Wire-o-binding

What is Wire-o-binding? Wire-o-binding is a continuous series of looped wire, usually extending the spine length of a book looped through holes. The holes are usually rectangular although they are sometimes circular.

Wire-o-binding is one of four styles of binding called “mechanical binding” which also includes cerlox (Americans call it comb), spiral wire and plasticoil. Of these four binding methods the wire-o-binding method is by far the most popular.

Pictures below are numbered 1 to 9 in the order of binding cost. Number 1 is the most popular and cheapest to produce. Numbers 9 and 10 are entirely different styles. Number 9 is a stand up “flip” easel style and number 10 which is bound with a “looped wire” inserted into the wire-o-binding is meant to be hung on a wall.

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-binding

Wire-o-bound books can be as thin as two sheets up to 1 1/2” thick.  The wire-o-binding comes in up to forty colours.  There are two different punch hole spacings.  From the thinnest up to 5/8” have three holes per inch.  From 11/16” to 1 1/2” there are 2 holes per inch.  In the design stage the different hole spacings can be important for graphic designers to know.

Features

  • Smooth
  • Binding is round
  • Binding is usually shiny

Benefits

  • Perfect alignment when the book is opened from side to side
  • Wire-o “ends of wire” can only be seen inside of book cover
  • When the books are open the opening (or gutter) is quite narrow

Moleskin

What is a Moleskin?  A Moleskin is a branded “diary,” “notebook,” or “planner” book.  See pictures below.

Moleskin is an Italian company that sold over one billion dollar’s worth of books in 2016!!!  It is still growing.  In the age of tablets, smartphones etc…why?  The reasons are somewhat complex but the biggest reason is people’s desire to experience what has become a “tactile feeling,” a desire to particularly engage, an urge to be creative.

The vast majority of “Moleskin” books are

  1. Hard covered
  2. Smyth sewn
  3. Have an expandable envelope glued into the book cover
  4. Have ruled or lined pages
  5. Elastic closure

They come in various sizes; usually the same thickness, the same paper and rounded corners.

A visit to any major book store and a chat with the managers always indicates that the “diary,” “notebook,” section of the store is growing steadily, and always the largest section in the notebook section is devoted to “Moleskin.”  Moleskin has a number of competitions.  The biggest one is very similar to Moleskin except the pages are heavier stock, the pages are numbered and there are some different coloured covers.

I feel from everything I have seen and read I feel that the “diary,” “notebook” market will keep growing.  How is this information useful to a graphic designer or printer?  Many corporations from startups to some “Fortune 500 companies” want to customize “Moleskin” books.  Everything from simply buying a few hundred Moleskin books and foil stamping or debossing the corporate name in the front cover to

  1. Printing the corporate name on every page
  2. Numbering the pages
  3. Colour staining of the head, foot and face of the book
  4. Different coloured cover (to maybe match their corporate colour)
  5. A coloured envelope in the back cover or no envelope at all

In my experience a printer can produce the Moleskin “knock-off,” cheaper than the cost of buying a regular Moleskin.  I’ve seen situations where a printer wanted to copy a “Moleskin” exactly.  A problem presented.  Moleskin with their massive buying power went to a cover material manufacturer and ordered itself truckloads of a custom coloured cover material.  We had access to numerous colours of the same material but not the colour of the Moleskin cover.  Solution…. get another standard colour of the same material and screen print the exact colour as the Moleskin.

See if your clients are interested. Tell them what is available.  Moleskin the concept.  We’re going to see more of them!

Pictures #1 to #3 show a classic Moleskin.  They always “debossed” on the cover, has coloured (sometimes matching colour or contrasting) elasticized cloth “rope” on the back cover, ruled sheets, round corners, and “expandable envelope” in the back cover.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #4 to 6 show a highly customized “Moleskin” for a major corporation.  For something as big as the “Game of Thrones,” the name Moleskin is still first and centre on the front cover!  Picture #5 is a customized “endpaper.”  Picture #6 is the traditional expandable envelope on the back cover that has been personalized.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #7 and #8 are a “knock-off” Moleskin.  Everything is the same as a Moleskin except a highly decorative cover and both ribbon book mark and “book elastic” are different colours than the cover.  Picture #9 and #10 are another “knock-off” called “Poppin.” Basically, the same as a Moleskin only with “metalized” cover (cover is flexible) and elastic at the back.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #11 to #14 are of yet another “knock-off.”  The difference here is picture #13 and #14 have a printed front and back endpapers.  Both of the “knock-off” sells millions of copies world wide.  Picture #15, produced locally is 90% the same as a Moleskin except customized pages.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

Pictures #16 to #18 show much-used Moleskins.  Proof that people still write.

Moleskin

Moleskin

Moleskin

 

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper…so what!

I’m seeing a trend. The appearance of natural brown kraft paper, rough board and “fine-flute” brown corrugated in a number of areas. It’s the natural look, recycled look, environmentally friendly look, the back to nature look…the look that universally elicits a positive reaction.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Where I see it in our shop is in the production of books and booklets. Picture #1 is a hard covered case bound book. Picture #2 is a booklet with a “fine-flute” corrugated “natural cover” and “kraft” pages. Pictures #3 and 4 are booklets with kraft covers and natural cloth taped spines. Most of the pages in picture #5 are kraft paper. Ring binders are increasingly “wrapped” in plain kraft. Titles are often embossed or debossed. Pictures #6, 7, 8 and 9 are various binder styles wrapped in kraft paper.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

The largest market segment is packaging. Whether the product is jewelry (Picture #10), cups (Picture #11), pots (Picture #12), clothing (Picture #13), a label or jar top (Picture #14), nail polish colour (Picture #15), stationary (Picture #16), eating utensils (Picture #17)…the range is varied.

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper

I feel graphic designers and printers should be aware of this. I believe the “natural look” will be a growing trend as all the packaging market increases. Kraft, natural coloured paper still requires design, printing, die-cutting, gluing, windowing…all the applications as all other “paper/board packaging” needs.

Features

  • Brown in various shades
    Rougher surface than regular coated paper

Benefits

  • Kraft like “paper” is increasingly readily available
  • It conveys a distinct image more effectively than any other kind of paper
  • It gives graphic designers and printers in other product to design and print

Ball Chain

What is a “Ball chain”?

As these pictures show a “Ball chain” it is the same thing as the common “keychain.”

In a bindery context the “Ball chain” can serve four different functions.  The commonest would be to hold 2 or more “cards” together such as shown in picture #1, 5 and 6.

 

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

The second function would be to act similar to a saddle stitched book as pictured in #4.  Instead of wire stitches the pages are “bound together” with a “Ball chain.”

Ball Chain

The third use would be to act as a “tag string.”  Instead of stringing the “tag” a “Ball chain” is used.  Pictures #2, 3 and 7 illustrates this.

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

The fourth application is to “attach” a folder or a card to a larger piece as shown in pictures #8 and 9.

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Ball chains come in several colours as shown in pictures #2, 3, 4, 10 and 11.  Pictures #10 and 11 also illustrates chains of various thicknesses.  When purchasing “Ball chains” you don’t have to worry about length because the “chains” are purchased on large spools.  The “balls” come in a jar.  The chains can be “cut-to-length” with a pair of scissors, the ball snap at the end, the chain is inserted and snapped shut…presto, finished job!

Ball Chain

Ball Chain

Features

  • Smooth
  • Fluid
  • Flexible

Benefits

  • Differentiates product
  • Can be colour coordinated with the printed product
  • No instructions needed for uses to open and close

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