Happy New Year! (and here are some happy free Project Life downloads for you)

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life190 Comments


It’s here. 2013. The year I start saying “Twenty-Thirteen” instead of what I’ve been saying for the past 12 years (“Two-Thousand-Twelve”). And it’s the start of my second full year of doing Project Life.

Today I wanted to wish you a happy 2013, and offer up a handful of printables, PNGs, PSDs and PDFs for use on your Project Life title pages (or anywhere else you’d like to use them.

The digital packages are loaded up and ready to go. You can use your own digital papers, or use the cards as is. It’s up to you.

I’m a big fan of color and font themes and this is how I’m kicking off the look and feel of my album year. Also, this look ties directly into the new weekly journal cards I’m using for the next 12 months.


Included in the package is a customizable monogram card. You can change the font (the template is set to Arial) and change it up to match your name and monogram).

I also plan to use some of the Project Life Seafoam Kit as well, as soon as it arrives in my hot little hands.

Please note: I have broken this download into three chunks: PDFs, PNGs and PSDs. Download what you need! The PSD file is a very large one and will take some time to download.

Download CZ_PDFs (8.4 MB)

Download CZ_PNGs (3.9 MB)

Download CZ_PSDs (40.3 MB, it’s a big sucker! Be patient with it, my pretties.)

I’m hoping these downloads work! Here is what my Project Life title page looks like for 2013.


(I swear it’s not this blue in real life. It’s New Year’s, and I’ve had three hours of sleep.)

Happy new year, everyone!



Cathy ZielskeHappy New Year! (and here are some happy free Project Life downloads for you)

190 Comments on “Happy New Year! (and here are some happy free Project Life downloads for you)”

  1. #1

    Cathy, thank you so much. I too am waiting for Seafoam, and was trying to figure out what to use until it is available. You are awesome! Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

  2. #6

    So happy – it’s been 2013 here for a little longer than it has in your time zone (about 18 hours) so of course I forget that and came looking far too early. And now I see it is up – so very punctual of you! But it means it arrives for me in great time – so I thank you greatly 🙂

  3. #8
    Jenny w

    Thankyou Cathy!!! Your a gem.
    But I too can’t seem to find a download link. I even tried DD and no joy 🙁

  4. #9
    Arlene Alog-David

    hi Cathy i cannot see the download link, i also looked at your freebies section… Happy new year! you are awesome… i love your designs thanks for sharing… will await for the link have a great new year

  5. #11

    Ditto! I think you started on the champers a bit early Cathy! Thank you for the freebie – can’t wait to download it. Have a wonderful Twenty Thirteen 🙂

  6. #12
    Sandy Davis

    What a great freebie, and thank you so much for sharing it. 2013 is my first year for doing project life and I will be using the Seafoam collection as well. Thanks for all the inspiration on your blog!!

  7. #13

    Popping out of lurkdom to say many many thanks for all the inspiration on your blog throughout the years but especially last year with Project Life.
    Have a wonderful twenty thirteen !!!
    (thanks in advance for this new freebie that looks amazing and that I can’t wait to get my hands on and start using :D…)

  8. #14

    WOW, this looks great Cathy!! Thanks so much for the download, love these colors too!! Waiting for the Seafoam to get in my hands too!! Happy 2013 to you and your family!

  9. #16

    Thank you! Love these (and hope to download them soon when I can find the link)! And they will go great with my Seafoam kit – I bought the digital because I don’t want to wait. 🙂

  10. #17

    Thanks Cathy. I may be wrong but the link to the new journal cards takes me to the cards that you appeared to use in 2012. Happy New Year too:))

  11. #19
    Lori Ande

    Happy New Year Cathy – just bought your new WeekInReview cards for 2013. LOVE. Also, thanks for the template for printing you gave away a few weeks back. It has saved me so much time. Love these new cards as well, especially the color choice.

  12. #25

    Thank you so much! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this year and keeping up with your project life pages. Thanks for the goodies and helpful videos.

  13. #28

    There are three text links. They are bold and in green. Below the graphic of the package, about 7 lines down.
    Are they not showing up?

  14. #29

    There are three text links. They are bold and in green. Below the graphic of the package, about 7 lines down.
    Are they not showing up?

  15. #30

    Oh, wow, what a wonderful way to start the day and the year! Just the inspiration I needed. Thanks for the download, can’t wait to start my Project Life for this year.

  16. #34

    There are three text links. They are bold and in green. Below the graphic of the package, about 7 lines down.
    Are they not showing up?

  17. #35

    There are three text links. They are bold and in green. Below the graphic of the package, about 7 lines down.
    Are they not showing up?

