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Year in Review – Best of 2011

December 29, 2011

Over the last 12 months a lot has happened in the world (and the internet) that has influenced the marketplace here at Zazzle.  Since the year is coming to a close we’re going to take a look back at the best trends of 2011. This year’s review showcases the top memes, the popular trends, winning, royal marriages, the victories, the kindness of community helping those in need, and more.

Here are my top 5 – be sure to check our Best of 2011 page for all the top trends.

 

1.) Who doesn’t care…

- Honey Badger don’t care! This popular meme has taken over the marketplace since the video that started it all went viral, and has been used for all occasions, including Halloween, Christmas, and even the upcoming election.

Honey Badger for President in 2012 Bumper Sticker

2.) Winning, Duh!

- Charlie Sheen was ‘living the Sheen dream’ and won big this year, and so did everyone who was watching.  His unforgettable one-liners inspired a lot of amazing t-shirts designs… he even opened his own Zazzle Store.

Charlie Sheen Sheen's Korner T-Shirt

3.) Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

- A lot of people dream of a fairytale wedding, and this year Kate Middleton got just that as the world watched her marry Prince Williams in April.

Prince William Kate Middleton Wedding Mug

4.) Was that supposed to be today?

- The Rapture came and went again and again this year… maybe 2012? #doubtful

Rapture Veteran T-Shirt

5.) The darkest night leads to the brightest day

- The overwhelming support and charity after the Japan earthquake showed that the world can join together to help out those in need.

Help Heal Japan 3 T-Shirt

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with dryfhout

December 29, 2011

Zazzler Maria, from the Zazzle store dryfhout, talks with us about her inspirations, her favorite design and what her time on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store dryfhout!

Save the Date Message in a Bottle Invitation

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

Maria: I am a wife, mother and grandmother and I love all three parts of me. I live on Lake Macatawa in Holland, Michigan, and enjoy all four seasons. Photography has always been my interest since I was a little girl and that interest had increased as the years went on. When I lost my job, I got real serious about selling my images on the Internet. I also sell my greeting cards in 4 local stores.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Maria: I am a pretty basic gal. I do like the vintage textured effects that one can use for their photographs.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Maria:  My inspirations come from within. I jot down many ideas (even when I am driving) as they pop into my head. I thank God for those ideas. He helps me think outside the box which does not come easy for me.

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

Maria:  I love taking pictures at the beach. There is a famous lighthouse that is 2 miles from me. It is named “Big Red.” That lighthouse is the most photographed lighthouse on the Great Lakes. “Big Red” is in many of my product designs.

Sails up Mousepad

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

Maria: Trudy Wilkerson

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

Maria: When I sold 850 Christmas cards last week, I about fell out of my chair. I was so excited.

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

Maria: It was a mousepad.

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

Maria: I started uploading images to microstock sites in 2007 and became aware of Zazzle. I thought I would try it out and even though it was slow going at first, I stuck with it and now Zazzle is one of my main stores that I focus on.

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

Maria: Produce good quality images. Keywords are so important for a buyer to find your product. Don’t ever give up!

Thanks Maria!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with kerrinsellstshirts

December 22, 2011

New Zazzler Kerrin, from the Zazzle store kerrinsellstshirts, talks with us about her style and what she’s looking forward to on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store kerrinsellstshirts!

Hipster Cat Poster

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you’re from and when you started making art.

Kerrin: Hi! My name’s Kerrin and I’m a seventeen year old high school senior from New Jersey. I’ve been really into art ever since I was a little kid and I’ve had a passion for digital graphic design ever since I first learned how to use Photoshop…probably around fourth grade or so.

Zazzle: What is your inspiration for your designs?

Kerrin: Well, I spend a lot of time on the internet, so a lot of my inspiration comes from something funny I might have seen or whatever trend happens to be popular and circulating around at the time.  Unfortunately the internet is also pretty good for procrastinating…

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

Kerrin:  Besides graphic art, I really love photography. A few of my photos have even made it on to posters and shirts on Zazzle! I also really like web design, and I play a bit of bass guitar.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite style to create?

