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WE Love Dust!

17 Dec

We are privileged people.

Those cool creative dudes at I Love Dust asked us to produce their iconic showcase book and here it is:

A beautiful A5 portrait piece with die cut slipcase.

We used Colorplan Ebony for the cover and slipcase, and Mohawk Options PC100 for the text.

Printed CMYK throughout, at 225lpi, the book portrays a stunningly vibrant reproduction of the amazing I Love Dust craft.

The cover has a very splendid skull graphic that we foiled in gloss black and metallic gold.

We have very limited samples that we would be pleased to show you, please get in touch if interested . . .

This really is a fantastic design piece – obviously supported by beautiful print.
That’s what we do you know!


A fantastic trip!

26 Nov

The James Cropper Paper Mill Prize:

A warm welcome . . .

WOW – what a great couple of days!

Our GF Smith draw prize was a brilliant success.

The lucky winners plus Les, 'yours truly', Matt from GF Smith & Stefan from Croppers

Thank you to Matt & Nick from GF Smith for organising this fantastic event. Thanks also to Sophie, BethRóisín, Ed, Dom, Martin and Sheldon for taking two whole days out of the office.

On the 18th November 2010, we took the train from Euston at 9.30, arriving at the mill in Burneside, near Kendall at around 1pm.

Following a nice, very welcome lunch, was a comprehensive tour of the fantastic paper mill. There was an awe inspiring yet nostalgic feeling as we walked through the huge mix of old and new.

First stop – the Lab . . .

Manufacturing . . .

Converting and packing . . .

A really interesting, inspiring and educational tour. By the way, if you have the use of 2 tonnes of paper, you can have your very own, unique shade of Colorplan!

Then – to the hotel overlooking Windermere (gorgeous) and a few beers at the Hole int’ Wall.

The next morning we took a very calm (veeeerrry slightly jaded) boat trip on Lake Windermere. Just beautiful . . .

This trip was absolutely fantastic, everyone agreed and the feedback since has be overwhelmingly positive. I am very sure we will be doing this again so please watch this space.

There are plenty more images than shown here so if you are interested in looking through these please CLICK HERE. If you would like any information on GF Smiths huge range of beautiful papers, please drop me a line.

Thanks again to all who made this possible.






Last Day

15 Oct

Hi there!

Final reminder that the last day to enter our Draw is Monday 18th October.

We can’t accept entries after 5pm I’m afraid so if you are hoping to enter and it’s looking tight, please get in touch and I will try and help get your job in before 5!

Thanks . . . best of luck!


30 Apr

Hello all!

So, what is ‘creep’ ?

(yes, we all know of the Radiohead song and that weird bloke over there . . .)

and how do we get over the issues?

(This is a long one but I hope it helps!)

Creep occurs in saddle-stitched jobs (See Top Tip below though) where the sections/page spreads within the cover naturally move away from the spine. See this pic . . . exaggerated for effect:

When trimmed flush, the page margins are affected as the pages within get gradually narrower.

With saddle stitched jobs (especially those chunky beasts), although the finished article looks lovely and flush, the inner pages are actually smaller. Quite simply, if you grab a saddle-stitched job and pull out the central 4pp section,  you will see how much smaller it is from the ‘finished size’ of the job:

Unless creep is compensated for’ it can have a major impact on the margins and page layout.

Creep Allowance (sometimes called ‘shingling’ or ‘feathering’)

There are essentially THREE methods of creep allowance and the amount applied will vary and depend on the number of pages and the thickness of material:

– Manual Adjustment

– Page Offsetting

– Page Scaling

The next image shows a typical CENTRE SPREAD page layout that has had NO allowance made. Indications are shown where the page will be trimmed and the affect is has on the design:

Manual Adjustment

This is a very arduous procedure where, using a creep calculation factor, elements of the design are moved inwards, away from the foredge in tiny increments. Another way to put this is that each of the outer page margins will have to be manually tweaked. The closer the page is to the centre of the book, the bigger the adjustment is required. (This creates ‘progressive margins’) The example shown is a 56pp job so – Page 1 and 56 – will need a margin increase of 0.18mm; page 2 and 55 will need 0.36mm; page 3 and 54 – 0.54mm; page 4 and 53 – 0.72mm and so on in incremental multiples of the creep factor 0.18mm.                           Complicated? Hell yeah!

So where did we get the 0.18mm ‘creep factor’ from??