  18. #37

    There are three text links. They are bold and in green. Below the graphic of the package, about 7 lines down.
    Are they not showing up?

  19. #43
    Heather Saxberg

    I have been eagerly waiting for these and once again you do not disappoint! Thanks for the awesome extras 🙂 Wishing you and the Zielske clan a happy 2013!

  20. #44
    Margy Eastman

    Thanks, Cathy! I decided to do digital Project Life and I’m using your stuff from Designer Digitals. Why reinvent the wheel when such a talented designer has done it for me! My goal is to not get fancy, keep it easy and GET ‘ER DONE! Now I’m off to Move Well classroom. Have a great New Years!

  21. #45

    woot awesome sauce and I’m with you on the no sleep! ahh the joys of the New Year!!!! Happy New Year!

  22. #48

    Cathy you are amazing! Thank you for providing all these wonderful freebies for us! You are such a generous person! Wishing you and your family the very happiest and healthiest New Year!!

  23. #50
    Mona S

    Thank you so much for the awesome downloads! I wish I had listened to your December 10 post and ordered my supplies (page protectors, album and card stock) then. They are enroute now, but I would love to have already gotten started. But no worries – I will take pics and journal in my day one app and be ready when they arrive on January 7!!

  24. #52

    Thanks so much. I can’t wait to print and layout my main page. I’m totally inspired by you and doing a simple album this year. I totally bombed 2012. Thanks for posting a video on how to make it simple by printing at home.

  25. #53

    Hi Cathie, I was wandering if you will be sharing your PL spreads this year too! I really hope so, because you’re my absolute favourite project “Lifer”! Thank you for the PNGs too!

  26. #57

    AWESOME! Thank you for the link and the personalized Monogram card! Super cool! Thank you.

    I plan on using Seafoam, too. waiting, waiting, waiting…

    Happy 2013!

  27. #59
    Sonya Glaze

    I’m new to this and was wondering what is the difference between the three? I have PSE…which one do I need to download?? Thanks!! Thanks for the awesome freebie!!

  28. #60

    Hopefully Cathy will correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe you would use the pdf if you want to print them out pretty much as they are and write on them (eg if you don’t have PSE), png if you want to use them mostly as they are for digital scrapbooking in PSE, and psd if you want to be able to change the background papers, move things around and change things up – they are huge files because the layers haven’t been flattened. So, since you’re using PSE, you should download the png OR the psd, depending on how much control you want.
    Thanks for sharing your designs with us, Cathy! You have taught me so much about digital scrapbooking and PSE this year and your family looks like so much fun.
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2013!

  29. #64

    Cathy, you’re the best!! So excited to get these downloads! I’ll definitely be using them in my PL. I’m glad you’re doing another year. I have loved following your blog and buying your digital delights!!

  30. #68
    Lynn H.

    Cathy, thanks so much for the wonderful downloads. They are gorgeous. I did Project Life for the first time in 2012, and I found your pages and products the most inspiring. I hope that you continue to post your weekly layouts, and that you add to your product line at Designer Digitals. I always love your videos and appreciate the fabulous freebies.

  31. #72

    Happy twenty thirteen! Thank you for these wonderful freebies. Looking forward to seeing what you come up for your weekly PL pages. You are such an inpiration to me.

  32. #74

    Thank you so much for this gift! I love reading about your PL…it makes me want to give it a try 🙂 Happy New Year!

  33. #76

    I love, love, love all of your designs and tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing your genius with us. I was just wondering what is the difference between using the png and the psd files?

  34. #79
    Shanon Gibson

    Yay! Thanks so much for this! I am going to order the Seafoam kit as soon as it is available, too, but I will also be using lots of other bits and even leftovers from the Clementine edition. I am starting my album this week and was going to work on my title page today so this is perfect timing! Thanks again! I look forward to seeing your album again this year.

  35. #80

    Cathy thank you for being so ‘giving’! I recently started following you and noticed that you are always sharing and teaching (for free!). I watched some of your Vimeo videos and they are so helpful as I attempt to learn Photoshop. Happy New Year to you!

  36. #83

    Thank you thank you thank you! I too thoroughly enjoy seeing your posts and all of the video tutorials you provide on your blog. I did project 365 in 2008 and have thought about doing project life but it has just seemed so daunting. I’m going to attempt it this year digitally as a weekly review to help with keeping the stories and memories for my family. Thank you for your inspiration! (a quick question – what font did you use on the rest of the cards if we wanted to have the monogram card match?)

