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Featured Designer Interview with Cindy Monro

February 28, 2014
Today we’re chatting with Stuccoloco artist Cindy Monro about her love of the American Southwest, and how she got started with her second career as an artist.
Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from/where do you live?
Cindy: I grew up in Wyoming and majored in Business Management in school. With that, I eventually got the opportunity to have my own business, and I owned and operated a Mexican restaurant. I’ve always loved everything Southwest and Mexican, and I always wanted to live in Arizona. So, after 20 years at my restaurant I finally moved down to Tuscon, Arizona and I just love it here. It’s a magical place.
Zazzle: What kind of background do you have in art or design?
Cindy: Not a bit! I don’t have a formal art background, but I’m a very visual person. I’ve always collected images that I thought were especially beautiful and colorful. I actually have folders of inspirational images I’ve cut out of magazines. Art had always been an interest of mine, but I had never contemplated pursuing it as a career.
When I first moved here, I realized that I just couldn’t find what I was looking for to decorate my new home. So, I started doing some simple paintings and batik, and got hooked on it! I’ve also been trying to improve my drawing skills over the years, and I learned enough to start selling some of my art online and sharing it with friends and family. That really encouraged me to keep going – I never thought others would want to see it!
Zazzle: What is the inspiration behind your designs?
Cindy: Recently, I invested in a good camera and it has really opened up a whole new world for me. We, as well as some of our other friends, adopted dogs and I started taking pictures of all of them and making fun designs with the photos for my friends and relatives.
I’ve also been doing landscape photography, and worked with those photographs to teach myself so that I now have a pretty good working knowledge of Photoshop.
From there, I started combining the different elements and I’ve been having more fun than I could imagine! Both the environment and animals really inspire me, so I like trying to put them together and seeing what happens. It’s fun to be surprised by my own efforts.
Zazzle: How would you describe your artistic style?
Cindy: If I had to describe my art, I’d have to call it “southwest animal collage”. My main goal in making my designs is simply to amuse myself! I ask myself what I would like to send to a friend, or what I would like to receive myself. What you find funny or amusing is very personal, of course, but if someone else out there also thinks it’s cute, then that’s great! I just like to have fun with it, and I love doing it.
Zazzle: How did you get started on Zazzle?
Cindy: I found Zazzle around the time that I had been doing a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I had heard of places where you could make art into cards, so I created a couple cards on Zazzle just as options to think about for my own holiday cards. Then one day, I got an email saying I had actually sold 100 copies of one of my own cards! It was such a nice surprise, and I was so thrilled that I immediately went on to do more with it.
I really love the store layouts for Zazzle stores, so you can bring people there to show off what you’ve been doing. You can be proud to be associated with a professional company.
Zazzle: What are your favorite Zazzle products to design?
Cindy: I really love the postcards of course, but I think the coolest products are the electronic cases. They’re awesome products. I’ve bought one for myself, and bought them as gifts for others. The printing on them is beautiful – they look even better in person.
Zazzle: Are there any particular designs in your store that seem to be especially popular?
Cindy: I’ve done a lot of paintings of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and I find that those designs are pretty good sellers. My favorite painting that I’ve done, of a “tree of life” Christmas tree, tends to sell well for the holidays. It was actually a painting I did as a commission, and I was able to get a good enough photo of it to turn it into these prints. I’m so glad to have a good camera now so that I can incorporate images like this of my real-life artworks on my Zazzle products.
I’ve found my owl and eagle designs are also rather popular, and I get requests from my family members for my Native American themed calendars.
Zazzle: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start out with their own Zazzle store?
Cindy: I would say create for yourself. What would you buy? Also, focus on quality. If it doesn’t look quite right, don’t post it! If your design doesn’t fit well or doesn’t resize properly, don’t use it on that product. Really try to make your products look the best they can, and create products that make sense for your store. Just keep doing it! You’ll be surprised, the longer you stick with it. If you’re truly loving it and having fun with it, you’ll be rewarded.

Zazzle Featured Designer Interview with Mark Javer

November 22, 2013

Mark Javer, the design mind behind the Zazzle store iDesignCafe, talks with us about his photography, his modern design aesthetic, and how Zazzle helped inspire him to grow his artistic skill set.

Zazzle: Tell us about yourself! Where are you from, where do you live?

Mark: I’m originally from New York, but currently live in Florida.


