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Our Family Has Grown

Please pardon the blog hiatus…

It has been a bit since I’ve updated our blog — in August I gave birth to a baby boy. While Molly has continued cutting, sewing, tearing, binding, gluing, and shipping, I have been busy changing, burping, feeding, playing, and — mostly– adjusting.

But we are still busy here at the studio, and we are still making a shipping orders across the world. So this is just a quick “Hello! We’re still around! We still love what we do! And our family has grown.”

HSS Baby

(P.S. This little boy shows remarkable dexterity — he’ll be sewing books with us in no time.)

 

 

Custom Book Cloth Colors

New Colors for Custom Albums, Portfolios, and Boxes

We’re excited to announce that we’ve recently added ten, count ‘em, TEN new cloth colors to our product line. These cloths are our “Professional Palette,” and are perfect for post-bound portfolios, or for a clean, simple finish on photo albums:

Book cloth portfolio swatches

For comparison, our existing colors, in our “Heirloom,” “Nautral,” and “Baby” palette are below:

Natural book colors

Bookcloth colors

 

All of our online products are now available in any of these colors. Woo hoo!

Shop PortfoliosShop Photo AlbumsShop Baby Book

Album for Family Portraits

Handmade Album for Professional Portrait Session

In celebration of her husband Bob’s 70th birthday, Linda J. set up a portrait session for their family with Ann Arbor photographer John Shultz. After the session, she contacted us here at HSS to build albums to hold the family’s favorite portraits from the sitting. She chose our trifold albums to hold the photos, and let each household choose the cloth and thread colors they liked best for their album. We then built the albums, mounted the photos, and shipped each album off to its respective new home. Have a look:

 

Personalized Photo Album    Albums for Family Members

Family Portrait Album

Album for Family Photos    Family Portrait Album

 

What a great way to preserve these wonderful pictures. Thank you for working with us, Linda!

Shop Photo AlbumsWedding Album with Photo PrintsAnniversary Album

Graphic Design Portfolio

Portfolio for Portland Design Student

We recently completed a portfolio for Chloe Fields, a local design student. She wanted something that complemented her work and gave her sophomore design portfolio a polished look. We think the simplicity of the portfolio design really lets her work shine. And shine it does! This gal is going places. Have a look:

Graphic Design Portfolio

Personalized Portfolio Book    Typography Potfolio

Post Bound Portfolio    Design Portfolio Book

Nice work, Chloe!

Shop Custom PortfoliosArchitect PortfoliosCustom Portfolios in our Gallery

 

 

Portfolio Cover Inset

Digitally Printed Insets on Custom Portfolios

When our clients want clean, professional personalization, we often create digitally printed inserts on portfolios and books. To do this, we carve out a section of the bookboard before we glue the cover cloth in place. Our clients can then print their logo or artwork onto cardstock, and we can secure it into place on the book’s cover. The recessed area provides a frame for the printed card, but also added protection against fingerprints and repeated viewings.

Have a look:

recessed window portfolio

personalized portfolio

design portfolio digital plaque

Simple, yet elegant!

Shop for Portfolios, See Blind Debossing on Portfolios, Book and Portfolio Structures

 

Personalized Custom Portfolios

Blind Debossing on Portfolios

We’re so happy to be adding custom blind debossing to our list of services! We can now print your design or logo directly into our portfolio and book covers. We’ve added this service especially for our photographer, architect, and designer clients, who can now order portfolios through our online shop. The process of blind debossing works like this:

  • You supply your artwork in PDF format
  • We create a magnesium die from your design
  • We use a hot foil stamping machine to heat the die, then press the design into your book cover

While initial setup fees for blind debossing are expensive, price per piece goes down as quantity increases. And just look at the lovely results:

 

Blind Deboss on Design Portfolio

 

Blind Debossing Detail

Portfolio Blind Deboss Detail

Custom Design Portfolio

 Shop Portfolios, Completed Design Portfolio, Architect Portfolio

Clamshell Boxes

Clamshell boxes (sometimes known as Solander cases) are book-form cases traditionally used to store precious books, manuscripts, maps, and are often used by archivists and libraries. Our clamshell boxes provide a stunning display element for your albums and books, and also protect their contents from dirt, dust, and light. We make them in all of our cloth colors, and you can order them with or without a personalized letterpress printed plaque.

wedding-guest-book-with-clamshell-box clamshell-hinge-detail clamshell-box-hinge-detail

An example of a custom clamshell box built to display fine letterpress invitations:

invite-portfolio-clamshell-box

What are slipcases? Shop Clamshell Boxes {Contact us to inquire about custom-sized clamshell boxes.}

Slipcases

Our slipcases are five-sided boxes into which you can “slip” your album or book. They add a valuable layer of protection against dirt and dust, and can coordinate nicely with your book’s design. Our slipcases come in five sizes, all the same cloth colors as our albums and books, and can be ordered with or without a personalized plaque.

7x7 book with slipcase slipcase edge detail10-Square-Slipcase

Well then, what are clamshell boxes? {Contact us to enquire about custom-sized slipcases.}

 

Square Wedding Albums

A Perfectly Sized Album in Many Colors

Lately our clients seem to be ordering the 10 x 10 album more than any of our other books. The size is great — big enough to hold multiple 4×6′s per page, yet small enough to fit comfortably on your lap. Below are some of the recent variations we’ve made:

Set of three albums, each in a different color: (rye, quinoa, birch)

custom wedding albums and parent albums

Variation bound with ribbon:

elegant wedding album archival wedding album ribbon

Variation bound in black leather:

Leather photo album

Other color variations:

lovely wedding album cream album brown accents

 

 

Shop Photo Albums and Guest   BooksWedding Album with Photos InsideHow to Care for you Photo Albums

 

Fine Art Wedding Album

Elegant, Archival Wedding Album

When an out-of-state client asked us to help her create an elegant, archival album with printed pages, we knew just who to send her to for page printing. Pushdot Studio right here in Portland does the most gorgeous fine-art page printing we’ve seen, and this book was no exception. The client provided the page layout to Pushdot, they did their printing magic, and we transformed the pages into a custom ribbon-bound album with a personalized letterpress plaque and slipcase. It’s one of our favorite pieces we’ve made this year, thanks to a great client and great collaboration.

 

 ribbon bound wedding album

fine art wedding album

See also: A Wedding Album with Photo PrintsOur Most Popular Wedding Album •  A Variety of Other Albums and Boxes