The Groove July 2007


The GrooveDigital Scrapbooking Inspiration- July 2007

 

In the Groove

July means summer time, and that’s the perfect season for this month’s theme: “whimsy”! That’s right – we’re paying tribute to those carefree moments when you let your inner child lead the way, and life seems at its brightest. Look for our brand new layout contest that celebrates this theme: “Wonderfully Whimsical” (details below).

And don’t worry, though we are delighting in being carefree, we haven’t forgotten your favorite – our monthly freebies! This month, you’ll be treated to a stunning mini-kit designed by the incredible Fiona Storey, Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer extraordinaire! See below for all the details.

Musings on “Whimsy”

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work, to-do lists, chores, plans, etc. But life isn’t all serious – in fact, the reason that we work so hard is so that we can ENJOY moments of laughter, love and play!

This month, The Groove is celebrating “whimsy” – what a great word! When I hear the word whimsy, being a child or childlike comes to mind. I immediately think of twirling in an open field, blowing bubbles, acting out fairy tales, leaving dishes in the sink to make paper hats and play pirates for the afternoon. What do you think of? What comes to mind when you let go of your lists?

When it comes to whimsical digital scrapbook layouts, that can mean a great many things. A layout might be called whimsical because of the unusual, playfully patterned paper scraps you choose. Or maybe instead of using the formal portrait from a family reunion for your layout, you choose the one where everyone is scrunching their faces into their silliest-of-silly grins.

Whatever whimsy means to you, try it out sooner rather than later, and oftener rather than less. Make today a magical memory!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to combine colors and textures that don’t usually “go together” – digital scrapbooking lets you be creative and whimsical, so go wild! You might just be surprised at how much you love it!

Groovy Tip#2: Have a question about Scrapbook MAX! or our online Community? Don’t forget to check out the Frequently Asked Questions forum for some helpful information.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Karyn R. (a.k.a. Kazr), a dear friend of the Scrapbook MAX! forums and one talented scrapper! Get to know Karyn better by reading her profile below! (She’s shared some of her fave layouts below!)

Q- If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?
A- My first choice would have to be a tiger – they are such majestic creatures. I also worry they are becoming more and more an endangered species.

Q- How long have you been digital scrapbooking and what got you started?
A- I had only been digital scrapbooking for several months; I had checked out some digital sites and while surfing the net, I came across Scrapbook MAX!. It was so easy to use, now I am truly a SBM addict!

Q- What are your non-scrapbooking hobbies?
A- Spending time with my parents, brother, grandaughters and pets – they help to keep me grounded. I am an avid reader, plus love traditional scrapbooking & have a couple of albums I am quite proud of.

Q- Tell us about your family.
A- I am so lucky to still have my parents in my life (June & Les), my brother Mark, my son (Lee), my daughter (Jade-Ellyn) & my grandaughters Skye & Kiara (both 7 this year). My husband Jim passed away just over 5 years ago from a brain tumor.

Q- Tell us about one layout that you are particularly proud of and why.
A- Wow, that is a hard one! Of course I have some favorites, but one I am proud of is ‘ June – Les 50th Anniversary ‘ a tribute to my parents’ 50 years together. I am thrilled that they have reached that milestone in their life; not many marriages these days last the distance.

Q- What is the best part about using Scrapbook MAX!?
A- This program is so consumer friendly and is by far the easiest and most fun program to learn. You get fantastic results so quickly and the staff and newfound friends are always willing to help if any problem should arise. I cannot think of any one thing I love more than another- I love it all.

Q- Describe your favorite time of year.
A- Spring is definitely my favorite time of year- not too hot nor to cold. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and usually the warmer days are perfect for getting together with family & friends for a barbeque.

Check out some of Karyn’s favorite layouts!

Beautiful Innocence, “Creature Comfort, “June and Les’s 50th“, “Sweet Dreams”

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

And Now, Presenting PhotoSpark!

