The Groove August 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – August 2007

In the Groove

“Friends Forever” is this month’s “Groove-y” theme. To celebrate, you’ll notice that we’re featuring more work than ever by our dear friends from the online Scrapbook MAX! Community – that’s you, folks! This, we promise, is just the beginning of a new trend – look for more and more layouts by our very own Community members in future issues of The Groove…maybe even YOU!

As usual, we’ve got a tantalizing freebie for you to check out…this one’s by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry (a.ka. the incomparable “Granny” – read below for details)! We’ve also got another exciting layout contest, with a challenging design twist (see below). And of course, happy scrappin’, friends!

Friends Forever – Through Thick and Thin

There’s almost nothing more precious in the world than a friend. Through thick and thin, laughter and tears, togetherness and distance, friends make us laugh, keep us strong, and believe in us even when we can’t seem to believe in ourselves. The following layouts beautifully capture the essence of friendship – when faced with the passage of time, or separation by great distances, true friendship endures the challenge.

“Circa 1950”by juliehclark and “A Hero’s Welcome” by Marion

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Find cool websites with content you can use in Scrapbook MAX! by visiting the new forum in our online Community called:“Favorite Sites For Scrapbook MAX!-ers”.

Groovy Tip #2: Shapes can really enhance a theme! Don’t forget to check out the shapes that comes with Scrapbook MAX! when working with photos or paper scraps.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Michelle McCoy (a.k.a. wolvsie35), a friendly, helpful, and talented voice in the Scrapbook MAX! online community, as well as a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Get to know Michelle a little better by reading her interview below, and check out some of her favorite layouts!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A- I’m caring, creative, always wanting to please others.

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- I love to take photos and be creative with them.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A- Design needlepoint patterns, draw, write poetry, bowling, listen to music, spend time with my family and my dog Boo Bear (newfoundland/chow mix).

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- First off, my mom. She has been there for me through everything and is always supportive, no matter what or how crazy my idea may be. Second, would be my two boys. They are always interested in my new creations and willing to help me in any way. Thirdly, my fiancé – he has become my inspiration by giving me the support I need and never complains when I become too busy with designing.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- I find my needlepoint designs to be my main inspiration. They come from my drawings, then I make a cross stitch design for them and sew them. The more things I can make with my designs, the more content I am. My family and friends through Scrapbook MAX! also bring light to everything I make.

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- Ideas are flowing non-stop now that I’m a designer for MAX!…My next focus will be making templates from my kits.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I wouldn’t want to be a celebrity but I think if I could be an angel for a day, I would help people realize that life is too short to take it for granted.

Check out some of Michelle’s favorite layouts!

Country Apples, Gorgeous, Snowman, and Cutie

Looking for a Wedding Gift?…

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At only $39.95, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition makes a unique and affordable gift, or even a great treat for yourself! It includes Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software and a fully-loaded wedding-themed content pack. With 30 new scrapbook templates (150 pre-made pages) and 20+ new kits, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition is a terrific way for users of the “Classic Edition” to expand their digital content collection!

Buy Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition Today!

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

You’re going to love the elegant freebies this month! Many thanks to our wonderful and generous “Granny”, Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Esther Barry!

Click here to get your Freebies!

Love Esther’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $3.99!

Creative Genius


Here’s a chance to wear your favorite layouts on your “sleeve” – or on your chest, your tote bag, your pillowcase, or any other place you dream up! That’s right – we’re talking T-Shirt transfers! Create a great “transferable” layout, then check out your local office supply store for the special transfer paper required. Follow the printing instructions, choose the item that you want to transfer your masterpiece to, and then get out the ol’ iron! And, since we’re celebrating friends this month, why not take up this creative genius challenge and make a t-shirt for a friend, featuring your “friend”-liest layout, of course!

Contest: “Friends Are Like Rainbows…”


This month we’re looking for friend-themed layouts…but there’s an added challenge! In your design, you must either incorporate the 7 colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), OR creatively complete the phrase “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” in journal text or in a caption (e.g., “Friends Are Like Rainbows, Follow Them And You’ll Find Gold”). Hey, maybe you can even do both…Get creative!!

Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Monday, August 27, 2007, Midnight (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

“Wonderfully Whimsical” Contest Winners!

1st Place Winner!

“NemoNicole”

By Wendy S.
Rome, Italy

Glub! Glub! – We feel like we are floating about in Wendy’s wonderfully whimsical 1st Place Layout. What great fun!

Congratulations to our Runners-up!

“Forever Friends” By Shauna S., Ammon, Idaho and “Dragon Dream” By mrsaboyer

Runners-up: Shauna captured friends hamming it up for the camera; the definition of “whimsy”! And of course, mrsaboyer’s dragon theme and photo of wondrous expressions remind us of the delight and whimsy of childhood imagination.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations


Days of Fun and Friends! Friendships formed in childhood can last a lifetime, so now is the time to gather those precious pictures of children playing, laughing, and just plain being silly together – and make fab friend layouts! The memories may last a lifetime, and a great layout will help keep those memories “picture perfect”! Get inspired by the fantastic friend layouts below by chipperis and CrystalInMinn!

“Best Friends” By chipperis and “Soccer Fun” By CrystalInMinn

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

The Groove celebrates “The Great Outdoors”! Plus – look for August’s “Friends Are Like Rainbows…” contest winners!

The Groove June 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – June 2007

In the Groove

June is here, and summer is on its way. But before vacations and beaches and sunscreen, our thoughts turn to fathers, grandfathers, and all the special men in our lives as we celebrate Father’s Day! Be sure to enter our brand new layout contest, called “Dear Dad”. Read below for more details.

Don’t forget to check out this month’s incredible freebies, a mini-kit designed by the amazing Julia Corley, one of our very own Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designers! See below for more info!

Musings on Fathers

There is no job more important than raising a child! Whether you are a dad, or simply have a dad, you can appreciate the tremendous job of fatherhood.

Dads are supportive, trustworthy, and let’s face it – they have the biggest soft spot for their children. They have a quiet way of showing concern, pride, and love. They may not always say it with words, but their actions speak volumes. Can’t you just see the soccer fields lined with proud, encouraging dads? And even though we try their patience, they teach us to drive, catch a ball, fish, survive in the wilderness, do algebra, and how to behave on a first date.

When we’re children, dads seem to know everything; they can fix any toy, and tend to give honest, serious answers to our most pressing questions. Dads teach us the art of balancing hard work with “goofing off” and having fun. On the one hand, they’re famous for dispensing words of wisdom: “eat your vegetables,” “blood is thicker than water,” “you can achieve anything if you just work hard enough.” But dads also have warm laughs, enjoy silly movies, and playing with kids’ toys. Three cheers and a big hug to all of our dads around the world!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: For step-by-step scrapping instructions and handy tips, go to Help > Scrapbook MAX! User’s Guide or www.scrapbookmax.com/webhelp.

Groovy Tip #2: Apply an old-fashioned feel to your photos and embellishments. After selecting the object, choose Effects > Sepia.

Scrapper Profile

Meet the fabulous Deanne Gowsmith, a.k.a. Moonbeam, who we know and love for her talent, creativity, and generosity in our forums, and for her dazzling creations in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store!

Q – If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A-
Mmmm ! I don’t think you could print it! Seriously though, I feel so secure and loved with my friends I know they would think of something positive to say. They look for the good in me.Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- I had never even seen a scrapbook album until my daughter showed me her first one early this year (2006). I was awed at how you can turn ordinary photos into a work of art. I had to try it – in my internet search for scrapbook stores, I came across Scrapbook MAX! and I discovered digital scrapping. And the rest is history.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A- I love to laugh so I adore times with people who make me laugh. To me a fun time is when I have the stitch from laughing and tears rolling down my face. There is not enough laughter in the world today- I couldn’t face this world without humour.

