The Groove January 2010


An adorable Christmas layout by mollie

(from the December 2009 Groove Challenge, hosted by Wendy Gibson)

 Happy New Year –

and Happy New Eraser!

You asked, and we listened! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 now comes with an AMAZING new eraser tool!

The eraser tool is included in the latest release of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. If you own Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, upgrade for free by going to Help > Check for Update in the menu, and follow the instructions. If you purchase Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 today, you  will immediately be sent a link to download the very latest version of the software – including the new eraser. Right now you also get 20% off  the regular price and a free mega bonus pack!)


Simply click on the photo or embellishment that you want to work with, then click on the eraser tool on the toolbar.


Holding down the left button on your mouse, “erase” the portions of your object that you want to have disappear!



Oops! Did you erase too much? Simply click on the “brush” tool on the eraser dialog, and go over the spots where you may have gotten too eraser happy. This restores your image! (Want to restore your whole image? Just select “Reset” on the eraser dialog.)





Using the eraser, my little dachshund looks like he’s popping out of the frame – how cute (and how easy!!)


The Help File has GREAT information and tips about using the eraser. You can access Help by clicking on Help in the menu, and searching for the topic you want to read about. Or, click on the tool you want to learn, and click on the Help button that appears on that tool’s dialog – this will take you to just the right spot in the Help file!

The best way to learn just about anything in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software is to play around. But when you’re looking for a little more info, the Help File is your best friend!


The creative possibilities are endless! And we want to see what YOU do with the new eraser tool. We’re challenging you to post your layouts that show off your creative erasing talents in this thread. We will feature our favourite three in the next issue of The Groove!

The Groove Freebie Challenge!



“Golden” freebie kit by designer Steve Russell

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 January 2010 gallery (coming soon) and post a link to your layout in a reply to the challenge thread!

This month, designer Steve Russell has shared a gorgeous, golden kit for you to play with.

The challenge: Using as many items in this kit as you can, scrap a layout. Your page must include text that has the word “gold” in it (e.g. Like “Searching for a heart of gold”). Let your creativity “shine”!

Find the Challenge thread here! 

January 2010 Featured Kits

Looking for kits similar to this month’s fab freebie? Here’s a few for your list, and a coupon to use, too! Below are January’s four featured kits, all by Steve Russell.

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



 IRE  – Love Song Kit



IRE – Hockey Player Kit



IRE- Birthday Bash Kit



IRE – Mom’s Taxi Kit

Holiday Kits for Holiday Pics!

Looking for great kits to scrap your Christmas and Holiday photos? Look no further than the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.

Below are a few great Christmas and Holiday themed kits and templates to check out. (Looking for more selection? Just type in a key word in the Search box on the store’s home page. You’ll find lovely kits and templates galore!)



 Tina Sudweeks – Bright Christmas Kit



Diana Carmichael – Christmas Love Template



Katie Castillo – Hollly Jolly Add-On Kit



Michelle McCoy – HoHo Santa Template



Siobhan Kite – Happy New Year Template

 Have a fun-filled, scrap-happy 2010!


A gorgeous  Christmas layout by Sylvia Esther

(from the December 2009 Groove Challenge, hosted by Wendy Gibson)

The Groove October 2009

NEW Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 IS HERE! 


Michelle McCoy: Butterfly Layout  – made with NEW Scrapbook MAX! 2.0


You may have already heard the great news – we are thrilled to announce the release of a brand new, improved and enhanced version of Scrapbook MAX! - NEW! Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! we’ve kept the fast, fun, easy workflow of version 1, but have added in a whole lot more dazzle for your pages!

You’ll be amazed at all of the amazing artistic and creative things you can do with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0.  Bend, curve and squish your text or flow it along a curve; colorize embies and photos to your exact specifications; add outlines and patterned fills to text;enjoy complete control over the blur, distance, angle and even color of your shadows – and SO MUCH MORE! (Read our HUGE Feature List here!) PLUS – it’s all spruced up with a super fast graphics engine, awesome output quality, and more to make your scrapbooks works of art.

Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 is already a hit! In this issue of The Groove, we feature layouts from our members made with the new software and using some of the great new features. we’ve also included some handy mini-tutorial screenshots to help you get acquainted with the program.

We also have a fun new challenge and freebie by Michelle McCoy that gives YOU a chance to win a copy of the new software (see below for details!). Read on to get inspired!


Get Creative With Your Text!

In new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, you can get creative with your text: add outlines, fill your text with patterns, images and gradients, bend, curve and distort your captions, squish and stretch your characters, and more! Below are a couple of creative examples of what you can now achieve with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 – remember, what you see below are not “word art” embellishments; it’s actual typed text that you can now easily and artistically manipulate to get the results you want!



 KPierce – Memories Layout featuring curved text



 Marion – Cruise Ship Pool Area Layout featuring curved text and a gradient color fill


Mini-Tutorial #1: Step-By-Step

To Creative Text!


Below is a simple step-by-step mini Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 tutorial demonstrating how to change a plain caption into an outlined text filled with a pattern, and curved and bent into a fun shape to liven up a layout.  HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Remember – this is just the beginning of what you can do with text in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0! The best way to learn is to play around – you’ll be amazed at your creative possibilities!



 Step 1: Add caption text to your page. Double-click on the text to call up its Properties box.

Step 2: Set the Style of text to Image/Pattern, and choose Select Image to browse to any image on your system that you wish to use as the fill for your text.


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


 We also chose to use the “Ridiculous” font – one of the fun new creative fonts included free with your software. Select a new font directly from the Properties box:


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




 Step 4: On the Advanced tab, you can check the Show Outline box to add an outline to your text. You can then pick the color for your outline from the color selection box, and adjust the thickness of your outline with the slider.




Step 5: We added our caption text to the page and right-clicked on it. From the drop-down menu that appears, we selected “Bendable”. Now we can drag and pull the dots that appear on the lines above and below our text to shape it into fun patterns. We can even right-click along those lines to add more bend points for more possibilities!





 Dragging the bend points to get our text “into shape”!


Wasn’t that easy? And aren’t the results amazing!

Check out our free trial on and see what you can do! Or, better yet, buy the full version today and save 20% - PLUS get a free bonus mega expansion pack collection, “Life Is Beautiful” – full of enhanced templates and thousands of pieces of content!

Colorize and Tint – A Rainbow

of Possibilities!

You’ve never been able to adjust the tint and colorize with such precision and ease! Make all of your photos and embies color-perfect with our easy new tools that put all the control in your hands. On the Advanced tab on the Properties box for embies and photos, simply select the Adjust Color box, and use the sliders to alter Hue, Saturation, and Lightness – watch the adjustments as they happen so you can get the exact results you want!

Plus, anytime you are shown a color selection box in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, choose More Colors to enable an eye-dropper color picker. Simply move the eye-dropper onto a color you love anywhere on your layout, and select it to colorize your object.
How cool is that!


 Omajo’s Rock And Roll Waltz Layout- embies have been colorized using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0′s new color/tint feature!


Mini-Tutorial #2:

 Colorize An Embellishment!


We made this layout and love it  – but think that a blue-toned froggie would be a better match for this page. That’s no problem with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.


Step 1: Double-click on the froggie embellishment to call up its Properties.

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab.

Step 3: On the Advanced tab, select the Adjust color box. Then slide the Hue, Saturation and Lightness slider bars until the color is the one you want. You’ll see the changes occur in “real time” as you slide the bars.
We created the perfect denim blue for our frog with a couple of simple slider adjustments.



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



  Easy as 1-2-3! And remember, you can adjust the color of photos too with Scrapbook MAX! 2.0!

NEW in Scrapbook MAX 2.0:

Color Picker “Eye-Dropper” Tool!

HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Here’s another colorizing tool in new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Whenever you are presented with a color selection box like this:


you can use activate the eye-dropper tool to select a color from anywhere on your page as the color you use to colorize your object! (Note: in this example, we’re working with the color selector box that appears on the Caption Properties Box, but you’ll find the color selector box in other places, too!)

