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DIY Holiday Card Series: Holiday Card Wreath

December 13, 2013

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Today’s DIY post is also being featured on I Heart Nap Time which is an amazing site with crafty ideas for you to create while baby is napping!  Thanks Jamielyn for the collaboration!

We’ve all been there – stacks of holiday cards are piled high on the countertop, or worse, taped haphazardly to a wall in an effort to contain the chaos. The good ole’ fallback of sticking them to the fridge just isn’t working, plus you’ve got 1 too many friends and not enough magnets. Well, with just a few supplies and some quick, easy steps, you can create a one of a kind card display.

Here’s what you’ll need!

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Supplies:

  • Wide holiday ribbon for hanging, about 6 ft
  • Solid foam craft wreath (we found ours in the garden section of our local big box craft store)
  • Small Straight Pins
  • Holiday Cards

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Step 1: Loop the ribbon around one edge of the wreath making sure that the ends of the ribbon meet evenly. This will be what the wreath hangs from, so measure the amount of ribbon you’ll need to secure it to your hook or door. Secure the ribbon to the foam wreath with 2 pins, 1 on each side.

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Step 2: Lay out the cards in the order that you think will be most visually appealing and start pinning. Pin each card to the wreath using the 1-2 straight pins.

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

Step 3: Continue pinning cards to the foam frame until you’ve covered the entire wreath. If any cards seem loose, just add an extra pin.

DIY Holiday Card Wreath #zazzle #DIY

When you’ve finished, hang your wreath in a space that could use a touch of holiday!

Photography by: Thomas Kuoh
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

DIY Holiday Series: Custom Wrapping Paper

December 3, 2013

When Zazzle first launched custom wrapping paper I knew exactly what I was going to do with it – cover it with the faces of my friends and family. Not only did I find the idea hysterical, I also figured it would save me a lot of money on gift tags!

This super-simple DIY project is less of a craft project, more of a silly prank. Have fun.

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

Supplies:

  • Custom Zazzle Wrapping Paper (Upload the recipients photo and chose the “Design Area: Tile” within the design tool to achieve the tile-look pictured)
  • Embellishments (permanent markers, glitter glue, sequins, etc.)

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

Step 1: Buy the recipient a sweet holiday gift. Wrap it! Consider the placement of the photos. The more facial surface area the better!

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

Step 2: Draw! Glue! Go crazy on your friends and family! The more ridiculous the better. I started with a classic mustache.

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

Then I thought, “You should be a pirate!” So I made him into a pirate.

Let your imagination go wild!

Here are some other fun ideas:

  • glasses
  • whiskers
  • clown makeup
  • speech bubbles
  • earrings
  • devil horns/halo (depending on whether they’ve been naughty or nice of course)

At the end of the project, you’ll be left with super awesomely wrapped gifts. The giftee won’t even care what’s in the box!

DIY Custom Wrapping Paper #zazzle

That’s a wrap.

Show us how you’ve customized your gift wrap by including a link in the comments below!

DIY Holiday Series: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

November 22, 2013

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

If your mom’s 1980′s hand-knit holiday sweater isn’t available for the taking, we have just the solution! With this quick and simple tutorial from Zazzle, we’ll show you how to turn some not-so-ugly sweaters into duds that you’ll be proud to don at your next Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Supplies:

  • Zazzle Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • Fabric Glue
  • Miscellaneous embellishments for your particular sweater design. We used pom poms, glitter glue, jingle bells, and sequin. Some other ideas for embellishments include: googly eye, pipe cleaners, and confetti.

