Collections allow you to assemble designs that share a visual theme or design element into a cohesive group. These can be your own original designs, designs you've discovered in the Marketplace, or a combination of both.
Perhaps you have a specific project in mind, or maybe you want to try your hand at designing a Fill-A-Yard®, or maybe these designs look lovely together and you want to save them for something unexpected in the future! Whatever your goal, Collections are a great way to organize a variety of designs in a way that suits you.
Before we get into working with Collections as a whole, it's best to understand the difference between a public and private design.
What is a private design?
Any design you upload to the site will always remain private by default. This means that only you are able to view it, edit it, or delete it from your Design Library.
What is a public design?
A public design is any design that you are able to view in our marketplace uploaded by other designers. You can also make any of your own designs available for public view by selecting the option for "I would like to include this design in my public gallery," on the design page. Side note: An additional step is required to make any public design for sale in our marketplace. For more information about selling, look here.
In order to create and store Collections, you will need to be logged in to your Spoonflower account. If you don’t have an account already, be sure to sign up here! You can add as many designs as you like to a Collection, and you can add the same design to multiple Collections.
Note: In order to take advantage of our Fill-A-Yard® tool, you must first have a selection of designs ready in a Collection.
Creating a Collection from scratch
To start a Collection (without any designs just yet), go to the user drop down menu and select Collections. You will see 3 different options on the following page:
- Designed - Collections with your own designs
- Collected - Collections that can be a combination of your own designs and designs from the marketplace
- Featured In - Collections your own designs have been added to by other users
For this example, we’re going to create a Collection with our own designs with the Designed option selected. To create a Collection, hover over the blank Collection box and then click directly on the + symbol or select Create a new collection. The same process can be used to create an empty collection within the Collected option as well.
Once the Collection pop-up menu appears, you can choose to make it public (hence searchable and viewable by others — great for collating a wish list!) or private (can only be viewed for your account). It is completely optional to make a Collection visible to the public. Once you’re happy with either option, click on Create to finalize your new Collection!
If you would prefer to view Collections already available by other users, you can also search and favorite Collections by using the drop down menu in the search bar; you might be inspired!
Pro Tip: To favorite any Collections, be sure you’re logged into your account and then click on the heart symbol similar to this image:
Read on for more specific use cases for Collections below.
When viewing designs in the Marketplace, there are two ways to add a design to a Collection. If you hover over a design thumbnail while searching, you will see a small box + icon.
You can also add a design to a Collection directly from the design page for any product, using the same icon:
Once you click the Collection icon, the Collection pop-up menu will appear, where you can choose to create a new collection for this design, add to an existing Collection within Recent or All Others sections, or see if the design is already saved to a Collection for the Already In section. You can also use the quick-search bar if you already know the Collection name.
Once a design has been added to a Collection, the + box will update with a check mark. You will also see the Collection listed with the design under the Already In section. If you would like to remove a design from a Collection, you can click the same box again.
If a Collection is private, a grey padlock icon will indicate this and only you can view that Collection.
Once you have finished adding the design to a Collection, select the Done button at the bottom of the menu.
To find and browse your saved Collections, simply hover over the profile menu in the top right corner of the site and choose Collections.
On your Collections page you will see three tabs: Designed, Collected and Featured In. The Designed tab will display any collections that are composed of only your original designs. The Collected tab will show collections you have curated that include Marketplace designs by other designers. The Featured In tab will show any collections you are included in. Click on a Collection to view all the designs within it! You can also select the first empty block to begin creating a new Collection from scratch.
If you may need a quick overview for this, jump back here.
Designers in our marketplace often create Collections to showcase their coordinating designs. To access any coordinating design options, you can go directly to any designer's shop to see their Collections by first clicking on the designer's name from any design page. Then, below the Shop Home section, click on All Collections.
Another option is to search for coordinating designs within Featured In on any design page. Once you have clicked on this, a new page will load with the Collection the design is featured within.
To edit a Collection, click on the pen editing icon that appears when you hover over a collection block. A pop-up menu will appear where you can change the Collection title, add or edit a description. Be sure to click on Update to save your edits!
To change the designs shown in the Top 3 display fields of a Collection block, open the Collection page and hover over a design. You will be able to select 1, 2, or 3 to update the featured position of the design within the Collection block:
To delete a collection, click the Trash Can icon in the upper right of the opened collection page. Be careful, as deleted Collections cannot be recovered — they would need to be rebuilt manually.
In addition to collecting designs from search and design pages, you can collect your own designs directly within your Design Library.
On a design block in the Design Library, you can use the Select collections drop down menu to choose as many Collections as you'd like that design to appear in. To remove the design from a Collection, simply click on the X next to the Collection title.
You can also batch-add multiple designs to the same Collection from your Design Library. First, choose the List view. Search for whichever tag you want to collect (if you'd like to filter the designs). Click the small checkboxes on the left hand side of the list, and use the edit selected designs drop down menu to add all the checked designs to the same collection.
To access your stored Collections, you can also locate them in your Design Library and on your Shop page. If a public Collection contains one or more of your private designs, those design blocks will display as grey squares. Should you make that Collection private, the design blocks will display the designs to only you, and a grey padlock will appear on the Collection to indicate it is private.
The Shop View will only show collections of your own designs. The Design Library View will show all Collections that have any of your original designs in them (even if the collection also includes Marketplace designs), but will only allow you to access your designs. To view your Collections that include Marketplace designs, go to Studio Home → Collections or directly to Collections from the profile drop-down menu.
While you can add virtually as many designs to a Collection as you would like (the technical limit is 1,000 designs per Collection), Swatch Samplers are still limited to up to 30 designs, and they must all be your own. If you are ordering a sampler of a collection that has more than 30 designs, only the first 30 will be printed and charged.
Why is my Collection still private?
If a grey padlock appears over your Collection thumbnail, it is saved to be private. To make it available for your public gallery, check the box for "Make this Collection visible to the public?" in the edit menu. Be sure to double check all designs included are available for your public gallery as well.
Why are some areas of my Collection thumbnail blank?
All designs included in the Collection must have “I would like to include this design in my public gallery” checked within the box on the design page. Once the box is checked, the design can be viewed by all and the thumbnail image will appear for the Collection preview.
See also: Fill-A-Yard® Guide