Simply click the arrow on the color box, and choose More Colors:


Then, move your mouse to select a color from your page as shown here (we’re selecting the pink shade of the stitched apple embellishment):



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



 In this example, we’ve colorized our text with the eye-dropper so that it coordinates exactly with the stitched apple embellishment – how cool is that?


The Groove’s Monthly Freebie Challenge!

It’s been an exciting few weeks with the release of new Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, so we’ve made sure to provide you with a super exciting challenge and freebie! Michelle McCoy has shared a terrific freebie and a very cool challenge.


PLUS! each week in October 2009, Michelle will be randomly selecting a layout made by a challenge participant – the creator of that layout will win a FREE copy of Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 or, if you already have the software, the mega Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Pack of your choice (Bundle Of Joy or Back To School)!




“Stamp It” Challenge!

by Michelle McCoy

This month I thought I would try something easy, but different from the ordinary “Fall” or “Halloween” theme for October.  I think this challenge will keep your ideas flowing since there are so many ways to be creative with this.
Here is what I want you to do…
1.)  Download freebie.
2.)  Using the stamp templates provided, you are to make a layout look like a postal stamp..basically we are making our own personal stamp, but as a layout. Templates provided can be used for 12×12, 8×8, 5×7 or 4×6 in size.
3.)  You can ONLY use items from the kit provided. But you MAY change the color of anything you use and you may make other embellishments out of the backgrounds as well…
4.)  Upload your layout to the gallery and add the image or link to your page, here in this thread.
5.)  ALL participants have a chance to win the new updated Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 software (or, the Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 Expansion Mega Pack of your choice  – Bundle Of Joy or Back To School). Every week, I will randomly pick someone who places a layout for this challenge. So if you don’t win the first week, don’t’ give up, make another page for the second week, etc etc…Good luck to you!
6.)  If you would like to share your template for others to have, by all means, upload the .smt file here as well..

I hope you have fun with this one, and remember, if you have any questions…Pleeeeeeease ~ ask away…((HUGS))



October  2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are October’s four featured kits, all by Michelle McCoy.  Be sure to use the coupon code MMC-OCT, to get 10% off your purchase. Simply add any of the four Featured Kits to your cart in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store until October 31, 2009, and type in the coupon code MMC-OCT, to receive your 10% off discount (be sure to type in the code MMC-OCT exactly as shown. Applies to new orders only).


Michelle McCoy – Autumn Bliss



Michelle McCoy – Country Roosters



Michelle McCoy – The Great Outdoors



Michelle McCoy – Jungle Buddies


 Shape UP!

You’ve always been able to have fun with photoshapes in Scrapbook MAX!  – but now, in Scrapbook MAX! 2.0 there’s another option: INVERT your shape! So, instead of cutting around the perimeter of your photo or scrap, you can “cut out” the interior of it (like the cookie dough that’s left on the counter after you’ve cut out the cookie!). This gives you another creative way to design layouts! Check out what Wendy and Val have done with inverted shapes below. Following that, we show you how easy it is with a mini tutorial!


 Booster Pack Store Designer Wendy Gibson uses an inverted shape  to jazz up her layout.  She used her Applelicious and School Days kits for the great elements – find them in her section of the store here.



 Valerie Elanie made this gorgeous layout making use of the invert shape feature.


Mini-Tutorial #3: Invert a Shape!


Getting creative doesn’t get any easier than this! Using Scrapbook MAX! 2.0, invert your photoshapes for endless creative possibilities! HINT: You can click on the screenshot images to enlarge them and get a closer look.

Step 1: Double-click on your photo or embellishment to call up it’s Properties. Choose Custom Shape, and then the Select button to find the shape you want to add.




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




Step 2: To invert the shape – meaning that we’ll be cutting the shape OUT of the paper scrap instead of around it – simply check the Invert Shape box (just below the Custom Shape box). And you’re done!



