I was sitting around last weekend, thinking to myself, "Okay, you don't write for a magazine anymore, and yet you've got all this practical knowledge about design just sitting in your brain, festering and yearning for a way to get out and reach the scrapbooking masses… or at least maybe your blog readers."
And then it hit me: who doesn't love a makeover? There's nothing that drives the point home better than a bona fide before and after. How many times have you not wanted to watch Oprah's makeover shows, but eventually found yourself shouting out to the t.v., "YOU LOOK 20 YEARS YOUNGER! IT'S A MIRACLE!"?
There's just something magical—and potentially educational—about a makeover. And I want to apply it to your scrapbook pages.
Enter my new monthly blog series called, simply enough: Design Do-Overs.
Now, a little history… back in the days of Simple Scrapbook magazine (which technically, is still IN the day, as our final issue hasn't even hit newsstands), we'd cover design, but we stayed away from page makeovers because our message wasn't one of making you feel badly about preserving your memories, even if they looked like ka ka du jour.
Years ago, Creating Keepsakes put out a special issue called "Marvelous Makeovers" and it was a huge hit with readers. So this idea isn't something I dreamed up out of nowhere. I just think the time is ripe for this type of process, especially for an unemployed graphic designer scrapbooker chick who has mad skillz to share.
Here's what I believe: design is just another tool in your scrapbooking skill arsenal. The more you know, the better decisions you'll make, and the happier you'll be with the results. Design education builds confidence and empowers good decision making, meaning you rely more on you and less on those idea books piling up on your nightstand.
So how's this gonna work? Good question. I'm going take one of your layouts (you, being a very special and brave blog reader) and make it over. Maybe it's a page you tried to make work for hours, but somehow, something isn't quite working. Maybe it's a page that you did, and liked, but then on second and third peek, it wasn't holding up. Maybe it's just an ugly scrapbook page. End of story. Whatever the case, I want your pages.
Consider this a page call of a different sort: I'm looking for your most disappointing pages.The ones you flip past just a bit more quickly when sharing your albums. The ones that make you lean over at a crop and say, "Oh, I JUST had my eyes dilated before I did that one." The ones that make you say, "I have no idea what I was thinking."
If I pick your layout, you will do the following:
1. Send me high resolution (300 DPI) digital photos.
2. Type up your journaling to include on the page.
3. Agree to do a very brief interview with me to be featured along with the Design Do-Over.
I will take your page, and do it over, using design as my weapon of choice. Then, I will feature the hows and whys right here on my blog, sharing design goodness with all. When it's all said and done, I'll send you the finished page, and a copy of your choice of my first or second book, inscribed with gushy loving design-related sentiments.
What we all take away from it, is a little sliver of design education, to help everyone make pages that look good.
Because no one should be forced into black-bar-over-eyes-land as a result of bad design.
To be considered for Design Do-Overs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and write "DESIGN DO-OVER" in the subject field. Attach a low res photo or scan of your page, telling me why you think it's just not working. My plan is to select one page each month to feature in this new blog series.
Remember, this is NOT about public humiliation. I take design very seriously, people. And I will serve it up monthly. With love.
In other design-related news: I am working on an instant download Projects Now class for Big Picture Scrapbooking which is tentatively titled "5 Tips to Better Designed Pages" and will be both super affordable and chock full of my top 5 tips to help you improve your design instantly. Keep an eye out here for more information coming soon.
In other regular news: Happy Birthday, Dan Zielske. You hot thing, you.
In still more and possibly the most important other special news: My birthday is this Sunday, the 8th. I HATE not having a weekday birthday to receive anonymous well wishes from blog readers. Feel free to leave them today. No really. Go ahead. I don't mind.
Cathy K. says
Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
happy birthday dear Cathy,
happy birthday to you!
You are so lucky that you didn’t have to hear me sing that at 6:05 this morning. Have a wonderful day!!
anne leglise says
Happy Birthday! Joyeux anniversaire! Maligayang Bati sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Again, Happy Birthday, Dan & Cathy!
Kathy Jo Camacho says
Hey Cathy! Have a fantastic birthday! If your birthday falls on a weekend… don’t you get at least two days of birthday presents? Since “the weekend” is one day? (How’s that for logic!)
Holly A. Moss says
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY…
… TO YOU CATHY & TO YOU DAN.
I really hope you both have great ones. I for one am glad you were born – your humor brightens my day. 🙂
Have a very fun and happy birthday weekend.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY!
I love reading your blog. It just makes my day. Happy Early Birthday, Cathy!
Shanon Gibson says
Happy, Happy Birthday to you!
Enjoy your day!
Veronica Berkey says
Happy Birthday to you! May it be full of nothing and everything and moments of pure joy! vb
Becky Swisher says
Here’s to a full glass (insert beverage of choice here) and fun day!
Happy Birthday, Cathy! And I guess I can also send warm birthday wishes to your hunk of a man Dan.
Wanted you to know that this is one of the few blogs I visit and it never fails to elicit smiles and giggles.
Susan W says
Happy, happy birthday……….and many more!
Trude Julie says
Happy Birthday Cathy! How cool it is that your birthday is also the international Womens day! Huzzah for you!
