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24 posts categorized "Video Tutorials"

May 14, 2014

Six Simple Steps: Digital Stamps Two Ways


Digital stamps can sometimes seem like the domain of purely digital scrapbookers, so today I wanted to share a video tutorial showing two things memory keepers can do in the hybrid tradition: add them to photos and design custom 3 x 4 pocket page style cards.


I know it's hard to take your eyes off the first photo, what with me rocking the 1980s goth do, but if you are curious and want to learn more about digital stamps, watch this video. I made it for you.

Six Simple Steps for Using Digital Stamps Two Ways from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


Questions? Comments? I'm all ears. And, digital stamps.


November 25, 2013

Video Tutorial: Make some darling tags and other things using your Silhouette Cameo


I am a Silhouette newb.

I debated getting one for a long time. I thought, "What would I do with one of those things? I am clean and simple. I am linear and graphic. I'm not the frou frou crafty type!"

It would be just one more scrapbooking tool that would gather dust in some remote corner of my already too crowded dining room. Right?


So wrong.

I had no idea how wrong I was, but since I've plugged this thing in (and taken a few classes at, I am realizing more and more that this tool really does work with my whole minimal aesthetic.

I designed this set to make the things I'm going to show you today. I wanted ornaments to serve as tags. I wanted other shapes to serve as, well, things that could go into a page pocket. I wanted to play with practicing how to outline PNG files and making stuff for the upcoming Christmas season. 

Like these gift tags:



I know. The cuteness, and yet the clean-ness.

And stuff for pockets.



I have never felt quite so crafty. (At least not since a few weeks ago when I heat embossed for about the fourth time in my entire life.)

So today I want to share with you how I used my Silhouette Studio software to get crafty.

Using PNG files in Silhouette Studio from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

Questions? Comments? I'm happy to answer or read any you have.



November 14, 2013

My preparations for December Daily™ + other good things


Last year was the first year I started and finished a December Daily™ album. (You can see my album  post by clicking here and scrolling down. )

For some reason, every year that I tried to get started on it before, I just wasn't feeling the holiday spirit. In fact, I would say that Christmas had become my least favorite time of year. I know. Just call me Ebenezer.

But last year was so different, and yes, I'm going to mention therapy again. Let's just say I've learned a few things and one of them was how to connect to the joy of December. And so it was.

There was no question I'd do the album again this year. With all of my digital scrapbooking of late, I wanted to have an album where I would get my hands a little dirty. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to go too overboard on that one.)

I thought I'd share my foundation for the album as it stands today. I don't do a lot of set up beforehand. I really loved spending a little time every day last year just making something to put into my album. I think I'll follow the same approach for 2013.

First up, the December Daily kit.


I'm going to be the first to admit: I'm out of touch with scrapbooking product trends. This should come as no surprise. I've never really been one to wrangle the latest and greatest. It's never fit that well with my simple approach. So I plunked down the cash for this kit. It gives me stuff to play with and I have to admit, I love the way it's all put together.


But a funny thing happened this year as I started to think about putting my album together. I decided to use a different album than the one that came in the kit. As cute as it is, I decided to cave in and give it to Aidan, who wants to make her own December Daily album this year.

Instead, I am going to use a 6 x 8 SN@P! album from Simple Stories.


I am in love with these albums. Seriously in love. They are compact. They have cute top stitching and they come in yummy colors. In fact, I'm not sure if I'm going with red or brown, but whatever one is left over, be assured it will find it's way to another project in the future.

The other great thing about the SN@P! Albums? The page protectors. The quality is stellar.

And one more piece from SN@P! Studio: these chipboard dividers.


I knew as soon as I saw them they would soon meet up with some gold spray paint. Here is my proof:


This is the first page of my album, featuring a gold spray-painted wood veneer piece from the Studio Calico kit, adhered with a few pop dots.


No, I am not worried about the archival quality of spray paint. I found a can in my garage and used it last year and so far, the 2012 album has not disintegrated. Good enough for me!

Next up, the title page wherein I did exactly what Ali Edwards did with hers, gold glitter Zing powder and all.


It was a high point in my crafting life. It was also extremely stressful. Glitter freaks me out. Hard to say if the Zing powder will show up at any other point in the album. Maybe if I have a glass of wine beforehand.


The Studio Calico kit colors inspired me to create a bunch of digital stuff that I could use in my album that reflected my style and taste. The star background paper you see is part of my Cool Yule Paper Pack. I just printed a 6 x 8.25* piece onto my new favorite smooth printing cardstock from Bazzill, trimmed it and put it into a page protector. Yes, it will burn through my printer ink. But hey, that's what credit cards are for, right?

*The true size of these page protectors is 6 x 8.25. I decided to adjust all of my inserts to match this size.


The next spread will serve as my dedication page. I'm going to be using my Day Documents sets in both 6 x 8 and 6 x 4 for my December Daily journaling. I increased the size of my 6 x 8 template to fit the page protector perfectly. Altering templates is not too tricky. Here's a short video showing you how to do it.