Step 0.5: *The embellishments you choose may or may not make it through a wash cycle, so be sure to wash it before decorating*

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Step 1: Gather your sweater and add any embellishments that work with the sweater’s patterns.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Step 2: Glue! For the Santa sweater, we added white pom pom balls to the beard and snowflake shaped sequin around as accouterments.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

To add a bit of obnoxiousness to the old-school,  green sweater we added a collar of tiny jingle bells.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

We also included gold glitter glue to the tree design and a red glittered dot for Rudolph’s nose.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Step 3: Party! Top your outfit off with a tacky hat and some battery-powered lights. If you throw a Ugly Christmas Sweater Party this holiday season and follow these simple steps, you’re sure to be the Ugliest of the Uglies. You may even get a mistletoe kiss.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater #zazzle

Photography by: Matthew Dunn
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner

DIY Holiday Card Series: Family Newsletter

October 29, 2013

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Add flair and fancy to your holiday mailings with colored envelopes by Envelopments! These Pocket Folds are great spaces to stow family newsletters, loose photos, or if you’re really festive, glitter! They are available in 10 colors and 2 styles – a perfect accessory to Zazzle’s 5×7 holiday cards. Here’s a simple DIY project that shows you how to make your holiday greetings super special this year.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Supplies

  • 5×7 Zazzle holiday card
  • Coordinating Envelopments Pocket Folds (once you choose your card, you’ll find these accessories on the right side of the product page, under “Add an Essential Accessory”)
  • Printed newsletters
  • Adhesive (we used a simple glue stick, but double-sided tape or rubber cement would work just as well)

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 1: Flip your card over and evenly apply adhesive to the back of the card.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 2: Place the glue-side down on the left panel of your Envelopment using your hand to smooth out any bubbles or creases.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Step 3: Fold your newsletter into quarters (fold in half, then fold in half again).

Step 4: Slip your newsletter into the pocket making sure that the front is facing up.

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

#zazzle DIY Holiday Card Family Newsletter with Envelopments Pocket Fold

Add addresses to the front of the envelop using a fun, metallic pen and continue to embellish it with coordinating Zazzle holiday address labels, custom postage and holiday wrappings. Then just pop it into the mailbox! It’s as simple as that. With just a little effort, you’ve added a huge impact to the presentation of your holiday messages.

What fun it is…to receive a colored envelope in the mail!

Photography by: Thomas Kuoh
Concept & styling by: Jenny Wagner
Holiday Card: “Pure Joy” by origamiprints
Envelopments Pocket Fold: 5×7 Invitation Landscape Pocket Fold, color “Lucky”

Remember What’s Important – Inspiration is Key

October 2, 2013

In the midst of the mundane, it’s helpful to reflect on what really matters. Little boosts of motivation can make all the difference when things around you seem bland and uninspiring.

So, to support you during all of the down-times, I’ve collected some wonderful designs of positive reinforcement from designers on Zazzle. Keep them as mantras.

Remember you’re awesome. This poster is a perfect focal point for a wall at home or at work:

Remember your dreams. Bring this iPad Mini case along the ride to encourage you to strive for your goals:

Remember to never compare. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and it’s true. Be thankful for what you have and share the sentiment with this clever postcard:

Lastly, remember to enjoy your life, wherever you may be, and keep friendly reminders by your side.

Comic-Con 2013 – Super Gifts to the Rescue

July 18, 2013

Get ready, San Diego, Comic-Con International 2013 starts today with a vengeance! All of the costumes, mega fans, and superheroes unite for this ultimate media convention. With so much awesome to take in, Zazzle offers a super-duper amount of fan content, perfect for the weekend event.

Firstly, any con-goer knows they’ve got to keep hydrated between all of the panels and screenings. Here are some water bottles that will make all the fanboys and girls jealous!

Continue to show off your fandom with these cool iPhone 5 Cases.

And to remember the epic weekend, display an assortment of awesome posters.

Here’s to Comic-Con 2013 everybody!

Embrace Your Geekness Day

July 13, 2013

There are so many different kinds of geek; the math geek, the comic book geek, the bookworm, the brown-noser. They’re all brilliant kids who eventually grow up to become adults that rule the world – as the ultimate revenge, of course.

If you’re someone I just described, then CELEBRATE because today is your day! Embrace Your Geekness Day is upon us and what a better way to brandish your quirks than with the perfect accessory that says: “I’m as awesome as a prime number, and if you disagree, you’re a fraction of a human being.”

