All About Patterns – Damask In Your Purse

March 25, 2014 by

Damask is that pretty little ornate pattern you see just about everywhere you go. It’s pretty popular in formal events — weddings, bat mitzvahs, elegant tea parties — and it certainly has received a lot of praise in fashion lately! Where did this elaborate woven-look come from? The roots go as far back as the early Middle Ages — and no, not the 1950s. We’re talking Islamic and Byzantine weaving era, here. Originally, damasks were primarily monochromatic, with a repeated pattern sewn in metallic-colored thread on a backing of the same, flat color.

The word “damask” actually comes from Damascus, which was the place to shop back then. Damascus was part of the Silk Road, the major trading city of its time. People would travel from miles around to trade goods and, hopefully, go home with some fantastic fabric from which to make all of their home furnishings and clothing. Fourteenth-century France is where the term first popped up in writing, but just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s outdated. Damask is a classic that is always trending. It’s an archetype of class and status, regal, if you will. While the colors and images are constantly changing to fit more modern times, the style remains a staple of fashion today.

So, if you’re feeling like you could use a little sprucing up on the fancy fashion front, but aren’t sure you want to drench yourself in damask like a diva of the Byzantine era, try carrying a little with you in your handbag. These three items are sure to put a little relic of regality in your heart.

Need a mint? How about a safe place to stash some cash? Do it in the classiest way possible with this beautifully done black-and-white damask candy tin. Make sure everyone knows just who that little tin belongs to by customizing it with your name.

When you have places to go and people to see, you’ve got to make sure that passersby recognize just how fancy you are. Say it loud without saying a word with this regal travel tag. Your luggage will announce your arrival in style and class. Best of all, no one will accidentally grab your suitcase because this tag will set you apart!

This artichoke-patterned damask print wristlet comes in a gorgeous eggplant color. Artichokes and eggplants? You just got two servings of vegetables! Pat yourself on the back, and enjoy dessert out on the town tonight. Make sure to bring your wristlet with you, though!

Try these fresh looks, and amaze your admirers with your history of what makes damask so delightful! There are plenty more where these gems came from, so browse around and see what suits you.

Make Money with Referrals

March 24, 2014 by

Did you know that you can earn 15% per sale just by driving traffic to Zazzle?   It’s as easy as adding a link to Zazzle on your blog, website, Facebook page, Google+ profile, and more!  All you need is your Associate ID and you can start earning 15% by linking to ANY product on Zazzle instantly.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we will show you how to create and track the links you share on social media and your website.

Creating Referral Links 

Creating a Zazzle referral link is easy; look at the notes below for guidance.

1.)   Associate ID 

Your referral (or associate) ID will contain 18 digits starting with 238xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.  When you are logged in to your account your referral ID can be found here:

2.)   RF Parameter

When adding your referral ID to a Zazzle URL, you need to add “?rf=”  parameter before adding the ID, e.g. “?rf=238xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”.  The only exception to this rule is if the URL already contains a “?”, then add “&rf=” instead.

For example, if you your link leads to a category of products, you’ll already see a “?” in the link. Simply add “&rf” to the end of this link so it will look like this:

NidhiArt Store example for the animal category where the associate ID is 238456789012345678

3.)    Store Links, Product  Links, and Search Page Links

  • Store Links


A store link is created by adding your store name and referral ID to the Zazzle home page URL.

For example, if you’re promoting NidhiArt and your associate ID is 238456789012345678, then your link would be:

  • Product Links


A product link is created by adding referral ID to a Zazzle product link.

For example, if you’re promoting a product with “ask_me_about_having_fun_and_making_money_buttons” title, a 145277464445326825 PID, and your associate ID is 238456789012345678, then your link would be:


  • Search Page Links


A search page link is created by adding your referral ID to a Zazzle search page URL.

