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Happy Passover: Get ready for the Seder

April 11, 2014

Perhaps you know the story of Passover.  The Israelites were enslaved, so Moses (and brother Aaron) tell the Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” but he doesn’t. The Egyptians then get ten plagues, from locusts to boils to the death of their first-born sons (the name “Passover” comes from the Israelites’ homes being passed over during this plague, because they marked their front doors with lamb’s blood, an ancient “Do not enter”). The Pharaoh still won’t budge.

 

The Israelites flee, and of course have to take food with them. They don’t have time to wait for their bread to rise (who does, really?), so they flee with flat unleavened bread – hence, during Passover, the Jewish people eat matzoh and not leavened flour or grains.

 

Therefore, the big question of Passover is: what does freedom mean today, and what does it mean to you?

 

The other big question is: how are you doing Seder? (“Seder,” meaning order, is the ceremonial dinner of the first two nights of Passover, with ritualistic foods and storytelling and songs, and a lot of wine.)

 

Everyone’s Seder is different. Some are intimate; some are enormous. Some skim through the Exodus story; others detail it with glee. Some go for hours and hours; others go straight to the food.

 

Whatever your way, you’re going to have a guest list. Who are you inviting, and how will you get to yes? The technicolor Seder Invitation pops with color and vibrancy that even Pharaoh couldn’t refuse:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/seder_invitation-161550280572295150

Once you get them to the table, how’s it going to look? How do you make it awesome and festive, yet also functional? The Seder plate is crucial. You need your bitter herb, your hard-boiled egg, your shank bone, and they need to be plated in style. The Jerusalem At Last Seder Plate is artful, ordered and mega fun, like the Seder itself:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/jerusalem_at_last_seder_plate-115598441209423714

 

With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, you’ll still need to use your phone – not during the Seders, but for a lot of the holiday. With the Matzoh iPhone 5 Case, you can carry your matzoh around all day, and not even have to eat it:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/sale_matzo_iphone_5_case-179101461776064260

Chag sameach, and next year in Jerusalem!

When life gives you lemons … it’s all good

April 10, 2014

We really don’t know why lemons get a bad rap. If life gives you lemons, you’re probably the healthiest person possible. They boost digestion, balance blood sugar, help burn fat, reduce the body’s acidity, and ooze with Vitamin C, a vital antioxidant (literally).

 

And if Kate Spade‘s any guide, lemons are huge right now. They’re a pretty big deal — and they should be. They could basically save your life, and they look amazing on any accessory.

 

If we had the Citrus Slices Wristlet, we’d go out much more often. It’s bright green and yellow, the perfect size for nighttime, made of satin — can we marry this thing?

http://www.zazzle.com/citrus_slices_1_wristlet_clutches-223024376813119342

 

The Lemon Recipe Postcard is reason number eighty for us to make lemon squares, or lemon-meringue pie, or lemon tarts again. I mean, you have to get the recipe right before you send it to someone, right? And can we just say, it looks as delicious as your dish will taste:

http://www.zazzle.com/lemon_recipe_card_post_card-239652300824826103

 

Squeeze this — an iPhone case bursting with the freshest-looking lemons, polka dots and leaves for a background, and your name swirled along the bottom. Can your iPhone 5 please get wrapped in the Retro Lemons Case already, and make our day?

http://www.zazzle.com/retro_lemons_ready_to_be_squeezed_iphone_5_case-256507251125398456

 

As far as we’re concerned, all lemons are as delicious as lemonade.

Four steps to the Easter egg hunt of a lifetime

April 9, 2014

Easter is almost upon us, and with it the hallowed ritual of … the egg hunt!

 

Not that it was a thing in Biblical days, but it has been around (and beloved) since at least the 17th century. So we’re in good company.

 

Hunting for Easter eggs – the classic symbol of rebirth – is supposed to be for kids, but we can do it too, right? ’Cause we do anyway …

 

And if you’re going to do it, do it right. None of this last-minute throwing together a gathering. No no. There are steps, there is gear, there are prizes; there might even be a strategic map made before the hiding.

