If you’re like me, chances are you’ve been married for years but you still haven’t found a wedding album or printed the photos to preserve that special day. I’m a bookbinder and it took me 4 years to finally tackle this project that everyone assumed I’d be so on top of, but alas, here it is.
Not surprisingly I chose to make my own book. The Coffee Table Style Portfolio makes a perfect wedding album. From the outside it looks, as it’s name suggests, like a hardcover book that you’d have set out on your coffee table at home. The book can be made to fit any number of pages. When used with the Hinged White Pages, as you can see in the photos, the pages lie completely flat. This 110lb cover weight paper is sturdy enough for mounting photographs without leaving the book feeling cumbersome. Photos can me mounted on one or both sides of the pages but you may want to ask your printer if it’s safe for the photos to be touching since when the book is closed they will be. Also if you do decide to mount photos on both sides you will want to order spine spacers along with the pages. These will help keep an even thickness to your book.
While we don’t mount photos here at the studio you can certainly do this yourself. The easiest method would be to apply double sided tape around the perimeter of each photo, however I recommend using an adhesive roll such as Gudy 870. With this material you can cover the entire back side of the photo which will ensure that it has full contact with the page and won’t pop off
Here are the specs of my book in case you’re looking to order something similar. It is an 11 x 14 Landscape Format Coffee Table Style Portfolio that is covered in “Flax Linen” and lined in “Tan”. These are both standard stock colors so this book can be ordered online directly through the website. I placed an inset on the cover into which I adhered a printed label with our names on it. The book holds 20 Hinged White Pages and the photos are mounted onto the pages with the Goudy 870 which we do not sell but can be purchased at other online retailers.
As always swatches are free so if you’d like to start the process of creating your own wedding album please feel free to contact us and request some samples of the covering materials, just send an email with the list of colors and your mailing address and we’ll send them right out.