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Topic: Making spine titles for leatherette photo albums. Any ideas?  (Read 1375 times)
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« on: March 25, 2013 09:18:15 AM »

Hi! I'm brand new to this site. Hope I've picked the right category...

I have a bunch of leatherette photo albums of family photos that sit on a shelf with the spines facing out. I'd like to add individual titles to the spines (like, "1996-98 Vacation in Spain, Jenn's Wedding..." etc). Any suggestions on materials and adhesives to use? I'm not the hand-lettering type; I'm looking for a clean, modern look that's simple to make and easy to read. For example, I'd love to be able to type the titles on the computer, print them out on some sort of cool paper(?), but then what? That's about as far as I've gotten. Any suggestions for taking that idea further or a better idea entirely? The spines are almost 2" wide. Thanks in advance for your brainpower!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2013 10:03:37 AM »

I love label makers.  I think they'd suit your purpose for this task (you can get different types of tapes--clear, colored), but a label maker can come in handier than you might have thought.  Everyone I know who takes the plunge (they seem like a luxury) ends up saying they love them and are glad for the purchase.  Debra
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013 02:33:09 PM »

You could probably print them out yourself using some nice paper (depending on your printer), if your printer can't handle that sort of paper you can probably take it to a professional copy shop. I'm not sure what type of paper to suggest, I guess that depends on the look you're going for -- but I suggest something thicker and more resistant, and probably not off-white but maybe ivory or very light cream. I don't know where you live but sometimes local paper shops have a good selection of paper types, especially for business cards. If you're looking for nice fonts, there's dafont.com and 1001fonts.com Smiley

As to adhesives, you could use some a very light adhesive paper over the label, or use some glue adapted to the material you're using if you don't want it to look glossy.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013 06:55:23 PM »

Because the albums are leatherette (ie. vinyl), you have to be careful about any sort of tape or self-adhesive label, because they almost always react badly with the vinyl and turn into a mess. Maybe not right away, but quite likely after a few years. The problem is, though, most other glues don't adhere to vinyl either. There are special glues, but they're toxic, messy and will soak through paper or other absorbent materials.  Tongue

That being said, I've never had any problem with modern label-maker labels. (The old embossed ones were notoriously awful on vinyl.) I use a Brother P-Touch at work and they seem to stick well to everything including vinyl.

My own choice for this would be to find suitable metal label frames (something like these from Alpha Stamps) and fasten them on with small brads, rivets or screws into the spine of the album. It's probably a heavy pasteboard and would take a fastener fairly well. Then you can print out your labels onto attractive cardstock, cut them to size, and slip them into the frames. Easy to change later too, if you need to.


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