.

Q- What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?
A-Interest and hobbies other than scrapbooking…That’s hard as scrapbooking plays a huge part of my life now…but I used to dance. My interest in dancing started at 5 years when I started tap dancing but soon decided it wasn’t for me and ended up doing Highland dancing. At about 13 I’d had enough of hopping up and down on one foot and turned my interest to Ballroom Dancing. I danced and competed until about 19 years old. It was then we moved to Australia. In Australia I got hooked on Line Dancing – LOL yes, I joined the many thousand that danced with cowboy hats and boots. I loved it and ended up teaching in Brisbane for about 9 years. I gave that up when we moved back to New Zealand 4 years ago. Eventually I think I will go back to Ballroom Dancing when Caitlyn is a little older and hope she will join me in this adventure.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A- I’m inspired mostly by others layouts. I’m always keeping my eyes open and looking for those special layouts that catch my eye. Then it’s just a case of working out how on earth they did it and applying it to my own style of scrapping. I really enjoy adding lots of elements and clustering but my style has changed a lot since I first started out. Back then my layouts were simple and not many elements used on a single page.

Q-Tell us about the three layouts you are most proud of and why.
A- Layouts I’m most proud of mostly feature my daughter and also kits I’ve created myself.

Q- What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! so popular?
A- Well that’s easy and been said over and over but I’m going to say it again. The program is so easy to use but at the same time can produce such excellent results with time and practice. Like most things you have to work at it to achieve excellence. I’m sure most of us can look back on our first layouts and then look at more recent layouts and see a huge difference but with practice comes great results in anything. Scrapbook MAX! is an awesome product and I’m still exploring and finding new things so the program also has room to grow with you.

Q- What is your favorite Scrapbook MAX! tip or trick?
A- I love photo overlays over paper as a background to the main image, as seen in one of my favourite layouts called “Romance”. Here is how I did it:

How I Did It:
This is a really easy to do and everyone can do it with Scrapbook MAX!.
Use a lighter plain texture paper for the background. Then choose your photo and place onto page. I changed the opacity slider – slide to just under the “e” in transparent. Youmay need to experiment with this depending on your photo and the paper used. I then changed to Sepia tone (under effects > sepia).
That’s it really. I enlarged the photo to fill most of the page. If you don’t do this you will see the edge of the photo or you will need to hide it by placing elements over it to cover. If anyone has any questions – feel free to message me!

Q- Who is your favorite movie star?
A- Sean Connery – loved him in Medicine Man.

Thanks for sharing, Carena!

Here are some of Carena’s favorite layouts:

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Carena Scott- Princess DreamsCarena Scott - Snapper

Vintage Feel – Contemporary Photos!

We love how “vintage” can also mean great photos you took “yesterday” (and not just “yesteryear”!), combined with a tribute to the past. Wolvsie used elements and a background with an elegant, old-time feel to celebrate the love of her family. Naugle1 made a lovely layout with contemporary elements, but with a family tree that reaches back through the generations. Vintage can mean many things, and we love ‘em all!

Wolvsie  - Vintage Family LayoutNaugle1 - Family Tree

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

Carena Scott - Mini Bugs Challenge

Mini-Bugs Freebies and Challenge by Carena Scott

The Freebie Part

Carena Scott has generously supplied a freebie collection of cool “buggie” elements based on her full kit, Bugs Delight, to all our Groove readers. Carena describes the full kit this way:

“Delightful pack for any child. Whether it be for photos, party invitations,
birthday cards, book labels, tags – limited only by your imagination.
Fabulous fantasy children’s kit. Huge – 60 items in total.”

Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Carena has issued this challenge based on her freebie collection:

Using elements from the mini kit provided, make a birthday card, present tag, invite, label, bookmarks etc – use your imagination! “Normal” layouts also welcome but I’d love to see other alternatives for using scrapbooking kits. Also remember to use shapes ( hearts, stars etc) which will give you more to work with and makes layouts more interesting. Hope you have fun and looking forward to see what you
come up with!

Discount Coupon For
November 2008 “Featured Kits”

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

This month, when you purchase any of Carena’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 November 30, 2008, and type in the coupon code CSC-NOV to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code CSC-NOV exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until November 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.

