Archive for March, 2012

Photo Friday!

March 16, 2012

Check out this week’s Photo Friday!

What’s Photo Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Robot Women’s Cap – Smart never looked cuter! Embroidered Baseball Caps


Vote Rats! Shirt

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Photo Friday!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with berryberrysweet

March 15, 2012

Jess, from the Zazzle store berryberrysweet, talks with us about her design inspirations and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store berryberrysweet!

Zazzle: To start, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Jess: I’m Jess and I run Berry Berry SweetTM, Orange PulpTM, and a few other shops on Zazzle. My passion for art and design goes way back to my childhood, when my mom, who was an event organizer at the time, let me help design floral arrangements for one of the weddings she was working on. I have always loved weddings and designing wedding invitations never feels like work to me. My dad also works in the artistic field. He’s an interior designer and is the person who taught me how to draw.

I married my best friend (and a fellow graphic designer) seven years ago, and am blessed with two beautiful twin girls.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication Design and Agricultural Science. It may seem like an odd combination of majors. But I’ve always had this constant curiosity to try different things, something that I think I have passed on to my children.

 Zazzle: What was the very first thing you made on Zazzle?

Jess: A birthday invitation.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Jess: I designed a birthday invitation as well as matching party tags and decorations for my girls’ luau birthday party, and received compliments from everyone. With the support and encouragement of my friends and family, I created Berry Berry SweetTM, which goal was to celebrate all the sweet moments in life in a modern, stylish way. I stumbled upon Zazzle and another POD, and tried them both. In the end, Zazzle’s features and product quality continued to amaze me and Zazzle has become home to Berry Berry SweetTM ever since.

Zazzle: How would you describe your aesthetic?

Jess: I love things fresh, colorful, and modern. As you can probably see throughout my store, especially on my wedding collections, I am greatly inspired by nature and whimsical things. Details are important to me. For me, it’s the little details that make a design extra special.

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Jess: By social media and paid advertisements.

 Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Jess: I remember the day I left my day job as a scientist and decided to become a full-time designer on Zazzle. I told my kids I would be home when they get back from school every day and the look on their faces was priceless to me. I never regretted my decision.

 Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Jess: Be patient, be diligent, and be original! Develop your own, unique style that reflects who you are and your brand. Just because Zazzle has a ton of products to create, doesn’t mean you have to create them all! Pick the ones that are relevant to your store and constantly remind yourself what your goals are. Most importantly, enjoy what you’re doing and have fun!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

 Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Jess: A lot of times when I feel ‘stuck’, I remove myself from my workspace, silence my phone, and make myself a cup of tropical-flavored tea. I’d get my photo books out and look through pictures of my kids, well, being kids! They inspire me to embrace my inner child, to look at things with a fresh pair of eyes, to keep things simple, and to always enjoy life with wonder and excitement.

That, or I’d get my Wii out and do Zumba or Just Dance! :)

 Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Jess: With my parents’ anniversary coming up, I am so in the mood for champagne and for celebrating love! You will see a few more anniversary designs on my store such as the ones shown here:

Thanks for sharing Jess!

Is Pi Greater Than Cake?

March 14, 2012

Happy Pi Day! Today’s honored irrational number got me thinking again about an age-old debate, which is greater, pie or cake? I like cake more than pie (frosting>crust), but in honor of Pi Day, I think we need to take a more logical approach to this. Break down below.

Super Logic Questions Cake Pie
Delicious? Yes Yes
Frosted? Yes No
(the future?)
Good with Blueberries? No
(blueberry cake = muffin)
Yes
Awesome for making charts? No Yes
One of the most important
mathematical constants in the universe?
No Yes

Well, there you have it. Thanks to science and logical, we now know that pie beats cake (narrowly). How do you rate pie and cake? What’s your favorite sequence of pi (I love the “34521” section)? What’s your favorite kind of pie? Who can post the longest version of pi? Share in the comments! Here are some great funny pi mugs to go with your Pi Day!

Customized Products that Change the World? Zazzle Continues to Lead the Way with the CTC L.I.F.E. Bag

March 12, 2012

Our recent partnerships with American MoJo and Rickshaw Bagworks is proof positive that we want to add products to Zazzle’s platform that change the world with socially and ecologically responsible missions – the custom L.I.F.E Bag is first product on Zazzle to bring that mission to Kenya. In partnership with Comfort the Children International, the L.I.F.E. bag is a cotton bag handmade in Kenya by Malaika mothers. Each custom bag sold on Zazzle provides these mothers with the opportunity to earn an income for their families, provide an education for their children, and create a product that improves the environment. Learn more about one of the mothers and her daughter, Ruth from the below video.

