Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

What are Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books?  Casebound books that are regular case bound/hard book bound books except they are very, very small.  They like large books are smyth sewn, have case-wrap board covers, have head and tail bands, endpapers (sometimes with ribbon or a paper dust jacket).  You often see this in rotary racks in stores (of course Chapters) near the checkout counters.

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Some Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books are like regular casebound books that are lithowrap (see picture #1), some are wrap with our material (see picture #2), some have a dust jacket (see picture #3), some are smyth sewn (see picture #4) some are perfect bound (see left side of picture #5)

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

 

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Almost all of them are made in China…however we can STILL make them.  Someone who might want an “attention getter” called a “miniature board book,” or who needs them for a promo quickly…we can help.Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

Miniature Casebound (Hardback) Books

For runs of a few hundred we can sometimes beat Chinese pricing.  We can definitely beat their delivery time and for a highly custom order we can suggest 100’s of colours, textures, materials and “add-ones.”

Features

  • Small
  • “Cute”
  • Unusual

 Benefits

  • Quickly draws attention and interest

 

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Months ago I did an E-mail on Japanese Binding. The product here is called “Japanese Ribbon Binding”.  I’ve looked up a number of websites and three of them call this product “Fancy Binding”.  The name Japanese Ribbon Binding is a copyrighted term.  Fancy Binding as a term is not possible to copyright because it is too generic.  These ribbon books are impressive!  We can produce them from a range of about 250 colours of ribbons; shiny/dull ribbons, ribbed ribbons, patterned ribbons, edged ribbons…the list goes on.

Japanese Ribbon Binding

 

Japanese Ribbon Binding

This binding style can be almost any size, for example it may be 4”x5” to as big as 16”x16”.  If the cover is a hardcover it must be “creased” (or scored) next to the binding so the cover can bend open.  I’ve seen books like this with fancy “ties” at each end of the ribbon; some with various hole spacings, one with double ribbons for 2 colours, one with an “eyelet” on each hole…let your imagination WANDER.

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Features

  • Soft
  • Flexible

Benefits

  • Colourful
  • Highly distinctive
  • Lots of room for creativity

Factor to consider

  • How is the book going to be used, eg. context office, some to be used by kids…etc

Japanese Ribbon Binding

Debossing

What is “Debossing”? Debossing is a process by which a metal block or die is pressure-stamped into the surface of your work, leaving a permanent sunken impression of the design.  It is a simple yet versatile way of creating a shallow, sunken impression in the surface of a soft material such as paper, card, or leather.  To impart the impression a metal die is pressed flat into the surface under the pressure of a press.Debossing

Debossing

Debossing is ideal for titling work or creating small areas of pattern or text on a cover or page.  The impression created is “blind,” with no print or ink, it’s simply a sunken area matching your artwork.  It is possible to create sunken areas that are printed, but this requires you to print first, then deboss precisely over the printed area, which is often very difficult to do without a special equipment.

Debossing
Debossing

A debossed impression creates a shallow, clean-lined imprint in you chosen surface.  There is a limit to the amount of flat surface area that can be imprinted.  Debossing larger areas requires a press capable of delivering a lot of direct pressure.  The softer your surface, the deeper the debossing can be.  The ideal surface is one with a little bit of give, but not too much, such as a book cloth over grayboard.

Debossing

Debossing dies are created commercially either from computer generated artwork (text or line) or directly from clean, clear line drawings. The best results comes from artwork with thin-ner rather than fatter lines of letters.  The artwork is scanned photographically and output to film.  The film is then used to transfer the image onto a metal plate, which is acid-etched to create the die. The image is turned back to front during this process so that the resulting die will read backward this creates the impression that is the right way around.

Debossing

Debossing

Debossing

We often do debossing on business cards, book covers, book jackets and invitation cards…the list goes on.  Debossing can really make a sheet of paper “stand out!” Debossing besides being readily seen can be immediately felt.  I’ve been impressed for years by the high percentage of people who see “debossed” paper of whatever kind & they can’t resist touching it.

Debossing

Debossing

Debossing when compared to other “surface effects” for paper such as engraving, spot UV, ap-pliqué, etc…is often very cost effective.

Features

  • Raised effect
  • Smooth
  • Detailed

Benefits

  • Greatly enhances perceived value of paper product
  • Permanent

Debossing

Debossing

Materials

  • High-quality white paper or card for creating your artwork
  • Case-bound cover, for example book cloth over grayboard

Factors To  Consider

  • Certain types of paper (only a few) do not “deboss” effectively
  • Testing is highly recommended

Flexible Case Bound Covers

What are flexible case bound covers? They are simply covers on a case bound  book that can be bent; but not as much as a perfect bound book cover. They are usually offset printed on heavier than average paper.  We turn the four edges inward and glue the same as a normal hard book cover… except there is no board in the case!  When the book is “cased-in”, on the end papers and glued down the book appears to be very similar to a regular HARD cover case bound book. There is a cost saving in the production process because there is no board.

