Jill from Jill311 has been designing since the sandbox. She’s always loved to draw and doodle. She graduated with a degree in advertising, and after a few years out in the working world, she still struggled to express and support herself with her artistic talents — until she found Zazzle. “My life would be so different without Zazzle,” she told us. Jill took some time to talk about her “glam” artistic style and her love of Zazzle.
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I was so close to quitting designing. I wasn’t making any money, I was going into debt and I remember calling my mom and telling her I was over it. My mom and husband encouraged me to give it another month. Within a month, a client called me to ask if I made stickers. I did a search for “custom stickers” and Zazzle popped up. I thought to myself, “What is this?” I couldn’t believe how it easy it was to upload my own designs, and I didn’t know that I could sell designs online. Now, I design full-time on Zazzle.
I love designing invites and girly products — my work has been called “glam with a touch of bling.” I also love designing for parties. There’s nothing better than getting thanked for a well-done invitation and seeing people’s excitement. I get a lot of orders from California, interestingly. I guess you guys out there are laid back, but still like to dress it up once in awhile.
For inspiration and design ideas, I’ll browse the internet, read blogs, look at Pinterest boards and check out wedding blogs for what colors are trending this year, etc.
I’ve gotten so much attention from my work on Zazzle, too, and many have reached out. I had the opportunity to design for a PR firm in New York, for a charity fundraiser and for a magazine in Oklahoma. Often it starts with someone looking on the site for someone who’s an expert in “leopard” and then they’ll reach out and contact me. My latest project is really fun. I got to design for Little Waisted’s packaging — they make Glass Glitz, a glittery sugar that is added to cocktail glasses’ rims. It’s a perfect match with my style.