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Featured Designer: Sandra Boynton

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You’ve probably read a couple of Sandra Boynton’s books growing up, or have read them to your children. She is kind of a big deal in the literary world, recognized as an extraordinary talent. What you may not know about Boynton is that she has her very own Zazzle store! This amazing artist and entrepreneur has lead an interesting life, and her works speak to both children and adults. Read on and learn more about Boynton, her books, music, and her designs!

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Hippopotenuse Poster

Books

Since 1974 Boynton has written over fifty children’s books. You may recognize some of the titles from your childhood, or from purchases you’ve made for children in your family: “The Going-To-Bed Book,” “Doggies,” “Happy Hippo, Angry Duck,” “But Not The Hippopotamus,” “Pajama Time, “Barnyard Dance.” These books are accompanied by simple illustrations and language.

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The Moon Is High Poster

The simple illustrations and language hide a deeper context according to Ian Bogost. Writing in The New Yorker, Bogost uses “The Going-To-Bed Book” as an example of Boynton’s subliminal writing style. On one page of the book, once the animals have gone through their pre-sleep rituals, they do something unexpected: they head to the deck of the ship and exercise! Seems out of place, right? Bogost breaks it down thusly:

“…the boat isn’t just a boat. It bears the unmistakable silhouette of Noah’s ark, host to the animals saved from the flood in Genesis…[i]magine the terror of repetition without relief among the flood-bound Boynton hippos. This is also the terror of new parenting: the sameness of every day—the same rituals, the same books, the same diapers and tears and wails and suckles, joy and pride all bound up with the dread and exhaustion of infancy.”

The success of a children’s book is not just tied into how much kid’s like them. Adults need to like them as well, since they will be reading them every night. Adding in elements that entertain the parents reading these books without changing the meaning for children is a high-wire act, and Boynton manages it beautifully. Books, however, aren’t her only artistic pursuit.

Music

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Frog Trouble Postcard

Boynton has also released 5 albums of music with collaborator Michael Ford: Rhinoceros Tap (1996), Philadelphia Chickens (2002), Dog Train (2005), Blue Moo (2007), and Frog Trouble (2013). Each album is a send-up of a different musical genre. For instance, Philadelphia Chickens is an imaginary musical, while Frog Trouble is a country album. Boynton has teamed with some legendary musicians, including Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Blues Traveler, Neil Sedaka, B.B. King, Hootie & the Blowfish, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, and many more. Her first three albums were certified gold, and Philadelphia Chickens was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003.

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Famous Barnyard Composers Poster

As Boynton told the Harvard Gazzette her process for getting these huge artists to work on a track with her is pretty simple: “I tend to write each song with a particular performer in mind. With my music production partner, Mike Ford, I create a tight demo, and then I send it off to the artist’s manager. When artists like a song, they say yes.” Judging from the list of people she has worked with, more and more artists are saying yes!

Greeting Cards

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Christmas Tree of Kitties Card

Working for Recycled Paper Greetings, Boynton’s illustrated card have sold over 500 million copies from 1973 through 2003. One single card featuring a hippopotamus, a bird, and two ewes, and punning on the traditional “Happy Birthday to You” card (Hippo Birdie Two Ewes), has sold over 10 million copies on its own.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Card

 

A prolific career that has spanned decades, Boynton has extended her reach into producing designs for her own personal Zazzle store. You can check out all of her artistic endeavors and enjoy the talent, passion, and drive she brings to each.

Which are your kids’ favorite Boynton books or songs? Do you have a favorite? Please share with us in the comments section below!

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Featured Designer: Rachel & Miguel Rivas of BlackStrawberry Co

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In this Designer Moment meet Rachel and Miguel Rivas, the designing team and husband and wife behind BlackStrawberry_Co. Learn how coffee, rescue animals and their awesome dynamic drives their eclectic art.

Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?

We’re actually a design couple. Neither one of us can take credit for any one piece. We influence and inspire each other in many ways. It’s actually funny to watch us work. We’re always in each other’s design space, spotting ways to improve on what the other is working on. It’s an awesome dynamic because we always welcome one another’s input and advice. Currently we live in southern Spain. However, neither one of are from here, but it’s where we came together. He’s from London and I’m from the United States; Florida to be exact. So you could say our styles mix and match. He’s use to modern and fashionable surroundings and I’m more used to laidback, tropical aesthetics. This means our style is very eclectic and unique. We both contribute our backgrounds into our designing and it’s fun to see what comes out of that.

