I’m featured on Tuesday Tutorials (wanna see the outtakes and get a freebie download?)

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking, Tutorials81 Comments


I’m providing the content today for Tuesday Tutorials over at Ali Edwards’ blog today. If you want to learn how to create multi-photo grids in Photoshop Elements, by all means, go check it out.

Recording step-by-step videos takes time. I can’t tell you how many times I stumble over my words and have to re-record. Oh, heck… don’t take my word for it. Watch the clip below:

Tuesday Tutorial Outtakes from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

Also featured on Ali’s blog is the resulting layout from the grid tutorial. I thought it’d be fun to provide a set of month and dates from my “Monthly Snaps” project for anyone who’d like to make one too. One month, 12 photos, one date, and a journaling card. (Totally inspired by my friend Susan’s 12 of 12 approach, but instead of one day, you pick photos from one month.) Feel free to check out Ali’s blog to see the layout and then download the files posted below.

The CZMonthlySnapsKit doc is a layered .psd file and you can just select a month graphic and drop it into another document. The journaling card is a pdf file with crop marks. Enjoy!


Here are the files:

Download CZMonthlySnapsKit

Download CZJblock

(PC users may have to right click on the links and choose “Save Target As”)

Enjoy the downloads and the tutorial!




Cathy ZielskeI’m featured on Tuesday Tutorials (wanna see the outtakes and get a freebie download?)

81 Comments on “I’m featured on Tuesday Tutorials (wanna see the outtakes and get a freebie download?)”

  1. #1

    I am a big grid fan too — use it a lot in my traditional scrapping — thanks for the tips — I forget that a grid does not have to mean that all the photos are are 2×2; 3×3, etc — like the examples you shared on Ali’s site — thanks.

  2. #5

    Too funny! You sound like me trying to record a message on my answering machine – except that I often become profane!

  3. #6
    Char Griffith

    lmao. That is too funny. I have the same problem when recording anything. Thanks for the downloads and the tutorial. I have been wanting to know how to do this forever!!

  4. #11
    Heather S., VT

    Hilarious! Thanks for sharing the “behind the scences!” The video tutorial was awesome! Thank you, I really enjoyed it. Thank you also for the great freebies! Have a great day!

  5. #12

    Those outtakes are so funny! I love your sense of humor (and the fact that you are willing to share the not so perfect side of yourself!) – Thanks for the feebies! I will definately be trying to use them!

  6. #14

    Thanks for sharing this! Went over to Ali’s blog and watched the tutorial. Learned so many little things. I was always doing things the hard way… Thanks! 🙂

  7. #15

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I was soooo going about this grid thing the hard way! Just when I thought I learned all I could from your BP online class…. you entertain, inspire, and teach me yet again!

  8. #16
    Dana J

    Thanks for the freebie! I kind of new the steps but your tutorial (and the .pdf!) is a lifesaver to have and to reference! Thanks!

  9. #17
    ee k

    Thanks so much for the tutorial and freebies! I tried to open up the monthly snas psd but it is just in one layer instead of 12…am I doing something wrong?

  10. #18

    Loved the tutorial! I am new to photoshop and I love all the hints – there’s NO WAY I’d be able to figure this out on my own. Thanks Cathy & Ali!

  11. #19
    Jenny Alfonso

    Thanks so much! It really is easy once you explained it 🙂 Can’t wait to try it out. I’ve always wanted to do this but thought it was a lot harder than it really was. And I was cracking up with your out takes!!! lol! Thanks for inspiring me on a daily basis!

  12. #20

    Thank you for the laugh, I really needed it. I’ve spent my whole weekend re-recording step by step videos in much the same way. Now I don’t feel quite so frustrated.

  13. #22
    Kathryn Wafer

    Thanks for the Tuesday morning laugh and the downloads. I started using PSE in your ECWAL class and now am hooked. OH why are there only 24 hours in a day?

  14. #24
    sue Treiber

    I love the video. I could watch you every day.
    What’s with the haunted door in the background?

