CZ Design Designer Digitals Sneek Peek

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking53 Comments

I'm going to be sharing new layouts towards the end of the week for the next several weeks as I am releasing new template designs at Designer Digitals.

I've been getting lots of emails and request for things to add to my collection and trust me, I am keeping a running list with all of your good ideas. Very high on the list is to design a school memories template set, and that's something I will be working on very soon. So stay tuned for that.

Going on sale this weekend? Layered Templates No's 2 and 3:


Here's the page I did:


(For a supply list, click here.)

Oh yeah baby, those photos look familiar right? I have SO many shots of large, fiberglass-laden Minnesota statues that I could make numerous pages, and still have a fresh new set of pics for each page.

This new template came from a paper layout I did about a trip to New Zealand a ways back, and it looked something like this:


Seriously? I could use this design again and again. A very quick and easy way to showcase some travel photos.

But check out how Patricia made this template a) into a 12 x 12 and b) her own:


(For her supply list, click here.)

Here's another example of what Katrina did, sweet and simple:


(For her supply list, click here.)

The nice thing is that it can be for any sights you see, not simply travel-related sights.

The next template being released this weekend? My first foray into 12 x 12 digital:


This design came from the very last layout I did for my About Design column in Simple Scrapbooks magazine, and it was a page I loved, so I thought: why not make a scalloped cardstock background? So that's exactly what I did. Here's the inspiration:


Here is another page from Patricia (for supplies, click here):


Seriously? I want to live in her house. I also love how she flipped the template and used the journaling area for another photo to make it her own.

And here's a cool page from Sarah:


(For her supply list, click here.)

For me, this is like having little tiny digital babies, and seeing them go out into the world and grow up. In other words, it's really cool to see what the team over at Designer Digitals does with these little babies.

My plan is to release both 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11, as well as to work on some word art collections, and other elements to use in both digi and hybrid design.

Right now, I have so many I want to do, there aren't enough hours in the day. Or so it seems. I will say that it's re-energized my love of design and story telling. And that's a pretty cool thing!

Cathy ZielskeCZ Design Designer Digitals Sneek Peek

53 Comments on “CZ Design Designer Digitals Sneek Peek”

  1. #1
    Sharon F. california

    Wow, I am blown away…love all of them and Yes, Patricia, a) when can I visit? b) can you help me design and decorate my home? I need serious help!
    Congrats Cathy and well done Patricia!!

  2. #2

    Thank you Cathy!

    Loved the NZ layout and wanted to scraplift it. Now, I will buy it at DD. Yippee!


  3. #5

    Just curious if it is possible to change the titles on the templates? I love them but wouldn’t always want to use the titles provided, iyswim.

  4. #7

    As always, great layout ideas!!

    Bev: In answer to your question, if the titles are separate layers, I’m assuming they are, then you can simply delete those layers and create your own. That’s one of the many great things about digital/hybrid scrapping.

  5. #8

    Cathy these are sooo cool! And you sound incredibly enthused (sp?)! I love “hearing” your excitement and oh so happy to be able to get my hands on your designs! Take it easy so burn out doesn’t happen-we don’t want that.

  6. #10
    Leora Henkin

    OH boy! These look great. Keep em coming…Can I put in a plug for hybrid designs? I know they are on your list, but just a vote.

    Great job. Congrats and Thanks, Leora

  7. #11
    Jen D

    these are awesome, Cathy! I just love the scalloped paper background- can’t wait to use them.
    ps- I also put in a big vote for hybrid πŸ™‚

  8. #12

    Awesome! Can’t wait for the school templates; my kids are only 10, a few more weeks won’t hurt, ha ha (pretty please can they be 12 x 12?). I like this size best for making into photobooks (seems to be a popular choice at Shutterfly etc). Unless anyone knows of a company that prints at 8.5 x 11? You sure are rockin’ the digi templates Cathy!

