The Groove December 2007


Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration


In The Groove

The holidays are a magical time for many reasons. The gathering of family and friends, festive food, traditions, music, and…memories. And so, The Groove is celebrating memories this month, specifically “Vintage Memories” –  a theme that suggests reaching back to a time gone by, capturing the essence of what made those times special.

Look through your favorite “vintage” photos and put together a layout for our special “Vintage Memories” contest (see below for details). And of course, don’t forget to download this month’s gorgeous freebie from Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store Designer Deanne Gow-Smith (see below).


Vintage Memories


What else are our photographs but memories? And what better way is there to add depth, texture, and “lasting-ness” to those photos than through carefully crafted scrapbook layouts? How incredible that we live in a time where the images of our past can be viewed in the present, and carried with us into the future! Get inspired by the dazzling vintage layouts below (“Family Retro by grannywin, and “Alice” by MaggieMae):

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Grannywin would like to give the following credits: My thanks to Weeds and for the grunge paper, SAC for the corners, and Granny for the glasses. I appreciate all the “goodies”.


Digital Scrapbooking Tips


Groovy Tip #1: You work hard on your scrapbooks. Remember to save your Projects and Published files, and original Templates regularly on CD-R for “safe-keeping”. By default, these are stored on your computer under My Documents > Scrapbook MAX!

Groovy Tip #2: If you have lost or forgotten your password for our Online Community, please click on the following link and then follow the instructions to reset your password.


Scrapper Profile


 Diana Carmichael

 Newton, Kansas


Meet the generous and dynamic Diana Carmichael, otherwise known as “knzus”. In addition to being a regular and helpful presence in our Community, Diana is a designer for the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. Get to know her better!

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

A. I’m a born-and-raised native Kansan, married for 12 years to my soulmate, Jerry, who is my love and my best friend. I have two grown sons from a previous marriage, and six grown stepchildren. Together, we have been blessed with five grandchildren so far – three boys and two girls – whom we adore and find such joy in spending time with. Known as “knzus” on the SBM forums, I’m a designer for Scrapbook MAX! in my spare time, which amazingly parallels my regular work as a home-based webpage designer/consultant.

Q. How did you get started on digital scrapbooking?

A. I had begun just as recently as a year ago to scrapbook with “real” materials for my genealogy projects (I had never scrapped before in my life!), when one day, while perusing the internet for downloadable/printable papers, I ran across Scrapbook MAX!. I read all I could about the program and digital scrapbooking. I downloaded the trial version and the rest, as they say, is history!

Q. What are your hobbies/interests (other than digital scrapbooking of course)?

A. Besides the grandkids and genealogy, I have been an avid gardener all of my life (my garden areas grow larger with each passing year!). I read almost non-stop during the rest of my time – mostly Christian fiction and anything historical, especially that related to the 1800s. I also sketch (pencil) and sew (quilts and crafts), and Jerry and I enjoy being a part of and active in our church.

Q. Where do you get your layout ideas?

A.There is a lot of variety in this answer! Sometimes I will use life around me, or see something in a book or magazine, or be drawn to the way someone else has done theirs. It all depends on the moment and the mood!

Q. Tell us about the layout you are most proud of and why.

A. This is most decidedly the family pose from our family portraits we had done in 2006. I matched the papers and embellishments to the predominant color we all wore, which gave it a very classy holiday look. It happened to be near the holiday season at the time of the portraits, so it made for a beautiful layout that was printed and framed for our parents.

Q. What do you think makes Scrapbook MAX! so popular?

A. It’s such an easy program to understand and learn, and has a great user-friendly interface. Problems figuring something out? Just use the Scrapbook MAX! Help or User’s Guide (under “Help” in the browser menu). There is SO MUCH that can be done with this program!

Q. What is your favorite Scrapbook MAX! tip or trick?

A. The one I use most is very simple: To give an overall “matching tint” effect to a layout, I choose a paper with the color I want to use via the “Paper Scrap” button and move the “Transparent/Opaque” slider until I find the amount of transparency I like and apply it. This adds a little bit of tint to the whole layout and even makes your photos match the layout colors.