Q- Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A- My husband. I think he is my biggest blessing. When we met I was a shy insecure emotional wreck. His love and support and faith in me turned me into a confident, outgoing, extremely happy person. He helped me find the real me, buried under years of abuse and control. He is the wind beneath my wings.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?

A- I love to look for design in everything – nature, buildings, clothing. Whatever I look at, I see colour combinations or an arrangement that appeals to me. Even in a newspaper or magazine I see word art and ideas for layouts. I just work with ideas that present themselves from many places.

Q- Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- No, I don’t think so. I love variety but maybe I do lean towards favouring dusky rose pink and florals – that is my favourite.

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?

A- No-one. Although I wouldn’t mind looking like some of them, I truly have NEVER wanted to be a celebrity. “Celebrities” are just humans like all of us. They’re celebrities because they are good at something. They have a God-given talent – I’d rather give Him the credit. I like the privacy that being Mrs. Average Citizen gives you and celebs never have that!

Check out some of Deanne’s favorite layouts:

“Bouquets Sage Beige & Pink”, “Blossoming”, “Patricia Rose”, and “Painted Rose”

 

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

 

Here Comes Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition

June is the month of fathers…but it’s also the month of weddings galore! Consider giving Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition as a wedding or shower gift to the bride or newlyweds in your life! At only $39.95, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition makes a unique gift that will help the special couple preserve their memories for years to come.

This exciting new edition of Scrapbook MAX! includes Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software and a wedding-themed content pack bursting with gorgeous elements, perfect for weddings and romantic occasions! Plus, with 30 new scrapbook templates (150 pre-made pages) and 20+ new kits, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition is a terrific way for users of the “Classic Edition” to expand their digital content collection!

Click here to view the thousands of elements that we’ve included. You’ll find a whole range of styles, colors, textures, and themes to capture the magic of your special celebration!

Buy Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition Today!

OR

Buy the “Classic Edition” and Wedding Edition
together, and save $10.95!

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The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

A sure cure for the blues – gorgeous blue embellishments! Our “very own” Julia Corley, a talented designer from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, has generously shared some dazzling elements from her Midnight Blue collection (check out a screenshot of the lovely goodies below!).

Click here to get your Freebies!

 

Love Julia’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $3.50!

Creative Genius

High School “Not-So-Confidential!”

Preserve those high school memories with Scrapbook MAX!. Maybe you’re a teacher wishing to create a tribute to the graduating class. Maybe you’re a high school student wanting to produce a slideshow that includes pictures of your friends, teachers, school activities, and other memorable moments. If you’re a proud parent, show off your son or daughter’s accomplishments by scanning and compiling favorite school projects and pictures. While you’re at it, why not send Scrapbook MAX! graduation announcements to your friends and family!

Layout Contest: “Dear Dad”

They take us fishing. They teach us to throw a ball. They patiently lead us back on the right path when we stray. This month’s contest challenges you to make a “hats off to dad” page. Maybe you want to showcase his sense of humor, or show off his special talent, or focus on that picture that somehow captures his fatherly love and pride for his children. Start thinking about dad, and send us your favorite tribute page!

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Monday, June 25, 2007, Midnight (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

Contest Winners: “I Love You, Mom!” (May 2007)

1st Place Winner!

“The Best Was Yet To Come”1st Place Winner “Meechie” chose subdued tones and an understated design – the result is a powerful, gorgeous “motherhood” layout. We just love it – congratulations!

Runners-up!

Memories-R-Us paired a beautiful photo, perfectly coordinated colors, and a statement that “says it all” for her winning layout, “Motherhood”. Christina R.’s (Lima, Ohio) lovely vintage layout, “My Mother”, paid tribute to her mother through a touching retrospective display of photographs.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations

Ready, Set, Action! Kids are constantly on the move! Make your page reflect their liveliness by laying out a series of photos from the same event or activity. The effect is kind of like a “flip book” where the images on the page seem to run, jump, twirl and spin! Special thanks to Kristy C. for her action-packed gymnastics layouts!


