Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tips for Ease of Shopping in Zazzle Collections

Shopping on ecommerce sites definitely has it's advantages and disadvantages. Finding something you need at home right at your fingertips is a big advantage. Difficulty in finding a specific is a disadvantage. Having a bit of insight into Zazzle can turn a dis into an ad (see what I did there?).

Specific searches obviously make some things easier but if you don't know where to focus your search you may not find what you need. Since I'm always on there searching and trying to make my products easily found, I'm going to show you a search method you may not have thought about.

If you spend any time perusing the pages of Zazzle, you might have come across the page with designer collections (but odds are you haven't). It's not a page that jumps out at you unless you spend a lot of time searching there.

So let's get to showing you where to look. Go to the top of the Zazzle home page where there is a row of drop down menu titles. Cruise to the right end of that top row and click the Gifts dropdown menu then drop down to click on Designer Collections.

After following the appropriate clicks shown in the illustration above, you bring up the Trending Collections page. At the time I was preparing this post, there were 130K+ collections listed on the first page. Yes, that's a LOT of collections.

You'll notice when you begin scrolling the initial pages that these collections are just as the title reads "trending" and they are in no special order. So how can you scroll though all of them for what you want? You don't need to scroll through page after page, thankfully, you can search for collections using the search field at the top of each collection page.

I typed in Baby Shower which cut the search down to 5K+ collections. Then I narrowed it down even more by searching Sip and See which gave me 29 collections all on one page. The key is narrowing that search down to specifics like baby boy, baby girl, gender reveal, etc.

"Sip and See" New Baby Collection
Collections are designed with a variety of concepts in mind. Each designer decides how to put together their specific collections. You might want to search collections for coffee mugs. When you look at the collections you'll find them categorized as personalized, promotional, travel or may collections that have all the mentioned topic. One topic you will definitely find are Best Seller or  Best Selling collections. They may contain all one type product or a variety of products.

While you scroll through the collections, you may see some with a cover that features several products that give a hint to more of what's in the collections, a bold title or a single product. My multilingual thank you collection cover is an example of several products and a title.
Multilingual Thank You

It's as easy at that to get started searching for what you need using the Zazzle collections. Check out some of the links here and leave a comment and let me know your thoughts on this post.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Sip and See" Pastel New Baby Party Accessories and More

We haven’t been around couples who have had babies in the recent past. 

However, over the last months we’ve known two couples who just had babies. I have learned some new things during these times. 

I had heard of gender reveal parties, saw photos and videos from some but we had never been to one. We had the pleasure to attend a reveal party for one of the couples. There were games and then what we thought was the reveal was a tease to one more surprise before the actual reveal. Lot's of fun. 

We also had two baby showers. One baby shower was the typical as I knew them attended by women only. The second baby shower we attended had men and women. That was a lot of fun too. Games at both were fun and got a lot of laughs. 

While doing some internet research before all these events, I was trying to learn the etiquette. During the research I found a new type party, at least to me. It is called a "sip and see". I laughed because as part of an international creatives group several members discussed how we "yanks" have a celebration for everything. Nothing wrong with that, right?
Have you heard of a sip and see? I had never heard of that type party so I read several articles about it and thought what a fun concept for meeting new babies.

The thought behind one of these parties is for people to get to see the new baby with a setting of light food and beverages. The specifics really come down to how each couple wants to set it up. You can search the topic and read all the ideas on planning one. 

Thinking about what fun that would be I have designed three sip and see invitation versions with one of my pastel swirl abstract designs. All invitation versions offer a generic baby feet template photo that can be left on the invitation so guests get the first peek at the party or replace that template with a square photograph of the new baby. 

I figured the easier the better for parents or someone planning the party so I made a grand Sip and See Watercolor Party Invitation Plus collection that includes party accessories and goodies that should work for a pink, blue, and non-traditional purple design. You'll find all this in my new Zazzle store PaPr Emporium


The flat card invitations come with plain white envelopes. Although Zazzle offers six invitation shapes, this design works best on the normal square corner (below), rounded corner and scalloped edge shapes. Zazzle also offers 12 paper types that range from a semi-gloss to a metallic silver. 

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Three Color Style Sip and See Flat Card Invitations


Even though the invitations come with envelopes you might want to give a peek into what's inside with a matching envelope. These envelopes are vibrant matte, 80lb text-weight paper that contains 50% recycles content (10% post-consumer waste). The inside features the pastel design on the invitations. 

Matching Envelopes


Besides the matching paper cups, paper plates, and napkins in the collection like shown in the top photo there are sweet treats. You'll find cake pops and chocolate covered Oreo's with the design. 

Chocolate Covered Cookies Design

Leave a comment  to let me know what you think. If you would like assistance please let me know. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Reasons to Shop On Zazzle For Custom, Personalized Products

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary and want to support independent artists, it's time to visit Zazzle the ever expanding e-commerce print on demand company. Nothing is produced until you complete your order. The custom personalized design you select is added to the product and sent to you or a gift recipient.

Zazzle is keeping up with technology and has become more mobile friendly so why are you missing out? I share 5 reasons why you need to shop on Zazzle in the infographic at the end of the article.

I've been a Zazzle designer since 2009. That was four years after the company launched online. I opened TheAspenStand store that summer as a way to share my eclectic photography and digital art that would otherwise sit in computer files. It's been an incredible creative journey since that time. There were already thousands of talented designers when I joined and the number of talented designers continues to grow.

I recently opened my a second store designed to focus on paper products which are just a minimal part of the inventory. Zazzle offers invitations, greeting and note cards, postcards, wrapping and tissue paper just to name a few paper products.

Buyers will also find custom designed household goods for bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. You'll find shower curtains, bath mats, and an accessory set of soap dispenser and toothbrush holder. Bedroom items include duvets, pillow cases, blankets, night lights and more. If you want an interesting item for the kitchen you'll find paper, ceramic and melamine dinnerware for starters.

When you need a personalized tech gift you can peruse phone cases for several phone brands by several makers. You will find unique designs on a wireless mouse, power banks and charging stations, headphones, wireless keyboards and much more.

When you finish checking out the infographic on five reasons to shop on Zazzle, go visit TheAspenStand to see what's new in the store. I'm always adding something new.

I would love to read your thoughts or questions in the comments below. Thanks.
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