Sneak Preview: Writing a book about Zazzle


Zazzle iPad cover by J. Thomson © 2011 All rights reserved.

This Painted iPad cover is just one of hundreds of products I designed from my original oil painting, available in my Zazzle shops.

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks in the house o’ Lava, as I’ve been writing my little fingers to the bone… Yes! It’s true! I finally started writing (as in typing & layout/graphic design) the book I’ve been thinking about for two years… I’ve made terrific headway (about 135 pages so far) and found an editor to help me along the wily route of publishing. More on that later (much, much later).

What’s it about? In short, it’s a book about Zazzling. That is, using Zazzle to design and print your own…anything. (Well, actually you do the designing, and Zazzle does the printing.) I wished I’d had a book like this when I first started designing for Zazzle more than two years ago. I kept searching the library and book stores for something similar, and nobody has one. Even Amazon doesn’t have any books on the subject. So I did the only thing I could think of: I wrote it myself. It aims to be a very complete, how-to book on how to use Zazzle. It has everything from the very basics, to projects for advanced users. I’m estimating the total page count will be several hundred pages. It is lavishly illustrated throughout.

Now, it is very early in the game to be announcing anything about when it will be available, etc. But rest assured, this blog will be one of the very first places I announce it, so subscribe to the blog to receive a notification when the book is published.

In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the projects I’ve done that will be included in the book! Sort of like a preview. Of course, if you are so inclined, you may purchase any of these NOW from my Zazzle stores. (Just click the links below to go there.) In the last 48 hours alone, I’ve published hundreds of products… too many to list here. So this is the first in a series of posts. But you can always check them out in my Zazzle shops… just sort the products by “newest” and you’ll see the latest items first.

Original painting with modified version for Zazzle The first project I’m sharing here comes from the intermediate projects in my book (not too simple, and not too difficult). They’re based on an oil painting I made, and then scanned at high resolution. The colors are changed and intensified using Photoshop, so it really looks nothing like the original painting (it isn’t meant to be a faithful reproduction). Most of the products are in my shop, The Bindery, with the exception of shoes (which of course are in The Shoe Cobbler), and posters and prints, which aren’t ready yet, but will be in The Art of Lavaguy. Here are a few highlights:

Painted 2 inch Binder binder
Painted 2 inch Binder by thebindery
Custom 3-ring binders in 3 sizes and 2 styles. Add your own text for a custom binder.
Colorful Thank You (Customizable) card
Colorful Thank You (Customizable) by thebindery
A variety of greeting cards (birthday, thank you, save-the-date, condolences, blank, etc.), all totally customizable by you.
Painterly Square Invitations invitation
Painterly Square Invitations by thebindery
Custom party invitations in a wealth of different sizes and formats.
Painted Square Envelope envelope
Painted Square Envelope by thebindery
Custom envelopes to match the invitations and cards. A variety of sizes and styles from wild to mild.
Creative Business Card Template profilecard
Creative Business Card Template by thebindery
Business cards and profile cards… 3 sizes to choose from. Double-sided printing at no extra charge.
Creative Love Initials Necklace necklace
Creative Love Initials Necklace by thebindery
This necklace is just one of the many gifts and accessories available–customizable by you!

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