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Vintage Inlay album cover

Vintage Inlay acrylic album cover option by Finao. Cover image on album courtesy of Pogo Photo.

Give your albums some flair with the new Vintage Inlay. Available on the ONE™ series albums sized 10×10, 12×12, and 14×14. The Vintage Inlay features a metallic cover image protected by a thick acrylic in a fun retro shape. (related: Finao’s ICE image cover panel) It’s inset and nestled within its own custom cutout in the cover panel. Grab your template and try it out with your next client or create a stunning new sample! (Remember: they’re 40% off!)

Vintage Inlay acrylic album cover option by Finao. Cover image on album courtesy of Pogo Photo.

Vintage Inlay acrylic album cover option by Finao. Cover image on album courtesy of Pogo Photo.

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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We’ve got wood!

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Get your mind out of the gutter!!! :)

Finao is now offering WOOD ALBUM COVERS and CUSTOM LINERS for your ONE™ series albums.

The Wood Panel upgrade option comes in your choice of Cherry or Birch and can be paired with your favorite Finao material for the spine and back. You’ll find this detailed under the “Cover Options” heading on any ONE series product page.

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Custom Liners are also new this week! Available on all sizes, wood or handmade paper adds a little extra surprise when the album is opened. Page thickness and print style don’t matter, nor does left or right-start; if you want it, it’s a simple add-on. More info can be found under the “Other Stuff” heading on any ONE series information page.

Handmade Paper is available in four colors:

  • Tire Swing
  • Monkey Bars
  • Hop Scotch
  • Double Dutch

Handmade paper album liners

Wood is available in two colors:

  • Cherry
  • Birch

Wood lined album

Unfortunately, studio imprinting is not available when you choose a custom liner for your album. We suggest incorporating your logo into the last image in your page design.

Start sporting wood in your studio too!

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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Limited Edition Cover: Tufted

FOUR NEW AND VERY SPECIAL COVER OPTIONS ARE HITTING THE RUNWAY THIS SEASON AND ARE AVAILABLE AS LIMITED EDITIONS IN THE FINAO ONE™ SERIES ALBUMS.

The Limited Edition category gives us a chance to introduce cutting-edge and trend-setting looks that are a little something special for the right person. Some items may feature new, unique materials that are not part of the standard Finao offerings (swatches will not be available for these). Some may also be available in very specific sizes and options, and may be discontinued at any time to make way for new trends. So without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce the FIRST all new line of Finao Limited Edition cover upgrade options:

Tufted

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Finao ONE featuring the new Tufted limited edition specialty cover in Rainy Day Woman suede (Urban Legends collection).

Available in any of our luxurious Urban Legends suedes and our largest 14×14 square, this cover is sure to get noticed.

  • available for a limited time only
  • available with the entire ONE™ series
  • limited to 14×14 size
  • Urban Legends suedes only
  • choose round or square spine
  • diamond shaped stud pattern

Limited Edition covers may be discontinued at any time so enjoy them and get something unique while you can!

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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NEW! Fashion Fabric

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

For all those who crave the designer flair, Finao introduces Fashion Fabric!  Authentic Louis Vuitton and Gucci fabric for your Finao album cover.  Fashion Fabric is available exclusively on Finao ONE, artONE and nextONE albums sized 8×10 and larger.

Fashionista dream wedding? OH YES!!

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

Authentic Louis Vuitton fabric on wedding album by Finao.

Each Fashion Fabric serves as the front cover panel, and is paired with a specially selected hand-finished leather that wraps around the spine and back. The Louis Vuitton fabric is paired with tan leather and the Gucci fabric is paired with a beautiful black leather.  Alternate cover designs and options are not available with this specialty cover option.

Fashion Fabric is available in Gucci fabric or Louis Vuitton fabric.

Fashion Fabric is available in Gucci fabric or Louis Vuitton fabric.

Finao has no connection with Louis Vuitton or Gucci. These albums are designed and created by Finao with authentic Louis Vuitton and Gucci fabric. They are not Louis Vuitton or Gucci products. Due to the cost and widely recognizable nature of these fabrics, swatches are not available.

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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Brides NEED a Wedding Album: Why it should be a Finao Album

A photographer client asked me what he should be saying to his brides about why they should have a Finao album.  Not just any album, but specifically, a Finao album.  I was caught without an immediate answer.  Not good.  I always tell photographers to put down in writing why a bride should book with him/her instead of someone who charges less.  After all, if YOU can’t tell them some pretty good and specific reasons, then WHO will?

