Look for the positive: a story of three good things + a printable card download for you

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One of the things I’ve been doing since starting therapy nearly four years ago is working to eliminate the negative in my life. Now before you think I’m talking about getting rid of negative people or negative situations or negative influences, let me stop you: I’m talking about getting rid of the negative behaviors in me. Negative behaviors encompass all … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLook for the positive: a story of three good things + a printable card download for you

My current Photo Album Project + a free download

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Back in 2005, when I was writing Clean & Simple Scrapbooking: The Sequel, I was knee-deep in the scrapbooking philosophy—the same one that pretty much guides how I approach the hobby to this day—of scrap what you want to remember and never scrap out of obligation. Sometimes this translated to as many as ten layouts a month; sometimes just a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMy current Photo Album Project + a free download

Playing with Instagrams (free card download + tutorial)

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If you shoot with your phone, and especially if you use Instagram, chances are you have a slew of veritable masterpieces floating out there in pixel land. I know many of us memory keepers are including them more in more in our various methods: scrapbooks, Project Life albums, card projects, gift tags—the list goes on and on. Today I have … Read More

Cathy ZielskePlaying with Instagrams (free card download + tutorial)

Hybrid Layout Share: Every Photo Tells a Story + free template download & step-by-step video

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I’ve been knee deep in the hoopla this summer of cleaning and organizing my photos, both digitally and traditionally. The digital part has included going back to 2003 and deleting digital photos that fit the following criteria: they are crappy or they are redundant. These are the types of photos that should have been pitched right after I uploaded them. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHybrid Layout Share: Every Photo Tells a Story + free template download & step-by-step video

Free School’s Out Card Download for Project Life

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It’s official: school is out and summer is at hand. Granted, we’ve had freakishly cool, gray, Seattle-like weather here in the Upper Midwest so it doesn’t really feel like summer. You will get zero complaints from this Pacific Northwestern bred, perimenopausal girl. I say temps in the sixties are sexy. This marks the first summer that Coleman has off in … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFree School’s Out Card Download for Project Life

It's not G-rated. It is, however, free. And who doesn't like free?

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The Designer Digitals Quarterly Sale kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 15th. As I was working on some new products for the store, I was typing remember this but transposed the letters in this, resulting in the image you see above. It just made me smile. As a committed and passionate keeper of memories, this is exactly what I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeIt's not G-rated. It is, however, free. And who doesn't like free?

Download a free template and take a mini-class on how to use it, also for free

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To celebrate International Scrapbook Day, I designed a new template (both in 12 x 12 and 8.5 x 11), along with a 3 x 4 Project Life card as seen above (available in PNG, PDF and layered PSD for those of you who want to add your own custom colors.) If you are new to digital scrapbooking, I encourage you … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDownload a free template and take a mini-class on how to use it, also for free

Project Life, Week Two + a free layered card download + video tutorial on how to use the free card

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OBSERVATIONS: I take very few portrait-oriented photos. This became evident when Aidan said, “Mom! Get a shot of this outfit.” And that’s when I caught myself turning my camera on its side. What? You can do that? Who knew? Project Life has turned me into a landscape photographer. No, I don’t mean landscape a al the Ansel Adams variety—I mean … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Week Two + a free layered card download + video tutorial on how to use the free card

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

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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 … Read More

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

Project Life: the CZ Design Best Practices Post Video Extravaganza! (plus free photo templates for you and more corporate lingo!)

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As I near the end of my first full year of Project Life, I wanted to share with you what I’m calling my Project Life Best Practices. (I know, part of me really misses my years in corporate culture that were rife with corporate speak.) Be forewarned that going forward, we want to find our core competency as people buy-in … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life: the CZ Design Best Practices Post Video Extravaganza! (plus free photo templates for you and more corporate lingo!)