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 the only way to effectively present the “box!”

Cylinder Box

Cylinder Box

Cylinder Box

Notice how the “circular door” slides open, no instructions needed. Simple, functional, unique and memorable…it really really helps to sell a product!  We are in the process this month of producing boxes that are round; twenty inches across and six inches deep!  They are for a retail high end product.  When you need boxes…all kinds, sizes, styles and shapes…call us, we can help!

 

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Always use matte and gloss lamination appropriately

Lamination is the most popular technique used for finishing the covers of books.  It provides additional stiffness to the chosen paper stock and it helps to protect the printed cover from dirt and marks.  Lamination can be applied in the form of a film, which is glued to the stock by passing it through a heated roller, or by the application of a polymer resin which solidifies when exposed to UV light.  It’s broadly categorised as either matte or gloss, but which should one use and what criteria should be applied to the decision?  Gloss lamination doesn’t mark so easily and makes printed colours really pop off the page, so if you’ve got a gardening magazine or a book about colour photography, gloss lamination would work really well.  Alternatively, matte lamination feels contemporary so would work well on a cool fashion magazine, and it’s very popular for quality fiction.  The one thing to make clear is gloss shouldn’t automatically equate to high style and wealth, as in a “glossy magazine.”  This concept is outmoded.

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!

Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.

Star-burst

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 “star-burst,” is glued to the inside of a 4 page.  Also, picture #4-7 shows a similar sequence. “Star-burst” pieces can be printed on a wide range of stock, in a wide range of sizes.  The opening of this piece always gets a “WOW!!!”

Star-burst

Star-burst

 

Star-burst

Star-burst

Star-burst

Star-burst

Star-burst

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Always have up-to-date paper swatch books.

Paper companies have long used the swatch book to show off the capabilities of their sheets, combining current design trends with flashy techniques, in the hope that you will choose their line, and put it into use on a stunning final product. Most studios, firms or in-house departments will eventually have a printer visit their office, who will notice that they don’t have all of the current swatch books, and will to it that some are delivered.  Making sure that swatch references are up to date is vitally important.  One day in the future, you may go to spec a sheet and find that a swatch doesn’t exist any longer, or that that finish is gone, or the weight of paper is no longer available.

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!

Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.

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.

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

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 finish size would be 8”x5”.  At first glance it appears to be an 8 page, but when the user has “played” with it for a moment they see the slit and the uniqueness of the piece.  When completely opened flat it can be a sign or a poster.

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

The product can be printed in a wide range of stocks.  We have done quantities for 2000 to 100,000.  A broad-side can be surprisingly cost effective!  For samples please email me.

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

Broad-side folder

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY
Always know where the glue sections are and make sure that they are ink free.

The glue area on most pieces and products falls on the inside of a fold, requiring that there be a bleed so that the design can be seen in full and the package can sport a finished look, rather than awkward paper stock peeking out at the seams. Mail pieces might need to ultimately close on an open page or envelope, with complicated folds, making it a simple step for the end user.  That means that the areas where glue will go down in the production process, as well as those where the user may place it, need to be well thought out and marked early on.

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!

Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.

 

 

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!

Stand-up Box

Stand-up Box

It is made out of paper from 12 to 16-point printed stock.  It requires die-cutting and gluing.  In many situations we would die-cut and glue the piece and then insert whatever sales brochures are appropriate.  As the picture and video show, this piece can be produced in a wide range of sizes.  In some situations when the “stand-up” box has been filled with sales brochures the “full” stand-up box is put into a custom sized “corrugated box” and mailed or couriered to individual stores.

Stand-up Box

Stand-up Box

Benefits:

  • Anyone can open and place on a retail counter with “no” instructions
  • Environmentally friendly because it is not made of plastic as some “retail counter” display units are

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY
Always know the difference between embossing and debossing

Embossing is where an area of paper or board is raised above the surface so it stands out from the background, and debossing is where an area is pressed into the surface to create an indentation.

***The old adage “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” is very true but a sample is better than a thousand pictures!!!
Call us for samples.  We would be glad to oblige.