Now I have to listen to my own advice.  It’s easy to say Finao offers more choices than any company.  We do, and we think choice is very important in weddings.  The brides get mega choices everywhere they visit and the photographer should not miss the importance of this.  Brides are spending more money on little things and less on photography – that shows me the importance of choice.  She wants to know that you will provide the complete package, images and presentation, that fit the concept of her wedding.  Choice is a no-brainer.

Then comes quality.  We all assume that quality counts, but I know it’s a tough sell.  If quality was the deciding factor, Walmart would not be the country’s largest retailer.  Finao knows our quality is the best there can be.  We take pride in producing an album that will last a lifetime and beyond.  We take what we make very seriously.

There is nothing sexy or romantic to talk about when it comes to quality.  My guess is the bride does not want a lesson in the finer points of book binding.  No lateral movement, folio-style binding that will never come apart, completely hand made, top of the line leathers, turned (not folded) corners, the extra touch of spine hubs and fly pages…just a few of the points.  This morning I made a list of all the stages involved in making an album and all the hands that touch every single Finao ONE and artONE we make.  It’s 23 steps and 23 separate people that are involved in building a single album.  Eleven of those people are involved in just making the page-block.  Nine individual people work on a cover and three people inspect, wrap and ship the finished album.  That’s a lot.  23 separate and distinct functions that need to be performed before that album gets loaded on a delivery truck to be sent to its new home.

There are some steps that might take everyone by surprise.  The board used as page substrate is not one piece.  The thick pages are five pieces and the medium pages are three pieces.  Someone “builds” each of these inserts.  I didn’t count the paper trimmer, but every board we receive is 4×8′ and has to be cut to album-sized pieces before they can be joined to form the substrate.  Every print is coated, creased and sequenced before being hand-set on the substrate to form a block.  Every block is left in a hydraulic press overnight to assure complete dryness and perfectly straight alignment.  Everyone has seen a sloppy album cover with a slant to the spine and pages; that won’t happen if the block is built correctly.

Cover pieces are cut from hides that are large and awkwardly shaped.  The cutter must find an area that will work best for a cover cut.  The waste is significant.  The other option would be to use processed leathers or, worse yet, bonded leather.  I call that stuff the bologna of the leather business.  Bonded leathers now have to list the actual leather content.  From what I see it looks like about 18% is par for the course.  That’s 18% leather scraps, doesn’t matter the color or where they cam from, if it came off an animal it counts.  It’s the equivalent of pink slime in the food industry.  Don’t be fooled and don’t sell your client something just CALLED leather.  Make sure you are receiving the real thing.  It’s expensive, hard to work with and has a low yield, but Finao would not have it any other way.

Every Finao album block is measured and the spine, along with front and back cover panels, are custom-cut to assure a perfect fit and prefect sizing.  Headbands are added and spines are reinforced.  Along the way, a Finao album cover will also spend time in presses assuring correct drying of adhesive.  Quality adhesive, dried properly, will be what holds that album together for ages.  Every edge is hand-sanded; just a little something extra to make sure the album your client receives goes above and beyond.  Imprinting is hand-set and stamped from metal foil, 24K if you select gold.  Leathers which do not match in thickness are built-up to produce a smooth transition.

Finao ONE album details.

Finao ONE album details.

With all this said, I still don’t think we have touched on the REAL reason your client should invest in a Finao album.  It’s not about what we did to make it the best.  It’s really about what it will MEAN to them in the future.  A wedding album is the first heirloom created for a new family.  Next to the wedding rings, it’s the one thing of true significance in an emerging relationship.  It will, and should, be passed to future generations.  It will be saved in a fire.  It might not be looked at every day, or even very often, but it will always be there.  A couple might look back and laugh at the hair styles, dress styles and suits, but they will never forget how they felt on that one day.  And when their 50th anniversary rolls around, a Finao album should look as good as the day it was delivered.  A great photographer and a Finao album don’t cost a lot, but they are priceless, and they are worth every dollar spent.

Christine Perry-Burke

Christine Perry-Burke

Managing Partner and "queen" of Finao. I'm responsible for all the cool materials and products at Finao. A vegetarian and animal lover to my core, we run a dog friendly office. I believe Finao should be a good corporate citizen and tread lightly on our planet.

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Flash Us! A Moment to Expose Yourself!

Happy May!