We hope that you’ve enjoyed this special issue of The Groove as we celebrate the release of New Scrapbook MAX! 2.0. Learn more about it on our site, and remember to check out our free trial at And if you buy today, you’ll save 20% off the regular price, PLUS you get the jam-packed content collection Life Is Beautiful absolutely FREE – all the details are on our site!

Thanks for reading – see you next month!

The Groove September 2008


Layout and template by Deanne Gow-Smith

Showtime template page from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition

In the Groove

Gather your pencils, pack your knapsack, don’t forget your gym shorts and an apple for the teacher – it’s back to school time! Whether your kids are starting a new year or your school days have been over for a while, isn’t there something about September that makes you feel that something new is starting? A change in the air, back to routine, back to old friends, time for learning new things?

To celebrate ‘Back to School’ in all its forms, The Groove is dedicating this issue to school themed layouts from the brand new Scrapbook MAX! School Edition. With its bright, hip, school-themed templates and kits made by designers from the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store, you and your kids are sure to love it! We’ll show you how it’s great not only for scrapping school memories, but for livening up school projects and assignments as well! (We’ve even included a coupon for 20% off the regular price – find the details below!)

Read on for more about scrappin’ for school, and for your usual favorites! (A freebie and challenge by Steve Russell, a Scrapper Profile, and scrapbooking inspiration!)


Scrap School Milestones!


“Front Page” layout by Michelle McCoy – from “Early Years” (Michelle McCoy – School Edition)



“Roxie” layout by Donna Roe – from “School Friends” (Donna Roe – School Edition)

There are so many memories and milestones associated with school! First day of class, favorite teacher, new best friend, school events, a special project. What better way to preserve your photos of these moments than by scrapping a special school page or album? Your kids will cherish their special pages for life. Be sure to do a bit of journaling to help preserve the memory!

Head Of The Class!

Not only can you scrap your special school memories with Scrapbook MAX! School Edition, students can use it to add fun, excitement, and pizazz to their school assignments! Great for homeschool and classroom use. Here are just a few great school ideas:

Make a portfolio of your schoolwork – burn to CD-R for safekeeping!


(Embellishments from School Edition)


Print out a poster for your favorite school club or event – try a large size like 12 x 12 for maximum impact!


From “Around The World” template (Steve Russell – School Edition)


Create stunning pages for a Family Tree assignment!


“History” Layout from “Family Tree” Template (Fiona Storey - School Edition)

 For more great ideas for students, check our our brand new Teacher’s Corner – you’ll find ideas, layout samples, and information about classroom lab pack pricing!


Scrapper Profile

Julian P. a.k.a. Pink Lollipop


Meet Pink Lollipop – a super-friendly, creative and helpful member of our Scrapbook MAX! Online Community!

Q- If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?

A-They will describe me as kind, friendly and funny type of person. :P

Q- How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A- Through Scrapbook MAX! of course – the first scrapbooking software that I bought for myself as my birthday present this Feb.2008. Getting to know the wonderful and funny members in the forum has inspired me greatly to start this ‘addictive’ hobby. Since then I been SB like ‘nutz’.. LOL.

Q- Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A-Well….. I SB most of my time, love reading, watching movies and playing with my cat ‘Samy’. He is a gentle and lovely guy which is why we love him so much. We adopted him last November and we are so glad we did. :)

Q- Who are the most special people in your life.Why?
A-Ohh… a ‘bunch’. .. my parents, my hubby and my wonderful in-laws (including my hubby’s relatives) my Winna and my best friend ‘Lynn’. Lynn is like a ‘part’ of me and always there for me. We’ve known each other since high school.

Q- Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A- Ever since I started SB, I’ve been more ‘sensitive’ about ‘stuff’ around me. My cat Samy is my ‘main model’ cos he is so full of ‘tricks and surprises’. LOL.. Sometimes, when I see a tree and find it so beautiful, immediately I want to take a picture and do a layout with it.  The challenges held in our forums where members show their creations have inspired me alot too.

Q- Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A- Yes, I love Pink for papers or embellishments!  :) However, I will still base my layouts on the picture before deciding the color ‘theme’ I like to use. 