Kerrin:  I mainly create my designs digitally, and the styles can vary, but I love it when I design something witty with just the right dose of type and graphics. I’m a typography nerd. It can take me forever just to find the right font and then make sure it all fits together perfectly.

Zazzle: How many hours do you typically spend working on your Zazzle store?

Kerrin:  I definitely spend a good amount of time making designs and customizing my store, the amount of hours varies. This one time I got an idea for a design and I didn’t stop working on it until it was drawn out, designed, uploaded, and published. I think I went to bed around 3 A.M. that night…

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

Kerrin: My favorite design has definitely got to be my “I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later” shirt. I think it was the first shirt I ever sold, and then one of the first ones to become popular. I own that design as a shirt and a bag and whenever someone compliments me on one I feel proud to tell them that I made it.

I Mustache you a Question T-Shirt

Zazzle: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play you?

Kerrin: I think I would choose Zooey Deschanel. She’s just so fun, and cute, and quirky and she reminds me a lot of myself. I even got my hair cut to look like her once…

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you looking forward to the most?

Kerrin: I am definitely looking forward to the day when I’ll be walking down the street and I’ll see someone who’s wearing one of my designs. Then I can run up to them and scream, “Hey you’re wearing my t-shirt!” And then I’d try to explain to them how I made the design and they’ll look at me like I’m crazy.

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

Kerrin: It’s funny, actually. About a year or two before I started Kerrin Sells T-Shirts I wanted to make a shirt for my friend as a present. I found Zazzle, made an account, created the design, posted it for sale, and then bought it for her and pretty much forget about it. A couple months later I was really surprised when other people started buying the shirt I made! So I decided that I would make a new store and try to sell a couple more designs. Obviously it was a good decision!

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

Kerrin: It seems cliché, but don’t give up! For every five designs I make about only one of them is actually successful and the rest don’t sell at all. It can be frustrating sometimes but I keep making designs anyway, mostly just because it’s fun, not just to make a profit.

Thanks Kerrin!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with VintageAppeal

December 15, 2011

New Zazzler Rachel, from the Zazzle store VintageAppeal, talks with us about her inspirations and what she’s looking forward to on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store VintageAppeal!

Mappe Monde Binder

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

Rachel: I am a Creative Designer based in New York, specializing in Print Design, Illustration and the occasional Website. These days, I spend my time working on my blogs and catching up with the latest in electronic and multimedia design.

Zazzle: What is your inspiration for your designs?

Rachel: I think nature in general inspires me to design. My designs are clean, appealing, and functional with a heavy focus on typography.

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

Rachel:  My hobbies include knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, baking especially. I have a passion for knowledge, books and design among other things.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Rachel:  My Zazzle product to make would be the postcards. They’re like mini canvas with great works of art that are portable and easy to share.

Children's Winter Wear Postcards

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

Rachel: Not so much any specific artist, but I think nature in general. Just paying attention to nature and my surroundings is inspiration enough.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Rachel: My favorite Zazzle feature is the Quick Product Create. I use it to get the bulk of merchandise posted for sale and then I manually add a few of the products not added yet. It is so much easier than posting a single item at a time and a time saver.

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

Rachel: Several years ago I had designed a civil engineer t-shirt for a friend of mine. At the time all I could do was print a copy for him off my home printer. When I found Zazzle the first thing I made was a t-shirt with that design. It’s actually one of my best sellers.

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you looking forward to the most?

Rachel: What I’m looking forward to the most on Zazzle are the new products. It’s an opportunity to see your design on a product you probably never thought of.

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

Rachel:

-          Take your time and be patient. It takes a lot of work to get your store successful.

-          Customize your art to the product. If you wouldn’t buy your own product; chances are neither will anyone else.

-          Have question… ask! The forum is a great resource.

-          Most importantly, have fun!

