Archive for August, 2012

Fun with Photos for Zazzle’s Foto Friday!

August 31, 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.


Here is a personalized hat I did for my kid :) It is great! We chose to personalize with the image of the tattoo that his father has on his arm :) So, for that we have a unique hat :)
Kisses to you all – Sabena


Crime and Punishment t-shirt


Renaissance Village stein Coffee Mugs
Here’s a photo I took of my granddaughter, holding my Renaissance Village stein – Linda


I recently started an Errand & Delivery business here in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. My plans are to build it up to be rolling strong by late 2013 or early 2014. – Bill

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with WhimsyWhimsical

August 30, 2012

Yee Von, from the Zazzle store WhimsyWhimsical, discusses her gravitation towards paper products despite living in a digital world. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store WhimsyWhimsical.

Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Yee Von: Hi, I’m Yee Von from Malaysia and currently working as a freelance illustrator / designer. My artworks are mostly inspired by whimsical forest animals which are drawn on paper with ink pen, color digitally.

Zazzle: When did you become interested in design?

Yee Von: I took a science class when I was in high school and after graduated I was looking for something different, something more expressive. Hence I took the leap and enrolled myself in Graphic Design degree course. And that’s how my interest in design started :)

Zazzle: What sorts of things inspire you?

Yee Von: Color inspirations, packaging & labeling, hand lettering typography, patterns, cute animals… and the list goes on. Here are some of my favourites from Pinterest.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Yee Von: Whether it’s a cafe, library or even a couch, as long as it’s a quiet and cozy place I’m happily doodling away, sometimes for hours! Yet, my favourite ‘space’ to create is in my sketchbook. Collecting sketchbooks (though some of them are left unfinished) feels like I’m collecting inspirations and ideas!

Zazzle: Your store is full of charming paper products. Why do you think you’ve gravitated towards them?

Yee Von: I always love the look & feel of paper products, whether it is a card, notebook or a tag. They have the personal touch (and texture too) which you can’t feel and connect with in virtual world, though I couldn’t agree more that communicating in emails is convenient. Even so, a simple handwritten ‘thank you’ is more charming than a typed out ‘thank you’.

Zazzle: All of you products complement each other very well; do you keep this in mind when you are coming up with new ideas?

Yee Von: Yes. As most of them are inspired by forest theme, they can be easily mix and match with each other; an oak leaves pattern envelope might even goes well with a baby skunk address label. That gives my customers options to pick and choose.

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

Yee Von: I was attracted to the pattern envelopes, address labels, and postage stamps on Zazzle. I find it is very convenient as they are customizable; you can even pick the paper style and color for the envelopes!

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Yee Von: I always promote them in my blog and share them on my Facebook whenever there are new :).

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

Yee Von: Be true to yourself and always passionate in what you’re doing. When you put love into something you do, people can feel your effort! And always understand your strength and find your niche market.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peek of feature designs?

Yee Von: Here are some of the sketches for my coming envelope liner in progress :).

Zazzle: Awesome! Thanks for sharing Yee Von!

Unleash the Inner Beast iPhone Skins and Cases

August 28, 2012

Maybe it’s time to find your inner beast?  With all the back to school excitement, we thought we’d highlight some of the coolest cases and skins we’ve spotted in the wild.

Jaguar Fur iPhone SkinZebra's Hide iPhone Skinpeacock feathers decals for iphone 4Jaguar Fur iPad SkinZebra PatternPeacock Feathers iPad Skin

But if you’re not ready for the safari, then how about some flora not fauna…

Closeup of the wildflower, Blue flag Iris (Irisclose-up of a two tone chrysanthemumPurple Rose
Dandelion SeedNature,blossom,backgrounds,copy space,flowerA blue morning glory flower

See anything you like?  Let us know what you think, or browse through more skins and cases, or create your own to show off your personal sense of style this year!

Foto Friday

August 24, 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.


Our whole soccer group buy shirts off your site. Any soccer event we’re at there’s at least 6 of us with zazzle shirts. Thanks!!


Koi Amongst Lotus Messenger Bag


Bad Ass Shirt

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with tanyabond

August 23, 2012

Tanya, from the Zazzle store tanyabond, talks about the quirks of being an artist and how other Zazzlers have helped inspire her. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tanyabond.

Zazzle: Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself! Where are you from and what got you interested in creating art?