So spend today gifting geek-centric products to yourself and to your geek posse, starting with the cleverer-than-thou “Classically Trained” T-Shirt:

And in a nod to the reality that phones are the new calculator – unless you’re a super geek and only calculate with your mind – sport a customized Vintage Calculator on your iPhone 5:

LOTR geek? Keep a map handy that displays your favorite travel destinations, like Doriath and Fangorn. The (Middle) Earth is your oyster, with this meticulous Middle Earth Poster:

If these types of geek don’t speak to your kind of geek, check out the rest of the geek gifts featured on Zazzle. We have something for everybody.

Live long and prosper fellow fanboys and girls! Until next year!

5 Tips for Designing iPhone 5 Cases

September 21, 2012

We’ve invited Nidhi, from the Zazzle store, nidhiart, to give us some tips on designing cases for the iPhone 5. Thanks for being our guest today, Nidhi!  We’ll also be inviting other sellers to guest blog in the future for our regular Thursday series. Take it away, Nidhi!

I’m so excited about the Zazzle iPhone 5 Design Contest that I wanted to provide a few tips for everyone as they are working on their submissions.  I have 5 tricks (yes, 5!) to share for those of you who are newbies or for those of you who have also been designing for awhile.  Anyone can be a seller on Zazzle – it’s such an easy set-up that I encourage all of you first-timers to give it a try.  Why wait?

Tip #1- Design for the product

When designing anything on Zazzle, it’s important to design for the product.  So an illustration that fits on an iPhone case may be different from one that works well on a t-shirt or mug.  Make sure to reconfigure your existing design to fit the product by shrinking or expanding it.  Always keep the iPhone 5 itself in mind – for example, make sure you know where the camera lens cut-out is.  Those features could attract the eye, and even be a focal point for your key design elements.

Tip #2- Tug at those heart strings

The iPhone 5 will be close to everyone’s heart, so tug on those heart strings.  I always tend to go toward bright, bold colors in my illustrations and aim for my images to create an emotional response and make you feel the love!  The image or pattern must warm people’s hearts whenever they look at it or show it to anyone – they will want to have pride in showing off their new case.

Tip #3- Patterns, patterns, everywhere

Even with just a little work, a previously used pattern can be beautiful on an iPhone case.  If you put in the work at the beginning to make the pattern fit the case, you’ll sell more iPhone 5 cases (and make more money!).  For example, a design element that Is a repeated pattern can work well on a case, as long as it’s engaging and fits properly on the case.  What sells well on t-shirts are often statements and words, but for iPhone cases, patterns are the hot thing.

Tip #4- Awesome customization

Don’t forget to keep Zazzle’s powerful customization tools in mind.  For example, you could design a frame that allows people to use your frame with their photo.  So you’re designing something but leaving room for people to add their own individual mark.  Not just photos, but simple, fun text elements are great for people to insert their favorite quotes or phrases.  You’ll still make the sale, as the person who buys it is getting to make something unique with your design!

Tip #5- Excuse me, is my tag showing?

At Zazzle, it’s important to make sure your tags are appropriate!  Tagging can sometimes be a chore, but it’s worth time at the onset.  For this contest, please use this tag – zazzleiphone5casecontest.  You can only submit one entry, so go with your best design!  All of the other cases ought to be tagged using descriptive words, in addition to tags related to the topic or theme (e.g., ‘retro’) and subject of the design (e.g., ‘puppy’).

I’ve already got a few iPhone 5 cases up on Zazzle:

Thanks Nidhi! The Zazzle iPhone 5 Design Contest ends on September 25th, so be sure to enter before the deadline. Good luck and have fun designing!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with OccasionInvitations

September 20, 2012

Christine, from the Zazzle store OccasionInvitations, talks with us about her discovery of print-on-demand and the unique opportunities she’s found with Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store OccasionInvitations!

 Zazzle: Give us a brief bio. Where are you from and when did you become interested in design?

Christine: I currently reside in Indianapolis, Indiana with my awesome husband of 12 years come September.  As a kid I always loved to draw and craft.  I happily stayed up late at night making birthday cards and such for my family.  Art was always one of my favorite subjects in school, and the margins of my notebook for my non-art classes were often filled with doodles.  However, I never entertained the thought of pursuing art as a career until after I completed a degree in zoology and then nursing.