So can your purchases change the world? Yes! I’m happy to say that EACH sale has a very real impact for these mothers and their children. What do you think of the L.I.F.E bag? What socially responsible products would you like to see Zazzle add next? Share in the comments!

Friday Fotos – Customers Having Fun with Zazzle Products!

March 9, 2012

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Nick Buccelli Tee Shirt
Nick Buccelli T Shirts
Design Save World Shirts


Gone Squatchin Mesh Hat


I was incredibly happy with the custom t-shirts I ordered with Zazzle. My partner and I went to a party with the matching custom t-shirts on and so many people complimented us, and was curious to what ‘Gwylo’ meant on the t-shirt. Everyone was wearing party clothes, whereas my partner and I were wearing Zazzle! Thank you so much, the t-shirts are great and I will definitely be coming back to Zazzle again! :)


Drawing Meditation – yellow Case For The Iphone 4


Rapture Veteran Tee Shirts


Vamp Tramp Fair Hero Series T-shirt

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with allpetscherished

March 8, 2012

Jess, from the Zazzle store allpetscherished, talks with us about her interest, how she gets out of creative ruts, and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store allpetscherished!

Little Aviator Boy Thank You Note Card

Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Jess: I’ve been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon. I come from a family of artists on both my Mom and Dad’s side, so I guess you could say it’s my gift. I would ask my mom how to draw things when I was little and she always had a way of breaking them down into simple shapes, which led me to start drawing anything and everything! I majored in art in high school, but ended up choosing a career in my other love (animals) for more than 10-years before I finally got back to art!

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Jess: Animals are my biggest inspiration, because I love how animated they are. I love watching animals and picking up on their expressions and cartoon features. You might say that I see life through cartoon glasses. With so many serious issues happening in the world and in life, my fun designs give me an outlet to express happiness.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be more vector art, when did you start illustrating? Are there other styles of art you enjoy creating as well?

Jess:  In 2002, I barely knew how to turn on a computer, but quickly was introduced to Adobe Illustrator in college. A professor of mine showed us how to use the “pen tool” and it changed my life forever. Before then, I used to draw in several mediums…I enjoy charcoal, stipple, pen & ink and Prismacolor colored pencils. I also used to do stained glass and I love to create mosaic stepping stones.

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Jess: I don’t have any one artist in particular that I look up to. My customers are usually the best at telling me what they want and often will ask for color changes or characters that end up being my best selling designs!

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Jess:  I have a lot of favorites, but I would have to say one of my top 5 designs would be the cute giraffe I use for my logo, and the colorful version I created for this fun in the jungle card. I love the mix of colors and swirls and his expression just makes me smile :)

Fun in the Jungle Giraffe Baby Shower Invitation

Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Jess:  I’ve learned to follow my instincts and “go with the flow” so to speak. When I’m feeling super creative I will pull out my sketch book and make 20 or 30 designs at a time. I don’t sit down and try to force it anymore. Then when I’m not feeling so creative, I always have the designs I drew to scan and work on.

I also take a lot of time for me — I ride my horse and get out into nature to clear my head. I also make sure to get a workout in every single day and eat healthy foods to keep me as productive and healthy as possible.

Zazzle: Who is your favorite Zazzle seller (besides yourself, of course)?

Jess:  Absolutely. I’m amazed at the talent on Zazzle every day. I would say that the artists I most look up to on Zazzle are Pip Gerard of Pip Pip Hooray, Jenn from Jennsdoodleworld and Lisa from LisaMarieArt. I love how they have their own unique style of whimsical cartoons and niche market.

Zazzle: How do you eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?

Jess:  Oh wow. I’ve recently been eating vegan and have adopted a totally processed-food free diet. But if I were to cheat I would devour the Reeses peanut butter cup in about 2 mouthwatering bites….

Zazzle: What got you interest in selling your art Zazzle?