Thanks Rachel!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with KimchiKawaii

December 8, 2011

Holly, from the Zazzle store kimchikawaii, talks with us about her illustrations, her inspirations and her time as a Zazzler.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store kimchikawaii!

Brownie Sundae Mug

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

Holly: I have always loved drawing since I knew that crayons weren’t just colorful chew toys :) I am pretty much self-taught (learned to do portraits by drawing many pictures of New Kids on the Block when I was a teenager, lol). I majored in Studio Art at the University of California, Davis. I started out with traditional media – colored pencils, acrylics, and pen – but have expanded to vector art in Illustrator which makes up the majority of art I turn out now. I like to keep most of my designs humorous and light. Who doesn’t love a bad pun?

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

Holly: My kawaii style art is actually fairly new in regards to how long I have been doing art. I started doing vector kawaii pieces about 3 years ago when I began selling my work. The styles I like to work with are kind of all over the place. I do a lot of fantasy artwork with traditional media (my favorite is colored pencil). I also have pieces that dabble in art nouveau and realism. I’m working on getting more of those types of designs and pieces into my Zazzle shop under the K2 section.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Holly:  I can get inspired from many things. I really like puns that make people roll their eyes at how bad it is, but still laugh. I do a lot of walking and during that time, I come up with a lot of random ideas that will just pop into my head from experiences, things I like or something I see on my route. I also belong to an online art community and I’ll sometimes get suggestions from there that sound fun to try. A recent example was a conversation I had with a friend on there who said I should do a chupacabra (legendary monster) in my kawaii style. If you have seen pictures of those things, they are UGLY, but I liked the challenge and so came up with a design that has been well received.

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

Holly:  Hm, that’s a tough one. I would have to say that currently it’s a tie between my Ice Cream Carousel and the Brownie Sundae design. The carousel one was one of the most detailed pieces I’ve done on Illustrator to date and I was really happy with the way everything came together. The sundae didn’t take as long, but lately, I’ve been addicted to trying to portray shiny things with vectors. It was fun to work on the chocolate syrup and cherry. Only bad thing was that both designs made me crave ice cream!

Ice Cream Carousel T-Shirt

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

Holly: I pretty much admire anyone who can make a complete living off of their artwork. I would love to reach that level someday.

Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Holly: I used to be a HUGE perfectionist and I would get into creative ruts by putting all kinds of pressure on myself to create a totally polished piece right off the bat. I’ve overcome that by making full use of a sketchbook and using ball point pen instead of pencil. If I can erase, I start to focus too much on making it perfect and not just letting things flow. Just sitting and randomly doodling really helps. Sometimes, I’ll cover 5 pages in sketches in various stages of completion. If I don’t like how one idea is fleshing out, I just stop that one and start doodling again in a different place on the page. My sketchbook is the artist’s equivalent of when writers do the stream of conscious writing or the brainstorm charts. And if all that doesn’t work, I’ll go walking with my camera or watch something that strikes me as creative – like Cirque du Soleil shows. Those rarely fail to get my own creativity flowing!

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

Holly: I would have to say The Cute Institute. I love their fun, kawaii inspired designs and clean lines.

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

Holly: As fast as possible? LOL! Mmmm, I LOVE Reeses! I was always willing to trade any candy from trick or treating for Reeses :) That reminds me, I think I have one in my snack stash…

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

Holly: I’ve always wanted to make a living off of selling my original artwork and I liked how Zazzle gives me access to a wide range of products that I can place my designs on, increasing the chance that people will find something that they like and can use. I also really like the design tools that I can’t find on other sites – like the ability to add a background color through the website instead of having to save a separate file with a background to fit each specific item.

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

Holly: Don’t get frustrated and give up if you don’t see your sales immediately skyrocket when you first start. Studies show that it can take about a year or two for a business to start seeing a profit and I have found this to be true with my shop. In the meantime, make use all the social marketing tools that are available out there through both Zazzle and on the web. Like any brick and mortar store, it’s all about getting your brand out there. I would say it’s even more important when you sell online as there isn’t a physical store front for people to happen to pass by. Also, work at having a wide variety of designs in your shop.

