More photo montages with music designed to gently tug at the heartstrings of all self-respecting scrapbookers

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life69 Comments

I can’t remember what event I made this for—a CKU? a CKC? My trip to teach in New Zealand and Australia?—but I’ve been doing some computer content organizing, and came across this, and thought: I will place it on my blog, because that is what I do. It’s at least two years old, and some photos are even older, goin’ all the way back to ’03, boyeee. Enough of my yakkin’. (And of course, no video would be complete without the vocal stylings of Mr. Neil Finn. Thank you, Mr. Finn.)


P.S. I think this was for my trip to New Zealand and Australia. And for the record, i have no idea why the last shot of me in the slide show would appear to be one taken in my underwear. Go figure. The light was just really good that day.

Cathy ZielskeMore photo montages with music designed to gently tug at the heartstrings of all self-respecting scrapbookers

69 Comments on “More photo montages with music designed to gently tug at the heartstrings of all self-respecting scrapbookers”

  1. #1
    Suzette Mahoney

    okay that was so great. Truly inspiring. I am sprinting to my scrapbook closet immediately. Can we pleeze be BFF’s?

  2. #6

    Ok — it is official — you ROCK!! Love the video — got to go hug my kid and make sure I take a picture today! I am goign to put a link to this from my blog — I want everyone I know to see it. Thank you!

  3. #7
    sue Treiber

    love the video! Your kids look so little in most of the shots. Thanks for sharing, hot mama!

  4. #8

    So, thanks for bringing tears to my eyes this morning…I am off to a scrapbook retreat this weekend, and I really need to spend time “journaling” on my pages about the details. My baby turns 10 today – birthdays have never hit me until now…I will turn 32 in just 2 short weeks, but him turning 10? Man, it’s hit me hard today!

  5. #9
    Melissa LaFavers

    Wow…that’s quite the presentation, dude. Really enjoyed that. Almost made me tear up a bit…


  6. #10
    Pam K

    Yeah! Just last night I was looking at a picture in the home office and thought “OMG – that was a year ago – they look so different – that feels like only a few months ago”. It stopped me in my tracks. Also, something about the last shot of you in the video made me think of Annie Lennox.

  7. #11

    That picture of you with Cole on your back–it must be one from your book and the layout that talked about how he’s getting big, but there’s only so long that you’ll be able to carry your boy, so you carry him at the fair, right? (Or not, it doesn’t matter.) That story changed how I look at my little boy, and prompted me to hold him whenever I get the chance, because I never know when it might end.

    He’s a pretty big boy, but when he was three I hauled him all around DisneyWorld with my parents. After my father carried him for a bit, he pulled me aside and asked how I was doing it–“he’s so heavy.” I just teared up and told him that he was my only child, and I never knew when I might not be able to hold him or when he wouldn’t let me or if I’d ever have another child to hold. And my dad smiled and gave me a squeeze.

    I have a second baby now, and my big boy is almost five. When he’s having a tough day, he still comes to me and says, “Mom–I just want you to hold me.” And I do.

    Thanks for the perspective.

  8. #12

    Jesus H. Christ Cathy, thank you AGAIN for bringing on the waterworks this morning. You do that really well.
    awesome awesome awesome.

  9. #13
    Kim K

    Beautiful video, Cathy Z…tearing up a bit here…
    And then I read Kari’s post. Tearing up even more! Mine are 12 & 8 and I still pick them both up every day…just for a bit. I totally get what you mean!

  10. #16

    That was fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing. Once again, you are an inspiration.

  11. #17
    Ruth in OZ

    Dear Cathy,
    Man, between you and Neil Finn, I am inspired all over again. Thank you so much.

  12. #23
    Erin McMilon

    “her, him, him and me” are all so sweet in that show – thanks for sharing that wonderful message of family today… i needed it!

  13. #26

    Thanks for sharing here!!! Your reasons are pretty much the same as mine and it was nice to see if some people do not “get it” that there are others out there that do!

  14. #28
    jeanne pellerin

    Okay, so this was flipping fabulous. And now I want to have another baby. So I have to go call my husband. Maybe he can come home for lunch.

  15. #30
    Dana N

    Thanks for sharing – what a great video. It’s good to be reminded why we scrapbook. It’s not about having the latest and greatest product (although that sure adds to the fun). It’s about recording the little snippets of life. It’s about writing down things that I don’t want to forget. It’s about a great photo that draws you in and makes you smile every time you see it. It’s about things that I want my family to remember too. Is this a great hobby or what?