 

We start with the Easter Tree Easter Party Invitation. It goes something like: “Dear best friends and family, we want you at our backyard on Easter to hunt with us for so many chocolate eggs. We’ll make it worth your while, between the prizes and the foods. If you don’t come, we’ll probably never forgive you.” That should do the trick:

http://www.zazzle.com/easter_tree_easter_party_invitation-161897296248508546

 

Then we give each hunter a basket. We can’t have people eating the eggs in the hunt! There must be a tally at the end, prizes won, and an Official Easter Egg Hunter Tote Bag for every reveler:

 

 

http://www.zazzle.com/official_easter_egg_hunter_tote_bags-149765719534627097

 

(Plus a special one for the champ!)

http://www.zazzle.com/easter_egg_hunt_champ_tote_bag-149982674774661986

 

And if there’s a baby in the house, who could resist officially making them the cutest Easter bunny in history with the Happy Easter Bunny Pacifier?

 

 

http://www.zazzle.com/happy_easter_bunny_smile_and_nose_baby_pacifier-256156183071852401

 

OK, the hunt’s over. Baby clearly wins.

5 Things You May Have Missed in Your Account

April 7, 2014

There’s a lot more to being a Zazzler besides creating great products. Here are a few tips you might not have known about to make sure you’re getting the most out of your Zazzle account.

1. Spruce up your storefront with custom categories.

If you’re into organization as well as aesthetic, you can give your storefront a boost of both by using and featuring product categories. Once you have your products categorized just how you like them, you can show them off by making your main store page feature an eye-pleasing grid of categories for easy navigation.

Under “My Account“, you can go to your “Store” tab and click on “Content” to pick how you would like to showcase your categories and customize your store’s main page.

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2. Earn even more with your referral ID.

If you’re just starting out with a new Zazzle store, or even if you are a seasoned designer, did you know that you can earn even more as a Zazzler just by spreading the word? By creating a Zazzle account, you automatically receive your very own referral code. You can attach this referral ID number to any Zazzle product link that you would like to share, and earn 15% of any order placed on Zazzle that was referred by you. If you have your own blog or website, you can even add some beautiful Zazzle banners to share the Zazzle love.

Find your Zazzle referral ID and learn more about earning with our Associate program here.

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3. Interact with your customers with the “Send Message” link

Are you a designer looking to build relationships with your Zazzle customers? You can enable a handy link that will allow customers to send you an email, right from your Zazzle store or product page! This is an easy way to answer questions about your designs, or even potentially receive custom design requests for Zazzle products.

Enable the send message link by going to your “Store” tab and taking a look at your “Settings”.

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4. Automatically see your designs on eligible new products by enabling design migration.

We’re always looking to add all kinds of new products for you to design on Zazzle. Some of these product types might even be perfect candidates for designs that are already in use in your store. Should a new product be eligible for design migration, you can enable this choice to see certain designs in your store automatically appear on that new product type. That’s more variety of products in your store, with no extra work on your part!

Enable design migration by going to your “Store” tab, and clicking on “Design Migration”.

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5. Keep a record of your earnings by downloading our .csv file.

Zazzle makes it easy to see all of your sales numbers on your Earnings tab. If you’re looking to get even more out of this data, a great way to get an even closer look at your earnings is to download one of our .csv files. This file will give you a handy snapshot of your sales and earnings information at the time that you download it – a perfect addition to your financial records.

Check out our exportable information and get .csv files of your Earnings History, Royalty History, or Referral History by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking on the “Export all entries to CSV” button.

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Baby Blankets = Dog Blankets

April 4, 2014

Today’s guest post is from Nancy Ahn, an amazingly talented member of our Validation team. She’s a gifted photographer and a proud momma of two rescued pups.

 

I’m so stoked about the new baby blankets on Zazzle. They are warm, cozy, and extra-soft. The best part is I can use them as dog blankets!