Amy Randell says
Happy Birthday Cathy – thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us “anonymous” followers. I hope you and your husband have a fabulous birthday weekend!!!
PS enjoy the cake – birthdays only come once a year…the diet is always there 🙂
Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
Hope you’ve saved up some points to celebrate. No, wait, forget the points for one day.
(oh, and Happy Birthday also to your hubby!)
Beth S says
Happy Birthday Cathy and good luck on your new venture. Enjoy your weekend.
Happy Birthday, Cathy! Hope you have a great day. Happy Birthday to Dan as well. Looking forward to the LO make overs.
Happy Birthday Cathy! You are cool every day of the week. I think Dan is pretty cute, too!
Kathleen Kraft says
Happy Birthday Miss Cathy….you always rock our lives !
Judy in Huntsville [al] says
hippo birdie to u – hippo birdie to u!
Love your design re-do idea1 I may did out some of my early scrapbook los [from the 90s] and see what we can do to shake things up a bit! Seriously – hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Sherry Coleman says
Birthday greetings from Iowa!
Katie Scott says
oh this looks good – got to read this later – but scanning it – looks good – great idea.
Birthdays should be celebrated for at least a week.
Happy Birthday to you, and Dan too!
Happy Birthday Creative Cavorting Coquettish Cathy!!
I am tempted to have you “do over” one of my layouts to see your wisdom. I teach layout to 8th graders and I am always looking for more info.
Lisa S. says
Happy Birthday to you and hubby!! Have a terrific, enjoyable weekend!
Happy Birthday to you and Dan!
Happy Birthday you facebookin’,twitterpatin’,Idol-lovin’, designer-maven,music-poundin’, wonder woman YOU.
Happy Birthday – OK I have new jobs for you & Stacy. You are going to become a COMEDIAN and Stacy is a PHILOSOPHER!!
happy birthday to you both!!
annie samuels says
happy birthday cathy z!!!!
sue Treiber says
Hope you have the most amazing birthday and love the idea of a redo pagge – its always so nice to see other takes on pages
Happy B-day Cathy! Here’s wishing that your year avoids anything remotely resembling ka ka du jour!
Heather S says
Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great weekend.
Did you create that Halloween layout just for this post? I can’t imagine you ever used crazy scissors and theme stickers?!?!
Michelle Smith says
I’d LOVE to have matching birthday’s with my spouse – he’d never forget again! Hope Sunday is a no holds barred FANTASTIC day for you and Dan!
Lori N says
Happy Birthday Dan!
Happy Birthday Cathy!
Robin W says
Happy birthday to you both!!! Isn’t March a great month for a birthday — mine is later this month and I’ve always thought so 🙂
Stephanie S. says
Happy Happy Birthday Cathy! I hope you celebrate it by using your extra 35 weight watchers points for the week on a delicious meal and dessert! I am so excited about the makeover idea – that is going to be awesome!!
Brandi Z. says
Happy Freakin’ Birthday! You share that special day with my son, who will be 7!!
Sherry G says
Happy Birthday to both Zielskes! Cathy, your birthday is the same day as my mom’s.
While I am not sure I am brave enough to submit a page for make-over, I am sure I will enjoy the process as your share with us the Do-Overs.
Katie Scott says
Ok. Happy birthday you two (My husband & I also have birthdays close to each other). I’ll be emailing my crappy layouts – I’ve got a lot of them so I just narrow it down to the super duper bad ones.
Dianne Nelson says
I hope you have the very HAPPIEST of birthdays! May you receive lots of Neil Finn and Dave Grohl love. And Peter Gabriel.
Happy Birthday Cathy (and Dan)! Remember birthday’s are a FREE DAY, so eat cake, drink wine, drink more wine, have another piece of cake and then fall into a beautiful food coma in front of your fave Sunday night show. Just a suggestion 😉
Happy birthday to Dan and you! How cool that your birthdays are so close! You are so worth my flying from Dallas to San Jose so I could take your album track at CKU-A 2006! 🙂
Happy returns of the day – you youngster, you!
I’m kinda diggin’ the BPS workshop – 5 design tips. Although w/my mental roadblock and stuck-in-a-rut pages, I could use about 50 tips! LOL
Judi D says
Happy Birthday Girl – Oh and Boy
My dog’s birthday is tomorrow…my Mom’s birthday is Sunday…and one of my best friend’s birthday is Monday. What a great time of year to be born! Happy, happy birthday, Cathy!!!
Lovebug Kat says
Happy Birthday Dan and an early Happy Birthday to you dear Cathy.
Hope you both have the most wonderful days!
Happy birthday Miss Z! Go ahead, a little glass of wine or perhaps a piece of cake is well deserved this Sunday!
Jaime Benavides says
Happy Birthday to you and yours;) Have a great weekend!
Rachel H says
Happy Birthday Cathy! And Happy Birthday to you too, Dan! 🙂
Happy Birthday Zielskes!
And as they say afterwards in our family, “Hip, Hip Hooray!”
Christina T says
Happy happy Birthday! Wishing you all the best!
Vicki A says
I love your blog, and can’t wait for your class on Big Picture Scrapbooking!! I hope I can get in!
