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

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking109 Comments

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

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking22 Comments

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

Project Life, Week Twenty-Seven + a free binder label download for you

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life29 Comments

OBSERVATIONS: Well, it was bound to happen. The old switcheroo is at hand. I started my second album to house my Project Life content for 2012. July through December will now reside in a brand spanking new binder. Aw, look how adorable the twins are! I am presently using the 12 x 12 albums from We R Memory Keepers. Something … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Week Twenty-Seven + a free binder label download for you

Project Life, Week Fifteen + a free download for you

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life32 Comments

OBSERVATIONS: I have to tell you something that I’ve been doing and it’s something I haven’t done very often during the past few years: I sit with my album (my Project Life album, specifically) and I page through it every few weeks and just smile and think, “Damn. I’m so glad I’m going this.” It’s such a cool vehicle to … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Week Fifteen + a free download for you

Project Life—Week Three + a free download card and tutorial

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life, Tutorials78 Comments

And Week 3 is on the books, people. Welcome to my Project Life post for the week. Let’s dive in, shall we? OBSERVATIONS: I love this project. Can I just say that? It really does combine the best of what I love about scrapbooking (stories+photos+design) but breaks it down into little do-able chunks. Heck, it’s even making me realize my … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life—Week Three + a free download card and tutorial

A Tiny Templates Tutorial + a free fraction conversion chart download for you

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life, Tutorials81 Comments

I have a new digital product at Designer Digitals called Tiny Templates. The idea is very simple. Seven 3 x 4 layered digital templates that allow you to create tiny little cards containing photos and a story. I created them for use in my Project Life album, and I’ll be posting about my Week 3 of Project Life later in … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA Tiny Templates Tutorial + a free fraction conversion chart download for you

Project Life, Take Two + a free download for you

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Project Life87 Comments

Last Spring, I decided the allure of Project Life was just too great to resist, so I jumped in with both feet and was raring to go! And I absolutely loved it for about 8 weeks and then I fell off the wagon. And even though scrapbooking is supposed to be fun and guilt free, I have to tell you: … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProject Life, Take Two + a free download for you