Carena Scott- Bugs Delight Kit

Bugs Delight Kit

Carena Scott - Baby Soft A Kit

Baby Soft A Kit

Carena Scott - Baby Soft B Kit

Baby Soft B Kit

Carena Scott- Wedding Kit

Carena’s Wedding Kit

Retro-tastic!

When we think “vintage” we often think lace, elegance, and gracefully muted tones. But how about the 60s and 70s? – full of flowerpower, stylized graphics, and blocks of color? Knzus is no stranger to creativity – and when she heard the call for vintage layouts, she thought of the era of disco. WE LOVE IT (and the fab layout, too)!

Knzus - Vintage 70s

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.

Deanne Gow-Smith - Indian Ink Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith – Indian Ink Kit

Diana Carmichael - Florette Flourish Kit

Diana Carmichael – Florette Flourish Kit

Fiona Storey - Resplendent Template

Fiona Storey – Resplendent Template

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

Fall Fall Falling

A fabulous fall layout by pickngrin

 

In the Groove

Fall is truly a feast for the senses! Of course, there are the luscious colors – red, gold, orange. Then, there is the harvest to celebrate! You can’t help but think of mounds of pumpkins, squashes and all the awesome soups and stews just waiting to be prepared. Speaking of food, who can forget the fun of that favorite fall celebration, Halloween (check out this fun Halloween layout from jazzieal!)?

 Pumpkin Carving

“Pumpkin Carving” layout by jazzieal

In this issue of The Groove, we’re celebrating fall in all its golden glory. A special thanks to those who contributed layouts this month  – you’ve inspired us all to gather a great big pile of leaves and jump right in! Also, look below for a fab freebie and fun challenge from Diana Carmichael. Enjoy!

 

Colors of Autumn

Isn’t autumn a great time of year? Enjoy these layouts from kimbob and pkdoll that capture the richness, texture, and glorious colors of the season.

Autumn

Autumn layout by kimbob

Paige Birthday

Paige’s Birthday layout by pkdoll

 

Scrapper Profile

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 Agnes H., a.k.a. scrappieaggie48

Meet Agnes H., a.k.a. scrappieaggie48, a kind, creative, and friendly member of our online community. Get to know a thing or two about the wonderful Agnes H.!

Q – You have one word to describe yourself – go for it! (And then you can explain why you chose that word in a sentence or two!)
A – Tenacious – I always try to achieve especially in challenging  situatiions, I aim for a goal and keep at it until I succeed.
 
 Q – Other than digital scrapbooking, what are your hobbies?
A-  Reading, walking  & going to the movies.
 
Q – Who are the most common “subjects” of your scrapbook pages?
A -  Mainly family members, friends and of course my little cat Mia, and challenges that inspire me to try different aspects of scrapping.
 
Q – How did you get first “get into” digital scrapbooking?
A-   I have always been interested in publishing programs, then my cousin invited me  to attend a traditional scrapbooking  class. I went and purchased some materials to get me started.I only completed one project, but I was finding it was getting too expensive – so I then  googled scrapbooking programs and downloaded the SBM trial – the rest, as they say,is history!!!!!

Q – Where do you find the inspiration for your layouts?
A -  It depends on the photo and the theme I intend to use. Sometimes it comes together quickly and other times I have to have the brain work a little harder!!
 
Q – Can you share a useful Scrapbook MAX! tip – a feature of the program that you find especially useful?
A – The right click menu options.
 
Q – What’s your next scrapbook project?
A -  Birthday Projects – My  daughters 30th, my mothers 90th and  my 60th -  that is if I get my computer back from being fixed.  Am using my daughters laptop at the moment and having big time scrapping withdrawals!!!!
 
Q – Name your two favorite movies. Why are they special to you?
A – Little Women (because I received the book as a prize in my primary school years and always loved the story )Greyfriars Bobbie – I loved the  loyalty of  the little dog and also I visited Edinburgh  where his statue was and visited the cemetry where his master was buried.

Enjoy some of Agnes’ favorite layouts!

I Love You

Scraps Of My Life

Memories

Family Album

 

Agnes wanted us to share this special layout that she made to thank Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designers for contributing freebies to our forums.

