Archive for February, 2013

New Integration with Instagram and Google Drive is a Snap

February 15, 2013

We’re excited to announce that with our Zazzle “Create” tool, you now have the option to take your pictures straight from Instagram, the beloved online photo-sharing and social networking app, and Google Drive and apply them to products of your choice on our site. Every day you’re snapping, creating and sharing your unique visual content, and we understand that there’s a whole trove of design possibilities in which to be tapped. Some of the best potential designs for custom products can come from your personal photos and we want you to easily be able to take advantage of that.

With the integration of Instagram and Google Drive, your pictures can be uploaded to products, such as mugs, iPhone cases, t-shirts, keychains, necklaces and more. Click on “Select Images” when you start to create a design for product. You’ll then be taken to a pop-up option to upload your pictures from Google Drive and Instagram (left-hand tool). Simply click “Connect to Google Drive” or “Connect to Instagram,” and you’ll have options to select any of your images for upload.

While other sites might allow you to upload your photos and Instagram snaps to one-off products, our integration allows you to take advantage of all of Zazzle’s numerous and quality product options. Frustrated with the few templated options on other sites for where and how to place your Instagram pictures? With our integration and access to our nifty design tool, you’re given more control and full leverage for just how that sunset over the lake in X-Pro II will look on a snazzy mug.

Go here (or to start turning your snaps into products on our site!

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Foto Friday!

February 15, 2013

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.

My husband and I tried to get pregnant for months but were not able to do so (because of my thyroid cancer which I was soon to find out). A few months later I was at doctors with a minor cold. While he was feeling my neck & throat, he felt a lump on my thyroid so about a year or more later I finally got the biopsy on the lump and it came back as cancer my heart & stomach stopped at those words being told to me that at age 27 I had thyroid cancer. I got on a waiting list to a excellent surgeon who does many thyroidectomys and finally after months of waiting and stress had it removed along with one of my para thyroids. They sent my thyroid away with the tumor on it to check if the cancer had spread. Luckily it had not, but I still needed radiation to kill the remaining thyroid cells that were left behind from surgery. Again the thought of this was terrifying, but it had to be done so I was preparing for that. A month after I had my thyroid removed, I went for blood work in prep for the radiation and it came back with a very low pregnancy reading. It was inconclusive because it was so low so I went back a week later and it had tripled. I was pregnant right when we weren’t trying…I was terrified once again at the thought of putting off my radiation for the pregnancy. But my doctor reassured me everything would be fine and I could go ahead with breast feeding and get my radiation done. Now my beautiful baby girl is now 20.5 months old, healthy, and the love of my life. I had to get my radiation, which was very hard to go through with a small child and a husband who works away and travels back and forth, but I have made it through it all and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger they say. I just had my six month follow up and got a clean bill of health! I couldn’t be more happy with my beautiful daughter & the gift of a clean bill of health! I love the shirt and 2 key chains I got from Zazzle for me, a close friend, and co-worker who recently just went through the exact same thing as I. It’s heartbreaking. -Jessica

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The 60s Are Back

February 14, 2013

If you’re a fan of Twiggy, The Who, black-and-white and all things British Invasion — you’re in luck. As we approach spring this year, there’s been a revival of Mod trends from the late 50s to 60s on Zazzle.

Here’s some highlights we’ve been seeing:

Crossed Squares Wristlet
Crossed Squares Wristlet by annioli

Everything black, white, geometric and Mod-ish — is in. Show off your Mod style with this crossed squares wristlet.

Black White Checked - iPhone 5 Case
Black White Checked – iPhone 5 Case by stdjura

The hip and Mod youth may not have had iPhones back then, but this doesn’t mean you can’t sport some Mod black-and-white checkers on your iPhone case today.

Mod Target T-shirts
Mod Target T-shirts by TheModShop

It’s not just a simple target. Who knew the roundel, used by the Royal Air Force and later as stage apparel by The Who, would become the symbol of Mods and Mod revival? Find it on a t-shirt here.

Black Scooter Tote Bags
Black Scooter Tote Bags by jemzydesigns

Some popular elements of Mod subculture included motor scooters. If you can’t ride around town on a real vespa, you can least have it on this tote.

Seller Spotlight: Plush Paper

February 14, 2013

Kathleen from Plush Paper was able to parlay her advertising and marketing background into designing beautiful invites for weddings and events on Zazzle. Kathleen took some time to talk to us about her love of design and how she got started on Zazzle. 

I became interested in weddings and invitations as I planned my wedding in 2007. I remember the excitement I had mailing out our wedding save the dates and invitations. It made everything very official, and I loved checking the mail everyday for RSVP cards. My wedding stationery was special to me because I took great care in personalizing everything. I made sure that it would make a great first impression and be a true reflection of our wedding day.

After our wedding, our photographer referred a client to me who had a unique vision for her wedding invitations. I continued working with other clients on custom stationery orders and my business, and Plush Paper Creations was quickly established (early 2008).