Zazzle: How did you get started designing with Zazzle?

Mark: Back in 2009, another Zazzle designer I knew from outside of Zazzle encouraged me to open a store here and I started out part time for about a year.


Zazzle: How did you get started making art and designing?

Mark: I’ve been doing art ever since I can remember. I started out doing pen drawings and watercolor paintings, and later on photography became a strong hobby of mine which blossomed into doing it professionally in nature and commercial product photography.  When I first opened my Zazzle store I started using my photographs on various products. As I kept going, I taught myself graphic design and how to use other programs like Photoshop to be able to diversify and create even more designs.



Zazzle: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

Mark: I have always had a strong sense of modern design, even in my earliest works of art. Most of what I create is inspired by that. I also find a lot of inspiration through my own photography.



Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to design?

Mark: I would say the wall clocks. They seem to sell really well.


Zazzle: Do you have any advice for designers just starting out on Zazzle?

Mark: Don’t rely on that old expression, “if you build it, they will come”. It doesn’t actually work that way. People won’t just come and find your products, you have to learn the art of promoting and spreading the word about your art.


Zazzle: Great advice! Any hints on the best way to get the word out?

Mark: I’ve had a lot of success spreading the word among family and friends. I’m also very active in blogging and social media to help promote my store.


Zazzle: What do you like best about owning a Zazzle store?

Mark: My favorite part is the ability to create different things all the time, and the ability to express myself artistically.


Zazzle Featured Designer Interview with Misty Chatterjee

November 15, 2013

Misty Chatterjee, also known as Zazzler Mistyqe, talks with us about her whimsical style, her favorite invitations, and how a first birthday party started her career with Zazzle.

Zazzle: Tell us about yourself! Where are you from, where do you live?

Misty: I’m originally from India, and grew up in Mumbai. I moved to the United States about 12 years ago and I currently live in Los Angeles, California.


Zazzle: What is your background in art and design?

Misty: I’ve always liked art, ever since I was a kid. Growing up, I doodled on everything – including my homework! However, I did not pursue it very seriously. I thought of it more as a hobby until I discovered the wide scope of art and all the exciting things I could do with it.


I never knew that graphic design existed until I came across it on my own. I realized that it was something that I could consider as a successful career. That was when I decided that I wanted to learn art formally and went to art school in Denver, Colorado to get my degree.


Zazzle: How did you get started on Zazzle?

Misty: I got into Zazzle after I had my first baby. I was looking to make my own invitations for his first birthday, because it was such a big deal for me. I needed a smaller number of invitations and I wanted my own design to be printed on it. I wanted it to be something that I had created myself for my baby. I did some research and came upon Zazzle, and it was unbelievable! It was exactly what I was looking for. So my first ever Zazzle design was that pirate-themed birthday invitation for my child.


After that I actually got a Today’s Best Award on that design! When some of those designs then sold, I thought, “Wow, someone else likes my design enough to buy it?” That was when I really started to look into Zazzle seriously and started creating other products.


Zazzle: What’s your design and style inspiration? How would you describe your designs?

Misty: I would describe my style as “modern but whimsical”. For inspiration, I look at current trends – such as with the holidays coming up – but I always try to make things that are whimsical and fun. I’m not a very serious person, so there is always that element of fun and cuteness in my designs. Simple, minimal designs that use negative space are my favorite. 


Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to design?

Misty: I love invitations! They are definitely my favorite. I love making everything to match: the matching RSVP, Thank You cards, stickers, stamps – the whole set! There’s no limit to them. There are so many events, holidays, and personal special occasions that people want invitations for that the sky is the limit.



Zazzle: We love your invitations, too! With the holidays coming up, do you have a favorite holiday design in your store?

Misty: It’s hard to pick just one! Since most holiday designs are the typical holiday colors of red and green, I wanted to try something different. I thought, “Why not try pink or purple?” They’re not conventional holiday colors, but I thought people might like something that would really stand out. So far, they’ve sold well and people seem to really love how different they are.



Zazzle: Do you have any advice to share for designers who are just starting out on Zazzle?

Misty: When you’re starting out, stick to your strengths. It’s good to look at current trends, but try out the trends that match up with your style and talents. You don’t have to be good at absolutely everything, just make sure that the designs you are making are quality designs.

Featured Designer Interview with Victor Ma

November 8, 2013

Zazzle designer Victor Ma, owner of TYZUarts, talks with us about how he became a Zazzler and how he thought up TYZU’s adorable cartoon characters.