Have a great weekend!! I’ll be checking for Twitter updates. 🙂
Happy Birthday, Dan!
Oh — you, too, Cathy!
miss h says
Happy Birthday to both you and Dan. March is the best birthday month (mine was the 1st)!
Anne M. says
How fun is it that you and your husband share birthdays so close together. Same year?
I wish you both a wonderful weekend celebrating your special days. What will you do?
Cathy – Wishing you (and Dan) a Very Happy Birthday from St. Louis! I so enjoy your wit! Can’t wait to see the Make-Overs, too! What a great idea to share with your blog readers!
Have a great one, Cathy! Hopefully Minneapolis will get the spring weather we’re having here and you can get outside and enjoy the fresh air . . . for a change.
Cathy, you are so funny, you ALWAYS crack me up no matter what my mood. I hope you have a fantastic day on Sunday. Mine is this Friday and I’m going to see Fleetwood Mac that night (they are my “Crowded House”). Happy days to you and your hubby, too. My hubby’s was last Saturday and he’s hot, too!
Kristi Wildung says
Happy Birthday Cathy! I’m on my second day of 43 and so far so good…..
Happy birthday to you and Dan, have a super weekend celebrating!
And the Design-Do-Over? Brilliant! XX’s
Happy, Happy Birthday!
Looking forward to all the fabulous things you are doing. Enjoy your weekend.
Have a rockin’ birthday, Cathy! I’ll celebrate all weekend on your behalf. I’m willing to make such a sacrifice for you. I’m generous that way 😀
Happy Happy Birthday Baby….
Have a wonderful birthday and stretch it out for a week or so at least. And the points be damned..have some yummie cake and ice cream.
Thanks for your new classes at BPS and here on your blog….you are the best.
Pretend this is sunday———-
happy birthday CATHY!!!!!!!!!!!
hope you have a great day!
ps. looking forward to the design education
This new feature sound promising, I’m already looking forward to it…
And happy b-day, you shameless, you 🙂
March is a great birthday month. Both my daughters are born in March…one at the beginning and one at the end, and we’re having the little one’s party tonight. We’ll be celebrating right along with you Dan. Happy birthday to you and a very, very happy birthday Cathy. You certainly brighten my days. 🙂
Sharon F. says
Zippidee Do Dah, Zippidee Ay – my oh my its your birthday on Sunday! Or and yours today Dan – loved your speech at CKU-San Jose – hilarious! I digress.
Love all your ideas Cathy and support you 1000% I may have to send in a page or two.
Thanks for the great start to my mornings!
HB CZ!!! oh, and DZ too!! saw slumdog millionaire (GREAT!) and saw a preview for new Wolverine movie… i think #33 from FNL’s is going to be in it!! will double check and keep you informed!! hope you have a great weekend!!
Happy Birthday to you both! Now go and CELEBRATE!!!!
Kathy Passmore says
Happy Birthday, Cathy.
BTW, I was looking back on old blog entries looking for your post about the Sookie Stackhouse sries by Charlaine Harris, and found the entry on Stayin’ Alive! I LOVED that movie, and the clip you attached, and so wanted to be Finola Hughes and dance like that — and practiced being Finola, but couldn’t quite pull it off. It didn’t help that I’m no where near that petite.
I really love your writing style, and will miss your articles in Simple Scrapbooks, but will follow you here.
Have a great birthday.
I love the idea of a Design Makeover feature!! Can’t wait to start seeing those (and hopefully one of them will be mine). 🙂
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOUUUUUUUUU!!!
Celebrate those 23 hours like they’re 24! Happy Birthday Designer Gal!
you make me smile every day! happy early birthday to you!!!!!
Happy Birthday you funny girl! You share a birthday with my hubby — he turns 40 this Sunday! The make-over is a FABULOUS idea — I could fill your mailbox with some of my icky pages! But, I promise to be frugal and send you the worst of the worst! Have a fun weekend! 🙂
Karen Campbell says
Happy Birthday to you! How cool we share the same month for birthdays, mine is the 20. Have a great day!
Happy Birthday Cathy!
So ~ You asked for it and you’ve got it – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
I’m in the mood to wish the world happiness ’cause I’m a teacher and we have an unexpected day off due to a water main break. WOO -HOO!!! Also wanted to let you know that I appreciate your blog ever so much, especialy with the demise of Simple Scrapbooks. It helps me deal with the loss of the mag 🙂
Happiest Birthday wishes…
to Cathy & Dan! It’s so fitting that a couple like you would have birthdays so close to each other. 🙂
Happy Birthday, Cathy! Have a fabulous weekend!
Nathalie (famille1999) says
Oh my! I’m sure that you are going to be swamp by emails to be featured in your do-over! I’d love a do-over myself by the great CathyZ!!! =)
And isn’t it cute that you two lovebirds have birthdays just days from one another! A most awesome and wonderful birthday to you Cathy and my best wishes also to your dh! =)
Merry Merry unbirthday,
a merry, merry unbirthday,
a merry, merry unbirthday tooooooooooooooooooo
hehe seriously- happy b day to you a dan you hot things you! :OP
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN-THY! OR UGH…CA-N. ALL RIGHT, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHY AND DAN!
