Behind the scenes of our holiday photo shoot

It’s hard to believe, but we’re in the home stretch of 2015! Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to see photos from’s holiday photo shoot. We won’t start playing holiday jingles now, but we did want to share how our photo shoots come together.

In the studio
Hive Studio photographer Austin Huck, photo director Thayer Newport, and stylist Erin Riley setting up for’s holiday photo shoot. (Not pictured: hair and makeup, Lori Greene)

With so many new products added to the lineup this year, our photo director Thayer Newport worked overtime to get the holiday shoot ready. Lining up models, coming up with a theme, securing studio time, and ordering products for the shoot takes almost a month’s work of solid work – but we think it was really worth it!

Holiday photo shoot 2015

“A lot of thought goes into a customer designing the perfect gift with’s tools,” Thayer said. “For this photo shoot, I wanted that handmade, personal aesthetic to come through. For me, that meant really taking care to make our sets fun and creative.”

Fun sets on the wall

We worked with a young model as part of the shoot. “She had a lot of personality,” Thayer says. “She was really fun to work with. At one point, she even started dancing with the photographer in the studio while we were building a set!”

Peeling off tape during the shoot

Over the next few weeks, we hope you’ll enjoy some of our holiday photos as much as we enjoyed taking them. Happy Holidays!

Throwing up tape! on ABC’s “The View”

Today, we were proud to be featured on ABC’s “The View” with a special charity promotion for some of our top products: our soft, cuddly fleece photo blankets, and our customizable throw pillows.

As part of the promotion, we’ll donate 10% of all of our sales today and tomorrow from ABC’s website to the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor. is honored to support the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is one of our nation’s top cancer treatment and research centers. Our company is based in Michigan and our founders Kevin and Joe both attended the University of Michigan, so we’re especially pleased to help support the Center’s life-changing work.

Learn more about the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center here. 

Positive shopping experience at recognized via inclusion in Google Trusted Stores program

BRIGHTON,, which makes custom products easy for anyone to create, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

“We take customer satisfaction seriously at, which is why we’re proud to be be included in the Google Trusted Stores program,” said Joe Golden, co-founder and co-CEO. “Our Michigan-based customer satisfaction team is standing by seven days a week to help customers design fantastic custom products with our easy-to-use tools.”

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites. offers more than 50 products that can be easily customized using photos, custom patterns, or monograms. will be nationally featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning during its ‘Deals and Steals’ segment. Check local listings for program details.

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About makes custom products easy for anyone to create. Co-founders and University of Michigan graduates Joe Golden and Kevin Borders lead the company’s fast-growing team of more than 35 employees, which developed the company’s easy-to-use software tools.’s products – like photo books, fleece photo blankets and gallery wrap canvases – have been featured numerous times on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “TODAY Show.” Last year, generated $15 million in revenue – a 300% increase from 2013 sales.

Every order is backed by the company’s 100 percent Just Right satisfaction guarantee. The company’s Michigan-based Customer Satisfaction Team – available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to midnight (ET), and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 pm (ET) – is empowered to do whatever it takes to make sure customers are satisfied with their order.

Ceramic photo tiles have so many uses


Ceramic is such a versatile material, so it’s no wonder that our new ceramic photo tiles have so many different uses.

Ceramic photo tile backing

Available in three different sizes, our ceramic photo tiles come with felt feet to display on any table. But that’s not all you can do with them!

Ceramic photo tile coaster

Ceramic photo tiles make great coasters. You can never have too many coasters – and you’ll be proud to feature these on your table. (We also offer non-slip cork-backed photo coasters, and puzzle coasters – order all three types and throw a cocktail party!)

Here are some more creative ideas:

  • Add a tile backsplash to a kitchen with our ceramic photo tiles (our Pattern Builder is perfect for this).
  • Use a ceramic photo tile as a trivet for a hot item – perfect for entertaining! (especially when paired with our custom table runners).
  • Use ceramic photo tiles as markers for your garden.
  • Keep a ceramic photo tile at your office desk instead of a traditional framed photo.
  • Use ceramic photo tiles to resurface an old table or dresser for a totally personal look.’s tools make it easy to design your ceramic photo tiles no matter how you use them. So what are you waiting for? Design one (or more!) today! 

Six new products from

It may be after Labor Day, but we’re not letting that stop our Summer of New Products.

Today, we launched six new products that we’re sure you’ll love. You can add your own photos, or photos from our historical photo archive to each product. You can even use our Monogram Creator and Pattern Builder to make stylish custom monograms and patterns (without any extra charges, unlike some sites).

Ceramic photo tile

Ceramic Photo Tiles
Whether you use it as a coaster, as a trivet for a hot plate, or simply as a decoration, there’s no question our ceramic photo tiles are versatile and look great. Design one today.

Desktop slate prints

Desktop slate prints
A natural alternative to a framed print, our desktop slate prints really make your photos stand out. Your photos will be printed directly on slate for a totally unique look that will last for years to come. Design a slate print now.