  15. #26

    I don’t even have PS or PSE but I had to watch the tutorial because I think you’re awesome and full of inspiring design awesomeness! Hmm, you wouldn’t happen to have some .png files of your free download would ya? I know the tutorial is all about PS & PSE but, like I said I don’t have either. Oh well…just thought I’d ask. The outtakes are priceless! “We’re both women and we both have hands!” lol

  16. #27
    Marcie L

    Oh do I have a lot to learn. I just watched your tutorial and tried to follow along in PSE. I’m in trouble for your class, lol! I am going to try again watching the video AND following the written directions. I’m just not familiar with the software yet, but I’ll get there!
    Thanks for the great freebies too!

  17. #29

    The video was too funny!
    I can’t figure out how to use the calendar one??? When I bring it up in PHotoshop (7) and try to use the move tool to move one of the months, it moves the whole page!!! Argh!

  18. #33

    Great tutorial. I’m playing (aka thinking/ intending/doing freebie workshops) with digital because I know it will help me w/ my backlog. This is one more great technique I will hang onto. Thanks!

  19. #34

    Was so excited to see that you were on Ali’s blog today and I loved the outtakes! Thanks for the freebies too…I’m going to use them right away.

    Where is our Green Day post?!!

  20. #37

    Oh my god. I have no idea why that was so hilarious, but it just was. “We both love tacos.” Hilarious! Love you, Cathy! Haven’t even met you but I just stinkin’ love you. 😉

  21. #38

    HELP! Got everything except the “mask + drag” which is what I really need. I place cursor (hand) between photo + layer A and press Alt and Nothing – nada. Am I not holding my mouth the right way or what? please tell me I’m not the only one

  22. #39

    Thank you!! Thank you! Thank you!! What a great tutorial! Now you make me want to re-do a page I made for my daughter’s first Christmas. It took me HOURS to make that grid and it is still not centered!
    Do you sometimes re-do pages you are not happy with when you look back at them some months later?

    I love your blog and your personality. Haven’t I seen these little outtakes, I wouldn’t have believe it because you always sound so natural. I love your way of speaking and being!! 🙂 Thanks again for everything!!

  23. #42

    Thanks Cathy! You make photoshop look easy. My husband is a photoshop pro, but when he tried to explain it to me my eyes glazed over and all I heard was blah blah blah. I get it now. Thanks for the free downloads. Love the once a month idea. Even I can do that. Looking forward to the “me” class in September!

  24. #44

    Wow. Thank you.
    I have never scrapped digitally before but this could be the temptation that tips me over the edge!
    Thanks for the tutorial. And the laugh.

  25. #46

    Thank you! Great tutorial and my grid turned out great. Do you have a favorite 12 picture grid for a 12×12 size page?

    It was actually the first thing I’ve ever done with my PSE that wasn’t just edited pictures!

  26. #47

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You rock. I love this – never used grids before in Photoshop Elements. In fact I just downloaded the trail version the other day and am loving it! Thanks for the tutorial on the grids and photo blocks. Love it!

  27. #52
    heather g.

    cathy…cathy…cathy….you are THE cutest thing ever! I {heart} your outtakes…they totally made me giggle! You are my kinda person…witty, funny, goofy, can laugh at yourself and OMG creative. Rock on sistah!

  28. #53
    Staci Miserlian

    Wow! You have actually made me think (after watching) that I might really be able to do that – make a grid in Photoshop and get it to work like you did. Don’t know if I CAN actually do it, but I *think I can*, which is practically doing it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  29. #54
    Christy Bridwell

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhahahahahahahah that was awesome. Thank you for posting that. You are such an awesome person.

    Seriously f-n hilarious.

  30. #57
    just B

    Cathy thank you so much for sharing on Ali’s blog yesterday, I am excited to try grids in Photoshop, what a great way to display several photos at once. Thanks again!

  31. #58

    you made me laugh wheeze. thanks for that. (((huuuun…could you bring me my asthma sprayer?!!?)))


