What is Doming?

Doming is a printed pressure sensitive label with domed shaped clear plastic on top. If the label was round the size of a quarter the rounded clear plastic on the top would measure about 1/4” thick at the highest point in the centre. You may see a “domed label” in the middle of the steering wheel in your car or…

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What is a Boxed Book?

It is not unusual when we are binding hardback/case wrapped books that our customers also ask us to produce a custom made “sleeve” for the book as shown in the first picture. Sometimes a customer ups the bar and asks us to box the book. One of my favourite projects is the Margaret Atwood project, which is good example of a boxed…

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What is Edge Painting?

We paint/stain business cards by the hundreds to tens of thousands! This process is difficult for most companies to do because there can be numerous problems ranging from the paint bleeding across corners or onto the front or back of the cards. There can also be issues with long production time and sky high prices. But we’re not most companies!!!…

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Notebooks by Anstey Book Binding

Notebooks We made the notebook shown in the above image. The client wanted a specific notebook designed by Moleskine but turned to us because the cost was over budget. We matched the notebook specifications and, between the printer and ourselves, our combined price was substantially cheaper than the original Moleskine notebook. Our client was thrilled with the final product! The…

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Technology in Print Finishing

When most people think of print finishing, they don’t automatically think of integrating technology. Often the physical, tactile things like books and boxes are very separate from the digital world. More and more, we’re seeing the two combined! We design and craft dozens of types of boxes, books and folders that house USB (universal serial bus) flash drives and LCD…

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Menus

Why should designers and printers be interested in restaurant menus? Simply put, restaurants are constantly raising the bar with better designed dining rooms, updating their offerings, more focused images, etc. An important part of conveying a restaurant’s image is having better designed and more unusual and creative menus! The menu shown above is unique because of the warm wood veneer…

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Wolf Trax Sample Display Box

B2B Sample Display Box We outdid ourselves again! Just four weeks ago, I described the largest sample display box we have ever produced, called NITRAM. The sample display box for this week is bigger and more complex! This B2B sample display box for Wolf Trax a Canadian “performance fertilizer company,” measures 19” wide x 11” long x 5” deep! This…

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Accordion Bound Books

What is an accordion bound book? It’s a unique binding method that has each page of the book as one continuous sheet. The front of the first panel is glued to the front cover and the back of the last panel is glued to the back cover. What you have is an accordion folded book! The image above shows a…

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Metal Cornered Boxes

What are metal cornered boxes? Almost daily, I’m asked the question, “Norm, show me something that’s different.” That’s what these emails are about: give you ideas! Near the top of my list of what’s “different” is metal cornered boxes. In the U.S., most archival boxes have these corners. We have produced hundreds of letterhead and business card boxes with these…

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Button and Tie

What is button and tie (aka ‘button and string’)? Button and tie is a simple method to close (or tie shut) the face of a book, the lid on a box or a flap on a portfolio. And there are endless other applications. Success story What our client wanted: Shiny (not matte finished) gold rivets Pink-coloured heavy string Colour-matched grey…

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