Our stunning luxury leather photograph albums are individually hand bound using traditional bookbinding skills.
Folding & Gathering the Sections
Each album begins with a folded single leaf of acid free Paradigm archival paper.
The folded leaves are trimmed and inserted to make up sections to give the chosen number of leaves for each album.
Standard & Decorative Endpapers
Each style of endpaper is made up of two inserted folded four page sections of 160gsm cream acid free paper. Both styles of end paper have a linen reinforced joint for added strength.
Stitching of the Sections
Each of the folded sections are hand sewn on tapes using a traditional sewing frame. After which the end papers are attached.
Tipping & Gluing
The first and last sections of each album are tipped with glue to secure them along with the endpapers.
The spine is then glued with archival reversible adhesive.
Trimming to Size
Once the spine adhesive has dried the album is trimmed to the finished size.
Lining the Spine
The spines of each trimmed album are lined with mull and acid free paper for added strength.
Making the Stiffeners
Part of the endpaper is folded to trap the mull to form the stiffener which will be inserted into the split boards used on all of our albums.
Unlike the majority of photo albums on the market using weaker single grey boards we use a quality mill board with a split for extra strength and rigidity.
The split boards are attached to the sewn albums using the stiffeners and then covered in either the finest bookbinding leather from our colour range or Heritage library buckram.
Lettering & Blocking
The front board of each album is lettered with either gold or silver foil or blind embossed using hand set type with the option of a motif if desired. The Beyond branding is embossed on the back cover for provenance.
Casing-in and Pressing
Once each album has been lettered the stiffeners and splits are glued and the album pressed.
The endpapers are then glued and placed down before final pressing.