During our first year of marriage, my husband suggested that I take some time off and figure out what I truly loved to do.  I did some research and came across the book, Mary Englebreit: The Art and The Artist.  She broke the mold of what I pictured an “artist” to be.  I was inspired by her tenacity, belief and passion for her artwork and her business entrepreneurship.  It was during that year of soul searching that I landed my first paying job as an artist.  I became a freelance cartoon editorialist for a small paper in Phoenix, AZ.  A few years after that Chrissy H. Studios, LLC was formed, and I began my professional foray into the art world.

Zazzle: Where is your favorite place to create?

Christine: Creation for me can take place anywhere at any time.  I carry my iPad wherever I go.  At a moment’s notice, I can pull it out, draw, take a picture or jot down some notes whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.  Eventually, the ideas from my iPad will make their way into my actual workspace.  I do the bulk of my design work from my home office.

When I design, I need space to spread out.  I work in front of two large monitors with my graphics program and reference pages from the web open in one monitor and my photo editing program, email and Pandora streaming in the background of the other.  My laptop sometimes makes an appearance, and I need space for my drawing tablet.  My desk along with my super-duper, ergonomic chair is quite like my personal command station and control center.  It makes my work life more efficient and enjoyable.

Zazzle: Your name gives it away – you’re all about occasions. What’s your favorite to create for and why?

Christine: Oh, I love creating for many occasions.  It’s hard to choose!  Baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays… it’s all good.  It’s a great feeling and an honor knowing that somehow I was part of someone’s special day.  With invitations, I get the opportunity to work with clients over the phone and through email.  When planning parties or showers, customers often have special requests that involve customizing their invitations further. It takes some extra effort, but in the end, it’s worth it.  Nothing beats having a happy customer contact you after they have received their items.

Zazzle: What is your favorite product in your shop?

Christine: I actually have over 30 different shops at Zazzle with all kinds of products that I love.  In this particular store, I love the paper products.  Invitations, postage stamps, stickers, etc.  They are all great!

Zazzle: When you’re not designing, how else do you enjoy spending your time?

Christine: When I’m not designing, I love to go out with my husband for dinner dates, shows and dancing.  We love to dance – swing and ballroom!  I also love to read and listen to audiobooks when time permits, and I exercise daily.  Although I can’t say that I enjoy working out, I do enjoy catching up on my favorite TV shows and FaceTiming long distance with friends and family while I’m on the elliptical.

Zazzle: How did you become interested in selling your designs on Zazzle?

Christine: Zazzle was probably the third print on demand provider that I joined.  I became interested in selling at Zazzle for the same reasons I started selling at other PODs.  When I first started my business, Chrissy H. Studios, LLC, I sold my illustrations on greeting cards to retail stores. I was limited to creating only 20 or so illustrations a year and printing up to 20,000 greeting cards at a time.  I was dependent on sales reps in specific regions of the country to market my cards.  In the beginning, I was going door to door myself.  I was packing and shipping all of my own orders, and I was cutting checks to my sales reps.  It was a lot of work and a lot of inventory.

Then at a trade show in New York, a fellow artist in a booth next to mine had mugs with her designs on them.  I asked her about it, and she mentioned the name of a web print on demand provider.  I had never heard of it.  I didn’t know what a POD was.  I didn’t think much about it until a couple of years later.  Around that time I began experimenting with graphic design and illustration.  Prior to that, I had created my artwork in watercolor, marker and pencil.  Now that I am doing more work on the computer, I started to explore my online options.

In 2007, I joined my first POD site, and I was pretty much hooked from the start.  I sold my first piece of artwork on a t-shirt within a few days of posting it.  Talk about motivation!  I realized fairly quickly that I could create as many designs as I wanted and put them on as many products as I wanted.  I no longer had to think about inventory.  Printing, shipping and handling were all outsourced to someone else.  Now, I could spend more time doing what I loved the most – creating more designs.  I loved how my shops were open all day everyday, and I was no longer limited to a local, regional audience. Chrissy H. Studios went internationaI within a couple of months of my print on demand adventure.  Since then, I have seen my designs on products shipped to over 47 countries worldwide.  I find that amazing, and I love that Zazzle has been a part of making that happen.