Zazzle: Tell us about yourself – where do you live?

Victor: I emigrated from China to Canada in 2000 and currently live in Vancouver, British Columbia. TYZUarts was founded by a group of designers in 2009. I am the team leader of our group and have been an inventor, designer and programmer for many years. I also ranked in the top 3 Canadian spots and top 8 North American spots in the Automated Trading World Championship  in 2008 – the highest class FOREX automated trading system programming competition in the world.


Zazzle: What is your background in art and design?

Victor: Before 2009, I had been focusing on industrial design instead of art. In China, as an inventor and industrial designer, I owned 5 Utility Model patents. Now, I like to create cartoon designs.


Zazzle: Where do you find inspiration for your characters and designs?

Victor: One summer day in 2006, I had a miraculous experience in the yard: a neighbor’s cat was chasing a sparrow, and the little bird flew to me seeking help, hiding its head in my armpit. The sparrow was eventually saved and freed, but the cat hated me and bothered me often after that. These cute scenes left quite an impression on me – for years, I was haunted by the imagery.  Suddenly, I got some inspiration on another summer day in 2009: “Why not build my own cartoon world?”


Zazzle: That’s adorable – so how did you get started in creating these cute characters?

I designed a few cartoon characters at once, and recruited a team to make a short animated movie. Because there have been many cartoon cats in the market, I decided to create a mischievous raccoon instead of a cat, and a little bird as my hero. People love this unique style of combining an American-style humor plot and anime character together, not to mention the rabbit ears which all characters have. People have never seen characters such as a cute bunny-bird, bunny-goldfish, bunny-bear and bunny-raccoon before!


Zazzle: Do you have any advice for designers who are just starting out on Zazzle?

Victor: I think being unique is everything. There are millions of designs and products on Zazzle – only those things that are unique will catch people’s eyes. However, a unique design does not guarantee sales. Before your items have a chance to catch someone’s eye, you have to lead them to your store first. Having some SEO skills can help you get more visitors.


Featured Designer Interview with Rebecca Moses

November 4, 2013

Rebecca Moses, the designer behind the Zazzle store EclecticCycle, chats with us about growing up in the South, her vintage-inspired designs, and her most popular products.

Zazzle: Tell us about yourself! Where are you from?

Rebecca: I’m from North Carolina, so the northern end of the South. I’ve had a pretty normal life: I went to a local college here in North Carolina, got married and had a kid. The fun things about me are that I collect unicorns, and I love chinchillas.


Zazzle: What is your background in art and design?

Rebecca: Being from the South, I grew up on a dirt road where there wasn’t really anything to do. I just started drawing as a kid, because there was honestly nothing else to do! I carried that love all through school and college and into my adult life.


Zazzle: Where do you find your inspiration?

Rebecca: I am inspired by vintage and antique art.  For example, I really enjoy detailed antique prints, especially vintage Japanese prints and South American and African tribal designs.


Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to design? What design in your store seems to be a best-seller?

Rebecca: I personally love the posters and prints. You can make them in such large sizes, and I think that’s really fun.  The octopus designs in my store are very steady sellers. People seem to love octopus art! I’ve had sales from all over: the United States, Germany, Australia. If there’s one thing that sells pretty steadily all over the world it’s the octopus posters.


Zazzle: How did you hear about Zazzle?

Rebecca: Word of mouth. A few years ago, I was at a friend’s house and saw an awesome, giant fairy poster and had to ask her where she got it. She told me it was from Zazzle, so I looked you up and it all started there.

I really enjoy working with Zazzle, all of the products I’ve bought have been great. I think it’s wonderful that there is an avenue for freelance artists to get their work out there, and be able to learn how to market it themselves. That’s the really great and fun thing about print on demand. It’s really changing a lot for freelance artists.


Zazzle: Do you have any advice for other Zazzle designers that are just starting out?

Rebecca: I would say, in general, just take it one step at a time. People  tend to get overwhelmed very easily by all of the different aspects of creating a store and marketing their  products. You can only do all of that one step at a time.


Zazzle Featured Designer Interview with Barbara Arnstein

October 25, 2013

Barbara Arnstein, from the Zazzle store BeautyUnlimited, talks with us about her photography, where she finds inspiration, and her favorite Zazzle products.