This is Sabbath, who is a Chihuahua/Terrier mix:

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And this is Jeffrey, who is a Chihuahua/Corgi mix:

 

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I went a little crazy and made a fun tiled design with their faces for a personalized, pup-perfect blanket. The pups already love the polyester fleece material which is really soft and snuggly. The blankets are also machine washable, which makes me happy. They both love it!

 

 

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If you are inspired to do the same for your dogs, you’ll see it’s super easy. I just took a couple close-up photos of the dogkids, cropped them just to show their faces, and then tiled the design in Photoshop before uploading it to Zazzle. You can do the same here!

 

Best business cards ever: so nice to meet you

April 3, 2014

Business cards are hard — and crucial — to get right. They tell people who you are, what you do and what you’re like. They help people trust you and (hopefully) want to work with you.

 

Telling someone your social media deets just isn’t the same. We live in an online world, and that makes the physical business card (and the person giving it) stand out that much more.

 

Are we right? Of course we’re right. Not only that: we’ll prove it with business cards that could not be cooler or more original, like you.

 

Here’s one way to make an impression — the “Hello, Nice to Meet You!” Business Card says “Here I am” like no other. Your name on the front, contact details on the back and memorable impression everywhere. Choose the Indestructible option for paper that’s virtually tear-proof and water-resistant, the superhero of cards:

http://www.zazzle.com/hello_nice_to_meet_you_profile_business_card-240481994327148044

 

For something more subtle, the Elegant Dot Pattern White Business Card is professional, simple and also fun. It has a style and panache of its own, in a cool way. Spring for Ultra-Thick Premium Paper for cards that say “I’m here to stay,” and last as long as your wheelings and dealings:

http://www.zazzle.com/professional_elegant_dot_pattern_white_groupon_business_card-240609373194828939

 

Now for some color — the Chic Grey Arrow Business Card is dynamic and exciting in turquoise, grey and white. Definitely chic, definitely different, definitely says personality and pizzazz (and also comes in Ultra-Thick Premium Paper):

http://www.zazzle.com/chic_grey_arrow_business_card-240134334355108084

 

Get out there and show them what you’re made of. Back it up with cards that say you mean business and are awesome. Go on: we believe in you.

 

Going green for Earth Day: go kale, go aluminum, go you!

April 2, 2014

We love Earth Day. Who doesn’t? It’s like Valentine’s Day for the planet. We adore you and cherish you, we’d give you chocolates if you could eat them, you give us flowers so that’s out, and we could pour wine on you but water’s probably better. OK, we’ll pour water on you, but not so much that it’s wasteful!

 

You know what else you can do for Earth on its special day which will take place on Tuesday, April 22nd? Make a pact to go greener in your daily life. Start fresh, like a New Year’s resolution. You can use electricity, water, heating and A/C more lightly, compost and recycle, use as little packaging as possible, and …

 

Start toting around your groceries, books and other parts of you life in a reusable Kool Kale Tote Bag, jumbo enough to hold everything and so cute it’ll make you grin (and buy more veggies) every time:

http://www.zazzle.com/kool_kale_tote_bag-149561603017557483

 

Something else you can stick in that reusable tote — a One Less Plastic Bottle Water Bottle, so you can stop buying all that plastic and stay hydrated in a planet-friendly way:

http://www.zazzle.com/one_less_plastic_bottle_water_bottles-126139996113468099

 

If you’re really into recycling, greenness and brandishing your Earth-love, the Vintage Green Recycle Sign T-shirt is your bag. Since it’s a new piece of clothing, you can counter its carbon footprint by wearing it for years, washing it in cold water, not using the dryer and giving it away to someone else (more recycling!) whenever the time comes:

http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_green_recycle_sign_tshirts-235859213453387888

Give the planet a big hug on Earth Day: it needs all the love we can give.

