Category Archives: Post Album Internal Post Mechanism: Fixed Dimension

Fresh Ocean Breeze Jimmy Williams

A fresh new look for Jimmy Williams using one of his many stunning large format images as a wrap around cover.

Lead Photo: JW branding materials group shot by Kyle Peterson. Above Left Photo: Portfolio cover made using UV archival laminated wrap-around beach photo. Above Right Photo: Close-up JW monogram on spine and view of  internal post mechanism.
CREDITS Design Collaboration: JW Productions & Brooke M. Tinney.

Retro Library Look: Patricia McDonough’s Portrait Portfolio


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

Patricia McDonough developed a love of book design and utilitarian buckram when she worked as a librarian. She wanted her portfolio to resemble the hard cover case bound style covers that libraries have made when they are rebinding books. TODA  synthesized her desires and deigned an overall pattern made out of cut up Bodoni letters which was silk screened on buckram fabric in dark grey.


Retro features included rounded corners on the cover and jade decorative paper used on the Inside Front Cover and Inside Back/Pocket Cover (IFC/IBC/Pocket).


To make the portfolio more book like in appearance we chose an Internal Screw-Post Mechanism style binding.


CREDITS  Design: TODA;  Rep: Pink Staff; Fabric: Ash Grey Roxite Buckram; Interior Decorative Paper: Jade Permalin; Paper for Interior Leaves: Moab Lasal Matte; Silk Screening: Woman’s Studio Workshop.

To view more of Patricia McDonough’s photographs:

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Putting The Wrap On Scott Frances


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

FrancesPhotoCover&Spine72_500IMG_0903The original Design concept was to have the entire cover of the portfolio be an uninterrupted photo (see photo at left). Cool idea. I devised techniques to make the paper photos survive repeated use. It looked great but was rejected  because the image was permanent and would not allow for updates. Hence the idea of the removable dust jacket (top & below left photos show three of the five images used as dust jackets).

FrancesDustMuseum72_500IMG_1459The dust jackets are giant wrap around images which I had dry mounted with an archival UV protecting matte laminate for durability. I tailored the dust jacket to wrap around the cover snugly so it does not fall off when the portfolio is opened and being viewed. The chocolate brown fabric portfolio has an Internal Screw-Post Mechanism  with sky blue paper IFC/IBC & Pocket. Scott Frances’s logotype was foil stamped on the front cover and spine in matching blue foil.


Please visit Scott’s new website to view his exquisite architectural and interior photographs:

CREDITS  Fabric: Chocolate Iris; Interior Decorative Paper: Sky Blue Permalin; Paper for Interior Leaves: Legion’s Moab Enhanced Matte;  Stamping: Crown Matte Blue Foil. 

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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.

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