Thanks Holly!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Geekletics

December 1, 2011

Michael, from the Zazzle store Geekletics, talks with us about what inspired him to start up geekletics.com and what got him interested in opening up a store on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store Geekletics!

I'm Building a Startup T-Shirt

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

Michael: Everyone calls me musHo and I’m a Slovak Art-Director of one of the Y-combinator startups in Palo Alto. We work really hard and found out that sport helps us to better concentrate and keep life balance. So we decided to spread this message and motivate more geeks to do something and that’s how geekletics.com was born. Our “fashion“ brand is about mixing the geeks and athletics, which is a pretty interesting combination.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Michael:  My inspiration is our daily life as the geeks and startup guys, but I dont think that we can speak here about the design or art. Right now we are just selling our favourite quotes, funny or motivational phrases.

Zazzle: What’s the very first thing you made on Zazzle?

Michael: It was a big XL geekletic hoodie, just with the geekletics logo, because I was cold.

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

Michael: I like to play basketball, meeting non-geek people and can‘t forget about the pub-athletics.

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Michael: Definitely X-ray vision! :)

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

Michael:  At Zazzle it was a set of the Tees with our claim: GEEKS ARE THE ATHLETES OF TOMORROW! People love them.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Michael: I was pretty surprised when I saw customizable mugs in your offer.

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you looking forward to the most?

Michael: Actually I’m looking forward to the fact that I don’t need to do much on my own – Zazzle takes care of just about everything.

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

Michael: I was looking for a service covering the US and also Europe. I did some research, compared a couple of products, and Zazzle was the best and easiest way to set up the whole shop in less than 24 hours.

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

Michael: Take advantage of social media and be patient. The first one is always the toughest one.

Thanks Michael!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with BubbSnugg

November 17, 2011

Lacy, from the Zazzle store BubbSnugg, talks with us about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store BubbSnugg!

Unicorn Power Fun Novelty Buttons

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you are from and when you started making art.

Lacy: I currently live in Michigan with my husband and 3 year old son. I have been drawing fairies and goddesses for just about as long as I can remember. In 2005 I started taking Middle Eastern dance classes with Riby Jazayre. All of the belly dancers were just such wonderful inspirations in different ways; belly dancer art became my passion. Now that is most of what I draw for my artwork shop.

I started designing on the computer back in 2007, when I was pregnant with my son, with the intent of learning how to use the software and Wacom tablet. It was (and still is) an uphill battle, but I am learning more every day. My husband and I both design for our BubbSnugg shop.

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

Lacy:  Alphonse Maria Mucha is my favorite dead artist and Jonathon Earl Bowser is my favorite living artist. His work is truly amazing. As far as graphic designers, I’d have to say my favorites are TheOatmeal and glennz.

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

Lacy: I spend a lot of time editing pictures. My Flickr photostream has gotten massive in the years since my son was born.

Zazzle: If you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Lacy: OK, gotta nerd it up a little bit here. I would want the powers of Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation. That would pretty much cover everything wouldn’t it?

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

Lacy:  My favorite belly dancer has got to be Violet Moon  - I have always been a fan of purple and the moon, so this one just works for me.

My favorite design for my bubbsnugg shop would be my double rainbow (all the way!) design.

Violet Moon Goddess Belly Dancer Art Poster

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

Lacy: I’ve been really into space lately so I plan on adding lots to  my “universe” section of Bubbsnugg in the next few months. Though, I don’t know if I can ever top the space cupcakes. I bet they would taste out of this world.

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Lacy: My art store is mostly promoted through my art website www.lacychenault.com and my fanpage on facebook. My BubbSnugg shop is promoted through www.bubbsnugg.com and my twitter http://twitter.com/#!/bubbsnugg and tumblr http://bubbsnugg.tumblr.com/ pages.