Picture of Miguel & Rachel - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

Our hobbies? Well we love coffee! Is coffee a hobby?!! Other than that, we have a heart for animals. We love all of them! We actually rescued one puppy with a bad eye who would have been put down and an abandoned kitty who was barely three weeks old. We had to bottle feed him and everything, around the clock, every three hours. Now imagine doing that while you’re trying to work! Well that’s why working with Zazzle is amazing. We have the freedom to do what we love and want to do!

Picture of a dog - Featured designer BlackStrawberry CoPicture of a cat - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home?

My husband actually built a desk for us. A standard desk just wouldn’t do. We wanted a large work space that could fit the both of us and have room for our art supplies and our computers. It actually came out very nice. He’s on one side of the table and I’m on the other side, so I get to stare at him all day while I create and he’s handsome so that’s a good thing! 🙂

Picture of their workspace - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

Well my husband, Miguel, started very young with Photoshop. He’s completely self-taught, which is amazing. I’m very impressed by his capabilities. In fact, he surprises me every day with how talented he is. He’s capable of so much and he’s done it all on his own. He’s always been creative, as long as I’ve known him. He has a natural knack for style and design and he’s very meticulously picky. As for me, I dabbled a bit with Photoshop when I was in college. I majored in Graphic Design for a couple of years, but I didn’t really get the quality of teaching I was supposed to. It’s really my husband who has taught me most of what I know in the design world. He’s been very patient and understanding, teaching me as we go. I’ve got the hang of it now, but in the beginning it was sight to see. As far the art aspect, I was always involved with that, through school or as a personal hobby. I just loved creating something new, so over the years I’ve married the two skills and I now absolutely love what I do!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Inspiration is everywhere! We just look at our surroundings, we watch the trends, look at what those around us are wearing, what products they’re using, etc. Your best indicator of what people are looking for is actually looking at what people have chosen for themselves.

When do you feel your most creative? Your least?

We feel the most creative when our environment is calm, clean, and peaceful. If the animals are running around the house like lunatics, it’s a bit distracting; or if the house is in disarray, we just don’t feel it. For us, we set the ambiance for creativity and we are good to go. We make sure the house is quiet and organized, and perhaps, we put on some inspirational music. That’s what especially gets my husband into the creative zone. He has to feel the music.

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

Our favorite products to design are pretty much everything, but we enjoy business cards, luggage tags, and pillows the most. And now that they’ve finally come out, we absolutely love designing the print all over leggings.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

I would love to see some print all over bikinis! What can I say?! I’m from Florida. We practically live in our swimsuits there!

What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?

It was a modern black and white geometric print wrapping paper. It was very exciting to see that first sale! It makes you think that you can really do this and we did!

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

We love designing home decor and office products. I just feel a connection to products you see and use every day. Our mission is to make our design the thing that you use every day, the thing that maybe inspires, comforts, or gives you those good vibes.

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

Pineapple monogram luggage tag - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

Pineapple Monogram Luggage Tag

Chic gold marble throw pillow - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

 

White and Rose Marble Throw Pillow

Black and white mountain business card - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

Black and White Mountain Business Card

Glitter Desk Business card holder - Featured designer BlackStrawberry Co

Glitter Desk Business Card Holder

Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

Just keep plugging away. Don’t give up on what you love to do. It will happen. You will be successful! And last but not least, drink more coffee. It’s fuel for the creative!

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

Just that we believe in being ourselves, being authentic, and doing what makes up happy.

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Personal Branding as a Zazzle Designer

By • 6 months ago with one reply

When you think of branding, you might automatically think of iconic companies like Apple, Google or (ahem,) Zazzle. Each has its own unique personality, and we’re betting you can describe it in a few words. But can you say the same about your own personal brand? Yes, you. Whether you’ve cultivated it or not, you have a personal brand somewhere under there, and it’s what sets you apart as a designer. The trick is building the image you want, in order to attract the kind of business you want.