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Christine: Not as much as I should!  I am grateful for the affiliates who help promote and sell my products and the customers who find their way to my stores on their own.  I have my own website that directs customers to most of my stores at Zazzle, and I also have a Facebook page promoting my latest products and designs.

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

Christine: Enjoy it!  Relish every sale.  Do the happy dance!  The excitement never goes away.  It gets better and better.  Work hard and work smart.  Try different things.  It’s okay to evolve and change as an artist.  What may work for one Zazzler may not work for you.

Also, never stop learning and getting better.  Go to the Zazzle forums and READ.  Ask questions.  Google it.  YouTube it!  We live in the information age.  There is almost nothing you can’t find the answers to online.  Resources are everywhere.

Zazzle: Do you have any new designs in the works? If so, can we get a sneak peek?

Christine: Sure, here’s a screenshot of a lovely couple that I’m working on right now.  It’s a work in progress, but once it’s done, I’ll be adding the Love at First Fright design to Halloween themed shower invitations, matching his and her products and a few more items soon.

Zazzle: Adorable! Thanks for sharing Christine!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with NiteOwlStudio

September 13, 2012

Vicki, from the Zazzle store NiteOwlStudio, explains creative process and gives thorough advice on how to make it on Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store NiteOwlStudio!

Zazzle: Firstly, tell us a little about your background. Where are you from? When did you become interested in designing?

Vicki: My name is Vicki and I live on the beautiful east coast of Canada with my wonderful husband, Dennis, and our two cats, Scarlet and Cletis. I guess like the vast majority of Zazzle shopkeepers, my interest in art and design came at a young age. I can’t say that I was born with a paint brush in my hand, but I do have very early memories of taking great care in the creation of the title pages of school book reports. I used to paint acrylic and water color portraits of loved ones, and animals, and celebrities, but then moved into photography for a time, where I would make old-fashioned colorized photos of family and friends. Home decorating and renovating, hand crafts, photography, painting, and some graphic design were always a hobby for me until 2010, when I opened my Zazzle store.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Vicki: That’s a really tough question. I know I have a definite style, but not in the art sense like Cubism, Impressionism etc. If girly glam is a style, then that is what I lean towards. I asked the people in my “Zamily” (awesome FB group/family I’m part of) what they would call my style and everyone seemed in agreement on the word ornate. I’ve always been fascinated with shadow and light in my paintings and photography, so even my designs on Zazzle tend to have a look of being under a light source. I think it gives them a little more life than just flat color.

Zazzle: What inspires your designs?

Vicki: In a word: color. I love rich, vibrant colors, especially those in nature. I get a lot of my inspiration from the colors in a flower bouquet, or from magazines, bedding catalogues, and online inspiration boards. Inspiration can strike at any moment from something as simple as a color in an earring I saw someone wearing. That will just click something in my brain that will make me think how nice that color would look paired with some other color and then I’m off doing another wedding collection. Take the purple petunia photo of mine for instance. I would pick a shade or two of purple and pair them with a shade or two of green and maybe add some ivory or white, and a new design is in the works.

Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?

Vicki: Knock on wood, ruts are rarities for me. Sometimes I’ll just need a rest, as opposed to having a rut. The ideas always seem to be there, but there’s not enough time to get them all out, so if I start to feel overwhelmed, I’ll just change gears for a few days and do things that are less creative, like using existing designs on some of the new products Zazzle is always giving us. Sometimes a customer will ask for a color combination change and that may be the start of another collection.

Zazzle: What is your favorite product to create?

Vicki: Hands down, that would be invitations! Wedding, Anniversary, Sweet 16, Quinceanera, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, and Birthday, primarily…..for now.