The Creep Factor is worked out as follows: Divide total number of TEXT pages by 4. Then multiply this number by the paper thickness (BUT, we also need to consider the ‘fold loss’ too. Another complicated issue but we find by adding 50% to the page thickness works very accurately.)  56pp divided by 4 = 14. Paper thickness 0.121mm PLUS 50% = 0.18mm. 14 x 0.18m = 2.52mm. 2.52mm is the TOTAL creep factor but adjust the margins progressively by 0.18mm. Don’t forget to ‘allow’ for the Cover – if your cover is a 300gsm, 0.28mm thick board, then your initial TEXT margin should start off ‘plus’ this amount . . . IGNORE the 50% fold loss. So if your initial margin is 5mm, you should make it 5.28mm and then apply the text creep adjustment from there. You do not need to adjust the cover margin. It can be left at your initial 5mm, for example.

You’ll be really pleased to know some printers (like good old Dayfold of course) have automatic methods to allow for creep.

Creep Allowance by Page Offsetting

Page offsetting works by ‘the system’ moving page elements inwards progressively. While this works well for the outer margin elements, there is a fundamental problem as the image above demonstrates.

Creep Allowance by Page Scaling

This is really effective:

Page Scaling works by ‘the system’ reducing the page elements in size horizontally. It is a tiny scaling, yes, distortion if you like but it is barely noticeable if at all. The ‘spec’ shown in the image above is pretty extreme to emphasise the effect. This is the system that we use at Dayfold and we never have any issues at all with ‘over-distortion’. It works extremely well and is so much better than both Page Offsetting and the highly complex and laborious Manual Method!

TOP TIP: If your job is Section Sewn/Case Bound or Burst Bound then creep WILL occur here too (within the sections) so again, it may need to be compensated for. Creep in small, thin sections will be quite minimal, so you may ‘get away with it’! However, if the stock is fairly thick or the pages are folded/sewn as more than 8pp sections, then creep allowance should be considered. On these occasions, it is certainly worth leaving any creep adjustment to the printer as you may not know how they plan to fold the job – ie whether they are folding as 8pp or 16pp sections for example.

TOP TIP: If YOU have manually adjusted your work, you must tell your printer (otherwise, they may apply one of the above ‘system’ methods . . . on top of yours!)

It’s highly unlikely that your printer will manually adjust for creep gratis. It is a very timely job so if they don’t have a method of adjustment like the above, it will be down to you to fix, or perhaps you should give us a bell 😉

I hope this is useful – as usual, please do get in touch if you need help or clarification.

With thanks to Matthew Robinson, Dayfold’s pre-press guru, for his help with this.



Little Black Book available to the world!

6 Apr

Hi all

We have had a huge overseas demand for our Little Black Book and until now, they have been restricted to the UK only (in particular the South).

After a fair bit of research, we have now made this available via Ebay. So, wherever you are, if you would like a copy, please check this link:


Please note the 2 packing/shipping cost variants – £8.00to Europe, £14.50 to rest of world.

Thank you for you interest.

Centrefold 5 Launch Party

2 Apr

Centrefold 5 “Vintage”.

“An echo, an influence, from Sgt. Pepper’s to The Pistols.”

We were very pleased to be involved in this 5th issue of fashion and photography magazine Centrefold.

The official launch of this highly regarded publication was just a few days ago . . . of course we went along!

A great launch party indeed. Buzzing with fashion guru’s, designers and marketers, photographers, stylists, models and even some chaps from Dayfold and GF Smith!

This fantastic event, organized by 405 Communications (a highly experienced PR, events and marketing Agency to the fashion industry), was held at the Hoxton Pony on Curtain Road, EC2A. (Thanks to Suzanne and Harriet for these pics btw)

The guys at Bombay Sapphire Gin mixed up Centrefold Champagne cocktails – mmm – nice!

So what is Centrefold and why  were we keen to get involved?

Edition 5 designed by Tom Lardner, Centrefold is a bi-annual publication that showcases collections of fashion photography promoting designer brands, stylists and hair & make up artistry.

We print and produce a lot of work for the fashion trade so it was a great opportunity to be a part of this successful and well known publication. We love getting our teeth into gorgeous printing onto lovely papers too – it’s what we do best you know!

It is an A3 portrait format, 4pp cover, 160gsm and 64pp text 115gsm Accent Glacier White Smooth (a lovely uncoated sheet from GF Smith of course). Gorgeously printed CMYK throughout, this was simply finished as a loose-leaf, unstitched magazine, following the heritage of it’s predecessors.

If you would like to see a copy, please do get in touch.

Back to ya soon with some interesting help with ‘Creep’ . . .



27 Jan

We are really pleased to have been selected to print the prestigious CENTERFOLD brochure.

It’s a great project to be involved in . . .  its on press NOW!!

1st CENTERFOLD sheet on press . . .

A3 format, CMYK throughout Accent Smooth, from GF Smith

close up of 1st section . . . gorgeous pics

A beautiful piece . . .  more details to follow.

section finished . . .