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A photo album personalized for a man

>> Sunday, October 30, 2011

Purple handmade book for men

I like to think of my books as being appealing to men and women alike, but for the most part, when I've worked with men on custom books, they're usually as gifts for women. I've put more attention lately to making masculine books, sometimes making leather and rustic paper choices with guys in mind.

For this book, JT knew what he wanted for himself, and a simple discussion led to his photo album. He knew right away what colors he wanted: maroon and dark purple. He also wanted black pages. I think the trio of colors work well together.

For the size, he wanted to fit 8x10 prints, which required me to make this book larger than my standard, which usually fit 4x6 and 5x7 prints. The pages in this book are 12x12, just like a standard scrapbook. After pondering various ideas for the personalized front cover, JT kept it simple, opting to use his name.

Black pages handbound book

Purple handmade book for men


Lizzie October 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Oh lovely Katie! So smart and clean-looking. Books for men can be tricky - it seems that everything has to be leather, or else grey. How great to see that men can have colours too!
I made a sketchbook for DS' birthday this year. He had chosen some dark green mulberry paper, with bleach-printed leaves, during a paper-shopping stop on our summer holiday - so I used that paper for his book, along with a name-plate in ivory card and a stab-stitch side binding. He loves it.
I'm sure JT is delighted with his photo album - it's just gorgeous.

angry birds rio October 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

Great tutorial! thanks for sharing.

Katie November 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

Thanks! It can be tough to come up with designs for men. (But luckily, I can bounce ideas off of my husband from time to time.) Lizzie, I'd love to see the sketchbook you made for your son. Do you have pictures of it posted anywhere?

Ann November 5, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

A beautiful book and manly colors.

Katie November 5, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

Thanks, Ann! And thanks for reading my blog!

Y8 games January 18, 2012 at 9:36 AM  

Very beautiful, thanks for post

Katie January 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM  

Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

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