DIY with Zazzle

6 Dec

Have y’all ever heard of Zazzle? It’s an online marketplace where you can create custom, well, anything, and have it printed and shipped directly to you, on demand. Not only that, but you can also upload your designs to sell and have other people buy them! Pretty neat, and pretty perfect if you love creating designs but hate going through with actually getting the design printed on anything. Ooh La Leggings Zazzle contacted me a couple of months ago to see if I wanted to try out some of their products for a review. Did I! The hardest part was figuring out what I wanted – seriously, the options are endless. You can make tshirts (with like 50+ styles and colors to choose from), business cards, coffee mugs, key chains, buttons, stretched canvases for your wall, phone cases, greeting cards, custom wrapping paper… the list goes on and on and on and on and on! And everything can be customized. Ooh La Leggings I spent about 2 weeks trying to sort through the products, and in the end I decided to go with a pre-designed raglan tshirt – the Crafty Tee! Isn’t it cute? I love the design and the fact that I could get it printed on a raglan. You can also change the colors of the raglan, but I love the simple black and white. Ooh La Leggings My only beef with this top is the sizing – the suggested sizing says I need to go up from my normal size, since it runs small. So I ordered a medium, and it was just too big šŸ˜¦ Should have trusted my gut and went with the small, oh well! Fortunately, I have a serger and I can make shit, so one quick swipe through my machine and the fit is perfect. No bagginess! Ooh La Leggings Ooh La Leggings Keeping things relevant with the ol’ blog, I also made my leggings. I used the Ooh La Leggings pattern (my flavorite), and this amazing solid red rayon ponte from Mood. You can’t see too well in the pictures, but it has a lovely sheen to it and it’s very soft. I love these ponte leggings because they are SO comfortable, and they almost pass as pants! Especially if you tuck them into boots, ha. Zazzle Loot I still had some extra credit burning a hole in my account, so I decided to also order some tiny business cards and a custom mug. Aren’t they cool! Zazzle Loot Zazzle Loot You probably saw this mug on my Instagram, because it’s hilarious. My sewing motto (other than “I’ve made a huge mistake” haha) is “That’s steam out” (because, seriously, IT WILL STEAM OUT). I say it all the time! So naturally, I needed a mug that said it. I couldn’t think of an appropriate, non-licensed picture to include, so I just went with one that I know doesn’t have any copyrights attached to it – my tattoo! Ha! “Designing” the mug was really easy – I just uploaded my picture, centered it where I wanted it on the mug, and then added text and played around with fonts until it looked right. There are multiple views of the mug, so you can do a 360 to make sure everything is placed correctly. If I could change anything about the whole process, I would include some pre-set, standard placements to choose when you’re centering your picture and text. There is a center vertically and center horizontally, which helps a lot, but most of my mugs have the design centered when the mug is turned to the side – so it looks nice while you’re holding it. I’ve learned that choosing placement is hard when you don’t have the physical mug to look at, and as a result, my stuff isn’t quite centered. And it’s also on the wrong side (I’d say oops, but it faces me when I’m holding it sooo that’s actually kind of a good thing, maybe). Honestly, I could send this back and get it fixed (it’s Zazzle’s policy to refund or replace if you’re not satisfied with how your design turned out), but I dunno, I guess I’m lazy. This works good enough for me! I’m also happy with the quality – it’s a nice, solid porcelain (makes a fun ‘ting!’ when you hit it with your spoon, aha) and the image is very sharp with saturated colors. Zazzle Loot The last product I chose were these skinny business cards for my blog! Nothing fancy, just my name, email and blog address (plus that little pincushion because, d’awww). I forever have people asking me for my blog link when they find out I have one, and I’m forever searching for paper to write it down on. Now I can just hand them a card! And they’re so tiny and cute. I also love the package they came in – it keeps the cards safe from the dangerous land that is the inside of my purse, but it’s easy to pull a card out by sliding your thumb across the top. Ooh La Leggings Overall, I’m very happy with my Zazzle experience – everything went to print and then shipped quickly, and the ordering process was smooth and simple. I would love to create a custom printed tshirt and then work some refashioning magic on it – how fun would that be?! Plus, I think I need more coffee mugs – like this one. And ooh, check out the cool sewing tshirts – one, two, and holy shit this is hilarious. Thanks, Zazzle, for letting me test and review a tiny offering of your massive array of products! Guys, just as a head’s up – this post contains affiliate links. Meaning, if you click the link and then buy the product, I get a teeny kick-back. Just in case some of y’all hate me or something, and don’t want to contribute monetarily. No worries! Anyone else get a hankerin’ for some DIY with someone else doing the work? Have you ever ordered from Zazzle before? I think I’m in love!