For example, if you’re promoting the “holiday+gifts” search page and your associate ID is  238456789012345678, then your link would be:

Tracking Your Referrals 

1.) Tracking code

You can add a tracking code to your links to see which links are clicked on the most and where. If you are sharing many links per day on different  blogs, Facebook, and other websites, this can help you determine where the links are performing the best. Tracking Codes can be up to 100 alphanumeric characters (and _ ,) in length. For the examples below, I will be using tracking code FB12345678.

2.) TC Parameter 

You will need to add a tracking code or “tc” parameter to your links.  When adding your tc parameter to your Zazzle link you need to add “&tc=”  before adding the tracking code, e.g. “&tc=trackingcode”.

3.) Store Links, Product  Links, and Search Page Link

  • Store Links

NidhiArt Store example

  • Product Links

Ask me about having fun and making money button example

  • Search Page Links

Holiday Gifts search page example

Now that you know how to create and track your links, you can start linking to Zazzle and earning referrals.

Happy referring!
Elizabeth P.

Galaxy Ties – For the Astrophysicist in Everyone

March 23, 2014 by


We don’t want to brag, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is a fan of our space-themed ties.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is a “science rock star” who is starring in the new TV show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which airs on Sundays.

He landed in Parade Magazine earlier this year, and Zazzle worked with the Parade Magazine folks to provide a few ties for him for the photo shoot-




So if you want to follow in his footsteps all the way to the outer edges of the galaxy, you can buy this tie, and it’s much less expensive than a high-powered telescope-


If you’re not familiar with him, Neil deGrasse Tyson is currently the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  In addition, he’s the host of the TV show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to the Carl Sagan version.  The TV series just debuted this month.

And we spotted him again in People Magazine rocking a Zazzle tie-


Zazzle has plenty of space-themed ties for any budding astrophysicists in this galaxy, or the next one.

Put it in their pocket: perfect wallets and journals for the kids

March 19, 2014 by

Of all the things kids could keep in their pockets — candy, twigs, homework they forgot about — a safe place for their money and a special place for doodles and ideas are about as ideal as it gets. Imagine them walking to school, sitting on the bus, staring out of the car or hanging out with friends, armed with a sturdy wallet and a spiffy journal for them to write and draw all over. It’s a beautiful dream.


And as we know, it’s crucial to get it right whenever you get something new for the kids. It has to match their personality, and their vibe. Maybe they’re sporty? Glam? Cutesy and fun? No worries: it’s all doable.


For a kid who likes colors that pop, the Aqua Rainbow and Stars Name Wallet is the place to stash their cash. Make it theirs with your own text, photos or designs, and choose from seven colors to get it just right for them. The nylon is super-durable, ready for the beach, school, malls and more:


Sports fiends will love putting their favorite plays, strategies and scores in the Red Sporty Stripes Personalized Soccer Journal. Customize it with their name and choose from blank, lined, grid or checklist paper so it’s tailored for what they do:


It also comes in purple:


And for the travel-lover, the Monogram Pink Eiffel Tower Glitter Journal is parfait. (Mais oui !) Sophisticated and stylish, they can fill it with exciting travel plans, memories, impressions and dreams. It’s as glittery and bright as the City of Lights itself. Bon voyage:


Don’t thank us: thank your kids for being that awesome. They deserve it!

All About Patterns – Turquoise Quatrefoil to Wear

March 18, 2014 by

Some things help you to fit in; others help you to stand out. So, why not take a trend and turn it into a personal style statement?

If you aren’t familiar with quatrefoil, you’ll want to be. It’s the trending pattern of the year. Just add turquoise, and you have the perfect combination for bringing in the spring season.

Quatrefoil is actually nothing new — the four-sided, lattice-looking pattern has left its mark all throughout history in architecture and art, but it’s most charmed use is as a Celtic symbol of good luck. And speaking of good luck — we sure are grateful for the good fortune of these adorable finds. We’ve rounded up some customizable treasures to help you make the most of the rise of quatrefoil, and turn heads all season long.