  16. #33

    Very cool montage with a great message. I can imagine that you are a very good & inspiring teacher. Excuse me while I open up iPhoto now…

  17. #36

    Nice! Thank you for showing it. Because I’m thinking so much… why do I scrapbook? Why is it’s so important for me?
    You gave me now the feeling that it’s okay, it’s beautiful,…

    Big hug, Anja

  18. #38

    I love it! You put into words what is sometimes difficult for me to describe. Yes, I scrap because it is fun and therapeutic, but also for my him, him, her and me! So they can know what they mean to me, to each other, never doubt how much they are loved…bad choices and all. Every little smelly, stubborn inch of them, lol.

  19. #39

    Awww, so sweet and so true. I probably said this before some place but I will say it again, my baby boys will be 31 and 24 in January but you know what? When the tough times happen, they still call Mom. Despite some really rough times and trials while they were growing up, we seem so have made it. I can’t life them up very well any more but they still need me from time to time.

    And, for those with little people that are still light enough to carry and haven’t yet learned to give you teenaged lip ;), enjoy every minute.

    Thanks again for a wonderful reminder of why I need to schedule my creative time.

  20. #41

    That was a really lovely video, and although I don’t scrapbook (I haven’t even managed to print photos on a regular basis for at least 4 years!!!), I do make movies of our days, for much of the same reasons that you list in your presentation. You are all so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing it–it was fun to watch and inspired me to actually print a few of my best photos out and put them on some nice paper. Until then, I’ll just keep making movies. 🙂

  21. #43
    Anne-Liesse Ankeny

    Thanks so much for the perspective and the beautiful reminder of why we do what we do. I really enjoyed your video montage. So did my 8-year-old daughter!

  22. #45
    Kathleen Noriega

    what is the title of this song? I want it so I can think of this video in my car. Or maybe it can remind me of how special every little thing is.

  23. #46

    DEEEE-lightful. It was fun to see some of the same pictures I have grown to love in your books.

  24. #47

    Thanks! At the end of a crazy day, this reminded me I should stay up just a few mins more to journal a few bits about our crazy life too! (For my him,him,him,her and me!!)

  25. #50
    Dixie Lee

    fun video, fun song.

    makes me want to go scrap about my ordinary day today, which when I look at the details was an EXTRA-ordinary day.

  26. #51
    Natalia Dexter

    Hi Cathy
    that was truly beautiful, emotional, inspiring and so,so good. I wish I had but an iota of your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  27. #53
    Karen G

    Very neat montage. Scrapbooking is good because life is good.
    However I was expecting to see your orange sweatshirt somehow in the video. Haven’t seen it in ages.

  28. #54
    Beth R.

    Thank you for sharing this with us this morning.
    You have put into photos what I have struggled to explain in words.
    Last week , for what felt like the 100th time, I was once again trying to explain what it is about this hobby that pulls me in. Why I connect with the stuff,the people,the photos,the memories and the act of cutting & gluing. Finally after my feelings were hurt,I was frustrated I decided I am done explaining or trying to justify.
    Your video was a much kinder and gentler explanation, from now on I will refer them to this post.
    Once again I wish you were my neighbor, so much cooler and better music than the wierd guy next door!

  29. #55

    I have never left a comment here before, but that was truly wonderful!!! I want to do that , but I am too …..what do you say, not good at technology… nontechnological, I guess! I wish I could overcome, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day!
    Loved it, coveted it, drooled, and commented, what more can I do???

  30. #56

    That was awesome–I remember when I went to CKU San Jose years ago and you showed the class something similar to this and I was inspired. You were my absolute favorite person there. I might not scrapbook much but you moved me so much that I took the big step to get my business off the ground. Your ideas inspire people beyond scrapbooking, how about that? 🙂

  31. #58

    wowsa…I’ma teary eyed!! I haven’t had time lately to scrapbook and I am so worse for the wear because of it. Thanks for the beautifully put, nudge! I needed that!

  32. #60

    Awwwww – sniff – that was wonderful! Seriously! Thanks for posting and sharing, ‘cuz that’s just the kinda gal you are. It’s all just a blink really…so fast…


  33. #61
    Jo E

    Awesome. I was transfixed. You sum up this hobby (well, more a way of life!) so well. feeling warm and fuzzy. Thanks Cathy.

  34. #64
    Paula Heutsche


    You definitely brought tears to my eyes. That was awesome. I love seeing you and your family. My family is minus my husband. He decided the grass was greener. I am realizing Connor, Lauren and I don’t have to be the “typical” family to be happy. Neil Finn is awesome. Thank you for sharing a little slice of your life!

    Paula H.
    Erie, PA

  35. #65
    Cynthia B.

    Love the video! So perfectly timed – great pics, great words – everything. You rock, Cathy Z.!

  36. #69

    Oh My!! Wonderful!!! it is so why we scrapbook isn’t it. Even though our lives are very different they are also very similar in that respect. All sisters of the scrapbooks!!

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