Little Patterned Journals

Robayre Patterned Books

I feel like it’s been forever that I’ve had this idea in my head, but I finally have something to show for it. I’ve been making these patterns and sharing sneak peeks on instagram for a while with a larger project in mind. I would make a line of little journals, similar to the journals already in my shop, but these would have covers from the original patterns that I created from paintings, drawings, mixed media, etc.

scallop / scales

Painting a pattern for a project I have in mind

An idea I had in my head

Another pattern.

#wip #pattern for more book covers. I'm going to add more detail with colored pencil to the #flowers #leaves

I finally put together some prototypes of what I’d like the finished journals to look like. They are only prototypes because I still need to do some editing on the computer, but I also need to find a place to get the covers printed.

Robayre Patterned Books
They’re approximately 4.25×5.5″, have rounded corners and lined paper inside. I’ve been toying with the idea of offering some books with inside plain white pages and others lined, but I guess I think they would generally sell better for people that want to write in them, as opposed to sketch or create art inside.

I really love how they came out, but as a cohesive line of journals, I’m not so sure yet. Should they have a name? I’ve really had so much fun creating patterns, knowing that they would become little books. A dream for me would be getting to paint and create original patterns to make into little books like these all day, every day. Maybe as the patterns grow in quantity the cohesiveness will pull together? It’s like I was talking about with Rosa a while ago, it’s that perfect intersection of your passions, where I get to create original artwork and design printed work from it. The artist AND the designer in me is giddy.

I also had the idea of selling them in a two pack and that is how they are photographed above, but I’m not married to that yet. Once I have worked out the printing kinks expect these to be added to my shop robayre.

So, whaddaya think?

8 Responses to “Little Patterned Journals”


  1. 1 Karen

    These are SO lovely! And yes, DO make some with blank paper, I have a terrible time finding blank notebooks that I love- And I’d completely buy them two at a time too! Make More!!! :)

  2. 2 Anika

    I love them! Especially seeing them all together as a group like this is very inspiring. I wouldn’t give up the idea of a blank notebook. I’m always on the lookout for them, particularly small ones. I don’t know about what is more desirable in general, but that’s my vote! Excited to see how this project progresses!

  3. 3 Ann

    I think this is a great idea! I love mine. They would be great as textiles. I love how handmade they look. Ashley G. has been making a lot of pattern work and they are being used for duvet covers at Urban Outfitters. Yours would look good there, too. Look into it!

  4. 4 katie

    i call dibs on the grass and flowers set. :)

    these are great.

  5. 5 chris

    I think I want the stars! ;) Could you do some with lined and blank? That would be cool. They are great!

  6. 6 Karen

    I like Chris’ idea- maybe half of the folio is blank and the other half lined so that the sketchers have writing/description areas too… or every other page?? I’m excited!! I want some for gifts already. (In any paper designation!)

  7. 7 iHanna

    Beeeeautiful and so sweet. I want all of them, but unlined of course AND I want to pick what two patterns I get. I would pick grass and leaf, I think.

  8. 8 Stephanie

    I love these as sets. I’m really drawn to the stars one but I love your use of color in them. It ties them together as a product line.

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