Kary in Colorado says
Happy Birthday Cathy! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to in the next 12 months!
Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan.
Happy Upcoming Anniversary of your 29th Birthday Cathy!!! You look incredible!
Happy Birthday Dan!
Heidi P. says
Cool that you get to celebrate together, Happy Birthday guys. The design makeover thing is a great idea, I think it will be a big hit.
Enjoy your weekend!!
Happy Birthdays all around to you guys. Hope your weekend is full of sunshine, fun and frolic (and maybe some heretofore undiscovered Crowded House/Neil goodness).
Jane Goodman says
Have a great one (mine is March 11- the big 61) Isn’t it amazing how all people born in March are so smart, funny, sweet, intelligent- need I say more?
Happiest of Birthdays to both you and Dan. A weekend birthday just means that your kids are there all day to help you celebrate….and I second the birthday free day of the blogger above.
I love how you are reaching out to us scrapbookers through other media now that SS is disappearing.
Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most live the longest! So here’s to a very happy birthday and many more to come.
Tracy V says
Have a rockin’ birthday on Sunday, CZ! You are the best – looking forward to your design make-overs! Tracy
My friend’s boyfriend’s birthday is Sunday also, so we will be celebrating and we may just toast you, seeing as how we both love you too!
Happy birthday to Dan!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
I’ve been scrapping long enough to remember those makeover articles in CK. They were one of my favorite sections. In fact I preserved one lone magazine from those days gone by; a gals got to be reminded every now and then just where she started.
I hope both you and your hubby have super happy birthdays! (Today also happens to be my little brother’s birthday, turning the big 30!) Love your new Design Do-Over concept. I’ll have to search through my pages!
Happy birthday Dan & Cathy! Mine is March 13th… yes friday the 13th this year. I love my March Birthday! Have a fun filled weekend.
Lynn M says
Can’t wait to hear about the birthday celebrations on Monday’s blog. Happy, happy to Dan and Cathy. Also, I’m so loving all the “new” classes you have in store for us. Keep ’em coming.
Heather P says
Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Birthday to you and your husband. Hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend!!!
Wendy A says
Happy Birthday to both you & Dan!! Here’s wishing you both much happiness & fantastic birthday celebrations!
I love your idea for a page do-over. We all have those pages which just didn’t quite work!
Happy Birthday! I hope Dan, Aidan and Cole give you the red carpet treatment for your birthday — every woman needs that at LEAST once a year. Especially once we’ve passed that fourth decade mark — it’s how we get through this, right?
Felicitations on your Sunday Natal Anniversary! (I hope you get lots of presents and a great cake!)
Happy Birthday Cathy!!!! And Thank You! for the design makeover series – I have been looking for something like this for a long time. While I think my pages a special because they are about my family and made with love, I hate looking at some of them thinking something is missing to finish it off, and I have no clue what it is! Can I send you a layout every day to consider – LOL (no, really, can I send you a layout everyday????)
so thrilled you will be sharing your design goodness with us still!
Hope you (and Dan) have wonderful birthdays! May this coming year be your BEST ever!
Happy Birthday, Cathy! I’ll still wish you a Happy Birthday on Sunday!
Coolz idea!! Have a great Birthday!
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CATHY…YOU ARE A SCRAPBOOKING ROCK STAR IN MY BOOK!
Nancy Peacock says
I just finished your 12 week “design your life” course (I know I’m a bit remedial) and I want to say it was THE BEST COURSE I’VE EVER TAKEN, bar none!!
Hopefully that is of some encouragement to you, possibly even of the same ilk as “HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, to you and to Dan”!
p.s. can I do a course evaluation? I’d like to let them know how much I enjoyed it.
Karla in So Cal says
Happy, happy birthdays Danthy. You know?…Dan + Cathy = Danthy. Have a wonderful weekend!
Kris Lindsay says
This is your birthday song, it isn’t very long…
Happy Birthday Cathy (and to Dan too) Celebrate in a big way – you don’t have to get up Monday morning for anything important do you? We will understand if you are a little late posting.
Jeannette P says
I love the design do-over for the month. I’m sure I could find several ‘crappy’ pages that I laugh at & would love them done over. May have to humiliate myself to see what you would do with them.
Happy Birthday Dan! Your wife is a hoot & obviously loves you. Enjoy your day.
And your new 5 Tips project sounds awesome. Love all this design stuff since I lack BIG time in that area & could use all the help I can get.
Not to be forgotten is a GINORMOUS Happy Birthday wish for you Cathy! I love your sense of humor (sometimes a little crude but most always funny). Thanks for putting a smile on my face just about every single day. Thanks for sharing your fantastic design talents with so many & for having such a positive attitude about your current situation. Happy Birthday cyber friend!!! 😀
Love your monthly blog idea! Sounds too cool and so fun! Happy B-day to Dan! Happy early B-day to you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and birthday!
heather mc says
Amanda Powell says
Hey, we’re sharing this birthday weekend!! Mine is on the 7th. Hope you and your hubby get to spend a nice, fun, crazy weekend together! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
PhotohappyCdn - Kelly says
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Dan,
Happy Birthday to you!