Designers Awards

We join Agnes in saying thank you to designers for their contributions, and to all those who generously share their digi scrapbooking creations with the rest of us!

 

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane – It’s HALLOWEEN!

Who doesn’t love getting all dressed up for Halloween? It’s almost as much fun as the candy!

Need a costume idea for your little one (and inspiration for how to scrap the big night?) We love these adorable layouts featuring the cutest ladybug, superhero, and pumpkin we’ve ever seen!

 

  Ladybug

Ladybug layout by lily6570

 

Batman

Superhero layout by naugle1

 

Happy Halloween

Little pumpkin layout by inspiredmommie

 

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

 

Kansas Set 1

 This month’s freebie coordinates with Diana’s Kansas Kit!

The Freebie Part

Diana Carmichael has generously supplied a freebie collection of lovely elements to all our Groove readers, that coordinate with her Kansas kit. Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Diana has issued this challenge based on her freebie collection:

Challenge for the mini-kit:
 
• Using at least FOUR (4) items from the mini-kit, create a layout emphasizing something about where YOU live that means a lot to you and tells WHY.
• The name of the PLACE (STATE, PROVINCE, COUNTRY, etc.) where you live must be included on the page (you do NOT have to give the city unless you want to do your layout specifically for your own area).
• You may use any additional elements, papers, photos, etc. of your choice.
• Post your layout(s) in this thread.
• Have Fun!

Discount Coupon For
October 2008 “Featured Kits”
 

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

This month, when you purchase any of Diana’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 October 31, 2008, and type in the coupon code OCT-DCA to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code OCT-DCA exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until October 31, 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.

Not Too Spooky

Not So Spooky Kit

 Ocean Breeze

Ocean Breeze Kit

Doggie Memories

Doggie Memories Template

 

Kansas Set 1

Kansas, Set 1

 

Autumn Serenity

This lovely layout by grannywin is a true celebration of the beauty and fun of the season.

Autumn Verse

 Autumn layout by grannywin

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.

 

 Lavendar Romance

Crystal Longbrake – Lavender Romance Kit

 

Now Appearing

 Steve Russell – Now Appearing SBM Template

 

Boy Joys

Donna Thomas – Boy Joys Template

 

A BIG THANKS to all who submitted their fall-themed layouts! Though we couldn’t include them all, we sure enjoyed looking through them  – beautiful work, as always!

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

OnieRN- Glamour Girls  

Glamourous and Hilarious! – layout by OnieRN

The April Fool’s Day Edition (in MAY!)

In the Groove

They say that laughter is the best medicine. We, your Groove-y Editors, could not agree more! That’s why this May Issue of The Groove is dedicated to humor, fun, and good times in general!

In fact, we’re calling this issue of The Groove our April Fool’s Issue. (Why are we doing this in May, you ask? Because April’s theme was “babies” in honor of the release of Scrapbook MAX! Baby Edition. Sooooo, by doing this in May, I guess we’re already off to a wacky start!)

 Want to win a mousepad in honor of April Fool’s Day? Be one of the first three people to email us at newsletter@scrapbookmax.com listing the three (3) fiercely foolish headlines about Scrapbook MAX! found in this issue. Remember, you’re looking for outlandish, non-sensical, crazy facts. Our usual fun and foolery doesn’t count!

Lusciously Ludicrous Layouts!

 Marion - Self PortraitGrannywin - Hang In There

We called for your kooky layouts, and boy did you deliver! Marion obviously had food “on the brain”, while Grannywin made cultural commentary by combining 70′s inspirational poster themes and the contemporary home renovation craze. Way to go, ladies!

Scrapbook MAX! used in Prehistoric Times?

Up until recently, it was thought that prehistoric humans preferred cave-drawing for artistic expression. However, a recent discovery by Dr. Maximus Overdrive of the Scrapsville Paleontological Institute suggests that digital scrapbooking may be a much older art form than previously thought. See the stunning photo below.

 April Fool's Joke - Scrapbook MAX! Cave Painting

“What most impressed us at the Institute was the fact that the polite convention of giving credit was practiced even in these early times,” said Overdrive, referring to the surprising cave paintings recently discovered behind the town hall in Scrapsville. “We are also impressed with how well Scrapbook MAX! has stood the test of time.” 

