Design & Bind Your Own Creative Portfolio

Bonnie Christine, live an extraordinarily creative life!

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17 Videos (1h 40m)
    • Intro

    • Essential Info for Preparing a Portfolio

    • The Intro Page

    • The Table of Contents Page

    • Your Onlince Presence

    • Collection Pages

    • Product Mock-Up Pages

    • Contact Page

    • Publishing a Digital Version

    • An Overview of the Process

    • Gather Materials & Tools

    • Download the eBook

    • Prepare the Pages

    • Cover the Front & Back

    • Measure & Cut the Book Board

    • Stack, Drill & Bind

    • You Made a Book!


About This Class


I’m really excited to share this course with you, because it has a little something for everyone in it. It’s also NOT just for surface pattern designers! Photographers, illustrators, painters, artists, writers and creatives of all kinds will learn how to present their work.


– Why having a portfolio is essential for your creative career
– What to include in your book and how to make it a reflection of your brand and work
– How to design (and print) the pages of your portfolio in Adobe Illustrator
– How to actually build and bind your very own handmade portfolio
– Tips on getting in touch with your target people and advice on shipping your book

I’ll also be sharing with you several examples of portfolios from creatives of all kinds! You’ll leave the course feeling inspired, motivated and prepared to hit the ground running with your beautiful portfolio.

We’re going to have so much fun!

PLEASE NOTE: This course is a follow up to Intro to Surface Pattern Design & Surface Pattern Design 2.0. Please begin with these courses for detailed training on Adobe Illustrator, color palettes, sketching, motif design and repeat pattern design!



Be sure to check out the class project page for more info and several downloads. I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Let's get started!


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This class was fun and has great resources.
Great class! I love the attention to detail and that this focuses on personal touch and quality handmade portfolio creations. Also really appreciate the PDFs-- good for brushing up on when I get the materials to make my own one day. Thank you!
This is a wonderful class. The information is easy to understand and valuable. Bonnis shares so many important tips and experiences. She is also very encouraging.





Bonnie Christine

live an extraordinarily creative life!

hi! my name is bonnie and i love to fill my world with pretty patterns, share all that i know with the roost tribe and blog to inspire the artisan's soul.

creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. i am a self-taught designer and am constantly inspired by the natural world around us, from the biggest of trees to the tiniest of leaves! i thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiny days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other.

you can see some of my pattern work at the links below:

i believe patterns are one of the ways that we can express ourselves, and make our spaces beautiful. the patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us and i love to weave parts of my life into each one of them. with each one that you see you will have seen a little piece of my life and heart.

along with illustrating, i also love to cook, sew, read, photograph, make things and drink coffee. you can find me talking about all of these things (and more!) over on my blog- going home to roost.

MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)

i look forward to meeting you!
love, bonnie