And yes I sang that! I’m now getting strange looks from my co-workers. I think I sang it out loud!(Oops!!) Oh well, enjoy your day Dan. I hope it is a good one!
Happy Birthday, Cathy (early). I will sing yours to you on Sunday! Check your blog anyway!!!
Sunday is your birthday
Happy Birthday to you
You know your gonna have a good time
Happy Birthday to you
Happy, happy birthday Cathy dear
Happy days will come to you all year
If I had one wish, then it would be
A happy, happy birthday to you from me!
(And Dan, too!)
Deb Jones says
An early Happy Birthday to you. I like the Design Makeover idea. Will look forward to seeing this.
Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CATHY. It’s time for you and your husband to put out some ripe strawberries, some melted dark chocolate to dip them in, and a glass of the best red wine you can find to celebrate the birthday of a very special lady! Remember, strawberries have all sorts of good nutrients in them; they keep telling us a little dark chocolate is good for us; and think what the red wine will do for your heart!! See….no guilt! Enjoy!
janis m says
Happy happy happy birthday to you, Cathy and Dan, too! I hope you have a fun filled weekend! I’m sure you will. 🙂
A big happy birthday to you and Dan! I’m just 10 days behind you, so I’ll be looking to you to lead the way on how to really celebrate this year!
Love the makeover and new BPS class ideas! I was so sad when the DYL class ended, it’s nice to know you’re back for more!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUPER FUNNY – COOL DESIGN CHICK! HOPE THIS YEAR IS THE BEST EVER.
Kirsten V. says
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
May your weekend be full of celebratory toasts and delicious food.
Happy Birthday Cathy! I want you to know how much I love your blog and how quite often you cause me to burst out laughing, causing my officemates to know that I am not really working on what I should be because it would never be that funny. I look forward to reading about your new adventures, and going home to look at layouts from my first foray into scrapbooking…my honeymoon. Pages complete with life-like wavy sand and a sun in the corner. I was so proud.
Happy Birthday to Dan & Cathy. Hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful year.
Happy Birthday to both you and Dan. I hope you guys have a great weekend planned to celebrate.
Sounds like a great plan! Happy birthday to Dan and to you too!
happy early birthday!! i am sending you early wishes because i sent my sister late ones. her bday is also on the 8th, but living in nigeria, the mail just doesn’t quite get to her in 4 days(or on a sunday for that matter).
HaPpY biRthDaY CatHy and DaN!
Melissa Cummings says
You are too hilarious! Seriously hilarious. Happy birthday to both you and Dan! I’m actually hosting a birthday party on Sunday, but not for you (unless you really want to celebrate at a place for kids called “The Little Gym”). My baby turns 5 next week. Where’d the time go?
Happy birthday Zielske people.
Happy Birthday to Dan….and to you, Cathy. Hope you both have the best days ever. I personally think March birthdays are the best…mine is the 23rd!
Happy birthday CZ and glad to see the creative juices are still flowing:] Can’t wait for the BPS workshops and anything else you can send our way. Whether you want to admit or not, you have a very loyal following. I’m probably the oldest follower at 64, but am very young at heart. H-Bday to Dan, too, the cutie!
shelley e says
Have a happy birthday!!! 🙂
Clara Sanchez says
Happy Birthday Cathy!!!! Enjoy your birthday weekend and I can’t wait to see your Design Do-Overs. 🙂 Clara
Maria Hammon says
SUPER HAPPY birthday CZ! Love the new blog feature! I have so many pages I could submit for you to do-over that I wouldn’t know which ONE to pick! But I will try to find one of the worst ones for you! Heck, mine are so bad that I could just close my eyes and pick the first one that I get to touch! 😀
Amanda D says
Happy birthday to you both!
SO EXCITED about Design Do-Over and your upcoming class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. You rock!
Happy Birthday to you! I can’t even remember how I found your blog, but I keep coming back to see what crazy thing you’re going to say next. I love your zany sense of humor! Have a great weekend birthday- I understand your frustration as I have a summer birthday that never got a real celebration during the school year!
Andi M says
Happy Birthday to both of you!
Tricia Gray says
Happy happy birthday to you, to you.
Happy happy birthday to you, to you.
It’s good to grow,
so count the candles and blow!
Happy happy birthday to you, to you, to you!
Happy birthday! Happy birthday! Happy birthday!
(I have young kids, so that is the Sprout TV birthday song -current birthday song of choice! 🙂 )
lisa aukeman says
Happy Happy Day to YOU!!!! You are a highlite to my blog reading on a daily basis. I am even considering TWITTERING b/c I so enjoy following you. Keep on Keeping On!
Tammy Vasser says
Happy Birthday Cathy! I’m going through my yucky pages next!
Clare D'Onofrio says
Happy Birthday Cathy!!! Enjoy,relax, celebrate,and be merry! It only comes around once a year. Also Happy Birthday to your hubby, Dan. I used to think birthdays were for kids. The older I get the more I want to celebrate.
Happy Birthday to you and your hunka hunk of burnin’ love!!
