The Groove April 2007

The Groove

Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration – April 2007

Lovely “Happy Easter” layout by Rosana B., Brazil

In the Groove

Ahhhhh…spring! Isn’t it simply marvelous? The grass is showing again, children are playing outside, the rains are cleaning away the snow and grime from winter, you even feel like doing some spring cleaning. Well, maybe not always! But it’s a great time to go through those digital photos you’ve been meaning to do something with, and “spring clean” your hard drive by scrapping! While you’re at it, why not make a layout that celebrates the freshness, life and hope of the spring season by entering our “Spring into Spring” layout contest – see details below. Happy Scrapping and Happy Spring!




Feel the rain fall softly on your face. Stop and smell a budding flower. Enjoy pastels, greenery, and blossoming colors. Discover the worms, ladybugs, and other earthy creatures that crawl innocently around the garden. It’s springtime!

There’s something magical in the air at this time of year. It’s a time of birth, growth, renewal, change, hope, and fresh starts. There’s a sense of dusting off the hibernation blues, and taking a deep breath of outside refreshment. Nature sure has a way of encouraging us to appreciate the ‘little’ things in life.

I have this vivid memory of the beginning of a certain spring in my childhood. I begged to play outside until my mother gave in. The outdoors was beckoning me. I wanted to feel that fresh breeze on my skin, smell the aroma of new plant life, and explore the grass, buds, and puddles. I remember putting on pink rubber boots decorated with strawberries. Being outside without a heavy coat – I felt so free! I enjoyed the sound of birds and rustling trees as only children waking from winter “hibernation” can. When I sat on the edge of my soggy and neglected sandbox, I had a thought that surprised me. At such a young age, I actually said to myself, “this is the season of hope.” And I was right.

Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Groovy Tip #1: To keep journal text and a paper scrap together: Hold Ctrl, click on the text, then on the paper scrap. Choose Edit > Group.

Groovy Tip #2: For a 3D effect, add a shadow to all of your objects. Simply select Shadow in the object’s Properties menu.

Scrapper Profile

Meet Nicole N.– a fabulous scrapper, and a talented designer featured in the Scrapbook MAX! Booster Pack Store. She also has a great sense of humor (check out her joke at the end of the profile, tee-hee!)

Q-Tell us one thing about yourself that others are often surprised to learn.A- I’m claustrophobic. My husband bought a camper, only to find out that I would not sleep on the top bunk with him. He had to sleep up there with Shelby while I slept on the couch!

Q- What made you interested in digital scrapbooking?

A- I started out like most people do-with the freebies available on the internet. I liked the idea of being able to make beautiful layouts without all the clutter in my already full scrapbooking cabinet.

Q- Tell us about your favorite feature of Scrapbook MAX!.

A-I love being able to change the colors of the elements. You can get so many different looks from one embellishment. With this feature you can also use embellishments from several different kits & just change the colors so that they all match. (Hint: Right-click on your object, and choose Effects > Advanced to get to the Adjust Color option!)

Q- What tip would you share with a newbie to Scrapbook MAX!?

A- Play around with it ALOT! There are so many great features in the program that it takes a little while to see them all.

Q- How would you describe your scrapbooking style?

A – “Simple.” I love the look of the really fancy layouts, but I always find myself going back to the simple styles.

Q- Heard any good (clean) jokes lately? Please share!

A- Imagine this: Famous Olympic skier Picabo Street (pronounced Peek-A-Boo) is working at the Intensive Care Unit of a large metropolitan hospital. She is not
permitted to answer the hospital telephones. It causes too much confusion when she answers the phone and says, “Picabo, ICU”.

Check out some of Nicole’s favorite layouts:

Gingerbread House, Adorable Shelby, My Little Pirate, Me and My Dad

Creative Genius

With Scrapbook MAX!, you can make large pages with superb image quality. So, we’re thinking “posters”! Advertise for an upcoming event in your community by making a colorful, eye-catching poster page. For maximum impact, choose a large page size for your layout, like 12 x 12 (go to Page > Settings, and click on “Size” to make your choice.)

Don’t have a big enough printer? Many print shops and photo labs offer a printing service for oversized pages. And don’t forget about the professional printing service available through Scrapbook MAX!. Just click on File > Order Prints Online in the menu, and have gorgeous prints shipped right to your mailbox!

Layout Contest: “Spring into Spring”

Maybe you’re outside gardening. Maybe the kids are playing in the puddles. Maybe your little girl is showing off her new spring dress. Submit a spring themed layout to the “Spring into Spring” layout contest, and celebrate the season! 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 Thursday, April 26, 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.

“Goin’ Retro” Contest Winners!

Today’s Hollywood starlets should take their cue from “skiptothesue’s” gran! And “sue” sure shows us how to “glam up” those fantastic retro/vintage photos! (Love that va-va-voom “feather” border!) Our runners-up brought us right back to the days of flower power with their dazzling colors and retro patterns. Far out! Congrats to all participants on a groovy job well done!

1st Place Winner!

“Cor Blimey Grandma!” by skiptothesue




My Groovy Girl” by Sue P., Peoria, Illinois and “Retro Wonders” by Fiona S., Havant, UK


Wow ‘em with Overlays! An overlay lies on top of your layout in a complementary way – it might give you a grungy texture, or an interesting semi-transparent design. No matter what, it gives your LO an extra punch of character! Scrapbook MAX! comes with a number of overlays – find them in the various embellishment kits.

“Birthday Page” without Overlay and “Birthday Page” with a “grungy”Overlay

Bring your page to life – literally! By scattering ladybugs, ants, or other little critters across your LO, you might actually believe they are crawling all over the page!


“Summer Picnic” By Deanne G., Estee B. and Lori K. and “Ladybug”Layout By Wendy S. Rome, Italy

Next Month in The Groove

The Groove celebrates Mother’s Day! Plus – look for April’s “Spring into Spring” contest winners!

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