First up is this adorable Turquoise Quatrefoil Pattern Watch. You’ll always know what time it is, because you’ll be admiring your timepiece around the clock.  The white latticework of the quatrefoil pops against the turquoise background. The band, face and keeper are all customizable, so you can be sure it coordinates with everything in your closet.

Get a gift for one of your girlfriends today. She’ll feel loved and look great in this sweet monogrammed necklace with a fun quatrefoil pattern. This jewelry is simple, yet sophisticated. The gorgeous quatrefoil pattern showcases the monogrammed letter of your choice and is surrounded by sterling silver. Branch out from a simple monogram and customize it with a quote. The options are endless—just make sure you keep the good-lookin’ quatrefoil.

Take the season’s trend with you everywhere you go by encasing your iPhone in it. We just love this monogram-able, turquoise and white quatrefoil iPhone case. Designed for the iPhone 5 and 5s, it comes in your choice of three different styles, depending on the type of case and level of protection you need. Don’t just settle for a trendy phone cover, though. Customize it – monogram this case with your initials or maybe just your favorite three-letter word.

Whichever way you go, you can’t go wrong as long as you incorporate some turquoise quatrefoil into your style this season. Make it personal with custom options and monogramming.

Spring Trends 2014

March 17, 2014 by

Spring is here! And along with it, some of our most popular holidays including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation. In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll show you the styles, trends and products that we’ll be highlighting for this season’s celebrations.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Easter 4/20/2014
  • Mother’s Day 5/11/2014
  • Graduation 5/2014-6/2014
  • Father’s Day 6/15/2014

Easter Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Ornaments
  • Tote Bags
  • Kids clothing
  • Sendables


Mother’s Day Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Cards


  • Mugs

  • Accessories

  • T-shirts


  • Cases


  • Announcements
  • Stamps
  • Labels
  • Stickers
  • Invitations
  • Photo gifts “school memories”

Father’s Day

  • Cards

  • Mugs

  • Keychains

  • T-shirts

  • Gifts for men

Don’t forget to check out the Zazzle Merchandising forum thread where we periodically post “call to create” threads asking designers to create products related to holidays, seasons, or certain themes.

It’s Purim time: the hamentaschen’s in the mail

March 14, 2014 by

This Saturday marks the Jewish festival of Purim, one of the major holidays on the Jewish calendar and a time of celebration. Like Hanukkah and Passover, Purim commemorates the survival of the Jewish people in spite of many obstacles — this time in ancient Persia.

The holiday involves drinking, being merry, hearing the Book of Esther (or Megillah) read out loud, dressing up — like a Jewish Halloween — and sending loved ones gifts of food and drink, called Mishloach Manot.

When it comes to Mishloach Manot, the contents are “choose your own adventure” as long as they’re ready to consume. Chips, soda, candy, wine, yummy pastries, fresh or dried fruit, elaborately cooked dishes, canned food and all kinds of snacks are Purim-friendly (just choose two).

The real question is: what to send them in?

We suggest: the reusable Mishloach Manot Tote Bag, showing a hint of what’s to come. It’s bedecked with an array of hamentaschen, a Purim must-have — the delicious jam-filled pastries shaped like the hat of Haman (the evil enemy in the Purim story):

Pop on a Happy Purim Gift Label, personalized with your own words, to make the gifts extra festive for your family and friends:

And if it’s going in the mail, it has to have a Hamentaschen Stamp — ‘tis the season:

Bust out your noisemaker, put on your costume and uncork the wine: Happy Purim to all!

DODOcases for all

March 13, 2014 by

In 2012, we partnered with DODOcase to add their amazingly crafted iPad cases to Zazzle.  DODOcases are manufactured locally in San Francisco using traditional bookbinding techniques.  The DODOcase protects your iPad while also giving your device the timeless look of a hardcover book.

Now customers can not only customize the inside of the case, but also choose the color for the exterior.  The exterior is made from black Moroccan cloth, with an eco-friendly bamboo tray and a custom interior liner that you can design yourself.  You can select colors for the exterior cloth – your choice of black, orange, coral, granite, merlot and blue. For the inside of your case, there is a wide selection of designs that would add some spring style to your high tech accoutrements.

