The Monthly for July 2010

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking31 Comments

Ahโ€ฆJuly has come and gone, and I spent an hour and a half yesterday sorting through my iPhoto library, selecting a handful of images to best represent my family's month, and then dropped them into The Monthly template pages. They look like this:


This month, I'm skipping the divided page protectors portion of this project. Why? Because it's summer, and I can! Plus, I ran out of divided page protectors, so I have to order up some more!

The thing I really like about this project? Editing. Pure and simple. Instead of printing every living shot I take, I have to just say, "Okay, how can I pare it all down and still tell a visual story?"

That's the question I answer each month with this project and it never fails to make me feel good about how I'm choosing to save my photos.


Designer Digitals is running an impromptu summer sale through Friday at 6 a.m. Eastern, with 30% off templates and papers. All of my templates are on sale, including The Monthly sets.



Digital Templates: The Monthly and The Monthly Hybrid for 8.5 x 11

Digital Papers: Annino Solids Paper Pack (yellow cardstock), Annino Paper Pack, Siri Solids Paper Pack all by Michelle Martin, Classic Cardstock: Hoops (Katie Pertiet) (white cardstock background)

Album: American Crafts 8.5 x 11 in brown courdory

Page Protectors: We R Memory Keepers divided and regular 8.5 x 11


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MONTHLY SETS?  I've created a new blog page that highlights each digital set, who it's for, and what's inside. Click here to learn more.


Cathy ZielskeThe Monthly for July 2010

31 Comments on “The Monthly for July 2010”

  1. #1

    A sale?! YEA!! I’ve been looking through your templates…like a kid in a candy store, just can’t decide on the size…12 x 12 or 8 1/2 by 11…If I purchase one size, can it be resized? If so, is that a difficult process? I’m thinking the smaller size..but then wonder…what if I want to do some larger??? Too much thinking so early in the morning…

  2. #2
    Heather in Tx

    I am sad to hear that Cole’s going to have to choose a different instrument…. I have 2 baritone/euphonium players at my house and they have enjoyed playing it.

    Thanks for sharing your monthlys with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. #3

    oh, I sense a shopping spree! ๐Ÿ™‚ can I just ask, by the way, a while ago you mentioned intending to do some templates for recipes? did you do that yet and if so, what did you name them? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. #4

    I have a little step by step on the PDF instruction sheets that tell you how to size UP the 8.5 x 11. But mostly, its just increasing the canvas size, and leaving the original design nestled in a nice bit of framing white space! Does that make sense? So its not about taking the 8.5 x 11 and filling IN the 12 x 12 space with it. Good luck picking!

  5. #6

    I love these Cathy! Do you just print them from the digital file or do you hybridise them up? If printing on digital do you just print on glossy photo paper or card or something else? Sorry for the questions!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. #9
    Marge Johnston

    oooohhhh….. I love it when I open a blog and find a gift like this!! Thanks Cathy for sharing your talent with us!! I’m all over those templates — in an effort to simplify my life and actually get the photos off the computer — they are just what the doc ordered !! Now to go wash the sweat from the morning run off and do some online shopping!! And has Aidan read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanna Collins yet? The third one is coming out on the 24th!!

  7. #10
    Abby Snow

    I don’t usually comment but I just have to tell you how fit you are looking! My mom has a treadmill that she wants to give me but it’s under a mound of stuff at her house and it’s not going to fit in my Chevy Cavalier so I’m waiting patiently until I can get it to my house but I’m so ready to try to join you! Not ready enough to run outside though…

  8. #12

    thanks abby! : ) Having just chosen to run outside on a hot humid morning, rather than the treadmill, im thinking the treadmill would have been a better choice! I cant cool off! LOL. Get that treadmill and use it! : ) Good luck!

  9. #13

    I do print them from the digital file onto a matte coated paper. I upload them to and choose the matte finish option.

  10. #14

    I do print them from the digital file onto a matte coated paper. I upload them to and choose the matte finish option.

  11. #15

    Cold Shower with Dan. Then even if you don’t actually cool off *wink* at least you’ll be too distracted to think about being too hot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. #16

    this system is amazing… i love it!!! love your july pages, your “go with the flow” approach to the project – awesome! and aidan is one of the few people on the planet who looks good with red lipstick.

  13. #17

    Do you add drop shadows to your all-digital pages? *skipping off to buy both sets singing happy birthday to me…*

  14. #20

    These monthly templates are by far my FAVORITE!!!! I get so excited to do them ’cause they’re soooo easy. Thank you for showing yours. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. #21

    Am I misreading this? Are the templates on sale until Easter? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Designer Digitals is running an impromptu summer sale through Friday at 6 a.m. Easter, with 30% off templates and papers. All of my templates are on sale, including The Monthly sets.

  16. #23
    Jeanne Pellerin

    While each photo is lovely and thought provoking, my favorites are Dan in the rainbow wig, and the shots of your feet. I’ve always wondered what your feet look like! To be clear, I am heterosexual and do not have a foot fetish.

  17. #26

    i’m sorry but i just HAVE to say again how DARLING you look in your running skirt! i am SO inspired!!!
    great layouts…

  18. #28

    Thanks for the inspiration to do a monthly layout that coincides with the DD sale! I have been eying your monthly layout templates for a while but my budget and schedule have been holding me back. Between the sale and my upcoming vacation next week, the stars have aligned! I am so excited to do a monthly layout. Things have been totally crazy at work and have had NO time to scrapbook in months! But now I’m going to start with July and work my way backward to January and that covers 2010. Who knows, with your templates, maybe I can even finish 2007-2009 next week too! I never thought I would become a digital scrapbooker but with limited time it’s the way to go.

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