Zazzle: Tell us about yourself – where do you live?

Barbara: I live in Queens, NY, and I often write for the Queens Tribune. I’m a self-taught photographer and I’ve had photos in art shows held in galleries, a library, a bank and other places. Two of my photos were recently part of two separate three-borough traveling exhibits held recently, “NYC in Focus, Volume One and Volume Two”. One is of an amazing swing contraption that was at the 2010 Maker Faire in Queens. I timed the shot just right to take it when the man was completely upside-down.


Zazzle: What is your background in art?

Barbara: To mention just a few things: I’ve taken photos along with some of my reporting assignments, such as those I took when I covered the filming of a scene from the television show “Unforgettable”, and the photo of Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg, whom I interviewed twice. Last year I won a T-shirt design (and copywriting) contest run by a New York delicatessen.


Zazzle: What inspires you?

Barbara: I love to take pictures that can’t be duplicated, such as the photo I took of the kitten in the garden that looks as though it has a smile made from a violet. When you’re trying to photograph cats, it takes a lot of tries before you can get the perfect expression. In this case, I was very lucky.


I take nature photos to capture sights that might never have been noticed, like a tree in full bloom or beautiful autumn leaves.


Zazzle: What brought you to Zazzle? How long have you had your store?

Barbara: A friend of mine recommended it one day, so I decided to take a look. I’ve had my store for about four years now. As a reporter, I’ve written close to a thousand articles for various magazines and newspapers, and my Zazzle store has been a way to express my visual creative interests.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to design?

Barbara: Greeting cards, especially friendship and birthday cards. I enjoy knowing that people can share something I created to express caring, so I can help create their emotional connection.


Zazzle Featured Designer: December Morning

October 18, 2013

December Morning, from the Zazzle store decembermorning, tells us their inspirational story of how art became a daily part of their life.

Zazzle: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

December Morning: I was in high school in the late 1970’s when I stumbled upon my artistic talent. My best friend and I thought we would skate through the final couple of years of school by packing in as many ‘easy’ classes as were humanly possible – we figured “Art” class would be the perfect place where we could maximize our goof-off time. Thanks to a wonderful teacher who exposed us to a wide variety of creative mediums, and while we were having fun, it didn’t take long for me to find my talent. I gravitated toward acrylic and oil landscape painting, and thanks to the encouragement from my art teacher some of my work was placed on exhibit and sold before I graduated.


Soon after graduation I married, and got a job with Intel. The next few years were filled with work and babies, and once the tiny hands were able to reach the table top I packed up my artist tools and that is where they stayed for decades. After raising our family I returned to the corporate world and it wasn’t until experiencing a life changing event that I found my way back to my artistic roots.


Zazzle: How did you get started with Zazzle?

December Morning: When I returned to the creative world I found it was entirely different compared to how it was when I left it. Everything was digital, and I immersed myself in it. I completely closed the door on the corporate world, taught myself how to use Photoshop, and with the encouragement of a fellow Zazzler I opened our first store. Once I got started I never looked back. I love digital design and the freedom Zazzle gives me to create. My style is often described as elegant, but I am just as comfortable creating vintage and rustic style designs. One of my latest design binges are wedding invitations with a fun and old-school traditional style.

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Zazzle: What are some of your favorite designs and products from your stores on Zazzle?

December Morning: I enjoy creating modern and elegant designs as much as I enjoy creating vintage and traditional designs. Here are some of my personal random product design favorites:

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Zazzle: What inspires you?

When it comes to inspiration, most days begin without a clear cut plan – I never know what the next day will bring, so unless I’m in the middle of a certain design flow, I begin by looking through my design elements and it doesn’t take long before something ignites the creative spark and I’m off and running with it.


Zazzle: Do you have any advice for designers just starting out on Zazzle?

We know these past few months have been difficult for many of us as we’ve rolled through the Zazzle site changes, but keep looking forward and find what it is you truly love to create, and the rest will follow.


The holiday season is just around the corner and it’s never too early to update your designs and products for gift giving!

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December Morning is one of Zazzle’s pioneer designers, and we thank you for taking the time to share your story with us.

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Seller Spotlight: Sm_business_cards

May 16, 2013

Maura Reed was born in Nashville, TN and received a BA in Interior Design with a minor in Fine Art. Her mother was an artist and enrolled Maura in formal art instruction at a very young age. Maura worked as a commercial interior designer for about 3 years, and then left to pursue abstract painting — a profession that would last two decades. In 2008, she decided to try her talent in digital art. Maura took some time to talk to us about her background and favorite products.

