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Blind Debossing: Like foil stamping, blind debossing is the process where a magnesium die or type is heated in a foil stamping press and stamped into the surface of a portfolio, box, etc. However, no foil, or color, is used so the impression is considered ‘blind’.
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Dry Mounting: At NABA we perform two types of dry mounting – dry mounting photographs to the pages of albums, and dry mounting ink get prints back to back to create double sided pages. In both cases we use an acid free, flexible dry adhesive that will not dry out with age.
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Guarding: Guarding is adhering a 1” wide piece of linen to the back 1/8" of the left edge of ink jet prints. The guards add strength to a screw post binding and allow the pages to turn nicely and lay flat – which is of supreme importance to many of our clients.
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Hand Sewing: All of the albums created at NABA are sewn by hand, with un-bleached linen thread, on a sewing frame. In general, the albums are sewn with a tab system which allows the albums to contain thick photographs or mementos, without adding bulk to the foredge of the album. In addition, all of the albums are rounded and backed on our custom made lying press.
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Scoring: Scoring is creating a sharp indentation in the margin of ink jet prints to allow the prints to fold along that margin. Holes are then punched in the margin, and the prints can then function in the screw post binding.
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Screw Post Binding: 99% of the portfolios we make are screw post bound portfolios. Screw posts allow our clients to add new prints and remove old prints easily, without our portfolios looking like ‘binders’. With our method of mounting screw posts into the portfolios, the screw posts are never seen by the viewer, however they are very easy to access when a page change needs to be made.
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Foil Stamping: Foil stamping is the process where a magnesium die or type is heated in a foil stamping press, a piece of ink coated foil is placed over the area to be stamped, then the die or type is pressed into the surface of a portfolio, box, etc. The ink on the foil is heat released only onto the area that is touched by the die or type, creating a debossed space that also has the color of the chosen foil.
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Pockets We can create customized pockets to hold almost any item in our portfolios. Most often we make pockets for business cards, leave behinds, and DVDs.
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Calligraphy: We work with an amazing calligrapher who can create the perfect nameplate for your album or box. She works in a wide variety of calligraphy styles including copperplate, italics, scripts, etc. Of course, we can also use calligraphy that is provided to us by our clients as well.
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