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Worktable Wednesday

Today I completed a custom order for a photographer – it was the hardest project I’ve ever worked on. It involved cold mounting 12″ x 12″ photos by hand onto card stock. Alignment was hard and I accidentally mounted a couple of pictures upside down (do-over). By the way, the photos are STUNNING.

I have never worked on such a challenging book – the process of making it pushed me to learn (and make up) so many new skills and techniques. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to work on the project.

Thankfully, today was binding day. That’s something I’m pretty confident about.

Handmade photo album in progress - pages

Here’s the setup. I created a template for punching the holes in each page (by hand with a screw punch). I would place the template over the page and then put weights on it to hold it in place before punching.

Handmade photo album in progress

Due to the location of the decorative element on the screw posts, I had to assemble the album from front to back. That meant adding pages upside down.

Handmade photo album in progress

Handmade photo album in progress

I was relieved that all of the pages fit appropriately with no issues (or mistakes!).

Spine of handmade photo album

The completed book is 1 5/8″ thick and weighs 8 pounds, 5 ounces. It essentially weighs as much as a newborn…and it feels like a newborn!

Handmade photo album

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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