Two-Tone Quarter Binding & Text Titles

JenHuang-20160310-1-009992-R1-009 JenHuang-20160310-14-009994-R1-002 JenHuang-20160310-19-009992-R1-007 We love classic binding techniques and covers and so we had to start offering a traditional two-tone quarter bound album with our own text title style. We always recommend a slipcase or clamshell case with any quarter bound books. Think about adding a spine stamp too for a little hint of gold. Embracing color and tradition at the same time!

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The Meaning Behind Fine Art

There are many albums today that are labeled as "Fine Art" and many companies that have have begun to create the style of albums that we pioneered here at Heirloom. We love that our designs are changing the industry and influencing how wedding albums are perceived. However, it's important to recognize the difference between a true fine art album and something that may not be. To begin, we like to think of "fine art" as applying to what an album is physically, and also what it is philosophically. To us, a fine art album or print, is one that is created skillfully with the best archival (100% acid free) materials. We also believe that our products should be hand printed and hand made, so that an artisan is present throughout the process. Ā  The reason that our collectors pursue the albums we produce is that they believe in offering a product that reflects their skill and reverence for the fine art philosophy. Our collectors want to see their images printed on beautiful paper and bound by hand into an exquisite book. Brides and grooms also feel that their images are deserving of our artful preservation. When you hold one of our products in your hands, you'll notice that there is an incredible attention to detail, that every angle and line is thoughtfully formed. These are the reasons why we continue to produce our products despite the enormous dedication of time and energy into each piece and why we feel that our albums, prints and boxes are so special. If you have any questions about our process, feel free to e-mail us at hello@heirloombindery.com.

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Layout for an Heirloom Album

20160210-009436-R1-003Whether you love using our InDesignĀ templates or outsource your design to other people or programs, here are a few tips on how to tell a beautiful story with your Heirloom album.
  • Curate your images, select only the best
  • Intersperse images of details, location and ambiance within a chronological flow
  • Use open gallery style pages with large white borders which focus the viewer on a single image
  • Showcase the individuality of each bride and groom on every cover
Here are two examples of finished albums: 16x16 Square Format Wedding Album by Jen Huang (link) 12x14 Vertical Format Bridal Fashion Album by Elizabeth Messina (link) Click here to download our InDesign templates in every size that we offer (22mb). The image shown above is of our 12x12 Heirloom album in natural linen, in a traditional clamshell case. Other things to keep in mind:
  1. Margins: leaveĀ either substantial whitespace (at least 1" around the image) or go full-bleed. Small white borders can appear uneven after trimming. Printing and trimming tolerances are approx. 1/16", but the human eye is very good at noticing small differences on small borders!
  2. Interleaving: we insist on vellum interleaving to protect our images.Ā This will affect the way any two-page spreads are viewed.
For those with creative designs or who feel strongly about small margins or leaving out the interleaving, please contact us regarding our digital print options.

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