Two-Day Flush Mount Album Making Workshop and Retreat


A workshop is being scheduled for early spring 2010!


Creating your own albums isn't just about saving money for your studio. It's about having control over the creative process and offering your clients a product that is unique to you and your studio.

Let me teach you how to "fish"!

"Jackie's album workshop was great! She was patient, instructions easy to follow. She is highly knowledgeable about the art of bookmaking. Even with the fact that I had a lot of bookmaking experience, I still learned alot from the class and am using many of the techniques learned in our current line of wedding books. I highly reccomend the class for beginners and experienced bookmakers."

Gary Cable
Cable Photography
Jonesborough, TN


What is a flush mount style album? A flush mount style album is an album where image layouts are created digitally and are printed directly to the album pages in spreads (two facing pages). These spreads are folded (images facing in) and adhered together, with or without a page stiffener, to create the album block.

When: Early Spring 2010

Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia                                             

Presented by: Jacqueline Poutasse, TJPhoto and Book Arts, LLC

Investment : The cost of the two day flush mount album and box making workshop and retreat is $395 per person and includes a spiral bound manual, all materials needed (except photo spreads) as well as lunch and drinks both days. The workshop fee also includes email and phone support after the workshop for as long as you need it as well as access to a private forum where you can share notes, ask questions and chat with your fellow classmates.

Who is this workshop for? : This workshop is for working photographers who are interested in creating their own albums so that they may offer a unique product to their clients, as well as binders looking to add an additional service to their bindery that would benefit photographers in their area. Flush mount style albums are also a great way for artists to present their work when submitting portfolios to prospective clients.

This class will be "hands on" meaning students should come prepared have fun, learn a lot and spend two full days making your own flush mount albums from start to finish. Class size will be limited to 6 participants to allow for individualized instruction for each student.

What will I learn? : The emphasis of this class will be on learning how to make your own unique custom albums with a minimal amount of equipment. No prior bookmaking experience is required.

Do I need to bring anything? : Students will need to provide their own photo spreads. Details will be included with the registration information that will be sent out three weeks prior to the workshop. *Please note that bookbinders wanting to take the workshop may use blank pages as a substitute for the printed spreads.

Flush mount albumFlush mount album in presentation folder

This is a great opportunity to learn how to make flush mount style albums as there is little information available on creating these books.

Below is a basic overview of the two-day workshop schedule. (Please note that activities may be changed or rearranged as needed on the days of the workshop.)

The workshop will start at 9:00 and end at around 5 the first day.

Day One:

  • Overview of the binding process, terminology and tools
  • Preparing fabric for book covers
  • Preparing album pages with end sheets (Scoring, folding, adhering)                                  
  • Pressing & trimming
  • Break for Lunch
  • To headband or not - how to make them and when to use them
  • Measuring for covers and cutting board pieces
  • Preparing covers
  • Casing in album

Day Two:

  • Finish up albums
  • Various demonstrations (paper slipcase, leather, different types of corners, windows in covers, etc.)
  • Break for Lunch
  • Walk through the technique for clarity
  • Answer any questions, etc.

If you can't make it to a workshop and are interested in learning how to bind a flush mount style album on your own please see my Guide to making a Flush Mount Album.

Please feel free to email me if you're interested in any future flush mount album workshops.