Tanya: I live in Ireland. I’m a mom of four, I work from home and I do find it quite challenging! I have been painting for as long as I remember as well as doing all sorts of other creative things like crafts, dancing, singing – anything that involves imagination!

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

Tanya: Most of my designs are in fact paintings that I incessantly keep listing on a vast range of Zazzle goodies. I do admire a lot of artists who work in the same surreal pop/fantasy style, there’s so much talent out there I would be afraid to name some in case I miss others. :)

Zazzle: What types of things inspire you?

Tanya: I am constantly inspired by anything I see in my life – sometimes I’m inspired by faces of people around me; artists like me tend to see shapes and lines, and I am guilty of staring at people while studying how their nose or mouth looks like! Other times, it’s animals and their huge soulful eyes! I’m also inspired by nature and amazing geometry behind everything – flowers, trees, even fruit and veggies!

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Tanya: My only space to create is a tiny corner of my kitchen (below), which is way too small for all the things that I’m doing. I do hope that one day I will have a studio where I will be able to keep everything in a creative mess behind closed doors guilt free!

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Tanya: I love oil pastels – neopastels by Caran d’Ache. They are incredibly easy to use, a pleasure to blend and very pliable, not to mention luscious colours almost good enough to eat :) !

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

Tanya: Looking back at all the paintings I’ve done, I realized that most of them would look great on cards, t-shirts, and other printed goodies, but I knew that it would be a great hustle as well as a big expense if I were to order them from local printers and sell them myself. And after doing a bit of research on the internet I realized that there’s a way to go around it with no financial outlay and without products piling up at home – that’s when I discovered the beauty of selling my art on print-on-demand sites! I was a novice to them and I decided to give a go at all of those sites that were recommended by various internet reviews, and Zazzle ended up being the most successful internet venue for me!

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Tanya: My very first sale was a sheet of stamps with my painting of a cute tuxedo kitten.

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

Tanya: Selling on Zazzle is definitely fun! I’ve made my first sale in less than a month after listing my first products which was very encouraging. My products were often picked for Today’s Best Awards which never stopped being a pleasant surprise for me even now after 4 years of being on Zazzle.

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

Tanya: I feel that it’s important to remember that Zazzle is not a get rich quick scheme and it’s best to look at it as an investment. You mightn’t get immediate results for the work that you do, but the more effort you put in building a great shop the more return you will get in the future.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of any future designs?

Tanya: Yes, I’m currently working on a painting called “Siren of Titan” (below) and as soon as it’s finished I will be listing this image on cards, pillows, cases, bags – pretty much everything!

Zazzle: That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing Tanya!

A “Hoppy” Ending for a Rescued Rabbit

August 22, 2012

A couple of Zazzle Team members have been working behind the scenes to spread the love of Zazzle beyond the world of the finest quality custom products. Check out the story below from Shelly!

A cute fuzzy bunny, you can’t help but smile when you see one. And it’s SO easy to want one of these furry little critters, especially around Easter. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the commitment it takes to care for a rabbit. The Georgia House Rabbit Society (GHRS), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to rescuing, fostering, and adopting abandoned domestic rabbits, recognizes this issue. Enter Zazzle, a 1-year-old rabbit, found in a store parking lot with a broken leg and pregnant. Named by a staffer at GHRS, she gave birth to five baby rabbits just days after being rescued – her leg still in a cast!

Thanks to the caring folks at GHRS, she was able to successfully recover from her injury and nurse her babies to full health. Zazzle (the company) discovered Zazzle the bunny on a lark and was instantly in love with her. We wanted to do nothing less than adopt and help support the shelter and their efforts to care for her and the other rescued rabbits. What better way to do that than help them open a Zazzle store? Zazzle’s Creative Team spent some off hours making a store with fun products featuring actual rabbits from GHRS. The money raised from the sales will go directly to the shelter, so they can continue caring for their rabbits and increasing public awareness. So help out the good folks at GHRS and get a cool Zazzle product at the same time – you’ll get a warm, fuzzy-bunny feeling inside!


Zazzle’s babies. Aren’t they cute? Two bunnies are named after Zazzle employees: far right, Eric; center, Shelly.

 

 


For more information, visit:
http://www.zazzle.com/georgiahouserabbit
http://www.houserabbitga.com/

Will the Real Honey Badger please stand up

August 20, 2012

Zazzle is excited to announce the launch of the one and only Randall’s Honey Badger, featuring official designs from Randall’s famous honey badger video.  Don’t worry, our seller community is still going to be able to create awesome honey badger designs.  We’ll update you soon with more information on how you can make your own design, but for now – check out these official designs and give a damn!