Oh, this is a GREAT idea and I would gladly risk public humiliation to have my photos RE-scrapped by the great CZ! Can’t wait to look through my pages to find the awful-est one!
Oh, and Happy Birthday Sunday, by the way.
Happy Birthday!! I celebrated my 43rd on Tuesday– I hope yours is happier than mine was.I smashed my finger, had to get it x-rayed and to add insult to injury– they weighed me when I saw the doctor. I screamed “for a finger?!?!” Anyway, have a great birthday!!!! P.S. I love the make over idea.
Happy birthday, Cathy! You rock. 🙂 Hope you and Dan enjoy your birthday weekend.
Happy Birthday Cathy!!!
Happy Birthday, Cathy and Dan-the-Man!
Thanks for bringing us another year of fun, thought-provoking, bizarre blog entries!
Hippo birdie two ewe
Hippo birdie two ewe
Hippo birdie deer Dan and Cathy
Hippo birdie two ewe!
rebecca k says
Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan! I am really looking forward to all the design lessons!
Happy Birthday CZ. I am sad that you are not longer employed by Simple, but I am very excited about your new projects. I can’t wait to take your classes at BPS. I wasn’t able to do your experts class last year. Have you considered a sequel???? I know you love those. (This is me trying to be witty. It usually doesn’t work out.)
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Happy Birthday Zielske’s! Hope you enjoy your special day(s) and many more years of a life filled with joy, love, peace, and fulfillment.
#1 I absolutely LOVE your idea of the design do over on the blog and I can not wait to see what you do to make the selected LO look 20 years younger 😉
#2 Happy Birthday to Dan!!!
#3 Happy weekend birthday to you, dear Cathy that we all love and adore! 🙂
Happy Birthday Cathy, you hot thing you. 😉
Hope you and Dan celebrate both your Bdays in style!
Happy Happy Happy birthday to you and your husband. March birthdays are big around here too. My daughter will be 9 on March 16th and my son will be 14 on March 24th.
We are going to have a laser tag party – be there – be square!!!!!!
Cheers with my wine glass held high for you.
Love love love the Design Do-Over idea. Brilliant. Can’t wait to check out the before and after; like instant gratification.
sending a birthday wish each to you and Dan, or mix them together for more happy birthday power…with thanks for keeping us entertained all the time
Happy Birthday Cathy. May your family spoil you and your day be filled with sunshine. Enjoy your day.
Here’s to a happy birthday weekend to you and Dan – may the kids find interest in their Lego’s and “seriously not turning Goth” music to give the both of you time to celebrate together!
Sara S says
wishing you more Haaaaaaaa and less Peeeee on your Birthday!!
the black bar over the kids’ eyes was funny enough, but the black bar over the pumpkin’s eyes? that SLAYED me.
Hey- It’s MY birthday on the 8th too!
Glad to share with someone as fabulous as yourself!
Have a happy!
Liz in PA says
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!!!!!!!!
………….AND ALSO A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO #2………KATHY Z!
Happy Birthday Dan and a Very Happy Early Birthday to you Cathy.
Happy, happy birthday
From all of us to you.
Happy, happy birthday
May all your dreams come true.
May you have a happy birthday
All the whole year through.
Happy, happy birthday
From all of us to you!
Don’t for get to save some imaginary birthday cake for your imaginary friends!
Tammy Barkey says
Happy Birthday Cathy!!
(cue out of tune but very cheerful singing)
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Cathy,
Happy birthday to you.
Marcie Howe says
Happy Birthday to you on Sunday!! I hope you and Dan have a wonderful weekend.
I’m excited to see all the new projects you’ve got lined up! I’ll be waiting to sign up for your BigPicture class!
Linda J. says
Cathy – hope you have a tremendous birthday. Of all the scrapping blogs, yours is my favorite. You are so witty!
Debbie from Arizona says
Happy Birthday, Cathy! I hope this next year is even better for you than this past one – career, health, kids, everything!
Sherri P eh says
Happy Birthday Cathy! Start the celebration now and drag it out for a week or two. That’s what we do! Enjoy!!
Happy Birthday to the both of you!!!
Happy Birthday to one very talented, funny, creative, and amazing woman! And, how cool is it that you and your sweetheart celebrate so close together? Thanks for the constant ideas and inspiration always with a twist of humor. Just like sooo many others, I love reading your blog and learning from you!
Happy Birthday, Dan and Cathy!
a big fan, Sharon T in Wyoming
Happy Birthday to you both! How fun! Can’t wait for your classes at BPS! Loved DYL!
Happy Birthday!!!! I enjoy reading your blog “every”day.
Happy Birthday to you and Dan! Hope you both have a wonderful weekend!
Happy birthday to both of YOU! And hurray to great ideas you have! The design do-over is a wonderful idea!
Happy, Happy Birthday!!!
Happy birthday. Drag it out and enjoy it for as long as you can!
susan in Toronto says
Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy your day.
Michelle Giaimo says
Happy Happy Happy Birthday!
This Do -Over thing is fantastic.
A good critic helps us learn!
Yes, we all hold our breath and hope our face don’t turn red, but what is really going on is everyone benefits from a good critic!
Thank for making the leap.
Happy Birthday Cathy!
