Project Life, Week Twenty-Four + a video tutorial

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Tutorials20 Comments

OBSERVATIONS: I love the past week of photos. Probably because they include a lot more of the sometimes camera shy Dan (or maybe I just wasn’t pointing the camera his way as much as I could have been.) It’s just nice to look through my shots for the week and see so much of this man with whom I share my life, and this man with whom I’m working through all the muck to be able to continue living this life with him.

Or maybe I’m exploiting the fact that he bought his first pair of cheaters this week, and now I feel much less older and grayer. Who can say, really?

This week seemed to be all about words on photos, specifically sleek sans serifs screened back over the shots. I used both some of my digital products as well as just setting type by hand onto specific photos. Today I’ll be sharing a brief video tutorial on how I did this if’n you’re so inclined to try it on your own and were always wondering how.

But first, the pages:



One thing I loved about last week is that Dan asked me if I’d bring my camera down to the farm with me so I could take a three generations photo. Is there nothing more charming than your man asking you to take a photo? I love this shot. Cole is the lone Zielske male, challenged with carrying on the Zielske name. Let’s hope he doesn’t go all new age and change his last name to “Namasté” some day (I knew someone who did that. True story.)


A closer look at the man behind the cheaters.


Here’s the weekly recap:


Now onto the technique I want to show you. I present: screened back text overlaying a photo:


This is really easy to do, using either a digital brush or custom set type. I’m going to show you how to do both. Ready? Okay!

How to screen back type over photos from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a flexible, easy-to-use, highly customizable way to save your memories in a fun, stress-free way. Learn more about getting started with Project Life by clicking here.

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Week Twenty-Four + a video tutorial

20 Comments on “Project Life, Week Twenty-Four + a video tutorial”

  1. #1

    Nice, thanks for the tutorial! Apart from the ghosting, I learned about bleeding and that cropping the image to the desired size. thanks!

  2. #2

    Wow – Cole suddenly seems to have grown up a chunk, he looks more mature in these photos than he has before. I’m with Aidan – a bit of a Grey’s nut, too. Watched everything up until the end of the most recent season and am avidly awaiting the next one…. shame it’s aired so much later here in the UK – dunno what I’d have done if it wasn’t for online freeview!

    Thanks for the tute, but I’ll have to wait till I’m at home to watch it!

  3. #9

    Man, last week my mind was in the gutter thinking 50 shades… and today all I can think about is I need the recipe for Petite Lasagnas! You must share.

    {I swear I enjoy your blog for other reasons than sex and food… LOL}

  4. #11

    Great pictures for the week my favorite is the 3 generations, that will be a treasured one!! It is nice to see Dan in so many of the photos, the ones of you and him also!! Glad for you both mucking thru together, it is hard and each day is a new day to recommit to being together!!
    I can’t believe Aidan watched all those seasons, I started watching about 3 years ago and love it but didn’t see the earlier ones.
    Thanks for sharing and for the video.
    Enjoy the weekend!

  5. #12

    Enjoy reading your Project Life and love the images you take. The tutorials are very helpful and always walk away learning something new. thank you for all the tips & short cuts!!!

  6. #14

    I just started doing Project Life this year and really enjoy it-and looking at your PL posts too. 😉 I don’t know if I could keep up with it weekly though!

  7. #16

    I haven’t done Project Life because my kids are all grown and gone. However, I love your templates and have enjoyed them through the years. Great job on Project life.

  8. #17
    Kim L

    Loved the video tutorial, I always walk away with something new. Cmd – Shft – Greater than, who knew??

    Thank you!!

  9. #20

    Your video sharing information is very useful yo me.Thanks for an excellent article! I appreciate your insights and agree with what you wrote.

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