  9. #14

    Hey Bev, you can… you would simply delete the title file. When you see a custom title like this, it has been rasterized (converted to a graphic file). You can recolor it, but you can’t highlight and type over it. You’d have to own the fonts that I used to create.

    But you can put your own title in very easily in a font and style of your choice!

  10. #16

    Oh yeah, 12 x 12 is a good idea. In fact, i’ve got a fun 8 x 8 album project coming either next week or the week after, and it’s something i did and just uploaded to Shutterfly to make a book. Will be sharing soon.

  11. #17

    i am soooo loving these designs. never thought i would do digi but have ventured into the hybrid thing with your DYL class the first time around and with MeTav (I’m this close to done, btw!). i am really loving it! and i love that it’s re-energizing your design fairies, too—it most definitely comes thru in the designs. looking forward to the school album templates. i know i can get it done with a little inspiration from you. thanx!

  12. #20

    Dana, i’ve been hybrid for a long time, but i have to tell you, i’ve been loving doing the digital pages. Getting a bit hooked on them in fact. : )

  13. #21
    Amy Eaton

    Just keep going Cathy – they are all fabulous and I’m loving the versatility they bring to my pages. It’s fabulous when you feel so energised isn’t it?

  14. #22
    Diane Herman

    Hey Cathy
    I am loving these templates but have a question for you…
    Here in Australia we cant get 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12 photos so getting digi pages printed to put in albums…amongst the paper and hybrid pages isnt an option. I am embracing all 3 forms of scrapping and would love to include them all mixed in together in my albums.
    One thought I had was to resize them to be printed as an 8×12 and crop them to 8 x 10.5 then adhere them to cardstock.

    Do you have any thoughts or suggestions? Are you planning to print these digi pages?
    Thanks so much for the inspiration

  15. #23

    Hey Diane,

    I will be printing my 8.5 x 11 pages, yes. Probably at

    You can resize these templates if you’re a bit Photoshop savvy. It might take a bit of tweaking, but it’s not hard at all. : )

  16. #24

    Diane, I am in New Zealand and have much the same problem. What I have done is buy Cathy’s 8.5 x 11 templates and resized them to A4 so I could print them at full bleed on my home computer. It was really easy to convert them to A4 and after changing a setting on my printer, they printed out really well at full bleed. I am thrilled with the results!.

    As for 12 x 12, I don’t know if it will be as easy to convert those templates to a smaller size but if it is not possible, I am going to send them to for printing. They seem to have a flat shipping rate to this part of the world of $US4.99 , which I think is really good, and each 12×12 page costs $US1.99 which is not too shabby either.

    Of course, I may just avoid the 12×12 templates as all of my albums are the smaller size but it is nice to have at least one printing option.

    I just thought I would let you know as I have been stuggling with this problem for a while now.

  17. #25

    I’ve lost touched with blog-world for a while and then just heard CZ is designing for DD??!! SO HAPPY! I only returned to scrapping this month and I’m always looking at your books for inspiration on keeping my pages clean. I’m going to be saving all my scrapping pennies for all these templates.

    My wish is for a 12×12 template for all those neurotic moms like me that took one photo of their baby in the same spot every month for the first year…so at least 12 spots for photos. I’ve been playing with other templates and has come off too busy or cheesy (well, it is cheesy…) so I’m holding off printing to see if you’ll come up with one!

    Thanks for including 12×12’s too!

  18. #28
    Sandi Malloy

    I totally like the templates and really enjoyed seeing them with other’s takes. I keep wondering how my black dogs would look in the all white house. Envisions of grey keep coming to mind πŸ˜‰

  19. #30

    I love all the templates so far. As far as ideas for other ones, I’d love to have CZ templates to use for vacation pages–similar to your template #2–with room for lots of photos and a little bit of journaling.

  20. #31

    I love the new 12×12 template you are releasing! I am in Canada and I haven’t a clue where to get something like that printed.

