The Groove September 2010

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MerryMum – Twins Layout (week of August 1-7)

In The Groove

Happy September, everyone! This month’s Groove-y theme is “Hot off the Press!”.  We’re featuring our five-or-so favorite layouts posted in the gallery in August  – one for each week (plus a bonus)!  We started above with MerryMum’s lovely heritage layout featuring twins, from last month’s Groove challenge. Thanks for making it a difficult task to choose – hope everyone enjoys seeing some of the terrific stuff posted last month showcased here in The Groove.

And in case all this inspires you to devote more time to scrapping, which it’s sure to do, we are having a “Back 2 Scrap” sale in the digital kits and templates store! This month, when you spend $5 or more on kits and templates, you will save an amazing 20% off your order! As a Groove reader, you’re among the very first to know – find all the details below!

We’ve got your favorites too – inspiration, a great freebie and challenge from designer Kristi Cakebread, and some of the latest releases in the store. It’s that time again – time to get into the scrapbooking groove!

Whimsical Nature Layout

We fell in love with celtic-mom68′s ode to dragonflies in this stunning, fantasy-filled layout. It looks just like a scene from a favorite storybook fairytale. This is our layout pick for to showcase for the week of August 8-14  – beautifully done!

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celtic-mom68 – Dragonfly Layout

Love Is …  A Layout

irma’s instincts to make this amazing photo the focus of the layout are spot-on. You get lost in this beautiful child’s innocent eyes, drawn in by the fantastic frame. Understated colors add to the elegance. Our fave layout for August 15-21!

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irma-  Love Is Layout

Huge “Back 2 Scrap” Sale in the Store! -Save 20%

Now is the time to stock up on digital kits and templates to scrap all those summer photos, and photos  you’re sure to take in the exciting months to come. That’s because until September 30, 2010, you can save 20% off your entire order!

Simply spend a minimum of $5 in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store.  Be sure to type in the code BACK2SCRAP exactly as shown in the coupon code field before you checkout. You’ll get a whopping 20% off your order – sweet!

It’s time to treat yourself and dive into a new scrapbooking adventure. What are you waiting for? Let’s go shopping!

Note: Coupon code BACK2SCRAP must be typed in the coupon code field exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Minimum purchase of $5 and valid in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Kits and Templates Store only. Expires September 30, 2010.

Tantalizing Textures

The textures in stmac’s layout are – well- tantalizing! Take a close look at the photos and the embellishments. The crackled effect gives a delicate, time-worn look to the layout, suggestive of antiques and precious memories – things worth saving. Beautiful photos, too. Our pick for the stellar layout of August 22-28.

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stmac- Marly Layout

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

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Garden Mini-Kit by designer Kristi Cakebread

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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Kristi Cakebread has shared a  fresh gardening-themed kit (great colors!) perfect for scrapping any photos that speak of love, tenderness, and gentle pride.

The Challenge:
Gardening is about tending to something with tender loving care, and watching it blossom. This month, we’re challenging you to pick a photo of something you are proud to have tended with love  – could be a person, an achievement, or anything that fits this idea.  Make two layouts with this photo using the mini-kit: one using any combination of the elements “as is”, and in the next, re-color the elements you choose to closely match the main colors in your photo. The layouts can be identical (except for color) or completely different, but the photo or photos should be the same. Have fun!

Find the challenge thread and freebie here!

September 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits with Kristi’s signature style? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are September’s featured kits, all by Kristi Cakebread.

Be sure to use the coupon code BACK2SCRAP to get 20% off your order (minimum purchase $5). Simply add any of the  Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Digital Scrapbooking Kits and Templates Store until September 2010, and type in the coupon code BACK2SCRAP exactly as show, to receive your 20% off discount (Applies to new orders only).

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Kristi Cakebread – Southview Template

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Kristi Cakebread – Smiles and Giggles Template

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Krist Cakebread – Nobody Knows It But Me Kit

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Krist Cakebread – Nobody Knows It But Me Kit

Filled with Grace-ful Laughter

We loved the breezy feeling of simplicity in TheFreeSpirit’s lovely layout. It truly captures the innocence of a child’s smile. I mean  – just look at that adorable face! The color combination is particularly soothing and has us breathing a sigh of contentment. Our pick for the week of August 29-31.

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TheFreeSpirit – Grace Layout

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

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.

**REMEMBER: This month you can get 20% off on orders of $5 or more by using the coupon code BACK2SCRAP. See above for the full details!**

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

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Michelle McCoy – Summer Smiles Kit

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Siobhan Kit – Dolly Template

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Deanne Gow-Smith – Youth Comes But Once Kit

Another August Favorite….

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Sassy – Best Friends Layout

Watch for the next issue of The Groove, coming October 1, 2010!

July 2010 Freebies and Contests

July is here, and it’s the perfect time for scrappin’. Check out the fun and freebies available this month in the Scrapbook MAX! community – find details on the two month-long challenges happening in our community below!

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Deanne Gow-Smith

July 2010 Monthly Challenge
Designer Deanne Gow-Smith hosts this month’s Groove Freebie challenge, and is encouraging you to crop creatively! Using the beautiful freebie embellishments that Deanne has provided, create a layout. Here’s the challenge – don’t use any of the embellishments “whole” – you must figure out a way to crop them in a way that complements your page. Get all the freebie and all the challenge details here

July 2010 Monthly Designer Challenge

Attention all digi scrappers: you must check this out – the July Designer Challenge is brought to you by not one, not two, but THREE of our illustrious Scrapbook MAX! designers! The challenge is to celebrate the love of your country, whichever wonderful one it may be…and Diana Carmichael, Michelle McCoy, and Tina Sudweeks are supplying freebies to help!

