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Seller Spotlight: Lora Severson

November 15, 2012

While some photographers opt for capturing the entire scene, Lora Severson (Lora Severson Photography) prefers the close-up. And for good reason — residing in the countryside of rural Illinois, she’s surrounded by vibrant meadows, colorful flowers and old barns, all of which are detailed subjects for her lens. Known for her original high resolution floral photography, she’s a lover of the rustic and the weathered. We’re glad that she turns her shots into invitations and greeting cards on Zazzle for all of us to enjoy.

I’ve always loved taking pictures, but I wasn’t really serious about it until my kids got older. I poked around some stock photography sites and it really piqued my interest. We have a fantastic arboretum near here that offers certified floral and nature photography classes. I decided to dive right in and it took me about two years at night to get my certification. I knew a lot about photography, but I didn’t know about the technical details, like how you lay out flowers to get the perfect micro-shot.

Soft White Daisy iPhone 5 Case-Mate
Soft White Daisy iPhone 5 Case-Mate by loraseverson

I especially love designing for rural farm, barn ranch and country weddings — they’re especially popular with Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Illinois residents. I’ll incorporate photos of antique farm equipment, rusted wagon wheels and aged saddles. Many customers love to order whole sets of invites, including matching envelopes, thank you notes and custom postage to create a coordinated set.

Rustic Daisy Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards
Rustic Daisy Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards by loraseverson

There’s a lot of thought and planning that goes into my invitations. I brainstorm how I want to position the space for words, how that fits with the flowers I want to incorporate, and which flower arrangements go well with others. We have all four seasons here, and sometimes when it’s cold and there’s nothing to do, I’ll go outside and look around to see what would make for great close-ups that I can later turn into wedding invites, greeting cards, special occasion announcements and even ornaments. One time I found an old barn that was being torn down, and decided that the barn wood would make for the perfect picture, especially with flowers against it. I find that some of my best photos (and later, products) come from creative serendipity.

Red Barn with Fence Greeting Card
Red Barn with Fence Greeting Card by loraseverson

Rustic Daffodils Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards
Rustic Daffodils Country Wedding Favor Tags Business Cards by loraseverson

Supporting the Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

November 2, 2012

Our hearts go out to all of the people who are affected by the hurricane, as many people have lost their lives, their homes, or are suffering without power or water. We wanted to show our support for the relief efforts, as we know the recovery is going to require a lot of resources and a lot of patience from everyone.

We listened closely to our seller community who asked us to create a way for them to sell designs that would support the relief efforts. Sellers can create products for this special cause and tag them “hurricanesupport” so that we can donate the proceeds to recovery efforts. We’d like to encourage sellers with existing products or who are creating new ones to help show Zazzle’s collective support for the recovery efforts. All of the gross profits (including commissions that would ordinarily be paid to sellers) from sales of products that are tagged “hurricanesupport” will be donated directly to nonprofit organizations who are funding the relief and recovery efforts.

We’re asking our sellers and the Zazzle community to help make a difference during this difficult time. We also want to encourage everyone to contribute what they can – supplies, time, or money – to help the recovery that is impacting so many people and their families.

Zazzle iPhone 5 Case Design Contest

September 17, 2012

One of the most anticipated product releases of the year has arrived!  Zazzle, in partnership with Case-Mate, is adding to this historic moment by having the first custom iPhone 5 cases available! To celebrate this beautiful gadget (that many of us will be dreaming about), we are hosting an iPhone 5 Case Design Contest. The theme of this contest will be “5″ so show us your best design that incorporates the number 5, 5 of something, or just the spirit of 5! The Grand Prize winner will be walking away with $200 and a copy of their winning Case. Two honorable mentions will also receive $25 Zazzle Gift Certificates. See below for prize information and the details on how to enter the Zazzle iPhone 5 Case Design Contest. Good luck!

PLEASE NOTE: You may only submit ONE entry for this contest and must by a US Resident to receive the monetary prizes. International members are encouraged to participate and if chosen as the winner or runner-up will receive placement of their winning design on a Case-Mate cases page as well as a post in the blog.

Prizes:
Grand Prize = $200 and a copy of your winning case

Honorable Mention Prizes = $25 Zazzle Gift Certificate

How to Enter the iPhone 5 Case Contest:

  1. Create a Zazzle Account (It’s free!)
  2.  Create your iPhone 5 case:You must submit a design for the new Case-Mate Barely There iPhone 5 case product. Only one entry will be allowed per person!
  3. “Post for Sale” your Case with the tag zazzleiphone5casecontest in the Zazzle Marketplace (learn how to tag your product here)
  4. You’re done, good luck!

