CUSTOM FINE ART BOOK DESIGN

BY SAMM BLAKE

There’s something special about holding a photograph in your hands. It connects you physically to a time, a place, and a feeling—an experience that an image on a screen simply can’t replicate.

Of course, digital files are beautiful and certainly have their place. But a print or custom album are tangible heirlooms you’ll pass down for generations, providing a connection to your wedding day that you and your family will cherish for years to come.

JADE VELVET WITH BLIND DEBOSSING

The Fine Art Book

A museum quality art book - the custom-designed book features approximately 120-150 images over 50 spreads. The quality of the book itself is unparalleled, printed on thick archival matte paper and bound in your choice of leather, book cloth velvet and debossing styles.

  • 10x10” or 9x12” sizes
  • a maximum of 50 spreads (100 pages) / approximately 120-150 images
  • Printed with archival ink on fine art paper - a museum quality art book - each spread is 20 mil (.5 mm) thick.
  • Spreads lay flat
  • Choose from linen, silks, velvet, leather & vegan leather covers.
  • Embossing on cover
  • You can view samples of both the 10x10" and the 9x12" designs by clicking the button below to help let you decide what format you prefer.

    SAMPLE DESIGNS

    DESIGN CHOICES

    Please review the design choices below to

    make your choices for your cover design.

    1. Album size

    10x10" Square or the 9x12" Vertical

    2. Cover Material

    Leather, book cloth or velvet color

    3. Cover Text

    Text you would like debossed on cover

    - your names, date, quote, song lyrics etc

    4. Cover Font

    Select a font or email invite PDF

    5. Text Color

    Choose a color foil or go with blind embossing

    COVER MATERIAL Swatches

    BOOK CLOTH

    Our high quality Book Cloth is durable and comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s also incredibly versatile. When paired with custom designed embossing, Book Cloth can range from casual to elegant, silly to serious. You will see the cloth fabric swatches listed as coated or uncoated. Uncoated is a more natural finish, usually softer. While coated is aqueous coated to protect against stains and spills.

    UNCOATED

    Canapetta Natural

    Natural Toasted Marshmallow

    Natural Cannoli

    Asahi Linen Blend

    Canapetta Tan

    Pomegranate

    Asahi Soft Blue Gold

    Asahi Blue Mohair

    Asahi Marine Blue

    Asahi Turquoise Blue

    Asahi Indigo

    Asahi Navy

    Canapetta Gray

    Asahi Sage Green

    Canapetta Black

    Elephant Ears

    Caribbean Punch

    Asahi Graphite

    Pink Lemonade

    Canapetta Red

    Canapetta Burgundy

    Dragon Fruit

    Huckleberry

    Asahi Eggplant

    COATED

    Almond Brittle

    Praline

    Pumpkin Pie

    Butterscotch

    Candy Foil

    Rock Candy

    Atomic Sugar

    Coated

    Black Cherry

    Coated

    Red Licorice

    Blackberry

    Coated

    Chewy Fudge

    Chocolate Truffle

    Carrot Cake

    Candy Apple

    Pistachio Ice Cream

    Red Velvet Cake

    Limeade

    Cranberry Cocktail

    Blue Jelly Bean

    Coated

    Silver Icing

    Mint Chip

    Soda Pop

    Watermelon

    Black Licorice

    Coated

    Blueberry Streusel

    Coated

    Blueberry Pie

    Coated

    Boysenberry

    VELVETS

    The Velvet material has a luxurious shimmer and texture.

    Please note, blind debossing is the only option available for velvet covers.

    Rose Quartz

    Ruby

    Citrine

    Fire Opal

    Pink Topaz

    Jade

    Aquamarine

    Emerald Green

    Blue Topaz

    Sapphire

    Asahi Navy

    Silver

    CAFE LEATHER

    Café Leather delivers the rich statement of leather in soft and familiar tones.

    Bonded Leather, top coated for finish.

    Cinnamon Spice Red

    French Roast Dark Brown

    Vanilla Latte

    Mocha Medium Brown

    Caramel Latte Light Brown

    Espresso Black

    RUSTIC LEATHER

    Rustic Leather is a blend of luxury and rural charm -with more ‘aggressive’ textures. This is a soft leather so it will show ‘rustic’ marks and does show scratches easily which adds to the rustic / worn feel over time.

    Bonded leather, top coated for finish and stamped for texture.