I love the Design Do-over concept! I cannot wait to see it in action (and maybe to send you a page or two that I detest)! Also will be on the lookout for the BPS classes! I can always use design help!
Dale Paulson says
Well Happy Birthday to both of you. Also, I don’t think you will be in a shortage of getting bad scrapbook pages to makeover!!
Tizzie Liz says
Well, I should have know we were both born in March although I am NOW a slight bit older than you…like received Medicare card on Monday. Hope you celebrate all month looong. You deserve the best!
Nancy Hyland says
Happy Birthday, my fellow Piscean!! Enjoy and create, it’s what makes us happy 🙂
Happy Birthday Cathy! Hope you get spoiled! You’re luck that your husband’s birthday is first – spoil him and he will be inspired to spoil you back! (I hope) 🙂
Happy Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan!
I hate to say this, but I’m enjoying your unemployed status–lots more going on in your blogworld!
Happy birthdya to you and Dan! Awesome new blog. Love the idea!
Nicole R. says
Happy birthday! Hope it’s super!!
Happy, happy birthday…from Applebee’s to you. Happy, happy birthday…we wish it was ours too. Hey!
I wrote that one for you.
Okay, maybe not. But happy almost-birthday anyway. Hope you’ll be celebrating in style!
Tammy M. says
Happy Birthday Cathy…hope its a happy happy one spending time doing what you love most!
Happy Birthday you sassy thing!
Happy birthday, Cathy!!!
Sev from france says
it’s so weird to read that you are an “unemployed graphic designer scrapbooker” (I am an unemployed human resources manager, if you want to know…).
Happy birthday to you and Dan. Even if I didn’t see you, you are my friends !
Très gros bisous à vous 2 ! (big kisses !!)
Happy Birthday to you!! I’d share a piece of Yoda birthday cake with you – ‘cept it’s not made yet cos it’s needed in a week’s time 😀
Patty Spell says
Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan!!!
(My B’Day is the 17th,hence the name Patricia Ann!)
Love the Design do-over idea..love anything you do.
Hi Cathy….I hope you have a great birthday. I tagged you on my blog if you’re up for a little photo challenge.
Happy Birthday Cathy! Hope you and Dan have a great birthday weekend! I love your newly designed page header!
I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow, full of fun and surprises!
Happy Birthday to both of you!!
Happy Birthday CZ! I love you in a very stalker, idol worshipping, but not scary violent kind of way. I took your BPS Design class just to hear your weekly voice message and walked away with so much more. I’m looking forward to more BPS offerings by you.
Rebecca Dixon says
Happy birthday to both of you, Cathy and Dan!
Happy Birthday Cathy & Dan!
Kathy from Canada
Linda Lum DeBono says
Happy B-day to the “Z” family!!! Enjoy your day!
Stacey W says
P.S. I cannot even think about how many pages I just said “oh, the hell with it” and put them in the danged album already. Your email in-box awaits…
I just read your ‘birthday post’-we had a daughter and two granddaughters visiting for several days and usual things do not get done at the usual time. AND…by my figuring, it is March 8 in MN right now so I’m right on time.
Happy Birthday Cathy! Looking forward to your design tips.
Happy Birthday Cathy!
Anonymous Blog Reader in Kamloops, BC, Canada.
Nancy C. from Wilmington, NC says
Buon compleanno, Cathy! I’m sending this on your actual birthday, depending on the spring ahead, fall back stuff. It says Sunday on my Mac, so it must be Sunday. I hope you have the happiest birthday ever, you certainly deserve it. I’m sure the most rockin’ graphic designer in the world will rise like a phoenix to go on to awe us with her sheer awesomeness (I have no idea if that is a word) for many years to come!
Well, I’m a little late but I wanted to say Happy Birthday!! I hope you had a great day yesterday and got lots of presents. We love you:)
Happy birthday! Or: ‘gefeliciteerd’ – which means congratualations – as we say here int he Netherlands! 🙂
PhotohappyCdn - Kelly says
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to Cathy,
Happy Birthday to you!
Enjoy your day!
P.S. I sung this out loud too!
Happy birthday, Cathy and Dan, the hottest couple in the world! You guys rock!!!!
feliz cumpleanos from FL…
BTW, my husband and I were born 72 hours apart what is the math on you and Dan. Wierd.
Have a great day.
Happy, happy, happy birthday! Happy, happy, happy birthday to youuuuuuu! Have a great one! This year will be one of the best yet – I can just feel it! 😉
Today is THE DAY. I’m not at home so while I have an internet connexion that last more than 5 min, I take the opportunity to drop by and sing to you and Dan ; Joyeux anniversaire ( remember, I’m french….) . Hope you have fantabulous cakes (eh, lucky you, you get to have 2 pieces of cake!)
Happy Birthday!!Love your blog!
Looking so forward to your new monthly feature. I hope you are having an incredibly wonderful birthday today, Cathy, despite being gipped of an hour. Many well wishes…
Happy birthday to the one and only Cathy Z! 🙂
Insert full orchestra and my lovely voice (not) here.
You’re having a birthday; shout “Hooray!”
I want to sing to you today.