The date of the image is still being hotly debated, and tests are at this point still inconclusive. However, Dr. Overdrive expects the results to show that the image may date as early as the Ice Age. “In any event,” says Overdrive, “it surely pre-dates Vista.”

Scrapper Profile

Meet Sue P. from Illinois, a talented scrapper and helpful contributor to the Scrapbook MAX! forums. Read on!

 

 Sue P. Portrait

Sue P. from Illinois

Q- If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?
A- Oh boy, a tough one. I’d probably be a bear. A very cuddly one. I’ve always loved Teddy bears and how comforting they can be. I aspire to give that comfort and support as often as I can. Yep I know a teddy bear isn’t quite the answer you were looking for LOL, but its me.
 
Q- How long have you been digital scrapbooking and what got you started?
A- I’ve been digi scrapping ever since I found Scrapbook Max, December 2006. I try and send pages to my family in the UK. It’s a great way to keep in touch and for them to see how their Grand baby is growing. That’s what got me started.
 
Q- What are your non-scrapbooking hobbies?
A- Hmmm …. not sure I have any LOL. I do, just kiddin! My main hobby right now is my little angel with horns. Her name is Amy. I love cooking for my family and reading. But my favourite hobby right now is drawing on the aquadoodle wall poster with DH and DD.
 
Q- Tell us about your family.
A- I have family in the UK and in the USA. There is one little character that I really miss [yes I miss everyone so much, but this guy is special]. He is my nephew Jacob and has trisomy 13 [Patau Syndrome]. The doctors said he would not survive more than a few hours, he turns 8 in May. If there was anyone sent to teach us what life really means, he is the one. Love you sweetie.
 
Q- There is a blank screen in front of you. How do you begin your layout?
A- I always start with the photos and choose a kit to go with them. The hard part used to be deciding on the arrangement of the page but that is becoming easier with every page I do. Practice makes perfect. Now I just have to get over the indecision on what kits to use and I’ll be high n dry LOL.
 
Q- Tell us about one layout that you are particularly proud of and why.
A- I really really love “Fairy Dreams”. It was the first page that I managed to blend successfully and it was also a birthday card for my mum. The softness draws me to it every time.
 
Q-  What is the best part about using Scrapbook MAX!?

A- Oh easy question. Its ease and quickness. I can spend ages in Paint Shop Pro with special blending etc but when I want to put a LO together with speed and easiness, Scrapbook Max! is where I go. There is also the added bonus of the community. Yeah that’s you lot out there. You’re fantastic.
 
Q- Describe your favorite time of year.
A- Has to be autumn/fall or spring …. I can’t quite make up my mind. Spring is all about new growth and warmer weather. It’s a time of getting back in to step again. Autumn is the cool down of the hot summer and what can I say about the colours. They are adorable. Its a time to reflect and prepare for the winter.

Check out some of Sue’s favorite layouts:

 

Sue P. - Fairy Dreams LayoutSue P. - Amy PrincessSue P. - BelieveSue P. - Rough Diamond 

 

Left-Handed Version of Scrapbook MAX! May Be In The Works

Sources close to the Scrapbook MAX! Team, including one person known only as “Resident Geek”, claim that Scrapbook MAX! may be in talks with left-handed experts about releasing a Left Handed Edition of Scrapbook MAX!.

“Left-handed scrapbookers are feeling…well…left out,”  our sort-of reliable sources say that perhaps someone involved in Scrapbook MAX! may have possibly said. “So we’re thinking of releasing a version that automatically puts all of the embellishments on left side of the page. Most importantly, the CD-ROM for the Left-Handed Edition will be nestled in the left-side of the box for easier access.”

Our sources also suggest that the Scrapbook MAX! team may eliminate  right-clicking in the rumored left-handed edition so as not to befuddle layouts created by southpaws.

  April Fool's Joke - Left-Handed Scrapbook MAX!

 

The Monthly Freebie Challenge!

Get in on the fun of our Monthly Freebie Challenge! Here’s how it works:

The “Freebie” Part!

Carena Scott has generously supplied a freebie mini-kit to all our Groove readers based on her full kit called “Alex” – “[A]versatile kit for both men and women. Scrap your family photos and outdoor photos. Warm neutral earthy colours to blend with any colour range with a little floral for the ladies and star bursts for the gents.”