Flexible Case Bound Covers

Flexible Case Bound Covers

Some customers like the feel of a flexible cover on a case bound book.  A flex cover case bound book is thinner than a regular hard back book. I know of one situation where a “flex-covered” book was ordered to reduce the mailing/postage cost.  These pictures illustrate that a “flex-covered”, case-bound book can like a hard covered case bound book in that they can have rounded corners, or the addition of metal corners.  Like a regular hard back book, the spine can be flat or rounded.

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

Features

  • Flat
  • Flexible
  • Has glued endpapers

Benefits

  • Can reduce postage
  • Additional option for creativity

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

 Flexible Case Bound Covers

Factors to consider

  • If the “cover” is Litho printed, there may be difficulties in printing a much heavier stock

Clam Shell Boxes

What is a clam shell?  In the context of a bindery a clam shell is a one-piece box. Like a set-up box it does not collapse. A clam shell box can be almost any size, made of a wide range of materials and have “insert configurations” that can be functional, visually appealing and creative.

Clam Shell

The quantities we have produced range for 3 to 10’s of THOUSANDS.  Clam shell boxes are made of course to show something. The commonest use is to hold a book. The next most frequent use would be HOUSE a diploma, very special brochure or PERSONALIZED piece. The third most requested would be a retail product.

Clam Shell

Clam shell boxes can have “MANY” different styles of closures; the commonest being a magnet. These boxes are “decorated” with either a debossed/ emboss style of printing followed in frequency by foil-stamping followed in frequency by a Litho printed case wrap.

Clam Shell Boxes

 

Clam Shell Boxes

Again, I’ve sent you lots of pictures to give you some ideas regarding clam shell boxes…… ideas to let your imagination flow.  Almost all clam shell jobs we produce follow the same course in almost all cases the client meets with us to look at our INCREDIBLY large range of samples and after discussing what is to go into the clamshell boxes we establish sizes, closures, types of material, liner details, “decoration”, type styles, production time and pricing.  In almost all situations we make a prototype (which we charge for) which usually takes 3- 5 days.

Clam Shell Boxes

 

Clam Shell Boxes

Clam Shell Boxes

Features

  • Solid
  • Light

Benefits

  • Functional; eg holds some thing
  • Durable
  • No instructions needed for usage

Factors to consider

There of 100’s of creative options to choose from so consider time for production and usage required

Book & Box Closures

The following images in this email show only 10 out of the dozens of types of closures for books and boxes. Hopefully, this email will give you some ideas for ways to make your project unique. Each of the types of closures featured can range from being very inexpensive (Velcro fasteners in first image) to being very pricey (combination lock in the second image).

Book and Box Closures

Book and Box Closures

The following image is a button closure that has an elasticized loop that stretches around the button.

Book and Box Closures

Next, is a flexible die cut magnet that wraps half way around the book cover. The back cover has an implanted magnet inside.

Book and Box Closures

The next image shows a faux leather strip and metal post closure.

Book and Box Closures

The image below shows a box with an elasticized loop that is riveted to the bottom. The loop is hooked over slits made in the top of the box.

Book and Box Closures

The next image shows an oval rivet that slides over a flat metal head that, when twisted 90 degrees, holds the box closed.

Book and Box Closures

The box shown below was a project for Neenah Paper. The box is closed with a Velcro-lined flap of polyurethane.

Book and Box Closures

This last image shows dome snaps, which are often seen on articles of clothing.

Book and Box Closures

Features

  • Virtually an endless range of styles, textures, materials, colours, etc.
  • Range of prices

Benefits

  • Easily keeps books and boxes closed when desired and easily opened.
  • A final touch to a piece that can be that WOW factor

Metal Etched Plates

What do Metal Etched Plates have to do with binderies and books? We put them on binders and books instead of doing foil stamping, printing, embossing/debossing or screen printing.

Metal Etched Plates
Metal Etched Plates

The metal can be aluminum, tin, brass or steel. We mounted plates ranging in size from 1/2” x 3/4” to 11” x 14”, there is a huge range!

Metal Etched Plates

Metal Etched Plates can be attached to binder and books by three methods:

  1. Gluing
  2. Riveting
  3. Pinning

The following two images show a ring binder that has an aluminum plate that is both etched and screen printed.

Metal Etched Plates
Metal Etched Plates

The next two images show plates that are both etched and coloured.

Metal Etched Plates
Metal Etched Plates

This next two images show “pin pieces.” We drill 2 small holes into the cover, insert and bend the two prongs inward and line the book lid or book cover to hide the prongs.

Metal Etched Plates
Metal Etched Plates

The following image shows an etched brass moulded piece.