    If I want to do part traditional and part digital, do I just print out what I like and then add my photos?

    Thanks Cathy – love your style!


  21. #34

    Hi Cathy, I haven’t ventured into the digital scrapbooking world as such and find it all pretty daunting. Any chance you could do a video run through for a newbie like me? And I’m with you, I want to move into Patricia’s house too! – not sure how long it would stay looking that clean though ;o)

  22. #35

    This partnership should have happened decades ago. You and DD are the perfect pair – just LOVE these clean layouts! What’s so cool is that it just doesn’t matter how you digi-scrap . . . they can stay clean and simple or go crazy – but the foundation is there. Awesome.

  23. #36
    Mary Mitchell


    I love the templates. Can the title be changed or shut off. I’d like to select one of the designs and use it for an album. I want to add my own personal title to each page either digitally or hybrid.


  24. #37
    Anne in SC

    Love the designs but I know very little about digital scrapbooking and how it works. Could you write a post about the basic of digital scrapbooking? I have PSP9–will that work or do I need photoshop? Could I get by with just photoshop elements? So many questions and I know I would probably love going digital as I love playing on the computer.

  25. #38

    Anne, this is a good question and yes, i should do a post about basic digital scrapbooking. Photoshop elements is great for it! you do not need full PS!

    Thanks for the idea. Look for a post coming soon!

  26. #39

    Mary, absolutely (it can be turned off! it’s just on two layers). That’s the fun of the whole digi thing. It can go hybrid very easily, or you just custom create your own title.

  27. #41

    Hey Cathy! Can’t wait for the release today. I just wanted to second a previous comment that it would be great for the school album templates to be 12×12. I generally like 8 1/2 x11, but for those albums I need the room. And, while I am being greedy, can they be hybrid friendly? I would love more hints on how to take a digi template and go hybrid!

    Thanks for sharing,

  28. #42
    Mary Mitchell

    Thanks for the feedback Cathy, now I have to figure out how you turn off layers so I can customize a title with stickers or rubons. Any points in the right direction to find this info would be great.

  29. #44

    looking forward to your new ‘column’ but also hoping the do-overs come back too – they were awesome!!

  30. #45

    thanks, that was what I suspected.

    Can you share what fonts you used, or is that classified πŸ˜‰

  31. #47
    MaryRuth Francks

    I can’t even tell you how happy I am that you are creating templates. Happy Happy Happy. Templates from the Queen of Clean and Simple. My life is now perfect. Seriously.


  32. #48

    Ok, so maybe I”m super naive here, but does it really take that long to make these templates? I know you’re super duper with PS, PSE, etc. So I was under this idea that you can zip these out. Am I wrong? Because I’m so addicted now!

  33. #49

    Hey Shannon, the thing is, i never used Photoshop for scrapbooking until this year. Truth.

    So i’m not as speedy as if i were kicking them out in Indesign, but alas, ID is not the standard.

    I’m going to work on releases each week for the next few months.

    Believe me, i could do this all day long, but i have to freelance as well. : )

    More are coming.

  34. #50

    I just got your 2nd book on saturday. Love it. Took your class TAV me. Still working on it. This is probably stupid but on your templates (I don’t do digital) what are the sizes of the photos. A 4×6 and 2x2ish? Im still struggling when I try to lift a page.
    Also seeing that you are such a big GREEN DAY fan… Billy Joe is married to Addie Nesser – a girl who lived down the street from me. I knew her sister and bother. Shes about 6 years younger than me. Both her parents and mine still live in same houses so I know he comes to visit! Just a bit of trivia.
    Thanks Sue

  35. #51


    Any chance you could do a template for the tutorial you did on Ali’s blog? Tried making my own template and failed miserably. Looking forward to more clean and simple!

  36. #52

    Well I’m glad you’ve got freelancing as well. I can’t wait to see those releases! Keep the good stuff coming. πŸ™‚

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