Digital Scrapbooking Challenge and Freebie by Carena

Hi everyone. Wow it’s been sometime since we have had a Special Edition of the Groove Newsletter. It is my pleasure to be able to provide this issue for you all. I have a great new challenge for you all! You’ll also find a coupon code below that you can use to save 20% on Carena’s designs – one week only (ends April 16, 2014!).

I have a MINI Challenge Kit Delight Bonus for you to DOWNLOAD HERE and to work with. Please check out the PDF included which might help you and inspire your creations. Below are the rules of the challenge.


1. Use only parts provided in the Delight Bonus or from the Kit: Delight along with your own photo/s and Title Text.

2. Use the paper 2 times on your layout – whether you use a shape or like I have a simple twist and darkening or lightening of 1 of them.

3. Use the frame provided in another area of your layout not as a frame but decorative.

4. Try using some part of the bonus whether the leaves like I have or another element with a lowered opacity. This is a favorite technique I love to use to make the papers look different. It can really add so much to your layouts.

5. Mostly the challenge is to have fun.

Please post your layouts in the Scrapbook Max Gallery Groove Challenge Gallery and join us by sharing your link and layout in the forum where I will host the challenge – SEE HERE. We all love to encourage and support our members. It’s a great community and family atmosphere.

Here is my layout I’ve done. I hope you love working with this mini.

For those who purchase the Kit: Delight or BUNDLE (bundle offers great bonus savings for you to enjoy) from store and use it in your challenge layout I have a SURPRISE BONUS GIFT FOR YOU.

How Cool is that? Remember you must add your layout to the gallery and forum. Be sure to have your messages enabled or I won’t be able to contact you with the Surprise Bonus Gift should you purchase and use parts from the kit.

Here is a quick look at the FULL BUNDLE

and now I would like to share with you some of my latest kits in store - see HERE for my latests products in store.

HOW TO SAVE 20% Off on Carena Scott’s Kits Until April 16, 2014

**To get 20% off on Carena’s kits, please visit Carena’s category in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store. Add a minimum of $5 worth of Carena’s kits to your cart, then type in the code DELIGHT exactly as shown into the ‘Coupon Code’ field before checkout. You must type in the code at the time of purchase to get the discount. Hurry – offer is one week only and ends on April 16, 2014!

Note: Offer applies only to digital kits and templates sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store, on orders of $5 or more. Coupon code DELIGHT must be typed in the coupon code field before checking out. Valid on new orders only, expires April 16, 2014. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.**


Featured Products HERE

Vintage Baby Boy by Carena’s Designs

Vintage Baby Girl by Carena’s Designs

In the Meadow by Carena’s Designs

and here is a layout I did with this kit. It’such a fun kit to work with.

The kids will love the pages you make with it.

I would like to also invite you to participate in the other challenges at Scrapbook Max found HERE. So much fun to be had and it’s also a great way to learn new techniques. See you in the forum.

Many thanks from Carena’s Designs.

The Groove August 2011

Kit by Deanne Gow-Smith

In the Groove

Read on to learn how you can get over $100 worth of summer-themed digital scrapbooking content for only $14.95!! Throughout the issue, we showcase a small sample of all the incredible items included in this amazing new pack. We also share the 3 winner of last month’s “Scrap Your Hometown” challenge, and a summer-y freebie and challenge from designer Katie Castillo. You’ll also find a discount offer on some of Katie’s bold and crisp designs. Don’t miss this issue!

NEW! Summer Vacation “Mega” Expansion Pack

Introducing the NEW! Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. This bold, bright collection is chock-full of summer-themed digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates. Sold separately, you would pay over $100 for everything included. But during the month of August 2011, you can get it for the special introductory price of only $14.95 US by using the link below!

Click here to learn more, and to find the Buy Now button to get this fantastic price!

Summer Vacation includes ten premium digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating template sets. It’s AWESOME for scrapping all of summer’s many activities – camping, bbq’s, block parties, day at the beach, or afternoons lounging in the backyard! Summer comes once a year, but you’ll be scrapping sunshine all year long with this great pack! Offer ends August 31, 2011 – so be sure to hurry!

Special introductory pricing ends August 31, 2011. Use the special link to get this discount. Applies to new orders only. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Summer Vacation requires Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software.

Get in the Swim of Things!

Check out these kits included in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! “In the Summer Time” (Deanne Gow-Smith) is set on the beach, and combines ocean blues and sunny yellows to show off all your beach pics! “Splish Splash” (Michelle McCoy) is for when you and the family spend the day cooling off in the pool – whether in-ground or inflatable! Remember – all the kits in this pack come with coordinating, full-editable templates!