I developed my stationery line that I sell through the Plush Paper Design Shop on Zazzle to complement my custom order business. I am focused on design, which I love, and Zazzle fulfills my orders, providing great customer service and quality finished products to my customers. Zazzle has really helped my business to grow, and it is an incredible feeling knowing that my designs have been selected by customers worldwide for their special events.

Wedding Save the Date Card | Movie Poster Design Custom Invites
Wedding Save the Date Card | Movie Poster Design Custom Invites by Plush_Paper

This wedding save the date card was inspired by the first custom wedding invitation that I created five years ago, which was designed to look like a movie poster. The original invitation was a small poster size that was actually rolled up and mailed to guests in mailing tubes. I designed this save the date version that features a classic black and white color scheme, an engagement photo of thebride and groom, and whimsical wording like “A Happily Ever After Production” that can be personalized.

Wedding Save the Date | Classic Elegance Postage
Wedding Save the Date | Classic Elegance Postage by Plush_Paper

Custom postage stamps are one of my favorite products to design on Zazzle. I designed stamps for my wedding, which is how I first discovered Zazzle, and many of my custom order clients have requestedthem to complete the look of their invitations. These elegant and formal save the date stamps can be customized with a wedding date and they are available in many colors, but this champagne gold metallic color is my personal favorite.

Wedding Invitation | Autumn Leaf Frame
Wedding Invitation | Autumn Leaf Frame by Plush_Paper

Here in Michigan, we have a beautiful fall season and it is a popular time of year to get married. Many couples incorporate vibrant autumn colors in their color scheme and natural elements, such as branches and leaves, in their stationery and decor. This wedding invitation, which is part of my Leaf Frame wedding collection, was created with a contemporary and chic fall-themed wedding in mind.

Wedding Bridal Shower | Wine Event Theme Personalized Invitations
Wedding Bridal Shower | Wine Event Theme Personalized Invitations by Plush_Paper

This bridal shower invitation was designed for a wine-themed event, a party I would love to attend! The burgundy wine color has a textured appearance that I think adds depth and a slight rustic feel to the design. I have been experimenting more with textured backgrounds in many of my recent stationery designs.

Big News Birth Announcement | Gray & Charcoal
Big News Birth Announcement | Gray & Charcoal by Plush_Paper

Beyond wedding events, I have really enjoyed developing stationery designs for baby showers and new babies. This birth announcement is a unique and fun way to share the big news of a baby’s arrival, with the look of a front-page newspaper story.

Graduation Party Invitation | Grad Class of 2013
Graduation Party Invitation | Grad Class of 2013 by Plush_Paper
I am also focused on new graduation announcements and party invitations, as spring and summer near. My husband will be receiving his master’s degree in a few months, so I am featuring a graduation party invitation in honor of his school colors, University of Michigan maize and blue.

Seller News and Updates

February 9, 2013

The Great Design Tool Migration

If you’ve noticed different design tools on some products versus others, it’s not your eyes playing tricks. For the next three months, we’ll be focused on converting roughly 60 design tools from the old to the new platform tool.

We’re working to help you take advantage of streamlined product creation, different fonts and unlimited rotation with our products. We want customers to find what they need — a customer searching for elephant iPhone cases, for example, can now find the design that they want on many more phone styles and options.

(Psstt – Here’s a tool tip for unlimited rotation: Hold down the CTRL key and click the rotate button. This will give you the ability to incrementally rotate images and text down to an exact degree.)

Our Merchandising Team Wants Your Designs

Our merchandising team has plenty in store for 2013 and they want to see your designs! They’ll be reaching out frequently to let you know about upcoming campaigns and how you can get involved. They’re looking for new content and products timed to holidays, so remember to frequently check our Merchandising Forum section.

They’re doing a call for designs for Valentine’s Day right now – don’t miss out.

Royalty Reminder

Just a reminder to have your store royalty updates ready by the 19th of each month. Another tip – if you’re selling at a single rate across all of your stores, you can adjust royalties with a single click by visiting Account Tab/Seller Account/Default Royalty.

Calling All Honey Badger and U.S. Army Fans

The best thing about Zazzle’s recent partnership with the U.S. Army and Randall’s Honey Badger is the chance for you to submit your own unique designs and fan merchandise. We’d love to see your designs for both stores! Remember to create original designs — and keep it in good taste. Don’t use official images or logos that you find on the web.

For more in-depth rules and how to get started, please see Rules and Regulations for U.S. Army Fan Merch and Randall’s Honey Badger.

Foto Friday!

February 8, 2013

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.

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Products featured:
St George’s Day English flag T-shirt

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Seller Spotlight: Thepinkschoolhouse

February 7, 2013

Jill from thepinkschoolhouse spent a few years as a teacher and realized something. For her generation of teachers, there was a lack of hip, creative and trendy designs. “How many school buses and little apples does a teacher really want?” Jill thought. Jill took some time to talk about her background and favorite products with us.

