Entries by Norm Beange

Cylinder Box

We make highly custom boxes.  This piece is a box; but a very unusual box!  I’ve never seen anything like it before!  In a retail setting you see thousands of boxes…square corners, tall, short, small, big; but not cylinder shaped.  Better still, this piece, in addition to being cylinder shaped…slides open!  Hence the video.  It’s […]


This particular piece is no longer patented.  It has a number of copyrighted names such as “Star-burst,” “Explosion,” etc… The piece, depending on stock weight and/or grain must, be die-creased and on some occasions perforated at the folds.  Picture #1-3 show the sequence of closing.  You’ll notice in pictures #2 and #3 that the folded […]

Broad-side folder

What is a “Broad-side folder?”  A broad side folder is sort of an 8 page brochure with a slit along the folded top of the 2 center panels. For production we start with a trimmed brochure for example 16”x20”.  We produce a “slit,” 10” through the centre and fold automatically.  For a piece 16”x20”, the […]

Stand-up Box

What is a stand-up box?  A stand-up box is as pictured and videoed.  It is the cheapest, easiest to assemble from a retailer’s perspective, most “mail-worthy” and durable retail-counter display piece that can be printed! It is made out of paper from 12 to 16-point printed stock.  It requires die-cutting and gluing.  In many situations […]

Dome Snaps

What are dome snaps?  Dome snaps are better pictured than explained.  Everyone has had a “dome snaps”, to hold the flap of a purse or a wallet closed or to “snap shut” a book flap.  What is new in “dome snaps” that have been around for decades? Innovation includes “Dome snaps” can now be imprinted […]

Bevelled Edges

What are bevelled edges?  (U.S. spelling is “Beveled”).  We bevell the edges of case bound books or ring binders.  As usual these pictures are as good as a thousand words!  Bevelling is only effective on an unusually thick cover.  The commonest thickness for the cover of a case bound book is 100 point.  These pictures […]

Foil Stamping

What is foil stamping? Foil stamping, hot stamping or hot foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil to paper using a heated die. The die presses the foil onto the surface under pressure, leaving the design of the die on the paper.  Foil stamping, or foil printing is frequently combined with embossing […]

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

We’re installing two 40” die-cutters and three machines to produce die-cut glued “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios.” What is a regular standard portfolio?  Picture #1 and #2 shows a standard 2 pocket die-cut glued portfolio that can hold very few sheets of paper.  Several companies in the Toronto market can die-cut, glue and fold, one or […]

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book What does a giant case-bound (hard back) book look like?  The following pictures tell the answer.  Giant case bound books are made for one of four reasons that I can only summarize. For durability the publisher/customer wants heavier than average paper for the pages such as 100lb offset because there is […]

Wire-o-binding Continued …

Wire-o-binding Another Eblast for Wire-o?  I just did one last week!  Last week was about styles and price ratios.  This week is about ideas, unusual sizes, shapes, stands, material and etc… Picture #1 is a massive piece measuring 18” x 24”! Picture #2 is screen printed plastic used for pricing at store like Walmart.  Usually […]