Handmade Books for Christmas [pt 1]

January 3, 2011

It’s great working at Rag & Bone but sometimes I wish I was making books in the studio. I work in the office, which means hands on the computer, not bone folders and glue brushes. I miss the bindery sometimes. So I made handmade books & albums as gifts this year. This is the Family Photo Album I put together. It has forty pages. I printed 123 photos at CVS and used about 2/3 of them. The photo developer prints 4×6 photos, so in order to get smaller photos, I used photoshop to layout multiple photos into a 4×6 document and simply cut up the printed photo from the developer. This worked well for mixing up the layout of the album while still only paying .19¢ each for the prints. The Album took about two hours to put together. Once the photos are on the pages, they look important, something about a photo in an album which gives it a larger memory than simply a file on a computer or iphone. Ilira says I have to make a family album every year now. Sounds good to me!


  1. This is a wonderfully meaningful gift! Did you use the actual printed photos in a literal, not technical, cut and paste way? If so, Bravo! And if so, what adhesive was used to do the ‘pasting’?

    Thanks in advance for your reply!

    Comment by Cathy in Little Rock — January 4, 2011 @ 11:26 am

  2. Cathy,

    Thanks for the kind words. I printed the photos at CVS and cut (with scissors!) the prints into smaller photos. I used a double sided acid-free tape to adhere the photos. I used about three rolls of the tape. Additionally I made a template so the photos would line up straight on the pages. Good luck! Jason

    Comment by Jason Thompson — January 4, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

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