Metal Etched Plates

One supplier we found can, in addition to etching and decorating metal plates, can also personalize each plate with a unique name. The per unit price was surprising low! In some instances, the supplier can personalize 500 unique names cheaper than we could foil stamp 500 unique names!

Features

• Multiple shapes, textures, surface and metals
• Can be both etched and coloured

Benefits

• Very distinctive
• Great value added benefit
• Can be personalized, sometimes at a cheaper cost than foil stamping!

Setup Boxes

What is a Setup Box? It is simply a box that cannot be collapsed and is very sturdy. There are fundamentally two styles of boxes: Setup Boxes and Folding Boxes. An example of a Folding Box (see image of flattened white box below) is the box your tube of toothpaste came in. Folding boxes are just one pieces and are produced at rates of many thousands per hour. Setup Boxes, on the other hand, have a top and bottom and are produced at a much slower rate as the process relies more on hand assembly.

Setup Boxes

We make Setup Boxes but only in unusual sizes and small quantities. We’ve made Setup Boxes as small as 3/4” high x 2” wide x 2” deep and as large as 8” high x 9” wide x 16” long! We can produce virtually any size of Setup Box – generally, size isn’t an issue for us!

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

We can produce Setup Boxes that are wrapped in litho printed sheets, paper, cloth, faux leather and foil. We have even wrapped Setup Boxes in plastic film laminate! We can add foil stamping, duplexing and debossing to Setup Boxes.

Some ideas for what can go into Setup Boxes are pencils, pens, shows, jars, bottles, cutlery, tools, etc.

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

Setup Boxes

Features

  • Square, permanent corners
  • Has a separate base and lid
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Can’t be collapsed

Benefits

  • Permanent box shape
  • Users know how to open & close the boxes and don’t need instructions

Factor to Consider

  • If your box is to be wrapped or mounted with litho-printed paper, we need to specify sheet sizes and print positioning

Embroidered Book Covers

Embroidered Book Covers … wow! They are unusual, distinctive and memorable.

The image below (I wish the book would photograph more effectively) shows a book spine and front cover with raised thread embroidery! We can produce Embroidered Books using literally hundreds of colours of thread; shiny or matte, fine or bulky, multiple levels with multiple colours.

Embroidered Book Covers

When you consider thread embroidery for your project let your imagination really wander. The two images below show multiple colours of threads.

Embroidered Book Covers

Embroidered Book Covers

The image below shows a single ply embroidered cover of a saddle sewn book.

Embroidered Book Covers

The image below shows a square back bound book with a five-coloured patch/label securely glued to the front cover.

Embroidered Book Covers

This pink coloured book shown below is a four-coloured embroidery job that has been embroidered through a very smooth, delicate cloth.

Embroidered Book Covers

The brown book shown below is bound in a round-back, case bound style and has six colours and three different textures of threads.

Embroidered Book Covers

Features

  • Smooth
  • Raised
  • Texture

Benefits

  • Greatly increases the real value of the book
  • The book jumps out, gets noticed and remembered

Factor to Consider

  • Although we have hundreds of different kinds of book binding cloth, adding embroidery to your book reduces your cloth options.

Loop Stitching

What is Loop Stitching? The following four images are the perfect answer.

Loops Stiching

Loop Stiching

Loop Stiching

Loop Stitching

Loop Stitching is a saddle stitch with “loop.” When a Loop Stitched book is open to the centre, it looks exactly the same as a regular saddle stitched book. The outside “loop” on a Loop Stitched book allows the book to be inserted into a ring binder with no drilled holes. The advantage of this is uninterrupted graphics and a cleaner look.

Our Loop Stitching comes in two sizes. The smaller loop size can be inserted into a ring binder with a ring size up to 1”. The larger loop size can accommodate up to a 4” ring binder ring size.

Many jobs that require Loop Stitching are designed to be Loop Stitched, but many jobs are simply to a fix a mistake! Loop Stitching can rescue poor pre-press design, 3-hole drilling that ruins copy or graphics, etc. The books are simply Loop Stitched (instead of being reprinted and bound)!

We can Loop Stitch almost any size, like regular saddle stitched books. The following two images show a new process we have developed. This new process is the solution for a perfect bound book that was meant to be drilled but cannot be because the drilling obscures copy, graphics, prices, etc.

Loop Stitching

 

The solution we developed simply involves taking blank 10pt white stock, creasing and folding it as a 4-page, Loop Stitching it, gluing it closed and tipping it onto the back of a perfect bound book. Presto! You have a Loop Stitched perfect bound book and a problem, which may have required a complete re-print, has been solved!

Features

  • Shiny
  • Smooth

Benefits

  • Books turn more easily in ring binder if they are “loop-stitched” versus drilled
  • Unlike drilled holes, a loop stitch doesn’t interrupt graphics
  • Perceived added value
  • Can be a very important solution to what can often be a very expensive problem