  37. #84

    Thank you so so much for these lovely freebies. I haven’t bought a kit for this year. Thinking of doing my own. So this is awesome 🙂

  38. #88

    Cathy you are such a talent! And a generous heart to boot! You are starting 2013 off to a great start for us all! If I ever see you are doing a scrap event in the Twin Cities area I’d love to meet you! Let us know! You are awe inspiring!

  39. #90

    Thanks so much for the goodies, Cathy! You are always such an inspiration.

    Here’s to a fabulous 2013 to you and yours.

  40. #92
    Sindee Schmit

    Quick question for you Cathy. Will you be doing your project life from Tuesday through Monday now since the new year starts on Tuesday, or will you still be going with the Sunday through Saturday route? And thanks much for sharing your design talents with us. I too love your design creations at Designer Digitals!

  41. #95

    Happy New Year Cathy! Thanks so much for sharing your designs – I really want to do better with PL this year, and this is a great start and inspiration!

  42. #96
    Melanie J

    Thank you so much for the freebies. Love them and will definitely use them. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  43. #98

    Thanks, Cathy! You’ve become one of my favorite people I don’t know whose lives I read about daily, and I love how honest you are and how fun you are and your creativity!

  44. #100

    No big whoop! I totally forgot to change the post time. I ran out of time yesterday in preparing for a rocking New Years Eve party!

  45. #102

    Thanks for sharing these, they are great.

    I’m using the Seafoam kit this year, I totally love the design of that one.

    2012 was my first year with PL and I managed the whole year. Yay! OK, I still have the last week to finish and I’ve run out of ink for my printer, but hey, I’m there.

    Thanks again, love you designs. I use the check box cards No 01 and the story savers No 01, love these. They make journalling a small story easy. I like the new J-cards as well and might pick these up to compliment my Seafoam kit.

  46. #103

    Thank You Cathy! You are awesome. I am trying Project Life again. I tried last fall and only made two weeks! 🙁 I’ve used your organizing technique for my computer files and am working on printing a bunch of cards to have on hand. These freebies will help – you are awesome!

  47. #105

    Hey Cathy,
    Thanks for the cool freebies! I’m looking forward to spending the year with you again! 😉

    Happy New year! Thank you for sharing your talents and humor with us.

  48. #107

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am waiting for Seafoam, but with all the demand who knows when it will come. I also tried to get the Studio Calico kit to hold me over, but no luck there either. I have looked at DD and am planning to buy your journaling cards, and now I have these BEAUTIES! Now, tell me why I need the Seafoam kit! Thanks again. What a wonderful treat to start 2013.

  49. #108

    Thank you for the FREE downloads. I have been debating to do traditional or digital PL. I love the look of traditional scrapbooking but it seems so much easier to do digital, at least for me. I don’t have a designated area where I can leave my mess without someone in my crazy house going through it. I’ve been searching online and have found so many digital goodies. I love all your stuff at Designer Digitals. thanks again and Happy 2013!

  50. #111
    Gina T

    Thank you Cathy! Bless you! Can’t wait to see what you have in store next. Definitely taking your class this year at BPC. Happy 2013!!

  51. #112

    Thanks for the downloads!! You totally rock. Just thought you should know. Thanks for your inspiration and generosity. Wishing you a fabulous 2013!

  52. #115
    Sandra L

    Your title page looks great Cathy! So glad you are going to continue with PL in 2013 and share it with us. Thanks so much for the download!!! Now i’m really going to have to take some kind of class/tutorial and learn how to work with layers 🙂
    Happy 2013 to you and your family!

  53. #117

    Have successfully downloaded the PSD file – and created my first journalling card using one of the cards as a starting point. Love it. This – and you – are completely awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

  54. #118

    Hi Cathy! Thank you for the free downloads. I really love your clean minimalist style. Just decided to use Seafoam for 2013, my first full year of Project Life.

    A question; do you print on the 3×4 cards or do you print two journal/filler cards on a 4×6 and then cut it in half?

  55. #119
    Dawn F.

    Adding my thanks to all the others. I don’t have a lot of extra cash or tech skills to make my own digi cards so I am always very appreciative to those that are so generous. Thank you so much!

  56. #120

    Still love your blog and style after all these years. Thanks so much for the PL freebies, they are so cool. Melbourne, Australia.

  57. #129

    Thanks for the freebies! So fun! I love your new snowpocalypse kit and was wondering will you be designing snowpocalypse journaling card printables, too?

  58. #130
    Kimberly T.

