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June 05, 2009

About Cathy


Cathy Zielske is a graphic designer, author and blogger with strong ties to the scrapbooking industry. She is the former art director for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, where she oversaw the visual direction of all Simple publications and books.

Zielske has worked as graphic designer for 24 years, primarily focusing on print design. She’s worked everywhere from the Science Museum of Minnesota to a chain of Texas grocery stores to a national trade magazine for debt collection agency owners. (Yes, even debt collectors need good design!)

She started scrapbooking in 2001, and found that her background in design and her passion for telling stories made her new hobby as easy as it was fun. As a scrapbooker, Cathy helped to usher in the trend of clean, graphic layout design. She is the author of the best-selling books, Clean&Simple Scrapbooking, and Clean&Simple Scrapbooking: The Sequel. Both books inspire women to take a fun, well-designed and guilt-free approach to telling their stories through scrapbooking.


Cathy is currently developing and teaching online workshops to help scrapbookers write better and take what they've written and make it look fabulous. She's currently teaming with Big Picture Classes to offer her workshops.

In fall of 2009, Cathy launched her line of digital scrapbooking products exclusively through Designer Digitals and plans to bring her clean and simple aesthetic to digital and hybrid scrapbookers everywhere.

Cathy also reaches scrapbookers through her popular blog.

Zielske hopes to develop more online content in 2012 and beyond, to inspire scrapbookers to continue telling their story in an authentic and well-designed way.

Cathy has also recently discovered that physical activity can be both pleasurable as well as contribute to a smaller butt size. She frequently chronicles her struggles and triumphs with weight and food on her blog.

Originally from Everett, Wash., Zielske now lives quite happily in St. Paul, Minn., with her husband, daughter and son, where she is a big fan of beef jerky, Crowded House and yoga pants. Further, she is 47 years old and has achieved the height of 5'6. She also likes cheese and requires absolute silence to sleep.

Zielske finds writing about herself in the third person to be a mildly to moderately pleasant experience.

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