Q- What’s your next scrapbook project?
A- I’ve been doing scrapbooking for my friends. The ‘biggest’ project I have now is for my father and mother in-law, they just came back from their India and Singapore trip and have taken lots of beautiful pictures. :) I plan to create an album for them as a gift.:P

Q- If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- I don’t really wish to be any celebrity for one day, but I wouldn’t mind having Celine Dion’s beautiful voice as it is so powerful and ‘rich’. {wink}

Enjoy a few of Pink Lollipop’s stunning layouts!



Save 20% off on Scrapbook MAX! School Edition



The Groove has a great offer for you this month. When you purchase Scrapbook MAX! School Edition before September 30, 2008, you can receive 20% the regular price od $39.95. Just type in the coupon code PENCIL at checkout. It’s the perfect edition for scrapping school memories, and even jazzing up homework! Buy today and save!

Offer applies exclusively to Scrapbook MAX! School Edition – new purchases only. Coupon code PENCIL must be typed in at checkout. Offer expires September 30, 2008 and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Calendars, Journals, and More…OH MY!

Did you know that the School Edition was designed in consultation with professional teachers? We asked teachers  – what kind of kits and templates do you want to see for your students? A popular response – kits for journaling, organizing, and scheduling! See some of the kits made in response to this great request:



“School Calendar” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)



 ”My Journal” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)



 ”Getting The Scoop” Template (Fiona Storey – School Edition)


Favorite Subjects!

The School Edition also includes kits and templates on class subjects like science, art, math, and drama for all your school scrapbooking needs. And we didn’t forget about important school events like theatrical productions, sports, and awards. See some samples below!



“Budding Scientist” template (Steve Russell - School Edition)



“Artistic Flair” Template (Deanne Gow-Smith – School Edition)



“School Spirit” Template (Tina Sudweeks – School Edition)


 School Layouts…And Beyond!

Of course with any scrapbooking elements, you can put them to use however you see fit – no matter what the theme! Check out how Julie Clark put the hip, funky, and feminine “Friends Forever” template from the School Edition to use to scrap the first moments of her daughter’s life.

Congratulations, Julie – and thanks for sharing these special pictures!


From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)



From “Friends Forever” Template (Julie Clark – School Edition)


The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!

The Freebie Part

Steve Russell has generously supplied a freebie collection of ”masculine” elements to all our Groove readers, based on several of his kits available in the booster pack store (picture below). Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread

The Challenge Part

Steve has issued this challenge based on his freebie collection:

  • Using at least 4 items from the mini kit, create a “masculine” layout that showcases your favorite guy (husband, son, friend or whatever)
  • You can add whatever additional elements or papers of your choice except…
    they must be “masculine”… no flowers, ribbons or bows are allowed!
  • Have fun!!


Discount Coupon For
September 2008 “Featured Kits”


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

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

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



Wanted Outlaws



Gone Fishing Kit



Father’s Day Kit



American Football Kit


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.


Carena Scott – Bugs Delight Kit


Fiona Storey – Caffe Macchiato Kit


Deanne Gow-Smith – Wedded Bliss Template


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

Not yet signed up for The Groove?  Sign up for free today, and get a link to The Groove delivered to your inbox each month. Inspiration, freebies, challenges, scrapper profiles and more await!

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 [email protected] 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..”


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


Carena Scott - Alex Kit   


Carena Scott - Whisper Kit


Garden Magic

Carena Scott - Garden Magic Kit   

All Male/Boy

 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!



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

Fiona Storey - Delightful Frames Kit  


Esther Barry Shades of Love

Esther Barry - Shades Of Love Kit


Michelle McCoy – Doodle Bug

Michelle McCoy - Doodle Bug Kit   


Kathie Woolery – Softly Spoken Template

 Kathie Woolery - Softly Spoken Template   


Deanne Gow-Smith -  Boys N Bugs Kit

Deanne Gow-Smith - Boys N Bugs Kit     


Carena Scott – Spring Garden

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 [email protected]

Next Month in The Groove

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