Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's at the HEART of these Hand Sewn Clothing Accessories?

Have you ever wanted to support a cause but just didn't have the money to do it? If you found a way to support that cause which didn't require money but required just a bit of time would you do it? 

I'm guessing many folks would say yes. I support a local animal shelter via an app that converts my activity miles (walking, running, bicycling etc) into money. You can find more about that at Walk For A Dog post

This post is about another way for me to support a different cause. When I saw that Zazzle had partnered with LIFE Line fashion in support of Kenyan mothers of special needs children I was curious. I checked out the Life Line About page on Zazzle to find out more. It inspired me to find some of my designs that would fit well on the products offered via the Zazzle HEART line.

The first line under ABOUT THIS PRODUCT on these Zazzle HEART aprons product page says, "It's good to follow your HEART". I have to believe that many Zazzle designers are doing just that. There are thousands of aprons with designs by Zazzle shopkeepers on these specifically handmade aprons. 

I went through some of my designs looking for what I felt was appropriate for the space on these handmade aprons. I have only added a few so far but wanted to share them here as I continue to add more. 

This first design immediately came to mind since this is the Zazzle HEART line. It features cut out hearts in different sizes from a photograph of a colorful floral bouquet.

Colorful Heart Shaped Bouquet Photograph Zazzle HEART Apron

This second apron has a gardening theme with this terra cotta digital art design. The Queen of my Garden text is a template and can be removed or changed. 
Terra Cotta Edged Bouquet Zazzle HEART Apron
by Exit178

My third design theme is cooking. It features a photograph of a spilled ramekin of green split peas. The text is a template item that can be changed or removed. 
Spilled Dried Green Pea Photograph Zazzle HEART Apron
Spilled Dried Green Pea Photograph Zazzle HEART Apron
by Exit178

Go check out these aprons and let me know what you think. I will be adding more designs so that will give you an excuse to visit TheAspenStand online Zazzle store at a later date. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The App That Puts Words Into Your Photography

It's always fun to accidently find an app and then love what it does. 

The WordFoto app is one I found in that manner. The app allows me to play with editing a photograph in a totally different way than most others. I have no affiliation with the app but I'm an avid user. 

The app is simple to use. In the ABOUT section on the app site, it informs that "...you need three things: An Image, a set of words and a style." Select a photograph then decide on words you want to embed into the photograph and "Voila! you have something new. You can select from eight different preset styles of font and color. 

If you decide to be more creative there are eight custom style slots and fine tuning tool to create your own personalized styles. The "4 Tips for Better Results" advise that your results will depend on the images you use. Obviously, you need to use good images specifically because the image is altered with the addition of the words and style. 

I have used some of my designs on Zazzle products like the examples you see below. 

This espresso WordFoto design displayed below on a lightweight acrylic clock is the latest additions to my store. You'll find more than 15 products featuring this design.


Espresso Word Cloud Design Is Featured on 15+ Products

The Orchid, Floral, Blossom design is on 112 products in a total of four different background colors as well as different typeface style and layout. 

This Is One of Three Orchid Floral Blossom Designs 

The unique MacBook case below features a nature theme with the words oak, bark and tree as part of the word cloud theme. You can select the interior and trim colors on the product page.

Simply Oak Leaves and Tree Bark Apple Product Sleeve
Visit the product pages to see your options. 

I would love to know your thoughts.