Tag Archives: handmade albums

Purple themed album

28 Jan

This traditional casebound wedding album was custom-made to match the vibrant purple bridesmaid dresses that were worn at this couple’s wedding. The coverpaper is a Nepalese handmade paper that has a distinctive textured surface.

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In order to make this wedding album extra special, I handstitched matching headbands at the top and bottom of the album’s spine. These headbands will serve to protect the album whilst adding an extra hint of colour. I also added a secret message to the spine – hidden away forever!

The slipcase acts as a protector for the album, keeping the wedding photos protected inside the album, away from light and other possible damage. As always this wedding album is made from archival materials which are completely acid-free.

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Blue Bloom album

16 Oct

Here is a wedding album I recently made. I bound it using a basic Japanese Stab stitch. There are many variations on this stitch but I love the simplicity of this style.

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The coverpaper is a handmade and handprinted paper with a delicate flower pattern. As the coverpaper was quite thin and slightly translucent, I glued a sheet of white paper to the cover before glueing the main paper, in order to give it strength.

Funky baby memory book

10 Oct

Here is a baby memory book that I made for a little boy called Gregory. I wanted to avoid the traditional ‘blue for a boy, pink for a girl’ colour coding, so I chose a funky grey floral paper that had an unusual combination of pattern and colour.

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The details about the baby are filled in on the righthand side of the page and a photograph can be stuck in on the lefthand side. This book is a highly personalised gift with the baby’s name used throughout the memory book.

Slate pink wedding set

11 Sep

Here is a wedding set that I made recently. It consists of a medium accordion album, an extra large Japanese bound album and a Secret Belgian bound guest book. The colour theme of the wedding was pink and slate grey so I thought that this modern polka-dotted paper contrasted with the grey bookcloth would suit.

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I also found a polka-dotted grey ribbon that I couldn’t resist using on one of the albums – making a very polka-polka dotted album!

Sunset orange wedding album

31 Jul

This album was made to match the bridesmaid dresses which were a beautiful shade of orange. I found the paper in Daintree, a local paper shop in Dublin, Ireland. They also had a green version of the coverpaper which I bought too – one for Autumn and one for Spring.

I originally had planned to use a darker bookcloth colour – brown or maroon perhaps – but the red seemed to set off the orange colours the best.

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Complete wedding album

22 Jun

This wedding album was given as a birthday present. The couple had never gotten around to printing their wedding photos so the bride asked me to bind, print and complete their wedding album as a gift for her husband. There was a lot of discussion about the cover paper: she wanted a blue and gold cover, but knew that he would prefer a simpler black and white one! Eventually we found a compromise – a black and white cover with a bright blue ribbon.

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After finishing the binding, I then started sorting through all the photos, selecting and resizing the best photos. By the end of the album, I felt like I had been at the wedding!

Large Leporello albums

8 May

I have recently starting making Leporello albums using huge pieces of heavy-weight Fabriano paper. These albums have no spine, folding out like an accordion.

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Photos can be glued to both sides of the page and it can also be used as a photo display case, on top of a shelf or mantelpiece. For the covers, I used pages from an old 1930s logbook and a 1970s book on mapping.

Plum Vine Wedding Album Set

14 Feb

Here is a set of wedding albums which I made a few days ago. The bride sent me a swatch of cloth from the bridesmaid dress so that I could colour match the albums. The swatch was a plumy pinky red so I chose a paper that had a mix of this colour in it. The rich ribbon colour brought all the albums together, creating a luxurious feel to them.

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I made 2 Japanese Stab stitch albums using a decorative Crossed stitch and 1 medium-sized┬áCase-bound album. Each of the books has an inscription inside with the bride and groom’s name, wedding date and venue.

Polaroid wedding guest book

7 Nov

This Polaroid guest book is a novel twist on the regular wedding guest book: it is a mix of a guest book and photo album, where a photo of each guest or couple is taken and pasted in, then the guest writes a personal message beside it. It is a beautiful memento to have of one’s wedding day, serving as a visual record of all the guests as well as capturing all their good wishes!

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The bridesmaids’ dresses were a mixture of dusty pink and charcoal grey so I matched the cover with this using a variety of greys and pinks. The binding is a plain Japanese Stab stitch using two different ribbons to had depth to the bind. I also added bookcloth corners to the album so that the corners would be protected from wear and tear.

The spine of the album guest book had to be made quite wide to accommodate the thick Polaroid photos. To do this, I cut double the amount of paper spacers than a regular album and added them to the spine. If I not done this, the album wouldn’t close correctly and would look jam packed.

Each of the pages is scored several times with a bonefolder in order to make the pages turn over easily. This is important to do in a photo album as the paper is quite heavy – 300gsm – and would possibly crease in the wrong places otherwise.

Dad’s Memory Book

26 Oct

Here is a Memory Book I made for my father’s birthday. The cover features a drawing that I made when I was about 7 years old. Evidently I thought my dad was a dog at the time…

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The book is crammed with old and not-so-old photos of my dad at various stages in his life: from when he was a toddler to him holding his toddler grandchildren. My siblings all wrote a personal message for my dad, many of which recounted funny memories from our childhood. The grandchildren made beautiful pictures and hand prints for their pages.

I left a few pages blank so that the book can be added to in the future.