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Small Edition of Hand Bound Books

Short Run Of Books Printed and Bound in Portland, Oregon

We love working with clients to build fine, custom hand-bound books. We specialize in exposed spine stitching, and can add debossing, screenprinting, and letterpress artwork to book covers. (Please contact us for further details if you have a project. See our FAQ page for general pricing and turnaround time.)

The project below was for the 100th anniversary of the local electrician’s union. They asked us to build 20 books that included the history of their organization. We used black thread in a long stitch style to bind the pages, which were printed by local shop Bridgetown Printing. Within a recess on the cover is a plaque letterpress printed by KeeganMeegan & Co.

Edition of 20 Hand Bound Books

Custom Hand Bound Book Detail

Union Letterpress Logo On Book Cover

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Heirloom Photo Presentation Box

A Personal, Timeless Gift

We were recently asked to build an incredible keepsake for a former First Lady. What an honor. Our client wanted to collect photos of the First Lady’s experiences around the world, and preserve them in an archival, handmade album. Since the photos were going to be large and many, we ultimately chose to build a clamshell box. The box provides a stunning way to showcase the photos, and allows the viewer to hold and experience each photo individually.

Watching the First Lady carefully view each photo and talk about the experience it represented was truly memorable. We were so thankful to work on this, and to have a client who values and supports our craft. Thank you also, to Pushdot Studio, for their incredible work on the image printing.

Heirloom Photo Presentation Box Photo Presentation Keepsake Box Hand Crafted Fine Photo Presentation Fine Photo Album Alternative

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Blind Debossing Books in Portland

Logos Imprinted on Book Covers

If custom made books are great, then personalized books are excellent! Here at HSS we have a handy Kwikprint Foil Stamper (named Winston), which we use to imprint logos and names on book covers (sorry, we are not able to deboss on any other items). We recently completed a job for R/West printing Bridgeport Brewing logos on beer journals. Our own debossed branding and a portrait of Winston are also below. Have a look!

Blind Deboss Book Cover

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Foil Stamping in Portland

Contact us if you’re interested in having us blind deboss for you. See more debossing samples in the Personalization section of our Gallery.

 

 

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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

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