Jill, from the Zazzle store JillsPaperie, talks to us about her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store JillsPaperie!
Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you are from and when you started making art.
Jill: My name is Jill and I live in Georgia. Art has always been my favorite thing to do, and a talent that God has blessed me with. As a small child, I drew designs on rocks and gave them to customers at the fabric store where my mom worked. In high school I was an active art club member. I was also an apprentice to an elementary school art teacher, which led me to earn a degree in Early Childhood Education and to become a teacher. In August 2009 I created The Pink Schoolhouse, and then Jill’s Paperie several months later. I am now a full-time Zazzler!
Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?
Jill: I enjoy creating invitations because it makes me feel good when someone chooses my design for their special occasion. I also like binders because they are so versatile.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Jill: Current trends inspire me. For example, the explosion in the popularity of using coupons led me to create the coupon binders which are a favorite at Jill’s Paperie right now. I am also inspired by my friends who are teachers. I try to create designs for The Pink Schoolhouse that I think they would like.
Zazzle: How would you describe your style?
Jill: My style is trendy, interesting, and fun. I hope my designs make people smile!
Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?
Jill: I am a youth director at my church, along with my husband. We also enjoy taking road trips to National Parks and other interesting places across America. So far, we have traveled 22 states by car. I enjoy fashion magazines and shopping the sale racks at the mall as well!
Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Jill: I use the ability to see the number of views each product has received within a certain period of time to know what to create more of in the near future.
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Jill: Last year I was privileged to be asked to participate in career day at the elementary school where my friend is a teacher. I spoke to the children about being an artist and I showed them how I create my designs.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Jill: Most people wish they could make a living doing what they love, and this is sometimes even more of a challenge for artists. When I discovered Zazzle, I saw it as a great way to get my art seen around the world on products that people could actually personalize and use. Once my products started selling, I was hooked!
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Jill: It can’t be said enough that it requires a lot of patience and hard work to succeed as a Zazzle seller! Designing is only a small part of what a good seller does. Finished products need good tags and descriptions – and don’t forget to promote them! If you are creating a niche store, find a fresh and unique way to present your theme. Research your topic and get to know your target customers.