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Foto Friday!

August 17, 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.


At Sunday’s San Francisco Giant’s game 45 guests from a Saturday night wedding attended wearing Zazzle stickers celebrating the newlyweds (made as a surprise to everyone, including them)! As you can see in the photos, the stickers could be found on people’s hats, shirts & faces. It was a sea of Giants fans who quickly turned into Zazzle fans and a fun time was had by all! THANK YOU! -Sarah


LaLa: The Sea Hog – Adult Dark T-shirts


Microphone – T-shirt (Customize)


Koi Amongst Lotus Tee

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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with daisyO

August 16, 2012

Monika, from the Zazzle store daisyO, discusses how as a children’s book illustrator she uses Zazzle as an outlet to play around with different design styles. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store daisyO.

Zazzle: Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and when did you start designing?

Monika: Actually behind “my” Zazzle stores (so far there are 4 but I have ideas for many more :)) stands my dream team – my husband Tytus and me. I work as a children’s book illustrator and between commissions I do all the fun parts of being Zazzler which is creating designs and Tytus bravely takes care of all hard work – adding new products, promoting, etc. We’re both from Warsaw, Poland but currently living in Barcelona, Spain.

As for my beginnings in design, my mum says that I started very early, and as an artist herself, she pushed me a bit in this direction. But as I recall it as a kid I had more interest in sports than drawing. Now I can’t imagine life without making art – it’s my job and passion.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Monika: People! My friends, family and random strangers. This is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Monika: I can create nearly everywhere. This is my super power! But working outdoors (in the park, on the beach, or on balcony) is what I love the most.

Zazzle: What designs of yours do you like the most?

Monika: The newest one – male sirens with mustaches.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Monika: I like to hanging out with my friends (if you could call it a hobby). With Tytus we share love for old Jamaican music. We collect vinyl records of ska, rock-steady and early reggae music. If some legendary Jamaican band or singer is performing somewhere in Europe we just have to be there to see it!
Other than that I read a lot about food from around the world and its history. From time to time I enjoy cooking and baking (and of course eating, so I jog on regular basis). Oh, and I’m a big Star Trek fan!

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

Monika: There’s load of great artist and shops on Zazzle but I want to give special credits for amazing Sandygrafik. I might not have become a Zazzler if it wasn’t for her!

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

Monika: One day I was visiting a great illustrator’s, Sandygrafik, blog and saw her Zazzle products. I decided that I must have a store right away! Seeing my illustrations not only on paper but also on other products always trilled me. The thought that there’s someone thousands miles away drinking coffee from a mug with my drawing is so exciting. Zazzle gives opportunity to make this dream come true in an easy way. Also, being a picture book illustrator I have to stick to and develop one style, but with Zazzle I can get away from daily artistic routine and try different style and subjects.

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

Monika: This depends on what your goal is. For earning money with your art, I’d advise:

1) Work hard – it’s just amazing to live your life doing what you love the most so it’s worth some special effort, isn’t it? Developing your unique style, SEO skills, working on new designs takes time, but it totally pays back.

2) Listen to what people say about your design – I’m not saying that you have to create only super commercial things you’re sure people will buy, you shouldn’t change your style, but sometimes small changes of composition or colour will do the trick. For instance, I love to paint very detailed illustrations, but most of my products that sell are very simple designs.

3) Be humble (but believe in yourself J) and never think about yourself as a complete artist – if you create on regular basis (advisable) for few years, your skills will improve and you will laugh at old works even if you’re satisfy with them now.

4) And the tip I always hated to hear but it’s so true: be patient!

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of feature designs?

Monika: Sure! Here are little pieces of a few different things I working on right now.

Zazzle: Very cool! Thanks for sharing Monika!

This is XTREME!

August 15, 2012

The tangiest, chewiest candy bar now has its own shop right here on Zazzle! You can now devour the sour with out of control merch in the new AirHeads shop! Go crazy with a Fruit Burst iPhone case, show your earthy side with a new tote, or sport a classic AirHeads tee!


Prepare to go a little wild and check out more AirHeads t-shirts, AirHeads bags, AirHeads cases, and more in the new AirHeads store on Zazzle!


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