How to change a template size from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

My Day Documents will give me spaces to journal and add photos in a very simple, streamlined way, in two sizes.


Ali Edwards creates a series of December Daily overlays and journalers every year, for those of you who like to simply print and add your journaling by hand (which is what Aidan is planning to do this year.)

Next up, I created a bunch of 3 x 4 printable cards to sprinkle throughout my album.


There are two sets, Cool Yule Cards No. 01 and Cool Yule Cards No. 02. I also designed an embellishment package, Cool Yule Decor No. 01, which includes sheets of printable, coordinating circles in four sizes: .75, 1, 1.25 and 2-inch. 



I plan to have a bunch punched out and ready for use. Add to that, a set of Cool Yule labels. This set also comes with a digital cut file for Silhouette users, in addition to a simple printable PDF.


I had some issues getting perfect cuts, but that could be my newbie status showing through.


Newbie or not, I was able to make a handful of kraft paper cut outs for some of the pockets in my album using my Cool Yule Quotes set.  This is something I am loving right now, and it's making me want to marry my Silhouette. Here is a short video showing you how I made the card above.

Create a 6 x 4 card with your Silhouette Cameo from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


If you have a Silhouette and want to learn more, check out Kerri Bradford Studios. Her classes are excellent and they are teaching me how to make more and more stuff with this amazing machine.


All in all, I'm happy with how it's shaping up and am really looking forward to building this album, day by day, in December. It's really cool to enter the #decemberdaily hashtag in Instgram to see all the cool preparations people are posting from all over the world.

Ali Edwards, you've really launched quite the thing.



EVERYTHING IS ON SALE! All of my digital products I've shared here today are now on sale for 30% off as part of the Designer Digitals 4th Quarter sale, running through next week. My Cool Yule collection contains printables in each set (save for the paper pack, which contains all JPEG files). No Photoshop is needed to print and use the designs.



The next issue of my newsletter, Picas + Points, is going out tomorrow. Subscribers will receive a digital package including this 8.5 x 11 print you see above, along with 4 matching 3 x 4 printable cards, JPEG files and a digital stamp of the word collage. To sign up for my newsletter, click here.



August 01, 2013

Playing with Instagrams (free card download + tutorial)


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 a very simple 3 x 4 layered card template designed to let you feature a favorite Instagram (or two, or a dozen). The template includes the Instagram logo plus a tag line using a free font called League Gothic.


These simple cards can be printed onto photo paper (or cardstock—see image below—for a cool look) and included in any memory keeping or card project.


Have fun playing with your photos!


Download CZ_3x4PhotoCard

Using a 3 x 4 photo card layered template from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


LEARN MORE: Check out my Vimeo channel for a series of step-by-step videos on digital and digital-to-hybrid scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements.

CZ DESIGN DIGITALS: Visit Designer Digitals to see more of my digital scrapbooking collection.


May 04, 2013

(It was) National Scrapbook Day Celebration! Download a free template and 3 x4 card file + a video tutorial


Note: this post went up on National Scrapbook Day but I'm leaving it up a few more days so people can snag the free downloads. Enjoy!

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 to download the free template set and watch my 20-minute tutorial. It walks you through the basics of making a digital layout using Photoshop Elements. Click on the link below the video to watch it over at Vimeo in a larger format.

Digital Scrapbooking Basics with a Layered Digital Template from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.


Here's the page I made with the template, a story I touched on in Project Life, but wanted this for my All About Cole album.


Click on the link below to download this free set, including the two templates and the 3x4 card files.

Download CZ_NSD2013

This template uses a free font called PT Sans. Download it by clicking here.

You can also snag more freebies like the little photo flag that is part of this template by clicking here.

Have an awesome day making pages, wherever you create.


March 05, 2013

I choo choose you!


I first blogged about the iPhone in 2007 when I first caught wind of its impending release.

For all my insane fan girl longing, I didn't actually own an iPhone until July 2011 on account of that whole AT&T exclusivity thing (Verizon girl here) and being frugal and constantly talking myself out of actually needing one. (And yes, I documented that fateful, joyout day here.)

Long story short: when my iPhone 4 became eligible for an upgrade, I beat a swift path to the Apple Store, credit card and giddiness in hand.


It's so light. So thin. So sexy. I am yet again in love.

Although I didn't need the upgrade, I am really looking forward to the improved quality of the camera, especially considering how many photos I take for my Project Life album using my phone.

And speaking of photos, today I want to show you a cool little app called PicTapGo, from my favorite photo filter makers, Totally Rad.

Here's a short video showing you how it works.


I used Totally Rad Actions on all of my photos that I shoot with my Canon 5D. I primarily use Rad Lab, and what's so great about PicTapGo! is that it feels just like Rad Lab. 

Here's a very short video I made using a new fun app called Reflector that lets me screencast my iPhone screen.

PicTapGo Demo from CZ Design from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

Remember: freakishly long arms and a high shooting angle. Thank you.