From the makers of Scrapbook MAX! comes PhotoSpark – a brand new digital photo album software program for digital photography enthusiasts! With its easy-to-use design space, slick content, and super cool themes, PhotoSpark is sure to appeal to everyone, scrapbookers and non-scrapbookers alike!At $39.95, PhotoSpark makes an affordable gift for the digital photography enthusiast on your list, or a great treat for yourself! And here’s the best news –as friends of Scrapbook MAX!, we are giving you a spectacular offer. If you purchase PhotoSpark by July 16, 2007, you will receive 50% off the purchase price – that’s only $19.97 + shipping! Be sure to enter the coupon code 54373 at checkout to receive this incredible deal.

Click here to see everything that’s included. And remember, you can use everything you see included in PhotoSpark right in Scrapbook MAX! with our free file converter. (At the special price of $19.97, PhotoSpark is a tremendous deal for content alone; thousands of pieces of content are included!).
Hurry – offer ends July 16, 2007! Buy now and save!

The Groove’s Monthly Freebie

Even though this month’s free mini-kit is called “Barely There,” you’ll sure be glad that it is there! Many thanks to the superbly talented Fiona Storey, Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer, for sharing her creations!

Click here to get your Freebies!

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

Creative Genius

Are you planning to host an event this summer? Instead of just inviting your friends the old fashioned way through “snail mail” or by phone, why not make simple, themed invitations with Scrapbook MAX! and send them out through email!

You can either email your invitation right from Scrapbook MAX! by clicking on the “envelope” icon, or choose Publish To > Images,
and select the High Quality and Web/Email settings. Then, attach the published image(s) to an email message!

(Check out our sample invitation to a scrumptious fondue party. Mmmm…melted chocolate….)

Contest: “Wonderfully Whimsical”

Whimsy is being spirited, carefree, imaginative, and childlike. Whatever your interpretation is, we want to see your layouts celebrating the wonderful world of “whimsy”. 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, July 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.

“Dear Dad” Contest Winners

1st Place Winner!

“I Love Dad”
By Christine N.
Boise, ID

Our 1st Place layout by Christine N. shows off great “daddy” photos with an eye-pleasing color palette, and well-chosen embellishments. Awesome!

Runners-Up!

“My Fisherman,” By Diana C., Newton, KS and “Sean and Kian Sleeping” by mackie

Check out the cool “bulletin board” design by Diana…with a recipe included! The soft colors and tender photos used by mackie sure capture the special love of father and child.

Congrats to all participants!

Inspirations

A World of Whimsy! Sometimes, the best layouts are the ones where we let our imaginations run free! Below, we feature two inspiring layouts that we think reflect a fresh, fun way of featuring great photos. We love Mary H.’s spirited use of color, pattern, and layered scraps to capture the dizzy fun of an amusement park ride (and check out those smiles!). And isn’t the “underwater” effect of Irene V.’s shimmering background, bubbly elements, and gorgeous ocean coast photo spectacular? So, gather up your favorite photos, look at them in a new way, and enjoy the creative results!

From Sam and Ben, Mary H., West Coast of Scotland

and My Life By the Bay, by Irene V. Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada


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@scrapbookgroove.com

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates “Friends Forever”! Plus – look for July’s “Wonderfully Whimsical” 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!

The Groove March 2007


The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – March 2007

Groovy layout by Stephen R., Arizona


In The Groove

Spring is finally on its way (of course, it’s closer for some of us than it is for others!). While we wait for the last traces of winter to disappear, let’s have some fun with this month’s Groove-y theme – Goin’ Retro!

Check out our “Goin’ Retro” contest below! And remember, retro not only refers to those wild psychedelic patterns that are showing up everywhere nowadays (especially lately in the forums, we’ve noticed!) – it includes anything from days past, including “heritage” style albums. So get creative when goin’ retro, and submit a layout that pays homage to the near or distant past!

Musings on the “Retro Craze”


Okay, class – sharpen your pencils, and copy the definition of “Retro”: Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past.

“Retro” seems to be an important word nowadays. It shows up everywhere. In fashion, music, television, entertainment, home decorating…the question is, why?


I’m sure we could come up with many theories on the current popularity of “going retro”. One of the most convincing is that connecting with things past makes us feel comfortable. It brings us back to a time when we had fewer worries. It reminds us of youth, old friendships, a world full of possibilities, simpler times.

