Monday, August 23, 2010

Sandy Buckley/ DamaskDiva

What are your favorite products to designs for? (select all that apply) *
  • Cards/postcards/invitations
How long have you been working with Zazzle or other POD's *
5+ years
What affect has zazzle had on your life in 25 words or more

First, I’ll state the obvious. Everyone is creative. There is not a person on Earth that is incapable of coming up with a new idea. The question for me, however, was how to embrace that concept in my life. So, in 2005 I decided to distract myself from reality, move 3000 miles across the country and immerse myself in a sleepy little island community off the coast of Washington State called Friday Harbor. Little did I know that my housewarming gift would be inspired creativity. My intent was a change in lifestyle but in reality I expanded my perspective and found the passion for creativity which now had its rightful outlet.

Zazzle is that outlet. I joined the community in 2006, never expecting to find a world of innovative artists and a spirit of entrepreneurship which would become “empowering” to me. I embraced the feedback and welcomed the interactions, muddling my way through the process as my inner artist was unleashed.

Meeting so many celebrated artists and infusing yourself with far greater than “recommended daily allowances” of creativity in a positive and nurturing atmosphere is one of the reasons why I have continued as a loyal designer at Zazzle. Over the years, I have opened galleries as outlets---looking for ways to market concepts as opposed to content, each gallery holding a spot near and dear to my heart.

I have been very fortunate since 2006 in large part due to Zazzle’s innovation and appreciation for their artists. The island and photography community have embraced my designs and work which they see on Zazzle and now around town --- bringing many other collaborative island artists to Zazzle as well. In September, my “day job” was outsourced and I have never been happier- the timing is perfect for this new paradigm in personal growth to continue. Opportunities happen and I’ve learned from the past three years and counting, I will take them as then come.

In an average week how much time do you put into your shops including making designs, adding them to your store, advertising, reading the forums, doing other research or zazzle related work?
(estimate the average week where do you fall)
30-40 hours (4-6 hours per day)
What percentage of time do you spend designing/adding products vs advertising/working on referral sites (this includes blogs twitter forums websites and other means of advertising)
75% adding designs 25% advertising
What was your favorite design to make & why? (whether it has sold or not pick just 1 & include the link to the product page NOT the image link)
I love designing business cards. There are so many variations of the theme which makes me really want to be able to figure out how customers want to promote themselves. Since the business card makes that impression about your creativity and style, I try and focus on a message in lieu of other products which simply are used on a one time basis.
How many shops do you have on zazzle?
List your shop urls 1 per line with a 5-10 word description after each
(use format - designs for people who love dogs)*/Life's a Party- Designs for All Occasions*/ A Floral Design Shop for All Occasions
http:///*/ Paper Products for All Occasions*/ A Touch of the Holidays all Your Long*/ Damask Designs for One and All*/ Kicks for Life- Keds Shoes and More*/ It's a Dog's Life Apparel and Merchandise*/ Photography and Designs from the San Juan Islands


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