In The Summer Time

Splish Splash

The Great Outdoors

Summer days mean heading outdoors, whether that means into the wild, or into your backyard! Scrap fishing trips and lakeside adventures with Steve Russell’s “Fishing” kit. Head out for a picnic with Fiona Storey’s colorful “Al Fresco” Kit (featuring picnic scenes for beach, park, bbq and more!).


Al Fresco

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The Groove August 2011 Freebie Challenge

Freebie Mini-Kit

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge. All you need to do is download the freebie, create a layout that steps up to the challenge, upload it to the Groove challenge category in the gallery, and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Katie Castillo is offering you an utterly adorable and “juicy” freebie kit and challenging you to work on a summer theme. For all of the details please check out the August 2011 freebie challenge thread here.

August 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Katie’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, all found in our Featured Content section of the store! You can save 10% off these four featured kits by typing in the coupon code KCS-AUG at checkout.

YoHo Templates

Serenity Templates

YoHo Kit

YoHo Extra Alphas

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Below are even MORE kits sets found in the new Summer Vacation Expansion Pack! (Click here to learn more about the pack and get an awesome discount price!)

Vacations and “Stay”- Cations!

Are you packing up the car and heading cross-country? Or is your summer all about tending your own garden paradise? Whichever way you choose to enjoy summer, we’ve got the perfect kit for scrapping your summer pics. Kit sets below by Michelle McCoy and Fiona Storey

Everything Packed

Cottage Garden

Congrats to Challenge Winners!

Last month, The Groove challenged you to create a layout celebrating your home town (or country!). We saw some fantastic layouts – thanks to all who participated! Check out all the fabulous entries here.

Three participants were chosen at random, and will receive the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack of their choice (woo-hoo!). Here are their “hometown pride” layouts!

by SBM Diane

By Pixy Girl

by alohagrrl

Look for next month’s issue of The Groove on September 1, 2011!

The Groove July 2011

4th of July

In the Groove

Happy Canada Day and 4th of July, and a big hooray for wherever you call home! July is a month of fun and celebration, and we hope you’ll enjoy kicking it off with The Groove!

In this issue, you’ll find layouts celebrating the spirit of “home”. You’ll also be challenged to make a home-town pride layout of your own, and be eligible to win one of three Mega Expansion Packs for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

Read on for news on the latest digital scrapbooking kits, and for fun scrapbooking inspiration!

O, Canada!

Canada Day is celebrated on July 1. This year, Canada is 144 years young! Here are two gorgeous red-and-white layouts. ValerieElaine gets into the spirit with a fireworks display, and Marion displays gifts she received from Canadian friends made in our very own Scrapbook MAX! community – how cool is that?

ValerieElaine - Canada

Marion - Canadian Gifts

4th of July – “Take Two!”

Happy 235, USA! Whether you’re celebrating with a town parade, a barbecue, or a gathering with family and friends, we hope you enjoy this special day! Does the layout below look familiar? Check out stangergirls’ 4th of July layout featured at the top of the newsletter and the second one below. She shows us how you can take the same favorite photo and use it in a completely different way, still getting spectacular results. It’s all about getting creative (and using a photo as many times as you want is the advantage of going digi!). Gorgeous!

stangergirls - 4th of July

Groove Layout Challenge – Spectacular Prizes!

Nanna Susie - Parade

July is a month of fun, celebrations and home-town pride! That’s why The Groove is challenging you to make a layout celebrating wherever it is you come from (Nanna Susie’s Parade layout above is great inspiration!)!

What makes your city, town or country special? Get creative, and make a layout to show off your special place. Then, post your layout in the Challenge Thread here (visit the thread for posting instructions).

Now here’s the super fun part – the names of three challenge participants will be drawn at random and each of these winners will get the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Mega Expansion Pack of their choice! (Please note that Mega Expansion Packs require Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software to work). You heard right – you can win a Mega Expansion Pack just for participating in this fun challenge!

SBMAX 2.0 Expansion Packs

What’s a Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack? So glad you asked! :)

An Expansion Pack is a set of awesome digital scrapbooking kits and coordinating templates pack made by some of the top designers in the industry, exclusively for Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. We currently have 8 different packs available (and counting!), including themes such as Birthday, Christmas, Baby, Family Heritage, and more! Each pack comes with at least 10 premium digital scrapbooking kits and 10 premium templates. You get over $100 worth of items in each pack, for only $19.95 per pack!

Learn more about our Expansion Pack collection – collect them all today!

**NEW RELEASES!** – Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates!

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates 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! digital scrapbooking software.