January 14, 2013

Video Tutorial: Working with my Week in Review Layered Journaling Cards for Project Life


I've been getting a number of emails from people who want to use my Week in Review cards for their Project Life albums, but need a little help in getting started.

I put together a video tutorial which shows you how to:

1. Change the color of the card frames.

2. Clip digital papers into the card frames.

3. Change the fonts.

4. Change the color of the fonts.

I hope this helps those of you who need a little help with the digital processes. Once you get these few basics down, you can do just about any digital project in time. If you have any questions, please post in the comments and I'm happy to answer them.

Working with my Layered 6 x 4 Journal Card Files from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.



November 19, 2012

Video Tutorial: Customizing PNG Journal Cards


I released a new set of journaling cards over the weekend, and someone emailed me and asked how to add journaling blocks in Photoshop. Today I'm going to show you how to do it, as well as how to set up a document with four journaling cards, each with its own journaling block, that you can use time and again for your hybrid projects like Project Life.

Even though these printable cards are set up to just print and add your hand journaling, I find that when I type my stories in, I have more to say and there are generally fewer typos. (Yes, I make typos every single time I journal by hand.)

Here's a video walking you through the steps of working with predesigned PNGs using Photoshop Elements 10. Note: to see this video larger and in HD, click on the link below the video. If you have any questions, leave me a comment.

Adding Text to Predesigned Journal Cards + Creating a Re-Usable Template File from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

 You can find the journaling cards by clicking here.

November 12, 2012

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


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 school and do it the digital scrapbooking way.

Today, I want you to be old school with me by using this:


It's a Facebook cover photo template package that includes step-by-step instructions on how to use it. 

Download the package here:

Download CZ_FBCoverTemplate

For those of you new to the whole digital scrapbooking world, if you know how to open photos and clip them into shapes, you basically know the key to digital scrapbooking. Plus, this is a digital project anyone with Photoshop Elements or Photoshop can make.

Here's a step-by-step video for those of you who prefer to watch along, rather than read along. Just know the instructions are included in the digital package.

Creating a Facebook Cover Photo Using a Template from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

Note: click on the link just below to video to watch it in HD at Vimeo.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post and ask. 

Also, if you haven't visited my Facebook page, I'd like to invite you to join in. I'm going to start doing some exclusive Facebook giveaways, as well as post some hopefully entertaining content over there for scrapbooker eyes only. I know, it sounds salacious, but trust me, it's all just good clean fun.

Once you visit and Like the page, if you click on the Like tab and select "Get Notifications," you will see most of what I post in your Facebook feed, avoiding those selective Facebook algorithms that sometimes let things come through and sometimes don't.



Speaking of putting your digital skills to use, the Designer Digitals 4th Quarter Sale is going on now! Save 30% off the entire store. It's a great time to stock up digital products. The sale runs through Thursday morning at 6 a.m. EST.



March 15, 2012

Project Life, Week Ten + a video tutorial


OBSERVATIONS: Another week of Project Life is done, and last week I swapped out a page protector style for one reason and one reason only: I had a vertical postcard that I had to use.

Last weekend, Narnia, The Musical opened at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul, starring none other than Aidan Zielske as the White Witch, and Coleman Zielske as Mr. Beaver. They've been in rehearsals for the past 7 weeks and opening night was a pretty big deal. And I know they're my kids and what not, but holy crap, they were GOOD. The anticipation was so great that it more or less eclipsed the fact that last week was also the Dan and Cathy birthday show. Here are my pages from Week 10.



I used one my my 4 x 6 journaling cards to work in the page protector, while still maintaining the look I'm going for in March. I also included some of my new Tiny Text Templates to tell the story of opening night.

I have to stress how much keeping notes throughout the week is helping me to compile my journaling at week's end. I'm using the Day One app on my computer and phone. Every Sunday afternoon, I just open it up and there's my weekly recap ready to go right onto my journaling card with just a bit of editing.


Yes, that's right. I was in a pissy mood on my birthday. Sometimes, it just happens. But I managed to shake it off and move right back into AdultVille, where I'm trying to live these days.

Here are the journaling cards sharing the story from opening night.


And here's Cole and Mrs. Beaver. (Seriously, I could have watched them all night long. They bicker throughout the show, all in cockney accents. So much fun!)


And last but not least, in last week's Project Life post, I shared a card where I featured one of Dan's Facebook status updates and I promised I would show you how I capture those for my album. Here's a short video showing you how I do it.



Here's the link to the post that contains my handy Fraction Conversion Chart.

For you tech nerds, here's a link explaining the difference between Resize and Resample.

Questions? Comments? Let me know!



Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a flexible, easy-to-use, highly customizable way to save your memories in a fun, stress-free way. Learn more about getting started with Project Life by clicking here.
PHOTOSHOP GIVEAWAY: You can still enter to win one of two copies of Photoshop CS5 by clicking here. The contest will close at 9 p.m. CST on Thursday night. Winners announced on Friday.