It’s time to turn up the exposure on another awesome Finaon!

Currently Flaunting:

Abby Rosenbaum!

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Company / Studio Name :

Abby Rose Photo

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If I had a photography superpower it would be…

Invisibility!  think of the shots you could get inside those strict churches ;-)

I like my oatmeal…

Organic! With brown sugar and fresh fruit!

My fictional best friend would be…

I’m gonna go with Buffy the Vampire Slayer :-)

My guilty pleasure photography subject is…

My dog!  pretty sure I have been un-friended on facebook due to excessive dog photos.

The title of my autobiography would be…

Married Every Weekend: The Wild World of a Wedding Photographer!

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WTF! Clients shock me when they request…

Table shots.  Like, really?!  What year is this?  It’s usually the parents who want this – and I’ve definitely lost a job or two over my stance on those. Just. Can’t. Do. It.

If I could get shoes made out of a Finao Leather I’d be rockin’….

Ooooh, that’s a tough one!  So many good options.  I think anything from ‘the nines’ would be awesome – maybe some chunky platforms in ‘sex and candy’!

Finao Leather - The Nines Collection

The Nines Collection

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5 Quirky Characteristics / Little known facts about ABBY!

1. I am a worthless cook (like, I’d probably mess up popcorn). Thank goodness my hubby is an accomplished chef.

2. I taught myself to like pickles

3. I put Sriracha on everything!

4. I have an embarrassing penchant for bad reality TV ( Hello, RHOBH!)

5. I still sleep with my teddy bear!

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Kristina Weeks

Kristina Weeks

Resident Customer Cupid , Marketing Assistant , and Minion to the Queen.

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Finao iPad App Update

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For those of you who use the FINAO DESIGNER iPad App, you’ve got an update waiting!  31 New materials have been added and all those pesky material restrictions have been done away with!

Now for some design advice from @FinaoAlbums:

Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you SHOULD. You’re welcome.

TWEET THIS!

As much as it hurts sometimes (LOL cringe), we won’t play taste-police when it comes to mixing leathers and fabrics, but we would recommend that you choose a leather to go over the spine if you choose to feature an accent material there.  It’s just wears better over time and is more sturdy than fabric.  This is especially important when picking a leather to go with a specialty cover like the acrylic ICE or metal ARMOUR.

  • For current app users, your update should be waiting for you in your App Store.
  • And for those of you who are behind the times, get caught up and DOWNLOAD NOW or find the app in the iTunes Store.

Here are a few teasers to get your creative juices flowing:

3Tone with Brass Monkey, Chiara and Drifter

3Tone with Brass Monkey, Chiara and Drifter

 

Finao-Carrigan-Trevi-iPad

TooTone with Carrigan and Trevi accent.

 

Finao-Chyna-50Shades-iPad

TooTone with Chyna and 50 Shades accent. Flipbook style.

 

Finao-Corruption-Cu29-iPad

TooTone with Corruption and Cu29 accent.

Leagalese: The Finao Designer iPad app is intended for use designing covers for the Finao ONE/artONE flush mount albums only.  Other album lines may have different cover designs and/or cover material options/restrictions. Please refer to the Finao website for details on availability for specific album lines.

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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Valentease ‘em

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so get in the mood with Finao’s ultra sexy leathers, linens and silks and get under our covers!

Love Junky from Finao’s “Fragments” collection of leathers is anything but boring.  From it’s seductive suede finish to the tantalizing texture and tooling, this luscious leather will have you, and especially your clients, completely addicted!

Love Junky is a heavily patterned leather so it works great on it’s own, or paired with a plain material or one in a similar hue, or create a bold streak of contrast with a shiny patent leather like Red Light District, Sunday Shoes or Something Wicked.  Perfect for a steamy boudoir session, classy winter wedding, and still playful enough to add some fun and whimsey to a kid’s photo album for a child & family portrait session!  Love Junky will have you head over heels!

Available on Finao ONE, artONE, and nextONE flush mount albums as well as Finao Elements self mount albums.

Love Junky - MainPaired with (Left to Right, then up) Passion, Red Light District, Something Wicked, Miami Ink, Suspicion, Optimism, Harlow

Love Junky – Main
Paired with (Left to Right, then up) Passion, Red Light District, Something Wicked, Miami Ink, Suspicion, Optimism, Harlow

 

Lip Lock, a lascivious silk from Finao’s Midtown collection, will leave you breathless so make sure to come up for air.  Lip Lock and all of the Finao non-leathers are available on Finao ONE flush mount albums, Finao playBOOK photo books and Finao Elements self mount albums as well as Xcetera Folios.