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

  1. “Dome snaps” can now be imprinted with logos or patterns etc…(see pictures #1—4)

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

2.  At one time they were all metal (see picture #5 to #7…now plastic ones are available and they are cheaper than metal “snaps” (see pictures #8 and #9)

 

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

Dome Snaps

There has been an explosion of colours…literally dozens of colours to chose from! (See picture #10)


Dome Snaps

4. Prices of the actual “dome snaps” are dropping

5. There are more sizes and surface textures

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROMBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Always be aware of paper show-through

Exposure to light affects the opacity, and thin sheets in particular can allow for the image/text on the page behind it to “show through” to the one you are viewing

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 are all 200 or 200+ point thickness of covers

In the overall cost of producing a hard-back book or a case wrapped ring binder the cost of the “board” is minimal.  For job requiring “bevelling” we mount (full surface glue 2 or 3, 100-point boards together).  The boards are then bevelled on three sides (I’ve never seen a job requiring only one or two sides).

Features:

  • Angled (45) edge
  • Smooth
  • Book is heavy

Benefits:

  • Greatly differentiate product (book or ring binder)
  • So UNUSUAL so therefore “VERY” memorable

Factor to consider:

  • Extra thick
  • Heavy covers will probably affect mailing cost

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROMBLEMS IN THE BINDERY
Always assemble a full-scale mock-up of any packaging/dimensional project

How does the design work at the folds and seams?  Where does the legal copy sit?  After all that, does it fit in the needed shipping containers and the commercial display cases and shelves?

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 to produce a three-dimensional image.

Foil Stamping

There are many types of foil that can make your printed piece stand out.

  • Metallic foils have a sheen and a shine or shimmer, and comes in a variety of colours, such as gold, silver, copper, blue, green and red.
  • Gloss pigments foils have a high glossy, but non-metallic finish and come in many colours
  • Matte pigments foils have a dull finish with deep solid colours
  • Special effect foils such as marbles, wood grains, leathers or pearls add distinctive texture and looks
  • Holographic foils use the transfer of a hologram image onto unique foils.  Holographic foils add a dramatic effect that often provides a “high-tech” look.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

The key benefits of foil stamping includes.

  1. Greater brand perception: Research shows that by adding gold foil printing or other interesting effects to your piece, consumers perceive a higher value and quality of your product
  2. Attention-grabbing effects: Foil stamping makes your printed piece stand out from the crowd with distinctive and eye-catching appeal.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

Foil can be applied to most paper stocks, even magnetic paper.  However, the ideal paper stock for metallic foil or other foil stamps is gloss cover or other stocks with a smooth surface.  Linen or other textured papers can be a challenge for foil due to their uneven surfaces.  Business cards, brochures, presentation folders, greeting cards, note cards or invitations are some of the endless possibilities that you can foil stamp.

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

Foil Stamping

We have just installed new machinery for foil stamping for sheets up to 20” x 31.”  Our new machine can die-cut, deboss, emboss or foil stamp!

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Always have at least one folio showing per spread

The viewer doesn’t interact with a single spread.  They have the entire thing, well over a hundred pages in their hands and they like to know where they are as they flip through.  They don’t need to be on every page, but at least one of each facing one.

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 two standard pocket portfolios.  We can now produce them in a wide range of sizes, stock weight with one or two pockets.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

But as per usual we can do something very few binderies/finishing houses can do…the ability to produce “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios!”

What is a “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio?”  A “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio” is the same as a regular die-cut, glued and folded “portfolio” but with the substantial difference that one or two pockets are formed like a gusset (box)!

Pictures #3, #4 and #5 shows the two-gusset capacity pocket portfolio.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #6 show the gusset capacity pocket portfolio when closed.  Pictures #7 and #8 show the product open with gusset capacity pocket on one side and regular “flat” pocket on the opposite side.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #9, #10 and #11 show a gusset capacity pocket portfolio on one side and a “flat” pocket on the opposite side.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #12 is a double gusset capacity pocket portfolio closed.  Picture #13 shows the double capacity pocket portfolio when open and picture #14 illustrates the two gusset capacity pockets portfolio with flaps.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Picture #15 is a single shaped gusset capacity pocket portfolio.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #16 and #17 is another example of a gusset capacity pocket portfolio and a regular “flat” pocket.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Pictures #18, #19 and #20 illustrates a gusset capacity pocket portfolio in an unusually large size.