  1. Conjure up an image. What do you want people to think of when they hear your name? Wedding invitations? Custom pet portraits? Small business website? Killer typography? Think of the kind of work you excel at — and that you love doing — and work toward making your name synonymous with that type of work.
  2. Brand everything. Design a logo that visually captures your brand (or it can be simple, like your name or initials in a cool font) and put it on everything from your business cards, website, invoices, stationery and email signature. Stick to one consistent color scheme and font for everything so people begin to associate the “look” with your brand.
  3. Set up a website or portfolio. When people search for your name or brand online, something should come up, whether it’s a portfolio on Facebook or Instagram, or a small one-page website that provides potential customers with basic information about you and how to get in touch and/or secure your services.
  4. Expand your online presence. Beyond your website, you should consider your social media platforms and online stores an extension of your brand and your message. Every status update, tweet and shared piece of content should be consistent with what you stand for. Your voice should be consistent with your personality, too. Whether you’re brand has a hint of snark or it’s totally buttoned up, make sure the way your brand “talks” is consistent across the board.
  5. Promote yourself. Network both online and off. Carry business cards with you everywhere you go, whether it’s to your kid’s Saturday soccer games, a business lunch or the grocery store. Attend networking events and join online discussion groups. Start a blog. Volunteer to speak at a local event or school. Spread the word about your brand and the right work will eventually begin to come your way.

Most importantly, be authentic. Your personal brand should come naturally based on what you’re good at, who you are and what you love — you just have to work to refine it and promote it.

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Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir of Truly Uniquely

By • 7 months ago with one reply

By way of Scotland, Truly_Uniquely’s Carolyn Muir does the footwork and takes on art deco!

Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?

I live in a small town that’s about half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh; great for the best of both nightlife and shopping, but still fairly rural.

Picture of Carolyn Muir - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir of Truly Uniquely

Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home? Both are equally wonderful and we’re excited to learn more!

At the moment I have a designated workspace within my sitting room. It may not be ideal, as I live alone, but it’s more than adequate without disturbing anyone, or being disturbed.

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

I’ve always been creative but have no formal training in art and design. My background is actually in science but a twist of fate had me looking for a new direction a few years ago. A friend who knew that I loved to draw and paint suggested that I design and sell t-shirts. Straight away I went to my PC to do some searches and happened across Zazzle. I signed up and became hooked almost immediately, even though I didn’t stick to the original t-shirt idea.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

That could become a very long list indeed. I find inspiration all around me. My most recent inspiration has come from Art Deco architecture or sitting with a blank piece of paper and doodling aimlessly.

Graphic design program - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir of Truly Uniquely

When do you feel your most creative? Your least?

I’m sure that a lot of designers will say the same thing…as soon as I lay my head on the pillow at night my mind is flooded with ideas. I do keep a notepad and pen beside my bed just in case I have to jot an idea down during the night! When I’m at my least creative, I try to take care of “housekeeping” or paperwork for my store.

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

I really enjoy creating transparent templates for products where customers can change the background color or change the entire design. When I publish one of these products on Zazzle, I always check to make sure I have everything set correctly and, even though I designed them, I get excited trying out different background colors to see how they all look.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

I don’t necessarily want any new products, but I’d love for customers to be able to order, say, 10 table number cards and automatically have them printed with numbers 1 through 10.

What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?

From this store (truly_uniquely), my first sale was invitations, which isn’t a surprise because the store is mainly dedicated to invitations. My first ever sale on Zazzle was an inspirational poster.

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

Invitations! It’s fun to design a wedding invitation; it can be a (fun) challenge to create a complete coordinating collection of wedding stationery, but when a bride chooses one of my designs to be used for her wedding day, that’s an amazing feeling, and it happens every day.

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

Flowers and foliage lace wedding invitation - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir

Flowers and Foliage Wedding Card

Modern Typography Wedding Invitation - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir

Modern Typography Wedding Invitation

Faux gold Gatsby art deco wedding card - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir

Faux Gold Gatsby Art Deco Wedding Card

Tropical beach round clock - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir

Tropical Beach Round Clock

High school reunion party invitation - Featured Designer: Carolyn Muir

High School Reunion Party Invitation

Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

You get as much as you put in. You have to put in a lot of groundwork before you can be a successful, independent designer on Zazzle. Be committed and know from the outset that it may take several months to see any rewards for your hard work.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

I think I should save a few secrets for future interviews. ; )

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Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner of Steph Troutner Designs

By • 8 months ago with one reply

Meet our new featured designer Stephanie Troutner of Steph Troutner Designs. She tells us why one of her inspirations is both a help and a hindrance.

Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?

I’m from Louisville, Kentucky. I love eating cake, baking and growing eggplants & flowers in my garden (mainly so I can draw them). I play the French horn & get carried away posting pictures of my cats Bear & Precious on Instagram.

Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home? Both are equally wonderful and we’re excited to learn more!

I have a dedicated room for my office and a separate studio/craft room but I actually work at my kitchen table and living room couch most of the time. My whole house is basically my work space.