Main - Lip Lockbottom left - Gothika, bottom right - Whiteout

Main – Lip Lock
bottom left – Gothika, bottom right – Whiteout

 

Strut your stuff in the Red Light District. Get a shine for real patent finished leather (no vinyl here) and check out Something Wicked and Sunday Shoes too!

Red Light District, Sunday Shoes, Something Wicked.Genuine patent leathers from Finao.

Red Light District, Sunday Shoes, Something Wicked.
Genuine patent leathers from Finao.

 

Let your Passion run wild and mingle this luxurious hand-finished leather with something on the wild side…

Left-PassionTop-Kitty Kitty, Middle-Patina, Bottom-Racing Stripes

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Top-Kitty Kitty, Middle-Patina, Bottom-Racing Stripes

 

 

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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IMAGE COVER TEMPLATES

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IMAGE COVER TEMPLATES HAVE BEEN UPDATED THIS YEAR.  MAKE SURE YOU’RE USING THE CORRECT TEMPLATE FOR YOUR COVER IMAGE BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR ORDER.

Not sure which to use? This should help:

Example 1: You’re ordering an 8×8 playBOOK with 12 leaves/24 page-sides and you want a Photo Wrap cover.

Use the playBOOK photo wrap template for an 8×8 playBOOK with 12 leaves (NOT 24 leaves). You select the “LEAF COUNT” at the beginning of the order. So, if you selected “12 leaves/24 sides”, you’ll refer to the template for 12 leaves, NOT 24 (as 24 is the number of page sides).

Go to PLAYBOOK > COVER OPTIONS > PHOTO WRAP > select “Download playBOOK photo wrap template kit”

The most recent templates at this time are from a .zip file named “finao-playbook-photowrap-10262012.zip”  Please DOUBLE CHECK that this is the correct folder you are pulling your templates from!

The template to use in this example should be named “pb-8×8-10-13lvs“.

Here’s a pic for reference:

Download the playBOOK photo wrap template kit .zip folder and open it, select your size (in this case 8×8) and now select your LEAF count (1/2 the total page-sides).

 

Example 2: You’re ordering a 14×10 horizontal ONE with an Armour metal image cover.

For specialty covers like ICE, Armour, Erotika, Bebbalicious and Canvas Panel that only have an image on the front cover, you do not need to worry about the leaf count as you do for the Canvas Wrap or the photo wraps for the other album lines.  BUT, you do need to use the appropriate template for your album’s size and orientation.  You also must FILL the entire template.

Go to Finao ONE > COVER OPTIONS (find your cover, in this case it’s ARMOUR) > select “Download ICE/Armour template kit”

The most recent templates at this time are from a .zip file named “finao-ice-armour-09102012.zip”  Please DOUBLE CHECK that this is the correct folder you are pulling your templates from!

The template to use in this example should be named “ia-14×10-horizontal”.

Here’s a pic for reference:

 

Example 3: You’re ordering a 10×15 vertical ONE with a Canvas Wrap cover and 15 leaves/30 page-sides in the medium page style.

Just like example 1, you will choose the appropriate template based on the album size AND the number of LEAVES. BUT, since the ONE offers two page thicknesses, you’ll ALSO need to account for the page style you are choosing, Thick or Medium, as this will affect the thickness of the spine area on the design.

Remember: # of leaves = 1/2 of your total page-sides.  So you will choose the folder of FULL CANVAS (canvas wrap) templates for Medium Pages > then the folder of 10×15 vertical templates with medium pages > and then select the 10×15 Vertical template for 14-20 leaves.

Go to Finao ONE > COVER OPTIONS (find your cover, in this case CANVAS) > select “Download Canvas template kit” (includes both Canvas Wrap and Canvas Panel templates).

The most recent templates at this time are from a .zip file named “finao-canvas-10042012.zip”  Please DOUBLE CHECK that this is the correct folder you are pulling your templates from!

The template to use in this example should be named “10x15v-med_14-20lvs”.

Here’s a pic for reference:

 

Please contact Finao Customer Service with any questions BEFORE placing your order at 888-346-2687 (888-FINAO-US).

Jamie Westman

Jamie Westman

Jamie is Finao's resident Guidance Guru and Marketing Assistant to the Queen of All Things Finabulous, Christine Perry-burke.

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