Merch Review: RedBubble Journal

It’s been a while since I explored more merchandise. This last month, on 3 Wise Kings I pampered myself with lots of gifts. I’ve been seen some cool journals from other artists, so after an extensive hunt for a personalized journal, I decided to try out several sites for testing. The result was astonishing!

RedBubble is an Australian global community of creatives that prints on demand products from independent artists submitted artwork. They range from stationery, apparel, accessory items and much more. The user (artist) transfers his or her artworks on these products using the designing platform tool for flexibility and variety, while RedBubble manages the manufacturing, customer services and selling procedure.

I used one of my inktober drawings, it looks beautiful!

Very smooth but hardcover.

The designing tool was a bit confusing at first, it took me a while to figure things out, especially the function of enlarging the image with a scroll-tool. I was also worried that my artwork could possibly be exposed once I bought the product for testing purposes. Fortunately, I was guided by the staff members for the tryout without a hassle.

One or 2 pages had this minor detail that was a bit off and unappealing.

Minor Details

I guess it’s normal to stumble upon things like these, usually, not everything is in perfect condition and during manufacturing, anything can happen. For this tiny detail, I wouldn’t make a cry about it. The best way to deal with this is by trying to repair it yourself (if you know the right tools or techniques) or request aid from the staff to resolve your issue.

This page got stuck with the inner page…

Some ripped off pieces of paper in some pages.

Either way for those that would love to sell their stuff, I would recommend checking everything before selling it, replace the product with a non-defective one or telling the customer what is the condition of the item and give him an extra item or small refund for the inconvenience.

The front and back design of my journal.

Cost & Shipping

There are 2 prices for an item. One for the seller (if you like to sell and distribute it yourself) and the other for the buyer of your product. Since I am the creator of the submitted artwork it cost me about $16 (plus shipping and handling) which was a fair price!


I really, REALLY like the quality, though there were some small details that worried me but to be honest, it was nicely done.


Not sure if they offer some type of discount with orders of larger quantities but they give out lots of promotional and discount codes. So be on the lookout for those!


The communication with the staff was great, it can take up to 24 hours to respond back. They were friendly, attentive and helpful when I requested for help.

Overall 4 ☆ 5

I had made countless searches for a bound personalized journal, and RedBubble is one of those sites that brings you a well-made product. Most of the sites that I found that customized journals had ruled pages, so for me was disqualified since I was searching for something more flexible and less restrictive for my imagination.


2 Responses to Merch Review: RedBubble Journal

  1. Avatar S L
    August 15, 2018

    Hi! I was wondering if pens bleed through the paper. Thanks:)

    • Jessa Otero The Grey Sanctuary
      August 15, 2018

      Hello! Yes, they do for a bit since the paper is 60lbs Bond Paper. Think of it as a normal white paper you use at home.

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