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t in the middle of ten craft projects. As a kid, I wanted to be an architect and swimming pool designer. I went to school for a while to be an interior designer. I’ve taught myself most of what I know about graphic design and surface pattern design.

Happy Valentines Day drawings - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I find inspiration everywhere; in my cats, in nature, in pie, in interesting little objects like nail clippers or cat toys.

Design of toenail clippers - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

When do you feel you’re most creative? Your least?

I feel most creative when I’m alone and it’s quiet. I’m least creative when my cat is sitting on my sketchbook or I’m around a lot of people and noise.

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

My favorite products to design on Zazzle right now are Zipz shoes, pillows, and gadget cases, but that changes almost daily depending on what new designs I have & what products they fit the best with.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

Fold-over notecards with all-over print capability on three sides, especially on the back side.

What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?

A wristlet with a watercolor pattern.

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

Stationery, gadget cases and soft goods like pillows and bags.

Picture of pillows - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

 Diamond Pattern Orange Pillow - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Diamond Pattern Orange Pillow

Blue Painted Polka Dots iPhone 6 Case - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Blue Painted Polka Dots iPhone 6 Case

Diamond Pattern iPhone 6 Case - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Diamond Pattern iPhone 6 Case

Graffiti Circles Painted Shoes - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Graffiti Circles Painted Shoes

Powder Blue Cracked Tile Pillow - Featured Designer: Stephanie Troutner

Powder Blue Cracked Tile Pillow

Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

Always be making lots of art and new designs. Be original; focus on quality over quantity, but be consistent in uploading new designs. Also, always be improving titles, tags and keywords.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

Cupcakes are my favorite kind of cake.

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Featured Designer: Amanda Witt of River Jude

By • 8 months ago with no replies yet

Meet River Jude’s Amanda Witt who finds a lot of inspiration in leather and lace.

Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?

I grew up in small-town Texas, and have since lived in places as various as England, Seattle, and Michigan. Fun facts: I have a Ph.D. in Victorian literature, and I’ve published four YA novels.

Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home? Both are equally wonderful and we’re excited to learn more!

I work right in the middle of chaos, generally, sharing space with three nearly grown kids, three cats, a dog, and a husband.

Cat drinking water out of a mug - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

I took some design classes back in college, and got into photography for a while, but I started designing for Zazzle at the urging of one of Zazzle’s platinum sellers. She was a homeschool mother–and so was I–and she kept telling me what a great way it was to generate some income while staying home. She was right!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I love vintage/Victoriana, and I love Texas, so my designs tend to combine the rustic with the elegant. I use a lot of leather but soften it with vintage lace. Or I might have a fisherman theme, but use a vintage silhouette of lovers in a boat to raise the classiness quotient. I was pleased when one customer emailed to say she loved my designs and could always recognize them in the marketplace at a glance, because of the usual style.

Assorted Zazzle products - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

When do you feel your most creative? Your least?

I’m an early bird. Anything good, creatively speaking, is going to happen close to dawn.

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

Invitations and matching party products. I’ve had so many customers contact me to tweak a design for their weddings, graduations, quineaneras, etc.–I love contributing in this way to someone’s special celebration.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

Zazzle is keeping me busy with new products already!

What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?

A vintage-style baby shower invitation.

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

Invitations.

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

 Victorian lilac wedding invitation - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

Victorian Lilac Wedding Invitation

 Vintage wedding invitation with peppers - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

Vintage Wedding Invitation with Peppers

Blue vintage wedding invitation - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

Blue Vintage Wedding Invitation

Great catch wedding invitation - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

Great Catch Wedding Invitation

Fairy lights blue wedding invitation - Designer Moment: Amanda Witt

Fairy Lights Blue Wedding Invitation

Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

Find a very specific niche that doesn’t have too many competing products, and put time and care into each one.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

I really enjoy designing, especially when someone has been searching for the perfect product and then emails to thank me for designing it.

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Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema of DBArtworks

By • 9 months ago with 2 replies already

Meet our latest featured designer, the very talented Debbie Beukema from DBArtworks.

Debbie Beukema - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?