I found out about Zazzle after looking for some notecards to print my abstract photography. I’ve been designing since 2008 — that first year was a complete learning experience. I love designing for business cards — it’s my niche. I would describe my style as: elegant, professional and stylish. It’s mostly understated, but with a bold touch of either color or design.

Here are my top 10 tips for other designers and sellers on Zazzle:

1. Love what you do.

This is mandatory.

2. Be patient and persistent.

Understand it will not happen overnight.

3. Only post your best work.

In time your inventory will grow as you continue to sharpen your skills. If you have a store that only displays great designs, then the customer will have more trust and confidence in you as a designer.

4. Be true to yourself.

Always strive to be better….never stop educating and inspiring yourself. This is a constantly evolving industry. Surround yourself with great talent, read books, take a class, join great blogs and visit museums.

5. Be original.

Be known for what makes your work stand out.

6. “Know when to put the brush down.”

Every fine artist understands this. For me, the same goes with designing business cards. I try to keep my designs simple, yet memorable – not busy or overdone.

7. Find a niche and stick with it.

The longer you are with it, the better you will become. In time, you will be known for your talent and skill.

8. Create a smart and professional header.

Every single time your customer clicks on one of your Zazzle product pages, they will see it. It sets a stage and is an extension of your professionalism. It’s almost like an online business card in itself.

9. Get feedback.

If you’re not sure if it’s good enough, ask other designers on the forum. The forum is a wonderful place — very supportive and resourceful in so many ways. Make sure to visit it often.

10. Balance your life.

Balance keeps everything in perspective and keeps us from becoming stagnant, burnt out or stressed. It keeps you fresh.

Here are some of my favorite products:

Cosmetologist Elegant and Simple Blue Lotus Business Card Template
Cosmetologist Elegant and Simple Blue Lotus Business Card Template by sm_business_cards

This was a variation of an older lotus illustration that I wanted to give a more simple, elegant feel. Healing arts and cosmetology are a huge inspiration for many of my designs.

Chic Boutique Gold Circle Motif Faux Black Linen Business Cards
Chic Boutique Gold Circle Motif Faux Black Linen Business Cards by sm_business_cards

This circle motif was a design I created out of complete spontaneity. I only knew that I was going to do some kind of mandala design…so I began with one circle and “the rotate tool” in AI.

Chic Faux Gold Leaf Circles Pink Linen Look Business Cards
Chic Faux Gold Leaf Circles Pink Linen Look Business Cards by sm_business_cards

I love to incorporate texture, pattern and light into my designs.

Pink Cherry Blossoms Branch Fashion Boutique Business Card
Pink Cherry Blossoms Branch Fashion Boutique Business Card by sm_business_cards

I wanted to create something soft and feminine with a hand drawn style. I’m trying to add more hand-drawn work to my designs.

Event Planner Circle Wood Modern Business Card
Event Planner Circle Wood Modern Business Card by sm_business_cards

I love using the circle motif in my designs. The gold and wood texture gives warmth to this bold, mod design.

Seller Spotlight: GirlyTemplate

March 14, 2013

Three years ago, Julia (GirlyTemplate) would never have imagined that she could have fun designing — and get paid for it. By designing on Zazzle, she can! Though she grew up in a creative family of artists, apart from a few doodles as a child, she focused her professional endeavors in tourism and hotel management. “I didn’t know that life had other plans for me,” explains Julia. 

After I graduated, I decided to move to France with my husband. I left my family in Brazil and looked for a job that would allow me to work from home and from anywhere in the world.

I found Zazzle by chance. I saw that I could open a shop and sell my designs — the idea intrigued me. It was so much fun to open my store! I started on Zazzle in July 2011 and it’s been a dream ever since.

It wasn’t without obstacles. Thankfully, I had some basic knowledge with vector images and photo editing. I also had to learn how to describe and tag my products. But as soon as I sold my first product, I was so motivated.

I usually go for pink, damask, glitter, animal prints, pastel colors, polka dots and flowers. I like to mix these elements and create a design where people can incorporate their photo, message or name.