One year older, and wiser, too.
Happy birthday to you!
43,huh? That’s makes you old enough to be my…my…uh,my little sister.
Millie Burns says
Happy Belated Birthday Dan, and Happy Birthday Cathy!
Cathy, I took your BPS DYL class and LOVED every delightful moment. I learned a great deal, and I have enjoyed using these techniques in my scrapbooking (with some really AWESOME results, I might add!).
I am thrilled to hear about these new projects of yours, and I look forward to submitting a page to you. I have lots of material to choose from – all “pre-DYL”, of course!
Enjoy your day!
Nicole Flath says
Happy Birthday you Design Goddess you!!
Amanda N. says
Happy Birthday! 🙂
HappyBirthday Cathy!!!Have a wonderful year!!!
Liz Brown says
Happy Birthday Cathy!! I hope you have a great day!
My birthday is just about 2 weeks away! I love March birthdays!
Happy Birthday to the Greatest Designer Ever!! The 8th is my husband’s b-day, too. I told him, “Remember that designer I love, well her birthday is the same day as yours.” And he responded, “Well, no wonder she’s great, she takes after me!” Don’t tell him but you are WAY funnier! Enjoy your day!
Happy Birthday! You look like the type that would watch 30 Rock so I’m hoping you woke up to your birthday wish – breakfast in bed with RoboCop while an elephant painted you.
If none of that made sense then I just hope you have a great day.
julie L says
Girl, your birthday is on my Outlook calendar every year! I would never miss it! (Does that make me sound too stalker-ish?) AND nothing like losing 11 pounds to make you say, “Take that Birthday!”
Julie, in St Louis, your mad mad Facebook friend!
Happy Birthday! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Melissa Raphael says
Happy Birthday !!!!! 🙂
Happy Birthday, Cathy. Many more.
Happy Birthday to you both!
Erin Glee says
PICSES! Love ’em! Happy Birthday Cathy (and you cute Hottie, Dan)! My DH’s BD is tomorrow! ENJOY!
Happy Birthday Cathy and Dan too. Really looking forward to learning some design skills = )
Linda Ford says
Put another candle on the birthday cake, the birthday cake, the birthday cake. Put another candle on the birthday cake, you’re another year old today! Enjoy yourself!!!
Kathy T says
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays. Hope you have a great day!
You GO Glenn Coco!
Happy Birthday Cathy! Hope you have a great day — and as my Mom writes in every birthday card, “Hope this is your best year yet!!”
Oh my….HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!! Hope it is everything you hoped and more!!!! Love to you…
Nancy Lee says
Happy Birthday to you and Dan too. Enjoy your day.
Debby Brown says
Here’s hoping you have a great birthday! I always spread mine over at least two weekends, even if it is on a weekday. Oh, and when I was a kid I always had an “un-birthday” on my sister’s birthday which meant I always got at least one non-birthday treat! Debby XXX
Ana F. says
Just wanted to stop by to wish you a Happy Birthday!
Jennifer W. says
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CZ! YOUR BLOG BRIGHTENS MY DAY AND I HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS AWESOME!
Malia in Seattle says
You are cheeky & chic-y
and will never go out of style!
carol in seattle :) says
Here’s hoping your day of magic never ends!
Denise L. says
Happiest of birthday wishes are being sent your way!
Happy Happy Birthday to you, to you…and Dan. (please imagine this being warbled, out of key, by moi and then just keep on imagining that I’ve come up with a zero point cupcake just for your birthday-I so wish the cupcake part were true)
Just wanted to wish you and Dan Happy Birthday! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. Thanks for all you do that brings laughter and joy to us, namely be yourself!
Shannon H says
Happy Birthday Cathy. Hope you had a wonderful day!!!
karen Hobbs says
Hey, just noticed that your birthday is today!!! I was busy scrapping at the CKC in Portland but now I’m back to reality and wanted to wish you happy birthday and a fantastic year!!!
Susan Hessler says
Happy Birthday Dan and Happy Birthday Cathy – hope you are both having a blast!
Alicia V says
Happy Birthday to you Cathy, one fabulous person who inspires so many others. Cheers!
Lynette S. says
Let the good times continue to roll. Happy Birthday. Thank you for making me smile. I loved the pictures of your house. Makes me feel better about mine. Now if I could only find the energy and time to clean mine.
I’m a little late–Happy Birthday! Totally excited over the design do-overs…..
Happy belated birthday!! Sorry I am late but I am just getting over the flu. I hope you had a wonderful day!!
Julie Mitchell from Montréal, Canada says
oH I can’t believe I missed it. I was on a cruise so just catching up on your blog. Bonne fête!! We’re the same year so I guess it’s 43? 1966 rocks!!
enggirl lorraine says
happy birthday! and thanks for sharing your life and design tips. love your blog been following (aka stalking you) for several years! thanks again
Carla S. says
Happy, happy b-day, Cathy, to you and Dan! The “Marvelous Makeovers” feature was one of my favorites, so I’m very excited about “Design Do-Overs!”
Brit S. says
Happy early birthday to you and a happy birthday to Dan as well! May the scrapbooking fairy bring you many amazing goodies. 🙂