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

Lacy: I have been working with print on demand companies for a while with my artwork. Zazzle offers the best service and pricing structure, they have also made the kinds of things necessary to stay relevant and on top. It’s the POD Company I truly feel the most valued at as an artist and shopkeeper as well.

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

Lacy: “If you can’t take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it’s not for the timid” – Q

Sorry got into nerd mode again there for a second. Really though, do your own thing. The original is always better than the sequel.

Thanks Lacy!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with Meg_Stewart

November 10, 2011

New Zazzler Meg, from the Zazzle store meg_stewart, talks about her art, her love of chipmunks, and what she’s looking forward to most on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store meg_stewart!

Textured Paris in Lavender Blackberry Case

Bio: Hi! My name is Meg and I’m a Zazzleholic. I’m also a microstock photographer who lives in the beautiful countryside of Northeastern Pennsylvania with my husband and our band of rascally wildlife.  I love chipmunks, nature, peanut butter, and pestering my husband. Life is good.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Meg: I draw inspiration from everything…. the nature around me, the changing seasons, colors, textures, patterns. I see art everywhere and I love looking at things from different perspectives. When working on a concept for a microstock shoot it will springboard into other ideas. I keep a notebook with all ideas written down! Recently I found a website, Shadowhouse Creations, with free textures for commercial use – it has completely inspired me in a whole new direction. My art is on another level because of it – the inspiration is endless.  The man behind it is an amazing artist/photographer!

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Meg: My style is very varied – I don’t like boxing myself in to one thing. I swing from cute & cuddly to fun & quirky to rather creepy! I’m also fond of abstracts and inspirational quotes.

Zazzle: When did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Meg: I have been interested in art forever, it seems. As a young child my favorite gifts were always crayons and a new doodle pad/coloring book (I still have crayons from when I was 5!) Photography was a natural extension of my love for painting & drawing. Once I went digital in 2004, there was no stopping me! I’ve never looked back. The possibilities are endless. (And crayons are still a favorite gift – a girl can never have too many crayons!)

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle feature?

Meg: My favorite Zazzle feature would have to be the “Customize It” function when creating products. It is so easy to use, and combined with the fonts offered,  I am able to really maximize every design’s potential – picking just the right font and color.

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

Meg: Wow, this is a tough one! It would have to be one of my little Furballs of Happiness designs. Chipmunks are the second greatest love of my life. Cute and cuddly, fat and fluffy… oh so adorable! The sweet little baby chipmunks wearing Santa hats is an all-time favorite.

Merry Christmas Santa Chipmunks Card

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you looking forward to the most?

Meg: I’m looking forward to growing my business on Zazzle, expanding my store & creating better products, networking more. And definitely working my way up the Pro Seller badge scale!

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

Meg: As a microstock photographer I have a vast portfolio of work already being sold that is well suited to Zazzle designs. A fellow Microstocker and Zazzler, Stacey Lynn Payne, turned me on to Zazzle. It’s a great outlet for all of my standard stock images, but also my more adventurous and artsy work that is not suitable for microstock. It’s wonderful and exciting to have someplace to feature these other works of art/photographs that would otherwise never be seen!

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

Meg: Some of my tips would be:

#1 – Treat  it like the business it is. Spend time on it, daily (even if it’s not a lot of time!).

#2 – Don’t rush. Don’t blow through Quick Create (which is great tool, used correctly) and slap your image on everything Zazzle offers. Take your time, don’t leave white borders, etc. Sometimes I leave a design “In Progress” for days, tweaking it, refining it. Now I return to my very first designs at Zazzle and think *ugh* time to re-do!

#3 – Write good descriptions and keywords. Don’t be shy!

#4 – Use the forums! The Zazzle community is a wonderful, knowledgeable, very giving community. Every time I have a question or problem, the answer is somewhere in the forum!

#5 – Promote yourself. Start at the forums, Squidoo, blogs, etc….

