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Created to last a lifetime, this set of books was commissioned by my customer for her new nephews Tomas and Javier.  These books will be written in throughout the twins' lives at every event from baptisms to birthdays to graduations to weddings.  The look is classic with just a touch of pale blue to suggest twin boys.  The blind embossed decorations include acorns, meant to represent the children, and a tree meant to represent the family tree that they are now a part of.

 

custom goatskin leather baby memory books for twins

 

leather lifetime memory books for twins

   

- page size 7" wide by 8 and 1/2" tall

 - 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- pages are off-white, acid-free, and lined with light gray lines with college-ruled spacing

- light blue satin ribbon page marker

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather over binder's board

- decorations on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- lettering on cover and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and ligth blue stamping foil

- approximately $245 or $490 for the pair

 

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dark brown leather baby brothers journals front covers

 

dark brown leather baby brothers journals front detail

 

The appeal of this album lies largely in the extremely adorable black and white cover photo provided by my customer.  The rest of the album has been kept simple so as not to compete with the photograph. The palest of pale pink endpapers were added as the only suggestion that this is a baby girl.  A favorite quote appears on the back cover with the baby's name on the spine.

 

eggshell linen baby portrait album

 

black and white baby album with photograph

   

- page size 9" square

 -  50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- very pale pink endpapers

- cover is eggshell linen book cloth over binder's board and tag board

- cover image printed on water and fade-resistant Epson professional photo paper and mounted on the cover in a slightly recessed area

- lettering on spine and back cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- decoration on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $185

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eggshell linen baby album with black and white portrait front cover

 

eggshell linen baby album with black and white portrait whole cover

 

eggshell linen baby album with black and white portrait spine

 

eggshell linen baby album with black and white portrait pale pink endpapers

 

I love non-traditional baby albums.  This one, for a baby named "Hudson", features some great photos of an antique Hudson automobile.  This is a clean, classic, interesting baby album; nothing cutesy about it.  I loved this one.  The pages are heavy, acid-free paper with the natural deckled edge left on the outer edge of each page to enhance the handcrafted look.  The silver lettering on the spine compliments the silver chrome and automotive paint in the cover photos.  The gray stone pattern endpapers further compliment the color scheme.

 

custom navy leather baby album with vintage hudson automobile 

 

hudson baby album

   

- page size10" square

 - 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- hand-marbled endpapers in a gray stone pattern

- cover is navy blue pigskin leather over binder's board and matte board

- raised panels on front and back covers

- photos on cover printed on water and fade-resistant Epson professional photo paper and permanently attached to the cover in slightly recessed areas

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $265

 

 

 

 

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navy leather hudson baby album front cover detail

 

navy leather hudson baby album back cover detail

 

navy leather hudson baby album spine

 

navy leather hudson baby album marbled endpapers

 

Created for a baby whose family nicknamed "monkey", the playful raised design on the front cover was based on Wyatt's mom's monkey tattoo that she got in honor of him.  There is a recessed banana carved into the back cover.  Simple silver lettering was added to the front and back covers and a custom clamshell box was made to protect the book.  The clamshell box, covered in burgundy and charcoal linen book cloths compliments the burgundy leather of the book.

 

custom burgundy leather baby album with monkey and banana

 

monkey and banana baby album

  

- page size 8" wide by 10" tall

 - 25 pages (50 pages sides to mount photos on)

- pages are heavy, acid-free black Arches cover

- cover is burgundy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- decoration on front cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- custom clamshell box covered in burgundy and charcoal book cloth

- lettering and decoration on the  clamshell box done in the same colors as the book lettering

- approximately $285 for the book

- approximately $175 for the clamshell box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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burgundy leather monkey baby album front cover detail

 

burgundy leather monkey baby album back cover detail

 

burgundy leather monkey baby album custom cloth covered clamshell box

 

burgundy leather monkey baby album custom cloth covered clamshell box partially open

 

burgundy leather monkey baby album custom cloth covered clamshell box open flat

 

Not exactly a baby book, this blank book was created for my customer's son's teachers to write in as he went through school.  The idea was to have a place where, every year, a teacher could record their comments and memories of my customer's son.  My customer requested a fire truck theme, so of course it had to be red!  There is a raised old-fashioned hook and ladder firetruck on the front cover and a carved, recessed fireman's hat on the back cover.  Raised cords on the spine outlined in gold give the book a classic feel as does the ribbon page marker and the marbled endpapers.  Made to last, this book should follow my customer's son through grade school and beyond.

 

custom red leather preschool record book with fire truck

 

 

fire truck school record book

  

- page size 8" square

 - 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- red satin ribbon page marker

- hand-marbled endpapers in shades of red

- cover is red pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine outlined in gold

- cover and spine lettering added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- approximately $210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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red leather baby fire engine journal whole cover

 

red leather baby fire engine journal front detail

 

red leather baby fire engine journal back detail

 

red leather baby fire engine journal spine

 

red leather baby fire engine journal endpapers

 

A book does not have to be bound in leather to be effective.  This unique baby journal and album set is bound in dark green vellum book cloth.  The cover features a herd of running horses in silver and pewter foil, running under a starry night sky.  The stars were stamped in several foil colors including silver, chrome, and pewter.  The horses run along a ground line and under that line, all of the baby's information is stamped in either silver or pewter foil.  The parents of this child wanted horses on the cover because the baby did a lot of kicking in utero.  An album was made to match the journal (album pictured on the right).

 

custom dark green baby book and album set with running horses

 

running horses at night baby journal and album set  

 

- page size 10" square

 - 100 pages (200 page sides to write on) in journal

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on) in album

- tan linen page marker in journal

- tan stone textured endpapers (this paper is no longer available)

- cover is dark green vellum book cloth over binder's board

- decorations on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and silver, chrome, and pewter stamping foils

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver and pewter stamping foil.

- approximately $150 for the journal

- approximately $210 for the album

 

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dark green vellum book cloth running horses baby journal and album set

 

dark green vellum book cloth running horses baby journal endpapers

 

Another not-your-typical baby album.  My customer requested a nature theme and wanted a buck with a full rack on the front.  We decided on a night scene where the silhouette of the animal made sense.  This album has a raised ground line and raised buck with a cresent moon and star on the back cover.  There is no lettering on the spine; only wide raised cords accented with silver lines.  This album manages to look monumental and classic.

 

custom burgundy leather baby album with buck deer and moon

 

baby album with raised buck night scene

   

- page size 10" square

 - 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- silver satin ribbon page marker

- parchment-look mottled tan endpapers

- cover is burgundy pigskin leather over binder's board and tag board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in silver

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- moon and single star added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $255

 

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burgundy leather baby album with buck deer and night sky spine

 

burgundy leather baby album with buck deer and night sky endpapers

 

burgundy leather baby album with buck deer and night sky open pages

     
     
     

 

 

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