The “Challenge” Part!

Carena has issued this challenge based on her freebie mini-kit:

“Use the freebie kit and complete a layout using all items. Multi use of the same item is allowed and recommended. Remember your elements don’t have to be completely within the page, they can hang out over the edge. Use as many photographs as you wish but they must be black and white or monotone. Make your pages as interesting as you can and most of all – have lots of fun..”

FIND THE FREEBIE AND CHALLENGE IN THE “CHALLENGES AND CONTESTS” FORUM, AND GET SCRAPPIN’!

PLUS – three lucky, random challenge participants will get an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

Discount Coupon For May 2008 “Featured Kits”

Love Carena’s freebie mini-kit? Looking for more?

This month, when you purchase the full Alex kit, or any of Carena’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 May 31, 2008, and type in the coupon code MAY-CSC to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code MAY-CSC exactly as shown).

Offer is good on new orders in the Featured Kits category only, until May 31, 2008. Coupon code must be used at the time of purchase and must be typed in exactly as shown.

 

Featured Kits for May 2008

 Alex
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1928&cat=0

Carena Scott - Alex Kit   

Whisper
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1877&cat=0

Carena Scott - Whisper Kit

 

Garden Magic
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1755&cat=0&page=2

Carena Scott - Garden Magic Kit   

All Male/Boy
 
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1581&cat=0&page=1

 Carena Scott - All Male Kit

  Here’s how Carena describes her style:

[My style] is best described as modern and on the edge. I like to keep up to date with the latest trends and styles in the scrapping world. I am constantly on the look out for new ideas and love to put them into action with a new kit for members. My style is changeable sometimes with my mood and sometimes current trends is my biggest influence in my kits. Constantly learning new techniques and most nights I’m still at my computer until midnight learning and exploring new ideas. Best way to see my style is taking a look around my gallery. See my kits in action and how they look on layouts which is probably the best way to see it all happening. – Hugs from Carena

Thanks for sharing, Carena!

Creative Genius

 Use a Scrapbook MAX! Mouse Click Stick!

 

April Fool's Joke - Mouse Click Stick 

Are you tired of using your finger to click the buttons on your mouse?

Give your fingertips a break, and reach for a stick instead! With spring yard clean ups abounding, you’re sure to find an ample supply of sticks for the job.

“In the 70′s and 80′s, everyone complained about dishpan hands.The problem we face today is mouse finger callous,” says Karin, co-editor of The Groove. “The solution is a mouse click stick. Ever since I started using one to click the buttons on my mouse, I can let my index finger do what it really wants – like pointing to trash bags that need to be taken out, and digging out the last of the double fudge cake frosting from the bottom of the container while I watch my favorite reality shows.”

Now that’s genius!

 

Inspirations

Baby, you’ve gotta be kidding! If theses aren’t just the baby funniest faces out there, we don’t know what to say! Another reminder that you should always have your camera at the ready when a baby is in the house! Thanks to Moonlightpearl and Marion for sharing.

 

Moonlightpearl - Little AngelMarion - Oh No!

 

Want more laughs? Visit our “call for wacky layouts” thread in the forums. Thanks to all participants for making us chuckle!

 

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.

 

Fiona Storey – Delightful Frames

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1835&cat=0&page=8

Fiona Storey - Delightful Frames Kit  

 

Esther Barry Shades of Love

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1886&cat=0&page=1

Esther Barry - Shades Of Love Kit

 

Michelle McCoy – Doodle Bug

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1876&cat=0&page=1

Michelle McCoy - Doodle Bug Kit   

 

Kathie Woolery – Softly Spoken Template

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1871&cat=0&page=1

 Kathie Woolery - Softly Spoken Template   

 

Deanne Gow-Smith -  Boys N Bugs Kit

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1927&cat=0

Deanne Gow-Smith - Boys N Bugs Kit     

 

Carena Scott – Spring Garden

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/store/product.php?productid=1733&cat=0

Carena Scott - Spring Garden Kit

 

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
 

Our theme next month is “Surf and Turf” -get your beach and outdoor activity LO’s ready…