Spring Show: “Bars” and “Floor Routine”
by Kristy C., Rockford, MI

You can’t “overdo” the overlay! Make a patterned paper scrap very transparent and place it over the entire page. This transparent cover will add a slight tint of color, and a brushed, textured look to your page.


Original “Wedding” Layout compared with Layout With Paper Scrap Overlay

The Groove Wants YOU!

Have a Lois Lane complex? Put it to use by contributing to The Groove! We’re always looking for fresh ideas to make The Groove fun and exciting – just like our readers! Tips, musings, inspirations, ingenious scrapbook ideas – if you’ve got ‘em, we’d love to read ‘em! Email The Groove your bright ideas today!

Next month:

The Groove celebrates “Whimsy”! Plus – look for June’s “Dear Dad!” contest winners!

The Groove May 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – May 2007

“Mother and Daughter” Layout by Carol D. – read her profile below!

In the Groove

April showers bring May flowers – and May brings with it Mother’s Day! This month, we’re celebrating “mothers” in our Musings, and in our brand new May layout contest, called simply “I Love You, Mom!” See below for more details.

Speaking of special, you are going to LOVE this month’s gorgeous freebies – a mini-kit designed by superbly-talented Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer, Kathleen Woolery! Plus, Scrapbook MAX! presents Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition – including a fab limited-time discount just for you! Scroll down for the full scoop!

Musings on Mothers

Imagine: you have the worst flu of your life. What do you crave – Hot soup? A cozy bed? Your favorite slippers and pajamas? How about mom? There is something about the soothing comfort and nurturing of a mother that we never stop longing for. Moms have the ability to bandage any wound and wipe away the biggest tears, no matter how old we are!

Around Mother’s Day, it seems appropriate to feel in awe of the selfless nature of motherhood. Mothers spend so much of their day in service of others. To top it off, they really love this role. They relish making lunches, driving to soccer practice, and telling bedtime stories. Moms wear many hats: cook, chauffeur, nurse, teacher, fashion consultant, and friend to name a few. When asked how she does it, most mothers will say, “It’s easy when you love your children so much!”
Other than appreciation, the best gift we can give mom is time – time to herself to indulge in her own hobbies and entertainment.

Whether it’s shopping, getting a facial, watching movies, gardening, or scrapbooking, mom deserves it! Happy Mother’s Day to our moms all around the world!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Click on the envelope icon in the toolbar to email your scrapbook right from within Scrapbook MAX!.

Groovy Tip #2: Want to make page 2 very similar to page 1? While on page 1, choose Page > Duplicate.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Carol D. (a.k.a. caz38), a talented and inspiring friend of the Scrapbook MAX! forums. Read on to get to know Carol a little bit better!

Q- Tell us a little about yourself.
A- I live in a smallish city in NSW Australia. I live with my DH and our 4 boxer dogs. I have a stepson Steid and our almost 5 year old grand daughter Jett. I work part time as a sales assistant at Big W (like Walmart).

Q- How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?
A- I started paper scrapping first and a friend told me about digiscrapping. So I checked out a few sites and then I found Scrapbook Max! and went on from there.

Q- What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of
course)?

A- I enjoy spending time with my family and our dogs. I like to fish, do patchwork and cross stitch.

Q- Where do you get your layout ideas?
A- I like to check out the galleries and see what everyone is doing. There are so many talented people out there. Then I usually choose my photos and then go through my stash and choose my papers and embellies and it seems to just grow from there. Sometimes a layout will change many times until I am happy with it.

Q- What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! popular?
A- I think it is very versatile and extremely user friendly. I am learning to use CS2 for my designing which I have just started at Deco-Pages, but I always come back to SBM for my layouts as it has so many great features but is easy to use. It is great for the beginner and also has a lot of special features for the more experienced scrapper.

Q- What is your favorite Scrapbook MAX! tip or trick?
A- One of my favorite things I like to use is the shapes and opacity as they can give such varied results. I can use the same kit over and over and still get so many unique results.

Q- Who is your favorite movie star?
A- I love Sean Connery. I’m showing my age now. LOL I guess some of the younger members will read this and say “who?”

