A project (or two) that I love

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life16 Comments


I’ve made no secret that I’m a huge fan of Artifact Uprising.

I love their products. I love their aesthetic. I love their commitment to the environment. I love their mission of making these images of our lives tangible.

I’ve made a handful of books with them (you can read a review I wrote here), and I feel like every time I make a new one, it’s officially my new favorite. Such is the case with a book featuring some of my favorite images from Aidan’s senior session with my dear friend, Margie Scherschligt.


This little book measures. 8.5 x 8.5 and is 40 pages in size. And I absolutely love it.


Artifact Uprising’s interface is easy to learn and you can simply upload your images and assign different page designs and images as you go.


Needless to say, this book will definitely be out at Aidan’s grad party coming in June.

(And yes, I said that so casually… grad party. As if I’m not sweating and freaking out that my baby is pretty much all grown up.)

Last December, however, I also decided to think out of the book, and I ordered a custom calendar for Dan for Christmas.


The calender features a combination of Instagrams and other photos taken on our trip last summer to Slovenia.


They come clipped onto a custom made wooden clipboard with a magnet on the back. The paper quality is so lush and heavy. It just speaks to my designer heart.

I love the way companies like Artifact Uprising are helping people like me take a different approach to saving memories through elegant design and personalization.

Thanks, AU!

I’m proud to be one of the first affiliates for Artifact Uprising. I am hoping to bend their ear to the ways of the scrapbooker including larger sized books and other features that speak to memory keepers. While I do receive a small commission from the links in this post, I pay for my books because I truly love AU’s products and service. Stay tuned!

Cathy ZielskeA project (or two) that I love

16 Comments on “A project (or two) that I love”

  1. #2
    Britiney @ Consider the Lilies

    Love. And wtg on being an affiliate! Glad to know your voice is in the mix.

    My oldest is Cole’s age – 14 on Wednesday – and I want to curl into the fetal position when I think about him leaving for college. Darn kids, getting all grown up on us. Sending hugs for your mom-heart. xo

  2. #3
    Jacquie Desilets

    Love, love both projects! I am currently saving my Project Life pages in hopes that Artifact Uprising will come out with a 12 x 12 book format. Go Cathy!

  3. #4

    I adore AU. I love their customer service, their “slant on design”, and the quality. I have a book ready to send in as I type…plus…it is a Colorado company! Love that you LOVE them. Your Sr. year book is going to be a timeless treasure.

  4. #5
    Kim K

    Confession: My son is also a member of the Class of 2014, and I haven’t started putting any books together for him yet. (Been doing it for years in my head – felt like I had all the time in the world!) Hoping to do a Project Life format for the high school years – including honors/awards, events, etc….and one JUST LIKE yours for grad pics. A timely post, and I’m heading to Artifact Uprising right now! Thanks, CZ!

  5. #7

    ahhh, yes, I have a senior and I am very motivated to have his scrapbooks up to date for the grad party. Planning grad party, check. Done with college apps. and college selected, check. Neck deep in weekly scholarship apps., check. College dorm housing selected, check. Cap, gown, grad announcements ordered, check. Stayed up to midnight arranging college freshman orientation, check. Wondering how the parental bank account will hold up, check. When summer comes, I’m not sure if I will be tired, relieved, or an emotional wreck that my first born is headed to the next adventure in his life (without me!).

  6. #12

    This is gorgeous. I’m designing my first AU book and am almost finished… can’t wait to see it in print! One question for you. How were you able to create an 8.5×8.5 book with only 20 pages? I thought the minimum was 40?

  7. #14

    Okay, you are making me realize how much there is to do. Gulp. Scholarship and FAFSA stuff is done. Check! But I need to start planning that party for the summer, and all the other things. Maybe it will be a relief when the next chapter begins. : )

  8. #15

    A few years ago, we walked downtown to see The Way, with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Such a slow and quiet and profound movie, it made my husband think of offering our children an alternative to the standard Graduation party.

    So, we asked Jack whether he would rather have a grad party or choose one of us and take a trip somewhere in the continental US. Within 30 seconds, he said he would take a trip with Dad to Crater Lake in Oregon.

    They had a blast on their road trip and, now, we are months away from our daughter choosing a place to go, as she doesn’t want a grad party, either.

    The good news? We haven’t had to clean our house or remodel or come up with a menu plan for a big Open House!!!

    Just thought you may want to consider an alternative…

    Bridget in Minnesota

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