Black Cat Bindery

Black Cat Bindery
Black Cat Bindery. Traditional Craft Bookbinders

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Flat back photo albums with overlay mounts

New Flat Back stlye photograph albums

Very excited about our new line in photo albums. we have been busy designing these flat back style albums which hold overlay mounts. The pages are thick card {700gsm} and will be available in ivory or black. We will also have matching overl...ay mounts with a bevelled edge to hold either 1 8x6" photo { portrait or landscape} or 2 4x6" images. The overall size of the album page will be 12" x 12".
As the album pages are made by us, in Somereset, we can make to any size required. The album pictured has 10 pages.
These albums can be covered in any of our linen, silk or leather ranges. This one has been bound in Jade which is new silk soon to be added to our Tsarina Crush range.
I'll post more photos up soon when we get the overlay mounts in stock.

For more info you can email me at

More examples at

Our new albums have been developed by us, and made, by hand, here in our Somerset workshop.
The linen and silk albums come with matching drop back boxes

The albums have 10 or 15 thick card pages { 700gsm} in ivory or black and overlay mounts with bevelled apertures to hold either 1 x 6x8” landscape or portrait photo or two apertures to hold 6x4” photos in landscape or portrait format. {The apertures are slightly smaller in size than the require photo}

The albums will arrive with the pages interleaved with card spacers. These spacers are removed only when the overlay mounts are fixed in place. We recommend using double side tape to attach the photos and overlays.  Photos can be mounted on both sides of the page.

The albums can be bound in any of our linens, Tsarina Crush silk or leathers.

Embossing in gold or silver is also possible

 Making of a flat back album and box

A customer asked if we could keep a photographic record of the
making of their flat back album.

Card pages are cut, oversize, creased and folded.

Each page is glued out and laminated to the next fold. Card Spacers are placed between each laminated page

The book block is then trimmed, using a  Guillotine, to the correct size and the spine is then re inforced with jaconette cloth and layers of paper 

                              The book block is then put under weights and left to dry

The box walls are made up and covered in cloth

                                 The lid and try of the box are covered in oatmeal linen

 The cases for the album and box are both made up ready for embossing

                     Brass type is set up ready for embossing on the album and box

                                               Pragnant press with brass type

Silver embossing on both album case and box cover

                    The album is then cased in and left in the press overnight to dry.
                               The box is put together and ribbons are added