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolio

We can produce

  1. Gusset capacity pockets at the side or bottom of the piece
  2. Two different gusset capacity pockets in one piece. For example: one gusset capacity pocket might be ¼” and the other ½”
  3. Gusset capacity pockets with flaps (see pictures #13 and #14)

For “Gusset Capacity Pocket Portfolios” in quantities of 100’s or 100’s of thousands; from 4” square to 16” square on a wide range of stocks…call us.  We can help!

 

TIPS FOR REDUCING PROBLEMS IN THE BINDERY

Don’t place content too close to the trim edge or gutter.

The technology used to trim and bind publications hasn’t really changed much.  The best bindery has to account for some leeway when trimming finished copies of brochures and books.  Its advisable not to print too near a trim edge.  The fact that it might get guillotined off during the binding process is only half the story.  It’s harder to detect small changes in the gap between the text area and the trim if the said gap is generous enough to absorb a slight variance in width or height.  Overly narrow margins will visibly “jump” if the pages of a book are thumbed rapidly, so try to allow at least ¼ inch for small items like folios.

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.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

  1. For durability the publisher/customer wants heavier than average paper for the pages such as 100lb offset because there is so much copy or picture, the book ends up being REALLY thick.
  2. The author wants a large number of dramatic pictures to be wonderfully and dramatically displayed so they pick an extra wide format such as up to 18” square!
  3. The client/author wants the book to stand out from all others and is willing to spend a great deal of extra money on a giant sized hard-back book.  You see oversized hard-back books in book sections of a large book store in categories such as fashion design, architecture, art and cook books
  4. The author wants a giant book because they want to “mirror” the effect of the books content; subjects such as mountains, tall buildings, airplanes, lakes etc.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

We can produce giant case-bound books that are symth sewn up to 4” thick, 16” face to spine and 18” head to foot.  We can perfect bind and hard cover case bind books up to 20” head to foot and 17” face to spine.

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

Giant Case Bound Book

The “giant” case-bound books can be cloth or litho paper wrapped, have foil gilded or stained edges, have metal corners, head-bands…in short, all the “extras” a regular sized book might have.  If you need a “giant” case-bound book…call us we can help!

Vinyl Binders

We produce screen printed vinyl binders.  Of course the volume has dropped dramatically but there is still a need for them.  Vinyl binders come in hundreds of capacities, sizes and styles.  The trend for metal ring binders is always from vinyl material to be printed, film laminated paper which is glued and “wrapped” around board.

The benefits of vinyl ring binders over a “case wrapped” ring binder are four fold

  1. Vinyl binders can be easily produced with “clear pockets” attached (or sealed) to the spine, or outside or inside of the cover (See pictures #1 to #9)
  2. If litho quality graphics are wanted a full sized “litho printed” sheet it can be “trapped” or “sealed” to the outside front cover (or in addition the spine and/or the outside back cover) (See picture #10)
  3. For customization a full colour litho printed can be easily added or removed from the front cover in which is called an overlay binder
  4. Some clients want the front cover or both front and back covers “padded.”  The covers have a “cushion” effect.  This effect is much harder to produce in a litho wrapped case binder (See picture #11)

Vinyl Binders

Vinyl Binders

Vinyl Binders

Pockets have a wide range of costs.  If pockets in pictured #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8, #9 would cost X cents each, pockets in picture #1 and #7 would cost 10 times as much because the expensive pockets are sealed at a completely separate sealing operation.

Vinyl Binders

The metal rings in binders come in different styles. (See picture #12)

Vinyl Binders

 

The latest change in the market is the increasingly frequent customer requests for “coloured” metal rings.  We can supply a whole range of colours…shiny, matte or dull. (See picture #13)

Vinyl Binders

Picture #14 is a screen printed binder

Vinyl Binders

Features

Benefits

  • Easier to add pockets than other binder
  • Styles such as polythene and case wrapped binder are easier to personalized with digitally printed sheets “trapped” to the outside of the front cover

P.S. We stock 100’s of vinyl colours (See picture #15)