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Cover Inlays · Tight Back Bindings · Flat Back Bindings · Reinforced Perfect Bindings · Clam Shell Boxes · GLOSSARY · Read More about our Binding Tools

1. How we make COVER INLAYS

Cover text and/or images cannot always be printed directly onto the book's cover.
Inlays provide us with more design options, and provide printed items a bit more protection b/c they are recessed into the covers. Depending on the project and the materials available, we either use
RECESSED COVER INLAYS:
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Or FRAMED INLAYS:

 

 

2. How we make TIGHT BACK BINDINGS

These hardback bindings have rounded spines and are made up of folded sections, or folios.
This resistant binding style is used for books over 1 inch / 2.5 cm thick. (Books that usually have more than 100 sheets/200 pages front and back.)
The hinge action of the rounded spine compensates for the thick book block and allows the pages to lay open flat for comfortable use.
We use this binding style on our Exquisite Oversized Sketchbooks.
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3. How we make FLAT BACK BINDINGS

These hardback bindings have flat spines and are made up of sewn folded sections, or folios. The pages lay flat for comfortable use.
This resistant binding style is ideal for books up to about .75 inches / 2 cm thick. Or 80 sheets/160 pages front and back (depending on the paper's weight).
We use this binding style on our Artist's Sketchbooks, 8.5 x 11" and on our Guest Books
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4. How we make REINFORCED PERFECT BINDINGS

These hardback bindings have flat spines and they look exactly like the Flat Back Bindings, except the process (not visible on finished book) involves binding a stack of loose sheets, as opposed to sewing folded sections together.
This binding style is ideal for books up to about a .5" or 1.5 cm thick.

In some cases, the pages do not lay quite as flat on their own as the Flat Back Bindings. However, it is a sturdy, comfortable binding you can count on.
We use this binding style on our Custom Blank Journals, both the 8.5 x 11" and the 5 x 7".
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 5. How we make CLAM SHELL BOXES

A clam shell box is constructed of two "shells". A base shell, and a lid shell. The base shell fits inside the lid shell when the clam shell box is closed, protecting the contents on all sides from light and dust.
All clam shells are custom made, measured to fit the content.
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(unalphabetical) GLOSSARY 

  

FULL CANVAS COVER

with recessed cover inlay.

QUARTER CANVAS COVER

with recessed cover inlay.

FRAMED INLAY

Depending on the project and materials available, we either go with with this framed inlay, or with a recessed inlay as seen in the first two photos.

SCREW POST ALBUMS

These covers accommodate the need for removable pages. Available with or without the pages. Screw posts are provided. 

DECKLED EDGES

Hand torn fore edges.

SCRAPBOOK SPINES

We create spines that are thicker than the outside fore edge so that as items are added to the pages, the swell is accommodated for. 

HARD BACK SLIP CASE

Protect your custom book from dust and light and add a special touch to your order.

CLAM SHELL MEMENTO BOX

These amazing constructions protect content from dust and light. When made extra deep, they also make a perfect memento box for storing special keepsakes from your big day.

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