Friday, 10 August 2012

Many Congratulations to B K Muir Store!

We have just gone past the 500th gift of the day submission, the lucky submitter goes to B K Muir so many congratulations there.  B K Muir will be able to submit 3 items of gifts a day from now on so we'll be looking forward to many more delightful products from the store.

Also now listed in our stores gallery so do go check out the store: 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Gifts of the Day Blog Inviting Authors

Just to announce that I shall be opening up access to the 'Gift Community Spaces' as we go so they'll be more authors and people who can contribute easily and have access to tweak posts about their products and add extra special images/information or keyword tags to their posts and even schedule when they should post.

It will be by invitation to begin with, but if you are a Zazzler or contribute regularly already then as long as I have your email address you should hopefully get an invite.  Please email me via my store if you think that I don't have your email contact and therefore unlikely to receive an invitation in the early stages.  The reason I ask for an email from within Zazzle / your store to my store page is so that I can at least verify who you are and that it is a legitimate request.  If you don't know my store, you will find it at:*

The roll-out will start on the Gifts of the Day blog. 

What You'll Be Able to Do

As an author, what you will see on the site, the below editing pencil that will give you access to your post:

With 'Author' access you will be able to access and edit your post by clicking on the pencil icon.

My recommendation is that you only go into add labels for your products, unless you are completely comfortable with tweaking HTML codes to your will or happy to play with the compose view.

Simply adding labels will help with searches for your product and for your products to appear in more places, especially once blogs are written on certain gifts under particular labels for example wedding gifts, pets, sports, music etc. This helps to categorise your products so they can be pulled up by labels easily.  Adding your store name as a label means you can pull up all your products submitted for that store easily.  

Labels you add will appear at the bottom on your posts.

Your label will appear at the bottom of each post as above but also in a separate window displayed currently on the side bar split out by different themes as below.  There are currently five label options visitors can browse with including: gift product categories, themes, styles, special occasions, and Artist / store submissions.

Labels allow visitors to easily look for gifts but also for artists to find your own products as above.

I've kick-started with some labels to showcase how this set-up works.  There's a lot of flexibility to evolve the set-up according to the types of tags that will start appearing.

If you are already contributing and would like access to your posts please get in touch for an invite. As every do feel free to leave your comments and feedback.

Thanks for reading this far!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Gifts of the Day Blog Launched

Gifts of the Day -

Gifts of the Day blog site is launched today - this is an auto-post site set up for all Zazzle designers to contribute their gift creations daily.  I decided to set this one up also as a compliment to the arts gift pages which gets re-formated quite a bit from the email posting so this will allow submitters to keep their referral id and by pass any form filling.

Yes there is an email to post to this - if you don't know it please check the forum or get in touch.

Mainly gifts submitted to the arts gift page will be shared on with the Facebook community also since the arts gift page is where I do actively manage most of my time.

I think once the site gets some momentum then it may be possible to pick out a few top gifts of the day based on the viewing stats.

Enjoy - yet one more space to browse for gifts and one more for designers to add their items.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Hippy Gift Shop - Featured Store of the Week


Pixie is a Pro Zazzle Designer, who enjoys running her two stores, one of which we are featuring this week called the 'Hippy Gift Shop'.  Pixie is also a very keen photographer and can always be found out and about with her camera in her spare time.

With a keen eye for detail and a great sense of fun you can see why her Hippy Gift Shop is alive with colour, befitting the variety of styles and artform in her designs, which range from funky-hippy to gothic, and ethnic / new age.

The sense of fun in the designs is not only prelevant in the vibrant colours but also the themes.  One popular design example to look out for is the family of cute kawaii alien monsters cartoon that you will see on speakers and other items. Other designs feature her fractal artwork and more psychadelic graphics.

Check out our full feature article on the 'Hippy Gift Shop' to see what delightful surprises you might enjoy discovering.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Art Gift Ideas: Artist Spotlight: Ulrich Schwanitz - You & Me - The Scrappies Bronze Figurines

Ulrich Schwanitz from Venlo, Netherlands creates bronze sculptures and pendants from 3D digital designs. His latest creation, the "You & Me" figurines from the "Scrappies" series represent love, affection and mutual commitment - emotions that everyone values and never loses their significance.

The bronze figurines are inspired by everything you can find in a scrapyard: old nuts and bolts, tin cans, pipes, coils, parts of ball bearings, but they are actually manufactured in a novel "3D printing" process. Ulrich is now running a campaign at Indiegogo and will personalize the figurines with two initials of your choice.

See more here:

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Art Gift Ideas: One Big Sky - Featured Store of the Week


One Big Sky store has been open on Zazzle since October 2011 and has seen tremendous success - achieving PRO status quickly and we can see why. During our visit to the store we loved the rainbow special messages, memorizing mandala designs, fantasy trees and abstract patterns filled with lots of color!

To get your store featured please fill in the form on the site:

Friday, 6 April 2012

Art Gift Ideas: New Pattern Creation in Adobe Illustrator CS6


Ever wonder how to create patterns quickly and easily? Check out this short introduction and video on how to create your own pattern design of anything you like using Adbobe Illustrator CS6. See also the top selling pattern designed products from Zazzle.