I have a few tips for new sellers — first of all, don’t ever give up! When I opened my store it didn’t take me very long to make one sale or two, but after some time, sales disappeared, and I started to doubt my work and creativity. The most important thing I did was to search for help in the forums. I asked what I could be doing wrong and where I could improve. I got help from many other sellers on Zazzle. They took the time to visit my store and give me a feedback. They told me not to give up — to describe and tag my products well. I remember one person even told me to use more colors in my designs!

My best tip is to look at what is trending in your niche. You will have more chances to sell. Be creative and try to mix your personal style with the latest fashions. Keep posting often on your store and look for new ideas. If you’re stumped for ideas, take some time, read a good book, go for a walk — you’ll get new ideas.

Here are some of my favorite products:

Girly Vintage Pink Roses Monogrammed iPad Mini Cover
Girly Vintage Pink Roses Monogrammed iPad Mini Cover by GirlyTemplate

I think that half of the products on my stores are made with flowers designs — modern and vintage flower illustrations.

Hello Sailor! Retro Vintage Girly Nautical Anchors iPhone 4 Cover
Hello Sailor! Retro Vintage Girly Nautical Anchors iPhone 4 Cover by GirlyTemplate

It’s great when you recognize your products on the internet. I always look for trends on social media and blogs. I was so happy to find that this iPhone case got more than 2000 likes on

Personalized Kawaii Bird and Flowers Placemat
Personalized Kawaii Bird and Flowers Placemat by GirlyTemplate

Designing for kids is always fun! I have a little sister and when creating for little girls, I try to think if she would like it or not.

Modern Pink & Grey Elegant Chevron Bridal Shower Custom Announcement
Modern Pink & Grey Elegant Chevron Bridal Shower Custom Announcement by GirlyTemplate

Invitations can take a long time to design, but it’s very rewarding to see when someone has chosen your design to announce their big event.

Keep Calm and Sparkle Glitter LookLike Rainbow iPad Mini Cover
Keep Calm and Sparkle Glitter LookLike Rainbow iPad Mini Cover by GirlyTemplate

What girl doesn’t like a bit of glamour? This mix of the well-known “keep calm” designs with the fake glitter look is great for fashion girls. Girls often give these cases to their best friends.

Seller Spotlight: ThePaperMill

March 7, 2013

Sandy (ThePaperMill on Zazzle) lives on a beautiful island off the coast of Washington state. After spending years snapping pictures of the scenery, she came across Zazzle and decided to brush up on her photoshop skills. She decided to turn her love of photography and weddings into a successful venture on Zazzle.

I spent many years in risk management and insurance, and decided it was time to try out Zazzle.

I’ve found my niche with rustic themes, the outdoors and weddings. I spend a lot of time researching wedding trends, thinking how I can best create save-the-dates, invites, etc. I know how important this day is for the bride, and it’s an honor designing something that will be significant on such a special day.

Here are some of my favorites:

Rustic Wedding Save the Date Swallows and Fence Square Stickers
Rustic Wedding Save the Date Swallows and Fence Square Stickers by ThePaperMill

I try to incorporate my passion for living here into my design work. Rustic fences and tree silhouettes dot the landscape of our island everywhere you go. All of my designs are created in photoshop — allowing me to incorporate layer after layer to bring the viewer into the design.

Modern Campground Camping Inspired Wedding Announcements
Modern Campground Camping Inspired Wedding Announcements by ThePaperMill

Mixing textures like the burlap background with a minimalist design keeps this invite contemporary (but it still maintains that rustic feel).

Mason Jar Rustic and Modern Wedding Aqua Red Invitations
Mason Jar Rustic and Modern Wedding Aqua Red Invitations by ThePaperMill

I love to evoke memories from childhood when creating designs, and I love the fact that today’s bride feels comfortable enough to add her unique interpretation to the day.

Birds On Wire Inspiring Quote Wall Decor
Birds On Wire Inspiring Quote Wall Decor by walldesigns

I try to keep up with all of Zazzle’s great product offerings and try to dedicate time to creating different products. Sometimes we need to be aware of what sells in our overall marketing scheme and head in other directions to encompass other markets.

Vintage Birdcage Love Bird Wedding Dessert Buffet Card
Vintage Birdcage Love Bird Wedding Dessert Buffet Card by dessertbuffet

I love the idea of using candy buffets and wedding dessert bars. I try to make brides’ planning easier, while also sticking to my goal of incorporating the beauty in our everyday lives.

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