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New product launch on Zazzle! Pillows, kitchen towels, placemats and napkins!

A low key announcement by Zazzle.com late tonight has got the late-night designers firing up the coffee pots! Zazzle has released four new products in connection with a new partnership with American Mojo.

American MoJo products are produced by sustainably employed single moms in the USA and contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for single moms and their children.

Introduced tonight are

  • square and lumbar cotton couch pillows
  • cotton kitchen towels
  • cotton dinner and cocktail napkins (in sets of 4 each)
  • cotton placemats

Here’s what the new products look like with coordinating dots & lines designs:

Kitchen Towels starting at $15.95

American Mojo custom kitchen towelPlacemats, starting at $19.95
American Mojo custom placematNapkins, dinner sets starting at $44.95 and cocktail sets starting at $34.95.
American Mojo custom dinner napkinAmerican Mojo custom cocktail napkin

Pillows, square starting at $59.95 and lumbar starting at $49.95

American Mojo custom square pillowAmerican Mojo custom lumbar pillow

Are these prices a bit high? Not so much when you consider that each is custom made in America and there are NO MINIMUM orders. And these prices, truthfully, are just the starting prices. Many designers will choose to set their prices much higher. But you will be able to get really custom home decor items that you not only don’t have to sew yourself, but with a custom design as well!

I would like to feel the weight and “hand” of these myself. Eventually!

Also worth noting, all items are printed edge to edge, giving you the most design flexibility and the pillows, which are a good size compared to others on the market, are printed on both sides.

Here’s my first pillow to show you that!

Front side:
Teddy Bear I Love You and Bear Hug throwpillow
Reverse side:
Teddy Bear I Love You and Bear Hug throwpillowNow I’m off to design a few more before going to bed!

If you want to try your hand at, click on any of the dots & lines images above to be taken to create pages (affiliate links).  Give it a shot! It’s fun and – you never know – you could be Zazzle-happy yourself in no time!

 

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Colorzilla is a great tool for designers

colorzilla tool imageColorzilla is a great little tool that sits up at the top of your browser window and lets you take color readings from any point in the browser window.

With this tool, you can easily pick a color out of your photograph or design image as you work on Zazzle (or any other POD) and use the result to give your text, border or background the best coloring. It makes a huge difference to your finished product!

Here’s a six step process of using Colorzilla to color some text using a candy jar.

STEP 1:

Start with default color text and chosen image on product, here a candy jar.
jar with default color text

STEP 2:

Switch to design view and use the magnify glass to see a close-up of the design.

candy jar
STEP 3:

Click on the Colorzilla eye-dropper and touch the point to a desired color within your design.

circles

STEP 4:

Click the drop down arrow on the Colorzilla tool and choose the Hex color without the pound sign. That will copy the number for you.

choose option

Step 5:

Open the text color box. Paste the new color number that you just copied over the old one and hit return to lock it in.

jar with default color texthex color

Step 6:

Check out the new color on your text in the product view. Good? OK, you’re done! It is a big improvement!

finished candy jar

With Colorzilla, giving your products a finishing professional touch is a lot easier! It’s available as a free add-on for Firefox or Chrome. Or you can go to Colorzilla to download it.

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Brain Connectiveness

Perhaps if I had a name as long as this, I wouldn’t find so many scientific words impossibly long: Vilayanur Ramachandran. He goes by the much easier name Rama and similarly can take complicated subject and make it accessible and compellingly interesting to the rest of us.

Tonight I enjoyed watching his 2007 TED Talk: A journey to the center of your mind. If you’re interested in how brains work and a connection between brain wiring and creativity, you may enjoy it also!

He talks about brain damage and surprising connections within the brain, finishing with a remarkable insight into creative brains! Equally fascinating is a quest to resolve phantom limb pain with boxes and mirrors.

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Zazzle Product Review: Postage Stamps

Zazzle postage stampsIf you’re like me, you don’t buy postage stamps as often as you once did. The electric bills, the car payments, the rent are paid online now so we don’t write checks and send those in the mail much anymore. What we do still mail is more of the fun and celebratory stuff in life: birthday cards, baby announcements, bridal shower invitations, graduation announcements, wedding invitations, thank you cards and Christmas cards.

Ordinary post office stamps were fine for all those bills, but now we want to sometimes splurge for special occasions and get unique or custom postage!

At Zazzle.com, the postage stamps are:

• Real U.S. postage
• 100% satisfaction guaranteed
• 3 sizes for all mailings
• Produced in as few as 48 hours
• Vibrant printing & color
• FREE customization

People sometimes wonder: is it legal to design my own stamps or use really awesome designs like what I find on Zazzle.com? Yes, it is! The U.S. post office has guidelines about what is allowable, but they are pretty generous. Keep in mind that nakedness, bad words and religion are the main no-nos. And you cannot violate intellectual property laws or personal privacy either.

After several years of designing stamps on Zazzle, I finally purchased some myself recently. Just before the latest rate hike, unfortunately! Drats. I ordered sheets of both the small and the medium stamps: Pinecone on a Snowy Branch Painting and Heart of Shells on the Beach.

   Zazzle pinecone postage stamps  Zazzle Heart on the Beach stamps

Packaging

packagingVery well done! The sheets arrived in a cardboard envelope with a cardboard folder inside so they were in perfect condition. Mine were dropped off by UPS at the door, so no worries about the envelope getting bent fitting it into a mailbox.

Product

I was astonished at how GLOSSY and how BIG the stamps are!

Unlike post office stamps which have a very matte finish, these stamps are high gloss. If you think of glossy photos, that’s a good comparison. The colors print really well and true to the image on the screen. (Note: I have a calibrated monitor, so your results may differ!)

Zazzle and US postage stamps Zazzle and US postage stamps On the images above, standard U.S. postage stamps from the post office are laid over the Zazzle custom postage stamps so you can see the size and gloss differences.

I have to tell you that I must never have looked at the actual sizes of the in the past, only relative sizes and proportions, because I never realized these custom stamps are almost twice the size of standard post office stamps. The small stamps – which feature a square image – are almost 2 inches tall!
Heart of Shells on the Beach Postage Stamp stampPine Cone on a Snowy Branch Painting stamp

Postage Stamp Sizes

Small: 1.8″ x 1.3″ (image: 1.1″ x 1.1″).
Aspect ratio: 1 x 1.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.
Medium: 2.1″ x 1.3″ (image: 1.4″ x 1.1″).
Aspect ratio: 3 x 4.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.
Large: 2.5″ x 1.5″ (image: 1.7″ x 1.2″).
Aspect ratio: 5 x 7.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.

Price

These particular stamps are currently, by size: $21.80 / $23.10 / $24.40. Prices vary by the rates of the different kinds of postage, starting with 32¢ postcard stamps and going up to $5.15 priority stamps. (Note: prices may change as the Post Office raises rates, or Zazzle revises prices or a particular designer does.)

You do pay a premium for the customization, artistry and short print runs!

Recommendation

Would I recommend Zazzle postage stamps? Absolutely! The ability to create or order very small runs of stamps is awesome. And the printing is wonderful. If you have a special occasion coming up, custom stamps will really set off your cards or letters.

I would suggest that you choose the small stamps for postcards, however. You can see in the matching postage stamp and postcard image that a bigger stamp would overwhelm the postcard!
stamped postcard
Many designers create sets of wedding or party invitations with coordinating postage. If you are looking for custom stamps, check out the options below.

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