edit sorry the tshirt link was bad, y’all! I updated it and hopefully it’s fixed now šŸ™‚ Also, I just noticed that everything on the site is 20% off – and tshirts are 50% off! Sale runs today only, so go shop your little hearts out šŸ™‚


29 Responses to “DIY with Zazzle”

  1. goodbyevalentino December 6, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Very cool, Lauren! Thanks for the introduction!

  2. Mary Elizabeth December 6, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Gah, I’m jealous! I *just* ordered a shirt from them the other day. I had an idea in my head for a clever swing dance shirt, so I made it over on Zazzle. I really hope it turns out well!.

  3. December 6, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Whyyyy can’t I find the raglan version?!


    • LLADYBIRD December 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      DAMMIT, sorry about that! Didn’t realize the link was bad. It should be fixed now – just click the link and select ‘customize’ to change it to a raglan šŸ™‚

  4. reneoy December 6, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Holy shit, it’s snowing on your page. I was trying to figure out what’s up with your pics!
    Love the teeny business cards!

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

      haha, don’t you love it! The most snow I ever see in the winter šŸ™‚

  5. Barbara Dobree December 6, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Oh, thank you 50% off t-shirts today so I just had to order the “Sewer Rat”! Too funny. It reminded me of one I have with an applique silhouette of a raven with the words: “Raven Mad” Thanks for this Lauren. Love your mug.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      Haha those are hilarious! I love clever puns šŸ™‚

  6. SewDucky December 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    I’ve used the skinny business cards for a few years now for my blog. Too bad I can’t seem to get to a sewing machine OR my blog, but hey. I think they are awesome, even just to give my phone number out.

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      The skinny business cards rock my world! They always get oohs and ahhs when I bust them out haha

  7. megannielsen December 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Lauren darling, that mug might be the most awesome thing ever. I have complete mug envy now! Also i love you even more knowing you share my same sentiments on the iron fixing all my naughty mistakes hehehe

    • LLADYBIRD December 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      You should make one too! Let’s start a movement šŸ™‚

  8. Kelly December 7, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Ha, I love that mug. I’ve been saying that phrase a lot lately!

  9. F. K. December 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    I love that tee!

  10. ladykatza December 8, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    You are just too cool for school.

  11. Cooking with Clio December 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Love your mug! I have done mugs, bags, t shirts for my baby, even wrapping paper. Love it all. I need those skinny cards now!

  12. lapastourelle December 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    PLEASE makes those mugs to sell. I’ll buy two–just in case one breaks.

  13. Beckyjopdx February 20, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Okokok, I have my Papercut leggings pattern. I have my ponte and, more importantly, I have a bunch of dry-fit fabric cuz I’m gonna wear these suckers with a sport tank at the gym, and no ass covering! Bwahaha. Seriously tho, when you pin tucked, did you do the traditional pintuck or the double-needle pintuck trick? I was planning on double-needle but I thought I’d check w the pro first. I scanned all comments to no avail. TIA!!

    • LLADYBIRD February 21, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      I used a double-needle but I didn’t actually pintuck – I just straddled the center seam between the needles and sewed a straight line on a single layer. It’s not quite pronounced as a pintuck – i.e., it’s not raised – but it looks pretty good!

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