Q. Who is your favorite movie star?

A. The outspoken Katherine Hepburn because she brought such an unconventional and straightforward quality to any movie she was part of during her lifetime. I especially like her in the movie “Rooster Cogburn (…and the lady)” in which she co-starred with John Wayne (1975).

Check out some of Diana’s favorite layouts below!


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**Free** Holiday Template and Kit!


‘Tis the season of giving – and Scrapbook MAX! wants to give YOU a very special holiday gift!

When you purchase Scrapbook MAX! between November 20 and December 31, 2007, we will send you a 5-Page Christmas Template Kit and a beautiful Christmas Booster Pack Kit absolutely free! These gorgeous kits were created by Booster Pack Store Designer Julie Clark and have a total value of $9.90.

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Sample pages from the FREE Holiday Template (limited time offer)

Remember – Scrapbook MAX! digital scrapbooking software makes a great holiday gift for all the scrapbookers on your list (even if that person is you!). And no matter who you are buying for, when you purchase Scrapbook MAX! between November 20 and December 31, 2007, you get a little special something for yourself!

Buy Scrapbook MAX! (and get a free gift) today!


The Groove’s Monthly Freebie


It’s time to “scrap” all those fabulous fall photos you’ve taken in the last couple of months! Here to add some dazzle to your digi pages is a gorgeous set of autumn-themed embellishments generously shared by Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store designer Deanne Gow-Smith!

 Click here for your freebies



Creative Genius


Make holiday ornaments and decorations  with Scrapbook MAX!. We went wild for this crafty idea from Scrapbook MAX! Community Member, Jelayne. Here’s what she had to say about her “ingenious” hobby!:

“I am a crafter who can’t draw a straight line to save my life. So I use
digital art / software to do the drawing part (i.e., of handmade decoration projects) and then cut, paste and glue to my hearts content. I like to do easy projects that can be done in a short amount of time and that don’t cost an arm and a leg to make. Often I see a craft idea in a magazine and I use a program like, Scrapbook MAX! to recreate
it for my own use.”

 - Jelayne U. (aka Jo or workingjo3), Monroe. WI


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Jelayne has generously shared her Christmas Party Template with you so that you can make your own Christmas decorations with Scrapbook MAX!. Make adorable Name Cards for Place Settings (can also be used as Christmas Tree Ornaments), and a lovely Christmas Table Centerpiece. Thanks, Jelayne!

Contest: Vintage Memories

Time to pull out the photos from a “time gone by” and create a Vintage Memories layout! As usual, we leave the definition of “Vintage” up to you – but we want to see something in the photo or in the layout design that evokes another era. We’ve seen some gorgeous examples already in the gallery, so we’re anticipating beautiful entries this month!

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 Vintage Memories contest page in the Scrapbook MAX! gallery. All entries will be available for viewing. Contest closes Thursday, December 27 , 2007, 5:00pm (CST). ** Note: You must be a registered member of the Scrapbook MAX! forums to enter this contest. Register for free here!

First-Place Winner in our

“Real-Life Superstars” Contest!



Layout by Marion

This layout is a touching tribute to a very special man. Marion’s beautiful page captures the essence of what it means to be a real-life hero;  a person who teaches, exemplifies, and inspires the best human qualities.

 Our Runners-up!


Layout by Paula K., Cascade, WI

Paula K. is right – this winning smile instantly makes you feel joy! (We think the color-coordination in this page also has superstar quality!)

Paula would like to give the following credits: The frame cluster is from Moonbeam’s Been Framed pack. The “recolored” button flowers are from “Dragon Dreams” by Zan, the papers and other embies are from “Dark Forest” found in SBM


Layout by grannywin

Grannywin has cause to be proud of the real-life superstars in her life. We applaud the creativity of her evocative, “fiery” color scheme, which reminds us of the challenges and dangers these firefighters face daily.



Vintage Embellishments! We love how the embellishments and background schemes of these two layouts evoke the same era as the photos. You’ll find great vintage-themed embellishments in the Sharing Corner – why not search there for the perfect elements to compliment your “Vintage Memories” contest layout (hint! hint!) (Thank you Marion and Gotart for your contributions!)

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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


The Groove celebrates “Celebrations!”. Plus, look for December’s “Vintage Memories” contest winners!