Layout Share: This Girl + a video tutorial

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking, Tutorials24 Comments

I’ve had a hankering for hybrid of late.

With all my memory keeping revolving around my digital Project Life these days, I decided to see if I could come up with a few more pages to tuck into Aidan’s album (or Cole’s album, though he’s much harder to document these days photographically speaking).

And as you may be aware, Aidan is in her final year of living at home. [Insert slow blinking mother here.]

Yep. As they say, this is happening.

So you’ll forgive me if I’m feeling a little sentimental where this girl is concerned. There are other things I’m feeling, but I’ll save those thoughts for my therapist. For now.

This layout employs the use of repetitive, phrase-driven journaling. For some of us, journaling doesn’t come easily. Any time you start to plug in the same phrase, you may find it helps to drive each sentence you write.

That’s what I did on this page. And I ain’t gonna lie. I kind of love it.



This girl. She is in her final year of high school which seriously feels like it’s going by way, way too quickly.

This girl. She has this thing for making her room absolutely spotless and then having it completely trashed in a day.

This girl. She never needs to be told to do anything—homework, room cleaning, etc. Okay, maybe to pick her clothes up after a shower. But if that’s her level of bad girl, I’ll take it.

This girl. She has a boyfriend who happens to share her name.

This girl. She’s so ambitious in her educational goals, always pushing herself to do better and learn more.

This girl. She still loves her online TV watching. Sherlock and Supernatural are present faves.

This girl. She’s rehearsing for her final play in her senior year, Little Shop of Horrors. She’s playing Ms. Mushnick.

This girl. She loves sweatpants and sports bras and comfort.

This girl. She is my heart. I wish I could rewind life and do over, and do better. She makes me a better person.

Side note: Cole read this layout and read the last line outloud in a very grandiose, quasi-mocking tone. Little s#$t! I guess you had to be there, but it was pretty funny.


After I created the layout, I turned this into a StoryGuide Template. StoryGuides are my digital templates designed to do two things: 1) help you tell your unique stories and 2) let you use a digital approach to make a more traditional (or hybrid) layout.

This template also comes with the digital stamp of the word “boy” so  you can delete the “girl” layer and add the “boy” into the design. And yes, I’m going to make one for Cole, too. I bet I can dig out a photo that he really didn’t know I was taking, right?

I’m just not sure if I’ll be allowed to share it here. Respect the teen aged wishes. That’s my mantra.

In any event, using digital templates to create more traditional/hybrid pages is as simple as turning layers off, turning them on, and printing. If you’re interested in the process, then this video is for you.

Using a Digital Template to Make a Hybrid Scrapbook Page from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


Note: I used some old BasicGrey holiday paper and some Studio Calico products for the A and the circle. I was unable to find links for these products.

Cathy ZielskeLayout Share: This Girl + a video tutorial

24 Comments on “Layout Share: This Girl + a video tutorial”

  1. #1

    Thank you for the excellent video….so clear and concise. If one did not need boy or girl….is it possible for me to substitute the word “moment” ? Thanks in advance.

  2. #3

    As always I love your page. Remember you may wish you had done things differently but look at your daughter you obviously did some things very right.

  3. #4

    I’m one year behind you, and the feelings have been building ever so slightly the last 2 years. I imagine next year I will be an emotional wreck! And my same age son would have done the same thing 🙂 And I would have laughed, wiping away a tear 🙂

  4. #5

    Lovely LO! I really need to give a hand at Hybrid scrapping. Seems a bit less time consuming and I always love your LO.

  5. #6

    Thank you for the excellent video….so clear and concise. If one did not need boy or girl….is it possible for me to substitute the word “moment” ? Thanks in advance.

  6. #7

    As always I love your page. Remember you may wish you had done things differently but look at your daughter you obviously did some things very right.

  7. #8

    So poignant. (Loving the process video! Keep em coming! As much as you have time for, of course 🙂

  8. #9

    Janel, yes, but I would suggest simply deleting both of the title words, and creating your own text box, so you could add a title in the same font. : )

  9. #11
    Karen S

    Love your work!

    p.s. no need to rewind life — it’s obvious that you’ve done a great job, just look at Aidan.

  10. #12

    Almost didn’t watch the video, thinking I already knew this stuff, but then went ahead and watched it & of course learned something new! You do great tutorial videos! Thank you.

  11. #14

    Dear Cathy,

    Your templates rock my clean and simple world. Just when I thought I was uninspired you do it again.


    Ps currently creating a photo book using the 8×10 template you put out for your blurb and artifact uprising sets, thanks for those too.


  12. #15

    Thanks for the video – it was simple and awesome.
    I have been wanting to do this but just couldn’t seem
    to figure it out. You make it look so very easy.

  13. #19

    Hey Cathy! I toggle between paper and digi scrapbooking, and as of last weekend, I’m on the digi toggle. I thought I was fairly knowledgeable about what I was doing, but I watched your video and learned 2 tips. Score! Thanks! I always click the borderless printing, so I’m curious why you use borders when printing. I have a good Epson printer. I assumed that the borders option would downsize my photo or page to add the border, and my sizes would come out different that I expected. Why do you use the border option?
    And BTW, thanks for all of the great 8.5 x 11 templates, your templates are my go to item to start my digi pages, and they always look great!

  14. #20

    Audrey, on my HP, if I choose Borderless, say when Im printing out my sheet of photos on an 8.5 x 11, the printer will enlarge everything slightly to accommodate that borderless setting. Then when I go to trim the photos, theyll be too large. So its not so much choosing a border option. Its just printing straight 8.5 x 11. I want it to print exactly as its sized on screen. : )

  15. #21
    Barb in AK

    You’ve probably shared videos about how to do hybrid before, but for some reason, this one really clicked with me tonight. Thanks for such an easy to follow tutorial.

  16. #23

    *tear* I have a 3 yr old girl turning 4 soon – she is my baby and has two older brothers and I already feel time going too fast and I know I will be in your shoes soon enough and it already makes my heart beat fast…AND yes there is something about a daughter – because you see yourself in them – that makes you just want to do better and be better. Love all that you share Cathy! you have a gift for telling it like it is and I love it!

  17. #24

    I love your page and can totally relate because I have a daughter (my oldest too) that is also in her last year at home. Going off to college in August. Time is warp speed it seems. Then the other one is 2 years behind her. Yikes!

    I need to do this page too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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