  32. #60

    Just found your blog today through CK via Ali- to YOU! Your video was my “cuppa joe” today! THANK YOU!! Still wiping the tears from laughing!:)

  33. #62
    Christine Guest

    The tutorial was so inspiring. I could see making a grid of circles, or other shapes, or…

    I just have to translate the instructions for the use on the Gimp. Since my computer is a Frankenstein of parts my husband found on the road on recycling day with a few choice things ordered from E-Bay or Tiger Direct, we use Linux, Ubuntu in particular. It makes no sense to buy a platform that costs more than the hardware. But standard tutorials need translation, even if open source programs rocks.

    Do you know anyone who uses the Gimp for scrapbooking besides me?

    Thanks again, your blog is delightful.


    PS I blog because of your suggestion in CZ2

  34. #65

    too funny!!!!
    thanks for the great inspiration and downloads! i’m so happy that ali introduced us! 🙂

  35. #66

    Can I just say “THANK YOU!!!!” I have often wondered how everyone got the grids just right to print out on a single sheet of photo paper. I followed your tutorial and completed my first multi photo grid today and have now posted it on my blog because I feel so chuffed!! I can see many more grids coming up :o)

  36. #67

    I just watched your outtakes and totally laughed! I’ve been in a funk and it sure made me smile.

    Thanks for the terrific downloads! Can’t wait to use them. You’re a peach. 🙂

  37. #68

    Cathy – you made my day – you are too funny! Since I’m way behind on my digital scrapbooking skills, I will be forwarding this on to my sister who does actually DO things! hee hee

  38. #69
    Kasandra Mathieson

    Thanks Cathy…..am so happy to be getting all the photoshop tips I can get! I think I need to break down and buy the Elements version, I have CS2 and the very basic Elements 2 so have to work a little harder at getting things done. Am looking forward to my birthday this month…..my husband has already been informed that I want a book called Clean and Simple! He was relieved, I think he thought I was asking for something way more pricey!
    Thanks for all your hard work…..love your blog!

  39. #71

    Help – Cathy this is a great video. I am sooooo stumped on how to ‘mask’ since I don’t get that layers palette on the right of my screen and I can’t figure out how to get it. Can you help?? I am a newbee>>>

  40. #72

    HELP returns. Tried the rt margin thing, also the control-G. Neither worked. I don’t have “group with previous” as highlighted choice. Am I not holding my mouth right? Listening to the wrong music? More Green Day and less Jack Johnson. What? Susan

  41. #73
    Beth R

    Finally, I can relate to a “famous” scrapbooking celebrity. I am a woman, I breath air, I have hands! and I LOVE tacos. So if I’m just like you why can’t I create like you?
    OMG,that was the best laugh I have had this week. I have tears and my nose is stuffed(always happens when I laugh hard, wierd huh?)I so needed that. It just proves what I’ve always known ….the outakes are the best part of the movie.
    I love your videos.Keep up the good work.

  42. #75
    Melony Wells

    You crack me up!! That you shared your outtakes tells so much about your sense of humor. LOVE it!

  43. #76
    Pam Funk

    I can’t quit laughting long enough to check out the real tutorial! Thanks for a laugh..and I really do learn alot from you. But the laugh is what today needed.

  44. #77

    OMG.cracking.up. i love cathy z because 1. you ALWAYS, always, make me laugh. 2. you have a lot in common with ali e and 3. i like tacos too! hahahaha. SFA (stay funny….always.)

  45. #78

    the outtakes were hilarious! 🙂 I really enjoyed the tutorial and it’s on my to do list to try…you make it so easy to follow! thanks!

  46. #79
    Jane T

    Thank you, Cathy for the tutorial and downloads. I’m usually bored with monthly layouts by about May … thanks to this format I am done to the end of June and my time is freed up for theme pages. Looking forward to your new class in September… just about to read the book.

  47. #81

    I’m really late reading this, after an extended vacation. Thanks bunches for keeping the downloads up. Love the tutorial and using grids! Thanks again!

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