Photo serving tray

Photo serving tray
A must-have item for entertaining, our custom photo serving tray can be easily personalized with everything from photos to patterns and monograms. Our photo serving trays come in a size for cocktails and a size for full meals. Make your own serving tray now. 

Custom purse hangers

Custom purse hanger
New purse for the fall? Don’t just set it on the dirty ground. Customize one of our purse hangers instead to keep your handbag off the floor. Available in two shapes, purse hangers are perfect to customize with a bespoke monogram. Design your purse hanger now. 

Photo puzzle coaster

Puzzle photo coaster set
These puzzle-piece photo coasters feature a solid, non-slip cork bottom and full color, vibrant printing to protect your tables and make your photos look their very best. Create something totally unique; design a set of puzzle coasters now.

Personalized business card case

Personalized business card case
This card case means business. First impressions matter, and you’ll make a great one with this customized protective card case. Personalize your business card case with a classy, business-like monogram – or make it more personal with a favorite photo or two. A personalized business card is easy to design with our tools, so why not get started now? 

How to use our magnetic announcements

Magnetic announcements

We’re really excited to now offer magnetic announcements – the perfect way to get the word out about big events you don’t want anyone to forget, like birthdays, weddings, graduation parties, and more.

Our magnetic announcements come in packs of 25, and come with matching envelopes for easy mailing.

Here are some easy ideas on how to use our magnetic announcements:

Magnetic housewarming announcement

Use magnetic announcements for housewarming party invites.

Magnetic birthday announcement

Birthday party you don’t want folks to forget? Send a magnetic announcement!

Magnetic birth announcement

Paper baby announcements are great – but why not send a magnetic baby announcement instead, so your friends and family can celebrate your exciting news on the fridge all year?

Magnetic wedding announcement

If you’re like me, you’re prone to losing wedding invites and save the dates. Problem solved with our magnetic announcements, which are perfect for save the dates! (And, they provide a lasting memento of your special day for wedding guests)


Graduation season might be far away, but it’s not too soon to think about sending magnetic graduation announcements. Family will cherish seeing senior photos on a magnet – and friends will be more likely to come to the party, too!

Try designing magnetic announcements for yourself, and don’t forget to invite to the party! (Okay, we’re kidding on that point…) 


You can’t stack the deck, but you can design it

Custom playing cards

Even “52 Pickup” is more fun with our new customizable playing cards.

These premium playing cards feature your design printed on the back of each card. Our tools make it easy to design anything from a photo collage with your own photos (or pictures from our historical photo archive), or custom patterns and monograms created with our Pattern Builder or Monogram Creator.

Not only will your deck of custom playing cards look great, it’ll also come with a plastic storage case to easily take your cards wherever you go. And, since our company is based in euchre-loving Michigan, we had to make sure our custom decks included two jokers.

Design a custom playing card deck today. 

A rainbow of custom t-shirt color options from

Colored custom t-shirts

Some of our products don’t need much explanation. This is one of them.

We now offer colored custom t-shirts in 11 different colors. All of our custom t-shirts are made out of soft, 100% preshrunk cotton for a shirt that will look great wash after wash. You can add your own photos (from your phone, computer, Facebook, or Instagram) or photos from our historical photo archive to your shirt to make it totally your own.

Our colored custom t-shirts are printed to order in Denver, Colorado or Louisville, Kentucky using the latest direct-to-garment printing techniques.

Everybody can always use another t-shirt – so why not make one today with one of our new colored shirts? 

Go back to school with the perfect personalized notebook

Personalized notebooks from

Whether the students in your life are about to head back to school or are already back, chances are they’ll need notebooks. Lots of notebooks.

Stand out from the rest of the class with our new personalized notebooks. You can make them your own with your own photos, photos from our historical photo archive, and custom patterns created with our Pattern Builder.

Here’s how we created a few distinctive personalized notebooks. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Personalized notebook from

As Hank Schrader from “Breaking Bad” famously said, “they’re not rocks, they’re minerals!” Whatever you call them, why not feature a stunning photo (like this agate above) on a notebook cover?

Custom notebook from

Our historical photo archive is perfect for a truly distinctive notebook cover with a vintage touch.

Personalized notebook from

Sometimes, a simple, colorful pattern is all you need to make a stylish notebook.

Photo notebook from

Our tools make it easy to combine your photos with cool backgrounds and creative shapes. Celebrate your soccer team in style!

Customized notebook from

When in doubt, classy black and white always looks good.

Unlike a calculus exam, creating notebooks for back to school is easy. What are you waiting for: create one today!

Make a stunning canvas for Grandparents’ Day canvases

National Grandparents’ Day is September 13. Don’t forget to create something great for your grandparents! Order by August 27 with standard shipping to ensure your canvas arrives by Grandparents’ Day.

Instead of giving your grandparents a boring picture frame from a big box store, why not give them a museum-quality wrapped canvas with their favorite photos? Our stunning canvases add panache and color to any room.

Design a stunning gallery wrap canvas today.