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Contest entries must be received by September 25, 2012 at 11:59pm PT         

Contest Rules:

  1. You may submit one entry for this contest.
  2. Entry must be a Case-Mate iPhone 5 case product.
  3. Entries must be received by September 25, 2012 at 11:59pm PT, to be eligible.
  4. Entries will be judged on uniqueness of design, overall creativity, and best use of the case space.
  5. Entering a contest is done by tagging your product with a specific contest related keyword (or “tag”). If you don’t know how to do this, please read the instructions here. You should also leave a comment under the contest announcement with a link to your product to give it more visibility.
  6. Read the Official iPhone 5 Case Contest Rules.

Union 8: Strength in Numbers

November 19, 2008

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This week marks the soft launch of Zazzle’s first cooperative selling group, Union Eight.  Led by the infamous Sheryl Graham, the group is comprised of successful POD sellers with a range of talents, including graphic design, marketing, engineering and management.

Union Eight’s goal is to hit the market through a variety of niches – check it out at their website www.unioneight.com!

The group has one main Union Eight store and each seller has their own hubstore, featuring portals to their niche stores.  Curious buyers experience a kind of department store shopping experience, strolling from vegetarian gifts to custom shoes in just a few clicks.

It’s bold, it’s experimental, and it’s just in time for the holidays.

Good luck and congratulations to Union 8 for all their time, effort and boundless enthusiasm for selling on Zazzle!

www.zazzle.com/unioneight

Zazzle Sellers: Get Yo' Embroidery On

November 1, 2008

Greetings all Zazzle sellers!

As you’ve all probably already seen, Zazzle launched Embroidery yesterday – making a splash on the pages of TechCrunch, Frobes, TechNews, Business Week and more. The word is out: Zazzle’s embroidery offering is setting a new standard.

So what’s next? How can you cash in on embroidery?


This is a prime opportunity for you to extend your product offering by creating new embroidery-specific galleries. Make it easy for buyers to find quality embroidered products, all in one place.


‘Tis the season for unique gift-hunting, so give all those holiday shoppers something worth buying: the best embroidery on the P.O.D. block! Be sure to tag your products with embroidery and recipient-friendly keywords.


Wanna get busy on your embroidery empire, but don’t want to pay those digitization fees just yet? Create a custom text template!


Step 1: Choose your embroidery product from http://www.zazzle.com/custom/embroidery

Step 2: Add your image(s) & text

Step 3: Click the “Advanced options” link at the bottom of the image or text box.



Step 4: Check the box “Make this a template object”. Checking that box will display all the options available for defining this template image placeholder.


When you select “Make this a template object”, you have access to four options:

  1. Product page label – This is the label that the customer will see on the product page. Use something descriptive here, like “Your picture” or “Your logo”.
  2. URL parameter name – If you are using the Zazzle API to pass data to this product from an external source, this is the parameter name the API will use. Avoid spaces or special characters. You can safely ignore this field if you are not working with the API (see the Zazzle API documentation for more information).
  3. Inner fit/fill mode – For images. If your template allows the buyer to replace your placeholder image with one of her own, this setting determines how the buyer’s image replaces yours. The options are none, fit, or fill.

    None
    – If you set Inner fit/fill mode to none, the buyer’s image simply replaces your placeholder image, and may be larger or smaller than the placeholder.

Fit – Selecting fit will resize the buyer’s image to fit inside of your placeholder image object’s dimensions. This will ensure that their image is not cropped.

Fill
– Selecting fill will resize their image to fill the entire dimensions of your placeholder image. If the buyer’s image is wider or taller than your placeholder, this may result in zooming and cropping of the customer’s image.

  1. Allow editing on product page – Keep this checked if you want to enable EZ Templates on your product page. Unchecking this option is usually only done when working with the Zazzle API.

Once you have filled out all the options, click Post for Sale. You are then presented with the normal Post it for Sale page. Notice the checkbox labeled “This product is a template”. This tells you that the product contains template objects, and that it will be posted for sale as a template. Only uncheck it if you decide at this point to not allow customer personalization of this product; otherwise keep it checked.


Stoked! You’ve just created a template product!


Lock it up!

Sometimes, you may want to create a template product but have items that are not changeable by a customer. Now you can simply check the box labeled “Lock this image” or “Lock this text object”. This will essentially lock the item and not allow any editing of it whatsoever (can’t delete it, move it, re-size it, etc.)


And that’s the good word on text templates in embroidery!


As you brainstorm additional ways you can make embroidery work for you, be sure to explore all the groups of people who may be interested in these kinds of products:

· Sport Teams

· Clubs

· Employment

· Universities

· High Schools

· Family Reunions

Have fun!


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