A visitor came into our studio today and we showed them our work. "Does this come smaller?" Yes, we said, we can make that smaller. "Does this come with more pages?" Yes, we can put in as many pages as you like. It occurred to me that they didn't realize that we make everything from scratch. As Molly often says, "There is nothing before there's something." So I thought I'd take a moment to share our raw materials and our process. (To see more of our process, and photos of us riding a bicycle built for one, visit our friend Lauren's blog.)
Book board comes in large sheets and is stored on the very bottom shelf (a.k.a. the floor.)
We source parent sheets of paper and then cut them to the page size requested (these start as 22" x 30")
Hinging tape and thread hold things together.
Bookcloth (or paper or leather) can be used to cover the books and boxes.
Holes are drilled in covers, and cut pages are sewn in by hand.
A completed album and slipcase (with space for the client to tip in their own plaque.)