Or maybe we want to “try on” an era we never got to experience the first time around. Who wouldn’t want to channel the elegance and grace of the movie stars of the 40’s, experience the energy and color of the sixties, or try a 70’s hustle on an illuminated disco floor? Going retro is the next best thing to a time machine.
Last but not least, going retro can be…FUN! In our opinion, that’s a great reason for almost anything!

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: Make your scrapbook into a fun screensaver by choosing File > Publish To > Screensaver.

Groovyy Tip #2: When you don’t like a change you’ve just made to your layout, you can always use the Undo/ Redo buttons found on your toolbar.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Julie LaPoint, aka MaggieMae! We all know and love her work – especially those desert sunset layouts! And of course, we are always grateful for her helpful comments in the forums. Get to know a little more about Julie!

Q - If we asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
A - I think they’d say I’m friendly and outgoing.

Q - How did you get involved with digital scrapbooking?
A - I downloaded the Scrapbook MAX! trial version and found it to be user-friendly yet sophisticated. I was hooked on digi-scrapping within a day or two and never looked back.

Q - Besides scrapbooking, what do you do for fun?
A - I like to read and I love watching movies. If I can get up off the sofa (LOL) I like to walk with my husband and two dogs. We like to travel – especially to warm places with great beaches!

Q - Who are the most special people in your life. Why?
A - My husband of 43 years is literally my other half! Then there are our two wonderful children and nine grandchildren!

Q - Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?
A - Inspiration comes first of all from the photos – the colors, textures and feelings. Then inspiration comes from everywhere else- magazines, advertisements, television, and last (but not least!) the SBM gallery.

Q - Do you have a signature color scheme or type of embellishment that you love to use?
A - I love blues and browns and ribbons or other types of borders.

Q - What is your next scrapbook project?
A - Oh, boy! I’ve been putting off a heritage book for a long time. Now that I have SBM and have started digi-scrapping, I think that’s my next big project.

Q - If you could be a celebrity for one day, who would you be and why?
A- Wow – this is a hard question. I’m afraid this sounds silly but maybe Queen Elizabeth* because I could wander around the palace and touch and feel history.

(*We like this choice – Julie, you could have won that Oscar!)

Some of Julie’s favorite layouts!


Sweet Companion, Little Elephant, Sunset in Tucson, Cristina

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Creative Genius


Words of Inspiration

Here’s an “inspiring” use of Scrapbook MAX!: using journal text, write your favorite verse, quotation or poem on a single page. Add a gorgeous background and embellishments. Print it out on high quality photo paper, and put it in a decorative frame. You’ve just made a beautiful gift to celebrate a special event like a marriage, birth, or graduation. Or, keep it on a bookshelf for your own personal inspiration!

Contest: “Goin’ Retro”

“Goin’ Retro” can summon up the psychedelic patterns of the 60’s and 70’s. Or, retro layouts can have an old-fashioned, heritage feel. The choice is yours – be creative, go retro on your own terms, and above all…enter this contest! Three winning “retro” 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 Wednesday, March 28, 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.

Be My Valentine Contest Winners!

 

We feel OUR temperature risin’ looking at this stunning Valentine layout, “Burning Love” by MA3, our 1st Place Winner! Congratulations – what a fab tribute to true sweethearts, your dear Mom and Dad.

And thanks for ALL of your entries. You showed us how love is celebrated in many forms – in marriages, with our kids, and even in tributes to chocolate!

Congratulations also to our runners-up, Terry T. and Racquel L.!


“Sister’s Love” by Terry T., Boise, ID and “My Kids’Expressions” by Racquel L., Culpeper, VA

Inspirations

 

A New Family! When Heather P. and her husband were looking to expand their family by adopting a baby, Heather created a gorgeous family profile scrapbook using Scrapbook MAX!. When baby Jackson Brian arrived, she created his announcement page! Read the full story in the online version of The Groove at www.scrapbookgroove.com (click on February).

“Family Profile” and “Baby Announcement”

 

Sectioning! Try sectioning your pages by criss-crossing various strips or borders all over the page. This actually creates several ‘frames’ within a page, allowing for interesting combinations of photos, journaling, and embellishments.


“Then and Now” by Karyn R., Sydney, Australia and “Newport Beach” by Jessica L., Gilbert, AZ

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:

The Groove celebrates Spring! Plus – look for March’s “Goin’ Retro” contest winner!