Psst…Don’t worry, Carol. We all think Mr. Connery is pretty groovy!

Have a look at some of Carol’s favorite layouts below!

Mother and Daughter, Mud Pies, The 30’s, and Father and Son

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

“Here Comes” Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition

Scrapbook MAX! is proud to present Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition. This exciting new edition of Scrapbook MAX! includes Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software and a wedding-themed content pack bursting with gorgeous elements, perfect for weddings and romantic occasions!

At $39.95, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition makes a unique and affordable gift for the bride-to-be and newlyweds on your list. Plus, with over 30 new scrapbook templates (150 pre-made pages) and 20+ new kits, Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition is a terrific way for users of the “Classic Edition” to expand their digital content collection!

Click here to view the thousands of elements that we’ve included. You’ll find a whole range of styles, colors, textures, and themes to capture the magic of your special celebration!

Best of all, you will save 15% if you purchase Scrapbook MAX! Wedding Edition by May 31, 2007! Be sure to enter the discount code WEDDING on the online purchase page.

Buy now and save!

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

We have a real treat for you this month! Our “very own” Kathleen Woolery, an amazing designer from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, has generously provided awesome spring-themed embellishments for you to enjoy (check out a screenshot of the lovely goodies below!).

Click here to get your Freebies!

Love Kathleen’s mini-kit? Get the complete kit for only $3.95!

Creative Genius

“Scrap” a Speech for the Bride and Groom!

Showing slideshows at wedding receptions has become very common. Why not – it’s a great way to highlight cute childhood pictures and show the evolution of the bride and groom’s relationship. Here’s a twist: Create a slideshow with Scrapbook MAX! (either the “Classic Edition” – or better yet, the new “Wedding Edition”!). If you’ve been asked to give a speech for the bride or groom, use pictures, captions, and speech bubbles to help tell their story. You can narrate right along with the slideshow. You can even burn copies of your presentation on a CD-ROM as a wonderful wedding keepsake – it’s sure to be a hit!

Layout Contest: “I Love You, Mom!”

Post your best “mom” page in our “I Love You, Mom!” Layout Contest! Get creative and capture the love, joy, humor, wisdom (etc. etc. etc.!!!!) of motherhood! Three winning layouts will be published in the next issue of The Groove: 1st prize is a $20 gift certificate to the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store! 2 runners up will each receive an official Scrapbook MAX! mousepad.

To enter, publish your layout as a JPEG image using the ‘High Quality’ and ‘Web/Email’ options, and upload it to the contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Friday, May 25, 2007, Midnight (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. To register for free, click here.

Contest Winners: “Spring Into Spring” (April 2007)


1st Place Winner!


“Thank God For Little Girls”
By Trish J.
Clarksville, TN

Our 1st Place layout from Trish J. lifts the spirit, like the first days of spring! We love the wildflower garden design and the sweet little girls who capture the joy of a spring day!

Runners-up!



“Spring in My Yard” by Carol E., Bethlehem, PA and “Apple Time” by Johana M., Winthrop, Australia

Check out the humorous “ladybug sayings” in Carol E.’s fresh spring layout. And be dazzled like we were by Johana M.’s refreshing use of warm colors to welcome spring.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations


Shoes-ies and Foot-sies! A scrapbook page centered around a “feature theme” can be very artistic. Take a snapshot of those darling little shoes and build your layout on a “foot-sie” theme. Or go elegant and expressive and use a picture of a bride and groom’s linked hands. Use your imagination, and make layouts with a fresh perspective!

Little Sandals by Denise W., St. Cloud, MN and Tap Shoes by Julie C., Nashville, TN

Double Take. Choose a favorite photo and use it twice on your page. Make one image more transparent with the opacity bar (slide the ruler toward “Transparent” in the Properties box). Play with sizing and layering to create an artistic effect.

“Imagine” and “Handsome Pup”

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

The Groove celebrates Father’s Day! Plus – look for May’s “I Love You, Mom!” contest winners!