What are Collections and how do they work?

What are Collections?

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, or designs you've discovered in the Marketplace and want to save and organize — perhaps with a specific project in mind, or simply because they look lovely together! 

In order to create and store Collections, you will need to be logged in to your Spoonflower account. You can add as many designs as you like to a Collection, and you can add the same design to multiple Collections. Once a Collection is created, you can choose to make it public (hence searchable and viewable by others — great for collating a wish list!) or private.

You can also search and favorite public Collections created by others by using the drop-down menu to the left of the search bar; you might be inspired! Read on for more specific use cases for Collections below. 


COLLECTORS

Adding Marketplace designs to a Collection

Accessing Saved Collections

Editing or Deleting a Collection

DESIGNERS

Collecting your Original Designs

Collection Locations and Display

A Note about Swatch Samplers


COLLECTORS

Adding Marketplace designs to a Collection

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 now see a small folder icon along with the "heart" favorite icon and the "magnifying glass" quick look icon.

 

You can also add a design to a Collection directly from the individual design page, using the same icon:

 

Once you click the Collection icon, the Collections overlay will appear, where you can choose to add the design to an existing collection (1), or create a new collection (2) and select whether it should be public or not (3).

 

Once a design has been added to a collection, you will then see a red "minus" button you can press to remove it again (if you selected the wrong Collection, say). Also, if a Collection is not marked as Public, a grey padlock icon will indicate it is private, and only you can view that Collection.

Accessing Saved Collections

To find and browse your saved collections, simply hover over the My Studio menu in the top right corner of the site and choose Collections from the menu.

On your Collections page you will see two tabs: Designed and Collected. 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. 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.

Editing or Deleting a Collection

To edit a Collection, click on the "pen" editing icon that appears when you hover over a collection block, or in the upper right corner of the opened collection page. An overlay will appear where you can change the Collection title, add or edit a description.

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 "trashcan" 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.


DESIGNERS

Collecting your Original Designs

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.

Collection Locations and Display

To access your stored Collections, in addition to the Collections page under My Studio, 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 My Studio → Collections.

A Note about Swatch Samplers

While you can now 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.

See also: How can I get swatches at a reduced price?