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

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life, Tutorials71 Comments

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!)

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life, Scrapbooking134 Comments

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!)

Create your own custom Facebook cover photo using my free template + video tutorial

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Tutorials66 Comments

I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize that if you can upload your own photos to serve as your Facebook cover photo, then you can upload multi-photo templates to display more than one images. Yes, there are services out there that will also let you make your own, but I like to be a little old … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCreate your own custom Facebook cover photo using my free template + video tutorial

30 Days of Thankful: A gratitude album project + free downloads

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking76 Comments

For the past few years, I’ve made gratitude-themed mini albums on Thanksgiving. The idea was simple: hand out pre-printed cards to everyone in attendance at our Thanksgiving Day celebration, have them write what they are thankful for, snap a photo of them, and then compile everything into a 4 x 6 photo album. I created albums in 2009, 2010 and … Read More

Cathy Zielske30 Days of Thankful: A gratitude album project + free downloads

Taking the ‘crap’ out of scrapbooking—a new motto for an old approach

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A manifesto to take the 'crap out of scrapbooking.

A few years ago, I did an ad trade with the woman who runs the Skinny Taste site. At the time, I really didn’t have an ad ready to go, so I decided to whip up a quick one and at the last minute, I used the phrase, “Taking the ‘crap’ out of scrapbooking.” I wasn’t sure if that would … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTaking the ‘crap’ out of scrapbooking—a new motto for an old approach

The Real Life Portrait Page Project (+ a free template download and instructions for you)

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking57 Comments

I’m going to tell you something today that I try to convey to just about anyone who’ll listen: my house and my life are not perfect. Don’t get me wrong. I’m extremely grateful for the home in which I dwell and the life that I’m fortunate enough to lead, but you’re not going to find perfection in either one. This … Read More

Cathy ZielskeThe Real Life Portrait Page Project (+ a free template download and instructions for you)

Mini Album Project: An Album of ‘Fuls + free label download

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There are two things I’ve been a bit preoccupied with of late: gratitude and screened back type and graphics. (Well, there’s actually three, if you count hot flashes, but I digress…) I was toying with the idea of creating a new gratitude layout template and then thought, why not just make a whole album? Whenever I approach beginning a new … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMini Album Project: An Album of ‘Fuls + free label download