I’ve been an artist my entire life, since elementary school. I’ve done art shows, art club in high school and lots of mural work. When I decided to become a teacher, I would still make my own bulletin boards and materials for my classroom. A lot of the other teachers would always comment that they loved my creations.

I started The Pink Schoolhouse because I knew I wanted to create products for my generation of teachers, and incorporate trendier designs — like animal prints and polka dots. I knew that teacherswanted this and if there’s one piece of advice I have out there for other designers and sellers, it’s to know your audience and your niche.

One of my first creations was a binder for teacher lesson plans, which was a hit. It had leopard and zebra prints, and teachers could personalize the cover. I also love creating tote bags – they’re affordable and make great gifts for teachers.

Here are some of my favorite products:

Art Teacher Paint Splatter Apple Apron
Art Teacher Paint Splatter Apple Apron by thepinkschoolhouse

This art teacher apron features an illustration of an apple filled with a paint splatter design. Art teachers can have such a positive effect on a school and its students, so I definitely didn’t want to leave them out. I also design products for media specialists and parapros, as well as music, special education, and P.E. teachers.

Teacher Bag - Red Owl At Chalkboard
Teacher Bag – Red Owl At Chalkboard by thepinkschoolhouse

Teacher appreciation week 2013 is May 6th through May 10th. Tote bags are an affordable and functional gift idea because most teachers carry loads of books, papers and supplies to and from the classroom on a daily basis. This bag features an illustration of an owl — a very trendy animal right now. Personalize it with your teacher’s name on the chalkboard beside the owl!

Green Apple Multicolor Polka Dots Teacher Business Card Template
Green Apple Multicolor Polka Dots Teacher Business Card Template by thepinkschoolhouse

Teachers need business cards, just like any other professional. These are great for networking with other educators, as well as to give to the parents of students. This business card is professional with a fun illustration of a green apple and has a polka dot design in a trendy color scheme.

Teacher Binder - Zebra Print & Pink
Teacher Binder – Zebra Print & Pink by thepinkschoolhouse

Like many teachers, I used a 3 ring binder to keep my lesson plans, attendance records, and other important papers organized. Some educators keep their binders with them at all times while on the job, so this zebra print binder is useful and stylish accessory to carry at school.

Keep Calm and Show Your Pride

February 6, 2013

Who knew that an old British Ministry of Information World War II propaganda poster would reach such beloved, super-meme status? Thanks to an old bookseller from Barter Books, “Keep Calm and Carry On” (and its popular variations of “Keep Calm and Eat A Donut,” “Keep Calm and Call Mom” and even “Freak Out and Run Around”) can now be your mantra on iPhone cases when you’re on the go, on posters staring at you in the morning and on pillows for your head at night.

Freak Out & Run Around Tees
Freak Out & Run Around Tees by carryon

At Zazzle, we’re excited to announce that if you love to “Keep Calm” and love to show pride for your school, we’ve combined the two to offer “Keep Calm” designs on five of our collegiate stores. You can find them on UC Berkeley, LSU, Missouri, Florida and Tulane merchandise, ranging from mugs to posters to water bottles.

Keep Calm and Tiger On Purple iPhone 5 Cover
Keep Calm and Tiger On Purple iPhone 5 Cover by lsutigers

So what are you waiting for? Keep calm and head on over to these stores.

And The Winner Is…Your Awesome Awards Party

February 4, 2013

Welcome to Awards Season!  As you know, the 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24, 2013, and Zazzle is a great place to prep for a winning red carpet party. It’s time for the dresses, speeches, singing and awards — just make your guest list and leave the rest to us. From cinematic invitations to decorations galore, we have everything you need to be voted Best Party (in a Leading Role) by a landslide.

First off, get them banging down the door with a genuine Retro Movie Ticket invitation:

Retro Movie Ticket Invitations
Retro Movie Ticket Invitations by UniqueInvites

Give your glasses of bubbly something to rest on between sips with our Film Countdown Coasters, and throw back to the black-and-white days:

Film Countdown Coaster
Film Countdown Coaster by DryGoods

Offer up your chips, dips and other bites on a Vintage Movie Poster Plate:

Vintage Movie Poster Dinner Plate
Vintage Movie Poster Dinner Plate by vintagepromenade

Or mix and match with the eye-catching Movie Night Plate:

Movie Night Plate (Style A)
Movie Night Plate (Style A) by ridgerooms

And for the times that your friends’ eyes aren’t glued to the small screen, let them linger on a vintage poster of The Blob or another classic:

The Blob Poster
The Blob Poster by vintage_images

Now all you need to figure out is, “who are you wearing?”

Foto Friday

February 1, 2013

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.

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Products featured:
Zombie Jesus Loves You 2 Tees

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


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