Category Archives: Post Album 3 Part: Front, Back & Spine

Putting a new spin on Victoria Jackson’s Portfolio

A dynamic cover was achieved by blowing up Victoria Jackson’s logo, bleeding it off the edge of the cover, and stamping it in near clear foil. Her complete logo was stamped in gloss brown foil to complete the branding.

Top Photo: cover and spine of portfolio. Bottom Photo: close-up logo stamping.

CREDITS Design Collaboration: Victoria Jackson & Brooke M. Tinney.
2012 © Dweller By The Stream Inc.

Jim Krantz wins Lucie Award 2010 International Photographer of the Year!

Congratulations Jim! Perfect timing as award coincides with the launch of his HOT! new branding and portfolio design. Patented and crinckled turquoise leather are applied to a soft cover to empahsize the fluidity of Jim’s work.
Crinkle patented turquoise leather backed with interior of Japanese fabric and matte silver foil stamping. CREDITS Design Collaboration: Jim Krantz, Amanda Sosa Stone & Brooke M. Tinney; Photo Edit: Amanda Sosa Stone; Computer Templates and Lyout: Brooke M. Tinney; and Rep: Cynthia Held.
2010 © Dweller By The Stream Inc.

Metallic Makeover: Christopher Micaud’s Fashion & Beauty Portfolios and Custom Presentation Box

Note: words defined in the glossary are in light blue the first time they appear

Christopher Micaud’s Beauty book is bound in Gunmetal Metallic Leather with Chinese Silk interior. His Fashion book is Mettalic Champaign Leather with the same Chinises Silk interior. Rep information is presented on the inside front cover in and intricate double-recessed beveled well with inset label.

Christopher’s assistant, Joseph Belinfante, inspired me to create a Fall-Back Box with Ridges rather than the traditional second set of flaps. This innovation makes the footprint of the box smaller and gives it a more sleek and sophisticated look. The box is used for custom presentations and to show new work that has not yet been incorporati=edinto the main portfolio. The box is bound in Japanese Shantung bookcloth with Chinese silk interior.

Christopher had a horizontal bag with interior dividers designed to hold the 2 Portfolios and Box with the spines facing up so their spines could be read.

CREDITS Design: Beth Taubner ; Rep: Kate Ryan Inc.; Photo Edit: Beth Taubner; Portfolio Exterior: Champaign or Gun Metal Metallic Leather; Box Exterior Shantung Grey Asahi Bookcloth; Interior Decorative: Chinese Silk; Paper for Interior Leaves: Semi Gloss Double-Sided. Foil Stamping Metallic Crown Leaf.

To view more of Christopher Micaud’s photographs:

2009 © Dweller By The Stream Inc.

Silk Screen Spontaneity: Paul Costello’s Lifestyle Portfolio


Note: words defined in the glossary are in light blue the first time they appear

A late night brain storming session with his wife, a creative director, and a bottle of wine to get into the groove, resulted in the spontaneous hand-painted typography on the cover. The original image was painted in black, but was later reversed when the screen was made. Paul Costello has a magazine background, Vanity Fair to be precise, and is a hands on guy. He silk-screen the covers himself. I provided partially assembled white fabric covers and a jig to hold the covers in place while screening. Paul also covered extra white fabric with the black ink for me to use to complete construction of the covers & spine. The Inside Front and Back/Pocket Covers (IFC/IBC/Pocket) where made with the plain white fabric.


Unable to solve paper stiffness and cracking issues due to improper grain direction, Paul changed papers and we devised an new way to score & fold his interior French-Folded Leaves. Although the grain direction was still not running  head to tail, the new paper was softer and cracked less. I double-scored at the binding edge, the French-Fold was scored not with a bone folder as I usually do, but kiss cut with a scalpel to  create a crisp break at the foredge . The left hand page was trimmed back to the second score and the double stick taped shut. This allowed the leave to be bound on just one hinge increasing flexibility. Double-Page Spreads were left untrimmed. I must give Paul most of the credit for this innovation. Thanks Paul! Other clients with paper and printer constraints have benefited from this modification.

Mini Books


Beth Taubner of MercuryLab, who did Paul’s photo edit, came to me with an idea, “Can we incorporate smaller books inside the larger portfolio?”  This would expand upon the natural story-telling style of Paul’s work and be fun. How to do it? In little pockets? Bound in, if so how? Paul wanted the covers of the mini books to have the same image as the larger page they were sitting on. I devised a way to bind in little pamphlet sewn books and worked with his assistant to set up the computer files so they would line up.


In the works are smaller chunky companion books, asparagus with black type.

CREDITS  Design: Paul Costello; Mini Book Design: Dweller By The Stream; Photo Edit: Mercurylab; Rep: Sarah Laird Inc .; Fabric: Text Libris Asparagus; Paper for Interior Leaves: Legion

© Dweller By The Stream Inc.

2008 Most (Re)Productive Year To Date! Thank You!

I finished my corporate taxes for 2008 (yeah!) and discovered it was my most successful year to date. Woo! Woo!

Last June, my FedEx guy laughed as I waddled out with yet another finished project, “You’re going to work to the very end aren’t you?”  And I did.

To all of my clients… your patience was greatly appreciate as I took longer than expected to get back down to the bindery, due to post partum challenges. As you can see the results were worth waiting for.




I’d like to thank my existing clients for their business and referrals, my new clients, as well as their staff, for helping to support my dreams as a mother, homesteader and bookbinder and putting up with my “Milk of Amnesia”:  Sang An, John Blais, Morad Bouchakour, Marge Casey + Associates, Paul Costello, Scott Frances, Alice Garik, Christophe Jouany, Alan Kaplan, Caroline Knopf, Ken Kochey, Margaret Lampert, Sarah Laird , Jennifer May, Patricia McDonough, Christopher Micaud, Monica Rich Kosann, JJ Sulin, Beth Taubner, TODA, and Craig West.

© Dweller By The Stream Inc.

Orange Groves & Sunshine: Christophe Jouany’s Fashion Portfolio


Christophe Jouany’s portfolio was inspired by  his orange groves and the Florida sun. A Post-Style Album with orange leather  covers embossed with gold holographic foil, that reflects the rainbow, and yellow interior of handmade Nepalese gold brushstroke paper. Initially concerned about working long distance, he later commented on how easy the process was (see Getting Started in the page list to the right). After an initial conversation to ascertain his needs, he left me with the directive, “I like the Hermes Orange.” My Leather supplier sent a handful of orange swatches. I chose a variety of complimentary interior papers and sent these samples to Christophe.


In the interim he sent me sample interior pages to test and I gave him directions on how to set up his files (see How To Set Up Computer Files in the page list to the right). It must be said he is a decisive man and soon I was making the prototype. In the meantime he printed the first set of interior pages that I scored, French-folded, trimmed and punched. With these in hand I was able to determine the length of the posts, whether we needed spacers and the depth of the removable spine piece. We ultimately added a Title Page, Rep ID Page, and Promo Pocket on inside back cover (IBC). Note: a personal innovation- the posts are recessed into the post flap creating an elegant subtle detail.


Later a complimentary Beauty Portfolio was made using the same leather but in Peacock Blue.

CREDITS Design: collaboration Dweller & Jouany; Rep: Sarah Laird Inc.