Friday, December 28, 2012

New Squid-Rules for Sizing Zazzle Images

Hello!  I know a lot of Zazzlers also use Squidoo, so I thought I'd share a squidoo tip for posting Zazzle products on Squidoo today. For those who aren't travelling here by blog hop and don't know what Squidoo is, it's just a place where you can make nifty little web pages about any topic you choose, and maybe earn a little money for yourself or a charity in the process.

As you know if you've been reading this blog, you can easily grab Zazzle product images and resize them as you please.  (Click here to learn how to do this.)  In Squidoo the <DIV> attributes (in red in my article) are automatically removed.  I usually remove them before hand so I can line everything up. 

If you happen to want to put these images on Squidoo, module sizes have recently changed, and this sizing guide may help:

New Text Module Size:  714 pixels

1 Product Picture - While you can go up to 714 pixels, I suggest 499 pixels to avoid getting a watermark. 

2 Product Pictures - 357 pixels each

3 Product Pictures - 238 pixels each

4 Product Pictures - 178 pixels each

Note...if you would like to center these you can use the following code in Squidoo:

<p align="center>
(Your product code here)

Rows of 1, 2, and 3 products fit the width exactly though, so centering should not be necessary.

Another way to ad Zazzle products to Squidoo is with the following widgets.  I don't know whether these still work well with the recent changes, but they do have some nice features like adding a "buy" button.

Zazzle to Squidoo Tool
A handy tool to help make adding multiple squidoo items to your lens easier and quicker.
Zazzle to Squidoo Tool |
Integrate your Zazzle products quick and easy with the Zazzle to Squidoo Tool.

Grabbing Zazzle Images, and Resizing Them

Zazzle makes it very easy to grab images from their site.  There's a link button on each product page that lets you grab code to paste on your website or blog  (on some pages it's under "Share This").

Here is an image I grabbed without changing the code...
Scribbleprint Clover Sticker
Scribbleprint Clover Sticker by scribbleprints
See more Clover Stickers

Below is what that code looks like.  I've colored it for clarity.  The red code is what makes this centered (and does some other formatting which I haven't figured out the importance of).  The purple code is what turns the picture into a link.  The green code is the image code, and the bolded part is the image URL.   The code in blue is the text under the sticker. 

 <div style="text-align:center;line-height:150%"> <a href=""> <img src="" alt="Scribbleprint Clover Sticker" style="border:0;" /> </a> <br /> <a href="">Scribbleprint Clover Sticker</a> by <a href="*">scribbleprints</a> <br /> See more <a href="">Clover Stickers</a> </div>

Now lets look at just the image URL. 

Notice the number right before the jpg.  This is the pixel size.  Below, I've changed that pixel size to 200.
 Scribbleprint Clover Sticker 

Now, you can make any Zazzle image as big as 499 (after 500 they put a watermark over it) or as small as you want.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

POD Giveaways

One regular feature I'd like to have here is giveaways from various PODS and PODs shops.  I'll be happy to sponsor a giveaway for you, or if you are having one on your own blog I'm happy to help you promote it.

Here are some POD giveaways I found online...

CafePress Giveaways

$40 CafePress GC at Attic Girl (12/29)

$25 CafePress CG at The Steady Hand (1/10)

$25 CafePress GC at Harper Household (1/11)

$25 CafePress GC Plumb Crazy About Coupons (1/12)

CafePress iPad Case at Sammi's Blog of Life (1/17)

$25 CafePress CG at Susy Homemaker (1/18) 

$25 CafePress GC at She Scribes (1/18)

$25 CafePress CG at Missi Rose's Coupons (1/18)

$25 CafePress GC at Mamma in Flip Flops (1/21) 

$25 CafePress CG at Lucky Ladybug (1/22)

$25 CafePress GC at Party of Three (1/23) 

$25 CafePress GC at And the Little Ones Too (1/25)

$50 CafePress GC at Baby Loving Mama (1/25)

$25 CafePress GC at Peanut Butter and Whine (1/30)

$25 CafePress GC at Misadventures of a First Time Mom (2/3)

POD Artist Giveaways
These giveaways are for items from individual POD artist shops.

$25 to Designed Identity (1/3) - Society6

Original Custom Logo, Mugs and Print by  AbundanceLoveTrip (1/31) - Zazzle

If you know of others please let me know and I'll add it!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Free Calendar Graphics for 2013

These calendar graphics can be used for free at verious POD shops. Make sure to read any terms listed and thank these people who are offering these!

Free 2013 Calendar Template by Gatterwe
Free calendar templates for 2013, which can be used anywhere, including Zazzle products.
Calendar Graphics |
Bedazzled By Zazzle has several styles of Calendar graphics that would work well on mousepads, poster, and more.

How to Make Your Own Calendars
Includes some info on how to make calendars with Inkscape

Here's an example of a Calendar poster I did using the Bedazzled By Zazzle template:

Free Graphics To Offer On Your Website Or Blog

The certificates below are useful to give to your customers after Christmas shipping deadlines have passed, and are free to use on your blog or website.  They may only be used for others to print  and may not be used directly on a POD product.  Attribution is appreciated but is only required if you are only offering these for your customers to print or use by e-mail.  If you are offering these for other POD artists to use on their sites a link back and credit this page is required on the page you are offering them.   These were made using with Open Clip Art graphics which are in the public domain through Creative Commons CCO Public Domain Dedication

Click on each certificate for a larger version.

Blank Certificate
(Useful for Adding Your Own Logo or Product Pictures To)

Certificate With Bow

Certificate With Gift Box

(By the way, I have to give credit where credit is due.  This idea was inspired by the awesome Patience Coupons over at Obey the Purebreed) You can see some of their other items below:

See other gifts available on Zazzle.