The Groove April 2009


Layout using blue tones, by Moonlightpearl


In the Groove

Want to make your photos “pop”? A great technique is to limit the color palette of your layout. It’s an awesome way to highlight a photo, or even a certain part of a photo! In this issue, you’ll find inspiring layouts that generally revolve around two colors or tones in their design strategy. Whether you choose two neutral tones, two completely contrasting colors, or two colors in the same color family, your two-toned layouts are sure to get some attention!

Below you’ll also find a fab Scrapper Profile, a fun freebie and challenge by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store Designer Diana Carmichael. And guess what? There’s an AMAZING **spring sale** going on in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store.  Below, you’ll find a special coupon code for an awesome 20% off all digital kits and templates in the store – get all the exciting details below!


 Let Your Photo Guide you!

Want to create a two-tone layout but not sure which two tones to use? Look no further than your photo! The green and pink colors in the children’s outfits provided a theme for the background and embellishments selected by crunchymountainmomma (love that forum member name!). And MaggieMae wisely chose to keep the focus on this gorgeous lion by using a tone similar to the lion’s mane in her page (contrasted with a rich, natural green.) Lovely! 



My Sister, My Friend Layout by crunchymountainmomma


A Day At the Zoo Layout by MaggieMae


Neutral Territory

You don’t have to pull out the color wheel and go for bright, high-contrast in a two-toned layout. Neutrals work just as effectively! We love the subtle touch of pickngrin’s page – and what a great set of photos!



Hitch Your Wagon to a Star Layout – pickngrin


 Scrapper Profile

Carol, a.k.a. “crops2dawn”

Meet Carol, a.k.a. crops2dawn, a long-time friend of the Scrapbook MAX! Online Community! Carol is known in the forums for her talent for scrapping, sense of humor, and helpful nature. Get to know more about her in the following Scrapper Profile!

Q- If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?

If I could be any animal it would have to be a bird, so I could fly all over the world to meet the fascinating people I’ve found in the digiworld.
Q- How long have you been digital scrapbooking and what got you started?

I have been addicted to digital scrappin’ for almost 3 years now. I used to do it the old fashion way, and I did love doing that, I subscribed to a magazine that came with a CD and one of the parts, was a 30 day trial for SBM, I was hooked on day one!
Q-  What are your non-scrapbooking hobbies?

Photography is one of my newest hobbies. My DH bought me a Canon Rebel last year and I love taking photos, I just have to keep practicing. Other than that, I love stamping, card making, cooking and camping.

Q- Tell us about your family.

I am married to Dennis for almost 22 years, We have a daughter Heather who is 20, and another daughter, Amber who is 16, they both know everything at the moment, and we are just here to annoy them. LOL I have 2 golden retrievers, Shelby and KC. I also have 4 sisters and 1 brother, my dad passed away when I was 20, and my mom passed away when I was 30.

Q- There’s a blank screen in front of you. How do you begin your layout?

That’s a tough one, it all depends what kind of mood I am in. I would have to say I mostly start with a photo, playing with effects is so much fun.

Q-  What is the best part about using Scrapbook MAX!?

It is so easy to use!  When I first started digiscrappin’ I had no idea what I was doing, I never belonged to a forum before either, and since day one, when I introduced myself, the people were amazing! They helped me with so much. Now, it’s my turn to give back to the community that has given me much more than they realized, I’ve made life-long friendship, and that is something I will always treasure, oops, I am getting mushy! LOL
Q- How did you get that cool forum member name?

Like I said before, I used to scrap the old way, one night I decided to have a Crop til Dawn party, we all got in our jams and scrapped all night, but two weeks later I found SBM, I needed to come up with a name so while looking around my scrap room, I glanced over at the invitations that I made for the party, WALA … crops2dawn was born…lol
Q-  Describe your favorite time of year.

My favorite time of year would have to be Autumn, the cool crisp air, the leaves falling in an array of wonderful colors. Also a great time to take photos.

Thanks, Carol!

Checkout some of Carol’s favorite layouts below:






All In The Color Family

Makeyesup did a great job of working with tones in a single color family (pink tones). We think that this choice somehow lends further texture and depth to a page. Pick your favorite color in a couple of shades, and try it out!


Sweet Sisters Layout by makeyesup


The Groove Monthly Freebie Challenge!


 Get Diana’s “Happy” freebie and participate in a great challenge – see how below! (coordinates with Diana’s “Happy Kit”, one of this month’s featured kits)

The Freebie Part

This month, Diana Carmichael is sharing this bright, fun freebie set with you – how cool is that! Find the freebies in our Groove Monthly Freebie thread!

The Challenge Part

Here’s Diana’s challenge:

“What Makes You Happy?” Using items (any or all) from the freebie kit, make a page that describes what makes YOU happy. This is wide open for subject matter and size/type of layout – so go for it! Tell us what makes you HAPPY! Upload your layout(s) to the members’ gallery and link them in this thread for all to see and admire! AND! — be sure to check back every few days throughout the month as I will be adding MORE FREEBIES now and then for you to add to your collection!

(WOW! What a great BONUS, Diana! Readers – be sure to check in often throughout the month to get your freebies!)

April 2009 “Featured Kits”

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

Below are April’s five featured kits, all by Diana Carmichael. Be sure to use the coupon code SPRINGSALE, to get 20% off  your purchase (more details on this offer below!).


Diana Carmichael – Happy Kit


Diana Carmichael – Happy Girl


Diana Carmichael – Black Gold


Diana Carmichael – Midnight Mauve



Diana Carmichael – My Heart


**Spring Sale** in the

 Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store


Spring has sprung, and so has a great sale in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store (our Groove Readers are the first to hear!)! Now until April 30, 2009, you can save 20% off any digital kit or template sold in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store when you spend $10 or more!

Just go to add your favorite kits and templates to your cart, and enter the coupon code SPRINGSALE in the coupon code field. You MUST enter the code SPRINGSALE exactly as shown to get your discount. It’s a great time to stock up on digi kits and templates for all of your digi scrapping projects. Hurry – sale ends April 30, 2009!

Sale applies to new orders only. Applies only to purchases made in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Coupon code SPRINGSALE must be entered at the time of purchase.  Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Offer ends April 30, 2009.


 “Pop” Goes the Photo!

omajo knows that when you want to make a smiley-faced picture shine, go for the bold! We love the striking contrast of dark brown and bright blue. Fun, retro, and happy-happy (like the adorable face in the middle!)


Matthew Layout by omajo


Booster Pack Store:

New Releases

Many 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!. (Plus, all April, don’t forget to use the coupon code SPRINGSALE at checkout to get 20% off your purchase - details on this offer described above!)

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



Wendy Gibson  – My Favorite Things Kit



Esther Barry  – Winter Kit



Fiona Storey – Always In My Thoughts Kit


Look for the next issue of The Groove on May 1, 2009!

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