10 More New Products You May Have Missed

March 31, 2014

We here at Zazzle have been adding so many amazing new products lately, it might be hard to keep track! Here are some of our favorite products that have recently joined the Zazzle family and are just waiting for your designs.

 

1. Serve up some custom class with our beautiful new serving trays

 

2. Let everyone know what you have to say on a custom speech bubble dry erase board

 

3. Check on how your hair-do is doing in a personalized compact mirror

4. Wear your art on your nails, using our new Minx nail art decals

5. We have so many great new customizable accessories for the little ones, that we couldn’t pick just one! Keep your baby coordinated with a personalized bib, blanket, or burp cloth.

 

 

6. Make your mark on our official Post-It Notes

7. Grab your glass, and claim it as yours with a charming wine charm

8. Your gym stuff becomes perfectly portable when it’s in a handy drawstring backpack.

9. Turn your print designs into a rustic work of art by showcasing it on one of our new wood canvases

10. Make a place setting match the party by including coordinated paper napkins

Hopefully this has sparked your creativity to get designing on some of our new products – stay tuned for more!

Featured Designer Interview with Tessa Secyang

March 28, 2014

For today’s Featured Designer Interview, we’re talking with Tessa of misstallulah and getting her tips for a successful Zazzle store.

Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from/where do you live? Any fun facts about you we should know?
Tessa: Hello, I’m Tessa. I live between two countries – Philippines and Canada. Fun facts? I love going to the beach even though I can’t swim!

Zazzle: What sort of background do you have in art or design? What made you first start creating?
Tessa: I grew up surrounded by very creative people so design has always been a part of life. I saw an illustration by another wonderful designer and it all started from there.

 

Zazzle: Where do you find inspiration for your art and designs?
Tessa: I’m inspired by beautiful color palettes and weddings. Recently, I’ve been interested in typography.

Zazzle: How did you get started on Zazzle?
Tessa: I was looking for an online shop to print a shirt that my friend created. I had forgotten about my Zazzle account for a few months until I was reminded of it by a friend. I initially started designing electronics cases but later moved on to paper goods.

Zazzle: What is your favorite product type to design on Zazzle? Have you noticed any particular products or designs in your store that are the most popular?
Tessa: I enjoy creating invitations. Being a part of someone’s special event – albeit just a tiny part – is very gratifying. One of my best sellers is a chalkboard label which came as a nice surprise since the design is so simple.


Zazzle: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start out with their own Zazzle store?
Tessa: Find a niche you are interested in and focus on that. Create another store if you are interested in something totally different. Make sure your shop is clean, organized and can be easily navigated by potential customers. Be patient and have fun!

Give ’em what they want: 3 steps to swag nirvana

March 27, 2014

Swag is like eating a sundae: when it’s awesome it’s heaven, but when it’s not, you wish you hadn’t had it. There’s definitely a spectrum, from the super cheesy to the incredibly creative, from pros like the Boston realtor Katie Malin (whose recent swag included “Malintines”). If you ask her, she’ll say that “if you treat envelopes and letters like an artist’s canvas, they can still bear fruit.”

We couldn’t agree more. So how do you get from mere envelopes and letters to a masterpiece?

1. Think about what they want. When it comes to your customers (real or ideal), what could they actually use? What could you give them that would be useful in their daily lives? Maybe it’s a tote bag or a water bottle, postage stamps, a t-shirt or a deck of cards. The more they use it, the more they’ll think of you and appreciate the gift.

2. Make it personal. To help your swag stand out, tailor it to your business — whether you’re a realtor, hairstylist, DJ or lawyer — and your customers. Think about details like color, font and images, and of course your text.

3. Keep it fun. However serious you are about business, swag is an opportunity to be playful and have a little fun! Your customers will enjoy it. That doesn’t mean you need bright colors and exclamation marks everywhere, but it does mean you can add a fun touch here and there, in keeping with your brand – such as a personalized tin of mints to freshen their breath.

To help you reach swag nirvana, here are some ideas for useful, personal and fun things you can give to your prized customers:

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