Hi there. My name is Cathy Zielske and this is my home on the World Wide Web. I’ve been doing the online thing since 2007. (Well, actually since 2005, but back then I had a little hissy fit from a few trolling comments and shut it all down.) When I re-launched my blog, I chose to not care as much about asshats. So far, it’s working out great!

Here are the basics: I’m a graphic designer who loves my family, typography, clean and simple design, french fries and Silence of the Lambs. I also love piping hot, black coffee, bacon, working bra-less and falling asleep to my favorite ASMR videos.

I’m originally from Everett, Washington and now live pretty happily in St. Paul, Minnesota with my elementary school teacher husband. We have a daughter in law school. We have a son in college. Sometimes they are home. Sometimes not. Long story short: we are testing the waters of the empty nest and it ain’t half bad. I’m 54 years old and have achieved the height of 5’6 inches. I am a work in progress. My therapist will vouch for me, of that I am certain.

I’m guessing my husband would, too.

I’ve worked as a graphic designer for more than 25 years, primarily focusing on print design. I’ve managed to parlay my design skills into the world of scrapbooking and cardmaking. Stranger things have happened.

I believe in something called Crap-Free Scrapbooking. (Learn more about that here.) It’s a philosophy that applies to every crafty thing I do.

Aside from running this site, teaching online classes and posting videos to my YouTube channel, I am the art director and a columnist for Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, I design clear stamps and dies for Simon Says Stamp and I will soon be launching a digital shop for scrapbooking resources and cut files.

If you want the full story of how I came to make a living doing what I do, read this post and follow the links.

I wear a lot of hats and do a lot of things. Try as I may, however, I will never be a fan of the Oxford comma.

I try to present an honest portrait of life as a middle-aged woman who works, lives and creates from the almost middle of Minnesota. It may seem like I don’t take myself too seriously, which is partially true. I do not know everything. I am not the smartest person in any given room. I am, however, probably wearing the same shirt you saw me in yesterday.

I am definitely wearing the same shoes.

I believe in working hard, staying curious and being nice. We need fewer asshats in the world. I’m doing my part.

I never take for granted the fact that I am still able to make a living and support my family doing crafty things. So if you’re here, I appreciate you. When you buy a class, or a product, or click on a YouTube video link, you are directly supporting this small business woman who is extremely grateful for your business.

Like, for real.

Side note: my last name is not as complicated to pronounce as one would think. People tend to overemphasize the “Ziel” part, and say “Zeeeaalll-ski.” It’s much simpler than that. It’s just: zil-ski.  Like pill-ski. Even Steven. 


If you’d like to find and follow me in other places, by all means do. Here are some links to take you where you may not need to go, but what the heck, it could be fun! Click on images to see more.


I also wrote two books about scrapbooking and while they are presently no longer in print, you can still purchase the e-books. You can also shop my entire collection of stamps and dies at Simon Says Stamp. I have a huge collection of digital scrapbooking products coming soon to my brand new digital shop (estimated launch is May 2020). Click on images to see more.


If you would like to read more business-y stuff, check out my Disclosure.

Thank you for being here.



Cathy ZielskeABOUT CATHY