    Granite

    Maple

    Almond Butter

    Onyx

    Walnut

    Bomber Jacket

    DEBOSSING FOILS

    A stamp (a design) into the surface of an object so that it is indented.

    Silver

    Copper

    Rose Gold

    Gold

    Blind

    Blue Metallic

    Red Matte

    Cranberry

    Red Metallic

    Purple Metallic

    Gray Matte

    Black Matte

    Royal Blue

    White

    Chocolate Brown

    Font Sampler

    Some of my favorite fonts that work well with debossing but you are also welcome to send me your own font or PDF of your wedding stationary and I can incorporate it into the design.

     

    You can write your own text into each of these white boxes to see how your text will look.

    May 5 2020
    ONE DAY IN JUNE
    DAISY & DONALD
    Bambi + Faline
    Wilma + Fred
    Ellie & Carl
    George + Jane 01.05.2020
    Cosmo + Wanda
    Homer & Marge
    Bert & Ernie
    SALLY & JACK
    Bugs and Lola

    The Design Process

    Step 1 :

    Decide if you would prefer the fine art book in either the 10×10” (square) size or the 9×12” (vertical) size.

    Step 2 :

    You submit your favorite images using your proofing gallery (there is a love heart symbol to select favorites) OR let me do the initial design based off my favorites of the day – curious to know which my favorites are? They are the ones included in the slideshow. If you are having a hard time making a selection, even send me your top 30 must haves and I can take care of the rest of the selection. Once I get the go ahead to start the design, I will design a first draft and upload it online for you to review.

    Step 3 :

    You view the draft and are welcome to request any design changes. We can go back & forth on the draft 3 times making changes. After 3 rounds of changes there will be an additional fee of $100 per set. (but I’ve never had to charge this as everything always looks great after 1-2 changes).

    Step 4 :

    Approval –  once all approved, I send you through a final draft to sign off on – you review and sign off on it to say it’s ready for print. Once I get back this back, I order the album.

    Step 5 :

    The book takes about 2 weeks to make – all hand made by book binders in the USA, it will then be shipped directly to you via UPS. I will update you with the tracking number once it’s on it’s way to you.


     

    TIPS FOR SELECTING IMAGES

    My biggest advice is don’t overthink things when it comes to image selection.  Your first instincts are probably right. The photographs you loved most the first time you saw your photos are a good place to start. If you are curious to know which are my favorites of the day – they appear in the highlights folder.

    Although it’s important to have an overall sense of narrative, when illustrating the story of your wedding day, don’t feel like you need to include every single event/moment/person. Group photographs are mostly for family history purposes.  You don’t need every single combination we took on the day in the book.  One nice photograph of the whole family–perhaps on each side is all you really need. We like to be able to show who came out and celebrated you two tying the knot.  Years later, you’ll want to know who was there.

     

    How many images to choose?

    Around 120-150 is ideal if you are going with the fine art book option so the design does not end up too cluttered.

     

    How do I submit the images?

    The best way to select the images is to log in on to your gallery.  Once in your gallery, you can pick your selection by adding each image to your favorites by using the “Favorite” button / love heart symbol icon. Once you have made the final selection, email me saying you are complete and I can login to see your list and start the design.

     

    I’ve submitted my favorites – what’s next?

    Once I receive your favorite selection, I will start designing your book. I will do a draft layout to what I think looks good and tells the story of the day. Once this has been completed, I will upload the layout online and send you information to log in and view. Once you have received the login information to view your draft layout online, you will be able to make comments directly onto the website about any changes you would like made. This is the best time to be honest, if you don’t like the page at all, tell me so. Don’t worry I will not be offended if you don’t like it. You can come and go from this website as you please, your comments will be saved until you are ready to submit them. Once you submit your comments, we will then make all the necessary alterations. Re-upload your new layout and let you know so you can add your comments again. You get three opportunities to make changes. After that, each set of changes will cost $100.

     

    Book Approval

    Once the book design has been approved by you, I will send you a PDF proof to sign off on. Once that has been completed, I place the order for the book and it will take approximately 2 weeks before it gets shipped to you. If you are having trouble picking out favorites or life is just too busy to sit down to do it – I can always select the images for the book design (you will have the option to make changes obviously) Just let me know if you prefer this option.

    Please use the below form to let me know what options you would like to go with.

    A collection of my favorite photo book designs to help inspire & imagine different color combinations & text placement.

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    Cover Design Inspiration

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