#6 Have Fun! It’s the most important tip of all!

Thanks Meg!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with JuJuGarden

November 3, 2011

Julie, from the Zazzle store JuJuGarden, talks about her favorite products, and who sparked her interest in Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store JuJuGarden!

Retro Yellow Orange Agua Starburst Boomerang Mug

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

Julie: I have always been a creative person and have worked in many creative fields (designer of costume jewelry and accessories and a gift designer for various popular shops). Designing for Zazzle has been a great place for us creative types who want to work from home.

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Julie: Probably at birth. Play-Doh, as a child, I suppose, was my first artistic venture. When other kids were outside playing, I was in my room painting, or writing; creating in one way or another. I was very shy, so art was my everything.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Julie: Keds. I had always wanted to design shoes and love Keds. I was thrilled when we got the men’s styles to play with. I wish there were more styles and options, but they are absolutely my favorite.

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

Julie: PeppersPolishMafia. She is so very clever! Her work is incredible and fun, dark with a sense of humor. Love her stuff!

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

Julie: I suppose my retro boomerangs and my sugar skulls are my favorite. I love “atomic” retro Barkcloth from the 40′s – 60′s era and 50′s Melmac patterns. Boomerang Formica, speckled linoleum and plastic; I love all that stuff.  I like color with surprises, odd and fun things, and most things different than the norm.  My sugar skulls allow me to have fun with that.  Even though the idea of skulls is morbid, sugar skulls give them a happy ugliness.  Mexican folk art has been a favorite of mine for a long time.

Black Mexican Folk Art Sugar Skulls Shoes

Zazzle: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play you?

Julie: Oh man, really? I am a mix of so many things.  It would have to be someone straight forward, a little quirky and a bit dark, but with a sense of humor.

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

Julie: It was probably something Obama related. I started here on Zazzle when he was running for president.

Zazzle: How many hours do you typically spend working on your Zazzle store?

Julie: Just about all my free time. I am on here day and night with some breaks in between for a life.

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

Julie: My sister showed me Zazzle. She was having a party and created postage for her invitations.  From that moment on, I was hooked.

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

Julie:   Do what you love.  What would you like, if you saw it in a store?  What would catch your eye?  What inspires you?

Thanks Julie!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with DesignKandy

October 27, 2011

New Zazzler Simone, from the Zazzle store designkandy, talks about her art and what she’s looking forward to most on Zazzle.  Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store designkandy!

Vintage Postcard Colossal Cocktails

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Simone: I’ve been drawing and painting since I was little, but I fell in love with digital design when I got this ridiculously simple version of Photoshop with my first computer back in ’98. I have upgraded my ‘tools’ over the years and been working on my style and technique, which is always changing and seems to be a never ending work in progress.

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Simone: My favorite designs to create are vintage with a modern twist.

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

Simone: I was so excited when I accidentally discovered Zazzle that I immediately opened a store and soon after sold my first product – a customized wedding postage stamp! It’s just so easy for customers to personalize the designs and it’s convenient for me to post my designs on Zazzle and not have to worry about fulfillment and customer relations, because Zazzle takes care of everything.

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

Simone: My favorite designs are my destination wedding invitations and the Zazzle products that I’ve been using for the invitations and supplies are the greeting, invitation and RSVP cards, postage stamps, address labels and small stickers as envelope seals. I also have a large collection of vintage prints and luggage stickers which are reproduced perfectly on the round and rectangular stickers, coasters and posters.

Luggage Tag Save the Date Invitation

Zazzle: Being a newer seller on Zazzle, what are you looking forward to the most?

Simone: I’m in the process of adding a lot more designs to my store, and I’m looking forward to a consistent increase in sales.

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

Simone: What I would advise someone who is just starting out is:  properly use keywords and tags not only on the product description, but also on the product images (click on ‘edit photo’ and add the photo description). This ensures that your images will eventually show up on search engine search results which will then lead to sales!

Thanks Simone!


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