Here’s the challenge from our three “partners-in-crop”:

1. Download Michelle’s, Tina’s and Diana’s freebies kits… we will each be posting them separately, so watch for them!
2. Use at least ONE item from EACH of our kits (that means 1 from Michelle, 1 from Tina and 1 from Diana), but of course use more if you want… and then…
3. Scrap a page about what you are PROUD of in the country where YOU live, OR, if you are in the USA, scrap a July 4th page!
4. Upload your pages to the Design Team Challenges gallery AND THEN copy/paste the image link in this thread for all of us to enjoy! (That’s the “linked image” code under your uploaded layout.)

Click here to find more designer challenge details and the above-mentioned freebies!

June Freebies and Contests

Here’s what’s happening in June in the Scrapbook MAX! community – it’s hopping, as usual!

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Fiona Storey

June 2010 Monthly Challenge
Designer Fiona Storey hosts this month’s designer challenge, and helps you “get your curve on”. Using photos you wouldn’t normally scrap, and trading in straight lines for curves only, this challenge promises to be fun! Here’s a twist – the photo you start with does not end up in the layout – use it for color inspiration only! Get all the challenge details here
Monja Wessel

Monja Wessel

The Groove June 2010 Freebie Challenge
The Groove Newsletter’s challenge this month includes a breathtaking freebie from designer Monja Wessel, known for her beautiful photo-realistic design style. Get all the challenge details here
Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy

Michelle McCoy’s “Scrappin’ Challenge 21″
Look for designer Michelle McCoy’s fab weekly challenges throughout the month, beginning with Scrappin’ Challenge 21. Design a layout that follows Michelle’s instructions and makes use of her color swatch, and you’ll get a free kit designed by Michelle (seriously!!). Look for more Scrappin’ Challenges each week throughout the month – and get all the details about this week’s challenge here

The Groove May 2010

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 Rosie’s grandma – Layout feautring wild flowers

In the Groove

You know the expression – April showers brings May flowers! And scrappers and photographers alike know that flowers dress up a scrapbook, and even make for great photo themes! Check out the lovely flower layouts featured this month, ranging from soft and romantic, to bold and funky. Get inspired to make your own floral layouts “bloom”!

We’ve got your favorites – scrapbook inspiration, great deals, and a freebie challenge from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Katie Castillo!

And here’s some extra-awesome news! We’re clearing out some of our classic  items in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store to make room for fantastic **new** kits and templates.  This month, you can save 40% off  kits or templates found in the Last Chance category  (designs that are about to be retired) using the Groove’s special coupon code. Read on for more details!

Soft and Sweet

These layouts capture the delicateness of flowers, suggesting those first tender blooms of spring. The pastel colour choice of the first layout is as soft as a cool breeze, and the white theme of the second gives the impression of lace. Romantic and elegant!

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MaggieMae – Flower Petals Layout

 

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AmeliasMuma – Beauty Layout

 

The Bold and the Beautiful

We love colours that deliver a punch! Here are two examples: in the first, a stunning flower is the photo subject (with ultra contrasting violets and greens). In the second, funky, stylized flower embellishments adorn an adorable photo of a girl at play. Fresh, fun and lovely!

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Pelle- The Groove April Challenge- Rhododendron Layout

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stitches – Fruity Flowers Layout

 

**LAST CHANCE SALE in the

Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store!**

We’re doing some spring cleaning in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, clearing out some older favorites to make room for some spectacular new inventory. This is your last chance to get the designs that we are about to retire (once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!). Plus right now, when you purchase kits and templates from the Last Chance category in the store, you can save 40% off your order!

To get 40% off your order, select at least $10 worth of kits and templates from the Last Chance category (over 500 items to choose from!), and use the special coupon code LASTCHANCE at checkout (type in exactly as shown). You’ll get 40% off of your order! This offer is valid through May 31, 2010 – it’s a great opportunity to stock up on kits, and your last shot at these kits before they are retired!

 Visit the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store today.

 Note: Applies only to kits and templates sold in the Last Chance category of the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store (new orders only).  Order must have a minimum total of $10.  Coupon code LASTCHANCE must be entered at time of purchase exactly as shown. Offer expires May 31, 2010. The kits and templates sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store are designed to work with Scrapbook MAX! software.

The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge

 

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May 2010 Freebie by Katie Castillo

Each month, a featured 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 and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Katie Castillo has shared a colorful, funky, and fun freebie that you’ll adore.

Here’s the Challenge:

Using at least two (2) of Katie’s freebie embellishments, and one (1) background paper, make a layout that also includes a caption or journal text with the word “flowers” in it.

For extra fun: alter the colours of your layout in Scrapbook MAX! to make a second version of the same page with a whole different feel!

Find the freebie challenge thread here!

 
May 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits similar to this month’s awesome freebie? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are May’s four featured kits, all by Katie Castillo.

Be sure to use the coupon code  KCS-MAY to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits below to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store until May 31, 2010, and type in the coupon code KCS-MAY, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code KCS-MAY exactly as shown.  Applies to new orders only).

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Katie Castillo – I Do Believe In Fairies Kit
 

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Katie Castillo – So Jordan Kit

 

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Katie Castillo  – Fly Me to the Moon Kit

 

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Katie Castillo – Backyard BBQ Kit

 

Autumn Bouquet

Though we may assosicate flowers with spring, let’s not forget about the gorgeous autumn palette. Bright golds, fiery reds, blazing oranges. There are few sights more breathtaking than the turning of the season from summer to fall, as showcases in this lovely layout.

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O2BNGdhope – Tyler-Give-Thanks-Fall-Flowers Layout

 

Watch for the next issue of The Groove, coming June 1, 2010!