Hi! My name is Debbie and I grew up a child of the 70’s in Los Angeles, California. From where I lived, I could see the famous Hollywood sign as I walked to elementary school and later went to high school right next to Griffith Park and the Sunset Strip. Art: drawing and painting, were always my siren call. In my teens, I spent nearly every weekend in painting classes at Pasadena Art Center College of Design and won a full four year scholarship to study art at UC California at Santa Barbara. But it wasn’t a straight line from college graduation to where I am now. In fact, it’s a curvy line, meandering with lots of starts and stops. After some very painful self-doubt, I turned 180 degrees… into sales, becoming The Director of Training and Marketing at Transamerica in San Francisco. The story continues: I met a beautiful Dutch computer genius, we married, moved around and ended up in Zwolle, the Netherlands with our daughter Alice. During this time, I had not picked up a pencil or brush in years. But in Holland, something shifted in my heart and while I learned Dutch, I relearned my art. A few years back, we returned to the states and settled in Park City, Utah (home of the Sundance Film Festival) and home to my parents. I registered my business with the state of Utah and create my paintings and drawings in my basement studio. A couple of fun facts about myself: I am near fluent in Dutch. My Grand Uncle was the projectionist for the Academy Awards from the 30’s through the 60’s. I am the youngest of six children. And I am a crazy cat lover. They ARE allowed in the studio. : )

Debbie Beukema with cat - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Tell us about the space where you do your work. Do you have an official studio or have your carved out a nook in your home?

Currently, I work in an amazing home studio space. We were lucky enough to find a house with a completely unfinished section of basement. And because of this, I could rebuild it exactly as I pleased. The first thing we did is pour a beautiful layer of concrete, which we then dyed a light tan. It is super easy to move my easels and clean up. Next we built in a sink and sink storage. On the opposite side of the room, I made a storage closet. There, I keep all my knick-knacks, extra brushes and paint, unused and used canvases, packing material, paper, rulers, tape, fixatives, etc. For lighting, we installed a range of daylight bulbs, which helps me keep an even light all day and into the evening. Last but not least, I have my reading/sleeping/cat nook. In the media section of my Zazzle store, you can see a picture I took from this area, over my outstretched feet, looking towards a painting on my easel. Sometimes I just sit back and look, to see if I can see more. Other times I fall asleep with my furry minions.

Asleep in art room - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?

My schooling in art includes Pasadena Art Center College of Design and UCSB. Currently, I have been studying with an online teacher, that I found browsing the Internet back in Holland. His site is called Drawing Tutorials Online, and I’ve been a loyal fan and student for over 5 years. I started creating on Zazzle in 2012 but only really designed in bits and spurts through 2014. I actually started doing more in person shows and consignment selling, and realized the hassle was not worth the effort/profit. It is soooo much more fun, effortless, and profitable to design on Zazzle and send my customers to the site. Zazzle’s range of products, the prices, the amazing printing quality and customer service, take a load off my shoulders. My clients get just what they want and my life is hassle free.

When do you feel your most creative? Your least?

Currently, I am most creative when I do “request” threads on social media. And I have had some awesome requests, ranging from a gorilla in a cave to zombie unicorns. I am least creative when I am under pressure.

Painting of dog - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

What are your favorite products to design on Zazzle?

Without hyperbole, I have loved creating on all the products that I have tried. I think I especially love the trays. It’s like putting my art into frames. I am really looking forward to trying out items that I haven’t designed on yet.

If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?

My request, if I could have one, would not be a new item but a revision to a current one. I would love to have all over printing on shirts and similar clothing.

 What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?

I believe it was a mug, from my first store DebbieBeukemaArtworks.

What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?

It would range from mugs (which I do in a wraparound style), luggage tags and trays.

What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?

Cattle dogs iPad cover - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Cattledogs iPad Air Cover

 Air mail goose bag tag - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Air_Mail_Goose Travel Bag Tag

Cheetahs in Santa hats serving tray - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Cheetahs in Santa Hats Serving Tray

Parakeets in love greeting card - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Parakeets in Love Greeting Card

 Chameleon in Santa hat mug - Featured Designer: Debbie Beukema

Chameleon in Santa Hat Mug

 Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?

READ THE HANDBOOK! I confess, once I started getting back into designing, I just went full steam ahead. Now I have to backtrack a little and rethink my tags and titles. My brain does turn to mush on some of the technical elements, but I am getting a friend to help me with that. I want to make full use of the referral opportunities and start on templates.

 

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?

Mostly that it is never too late to come back to your dreams. I had always dreamed of being an artist and lost faith in myself. For twelve years I ignored the nagging feeling in my heart. Then, once I returned, I didn’t know where to start. Step by step, sometimes inch by inch, I found my courage and self-confidence. Now I would call myself successful and fulfilled. Onwards and upwards!

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