    Woo hoo, thanks, Cathy!! Can’t wait to get started on this years book (or last years, or the year before, etc. ) 🙂

  59. #131

    Hey Kristi, i usually dont double up on printables and brushes, but thats a good thing for me to keep in mind going forward. : )
    Do you have PSE? Its super easy to take brush art and make your own cards!

  60. #134

    Thanks, Cathy! I don’t have PSE and really do mostly physical PL and fill in here and there with printables. Just needed some journaling cards with s snowy theme:)

  61. #142

    Thank you!! I had an idea for my 2013 title page that didn’t pan out. I was a little worried that I would put it off because I didn’t know what to do, but your downloads make it easy to just do and it check off and move on. Sometimes creativity is overrated!!

  62. #143

    thanks so much for the goodies. i enjoy your work, appreciate your honesty, and learn so much from you.
    wishing you and yours a fabulous 2013.

  63. #146

    I was wondering the same thing… it took me to the week in review cards from last year…

    These are awesome, thank you so much!


  64. #149

    Thanks so much for the freebies. I am glad to hear you’ll be doing PL again this year – I hope that you’ll continue to share your pages.

  65. #150
    Karen Freeman

    Once again you are so incredibly generous of your time, your enthusiasm, your humour and your talents(videos included!)
    Thanks so very much for the downloads. Much appreciated. Take care of you and yours in 2013. All the best from New Zealand. Karen

  66. #153

    Cathy, Cathy, Cathy—I skipped 2012 with PL, but all year followed your adventure & wished I’d done it because I missed it! So, last week I made the decision to jump in again for 2013. Your posts jump-started me & now here you are with freebies to really push me into the water! NY Day I even took some photos specifically to kick off the project, got my plastics into a binder, and was looking around the ‘net (& my computer) for something new to use. VOILA! There you are. Can’t wait to plug these newbies in. Thank-you Miss Z~and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  67. #159
    Michelle Huegel

    Thank you!!! I’m also waiting (im)patiently for Seafoam! It’s my first year to attempt Project Life and I’m excited to get started!! I think I know what to do for my title page now 🙂

  68. #161
    kate Adderley

    Hi Cathy, lve been looking at your blog on and off for the last 12 months, love what you do, love all your funny videos, you are my kinda girl, love that your out there just being you, you really make me laugh, LOL, just wanna say thanks for the free download for PL, also waiting on my Seafoam kit to turn up, so with your cards at least l will be able to make a start, love the colours, lm using similar colours in my OLW ALBUM that lm doing for the first time this year, 2012 was also my first year for PL and l absolutely loved it, also loved what you did in your PL album, and now lve just figured out how to use these download files (sorry- slow learner ) l will be able to print your beautiful works of art, love that your cards are so simple, and not over done, thanks for the inspiration…….kate

  69. #164
    Karen L.

    Thanks so much for the free card designs. Is it possible to change the colors of the stripes? I am familiar with PSE but cannot get the color changed. Any hints? Happy New Year 2013 to you and your family too!

  70. #165

    Karen, unfortunately I only provided predesigned papers for these. : ) But you can add your own digital papers to the files if you like. Sorry to not have a shortcut!

  71. #168
    Julie E

    Thanks so much for the downloads. I’d been stressing out over just getting started. This is the kick I need.

  72. #169

    THANK YOU for the awesome freebies! I’m using the Seafoam kit this year too and I love that your freebie coordinates so nicely. Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome posts this year.

  73. #170

    Thank you. These are wonderful! Thank you for your generosity… may you be rewarded for it throughout the year! 🙂

  74. #176

    Yes! Sweeet! Thank you SO MUCH for your generous freebies! You continue to inspire me to continue creating digital projects and starting Project Life again this year. Thank you!

  75. #177

    Happy New Year to you, Cathy! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work! I’m so excited to begin this year’s album with your work…love it!

  76. #181

    Cathy, This is RAD. I’m going to try and attempt to use the CHILDHOOD editions of project life for the full year (just because it has awesome boy colors AND REALLY cute kid quotes). I think this download will help me create an awesome title page, especially if I can figure out how to match some of the color to the Childhood edition. So much for keeping it simple, right? Oh well. PS, Yes, RAD was the first word that popped into my mind… I’m stuck in the 1987 apparently.

  77. #183

    Thank you for sharing! I used your card “Stories Photos Life” in my title page with some color adjustments. I also linked to your blog. Hope that’s fine 🙂

    Kind regards from Germany,

  78. #184
    Dianne @ Skinny Seahorse

    Just stumbled on your site this afternoon via christie.typepad.com via Pinterest. So happy to have found you. Thank you for the freebies. But mostly I stopped by to tell you I adore your tagline. Instant smile when I saw that.

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