A Look Inside the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book

by | Oct 15, 2020 | Facts, Tips and Tricks

When it comes to making photo books for those extra special occasions, the Flush Mount Hardcover Photo Book (previously known as the Layflat Photo Book) immediately comes to mind. With its panoramic pages, archival quality materials and now with two different cover types, we can definitely understand why! 

The Flush Mount Hardcover Photo Book is particularly popular among our community for having the ability to give photos maximum coverage on the page spread. Not only that, it’s also very elegant looking and allows you to seamlessly view even the smallest of details of your favourite images. 

When it comes to the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book, it’s a cult-favourite for preserving special events such as:

Read on to find out more about why the Flush Mount Layflat Photo Book would make for a great addition to your photo book collection.

The Cover

Unlike most of the photo books in our collection, the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book comes with not one, but two different types of cover options. Depending on your personal preference, choose between the Imagewrap Hardcover or the Debossed Hardcover.

Imagewrap Hardcover

Completely customisable, it is the perfect choice for both beginners and veteran photo book creators. Designed to give your favourite photo a ‘front and centre’ treatment, the Imagewrap Hardcover features a full-bleed image of your choice printed and wrapped around a sturdy hardboard cover.

Debossed Hardcover

Perfect for those who want to stretch their creative capabilities, the debossed flush mount layflat hardcover features your favourite photo/artwork on the front cover in the form of a ‘debossed window’.  Additionally, you can also choose from a variety of cover materials for the Debossed hardcover, such as: 

  • Textured metallic
  • Buckram
  • Tinsel Shine

Fun Fact: The various cover materials are made of natural fibres (plant-based fibres) which are non-corrosive, durable, renewable and sustainable.  

Pro-Tip: You can further customise the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book by choosing the finishing you’d like to use on the photo that will be placed on the debossed cover. Choose between vibrant gloss or sophisticated matte finishing to give your featured photo that special touch. 

Flush Mount Pages

Some of you might be wondering: ‘What does Flush Mount Layflat even mean?’ Well to answer your questions, this particular photo bok got its name from how the photo is printed (as a one-piece photo print – printed ‘flush’ against the borders of the spread/page) and then mounted onto a piece of hardboard.  

The results?

A gorgeous and sturdy hardcover photo book with luxurious pages that measures 1.5mm in thickness – one that is able to lay perfectly flat at 180° so that you’ll be able to enjoy a seamless viewing experience.

Shape & Orientation

The Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover photo books come in three shapes or orientations which are:

  • Landscape – 6” x 8”  | 8.5” x 11”
  • Portrait – 5.7″x 4.2″ | 8″x 6″ | 11″x 8″ | 11″x 8.5″
  • Square – 8” x 8” | 12” x 12”

Do Note: The 5.7″x 4.2″ is not available for the Debossed Layflat.

As for the reason for providing these particular shapes and orientations is simply because we believe that people should have the option to choose how they’d like to present their stories. 

In addition, if you’re having trouble deciding which orientation you’d like to go for, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when selecting your photo book orientation:

Portrait:

  • Taller than they are wider. 
  • Saves space on the bookshelf
  • Excellent for creating photo books that focus more on details; such as a person’s face, features or expression.

Landscape:

  • Wider than they are taller. 
  • Gives a feeling of peace and balance.
  • Best orientation to showcase an overview of different elements that build a scene.

Square:

  • Even length on all sides. 
  • Fresh, modern look to display your photos. 
  • Versatile as it is the ideal shape for displaying landscape and portrait photography as well as your Instagram snaps.

For Those Extra Special Stories

Unlike the other Hardcover Photo Books we have in store (like the Imagewrap), the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book has a maximum number of 40 pages. The reason for this is simply because due to the thickness of each individual page (measuring 1.5mm), anything more would be too unwieldy and hard to handle.

But rest assured, that does not mean that the Flush Mount Hardcover Photo Book is any less flexible or versatile. When it comes to designing the inside of your photo book, we make the process refreshingly simple by providing you with over 100 unique photo book layouts (including text options) to choose from! 

You can rest assured that each page will come together seamlessly and cohesively – ensuring that your stories are presented in an elegant and unforgettable fashion.

Paper Types

To ensure that the photo book meets your personal preferences, the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover photo book also comes with three paper options and finishing for you to choose from. Depending on what kind of tone your book carries, the paper material and finishing can dramatically add more impact to the book.  

The paper options available include: 

  • 1360gsm Textured Paper Linen: Featuring a smooth, subtly embossed texture that is reminiscent of fine woven linen fabric, this material exudes elegance and class. Fairly durable, this material is also resistant to colour fade.
  • 1300gsm Art Card with Protective Gloss Lamination:  Offering the best in terms of dynamic colour contrast, the photos printed using this paper type and finishing will appear modern and lively.
  • 1300gsm Art Card with Protective Matte Lamination: Elegant and sophisticated, the photos printed using this paper type and finishing will appear smooth and completely shine-free.

*Do note that all the paper materials used in producing our range of photo books are ethically sourced. 

Custom Slipcase

Despite the fact that the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Book can withstand quite a bit of rough handling, not many people are willing to risk something bad happening to it! After all, how heartbroken would you be if the book you had put so much effort in – the one that contained all your wonderful, precious memories – were to be ruined by accident? 

This is where the custom slipcase comes in. 

Tailor-made to fit the exact measurement of your book, the slipcase is made of a sturdy hardboard material and will feature a similar design to the cover of your Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover photo book. The purpose of the slipcase is simply to offer your book an extra layer of protection.

Advantages of having a slipcase:

  • Protects book against dust
  • Protects book from light (lower the risk of discolouration over time)
  • Protects the book from being dented should it be dropped
  • Aesthetically pleasing 
  • The perfect way to present your Imagewrap Hardcover Photo Book (if gifting to someone)

Utilising a ‘slide-in’ method, the slipcase only has one side open for you to easily store or retrieve your book from the protective casing. 


That wraps up this in-depth peek at our premium Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book! To summarise, the Flush Mount Layflat Hardcover Photo Book is a great option to preserve those important, ‘once in a lifetime’ moments. With two types of premium looking covers and luxurious pages that lay completely flat (as to give you a fuller view of your photos so that you won’t miss any details), this photo book had plenty to offer for the discerning eye. 

In any case, should you be interested to explore a different type of photo book or create a different type of photo good, feel free to visit our website! Be sure to check out our latest promotions as well! Who knows? Maybe you’ll find something interesting that will strike your fancy!

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