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

Vicki: Oh boy is that a hard one to answer. The most meaningful/favorite thing I’ve made was a recent gift for my Mom and Dad. Their beloved German Shepherd dog passed away and my Mom was having a hard time putting away his collar, leash, and special bandana. We were also getting him cremated, so I thought I would make them a memory box that they could either store his ashes in, or keep his special things in. I designed a large jewelry box with the photo of Buster on the ceramic tile top, along with the dates of birth and death and a little verse on it. I knew it was a hit when my Mom cried when she saw it. She now has his special things tucked inside it sitting on her living room end table. FYI: the ashes of a 120lb German Shepherd will not come close to fitting inside the large jewelry box.

As for my most favorite item I’ve posted for sale, I think it would have to be this double photo 50th Wedding Anniversary greeting card. I really enjoy making the 50th wedding anniversary products. It’s such an amazing accomplishment for a couple to achieve. I make each of these designs as if I was making it for my parents, knowing that some child is looking for just the right card for their parents’ 50th, and hoping that mine fits the bill.

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

Vicki: The short version is that my sister, who has the Zazzle store, Wasootch, opened her store in late 2009 and asked if I would proof/critique some of her early designs. I was so hooked that a few months later I HAD to open my own store. The Zazzle experience opened up a flood gate of pent up creativity and ignited a passion in me that I didn’t want to let dwindle away.

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

Vicki: Hmm. “Every waking hour” would probably sound bad, huh? Truthfully, when I first started with Zazzle, I worked very long hours because I also had another job where I worked 12 hour shifts and would come home and put in several more hours on Zazzle. Because of the shift work, I would have 2-3 days off between rounds, so I would still work 14-18 hours on the store during those “days off”. A year after opening my store, I ended up on disability from my old job, with the strong possibility that I would not be able to return to that career. I hunkered down and focused on my Zazzle store. I was determined to build up my sales enough to be able to replace that other income, in case I couldn’t go back to that job. I’m at the point now where I don’t have to put in really long hours anymore. There are days that I still do, but there are lots of days where I don’t put more than a few hours in too. It’s never felt like work to me. It’s always felt like a favorite hobby, so it’s hard to make myself stop when I’m having so much fun. I get a lot of custom requests, so some weeks I’ll just work on those while I wait for the next glimmer of inspiration to strike. I’m not a very structured person and having worked shift work for so long, I never really had a wake/sleep routine. My natural inclination is to stay up late into the night, which is where the store name NiteOwlStudio came from.

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

Vicki: Well, contrary to popular belief, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery on Zazzle. Here we call it copying, and it is not appreciated. Develop your own niche, and your own style within that niche. If you are easily influenced by designs in the Zazzle market place, don’t look there for inspiration. Go and look at magazines, catalogues, trade shows, craft shows etc. If you want to open a store about dogs, give the customer something that is not already everywhere in the market place now. Do something different with the subject matter. Don’t title things with pretty sounding names like “Perfect Wish” if it’s a photo of a rose petal. Instead call it “Pink Rose Petal on Grass” or whatever. Title it how people would search for that item. Use tags that people will also search on to find that product. Write your descriptions as if you are describing it to a sight impaired person. Be specific and relevant with key words. Be patient, and work hard. Don’t be afraid to ask a question in the forum. Most Zazzlers are happy to help. I lived by two sayings when I first started on Zazzle. The first was a play on the ever-popular “If you build it, they will come” line from the movie Field of Dreams. I changed it to remind myself that “If I make it, someone will buy it”. For certain, people will not buy something that’s not there, but they might just buy something that is, so don’t let your inner voice talk you out of posting a design you are unsure of. The second saying was/is “a watched pot never boils”. I would use that one when I found myself incessantly checking my account to see if anything sold. We all have slow days/weeks so it’s easy to get discouraged during those off times. When I hear myself thinking “a watched pot never boils” now, I know that I am focusing on the wrong thing and I’ll turn away from the sales report and remind myself why I do this, which is for me, for the absolute love of it! Zazzle has been life-changing for me and my family. Build your brand and it can be for you too!

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

Vicki: No, I just finished up an autumn collection and will soon start on some winter/Christmas designs.

Zazzle: Thanks for sharing Vicki!


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