We’ve got cases for your iPad 2/3/4, iPad mini as well as the iPad Air.  And you can be confident that this case was manufactured locally in San Francisco.  In April 2010, the DODOcase launched alongside the Apple iPad as the original bookbound iPad case.  It’s become a favorite among hip San Franciscans as well as anyone with a taste for design and a passion for local manufacturing.

You may no longer be reading hardcover books, but you can enjoy reading on your iPad while also feeling inspired to travel back in time to a previous era when bookbinding was done by hand.  The Dodo bird remains on the list of extinct animals but thanks to DODOcase, bookbinding continues to thrive.

All About Patterns – Harlequin Style Art

March 11, 2014 by

Harlequin is a pattern that has truly stood the test of time.  Where did this diamond-shaped checkerboard print get its start? For this little history lesson, let’s take a trip to Italy in the late 1500s.

During the Italian Commedia Dell’arte days of the 1580s, Harlequin was not a pretty pattern, but a stock character in many theatrical performances. He was typically portrayed as an astute servant who was lighthearted and jovial, and always got the girl.

In these performances, the playful Harlequin would rival against Pierrot, a sadder, stern character, for the mutual object of their affection, Colombine. Harlequin always wore clothing that was adorned with a diamond-shaped checkered pattern, symbolic of his good nature. Conversely, Pierrot’s clothes were plain and white, fitting with his more boring, somber persona.

The duds that Harlequin made famous ultimately traveled the trails of time and made their way to the 21st century. The pattern is still found in many places — especially ones that speak for the same lifestyle defined by our fabulous friend, Harlequin.

While Harlequin was a funny guy, we definitely aren’t clowning around when it comes to representing the best of Harlequin style. Step your style up a notch by incorporating some harlequin into your space.

Give your living quarters some pizzazz by adorning the walls with this classic Paul Cezanne print, the aptly named Pierrot and Harlequin, which portrays the two walking side by side. Vivid colors and that prototypical harlequin pattern make this piece of art a quintessential sample of Harlequin at his finest.

Looking for something a little more inconspicuous? Perhaps a print of Juan Gris’ gorgeous painting, Harlequin With Table, is more your speed. It has all the joys of harlequin, with a side of confusion. Is it a man? Is it a table? What does it mean? Hang this print on your living room wall and let your guests be the judge.

If you’re ready to take your harlequin love to the streets, then you can’t go wrong with these snazzy red leggings with a small display of black harlequin diamonds. They’re a clear yet subtle way to let your fun side peek through in any outfit. Pair them with low-tops and a long sweater for a casual look, or try them with a pencil skirt, blouse and ankle boots for a work-day favorite.

There’s so much more Harlequin love to go around. How will you make your statement?



Keep It Coordinated with Wedding Collections

March 10, 2014 by

Wedding season is about to get into full swing, and we’re here with a great tip for your Zazzle wedding designs.

One easy way to make sure a soon-to-be-married couple can find all of the great Zazzle products they’re look for is by creating a wedding collection, or wedding suite.

What do we mean by that? Easy! A wedding collection is simply a category in your store that houses different types of wedding products, all featuring the same coordinated design. By creating a wedding suite, you’ll be creating an easy one-stop shopping place for your customer to find all of the wedding accessories they need, already in their chosen theme.

For starters, try out creating a Save the Date card or wedding invitation in a trendy design. From there, you can use the same theme, colors, or design elements on other products that will fit right in with your invitation: an RSVP card, address labels, or even a postage stamp.

Invitations are just the beginning. What couple wouldn’t love a matching table card, escort card, or ceremony program?

Don’t forget – weddings aren’t just about the invitation and the Big Day. A matching wedding wrap-up Thank You note is the perfect finishing touch.

Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration to start adding designs into a new category in your store for a perfectly coordinated wedding collection.


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