Handmade personalised photo albums & guestbooks

Personalised Photo Albums and Guestbooks

All Kitaken photo albums are handmade and can be used as a classic photo album, scrapbook or guestbook. The larger album formats are ideal for weddings, births and similar festive occasions. Since each album is made to order as a unique product, there are numerous possibilities to personalise a dream album according to your own taste. Kitaken albums are perfect as a unique gift with an extremely personal touch.

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The following eight formats are available:

Format 1: 18x15 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 2: 23x19 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 3: 23x19 cm (landscape format), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 4: 23x23 cm (square), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 5: 23x30 cm (portrait format), 50 sheets (100 pages)
Format 6: 35x25 cm (landscape format), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 7: 30x30 cm (square), 30 sheets (60 pages)
Format 8: 30x30 cm (square), 50 sheets (100 pages)

The measurements refer to the inside dimensions of the albums and describe the actual usable area.

A visual overview of all available formats can be downloaded here.

Kitaken uses only the very best quality materials from Japan and Europe.

When designing the front cover you have a choice of two different collections: "Washi" and "Wabi-Sabi": The covers of the Washi-series are covered with high-quality Japanese paper (Chiyogami and Katazome) printed in historical technique and traditional motifs, which I import from Kyoto. "Chiyo" meaning "1000 generations", indicates the durability of the paper, which is as robust as it is beautiful. The second option from the Wabi-Sabi-Series are covered with a natural linen fabric, which I hand print with a Kitaken design. Kitaken designs are based on my photographs and drawings and are in the tradition of Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetics.

The back and spine of the albums of both design collections are covered with a fine but sturdy book cloth from German production.

The block of the albums and guestbooks are made of high-quality ivory paper, which I get directly from Milan. It captivates with its simple elegance, value-adding haptics and acid-free, which protects your precious photographs from fading. All albums and guestbooks have Glassine (pergamin) interleaves Besides the surface protection of photographs, these dividers also serve an important purpose in guestbooks to prevent ink from pressing through and staining on the opposite side after some time.

All albums and books can optionally be provided with a smooth, cream-coloured satin ribbon bow, with which the album can be tied together.


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A swatch list of my exquisite Japanese papers, cover designs and bookcloths can be downloaded here.

In addition to the possibility of selecting the format and cover materials of the albums and guestbooks, there are other options to make your album even more unique.

All covers can be personalised with a name or a short text (also in Japanese Katakana characters). For this purpose a personalised linen plaque is embossed directly into the cover.

In principle, it is even possible to order an album with a cover of your own design. For this, your own design must have good printing properties and can be provided in a high resolution. Such requests can be made via the contact form.

Albums from the Wabi-Sabi series, are printed on natural linen and personalisations are directly printed onto the cover.

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There are two ways to purchase an album or guestbook from my collection: First of all existing designs can be easily purchased in my online shop. If your desired album is not available, you can alternatively send me an order request via custom request. The contact form can also be used for larger orders, or if you are interested in a professional cooperation (dealers, shops, photographers, etc.).

To calculate the costs of an album or guestbook, please refer to my Pricing structure:

Base prices
Format 1: 26 EUR
Format 2: 38 EUR
Format 3: 42 EUR
Format 4: 48 EUR
Format 5: 54 EUR
Format 6: 64 EUR
Format 7: 68 EUR
format 8: 74 EUR

Personalised linen plaque: 15 EUR
Personalisation by direct printing (Wabi-Sabi-Series only): 7 EUR
Own design: Depending on the design request
Satin ribbon bow: Free of charge
Surcharge for vintage chiyogami (see swatch list): 10 EUR

Germany: 5 EUR
Austria and BeNeLux: 9 EUR
Rest of EU: 16 EUR
Switzerland and Liechtenstein: 28 EUR
Rest of the world: upon request

Shipping costs apply only once if ordering several products. The information for the item with the highest individual shipping costs is decisive.


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