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

Siobhan Kite - Pansy Pink Template

Get Siobahn’s Pansy Pink Template today!

Tropical Island Kit

Tropical Island Kit

Get Monja’s Tropical Island Kit today!

Carena Scott - Aussie Kit

Get Carena’s Aussie Kit today!

Deanne Gow-Smith - Jaded Blue Kit

Get Deanne’s Jaded Blue Kit today!

Look for next month’s issue of The Groove on August 1, 2011!

The Groove March 2011

Funny Guy

In the Groove

We’re putting the spotlight on “All Things Green And Groovy!”. All the featured layouts in this issue have more than just a hint of green (in honor of the month o’ shamrocks). Besides a similar color inspiration, these layouts capture someone or something that makes the heart sing. (We’ve started off with Michelle McCoy’s awesome and hilarious tribute to her son above!) Get inspired to scrap a fresh green layout in honor of someone or something that you love!

Below you’ll also find an amazing challenge and freebie by Scrapbook MAX! store designer Vicki Pasterik, plus a groovy discount to use on featured kits. Read on to recharge your digital scrapbooking know-how!

Dreamy Greens

We love the dreamy quality of these two layouts! The gorgeous black and white photo in QuinnsGM’s heartfelt layout captures the innocence of childhood. Grounding the wistful photo in neutral, moody greens gives the layout depth and character – creative and very sophisticated! In quite another way, mh51′s green layout wakes up our senses and makes us experience the wonder of stumbling upon a patch of wild garlic on a forest hike right along with her. So unusual and “wonder-full”!


Wild Garlic

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

Challenge by Vicki Pasterik

March Challenge

Each month, a designer offers a great freebie mini-kit and issues a challenge based on that kit. All you need to do is download the freebie, create a layout that steps up to the challenge, upload it to the Groove challenge category in the gallery, and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, Scrapbook MAX! kit designer Vicki Pasterik is asking you to think of the alphabet in a whole new way, using each letter to describe a character trait that you possess. Very creative and cool!

Here’s Vicki’s challenge:

“The freebie mini-kit is called, “The ABC’s of Me”. It includes a background paper, a frame, a title, a flower and a complete uppercase Alphabet that all match.

The challenge is to make a layout of yourself (or someone else) that includes a photo and one character attribute for each letter of the alphabet. I have included the sample I made of myself. (This is harder than you’d think. It took me longer to come up with the words to describe me than it did to scrap the layout! :) ) ”

(Groove-y tip: Pressed for time? You can still be a part of the challenge! Instead of using the whole alphabet, use only the letters of your name or the name of the person you are scrapping and think of attributes for each of these letters.)

Challenge Sample

Vicki describes how she made the stunning sample layout above. (You can try these techniques if you wish, or layout your page using Vicki’s kit in a different way!) :

“There is one teal background paper in the kit. To get the look in my sample, I simply opened a paper sample and chose the white construction paper included with SBM. Then, I lowered the transparency to 30, sized it to an inch smaller than my background paper and centered it horizontally and vertically. I then added the teal background as a paper scrap and stretched it to a rectangle to divide the title from the rest of the page.

For the photo effect, I took a full color photo and duplicated it (Ctrl-C + Ctrl-V). The top photo I converted to grayscale. Then I lowered the transparency of the grayscale photo until I achieved the look I wanted. The easiest way to line up both photos is to align them both to the top and left side of your layout. Then group them into one element.”

March 2011 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Vicki’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are March’s featured kits, all by Vicki Pasterik (ideal for spring layouts, and there’s one for your winter memories, too!).

Be sure to use the coupon code MAR-VIP to get 10% off any of the four featured kits. Simply add any of the Featured Content below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until March 31, 2011, and type in the coupon code MAR-VIP, to receive your 10% off discount.

(Applies to new orders only.)

Find these kits in the Featured Content section of the store!

Spring Beauty Template

Spring Beauty Kit

Baby Dear Vintage

Snow Angel

Go, Green!

Team colors are worth a thousand words and a thousand cheers! We love the sporty spirit of these two layouts, with team loyalty set off in vibrant greens. The first by makeyesup captures the excitement of a football match (known as soccer in some parts of the world). We love how the photo and embies bring us “right onto the pitch”! Next up is Marion and family, cheering on their fave football team. From those happy smiles, it looks like things turned out just as you all wished! :)

Game Day

Packer Backers

**NEW RELEASES!** – Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store

Great new kits are added to the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates 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! digital scrapbooking software.

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

Lil Cutiez-Siobhan Kite

JunkArt-Deanne Gow-Smith

Vintage Rose-Monja Wessel

Watch for the next issue of The Groove on April 1, 2011!