Jess: I started selling invitations on Zazzle so that I wouldn’t have so much processing to do. Before that, I was selling invitations that I hand cut on Ebay and spending 12+ hours working! I never had any time for anything else. At that time Zazzle only had post cards, so I put my invitation on them and they began selling almost right away. I saw all the new products as a great opportunity to get more of my art out there. The sales are just a bonus.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Jess: My tips would be to be patient. Setting up a Zazzle store and making money does not happen overnight. But it does happen. You need to add good designs that are unique. Don’t just go to someone’s store and make copies of their designs. Look for your own niche, look through catalogs and see how colors work together, look for trends and apply them with your own style to lots of products. Make sure to use good descriptive tags on your products and promote your items on ALL the social network sites and blogs that you can!

And, be patient with Zazzle. They are always looking for ways to better take care of their sellers and sometimes their site is down for hours or products won’t post….take advantage of these times to work on your blog or take the dog for a walk.

Thanks Jess!

St. Paddy’s Day Pinterest Challenge Winners

March 7, 2012

Thank you to everyone that participated in our St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest Challenge! The hundreds of Pinboards that you all created are amazing and definitely showcase the best, funniest, cutest, and raunchiest St. Paddy’s Day Shirts out there! And now… here are the winners:

Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner nyxxie!!

You can check out her favorite St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts at her pinboard.

And here are the Additional Winners: 

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone that ventured into the world of pinning! Be on the lookout for our next challenge!

Top 10 Funniest St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts

March 7, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is a Saturday this year, so you better be out and you better be in green. In honor of the best holiday of the year (it’s bigger than my birthday) I’ve collected my official selections for the funniest St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts. How is this official? As a Patrick I have special rights on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s best not to get into the details, just check out the shirts.


It’s the green revolution!


I don’t get it…oh wait. There’s TWO MEANINGS!


Cute!


Don’t let the size fool you – they party hard.


Does Honey Badger have respect for anything?


YES!


St. Patrick > snakes and Jedi > snakes. Therefore St. Patrick = Jedi. Awesome.


Everyone loves St. Pat’s Day


Let’s SHAMRock and Roll all night on St. Pat’s


I love Christmas in March.

What shirt will you be wearing on March 17th? Share in the comments! Also, if you want to go a bit more distinguished, get Zazzle’s Official St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt for only $12.95 (includes FREE shipping). Check it out below. I bought 3 for each stage of the day.

Keep Calm – It’s Super Tuesday!

March 6, 2012

It’s Super Tuesday everybody! What’s Super Tuesday? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not superhero awareness day (sorry if I misled any you). It is, however, a very important day in US politics. On Super Tuesday, presidential hopefuls wait in anticipation as multiple states hold primaries. Specifically on this day, candidates have the chance to win more delegates than on any other day of the election year. For the 2012 election cycle, that day is today! As of now, 10 States are holding republican primaries with 410 delegates up for grabs.

While the media reports on important and serious details of the day, we thought we’d take a less serious approach and lighten things up with humbling and humorous Zazzle GOP designs. Enjoy some “lol”-s while these candidates worry about their fate.

Mitt Romney recently admitted to traveling with his dog strapped to the roof of his vehicle. He claimed the dog liked it. Um…

Ron Paul is said to be very influential to young voters. Maybe it’s the other way around?

Newt Gingrich, while campaigning in Florida, said he wants the US to have a colony on the Moon and that he would give it statehood if it had a large enough population. Awesome.

Politicians are constantly criticized for their stances and policies, but Rick Santorum, known for wearing tons of sweater vests, can now add fashion sense to that list!

Political designs keep getting better and better as the race continues. What’s your favorite political design on Zazzle!? Share in the comments below! We love current event creativity!

Inspiration for All Walls – Jeremy Lin Posters Now on Zazzle

March 5, 2012

I love a good inspirational story and there’s no better than the story of Jeremy Lin. An unheralded player for many NBA teams, Jeremy bounced around the league until he got his chance with the New York Knicks this year. Since the start of the season he has shined bright, proving his detractors wrong and kicking off a wave of fan fervor. It’s great to see examples of someone that has the heart and the passion to pursue his dreams and never give up. To me, it’s same kind of passion I see around the Zazzle offices as we continually work to build the world’s largest customization platform and community for artists, customers, and manufacturers. That’s why we’re happy to have a great collection of Jeremy Lin posters on Zazzle through our partnership with Getty and the NBA. He’s an inspirational message for basketball fans and customization fans alike! You better believe some of the below posters are going to make it onto the Zazzle Office walls.

What inspires you? What “never say die” story do you have in your life? How did you/how do you succeed? Share in the comments.


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