Guest Book – Michele and Vin

Michele contacted me after seeing the blog post on Forget Me Not Design on Green Wedding Shoes. She wanted to put a guest book together for her upcoming wedding in October. She had purchased her photographs from their photographer Max Wanger who has a great style which lent itself perfectly to a simple yet beautiful album design. After looking at the album selections FMN Design offers, she chose the Daisy with a faux-leather cover.

I’m often asked about the Daisy album but I think a lot of people have a difficult time with the cost. It’s my least expensive album, starting at $275 for a 10×10, 20 page book but so many people are printing Blurb and Apple books these days that are 1/4 of that cost. It can be hard to make the leap to spend the extra money but let me explain why you should.

The books are produced by Asuka Books out of Bend Oregon and every book is assembled by hand with complete quality control. You won’t be given a book with a faulty binding or lose pages, ever. They are printed with a digital on demand printing process using an HP Indigo Digital 6-color press with electronic inks, halftone dot and 175 lpi. What does all of that mean? That your book is being produced with the look and feel of an offset press. That means the book has the quality similar to a high-end photographic coffee table book that you would find at a large bookstore such as Barnes & Nobel.

One of the best things about these books is the paper that is used. It’s approximately 100lb weight and if you know anything about paper, this means that it’s nice and thick. It feels great between your fingers, sturdy, and you can tell that the pages will hold up over time. After printing, the pages are laminated with a gloss or matte finish or a varnish coating that can be applied for added protection.

Companies like Asuka work only with professional photographers or album companies such as FMN Design. It is the vision of Forget Me Not Design to touch and inspire peoples lives through imagery, words and design and I’m so excited to be able to offer such a beautiful product to the general public.

The best way to understand how beautiful these books are is to hold one in your hands but the next best think if that isn’t possible is to see some photographs. In these photographs you will see the beautiful album with the faux leather cover, the names stamped on the cover of the album in silver ink and the beautiful wrap around photographic presentation box that it comes in. Another feature that you can’t see in these photographs is the foam insert that you can remove from the inside back of the box which is a holder for your cd of images. Take a look and see for yourselves…

Congratulations Michele and Vin on your upcoming wedding. Thank you for allowing me to design your guest book. I wish you lifetimes of happiness!

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