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Design It Yourself - Novelty Websites Abound


Joe Gonzalez
Branch Manager
1st Metropolitan Mortgage
Phone: 610-351-7510
Fax: 610-351-7810

Once in a while, we take a picture that is worth more than a thousand words. The subject matter could be a scenic vista from your last vacation, your baby's first steps, or even just a simple picture of your faithful canine companion resting happily in the grass. Thanks to the Internet, you can now have that image placed onto any number of products, including postage stamps, for your viewing pleasure! If you're in search of a creative gift idea, or if you'd like to see products from other amateur artists like yourself, the websites below are ready to assist you!

CafePress® - Launched in 1999, CafePress offers over 70 different products that can be customized to suit your needs. These range from the typical t-shirts, hats, and mouse pads to slightly more unique items such as note cards, messenger bags, and even self-authored books! With no minimum purchase requirements, it's a wonderful way to express your creativity without breaking the bank.

If you're in need of inspiration, visit the "In the news" section and see some of the products that other users have created. The website has over two million active members and many of them have opened storefronts where you may purchase their wares. You may also choose to open your own storefront and share your designs with the world. How many times have you been told how talented you are? (And not just by your mom.) Here's an inexpensive way to test the waters before you start that new career. Visit and express yourself today!

Zazzle® - While Zazzle carries fewer product categories than CafePress, they do provide access to an amazing library of images and personalization options. Zazzle currently sells shirts, posters, cards, and even postage stamps! You may personalize these items using your own images and text, or you can access their library of over 500,000 digital images.

Zazzle has partnered with the Walt Disney Company, the Library of Congress, and several other organizations to obtain licensed art that users may incorporate into the product of their choice. A certain amount of personalization is allowed, although there are restrictions depending upon the product. For example, if you choose to create a Winnie The Pooh t-shirt, you can add a person's name and select a phrase from a drop-down menu of Pooh-related sayings.

The same venture capitalists who supported Google®'s development have now invested heavily in Zazzle, so it's worth keeping an eye on this website's progress!

Whether you're looking for t-shirts for the company softball team or a work of art to grace the wall of your new home, stop by these websites and see what they have to offer!

Do you have a website that you'd like to recommend?
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For help or questions contact:

Joe Gonzalez

Senior Loan Consultant -  NMLS #126036
GMH Mortgage Services, LLC
625 W. Ridge Pike, Building C, Suite 100 | Conshohocken, PA  19428 | Direct: 610-355-8039 |  Cell: 610-739-6563

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